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Vol. 19, No. 50-Fall River, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 11, 1975

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An Anchor of the Soul, Sure and Firm-St. Paul

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Books, Books, Books Gifts That Last For Christmas Pages 8, 9, 10

The Vatican Council Still Only A Beginning Pages 2, 3, 15

Save Lebanon Pleads Father Moore Page 4

Bicentennial Crib Scene at LaSalette Page 6

Notre Dame, Feehan Are Poster Winners Page 14


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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 11, 1975

What's

IN THE WOR,LD

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Implement Pro-Life

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WASHINGTON - State Catholic conference directors have chosen a cO!11mittee to work with the U. S. bishops in implementing the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities approved by the bishops at their general meeting in November. The committee will relate to the general secretary of the U. S. Catholic ·Conference, according to Charles Phillips, president of the National Association of State Catholic Conferences and executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference. Phillips said the conference directors would emphasize all three elements of the pastoral plan ,-education, pastoral care and legislative efforts. He said the conference directors were concerned that the secular press had "overemphasized" the legislative aspects of the plan and ignored the other elements. \

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Robert V. Moss, president of the United Church of Christ, attacked a 14-page document for making no mention of the half billion human beings he said are suffering from severe malnutrition. Chiefly because of his intervention, the report was returned.to its drafting committee.

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Religion and the Pres'idency WASHINGTON-All of the major- announced presidential candidates have been invited to present and defend their views at a three-day conference of religious leaders in mid-January. The conference, "Religion and the Presidency - 1976" (RAP-76), to be held Jan. 19-21, is being sponsored by an ad hoc group of religious . leaders and church orgahizations. The conference itself will be non-partisan and will not endorse candidates or positions on issues, according to RAP-76 national coordinator, the Rev. Fred Morris, a Methodist minister. The purpose of the conference, he said, "is to provide the candidates with a forum in which questions can be addressed and to provide the American religious community with a set of statements that are clear and can be compared on issues in which the religious community has a common interest."

CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE--

Plead for Peace

, VATICAN CITY-Maronite Patriarch Antonios Khoraiche of Antioch received the pallium at the hands of Pope Paul VI in a VATICAN CITY-A papal telegram, deplorceremony at the ing an Israeli air attack launched Dec. 2 on Vatican. The palPalestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, termed it lium, a pap a I an "inadmissable act of violence" against "a v est men t, is defenseless population." granted to patriThe telegra~, sent the following day on Pope archs, primates Paul's behalf by pis secretary of state, Cardinal and archbishops Jean Villot, noted that the Israeli attack had by the Pope at "caused a.large number of dead and wounded their request and on Lebanese soil." as a token that The attack "exacerbated tensions already so they possess. "the acute in the area," the Papal telegram continued. fullness of the episcopacy." The Pope and the Patriach pleaded to statesmen and religious groups to keep • VATICAN CITY-Pope Paul said Dec. 7 that Lebanon unified and restore peace. unity among Christians probably cannot be achieved until the achievement of unity within the Catholic Church. NAIROBI - ' A World Council of Churches Referring to the closing three days later of (WCC) draft report on human development' and the fifth assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Nairobi, Kenya, the Pope technology came under fire at the council's fifth asked at his Sunday noon Angelus talk: "Wny assembly here in Kenya from U. S. and British are there unfaithful people, dissidents, mistrustchurch leaders for failing to highlight the sancing persons and a good number of protestors at tity of human life, and for ignoring the world's food crisis. the very heart of ecclesial unity? "How can our brothers who are at the threshProf. J. Robert Nelson of Boston University, old root themselves in this unity if inside our vice-chairman of the WCC Faith and Order most beloved Catholic Church discord and bit-, Commission's Working Group criticized a porterness exist among minds?" tion of the report on experimentation on human Saluting the representatives of the more than fetuses for merely raising ethical problems relat250 Christian communities belonging to ~he ing to the rights of embryos but failing to articuWCC, the Pope said he was pleased that they ·late the stand of many Christians against abortion. had chosen as the assembly's theme "Jesus Christ Frees and Unites." A second critic: from the U. S., the Rev. Dr.

Israel: Attack 'Inadmissable'

,Catholic Unity First

WCC R,eport Criticized

Vatican Council II: A Decade Later VATICAN CITY (NC) - On the same spot where he closed the Second Vatican Council 10 years ago, Pope Paul VI asked Catholics to live a "new holiness of life and a new fervor of love" in celebration of the anniversary of the council's end. Surrounded in St. ,Peter's Basilica by former officers of the four-session council, the Pope said at a Mass honoring the immaculate Conception: "We exhort all of you to a new holiness of life-a new fervor of love. I """""""'1111""111'1"11111111111111111111'\""11""'"""';11111111111"""""1""'1111"1<111""'"

OUR COVER PAGE The change in the sanctuary of St. Stanislaus Church, Fan River, illustrates the changes that have occurred in the Church . during the past ten years thanks to the Second Vatican CounCil.

Let this be your courageous resolution on the lOth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council." The 'Pope, who recited after the sermon a prayer he composed to Mary, recalled that the council 'was clOsed in 1965 in the name of Mary, Mother of the Church. Still a beginning by Jerry Filteau. (NC News Service) When the final session of the Second Vatican Council ended 10 years ago, Dec. 8. 1965, a popular saying arose that perhaps expressed the mood of most of the world's bishops: "The council is over; the council has just begun." From 1962 to 1965 the bishops had met in Rome four times for a total of nine months, and they

had given birth to an agenda for reform and renewal in the Church that would take years to develop llnd mature. Now, ,a full decade after the closing of Vatican II, the com-.ments of a number of Catholic leaders i:11 the United States indicate that the statement is still true, "The council is over; the council has just begun." The Church Bishop James S. Rausch, gen. eral secl'etary of the National Conference of Catholic Bis'oops and U. S. Catholic 'Conference . (NCCB-l,lSCC), said he would place 'at the top of the unfinished agenda fl'om the council "a much deeper understanding of Lumen Gentium" (Ught of Nations, the conciliar statement on the nature of the Church). "That's so central, to know who you are." Bishop Rausch said.

He noted that chapter two of that document develops the idea of the Church 'asthe People of God and chapter three describes the structures of the Church in terms of that notion. "The notion of the People of God," he said, "is central to what the post-Vatican II Cburch should look like. The structure has to serve the People of God." Renew Faith Also high on the list of unfinished business, said Bishop Rausch, ",is the very first intent of Pope John (XXIU) in calling the council, that the council was to renew our life of faith, the community of faith and Christian action. "We need really to stress the importance of personal renewal - not just personal renewal conceived of an isolation from others, but in 'the vision of Lumen Gentium. I'm convinced that the

problems in society are directly related to the failure to respond to moral areas, to the call to sanctity, which is really possible for all. We still have to get across the fact that sainthood is for all, not just for an elite. . . . Prayer We "I don't think we have nearly responded to the needs of prayer life in the Church. The Liturgy of the Hours, which has been completed (in rewsed form) for priests and is coming out in a shorter form for lay people, is the official prayer of the Church, and it can help make us a com· munity of prayer. We need to promote that as a practice among our people." The wide range of responses from other Catholic leaders who were asked to describe the coun· cil's unfinished task suggested Turn to Page Three


Bishops' Hearing: Ethnicity, Race NEWARK (NC) - "Ethnicity through much of the second-day and Race" was the theme of the testimony (racial affairs) stood sixth-and last-regional bicen- out in sharp contrast to the tennial hearing on Liberty and atmosphere of the first day Justice for All that brought to- (ethnicity) in which serious isgether some 20 Catholic bishops sues were also raised but more - Bishop Daniel A. Cronin, in terms of concern and hope. Most serious complaints of inS.T.D., 'Bishop of Fall River, Fall River, among them-to hear justice were voiced by the testimony from experts on blacks: bigotry that kept them out of Catholic schools, semAmerica's social problems. Soon it was realized that the inaries, vocations; positions of problems of ethnicity and race decision in the Church, and an are so different that they should exaggerated paternalism. It was questioned whether not have been put together. Both blacks wanted to be "included in share some problems: high unem- ' ployment in the cities, deteri- the white Catholic Church. I'm oration of urban neighborhoods, not sure we want into that hylack of adequate housing, the pocrisy," said Father Lawrence closing of Cathlic schools in the Lucas, a black priest. He found "the clear priority of the Lord inner city. But a tone of despair, frustra- Jesus toward the poor, the weak Turn to Page Fifteen tion and pent-up anger flowing

Council's 10th Anniversary Still Only a Beginning

THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 11, 1975

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Two N'ew Priests on 路De'c. 20 Two deacons who have been laboring in the parishes of Greater Fall River and New Bedford will join the ranks of the Presbyterate of the Fall River Diocese on Saturday, Dec. 20. The ordaining prelate 'will be Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, S.T.D., Bishop of the Fall River Diocese. The deacons are Rev. Mr. H. Stanley Barney III, presently assigned to Sacred Heart Parish, Fall River, and Rev. Mr. Herbert T. Nichols Jr. of St. Joseph Parish, also in Fall River. The ordination ceremony will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral, 'Fall River. at 10 o'clock, Saturday morning, Dec. 20. Rev. Mr. Barney' Rev. Mr. H. Stanley Barney III is the son of Harold S. and Mary B. '(Sulljvan) Barney of

101 Tremont Street, New Bedford, in St. Lawrence Parish. ,He was born in New Bedford on Sept. 5, 1949. He attended Holy Family Elementary School, Bishop Stang and Holy Family High Schools. Following studies at Resurrection College, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the deacon continued his seminary training at St. Jerome College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, and St. John's Seminary, Brighton. His schools awarded Deacon Barney a B.A. in Sociology and a Master of Divinity Degree. Rev. Mr. Barney has served his Deacon Internship at St. Dominic Parish, Swansea, and Sacred Heart Parish, Fall River.. where he ministered to the sick of the Union Division of the see city's Union-Truesdale Hospital. He will receive his priestly路 vestments during the ordination ceremony from Rev. John P. Driscoll, pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, New Bedford. Rev. Mr. Nichols Rev. Mr. Herbert T. Nichols Jr. is the son of Herbert T. and Helen (Fomanick) Nichols of 11 Y2 Matteson Lane, Taunton, in Immaculate Conception Parish. Born May 12, 1948 in Taunton, Rev. Mr. Nichols studied at Immaculate Conception Elementary School and Msgr. Coyle High School, both in Taunton. He prepared for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Oonn. and St. John's Seminary in Brighton. His deaconal assignments were at St. Mary Parish, New, Bed-

ford, and St. Joseph Parish, Fall River, where he also did hospital ministry at The Truesdale Division of the Fall River UnionTruesdale Hospital. During the ordination ceremony, the priestly vestments will be presented to him by Rev. Timothy J. Goldrick, Assistant Pastor at St. Margaret Parish, Buzzards Bay. FIRST MASSES Rev. Mr. Barney St. Lawrence Parish, New Bedford, will be the scene of Rev. Mr. Barney's First Mass, on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 1:30 in the afternoon. The homilist will be Rev. John Co Allard, Assistant Pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish, Cranston, R. I. ' Turn to Page Seven

mately important. , . . If the Continued from Page Two that the work is barely begun in Church is to have a bright future in this country ,it will be because virtually every area. the positive elements that are Clear Doctrine Alphonse Matt Jr., editor of there begin to grow, especially the conservative independent through a deepening of one's weekly, 'f.he Wanderer, suggested own ,interiority - a renewal in a strong need for better under- ' spirituality." standing of the doctrinal dimenResponsibility sion of Vatican II's teachings. According to Divine Word "A lot of the misdirection and Father Joseph Francis, president REV. MR. H. S. BARNEY路 m REV. MR. H. T. NICHOLS, 'JR. failure that we have is a failure of the Conference of Major Suto take the direction of the coun- periors qf Men, "There are many cil as a whole," he said. "The individual unf,inished tasks from Submit Presentees' Names dogmatic constitution Lumen 1:he council - but all of them Gentium is the keystone. All of will have to be accomplished by the pastoral advice and pastoral wider participation, . . . Each direction in the other documents person has to take on the reThe Souvenir Booklet for the Catholic Women, co-sponsors of exceptional and underprivileged should be taken in the context of sponsibility - which is really 21st annual Bishop's Charity Ball the Ball, ask that each confer- , children in the southeastern area Lumen Gentium." the basic concept of Christian of the Diocese of Fall River is ence and affiliate submit their of Massachusetts. The four New Spirituality rapidly being filled. The Ball will names to the Booklet as soon as Nazareth Hall Schools' for the stewardship." Russell Shaw, secretary for Father Frederick MacManus, be held on Friday evening, Janu- possible. Rev. Msgr. Anthony M. exceptional children and the four public affairs of the USCC, said dean of graduate studies at the ary 9 at the Lincoln Park Ball- Gomes, diocesan director of the summer camps for the underthat .by the nature of his job he Catholic University of America, room in North Dartmouth with Ball, requests that all members privileged -and exceptional' chilhas been involved in the renewal Washington, D.C., and one of tbe music 'by the Vincent Lopez or路 of the Ball Committee report dren are the recipients of the of structures and processes. country's leading specialists in chestra. their final listing of names for funds from the Charity Ball. "These are high in imrortance," liturgy and in Church law, struck The ,Ball Booklet lists six cate- the Booklet as soon as possible. Msgr. Gomes requests that he said, "but they are not ulti- the same chord of grassroots gories. Persons and organizaMost Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, pastors of parishes having pretions applying for -the categories S.T.D.. Bishop of Fall River. is sentees for the Ball submit the involvement." Necrology "The most serious thing," he receive tickets for the social the honored guest and the Ball names of the presentees to the said, "is that we make the event. The Society of St. Vin- -is dedicated to Bishop Cronin for committee cha,irlady, Mrs. James DEC. 20 Turn to Page Four Rev. Daniel F. Travassos, 1953, Church's mission clearer: not cent de Paul and the Council of his efforts and support of the Pastor, Espirito Santo, Fall that it isn't pretty clear, but this doesn't seem to come through in River the smallest communities. It DEC. 21 Rev. Henri J. Charest, 1968, seems tragic in a peI1iod when communication is' so highly dePastor, St. Mathieu, Fall River veloped, but religious values and DEC. 23 the mission of the Church are Rev., Owen J. Kiernan, 1901, Pastor, Immaculate Conception, not being communicated." Pluralism Fall River Brother Joseph Davis, execuRev. CharlesP. Trainor, SS., tive director of the National Of1947, St. Edward Seminary, Sefice for Black Catholics, said, attle, Wash. "We are at the starting point in Rev. Msgr. John A. Silvia, many areas, :but if there is any 1970, Pastor Emeritus, St. John onething that I would characterBaptist, New Bedford ize as the unfinished agenda, it is DEC. 24 the dual issue of collegiality and Rev. James K. Beaven, 1886, pluralism in the Church. This Pastor, Sacred Heart, Taunton will have its impact on almost Rev. Timothy J. Duff, 1914, every other area, including social Assistant, St. Joseph, Woods justice. Hole TAUNTONIANS meet to finalize plans for the Jan. 9 Bishop's Ball: Left 'to' right, "Pluralism began to get a _."'"""""'"",."""",,,--,,,,,,,,-"",,,,,,,.,,,,,--much clearer affirmation in the Mrs. Edward Franco, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Hospitality Committee;' Edward F. council, but I don't think we've Kennedy, St. Joseph Parish, Master of Ceremonies; Mrs. Aristides Abdrade, St. Anthony' THE ANCHOR explored it to its fullest potenSecond Class Postage Paid at Fall River, Mass. Published every Thursday at 410 tial. ... And particularly for the Parish, President of the Taunton Council of Catholic Women; Camille Denis, St. Jacques Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mass, 02722 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall blacks and Spanish speaking in Parish, Usher; Mrs. James E. Willi'ams, St. Joseph Parish, No. Dighton, Decorating River. Subscription price by mall, postpaid Committee. $5,00 per year. , , Turl1 t,o PaglJ Fi~teen .. ,

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Cape Association Donates $1,000 .

Vatican II At a recent Maryland meeting for the Exploratory Consultation on Evangelizing the 80 million, Unchurched Americans, a panel composed of former churchgoers who had rejected any kind of church involvement and drawn from a variety of backgrounds and age groups, included two former Catholics. These two had little praise for the Church. But they held different perspectives on the Church's best future path. . A 17-year old college freshman, raised a Catholic, compared the Church to "an excessively liberal parent." The other, a 23-year old carpenter, also raised a Catholic, struck at the Church's regulation and aloofness. The Church is "overly concerned about what people think about it," complained the first. The Church has the duty to "provide guidelines, values and a lifestyle for its members." But like some parents "it has a fear of losing or offending its 'children' and is careful not to have any strong feelings ..." His counsel: "If it is sure of what is right, it should just sit back and people will come." Mass on Sundays was a "nice gesture" and a "prestigious thing" for the second. He had problems accepting some of the Church's teachings, especially the prohibition against pre-marital sex. His counsel: "Do whatever you think's best. We'd just like to see you here and know what you're thinking." Other participants accused the Church of not helping people to become better people. It permits its members to "lead selfish lives most of the week, then come in on Sunday for exoneration." Another complained that the Church suffered "from corporate morality, where no one takes responsibility for anything." The Church in the modern world-the reason for Vatican II, already a decade old-surely has its work cut out for it. AppareI1ltly· it is felt as a need even by the unchurched. Their criticisms seem to be pointed to individuals, however. And that was an important lesson of the CouncitWE are the Church. WE are to be FAITHful, self-disciplined, concerned, loving. To say that all these values are contained in the Church's Scriptures, documents and policies is not enough. They must be lived by individuals. Until the unchurched can sense the Vatican Council's solemn proclamations as the normal and decisively espoused guides of our individual lives, the Church and Christianity itself will be an empty banner, beautifully flapping in the wind but saying nothing, leading no one. We are to be fully human and alive ... now. We are to be holy ... now. We are to be concerned members of the family and people of God ... now. We are to be the joyful, missionary followers of Christ ... now. The Vatican Council could show us how; it could warn of dangers; it could make resources more available. But until we as individuals decide to live as Christians and choose Christ's ways, the unchurched will multiply and always anxiously seek.

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In Chatham the AssociatiQn of the Sacred Hearts of the Holy Redeemer Church donated $1,000 to the parish in appreciation of the developing plans to renovate the church. In presenting the check to the pastor, Reverend John J. Brennan, SS.CC., the president Dr. Anne Raleigh McCarthy, expressed the gratitude of the- membership for his interest in the Association's program of renewal and reconciliation in the Holy Year and his support of its activities. They are especially interested in the proposed improvement of· the Church Auditorium where the COD program and parish group meetings convene.

Bishop's Ball Continued from Page Three A. O'Brien Jr., 488 High St., Fall

River, 02720. Thirty-seven parishes are eligible for the honor of presenting a young lady to Bishop Cronin in a colorful presentation ceremony on the night of the Ball. Fathers of the presentees accompany their daughters in this outstanding event.

"A SHOOT SHALL SPROUT from the stump of Jesse ... and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him; a spirit Names for the Ball Booklet of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength.'" The Jesse tree, an Advent symbol, shows a line may be sent to the Ball Headquarters. 410 Highland Ave., Fall of progress from Adam to Jesus. - River, 02720. Tickets may be obtained at all Catholic Church rectories. Members of the Ball Committee are to meet on Sunday, Januarv 4 at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Park for the setting up of decorations.

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REV. JOHN F. MOORE

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Save LebanOl1 For years Lebanon was considered to be the Switzerland of the Middle East. Today it would make the North of Ireland look like Disney Land. Suffering from its own internal civil strife between Moslems and Christians, it is also the· battleground of the Palestinian refugees and the have always feared that their war planes of Israel. To a nation would be dragged into the mainstream of Arab politics. certain extent Lebanon is a They have always desired a

rather improbable state ever state where both Arab and since it was carved out of Syria Christian could live together in by the French for their own po- peace. The well armed Palestinlitical advantage in the Middle ian commando movement has East. changed all this thanks in a great However under this arrange- measure to their Soviet friends. ment the Christian minority was As a result, we read each day granted freedom. The root clash of the horrors and bloodshed of now is between this Christian a nation caught up in internal minority and the Moslem left violence spurred on by outside which desires to reorder Lebanon forces. Once a bridge between as another Islamic state. This of East and West, Lebanon has course would leave the half mil- slid into total anarchy. If there lion Maronite Catholics and the is to be lasting peace in the three hundred thousand Greek Middle East, Lebanon must be Catholics completely submissive . saved. to the will of fanatics. Of course the first forum to Ever since the expulsion of the resolve this situation should be Palestinian peoples from their the United NatiQns.However home land. Lebanon has become since the angry voices of the one of the great refugee camps third .world have shouted their of the world. Now these camps way to power in the General have become the hotbed of re- Assembly, this organization ordering the social structures of stands by helplessly as one of its Lebanon itself. The hand that members faces complete destrucfed is now being bit. With the tion. aid of the Baathist socialists of The nations of Western Europe Syria and Iraq, poor Lebanon Qnce so interested in the comhas become the battle scene for mercial and diplomatic advantheir social revQlution. tages offered them by Lebanon The Christians of Lebanon for all practical purposes have

Conservatory Choir At Stonehill College The New England Conservatory Chamber Choir will present the annual Christmas Concert at Stonehill College on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the College Center. The New England Choir will also feafure a brass ensemble. Admission to the concert is $2 and there will be a Christmas buffet during intermission. The -choir will perform continental Christmas songs as well as Eng-. lish and American compositiQns. 1IIl1l1l1rnlrrTJIUllllllUlUlIlUlJIlUUlllll1111ItrUllltIlIlllllllIlIIIIIIIIUllUlltUIIlIIIIIIIUlllrlllltn

now turned their back on their former friend. The United States seemingly just does not want to get involved. It would much rather spend its energies and resources on the survival of Egypt and Israel. World organizations and world leaders from the United Nations to the Pope himself must raise a cry that wilt once more help restore peace to this nation that once prided itself on being the "crossroads of civilization". The Christian community of this nation feels that Lebanon is not just another state. For them it is a home land for the Christians of the Middle East. For them the restoration of peace is essential lest they be absorbed by the great Islamic mass that engulfs them. It is because of this factor at this particular time that Lebanon stands alone. Alone the outlook is more grim. There can be little chance of a lasting peace in the Middle East unless Lebanon's survival is assured. .... ; ..


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law. The Commandments are even used to teach that! Complicated? Sure, but as you say, that is why God has blessed us with an intelligence and rightly formed conscience.)

Dear Editor, In MY state of SHOCK in reading the attack made on the Anchor and Marv Carson by Mrs. Righteous from Nantucket, I can onIv be awed by the close minded'1~ss of some neople. I have had a Catholic unbringing and education, and in all honestv I can't recall a'1V law of Dear Editor: God ag~inst contraception; cerThe "new look" of the Anchor tainlv not in the Ten Command- is certainly refreshing, focusing ments. In my oninion. artificial on meaninp.ful hanpenings like: birth control. and natural birth "Echo," "Life in Music." "Photocontrol, if practiced consistently, meditation." "Letters to the Ediresults in the same outcome ... tor," is Christianity alive. so where is the difference? They - What could be more dee,ly -both have failure rates. or acci- spiritual than the first thing; that dents: if vou will. What does strikes the reader's eye. "Jov is that produce? An unwanted child the Echo of God's Life in Us." anrl prohablv bitter parents. How And this is front page news. Beautiful! sad a situation this would be. "What's Happening" - signiGod made each and every one of us with different perc;onalities ficant news in brief is a relief and talents. Some of us are from the long involved news artisuited for lar,ge familiec;. some of cles. us aren't even suiter! for marFather Moore's column is a riap,e. or any particular vocation; Beacon of light to all of us. but' we enter i'1to it with the I would like to see Marv Cardesire to do the very 1'>est - we son re'l.llv seriously mer\'itate on C'ln. Nnne of "S are perfect, and Pope Paul's Encyclical "Humanae God knows this! Vitae." I do not believe that God in· Current events in the Church, ten.rlerl manv children ac; one of the magisterium, the national the "crosses" of married life, as and local news are reasonably the l'ldv from Nantucket seems well covered. to helieve. That would take the The "Know Your Faith" artigift out of life. I believe the test cles bring us closer to God in our is not how many crosses we beliefs, our Bible, and our love. make for ourselves, but rather, Congratulations on following how we handle the crosses we the New England Christian Edumight be tested with. Our God cation's Theme for '75 "Faith is a God of love and mercy, not Alive" in our times. punishment and suffering on Very truly yours, those whom He's given the gift John J. O'Toole of life. Acushnet In closing let me say that, I (Ed.: We are really glad feel we all have to search our you're glad.) conscience, in all of life's decisions. None of us being God; at times we will make mistakes ... mistakes once realized. we can (Ed.: Space does not permit onlv be sorry for, and hope to do the printing of the entire letbetter next time. ters to the editor. However, Please, let us always ,be open three have manifested their minded. That must be God's indispleasure in seeing Father te'1tion; or He would not have Byington leave the Anchor. GIVEN us INTELLIGENCE! One has blamed the Anchor Sincerely, Mrs. L. J. Mello Swansea (ED.: We have to search our conscience? Granted. Children are not meant to be only the crosses of marriage? Granted. 102 Shawomet Avenue We each have our vocation Somerset, Mall. and most of the time try our best? Granted. Catholic upTel. 674-4111 bringing and education say 31h room AplrtlIlent that contraception is not 41h room AplrtIIlent against God's law? Oh, no! I think you'll imd that the Includes heat, hot water, stove, re· Church has always taught that frigerator and maintenance service. it definitely is against God's

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for the whole release of stories to the media but seems to not disap:-rove of his de~arture. Oh, yes, two have terminated their subscriptions; one has changed his subscription to another address; one has subscribed to the Anchor for the first time.) Since the -Letters to the Editor are truly letters. I pray the writers/readers will not mind an occasional very brief reply, whenever that is feasible and possible. As it has been publicly stated, both publisher and editor agree on mak,ing available S'lace to Letters -to the Editor whenever this is possible, as much as is possible, whenever letters are brief, condensable, reasonable, not libelous and in good taste. However, they ARE letters and do, at times, merit and even demand some response.)

Carson Too Much Dear Editor, In the years I have been get-

ting the Anchor, the first column I read was Mary Carson's. WHAT has happened to this once lovely example of motherhood who defended, with love, her right to a large family! I agoni:>:ed with her during Ginny's accident; I smiled (with tears) over her account of the First Communion of her "special" child. Now that she has come out so firmly FOR birth control, do her children wonder which of them she would have chosen not to be born? How CAN you print her article advising people to practice birth control, and receive Communion with her blessing!! What she prefers to believe is her own business, but not when her position gives her the opportunity to preach wrongdoing to thousands of people. I miss her articles of love, joy and heartbreak too - of a large family. As a serious theological' writer she is not competent - in fact by always condoning the controversial she is dangerous. In regard to women as priests (which she says should be) what about 1 Cor. 14, 34, 35, 37 and 1 Tim. 2, 11, 12? Do we Catholice believe the Bible?

I cannot - no, I WILL not have a paper in my house which prints (and does not disclaim) an article like Mary Carson's on birth control. Cal)cel my subscription immediately. Sincerely (and sorrowfully) Lucia M. Norton Norton, Mass. (Ed.: I am sorry you feel you must take this step to prove your strong feelings. Now, I guess, you'll never know if the Anchor will feel like you or disclaim the opinions of others. I respect your opinion; I am glad to see you can respect others having their own opinion; I would have to agree that Mary Carson is apparently a great mother but does leave some theological training to be desired.)

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First Christmas Sh,ows Us Glod's Ways N,ot Ours Last week I started to speculate about how the first Christmas really must have been for Mary and Joseph. Being a mother, my own view is a bit different from that of the artists who paint Christmas card scenes, and maybe even a bit different from the men who wrote the gospels. Jesus' life but still refuse to accept Him as His Father's ,son, Let's look at the situation so we could hardly expect the from the point. of view of citizens of Nazareth who knew

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nothing of His life and resurrection, to believe. So there must have been plenty of talk around town, and no doubt some of it got back to Joseph. He must have been affected by it. Tbe thou~hts must have ,gone through his mind . . . "I've lived a ,good life. God. -Whv is my reoutation being destroyed? What did I do to have this trouhle brought into mv life?" Do those words sound familiar? Have you ever said them yourself? "God, I've tried to be a' good person hut my life seems to be a mess. The bills are piling up. mv children disan!,oint me. people say things aJ)out me that 'aren't true.... Oh Gnrt. w}ov me?" We All Have Them Don't be afraid to an-mit it. We've all had days like that. Th,at's why it's important to realize what the first Christmas was really like for Mary and Joseph. At the time they were going through it, it must have looked to them as thou,gh God had handed them a dirty deal. Just as we all have days when it looks like God has dealt us a hand we didn't deserve. And the crucial 'Point of all tbis is that God did that to Marv and Joseph for the same reason he does it to you and me. Because He loves us. CertainlY God never loved any· one more than Mary and Joseph, yet as they approached that first Christmas it surely was difficult for them to see it that way. Just as difficult as it ,is for us to approach this Christmas with the burdens we all have. But they showed us the way. They accepted God's will and followed His instructions as best they could. They were rewarded with crowns of glory, and showed us we can be too . . . even if it doesn't look that way right now. That's what Christmas is all about.

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Roy, Rev. Barry W. Wall, and Among the concelebrants will 5 o'clock in the afternoon. other priest classmates from vabe. Rev. Edward J. Burns, Rev. The principal concelebrants By Joseph and Marilyn' Roderick Daniel L. Freitas, Rev. William will be Rev. John R. FoIster, Act- rious New England dioceses. Deacons of the Mass will be O'Connell, Rev. Ralph D. Te- ing Editor of The Anchor and What to get the gardener for Christmas? To begin with, F. trault, Rev. Alfred Leonardo, Rev. Francis V. Strahan of St. Rev. Mr. Stephen Fernandes and it is probably easier to describe what not to ge.t him or her. Rev. Edward J. Sharpe, Rev. John's Seminary. who will also Rev. Mr. Gerald Barnwell. Servers will be seminarians from Do not get into the sophisticated, gimmicky kind of equip- Michael Nagle. deliver the homily. D. Polednek Rev. Mr. John ment because these things normally end up unused and Among other concelebrants St. John's Seminary, in Brighton the deacon. will be will be Rev. John F. Andrews, and Our 'Lady of Providence stored in some out of the way corner. Battery operated A reception will be held in Rev. William F. Boffa, Rev. Seminary in Warwick. shears, trimmers, etc. are Music for the Mass will be honor of the new priest follow- Richard L. Chretien, Rev. Timhigh on the list of things not tures force us to look inward and ing the ,First Mass at St. Julie othy J. Goldrick, Rev. Daniel F: rendered by the combined choirs to center our activities around to get. The wonderful ad- the house. Center, North Dartmouth. Hoye, Rev. Thomas C. Lopes, of St. Joseph Parish, Fall River, vertisements which promise Rev. Jay T. Maddock, Rev, and St. Mary Parish, New BedEvery home has' its particular Rev. Mr. Nichols that with such and such ~n item customs connected with the holiMichel G. Methot, Rev. Leonard ford. everything will grow as if by days, especially Christmas. Some An informal reception will folRev. Mr. Herbert T. Nichols M. Mullaney, Rev. Thomas E. magic should -be avoided at all people spend long afternoons and Jr. will celebrate his First Mass O'Dea, Rev. William H. O'Reilly, low the First Mass in the Imcosts. evenings mixing up batches of in Immaculate Conception Parish, Rev. James F. Lyons, Rev. Tim- maculate Conception parish auIf your gardener is a beginner, fruitcake while others have Taunton, on Sunday, Dec. 21 at othy J. Place, Rev. Richard M. ditorium. you might think of investing in cookie or candy specialties that high quality basic tools. A good are particularly their own. pruning knife, trowel, or pruning Of course, while all of the shears are an excellent start. good cheer and heartwarming These are fairly low-cost items cooking is going on, the bat($10 or so) that most new gar- teries on both cars are acting up, deners either do without or at the washing machine is tossing best buy inferior quality items. itself around the cellar like a Tools of all kinds at higher prices punch-drunk fighter and the are useful; a good spade, a steel dryer is gasping its last breath, rake, a wheelbarrow, are only a not to mention the 101 other few of the higher priced items daily problems that plague any Honoring that a great many gardeners do household with five people and without as they sacrifice tools a do~ and a cat living in it. This for plants. However, gardening Most Reverend DANIEL A. CRONIN, S.T.D. is one reason why it is a good is made a lot easier if one has thing to get involved in holiday the proper tool for the job to be customs and cooking and forget done. the problems that hound us the FOR THE BENEFIT OF other 11 months of the year! Hpwer Clubs Underprivileged and This recipe is for the most deIf your gardener has begun to lightful tasty tart-like delicacies Exceptional Children show some special interest, a ima~inahle. Thev are a s"'ecialtv membership in his favorite flowof Mrs. Vincent Staibano (Jessie) er association is an excellent of Holy Rosary Parish in Fall gift. These typically run between River. 8 P.M. - 1 A.M. $5 and $10 per year and offer a TASStES great many services as well as ART PERRY SHELLS information to the budding spe2 cups flour and His Orchestra cialist. Y2 pound of butter (softened) For instance, a membership in 8 ounces cream cheese the North American Lily Society 1) Mix together the flour, butis only $7.50 per' year and in- ter and cream cheese until a 9 P.M. - 1 A.M. cludes a quarterly bulletin and a dou~h has formed. Sha"'e into yearbook. Almost every flower 48 ,balls and then place them in The VINCENT LOPEZ or plant you can think of has a tart pans, shapin!! them to fit. ORCHESTRA related society, including region. FILLING al societies which are even less 2 cups brown sugar expensive. For instance, anyone 2 eggs in this area wishing to join the 2 Tablespoons melted butter New England Iris Society may do FRIDAY EVENING so merely thy sending the author % teaspoon vanilla JANUARY 9th of this article $1 together with 1 cup chopped nuts his or her name and address. dash salt Another appreciated present is 1) Mix all the ingredients toa gift certificate from your gar- gether and put one tea~poon ,into LINCOLN PARK dener's favorite nursery. With each shell. (Do not fill shells.) prices on the rise, most of us Bake in a 350路 oven 30 minutes. Two girls are shown at the Nazareth Hall School, High- BALLROOM bave to be very cautious about '/ land Ave., Fall River, for the exceptional children what we buy and the orices we pay; it's pleasant to visit a nurworking with sound equipment. This school benefits as sery with a gift certificate in Cornwell Memorial do the three other Nazareth Hall Schools, one in AttIe- . 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Christmas Books for Children To Entertain, Instruct, I)elight In the long-ago before World War II days, publishers celebrated Christmas by issuing charming hardcover illustrat.ed books for a mere .50 apiece. Today such books cost $3 or .$4, but the sentiment expressed in "Once on Christmas," a 1938 treasure by Dorothy Thompson, illustrated by Lois Lenski, remains valid. "Books meant sheer magic. There were no automobiles, no moving pictures, no radio. But inside the covers of books was everything, everything, that exists outside in the world today. Lovely, lovely words of poetry, that slipped like colored beads along a string; tales of rose-red cities, half as old as time. All that men can imagine, and construct, and make others imagine." The same magic exists today for bookloving children, although friends and relatives must spend more to get it for them. Herewith a sampling of the new and good for tots through teen: For Littlest "Four 路Little Troubles" by James Marshall (Houghton Mifflin, $3.95) for four books, boxed) is a delightful set of stories about animals with problems that are solved by the last page of each. It's for pre-readers or those who're just learning. A new book by Ezra Jack Keats is always a special event and his latest, "Louie" (Morrow, $6.95) displays his usual sensitive understanding of childhood. It's the simple story of how Louie, who never speaks, loses his heart and finds his tongue.

when he meets Gussie, a puppet in a neighborhood children's show. Children who enjoyed the television special, "Really Rosie," will equally enjoy its book version, which includes words and

music for all the TV songs plus Maurice Sendak's inimitable pictures (Harper & Row, $5.95). It's the rollicking story of Rosie, the "Hello Dolly" of her Brooklyn neighborhood. Quiet is the word for winter and for 'Peter 'Parnall's exquisite book about what it meanS to the small creatures of "Alfalfa Hill" (Doubleday, $4.95). Spare black and white drawings depict the winter comings and goings of mice , deer and coons and make one think for the thousandth time how lucky children are in the lovely books that are made for them. Most. grown-ups who look at "The. Cloud Book" by Tomie de Paola (Holiday House, $6.95) will

Despite all odds, the poor beleaguered family manages to survive and books are one of its learn a lot about those white sources of strength. Here's a things in the sky, and so will clutch that carry with them primary !~rade children. In both hope, humor and beauty. cases mOBt painlessly and enjoyFour delights from Concordia ably, with bright illustrations Publishing House at $2.50 each complementing a cheerful text. are titled respectively "The Fruit "I'm Going to Run Away" by of the Spirit Is Joy ... Hope ... Jean Thompson (Abingdon, Faith ... Love," A melange of $4.95) is the story of Jimmy, poetry, pictures and photographs, who decided another home each effectively conveys its meswould be better than his own. sage, often through depictions of His appealling tale would be just high points in family life. the thing to hand or read to 4 to "What Is a Family?" by Edith 8 year oIds who sometimes feel Schaeffer - (Revell, $6.95) is a as he did" glimpse into the life of a family "As J[ Was Crossing Boston living by the Gospel and sharing Common" by Norma Farber its insights with others. Read it (Dutton, $6.95) is one of the for new and good ideas on makever-popular alphabet books, ing a family blossom. this an aBsortment of believable Good thoughts on personal animals which are all neverthe- and family growth are contained less to be found in the confines in "There Is a Better Way of Livof the unabridged dictionary. A ing" by Sidney Gerhardt and youngster who masters the Elizabeth G. McKay (Seabury, names of these 26 animals will $5.95), which by means of case路 have a (:onversation piece for histories and positive suggestions life. explains how one can "fill the A black husband and wife col- gaps in self-knowledge and laborated to produce "My Daddy make positive changes in one's Is a Cool Dude" (Dial, $5.95), a ways of relating to others." collection of poems and drawA look at the family in history ings that tell what it's like to is afforded by Elaine and Walter grow us as a black slum child. Goodman whose "The Family: An eye-opener for more priv- Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" (Farrar, Straus, $5.95) ranges ileged children. from the probable prehistoric For Teens formation of family groups due A book about itself - that's to the twin drives of hunger and . what "Pencil to Press" by Mar- sex to today's experimental jorie Spector (Morrow, $5.50) is. structures such as communes For youngsters 9 and up, it de- and open "marriages." The book, scribes and illustrates the steps however, ooncludes with the senin making a book, from the first tence: "If we must place a bet gleam in the author's eye to the either on the futurologists with pleasurable task of accepting their impersonal impregnations Turn to Page Ten or on the family with all its strengths and failings, we'll take the family." Networks, Encounter "Network" is a new term among social scientists. It -refers to all the persons and agencies known to an individual, and it's the removal of a plant from the proving a very useful study tool. earth whic:h nourishes it. But, to In "Helping Ourselves: Families continue the image, if the plant and the Human Network" (Beais dying in the soil, or if it has con, $8.95) Mary C. Howell never grown in that soil, that's -- writes about ways the network another matter. Transplants are concept can help individuals. A physician and psychologist, called for at times." A book which asks searching questions she feels strongly that people of. those who might be consider- should get out from unc;ler the ing a change in life style! idea that professionals have all A negative attitude towards the answers. We should develop the Christian revolutionaries of trusting relationships with a the Third World and the practi- wide human network and utilize toners of "liberation theology" professional services only on our is taken by Marcel Clement own terms, she says. For herself, ("Christ and Revolution"t and she comments, she would rather John Eppstein ("The Cult of Rev- be thought of as the "wise old olution in the Church") both pub- woman of the village" than _a lished by Arlington House, each detached medical person. She $6.95. Both authors offer orgu- has many sensible ideas and cerments from tradition and church tainly comes across as the kind history to bolster their conten- of person one would want as a tion that the role of revolution- family doctor. ary is not for the Christian. Thinking about making a Quite other is the message of Marriage Encounter? "The MarDaniel Berrigan in "The Raft Is riage Encounter" by Charles A. Not the Shore" (Beacon, $7.95), Gallagher, S.J. (Doubleday. $5.95) a v~lume of conversations with will tell you all about this Thich Nhat Hanh, leader of the movement to "make a good mar. Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Del- riage better," Father Gallagher, egation ill Paris and a major director of the Marriage EncounTum to Page Fifteen Tum to Page Nine

Books of Religious Interest Run Gamut From Traditional to Contemporary There's something for everyone in the postconciliar Church, ranging from a recent decisive return to traditional veneration of Mary to serious studies of the place of Yoga in Chri!!tianity and of the real nature of commitment. In the famous words of 'of St. Augustine, "Take. and read!" . "The Mother of Jesus in the New Testament" by John McHugh (Doubleday, $12.50) is a scholarly survey by one of the translators of the Jerusalem Bible, who uses modem methods of biblical criticism in support of traditional Catholic beliefs concerning the Mother of God. McHugh's conclusions are summed up in his final words: "Jesus from the cross still says today, to every disciple whom he loves, 'Behold thy mother!'" In "Yoga and God" (Abbey, $3.95) J.-M. Dechant, a monk and practicing yogi, harmonizes Western contemplation with Yogamethods of meditation to the end that restless modem Christians can attempt to bring body and soul into balance.

"Should Anyone Say Forever?" queries John C. Haughey, S.J. in this seminal study on "making, keeping and breaking commitments" {Doubleday, $6.95). "Withdrawal from a permanent commitment," writes Father Haughey, "is as undesirable as

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) GENTLE GHOST: Georgie the gentle ghost welcomes Christmas in "Georgie's Christmas Carol" by Robert Bright (Doubleday, $4.95).

Miniature Books Speak Volumes Sometimes little books have big messages and this is certainly true of "A Gift for God," a selection from the sayings, prayers, meditations, letters and lectures of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the only contemporary who comes to mind as thus identified with a place, as St. Francis was with Assisi. Her tiny book (Harper & Row, $3.95) is backed with the evidence of her life and literally every word has meaning. An' example: "There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in-that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as feautifully as possible." -The triangle of a husband, wife arid God is poetically depicted in "When You Are Close, God Is" by Dona Hoffman (Concordia, $2.95); and she turns her searching pen to motherhood in "My Children, All Children" (Concordia, $2.95). One poem: "We are always kinder to our children, more loving, considerate, when others are watching. Why aren't we kind, knowing God is watching?" 'I11e dailiness of life is celebrated by Jo Carr and Imogene Sorely in "Mocking Birds and Angel Songs" (Abingdon, $3.50), as they address prose poems to God on such matters as TV slogans, broken appliances and 'motherly nagging. "Why," they query, "do we talk more about new diets and uncertain bank accounts and the price of sugar than we do about the food crisis facing the whole world?" To end with a romp, try "Around and Around-Love" by Betty Miles (Knopf, $2.50), a delightful oollection of 65 photo. graphs of people of all ages sharing with and loving each other. Guaranteed to cheer you!

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The Gift That Lasts 'How-to'Volumes On Back-to-Lan'd Cooking, Crafts Do you think the good life is to be found outside cities? If you could take but one book with you on your quest, maybe it should be "The New Pioneer's Handbook" by James Bohlen (Schocken, $8.95). Subtitled "Getting Back to the Land in an Energy-Scarce World," it's at once romantic and practical, a rare and fascinating combination. For instance, after a discussion of the importance of having the proper karma and being truly attuned to the land. Bohlen launches into a mathematical study of the energybudget involved in small-scale rural subsistence living. The publisher claims this book contains "all the new pioneer need know obout settling independentlyon the land." It seems true. Also in the back-to-the-land realm is "Kitchen Tricks: Hundreds of Forgotten Home Remedies, Cures, and Cooking Tricks" by Ben Charles Harris (Crown, $7.95). The title tells it all and it's handy in the city too. Recipes for "vegetarian gourmets" are contained in "Super Natural Cookery" by Jim Corlett (Acropolis, $6.95) and "The Whole Earth Cook Book 2" by Sharon Cadwallader, while admitting meat and fish to its pages, emphasizes the importance of fresh, nutritionally sound and easily prepared foods. 'Like It Was' Someone had to think of this -"-!3icentennial Games 'N Fun" (Acropolis, $9.95), a handbook of games, recipes, crafts, music and you-name-it of the colonial era. Developed by Adah Parker Strobell, a professor of education at the University of Maryland, and a group of her students, it's made to order for the hundreds of people who will be cudgelling their brains this year for appropriate school and comTurn to Page Ten

Books Illuminate Christian Art "The National Gallery of Art in Washington has provided Marian King with the reproductions of the 29 masterpieces used to illustrate "The Ageless Story of Jesus" (Acropolis, $7.95). Combining carefully chosen Scripture passages and appreciations of the paintings and artists, the author has produced an exquisite and unusual "pictorial biography" of Christ which will bring special pleasure to those who have seen the original works of art in the National Gallery. Gertrude Grace Sill describes her "Handbook of Symbols in Christian Ar.t" (Macmillan, $10.95) as a tool of which she herself often felt the lack when visiting llluseums and churches. Now she has met that need in a comfortably-sized; well-illustrated and alphabetized book which will certainly find a place in many reference collections.

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Just a Drop "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things. To us what matters is an individual. To get to love the person we must come in close contact with him. If we wait till we get the numbers, then we will be lost in the numbers. And we will never be able to show that love and respect for the person. I believe in person to person~ every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment." . From "A Gift for God" by Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Family, Children Continued from Page Eight ter Resource Community路 in Great Neck, L" I., stresses that the most important part of the program is its follow-up. "We're not providing a honeymoon, but pointing the way to a life of love," he writes. How do we fail our children? Virginia Coigney discusses ways we fail and ways we can express our love in "Children Are People Too" (Morrow, $6.95). Replete with statistics and evidence, her thesis is that Americans treat children as property rather than people, that we take out our rage with ourr;elves on our children." But she is hopeful, too, and her lesson is that if, at a minimum, we share the respect and love we usually show our peers with our children, matters will take a quantum leap forword. 'Primarily for CCD coordinators but containing valuable family lessons as well is "A Bunch of Daisies: Model for a Family Program" by Virginia Pearl, .c.S.J. (Sheed & Ward, $7.95). This is a complete parish program, originally sparked by the author's memory of endless fields of Alaskan daisies she saw on a trip to the YUkon. "They became for us a beautful expression of life and beauty, as well as suggesting a sense of community. It was a foretaste of the parousia."

There's a special treat forCape and Island dwellers this Christmas: two beautiful books of photographs and text, one on Martha's Vineyard, the other on Cape Cod. Published by Viking, they are $4.95 each. "Cape Cod" by William Bercjlen and' Monica Dickens combines magnificent photography with commentary by an author who has live on and loved the Cape for 20 years; and "Martha's Vineyard" offers photographs by Alfred Eisenstadt of Life magazine fame and commentary by Henry Beetle Hough of Edgartown who for many years edited the Vineyard Gazette. Monica Dickens presents the contemporary Cape, not hesitating to expose its less attractive aspects, while Hough is objective, sticking mainly to the history of his island. But both books are additions to the literature of this era and at Christmas provide a winter look at summer seas. On the other side of the nation the Big Sur is known as the abode of artists, writers and sensitivity training types. Less realized is the fact that it is a paradise for "an 'almost infinite variety of life in a land of almost constant Spring," and it is this aspect that is explored by naturalist Floyd Schmoe in "The Big Sur: Land of Rare Treasures" (Chronicle Books, $5.95). WW II As World War II recedes farther into history, interest in it grows and "The Home Front: War Years in Britain, 19391945" by Susan Briggs (McGrawHill, $18.95, $16.95 until Dec. 31), will have a large 'audience. It's a collection of photographs, news and magazine stories, speeches, poems, jokes and songs of a period when an entire nation rose to grandeur. For history buffs is "Daily Life in the Middle Ages" by Clara and Richard Winston (McGrawHill, $10, $8.95 until Dec. 31), a lavishly illustrated description of the foods, housing, education, religion, recreation and social class system of medieval Europe. "Whither Womankind?" is theQuestion of Robert Kress' (Abbey, $4.75), a priest who is in favor of women sharing his office and who, via complex reasoning having to do with the fact that women are in some areas extraordinary ministers of the eucharist, argues that they are de facto already ordaine4. His main and well-documented theme, however, is-the inconsistency between theory and practice with regard to women's humanity. Looking forward to retirement and that monthly envelope from , Social Security? Don't be too sure of it, warns Warren Shore. In "Social Security: The Fraud in Your Future" (Macmillan, $7.~5), he declares that the sys-

tern is almost bankrupt" and in general. A beautiful book. -There's very little you might there is serious doubt whether you will ever be able to collect want to know about traveling even a fraction of what you that you won't find in "Going have contributed. He has a plan My Way: A Travel Editor's to rectify the situation, how- Guide to Getting More for Less" ever, and this book presents it by Georgia Hesse (Chronicle Books, $3.95). From how to tip persuasively. You needn't spend over $100 to how to picnic abroad, it's all to enter the relaxed world of here. transcendental meditation. All With today's interest in death you need, claims Herbert Ben, and dying, most notably disson, M.D., is $5.95 to buy "The cussed by Dr. Elizabeth KublerRelaxation Response" (Morrow Ross, there is a place for a book Books), from whi!=h you'll reap such as "The Way yve Die" by exactly the same benefits. Dr. David Dempsey (Macmillan, Benson is a professor at the Har- $9.95), a serious study of Amervard Medical School. His book ican attitudes and practices in is buttressed with an impressive the face of death, which includes body of research and a scholarly a fascinating section on scienbibliography, and his. method of tific studies of the possibility of eliciting the "relaxation re- eternal life. Biographies response" is incredibly simple. Five years of work have gone It's worth trying. What are Russian schools like? into "Cesar Chavez: Autobiog"Inside Soviet Schools" (Schock- raphy of La 'E:ausa" by Jacques en, $3.95), Susan Jacoby gives a Levy (Norton, $12.95), the highly full answer and, in reading it, significant story of the dauntless one also learns a lot about Rus- founder of the United Farm sian home life, the .differences Workers who has led agriculbetween rural and city young- tural workers to new dignity sters, and official and unofficial and achievements. A devout Catholic, Chavez has been greatattitudes towards the U. S. Then there's "Being with Chil- ly influenced by the non-violent dren" by Phillip Lepate (Double- tactics of Mahatma Ghandi and day, $7.95) a funny troubling, he has undertaken' many fasts uproarious account of a teacher in support of his aims. A highas different from the structured light of his life, beautifully deSoviet model as night from day. scribed in this book, was his Lopate, a New York City poet 1974 audience with Pope Paul turned teacher, agonizes, laughs VI, for which his travel expenses and struggles with his grade were met by Dorothy Day of the school classes' and somehow Catholic Worker. Dorothy Day figures in andraws from them a remarkable production of "West Side Story" other remarkable book, "Inner plus an incredible assortment of Companions," by Colman Mccreative writings. This is a teach- Carthy, a writer for the Washer, who cares. ington ,Post. This is a collection Here's an unexpected book of '53 essays on people, more or from P.L. Travers, the author of less divided into writers, spir"Mary Poppins." It's called itual leaders and those commit"About the Sleeping Beauty" ted to a cause, although the (McGraw-Hill, $4.25), and it in- categories, as in the case of cludes five versions of the time- Dorothy Day, often merge. Mcless fairy tale, plus the author's Carthy says he chose people own version and an essay on the who demonstrate that "nothing meaning of this and fairy tales Turn to Page Ten ' I

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Christmas Books for Children of the Los Angeles Police De- great pyramids of Egypt were Continued from Page Eight royalty checks for sold copies of partment on which Mrs. Dunna- 'built, accompanied by scores of hoo did a year's research before exquisitely detailed drawings. the finished work. Of teenage novels there is no writing -her book. A prize The author is an instructor at end, and this year brings the winning author, she also has the Rhode Island School of expected crop, ranging in locale four biographies for young peo- Design. from India to Holland to New ple to her credit. "The Glad Man" by Gloria York City and ancient Egypt (the latter two in the same Gonzalez (Knopf, $4.95) is the Continued from Page Nine story of Mellissa and Troy who munity Bicentennial programs. book). "Follow the River" by James took on the problem of an old "Indoor Plants from A-Z" by Forman (Farrar, Straus, $6.95) man and his dog living on a H.G. Witham Fogg (Barnes, is the story of a German boy and dump and in the process of look- $7.95) is for the plant-lover on a Brahman girl who join in a ing for a solution tangled with your list' and is a good basic friendship march along the the political system, their par- guide for those with thumbs Ganges River in emulation of ents, their teacher and the local green and not so green. .. Gandhi's attempts to heal an- media. The 'bitter-sweet ending Television may be omniprescient wounds between Hindus to the tale is an example of the -ent, but interest in crafts conand Moslems. How they test new-style children's books, for tinues to rise" and there are two themselves and their awakening which the happy-ever-after end- new entries in the how-to-do-it love for each other makes an ing is far from mandatory. field.' "Country Collage" by Val' . absorbing tale. Young Nonfiction erie Janitch (Chilton, $10.95) is Dedicated to Boston is "We'll a step-by-ste:p instruction in the What World War II looked like to an honest and seriously Take It from Here, Sarge" by pleasant art of collage; and searching member of the Hitler Garry Trudeau (Sheed & Ward, "Crafts from North American Youth, Organization is depicted $2.45). The author, a young Pul- , Indian Arts" by Mary Lou Stribin "The Borrowed House" by Hil- itzer Prize winner, famed for his ling (Crown, $12.95) is the result da van Stockum (Farrar, Strauss, "Doonesbury" comic strip, uses of painstaking study of authen$6.95). Twelve-year-old Janna, the weapon of gentle satire to tic Indian techniques for making with her Nazi parents in an Am- expose the Boston bus contro- articles from stone, clay, shells, sterdam house from which its versy for what it is: the use of bones, feathers, pine needles and owners had 'been driven, sees children to further adult hatreds. other materinls. Historical notes for herself how Hitler's soldiers As Chuck Stone points out in an add to the usefulness of this sigtreated citizens of occupied na- afterword, "if sanity somehow nificant book. tions and most especially Jews. manages to prevail, it will be due Mary Stolz, dean of teenage in part to the Garry Trudeaus novelists, has produced another . who will have ridiculed us into Continued from Page Nine of her sensitive studies of youth reason . . . and embarrassed us matters unle!is it is done with a in "Cat in the Mirror" (Harper into love." , & Row, $6.50), the story of Erin A mixed bag of how-to and perpetual fidelity to love." He and Irun, one a contemporary what-about books includes "Ta- also says, in his appreciation of New Yorker, the other a girl of ble Tennis" by David Philip E.B. White, that White is a winancient Egypt, yet both some- (Atheneum, $7.95), a complete ner of "the private Nobels that how the samt:! girl, sharing such illustrated handbook on the grateful readers award when a problems as an indifferent moth- sport; and "Wonders of Rattle- writer satisfLes the longing for er and inability to relate to their snakes" by G. Earl Chace (Dodd, clear truth." You, too, Colman. What's it really like when peers. An exciting story which Mead, $4.95), a study of the will also leave teens with more physical characteristics and hab- husband and wife exchange than a few insights into their its of this most feared reptile. roles, not on the lofty hills of difficult time of life. A comforting statement from the theory, but on the grubby plains "Backwater War" by Peggy book: "Except for eating, evad- of dishes, laundry, shopping and Woodford (Farrar, Straus, $6.95) ing enemies, or mating, the rat- taking-the-kids-to-the-dentist? In is another World War II book, tlers lead a slow, restful, placid "The Kitchen Sink Papers: My Life as' a Househusband" (Douthis one about what happens to life." 17-year-old Anria Hardy who en"Caveat emptor" begins early bleday, $6.9S), Mike McGrady dure's the wartime years on these days and "Dollars and tells all, some fuimy, some Guernsey, a. British Channel Sense: The Teen-Age Consumer's rather sad. He concluded his year Island occupied by the Nazis. Guide" by Elizabeth McGougij as a househu:;1Jand by developing An .introduction to Indian lore (Morrow, $5.95) is a practical a family contract, outlining "an is part of the package for the present for one of the young equal distribution of rights and reader of ",Potawatomi Indian people responsible for nourishing responsibilities, a classless famSummer" by E. William Olden- a large chunk of the American ily." Thought.-provoking reading. Far from Buch mundane matburg (Eerdmans, $5.95), the economy. It covers how to get story of 1iix children living on money, via jobs or allowance, ters is Thor Heyerdahl's latest Lake ,Michigan who one day and then how to spend and save book "Fatu-Hiva: Back to Nature" (Doubleday, $10) the acfind themselves propelled 300 it wisely. years back in time, participating' Halfway houses are a step count of his honeymoon year of in the struggles of the Potawa- back into society for people with ' 1936, which he and his bride tomi and Mohawk tribes. Excel- problems, including drink, drugs spent in the primitive surroundlent for younger teens, especially and delinquency. "Coming Home ings of the Marquesas Islands, to a Place You've Never Been testing their ability to live. Indian buffs. Human relationships, junior Before" by Hanna and Bruce Drawing from his experience of grade, is what "Sand in the Clements (Farrar, Straus, $6.95) 40 years ago, he路 suggests that Wind" by Jean Little (Harper & is a documentary account of one older people today have someRow, $5.50) is all about. It's the day at a Perception House in thing from young back-to-thestory of four girls, two sets of Willimantic, Conn., and of how landers. How do adopted children feel sisters, who start a week at a its teenage residents are attemptsummer cottage disliking and ing to fight their way back from about their origins? "Twice Born" by Betty Jean Lifton (McGrawsomewhat fearing each other, lives of serious crime. . and end it with a new appreciaA complete contrast is "The Hill, $8.95) is the story of one tion of each other and of all Secret Country of C.S. Lewis" such child, who spent years strangers who are potential by Anne Arnott (Eerdmans, seeking her own parents. As the $4.95), a teens' biography of the wife of a psychiatrist, Mrs. Liffriends. Terry Dunnahoo, author of famed English author who com- ton has great insight into the "Who Cares about Espie San- mitted his life, possessions and philosophical and psychological chez" (Dutton, $6.95), is a trans- talents to Christ and through his factors that pressed on her quest, planted Fall Riverite, a graduate books, lectures and radio talks' but at its end, when she had of the former Dominican Acad- brought thousands to knowledge found her mother, she concludes, emy. Espie Sanchez is a Mex- of the Lord. "Everything should have been For the intellectually curious resolved now ... 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COMMEMORATE 75 YEARS: Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, Bishop of Fall River, (top), administers Communion to the sick at the Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home in Fall River to commemorate the Dominican Sisters' 75th Anniversary in the apostolate. He is assisted by Father John J. Oliveira, Secretary to the Bishop, and Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Harrington, Chancellor and Hospital Chaplain. Upper center, among the visitors at the Open House were Rev. Msgr. John A. Chippendale and Most Rev. James L. Connolly, greeted by Sister Margaret, O.P.; lower center: a patient's joy is evident as diocesans tour the hospital; bottom: Sister ChIjstopher, O.P., superior of the hospital staff, proudly shows Religious apd laity about the hospital.


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KNOW YOUR FAITH Classical Prophets •In the South

The Catholic People •In America BY MICHAEL NOVAK The most important part of the American population at the time for the Bicentennial is the nation's Roman Catholics. They are also among the nation's most politically ineffective groups. Why? First, there are so many of us. At least one out of four Americans is Roman Catholic. There are approximately 50 million of us, in official figures. But if you count 16 million Spanish-speaking Catholics, rather than the official 5 million-and the larger figure seems more plausiblethen there are about 60 million Catholics. In addition there are millions who are Catholic in culture, even if they no longer go to church. Secondly, our location is politically potent. Catholics are concentrated in the 10 states with the greatest number of electoral votes. Most of us live in a triangle from Maine to MinnesotaMissouri. 'But we also number 20 per cent or more in states usually thought of as "Protestant," like Florida, Texas, and California. There are almost a million Slavs in 'Texas, besides the great numbers of Chicanos, and sizable numbers of Irish and German Catholics there (like Sissy Farenthold's family). Thirdly, Catholics are more concentrated than 'Protestants in and around cities of 250,000 or

more. In cities like Boston, Providence, Newark, Pittsburgh, Buf- . falo, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago-Catholics and blacks are virtually the only ones left in the cities. Fourth, Catholics vote heavily. Polish Catholics vote at a level (84 per cent) second highest only to Jews. Other Catholics (except the Spanish speaking) also vote at a rate higher than the national average. Finally, in elections for the presidency !(and even for the senate) Catholics tend disproportionately to be independent voters. Catholics used to be solidly Democratic. But since Eisenhower's second election (1956), Catholics have voted sometimes for Democratic and sometimes Republican presidents and senators, splitting their tickets. Catholics describe themselves as Independent in higher proportions than either Protestants or Jews. In a word, Catholics are numerous, concentrated in politically potent ways, urban, vote regularly and form a decisive independent body. Thus decisions made by Catholics individually, but cumulative in their force, will be the most decisive force in determining the direction of the nation in the third century. Turn to Page Twelve

Praying for Others -Elmer and Connie knelt side by side in silent prayer before the altar for a long time Saturday night. They were there the evening before as well, lighting a candle, praying earnestly for something or someone. This is not the customary way

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FR. JOSEPH M. CHAMPLIN that this couple spends part of their weekend. They are very regular church goers, highly active and always ready to serve parishioners, but the FridaySaturday night silent prayer before the altar effort has not been a regular routine for them. Several weeks earlier Connie and Elmer made a Marriage Encounter weekend. It moved them deeply and while working through this difficult, but extremely rewarding experience they realjzed the importance of the prayers being offered for them back home by their "praying couple." Now it was time to reciprocate. They had been assigned

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their own couple and those moments of quiet prayer in church were for another husband and wife making an encounter that weekend. -A group of some 120 priests gathered at the Augustinian retreat house on Staten Island recently for a retreat-discussion workshop on priestly charism. Dominican Father Francis McNutt directed the several-day event and used the common prayer of those dedicated clergy to help in the healing of a uniquely troubled woman. The afflicted person had written to him earlier seeking assistance. Father McNutt, knowing the power of prayer and the type of believing individuals expected for this retreat, asked her to come to New York from out of state and be present at the session. The prayer' of these priests produced remarkable results in and for the afflicted woman. -Parishioners at St. Augustine's Church in Rochester, New York fe~l they shared in the conversion process of 35 adults who entered the Catholic Church during the past year. Working in a team operated, fast becoming inner city parish, the staff (several priests and Sisters) began a class of instruction for those interested in the Turn to Page Twelve

Echoing through the pages of the Old Testament is the prophetic exhortation: "Israel! Rely on Yahweh." It was a call to faith in God's Word that was sounded .time and again' but seldom heeded. Chiefly responsible for Israel's resounding "no" to the prophets' oracles calling for faith in and

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faithfulness to God's covenanl were the kings who succumbed to the siren call of power and security through political alliances which lured them and the nation to destruction and bondage. Isaiah {ca. 742-701 'BC) and Jeremiah 627 585 BC) stood as giants in the long line of prophets who spoke God's Word to the kings in Jerusalem. Greed, injustice, hypocrisy, the same sickness that sapped the spiritual strength of the Northern Kingdom during the prophetic ministry of Amos, were epidemic in the Southern Kingdom of Judah when Isaiah was called as a prophet in 742 BC, "the year that king Uzziah died," (Is 6:1). The House of David has reigned continuously if not gloriously in Judah during the period that the history 'of Israel, to the north, was being written J

"ISAIAH (ca. 742-701 BC) and Jeremiah (627-585 BC) stood as giants in the long line of prophets who spoke God's word to the kings in Jerusalem." The Prophet Jeremiah Dictating to his Scribe, Baruch" is the title of this imposing painting by Washington Allston (1820) in the Yale University collection. with the blood of murdered monarchs. But God's promise of an eternal dynasty to David's line (2 Sm7) was interpreted by a majority of his descendants as a guarantee of invincibility even ~n the face of wanton corruption, and many of Isaiah's oracles were addressed to this distortion.

II The Shrine of the Torah IID II One of the anonymous editors of the Torah was a moralist. Scholars call him the "D" editor. The initial comes from the first letter of Deuteronomy, that book of the Torah which deals with morality. The author has the honor of knowing that his contribution was the first writing canonized as the Word of God. He can also rejoice in the fact that he is the most quoted au-

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thor in the New Testament. And it was to his text that Augustine turned for the catechetical 'presentation of the. 10 commandmentS. (Dt. 5:6-21) Just as Levi looked at the Glory of God resting on the Ark to begin a discussion of worship, so "D" took his starting point

from this shrine of the Covenant. Levi enunciated principles of adoration. "D" set forth principles of morality. Recall that the 10 commandments rested within the Ark. Thus from the Ark God's demand is spoken to the hearts of the people. The people were to assimiliate the glow of the sanctuary within their souls so that it would take 'visible form in moral behavior. The hour of worship was an hO\Jr of receiving God's love. The hours of daily life were to be love responses enacted in obedience to the law and its moral implications. 'ID" faced the task of showing how daily life oould reflect the communion of love expressed in covenant and worship. That is why his writings are full of case studies. He is not writing a series of laws so much as precedents that illustrate how the love of God would shine in the affairs of people. He establishes the mood of covenant, that is, the love between God and people and between each person and his neighbor. Turri. to Page Twelve

For four decades the prophet spoke God's Word to faithless and faithful kings of Judah until the accession of Manasseh, the sacrilegious and blasphemous king whose long reign was the low point in the Davidic dynasty. Isaia~'s concept of Yahweh as "the Holy One of Israel" dominates his message probably as the result of his inaugural vision of God enthroned in the Temple (Ch 6) surounded by Seraphim chanting "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts!" ·tFlowing from his overwhelming sense of God's holiness was the prophet's proclamation of Yahweh as the Lord of History, .whose plan cannot be thwarted Turn to Page Twelve ..

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Classical Prophets in the South Co~tinued from Page Eleven or hmdered by men, even evil ones, whom He uses as a woodsman uses an axe to fell a tree (10:5-15). Among the nations of the :n0rl~, only Israel was the knowmg I.nstrument of Yahweh in ~ar~ymg out His plan, and Isalah.s oracles allow for only one satIsf~ctory response to its role ... faith, a total commitment to God's wi~l. Such a commitment" would brIng about salvation for Israel, a~y other response meant dest~ctIon (Ch 5). , Isal~h speaks a wo~d of hope even m t?e ~ace of faithlessness of Judah m hiS theme of the remna~t that will share in God's holIness (4:3) rely on Gvd, alone

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Catholic People Continued from Page Eleven Catholics alone are not strong enough to carry the nation. But they are clearly the largest swing vote. They outnumber blacks about three to one. They outnumber the entire Republican party. On almost every measure, even when we oontrol for class, region, education and income Catholics tend to 'be less con~ servative than Protestants, more progressive, more independent. Yet the Catholic people have been politically disorganized, ineffective, and unsophisticated, when compared to groups like the Quakers, the Jews, bl.ack Protestants and Ivy League Protestants. (Twenty-eight of 100 Senators have Ivy League degrees.) Issues important to Catholics - from social issues like unions for Chicano migrant _ workers, or an end to the Vietnam war in which so many sons of working-class families fought ...nd died, to institutional ISSUt:::s like parochial schools and moral issues like. abortion-do not receive a very sympathetic ear from most non-Catholics. Often, Catholics are maligned falsely for holding positions they do not hold. For example, support for George Wallace in 1968 was often attributed to Catholic workers. Yet fewer than 8 per cent of all Catholic~ supported Wallace in November of 1968. Sixteen per cent of Protestants did. At other times, Catholic views on moral or political issues are ignored, misperceived, or treated as unenlightened, particularly on ~oral issues related to family lIfe. The problems of workingclass Catholics are ignored in the media. The relative absence of Catholics at high levels of various financial, corporate, academic, and media institutions does not awaken general cries for "affirmative action" in favor of greater Catholic participation. (In President Ford's cabinet there is only one Catholic. O~ the boards of trustees and faculties of most universities the proportion of Catholics is almost as low.) As 197f) approaches, the Catholic people are a politically silent, disorganized, amateurish, and ineffective socio-political force. Yet they are strategically situated and bear heavy responsibilities. The Bicentennial is an occasion to explore the situation of Catholics in America.

(10:20) and be grouped around the Messiah (11:1-9). The prophet's Messianic oracles (7:13-14, 9:5-6, 11:1-12:6) are among the most beautiful and most familiar Old Testament passages and resound throughout the New Testament. <?nly the first 39 chapters of Isaiah are attributed to the eighth century prophet. The remaining sections (Second Isaiah Ch 40-55, Third Isaiah, Ch 56-66) are attributed to a group of his disciples (8:16) and deal with subsequent periods in Israel's history. (They will be taken up later in the series.) Isaiah was married and had two children, whose symbolic names (7:3, 8:3) reflect his prophetic words. Jeremiah, on the other hand was ordered by God to remain without wife arid family so that his lifestyle might itself be a prophetic warning (16:1-4). Jeremiah spoke the Word of God to the kings of Judah as the final convulsions of death wracked the tiny nation. He was ignored, derided and persecuted as he pursued his prophetic ministry. Called the Reluctant Prophet, Jeremiah argued with GOd at the time of his calling (1 :6- 7) and subsequently cursed the day he was born (20:14) as he voiced his frustration in the strongest terms: "You duped me 0 Lord and I let myself be' duped,.: (20:7). Jeremiah's life, an utter failure by human standards, was a triumph because of his faithfulness of God's call and God's Word despite incredible obstacles. The real message of any prophet is his own life and Jeremiah's total, if humanly frustrating, dependence upon the promise of Yahweh (1:18-19) was greater than any sermon or prophetic action of his career. _His mission was to cry out the message of Israel's infidelity, to prophesy violence and destruction upon the people he loved. He spoke the Word of God to Jerusalem pleading for fidelity to the covenant and warning of impending judgment (11:1-14). He preached (Ch 7), he acted out (Ch 18, 19, 28), he wrote (Ch 29) but to no avail. For his efforts he was thrown into a dungeon (37:15) and was lowered into a miry cistern (33:7-17) but he would not be silenced. Yet at the heip,ht of his persecution he spoke his most optimistic oracles (Ch 30-33), and he was that the Old Covenant would be replaced by a new one where the response to God's love and law would come from men's hearts (31:31-34). When Jerusalem fell and the Babylonian exile began, Jeremiah refused special treatment by the c~nquerors who saw in him an ally. Instead he remained in Judah until he was kidnapped and taken to Egypt where he was probably murdered. Despised and disparaged by his fellow countrymen, his life was vindicated by the One for whom he prepared the way, when Christ, whose sufferings were reflected in Jeremiah's life fulfilled the prophet's greatest promise of a New Covenant (Lk 22:20).

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"ONLY IF YOU THOROUGHLY REFORM your ways and your deeds, if each of you deals justly with his neighbor, if you no longer oppress the resident alien the orphan, the widow ... will I remain with you." A Vietnamese refugee boy in a day-care center at Fort Chaffee, Ark., seems to plead for justice for modern-day "resident aliens" who need help in starting their new life.

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Continued from Page Eleven He insisted that all morality begins with an act of faith in the one God. Hence the apex of his writing is the summons to a consciousness of basic belief. "Hear, 0 Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!" (Dt. 6:4) Acknowledging this, one is ready to understand the greatest of commandments and the root of morality. '.'Therefore, you shall love the LOl'd your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength ... You shaH love your neighbor as yourself" (Dt. 6:4; Lv. 19:18). It was these words Jesus used to reply to a challenge about the greatest of commandments. (Mk 12:30-1) It is to "D" that Christians owe the origin of the Holy Year. He urged that the people periodically celebrate a year of Jubilee. Usually this was every fiftieth year, the one following seven sabbatical cycles. "This fiftieth yea.r you shall make sacred by proclaiming liberty in the land fo:r all its inhabitants. In this year of jubilee, when you sell any land to your neighbor or buy from him, do not deal unfairly" (Cf Lv 25: 8FF). The Jubillee year was a time of amnesty, forgiveness, reconciliation and the rectifying of unjust transactions. Each case was tested by the covenant norm . Did the case trulyrepresent the love and justice demanded by the Sinai event? If not, then let it be changed to oonform to the belief and love called for by the covenant. The theme of the 1975 Catholic Holy Year, being reconciliation, reflects the ancient intention of

the insight of the "D" author. The special beauty of his contribution is the careful bond he creates between the spiritual loftiness of Sinai and the shrine of the Covenant with the practical down-to-earth living out of the meaning implied. He reminds us that we can never separate worship and ethics. His approach is no dry legalism. His moral view is tied to the joy of liturgical celebration and the dialogue of -love therein. St. John the evangelist carries through the same theme in his account of the Last Supper Discourse around the Eucharist. Jesus speaks of the new law and commandment in the presence of the Eucharistic covenant. Morality and worship rest together at the table of the Lord. The sacrament is the covenant sign of salvation. It speaks of the divine initiative of love. Morality spells out the grateful and realistic meaning of that love. When we praise the Lord for his goodness, .we are likely to be good ourselves.

Continuea from Page Eleven Church . Once under way, they enlisted the ,help of parishioners. The name, address, and phone number of each student in the class or candidate for the Church was written on several slips of paper and placed in a box on the communion railing. The staff then asked every parishioner to pick up one slip and begin a program of regular prayer for that searching individual. Many did more than this. Participants in the inquiry class received numerous supportive cards and telephone calls as wert' as the welcomed prayers. The previous year only three individuals entered the Church; with this new program, a dozen made their profession of faith during the Easter vigil service and 20 more did so on the feast of Pentecost. -St. Mary's Church in Old Town, Maine, encouraged by one of these columns, decided to sponsor a parish mission and contacted a gifted Passionist preacher we have mentioned in our articles, Father Camillus Barth. They termed the mission a "Family Enrichment Week" and these words of the pastor, Father John Anderson, indicate the im-portance its plaimers gave to, prayer as part of the preparation process: "The first thing you have to do when planning a mission is to pray. So we路 composed a little prayer which was printed on a card and distributed to our parishioners at Sunday Mass. They were asked to recite the prayer daily," The effect of that common prayer: "On Monday, more than 500 attended the mission services. Viewing the church crowded with young people as well as adults, one could not help from thinking back to those former days when a mission was a real evell.t in the parish .. ," "People were making the Stations of the Cross, going to confession, telling what a great speaker Father Barth was, how it was helping them. In fact, it _seemed to be something they had just been waiting for. One said: 'Even the kids like him,' " The Old Testament prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah prayed for God's people and preached to them. Their purpose in these efforts, even when they were strongly critical of the chosen ones' behavior, was to help the Jews. The goal of praying for others, as illustrated in these four examples, is the same-to help those for whom we pray.

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HOLY NAME, FALL RIVER New altar boys will meet at 2:45 this afternoon in the school. Campbell's Soup labels are being collected through Jan. 7 and parishioners are asked to cooperate in bringing them to church and depositing them in receptacles at the doors. Credit is given to the school towards educational equipment in exchange for the labels. The school will present a Christmas program at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 and a'parish advent penance service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22. Two singing groups from B.M.C. Durfee High School will entertain members of Project Leisure at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 in the school hall. Mrs. Irene Monte will direct the Serenaders and Mrs. Eleanor Lindquist the Vocalaires. A coffee hour will follow the program. ST. STANISLAUS FALL RIVER Those planning to participate in a parish-sponsored trip to Egypt in February will meet at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 in the school hall. Tom Pasternak, telephone 6769112 and Jack Zukowski, 6730333, are in charge of reservations for a New Year's Eve party to be held in the school hall. The parish council will meet at 7:30 tonight in the lower church hall. ST. ANNE, FALL RIVER The annual Christmas pageant will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 in the church and will be presented by parish school pupils. Tickets are available for the annual New Year's Eve party sponsored by the Parish Committee. Reservations may be made with Mrs. V. Vezina, telephone 674·4816 or Mrs. R. Mercier,674-0007.

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THE· LAST FOUR YEARS This week we, the Dameans, have decided to depart from our usual format. Instead of a comment on a particular song, this column is devoted to our reflections on four years producing this article. In one way it 'is difficult to 'believe that it has been four years since we began writing for NC News Service. In another way, it seems as if it has been much longer. The column has been such a prominent part of our schedules. It has come during vacations, 'in the middle of tours, when the daily schedule in our individual parishes was stacked' with marriage cases, retreats, counseling, Masses, and sickness. The deadlines are a constant pressure coming with frightening regularity.

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DIOCESAN WINNERS: Winners of the Eucharistic Congress Poster Contest brought their posters to Rev. John J. Oliveira, Diocesan Coordinator of the Eucharistic Congress, who transmitted them to Philadelphia for further national competition. Left to right: Sist,er Marion Geddes, R.S.M., of the School Department; Miss Norma Diane Cloutier of Notre Dame School, Fall River; Father Oliveira; Timothy C. Wheelock of Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro.

Feehan, Notre Dame: Poster Winners The Depa.rtment of Education of the Diocese this week announced that Feehan and Notre Dame students were winners in Eucharistic Congress Poster Con. test. Timothy Wheelock, senior at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, was selected as the winner of the high school division and Diane Cloutier, Grade 8, at Notre Dame School, Fall River as the winner of the elementary division in the Poster Contest that was held recently in the Catholic schools of the diocese for the 41st International Eucharistic Congress. The overall theme of the Congress is "Th.e Eucharist arid the Hungers of the Human Family". Students had to choose one of

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Agenda Still Unfinished Continued from Page Three this country, I think .jt is through the collegial process that we will find the route to full participation in the church." Peace, Justice Sister of Loretto Mary Luke Tobin, only U. S. female observer at the council, said she considers "very serious attention to the issues of peace and justice" as a maior part of the Church's unfinished agenda. "We need to take seriously the document on the Church in the modern world" she said, "especially as it deals with the whole business of militarism 'and the arms race." Another portion of that document, she said, "spelled out an end to discrimination against women . . . and the Church should he listening more to women in every area. . .. Without listening, it can't know where women are hurting." Now Discrimination For Sister Mary Daniel Turner, executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the council's unfinished business "is summed up in Galatians 3:28, 'There does not exist among you Jew or Greek, slave or freeman, male or female. All are one in Christ Jesus,' What

we need is for everyone in the Church to relate to one another as 'persons, without racism or nationalism or sexism." Spiritu!ll renewal, liturgy and prayer life, pluralism, collegiality participation, grassroots involvement and responsibility, justice and peace, personal dignitv for men and womenali路ke.... "There is an enormous unf.inished agenda," said Bishop Rausch. New Growth "But what I would be concerned with," he added quickly, "is tendency toward retrenchment, to dragging our feet. The few mistakes that occur out -of imprudence or over-enthusiasm are not as important as a failure to respond to the spirit of the council would be. "I become apprehensive when I think that we might kid ourselves ,into believing that if we do less ecumenically, if we return to a preconcilian notion of religious liberty, if we stay out of the problems of the secular order, then ,we will become a strong Church. "It's a serious deception, I think, to view personal holiness and the Ohurch's ,health 'a,s growing by ignoring what we are in relation to the world outside."

Social Problems at Hearing Continued from Page Three and the oppressed seriously lacking. Other topics included: political and economic stress on the neighborhood/parish unit is essential to the survival of deteriorating cities; a theology of ethnic and cultural pluralism is needed so that ethnic, racial and cultural differences can beeome a source of pride, dignity and self-identity rather than something to be hidden; Eastern-rite Catholics should be given more freedom and not forced to conform to the Latin Rite; universal amnesty; Catholic schools and educational pro?rams must be maintained and mcreased but they must also take n~w directi?ns .wit~ more emphaSIS on SOCial .Justice and more respect for raCial and cuitural pluralism' , Busing Two top ethnic spokesmen, Italian Catholic specialist in urban ethnic affairs Msgr. Geno Baroni and a Slovak Catholic author and essayist Michael Novak blasted busing for racial integration. The prelate characterized busing as an "hypocrisy". Senator George McGovern's call to the Democrats to "save the soul of the nation by busing," was branded by Michael

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Gift Books of Religious Interest Continued from Page Eight poet of his country. At a series of meetings the two explored the possibilities of Buddhist-Christian understanding, duscussing such subjects as resistance communities, the similar teachings of Jesus and Buddha and the relationship of government to reo. ligion. Woodcuts by Vietnamese artist Vo-Dinh illuminate the written words oJ this book. Also centered on the contemplative life is "Thomas Merton, Monk," edited by Brother Patrick Hart (Sheed & Ward, $8.95), a collection of commemorative essays by close friends, placing Merton for the first time in the context of his life as a Trappist. A necessary addition to the bookshelf of Merton students. Personal morality is the topic of the always readable Eugene Kennedy in "A Sense of Life, A Sense of Sin" (Doubleday, $6.95). Father Kennedy calls the reader to moral awareness, challenging him to "bear responsibility, accept forgiveness, be willing to make mistakes and to grow in the pursuit of Christian fulfillment," "The saddest thing," he muses, "aboiut the handsome Jeb Stuart Magruder's Watergate reflections is his apparent failure to realize that there are internal principles of moral behavior."

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