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dJ The AKCHOR Vol. 19, No. 51-Fall River, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 18, 1975

Bishop's Residence December 15, 1975

An Anchor

of the Soul, Sure and Firm-St. Paul

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoiCe! The Lord is near. -Phillipians 4:4-5

Dearly Beloved in Christ, This text from Saint Paul is from the Liturgy of the Third Sunday of Advent. I make it my own as a brief Christmas message to you, my beloved brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. Rejoice! We have much cause for joy! In our Cathedral of Saint Mary on the Saturday before Christmas, following an ancient tradition in the Church, I shall have the happy privilege of ordaining two young deacons to the Sacred Priesthood. This will bring to nine the number of young men of our diocesan clergy whom I shall have ordained to the Priesthood this year. What a special blessing for the Diocese of Fall River. This ordination ceremony, coming' as it does, so close to the birthday of the one High Priest of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ, in whose Priesthood all other priests share, makes us meditate on the words of the prophet Isaiah. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me. He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord and a day of vindication by our God." (Isaiah 61:1-2) These words remind us of the holy vocation that the consecrated priest, anointed by the Lord, follows in the service of the People of God. They also make us

reflect on the fact that this coming ordination ceremony, holy and solemn, even "awesome, as it is, provides a fitting participation in our Diocese in the conclusion of the Holy Year 1975 which, indeed, has been for us a year of favor from the Lord. We rejoice because the Lord is near us in our special effort to encourage vocations to the Priesthood and religious life. These vocations, however, will flourish only in homes where family life is strong. Good Christian family life, modeled on the Holy Family into which Christ was born, is so necessary for the spiritual development of the members of the family and for the strong moral fiber of our nation. So many of the moral ills of society and the faults of individuals, so many of the evils of which we are painfully aware could be avoided, if not totally eliminated, if once again the concept of the closely-knit family, living in a holy, loving manner, with mutual

responsibilities taken seriously by both parents and children, were to be given the priority it deserves. The Feast of Christmas, intimately involved as it is in the life of the Holy Family, should serve as a joyful reminder of and an effective stimulus to good family living. Here in these United States of America, with the New Year, we enter into our Bicentennial Year. Certainly urgent emphasis should be given in our nation to the need for the reintroduction of strict moral norms in family life. This, indeed, would be an appropriate manifestation of gratitude for the many favors with which our country has been blessed in the two centuries of its history. As Americans, we love our country and we are proud of it, and we should be. We acknowledge that all is not right in our country, and for this we accept responsibility, but with God's help, we shall continue to work for peace and justice in society both in our own nation and throughout the world. We know, in the midst of our anxieties and concerns, that God will be with us because it is in Him that we trust. Small wonder, then, that we can rejoice this Christmas. "Again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near." With heartfelt good wishes for Christmas and the New Year, I remain Devotedly yours in Christ,

Bishop of Fall River


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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 18, 1975

What's

IN THE WORLD

Happening

IN THE NATION

and

ITEMS FROM NATIONJ'L CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE-----

National Cardinal BOSTON - Cardinal Humberto Medeiros of Boston was admitted to St. Elizabeth's Hospital here for a "severe, stubborn and persistent respiratory infection," an archdiocesan 'spokesman said December 10.

'Bicentennial Challenge' CHICAGO-The general secretary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops has called freedom and justice "the real bicentennial challenge," at a service marking the opening.of the Chicago Archdiocese's observance of the nation's '200th anniversary That challenge, said Bishop James S. Rausch, is "to do for, our days what those who went before did in their time. Can we let freedom ring for all our citizens, whatever their color or ethpic background? Can we make justice thrive t1>r all our people," the bishop asked.

Asks Defeat of Alien Bill HARTFORD - The executive director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference has urged his state's U. S. congressmen to vote against the pending illegal alien bill. The official, William J. Wholean, has urged them to defeat the bill, saying it would "create untold havoc among the poor," especially the , .Spanish-speaking. He expressed fear that those "who spoke Spanish or had a 'look about them' to indicate they might not be American citizens would be immediately discriminated against." Unofficial estimates of the number of Spanish-speaking people in Connecticut are as high as 200,000.

Priests' Senate Plans Election The first meeting of the Priests' Senate of the Diocese of Fall River for 1976 will seat the new representatives from the diocesan priests' peer-groups and hold the annual election for its new slate of officers. The important meeting will be held at the Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, on Friday, Jan. 9 at 11 o'clock in the morning. During the December meeting, held Friday, Dec. 12, the Senate formulated a recommendation (please see page 3) and congratulated Bishop Cronin on his fifth anniversary as Ordinary of the Diocese. Reports were also heard from the Senate's liaison representatives to the New England Conference of Priest Senates and the National Federation of Priest Senates. Rev. Thomas C. Lopes, reTurn to Page Four.

Youth Apostolate Promising ROME-Pointing to statistics showing large numbers of young people in developing nations, the head of the Salesian order called today's apostolate to the young as promising as it was in the time of St. John Bosco, the order's founder. "The Third World is a rising tide of youth," according to Father Luigi Ricceri, superior general of the Salesians. He added, "Forty-three per cent of Asia and Latin America and 44 per cent of Africa is under 15 years of age, and two-thirds of the population in those continents is under 25."

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Child-Sacrifices Reported NAIROBI-Police in this African capital have reportedly cracked down on a syndicate said to. be kidnapping young children to be used for human sacrifices and offered to end the long drought. Reports of the syndicate's activities are reinforcedby photos of dead animals in the tourist parks of southern Kenya and Tanzania, for according to Father Carlo Capone of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), "Animals in Kenya die last; when that happens, men are dying." The practice of child sacrifice had "not been heard of in recent times anywhere in Kenya," until these reports according to the governmentrun Kenya News Agency.

Halt Expelriments on Children SAN JOSE-The Health Ministry here stopped use of unapproved vaccine to inocculate Costa 'Rica school children after the weekly Pueblo branded the vaccination program a dan-

gerous experiment by U. S. medical researchers. A two-week investigation by the ministry confirmed that some 20,000 children had been given shots of anti-influenza vaccine by members of the International Center for Medical Research and Training, of the Louisiana State Univerยงity.

'Breakthrough' of Holy Year VATICAN CITY - One of the "breakthroughs" of the 1975 Holy Year has been an upsurge in hope, needed to walk the "rough road" of Christian living, Pope Paul VI said Dec. 10. "There is another consequence, another consignment, another 'souvenir' of the Holy Year for the pilgrimage in the near future of the People of God ... hope," the Pope told his ,general audience. ' "If we are not supported by this virtue, our perseverance is not a certainty. We could get lost on the way, and today, unfortunately, that is so easy to do."

'Pope Asks More Collaboratiun VATICAN CITY-Pope Paul VI has expressed to the World Council of Churches (WCC) his hopes for every-greater collaboration between the WCC'and the Catholic Church. "We trust that the efforts the Catholic Church has made and will continue to make to promote the ecumenical movement and, wherever P9ssible, to collaborate with the World Council of Churches, will continue to grow even greater with God's help. lI"",mUlIIlIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIlIlllmllmllllllmllll"""UlIllllIlllllIIIIIIIIIIIIlIIlIIlllUIUIIIUlllIIllllllII11111111111111111111111111111111""11"111111111111111"'"11111"'"

OUR PAGE ONE We are grateful to Sr. Jane Andrea, S.U.S.c. of Sacred Hearts Convent, Fall River, for her creation of the Christmas Wreath and the lighting of the Christ candle signifying the arrival of Christmas.

What's Happening Here

THEY WERE THERE: Part of the crowd of hundreds who attended an International Christmas Festival sponsored by the Fall River District Council of Catholic Women at St. Mathieu's parish hall, Fall River. To see what they saw, keep turning the pages.

Church Concert In Fall River This Sunday Highlights from Camille SaintSaens' "Christmas Oratorio," will be offered in a Christmas music concert at the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, County and Thomas Streets, Fall River, December 21st at 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge and the public is cordially invited to attend. ,Preceding the program will be a short benediction service for the choir's new vestments and a candlight procession of carols., Also featured on the program will be the annual institution of the Christmas manger by the members of the parish's Holy Name Society. Among the selections to be heard in concert will be Sections II, V, VII, and IX of the seldom sung oratorio by Saint-Saens; What Child Is This, arranged by Turn to Page-Seven


THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 18, 1975

Priest Senate. Counsels, Staffs Deny Allegations The Priests' Senate of the Diocese of Fall River passed two resolutions at its Dec. 12 meeting. The first recommended that "the Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, Bishop of Fall River, and Rev. Edward J. Byington, former editor of The Anchor, submit their policy differences to the 'board of directors of the Catholic Press Association .:for advice and guidance." The vote on this resolution was 12 for, 9 against and 3 abstentions. The second resolution, which passed unanimously, congratulated Bishop Cronin on his fifth anniversary as Bishop of Fall River, the am:tiversary day being last Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Ordination' Bishop Cronin cordially invites the clergy, Religious and laity of the Diocese to participate in the priestly ordination in St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, at 11 o'clock of Rev. Mr. H. Stanley Barney III and Rev. Mr. Herbert T. Nichols, Jr. The Diocesan Ordinary will on t1)at day also be celebrating his own twenty-third anniversary of his own ordination to the priesthood. Priests wishing to concelebrate are asked to bring amice, alb, cincture and stole. All priests present are invited to take part in the laying on of hands in the ordination rite. They are to be vested in cassock and surplice or Mass vestments.

In commenting to the NC News Service, Father Byington added that the first resolution was "intended to help the future editor." Following his assignment as assistant pastor to St. Patrick Parish, Fall River, the former editor had issued a num- ber of press releases and had given interviews to local television and radio stations in which he strongly opposed. Bishop Cronin's relieving him of the editorial position. His interviews rai~d questions of freedom of the press, censorship, maladministration of the diocese and attacks against the person of Bishop Cronin. In interviews with the previous editorial staff of The Anchor Rev. Msgr. Daniel F. Shalloo, pastor of Holy Name Parish, Fall River, and Rev. John P. Driscoll, pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, New Bedford, who both pioneered in the establishment of The Anchor and worked on the staff for nearly twenty years, stated that "we were never told what to print, what not to print, nor were we ever interfered with in any manner. Never were we asked to submit any copy prior to printing. Turn to Page Nine

Choir Members of the Diocesan Choir are asked to report to the Cathedral at 10 o'clock for a rehearsal for the ordination. Members will meet in the choir gallery and are asked to bring their folders with them.

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THE HOSPITALITY COMMI'ITEE of the Bishop's Charity Ball of the Diocese of Fall River to be held on Friday, Jan. 9, at Lincoln Park include among its members the following pictured above. Left to right: Mrs. Joseph Velozo Sr., Our Lady of the Angels parish, Fall River; Miss Dorothy Curry, St. Lawrence parish, New Bedford; Robert M. McGuirk, St. Joseph parish, North Dighton; Mrs. Raymond A. Boulay, Notre Dame parish, Fall River; Mrs. Richard M. Paulson, chairperson of the Committee, Immaculate Conception parish, Taunton.

Only 23 Days Before The Great Ball Mrs. Richard M. Paulson, Immaculate路 Conception parish, Taunton, former diocesan pres-

ident of the Council of Catholic Women, has been named chairlady of the hospitality commit-

tee for the 21st annual Bishop's Charity Ball to be held on Friday evening, January 9 at the Lincoln Park Ballroom, North Dartmouth. Her appointment was announced today by Rev. Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, diocesan director of the Ball. The Charity Ball benefits the exceptional and underprivileged children. Four schools for the exceptional children and four summer camps of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River Turn to Page Four

Protestants on Abortion BY PETER DUBEC DES MOINES (NC)-Mormon, Baptist and Methodist leaders in national right-to-life organizations agreed here recently that abortion is not just a "Catholic issue." They called for patience while establishing grassroots support for a pro-life amendment to. the constitution

Attending an annual state convention of Iowans for LIFE were: Ray White, executive director of the National Right to Life Committee; the Rev. Bob Holbrook, founder of Baptists for LIFE; and Marjory Mecklenburg, Turn to Page Six

ST. MARY'S CATHEDRAL

Christmas In Brazil

DOWNTOWN FALL RIVER

CHRISTMAS 1975 CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE Vigil Mass: December 24 8:00 p.m.: Most Reverend Daniel A. Cronin, S.T.D., Bishop of Fall River, principal concelebrant. Note: 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. The Cathedral Choir under the direction of Mr. David Carrier will present a concert of sacred music to which all are invited.

t Christmas Day: Midnight Mass.

t Christmas Morning: Masses: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00.

THE BIGGER THE BElTER: Large-size shoes are an asset in Brazil, come Christmas time. There is no chimney for "Father Christmas" in the tropics, so the youngsters put their shoes on the window sill for the jolly saint to fill with gifts. A display of this and other Brazilian Christmas customs was prepared by members of St. John of God and St. Patrick's Women's Guilds, Somerset, and by Somerset Catholic Women's Club. From left, Mrs. Gilb~rt 'Perry, Mrs. Edward Cron~~ Mrs. Charles Hague, Mrs. Manuel Nogueira. '... ---

Monsignor Regan and the Cathedral Staff extend best wishes to all of you for a holy Christmas season and a prosperous New Year. At the same time we invite all of you to share in the Christmas Liturgy at the Cathedral.


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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 18,1975

Let

It Happen

We are quickly approaching the end of the Advent season and the cry, "Come, Jesus ... Come Emmanuel," is practically commonplace. The danger is that it may become too commonplace. . . 1;he thought of the coming of Christ may be reverted to a commemoration of the Old Testament hopes or a futuristic, not-too-involved looking at the Second Coming of Christ. Others may well look at the Incarnation of Christ and see some emotional, happy-to-remember pagentry or a reemphasis of the accurate but dry philosophical and theological tomes on the humanity of Christ, the. divinity of Christ and all its related doctrines. But the Christ must be born again today. He came not simply to be part of our history, philosophy and theology. He came - and comes - to be part of OUR lives. Some how in prayer and ritual we must not only make place for Him in the commercialism of Christmas but we must open to Him our hearts and wills. His doctrine of the Father and of our brothers and sisters in this world must be our doctrine and creed; His values of love, justice and suffering must be our daily strivings and ideals. He must be truly reborn again in each of our lives here and now and not only respectfully commemorated. The charity of the inn keeper in malpng available to the Holy Family whatever was available must be our selfsacrificing interest in the homeless, the abandoned, the runaway, the teen pregnant girl. . The simple faith of th~ shepherds must strengthen our belief in the ever present and ever interested Providence of God. The self-sacrificing search of wise men must be our decisive will to ever know the Lord better and to make Him known. Please, let it happen ... let it happen this year ... let it happen in your personal and' family life. Let Christ be present in your groups, in your interests, in your businesses, in your ministries. Let Christmas happen this year.. It would not have happened for any of the traditional characters we find depicted in the many scenes of the crib, if they had not decided, with some personal sacrifice involved and even with real risks taken. They decided to be there; they willed the Child to be part of their Hves. Let it happen this year - to each of us.

True Ecumenism Emphasis on Christian love in our relations with non Catholics, a clear lesson of Vatican II, must always strive toward the ideal but also take accurate account of realities as they are. It was refreshing, encouraging and not surprising to find it in the ceremonies during the establishment of the new St. Anthony of the Desert Parish in Fall River. The Jewish community sent its best wishes to the Lebanese parish and the ethnically Christian Arab parish acknowledged, cherished and returned the good wishes. They were not making believe that there was not a tumultuous Middle East. They were realistic in their faith in God and grateful for the freedoms of this country. Both the Jewish community and the Lebanese community, tense and anxious as their fatherlands may be, are to be commended for the fine example of ecumenism . they showed each other and all of us.

@rhe ANCHOR OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER

Published weekly by The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River 410 Highland Avenue Fall River Mass. 02722 675-7151 PUBLISHER Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin,' D.O., S.T.D. ACTING EDITOR FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR Rev. John R. Foister Rev. Msgr. John Regan . . . . Lelry Press-..FIII lIivlr

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A broken window ... with fragments of shattered . glass ... held to its weather-worn frame by dried, cracked putty It stands out starkly with its whites and grays against a solid black emptiness. It looks like a cross.... It jars us to look again at Christ's cross ... and our own lives. So much of life seems broken. . . . People speak of human existence as somehow fractured.... We all feel the cuts . . . of life's sharp, brittle edges. Christians have long pondered the brokenness of life.... They call it "original sin" ... or "sinfulness" . . . simply "Sin." . . . Whatever the theological term . . . we experience the shattered . • . and the shrivelled ... inside ourselves ... and all around us. Surprisingly . . . Christians have just as long believed ... their Father, God ... lovingly sent his only Son . " . to enter fully into our broken worId . . . to be broken himself . . . to be cut on life's sharp edges . . . to share fully our hurt. . . . That's the crCtss . . . crucifixion! But why? ... To show ·us that the deepest of all cuts ... can be healed . . . that the most brittle can again become supple . . . that cracks can bond into new unity . . . that the broken can be made whole. The cross of Jesus keeps telling us ... through all its painful realism . . . that the very brokenness of life . . . contains the seeds of 'wholeness . . . and renewed life.... No darkness is so black ... as to be able to put out life's light ... visible in the cross.

The Great Ball Continued from Page One are the beneficiaries of the proceeds of the Ball. These schools and summer camps are opened to all children in the southeastern area of Massachusetts rega'rdless of color, creed or race. . Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, Bishop of Fall River is the guest of honor. The color, theme and motif of the Ball will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of our nation. Many committee members will be dressed in colonial style; and all patrons of the Ball are urged to dress colonial style if they wish. Names for the' Charity Ball Booklet may be submitted to members of the Ball Committee, members of the Council of Catholic Women and Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and to Bishop's Charity Ball Headquarters, 410 Highland Ave., Fall River, 02720, Tel. 676-8943. These names will be accepted until Dec. 19. There are various categories in the Booklet. Tickets are given to the donors according to the category desired. Tickets for this outstanding social and charitable event may be obtained at all Catholic Church rectories of the diocese. Members of the hospitality committee include the following: Fall River Area Mrs. Eva Souza, Mrs. Beatrice Vasconcellos, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Boulay, Mrs. Anthony J. Geary, Miss Jean Drzal. Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Armstrong, Mrs. Eugene Gagnon, Mrs. Catherine Heald, Mrs. Emily Pacheco, Mrs. Rudolph Ouellette. Mrs. Edgar Pichette, Roland Guay, - Antone Pacheco, Henry Desmond, Dennis Hurley, Herman Borges. Joseph Gromada, Raymond Boulay, Norman Castonguay, Romeo Roy, Honore J. Vaillancourt, Arthur A. Gauthier. New Bedford Area Miss Mary Elizabeth LaRoche, Miss Dorothy Curry, Mrs. Donald G. Sylvia, James J. Gleason, Henry Pimental. Taunton Area Mrs. Albert G. Moitoza, Mrs. Edward Franco, Robert McGuirk, Edward Franco, Richard M. Paulson.

Priests' Senate Continued from Page Two gional representative to the NF'PC, discussed the topic for the Spring Convocation - The Ministry of the Priest, Prophet; King. Progress reports were also submitted by the Election Committee on the peer-group election, the Temporalities Committee on the pension plan and the Personnel Board.

Necrology DEC. 27 Rev. Thomas J. Stapleton, 1956, Pastor, Corpus Christi, Sandwich Rev. Msgr. Armand Levasseur, 1970, Pastor Emeritus, St. Ann, New Bedford DEC. 28 Rev. Charles R. Smith, 1955, Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Fall River

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Rev. Jose Valeiro, 1955, Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Fall River Rev. Antonio M. Fortuna, 1956, Pastor, Immaculate Conception, New Bedford Rev. Francis R. Connerton, SS. STD., 1968, St. John's Seminary, Plymouth, Michigan

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 18, 1975

===1,.=1=L=c=t=t=c=rs=t=o=t=h=c=c=d=i=to=r====!.II=== No Spite Moves Dear Sir: I read "The Anchor" every week as it is subscribed to by a member of the family. TIle articles by Father Andrew Greeley, the Chicago Sociologist, are always interesting if sometimes mystifying. Mary Carson may write well on some subjects but when she attempts to speak as the Magisterium (Teaching Authority) of the Church, she is in the "wrong pew". If one may paraphrase Alexander Pope (1688-1744) the English poet and man of letters, who, incidentally, was a Roman Catholic: "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." Cancelling a subscription to "The Anchor", or any other paper, simply because one does not like or agree with what is printed, seems to smack of a spite move which accomplishes nothing constructive or good. It reminds we of a saying we had years· ago as children: Cy and I went to the circus. Cy got hit with a rolling pin. But we got even with that gosh durned circus. Bought two tickets and we never went in. Joseph C. Desmond Walpole

"Bad News" Dear Editor: Space will not permit printing of this letter to the editor for it deals with a no-no subject, namely "Editorial Change". Have just been looking at Thurs., Dec. 11, Anchor. I do not know what "letter" was in question in relation to Father Byington leaving as Editor of the Anchor-but I do find Rev. Andrew M. Greley is missing also, soon to be followed by Mary Carson I am sure. Just as I was beginning to have some renewed hope for "American Catholicism", the messenger who brings "bad news" is put to death. Catherine Ewold North Attleboro (Ed.-Please, your "bad news" messenger - and those are your words not ours - is still very much alive. I amsure you read the entire newspaper and realized that the new books section was lengthy. Since they will be gone as possible gifts with Christmas and Fr. Greeley will presumably still be productive, one week's day off is scarcely new policy. Incidentally, his article has been properly guarded for printing at a later date.)

take) but was very pleased to see the many improvements effected under his editorship. This forum, Letters to the Editor, being one of them. I had planned to extend my compliments to Fr. Byington but held off waiting to see if he would be able to do a little more, e.g., eliminating that anachronistic and coercive honor roll of donors to the Bishop's charity drive, giving more than just lip service to such radical ideas as parish councils, Birthright, etc. It appears that I now have my answer. Also the number of letters you cite in this regard appears to answer the question "Doesn't anybody care?" T. P. Hayes Harwich (Ed.""'-Oh, we care, believe me. Fr. Byington's good innovations will continue and be expande~ .•• my close work with social services has given me a very intense appreciation 01 parish councils, Birthright, etc. No, you do not have an "answer" only a new challenge. Hang on, man.)

Congratulations Dear Father FoIster: In the name of the entire parish family, the St. Stanislaus Parish Council wishes to thank you for the great honor bestowed

Christmas In China

on us in the Dec. 11 issue of The Anchor. We will try to live the Christian teaching of the Church. May God bless you with a joyous Christmas and a healthy, happy fruitful New Year. Mary Zmuda Parish Council Sec.

Before vs. After Dear Sir: The cover art of your December 11 th issue showed a traditional church interior (slugged "before") and a modern church interior (slugged "after"), with a -banner across the middle of the page reading "Second Vatican Council". The inference is that the Second Vatican Council changed· things from a "before" that was somehow bad, to an "after" that is somehow good. I submit that you only ~uc­ ceeded in exhibiting your personal architectural tastes (to which you have every right); and in proving that the two styles are different, which is not necessarily the same thing as being better. Your message makes a too positive assumption that different IS better in this case. The number .of Catholics who dis-

Christmas In Ireland

CANDLE IN WINDOW: Among the Christmas customs of Ireland is that of placing a lighted candle in the window on Christmas Eve to light the way of the Holy Family. The door is left unlatched and refreshments are on the table for Mary, Joseph, or any other travelers. Also of Irish origin is the holly wreath. Miss Ruth E. Hurley, representing the Catholic Nurses' Guild, shows a reproDear Father: duction of a seventh century Irish peat cross. The framed Seeing as you're keeping picture of the Madonna and Child is from the eighth century score, please record me as one Book of Kells. Other units represented in preparing the of the very disappointM at the departure of Fr. Byington. I had Irish exhibit were St. Mary's Cathedral and Sacred Heart long ago given up' on The Women's Guilds, both Fall River and the Fall River CathAnchor (I cancelled but it didn't olic Women's Club~

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HOLY BIRTH FESTIVAL: Chinese Christians know Christmas as the Holy Birth Festival and the Christmas tree is called the Tree of Light. Mrs. Madeline Gagnon, St. William's parish, and Mrs.· Eugene Gagnon, St. Jean Baptiste, both Fall River, don Oriental dress and display a Chinese conception of the Madonna and Child. Also participating in this exhibit were members of the Women's Guild of Blessed Sacrament, Fall River.

agree would not, I suspect, compare unfavorably with the number who agree with your general assumption. Personal taste aside, at least the "before" is identifiable as a Roman Catholic Church. But who can be sure what the "after" is? DIFFERENT does not necessarily mean BEITER in church

architecture, or in church liturgy, or in the new roles being played by some clergy and religious, or in church theology and philosophy. Just as te different editorial philosophy of the "new" Anchor has not necessarily meant a better publication. Raymond J. Cheney Fall River

I May the Christ Child bless you and yours at Christmastide - and alwayswith His peace in your heart, His presence in your soul, His power in your life, His love and. compassion in your thoughts, His understanding in your deeds.

A Happy, Blessed Christmas THE TRUSTEES, CORPORATORS, OFFICERS AND STAFF

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Christmas In Portugal

Let's Mak,e This L'itte Boy Happy at Christmas Although my youngest is nine, I remember the sparkle in a little child's· eyes on Christmas morning when a "special" dream has come true. There is unrestrained joy! "This is the best Christmas EVER!" But I know of a little boy who won't have that kind of Christmas. I've peace within our hearts ... the peace between brother ... known the family for some In these last few days before time. Christmas has ~ never Christmas, look around. Brothers

been a big tree, shining and sparkling with all the trimmings. Maybe it's just as well. The special Christmas wish of the

and sisters are scrapping with each other. Husbands and wives nagging. Parents and children estranged. Families split by tiffs. Neighors don't speak. It's not everyone... Or to some tiny degree, is it? "Not I, Lord!" Never? REALLY? Are we ever a part of this lack of peace ... By even a LIITLE? What about that little Boy's . NAlrIVITY THE HEART: In Azorean Portugal every home has a nativity scene at MARY Church . . . the Church which Christmas, often taking up an entire room of a house. Pine branches cover the floor of carries His name ... the chosen room and freshly sprouted grain, planted on the Feast of the Immaculate ConCARSON Is there peace even there? ception, is also part of the scene. Children's gifts come from the Christ Child, not St. NichWhen we go to Mass, do we feel the deep love of all our brothers, olas, and house to house caroling and folk dancing, as depicted by "rumboa" held by parlittle boy wouldn't be under it love of our priests ... our bish- ish representatives, are part of celebration. Wearing colorful costumes of islands are Mrs. op? Do we feel the love Christ anyway. Eva Souza, Our Lady of Health, Mrs. Helen Oliveira, Santo Christo and Mrs. Mary Furintended? Maybe he's asking for too Or do we love with excep- tado, Our Lady of Angels, all Fall River. much. Some kids seem never to tions? We could love if all the be satisfied. They always want conservatives would get out. Or more. Nothing is ever good we could keep Christ's love the enough. But that's not the case way it was intended if all the with this little fellow. He's asked liberals would take themselves "Love is not enough in a soauthority," he said. "If we're goContinued from Page Three for the same little thing each elsewhere. Or that woman, the ing to have a republican form of ciety where we're going to live president of American Citizens year. one with the noisy kids, if she Conctrned for Life, Inc. (ACCL). government, we must not deny together and protect our rights. constitutional protection to help- We want a constitutional amendweren't there ... or the old busyBut it's never there. In an interview with The less individuals such as the fetus. ment that will treat the unborn or the He's deserving. The family is, body, always snooping Catholic Mirror, Des Moines di- I don't think the courts decision as a person from the moment of ones who are indifferent . too. ocesan newspaper, White said: reflects the convictions of the conception. To get that goal will With Strings? "Abortion is a moral issue that American people." lf we all cooperate we could take a lot of work. Does our gift to the little Boy do something for this family ... come with strings attached in~ cuts across religious lines. I be"Our hope lies in keeping Meckleburg, a co-founder of particularly for this little boy. stead of freely given with shiny lieve the :national press has been what constituency we have and the Minneapolis Birthright organquite successful in putting the But it's almost Christmas ... ribbons ... developing new and broader conCahtolic label on abortion. This ization as well as national ACCL we'll have to work fast. I'm For almost two thousand stituencies on prO-life issues. We president, said she believes that has forced many Catholics into sure that all of us working to-· Christmases He's asked ... must build coalitions. We must hiding because they didn't want respect for the woman and her gether can bring that sparkle Are we going to disappoint be concerned about more than baby are synonymous because abortion to appear to be a CathChristmas morning ... that little Him again this year? just an anti-abortion amendment. they are both human lives. olic issue. boy's eyes can shine with the Or will you join me in a speFor example, what about sertwinkle of the stars ... "I see women victimized vices for women with trouble "Abortion is a Catholic issue. cial Christmas gift? Will you help? Think for a moment who the It's a Mormon issue. It should rather than helped by the pro- pregnancies or concern for baEach Christmas He's asked for person is who angers you most. concern all Christian people, abortion mentality," she said. "It bies after they're born?" she the same thing ... peace and No generalizations ... one spe- and we ought to stand up and takes more love and energy to asked. help a woman with a difficult love. I'm sure He includes that cific person where there is the let it be heard," he continued. She also spoke of abortion's pregnancy than to abort her White, a Mormon, said that his nations stop warring. But there greatest estrangement. Really effect on the family. is another kind of peace ... the make an effort to bring peace church disciplines its members, baby. In a sense, when you re"Any time you permit a famject a woman's pregnancy you even with excommunication, within your own heart. Forgive ily to destroy one of its memand forget-and the forgetting is when they are "involved in any reject her as well." bers without his consent ... the way with an abortion." Manchester Priest the toughest part. Mecklenburg, a Methodist, said family's integrity is challenged. Mr. Holbrook, a Baptist pastor that most 'Protestant denominaWhen you are sure you've Sent to Africa "If 1 were a child, 1 think 1 in Texas, agreed that abortion is tions have not seen abortion as made peace with yourself ... real A priest of the Manchester more than a Catholic issue. He their responsibility, leaving it by would be threatened seeing my peace, as Christ would have done Diocese has been asked to parsaid: "Some of the mainline default to the Catholics. After parents dispose of an unborn ticipate in a nineteen-day trip ... then think for a moment Protestant denominations have the 1973 Supreme Court deci- brother or sister. 1 might wonabout the disappointment that's to Africa to evaluate Catholicnot been as strong about abor- sion, however, many Christians der if 1 were really wanted," she sponsored relief programs on been in' that little boy's eyes tion as they should be because saw "this kind of law as a kind c·oncluded. every year for two thousand . the hunger-plagued continent. . of the erosion of their' biblical of regression, inconsistent with years. Rev. Msgr. Philip J. Kenney, Are we going to leave Him basis. That is, they've given up the other gonds of progress on the infallibility and authority we've made in this country. Episcopal Vicar for Community disappointed again? Affairs for the Diocese of ManOr are we willing to try? 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Christmas In Poland

THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 18, 1975

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Must Appreciate Women's Talents ROME ~NC)-Greater dynamism, a more efficient use of women's talent and wider international cooperation are the major problems facing the unbrella group of International Catholic Organizations (OIC), in the opinion of OIC president, Andre ~chafter. "These are problems which were raised at our conference here," Schafter said of the meeting at which he was reelected president.

"They are problems which we must try to resolve in 1976." Schafter, a stocky, balding, gray-haired Parish board member of the Vie Catholique (Catholic Life) publications, spoke of the difficulties of welding 80 or more Catholic organizations, of which some 30 are officially recognized 'by the Vatican, into a coordinated movement. "These organizations represent all of the pastoral activities of the Catholic Church," he told NC News Service.

CHRISTMAS ... ATIME FOR GIVING THE HOLY FATHER'S MISSION AID TO THE ORIENTAL CHURCH

WALTER BOYCE Heywood, mezzo-soprano; Eleanor Peckham, alto; Rene Latinville, tenor, and Walter Boyce, bass. Also taking part will he the church's Children's Choir. the church's Children's Choir. The ensembles and choir will be under the direction and will be accompanied by Denis Tetrault, organist-choir director at the church.

CHRISTMAS WHEAT: A sheaf of wheat is brought into the house in country districts of Poland, signifying a prayer for prosperity in the year to come and the love of the people for their land. Visible in the sheaf are "oplatek" wafers, the Polish Bread of Love, which is shared at Christmas Eve Supper with all members of the family and sent to those who must be absent from the meal. Mrs. George E. Simcock and Miss Eleanor Roberts of St. Stanislaus parish, Fall River, wear traditional village costumes. Other parishes aiding in exhibit were St. Louis and St. Anthony of Padua, both Fall River.

Christmas 'In Africa

Vaughn E. Barkdoll, the 33year-old head of an ad hoc nondenominational group concerned about preserving the country's religious heritage, asked himself that question after a U. S. District Court of Appeals here ruled in 1973 that either a Nativity scene, which had been part of the capital's annual Christmas Pageant of Peace since 1954 had to be removed from the pageant or the government had to limit its participation in it. The Nativity scene was reo moved. But the ruling left a loophole that Barkdoll pursued with vigor. According to the self-described conservativ.e Baptist, the court said an independent private group had the option of applying for a demonstration permit to erect the Nativity scene. Acting as a private citizen, Barkdoll applied for and received the permit. His cause soon attracted support, including contributions and manpower from a Knights of Columbus chapter in Maryland, and the group, has, for the past three years, erected a 50-foot-long manger, complete with live and life-size figures across the street from the White House.

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Christmas In India

THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 18,1975'

If You Need New Clothes, C,h,eck Post-Holiday Salles As I have written previously, this is the year for the investment clothes, the careful buy, the wise choice. No time is better to keep this in mind than dUring Christmas when the temptation to splurge is everywhere. During the holiday season the round of parties requires many wom- to have that special evening outfit, consider separates. They are en to invest in evening wear less expensive and you can get that they will not wear for many looks from a combination

many months hence. Even with a big party around the corner, buy wisely. Remember, that dress with sparkle may look

of pieces. Velvets are high in importance right now and a blazer could be worn now over a long skirt and later on with slacks or a boot length skirt. One look that I personally like is the tunic look and an over tunic can be worn both with a skirt or slender slacks. Iy If a nice fat Christmas check turns up in your Christmas MARILYN stocking, then your investment SINCE APOSTOLIC TIMES: India, traditionally evangelized by St. Thomas the purchase will get a boot, espeRODERICK cially if you use it at an after- Apostle, here combines the German custom of the Advent candles with use of graceful Xmas sale. The really good brass candlesticks typical 'of the subcontinent. Mrs. Mildred Porter, St. John the Baptist stores have the best sales and parish, Central Village, Mrs. Robert Parent and Mrs. Henry Vaillancourt, St. George, Westgreat for Christmas Eve but these are the ones to search port, help in preparing. India's contribution to the festival, as well as representatives of Our very tiresome by the end of the carefully before you spend that Lady of Grace, Westport. Mrs. Parent wears a sari lent for the occasion by an Indian Siswinter (and the money spent on check. from St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River. ter it could very well have been Hopefully, some of the gifts wisely invested in a good winter you receive will add a nice plus coat that would have lasted to your wardrobe, which right Seeking Ordination many seasons). now may have the mid-winter This is the time of year to blahs. A beautiful scarf, a very shop the discount houses and pretty sweater or blouse may factory outlets or go back to your be just the pick-me-up your MEMPHIS, (INC) - Bishop gin the dialogue," the-bishop denies the diaconate and priestsewing machine. Don't break clothes need. hood to women. all those wonderful resolutions said in an interview. If you receive a top for which Carroll T. Dozier of Memphis about careful spending for the you have not a matching skirt or said the U.S. bishops must begin He said that at the same time "The response to this confersake of a few hours at New slacks, watch carefully until dialoguing with the responsible ence was of such a nature that this does not mean his mind is Year's, and then be sorry the your search is successful and leadership of women seeking or- it must be ta,ken seriously in the closed to the possibility of ferest of the winter! you find just what you want at dination to the priesthood. Church in the United States," he male ordinations sometime in Consider Separates the future if continued, in-depth, a price much lower than what Bishop DO.'7ier said he came to said. If you feel that you just have you would have paid in Septemtheological studies of the role of that conclusion while attending The bishop said most of the ber or October. the recent women's ordination people attending the conference women in the Church' provides backing for their ordination. No Impulses conference in Detroit. Farm Labor Law were generally suspicious of Earlier this year Bishop DoEven if you didn't get any WASHiNGTON (NC)-Calling He praised those who spoke our (bishops') reasons" for deCalifornia's new farm labor law Christmas money, your January to the more than 1,200 persons nying women the ministry and zier issued a pastoral letter on a "historic step in the right di- shopping should only take place who attended the three-day often looked upon the bishops the role of women in the Church, rection," the National Conference where you know a sale is going meeting as highly responsible as frightened hy the feminist entitled "Woman, Intrepid and of Catholic Bishops (NCCB has on, and your positive approach . and articulate. movement and women as com- Loving." The bishop said it would have encouraged state officials, the to careful shopping should guide petitors." "The hour is late, but with been "highly usefui if the Natunions and growers "to cooper- you. Promise yourself-no more We went to the meeting, he ional Conference of Catholic Bisate with one another in imple- impulse buying, even though it this conference as a beginning said, because he has a "deep in- bops had been present at the the papers they presented and menting the spirit as well as the is on sale. No more buying terest in any movement in the conference" and suggested the as materials for study, let us be· letter of the law." The bishop something on sale that you have Church whioh has 1,200 of our ·bishops should have "set up a said in a resolution passed unan- nothing to match, just because mo~t notable and dedicated committee to function in an obimously during their fall. general you like it. This has been a year people in its ranks." server capacity at the meeting." meeting here that "it would be of careful buying for most peo- Document Expected a tragedy if the purpose of the ple, keep it up even through the On Evangelization But 'he pointed out that as bis"These Religious are too imlaw were to be thwarted in prac- temptations of the holidays and VATICAN CITY (NC)--'Pope hop he still holds to the general portant to be treated as if they the following sales.. tice! for whatever reason." Paul V'I is expected to release teaching of the Church which do not exist," he said. soon a major document on evangelization. based on discussions during the international Synod of Bishops held here in October, 1974. The Pope announced Nov. 28 that a document would be forthcoming, but the wording of his speech led some to suspect that There's a lot to like about Fernandes Super Markets . . . that document would be only a collection of some of the major Serviced Fish and Deli, Serviced In - store Bake Shops, speeches made by the synod's Luncheone"es, Convenient Customer Rest Rooms. Try us .•. more than 200 particiapnts. You'll like us, too! Vatican sources have indicated, however, that the document will he hased on synod discussions, but will be an original papal contrihtuion, aimed at involving the laity more closely in efforts at evangelization.

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Christmas In France

(rom Page Three chosen by the publisher or ownRev. John R. FoIster, present er to implement the publisher's Acting -. Editor and a member 01 policy. The editor has no inherthe editorial stalf for more than ent rights independent of the twelve years, not only joined publisher;" them in -their statement bUt The New' Bedford pastor con- found no cause for alarm in the tinued, "Freedom of the press is, present administratiOn of The then; a constitutional right given , to the publisher and has no inAnchor. All of the previous editorial ternal application to the editor staff- had praise for the innova- or any _other employee of the tions brought to the newspaper newspaper. The publisher is the through -Father Byington but one legally responsible for they also expressed concern everything that goes into the newspaper. over the recent events. On Nov. 28 Father Byington Editor Role was relieved of his editorial re-. "The editor." Father Driscoll sponsibilities for what bOth. concluded, "while wishing to be Father Byington and the Chan- unrestricted in what he chooses cery stated was his inability to to write, has the role of implecontinue to work according to menting th~ policy of the pub· the policies of the publisher, lisher arid, according to the Bishop Cronin. standards of newspaper profesControversies sionalism, either does this orThere followed a period of if be feels that he cannot-withBUCHE DE NOEL: Among cherished Fljench customs is that of the Christmas Log, great publicity during which draws from his position." Father Byington's views were Rev. John R. FoIster, present a very large log lit' on Christmas Eve and expected to burn for 12 days. In homes withwell aired in the secular press Acting Editor of The Anchor, out a chimney, a' pastry "log" has come to replace the genuine article. Such a '~buche" is and on television and radio. NC took issue with Father ByingNews Service releases also ton's nationally distributed com· held by Mrs. Stewart Kusinitz, St. Louis de France parish, Swansea, M~s. John Albe~az brought the former editor's ment: "I am gratified that the and Mrs.-Wilton Wiles, Immaculate Conception, Fall River, and Mrs. Aime Perron, St. views to the attention of the Senate, acting on behalf of the Louis de France. Also involved in the French exhibit were members of St. Michael's, national and international press. priests of the diocese, recog- Swansea. Radio interviews had Father nizes that there is a problem Byington state that The Anchor with our diocesan newspaper. termined and uncompromising," the same search for truth, the' together with all the changes Father FoIster denied he had the priest concluded. was unlike other newspapers in same doctrine of Christ; the that will help make it even more that articles must first be cen- a problem with The Anchor and, "Father Byington has brought same teaching task, the uphold.. readable. attractive and helpsored before they are printed; as Acting Editor, with the pol· many wonderful innovations to ing of the Vatican Council's ful." printed interviews amplified the'.. icies of the publisher, Bishop The Anchor. These shall be am- clear statement of the -right of '. Such an endeavor cannot be priest's views to include charges Cronfn. plified upon in the future. Plans diocesans to news and informa~ accomplished by anyone person, of no openness or progress in Memo Sent had been formulated even before tion. the priest explained. He hoped the diocese, bitter Criticisms /of "I had a very frank and open Father 'Byington's appointment plans for expansion of this CouDclI Statement Bishop Cronin and his adminis- discussion with Bishop Cronin to The Anchor to expand the apostolate would soon be realtration and accusations against on his policies concerning The staff and thus provide even "A good press," Father FoI- ized and welcomed the cooperThe Anchor. Anchor. I was permitted, at my greater journalistic progress. ster quoted from the council's ation, suggestions -and insights request, to review the corre- These plans will be -imple- document on communications, of all diocesans. Press Freedom Msgr. Shalloo, the managing spondence which initiated this mented." "should be fostered. To. instill a James A. Doyle, executive dieditor,from 1957 to 1975, stated whole 'problem'" Father Foister stressed that in fully Christian spirit into read- rector of the Catholic Press AsIt was nothing more than an his own, judgment and with his 'efll, a truly CatholiC press should that in the 960 issues he had sociation, said the association overseen not once did the issue interested caution by the Chan'- dozen years' experience with be set up and encouraged. Such would be "receptive" to the Seneery to a neWly appointed di- journalistic tasks, he was con- a press - whether immediately of censorship occur. ate's invitation, but that it is Both Bishop James L. Con- rector of an important phase of vinced that there -actually was fostered and directed by ecclesinolly and Bishop Daniel A. Cro- the 'aishop's apostolate in the 'no limitation on his freedom nor astical authorities or by Catholic -up to the OPA's president and board of directors to decide nin persisted in a clear policy of diocese, so as to help him make was there any intent of censor- laymen - should be edited with whether or not to intervene. non-involvement in the editor- an accurate jUdgment since he ship by publisher or acting ed- the clear purpose of fonning, The NlC release also stated, . was so new to the journalistic itor in the apostolate of the dioc- supporting and advancing public ship, of· The Anchor. Father Driscoll, assistant to field. It was not some nE)Wly esan newspaper. opinion in accord with natural "liIecause the Priests' Senate is Msgr. Shalloo for, nearly 20 legislated policy but only a law and Catholic teaching and only an advisory body, the proposal will be sent to Bishop years in The Anchor made it memorandum which was foundDiocesan Editor precepts. Cronin for consideration. clear both in the interview and ed in good reason and could A priest for- seventeen years, "It should disseminate and in his address to the Priests' have been easily explained upon Father FoIster 'explained, "The properly explain news concernSenate that there was no matter, inquiry. editor of The Anchor is no difProphets "I find that it does not exert ferent from any other position ing the life of the Church ..... of freedom of the press at any \ "Since they wrote the things The document also defines the any pressure on me to be some- in the diocese: pastor, administime or in this present matter. role of bishops in telation to the which He showed and uttered to "According to newspaper at- how dishonest in editing the trator, director. He has his own them, it cannot be pretended that torneys," explained Father Dris- newspaper, nor is it an attempt skins, talents and abilities and press as that "which is ultimately linked with their ordinary He is not the writer; for His to censor or impose restrictions coll, freedom of the press is an on his ordination he placed these preaching responsibility." members execuied what their external application and concerns on the editor. personal gifts at the service of head dictated."-St. Augustine. Father Foister concluded, the right of the publisher or Unfortunate the Church and promised to be owner to print a newspaper with "It is unfortunate that 'Father a faithful extension of his bishop "This has been your Anchor; this shall continue to be your Anchor, a certain editorial position. Byington interpreted the memo in any parish or apostolate. 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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 18,1975

Invite Mother Teresa to U.S. for '76 PHILADELPHIA - A diminutive nun from C/llcutta, India, who has devoted most of her life to the poor, will be one' of the keynote speakers during the 41st International Eucharistic Congress. She Is Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of Charity, who responded to a call nearly 30 years ago to work with the poor- in Calcutta. Since that time, church authorit,ies say, she has done more to comfort the poor and sUffering in India and a dozen other nations than any· one el1le in tlu~ world. The Congress is a spiritual assembly of Catholics and other Christians gathering here Aug. 1-8 next year. John Cardinal Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Chairman of the Congress Board of Governors, recently extended an invitation to Mother Teresa to appear as a speaker. It appears likely Mother Teresa will speak on Tuesday, August 3, during Suffering People Day. The sub-theme for that day

will be "The Eucharist and the

Hunger for Free.dQm and Jus· tice." Overall theme for the Congress is "The Eucharist and the Hun· ger~ of the Ruman Family." Dur· ing each of the eight days one of man's basic needs is: given attention in liturgical evenfs, work· shops and seminars. Mother Teresa's appearance next year marks her second visit to Philadelphia sinc'e June 1974 wben she participated in the Holy Year observanee· of the Inter-Faith PHgrimage of Hope. Born in Yugoslavia in 1910 of Albanian parents, she decided to become a nun at age 12. In 1928 she joined the Loreto order in Irelfnd which had sisters working in India. Shortly after her 19th birthday, she went to Dar· jeeling. For the next 17 years, she taught and later served as principal of the ordet's convent school in Calcutta. However, while traveling to Darjeeling for retreat in 1946, Mother Teresa "heard the call to give up all and

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the pOor." Pope Pius XLI granted her reo quest to be released from her vow to spend the rest of her life in a convent. She entered the Calcutta slums in her blue. trimmed, white coUonsari that would ,become the habit of the order she founded in 1950. First she started a small school for poor children; next a center where the poor could die with dignity. The municipal government of Calcutta wanted to get the dying off the streets and eagerly supported Mother Teresa's work. In 1952 the city gave her a building at the entrance of an ancient Kali temple. Since that "time, the facility has prov-ided refuge for more than 31,000 people - about half of whom have died there. In 25 years, Mother Teresa's work has spread from the teeming capital 01 West Bengal throughout India and the world. Her order has grown to nearly a Turn to Page Eleven -

MOTHER TERESA

Reluctance To' Fight,.Back

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thousand sisters who operate 80 homes for the poor in 13 coun· tries. One is located in New York's South Bronx. "Our work is for people whohave forgotten hoW. to smile, for, gotten the human touch and have a greater hunger for these than for a plate of rice," she said. "Such a hunger is even greater in the West than in India and Africa, where the problem' ,is material poverty." Much honored throughout the world, Mother Teresa received the Philippines' Magsaysay Foun· lation Award in 1962, the first Pope John XXm-Peace Prize i.n 1971, India's Jawaharlal Nehru Award f-or International Understanding in 1972 and the Amer· ican Templeton Prize for progress in religion -in 1973. This year, members of the 'Indian par· liament have nominated the 64year-old humanitarian for the Nobel Peace Prize. "I'm anxious for people to know the 'greatness of the poor," she once said. "I once went to a Hindu family which had been starving and brought them rice. Before I knew it, the mother had divided it and liven half to the

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Let's add a few more horror stories to the growing list of manifestations of anti-Catholic nativjsm in American life. -Item: Richard Reeves, in his vile attack on' California's governor Jerry Brown in the New York "Times,'~ attributes some of Brown's ably says "Hail Mary" occasiondevious political tactics to ally, who ordered the busing; his Jesuit training where he nor does he add that the judge learned that the' "end justi- didn't bother to order busing for

fies the means," -Item: Columnist Marquis l 'Childs laments the racism of the "Hail Mary praying" Irish ~ath­ olics of South Boston. Some way must be found to break through the bigotry of those devout Catholics who identify their religion with the defense of their neighborhood, he tells us. He does not -bother to add that it was aI:l Irish Catholic judge from a Boston suburb, who presum-

his own neighborhood and that he and. his neighbors are not

Moslem family next door. She> said, 'They are just as bungry as we are.' I believe we need the poor as much as they need us. Weare the better for being in contact with them."

under assault as are the Irish in the city. Finally, the newspaper editors who carry Mr. Child's column refuse to print letters pointing out that there is no correlation between Irish Ca·

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REV. ANDREW M. GREELEY

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

tholicism and racism, and that objectionable than Roman Caindeed the Irish are second only tlfolicism; all organized religion, to the Jews in their pro-integra· Professor Kaplan notes, is kind tion attitudes. of screwy. Evidence No Problem -Item: One of Professor Kap-Item: "Chicago" editor Mike -lan's colleagues in the sociology Greenberg, in an article in which department tells his students he identifies the-large commu- that the Pope will change his nity of Marquette Park with 200 teaching on birth control when Nazis, add that on the following God whispers to him that money Sunday morning the Nazis will can be made on birth control; "receive the blood of the Lamb," that's how God operated, notes Of course he offers no evidence the Great Man, when he told that any of the Nazis are in fact the Pope to change the Church's practicing Catholics or that they teaching on usury. will in fact receive communion Quinlan Case the next day. But his limousine -Item: In the tragic Karen liberal readership hardly needs Quinlan cas.e, the Church was evidence to confirm its stereo~ depicted by the national TV type of the Polish and Lithuan- news as a reactionary organizaian bigot. After all, they have tion trying to deprive this young "tidy homes" and "well kept woman of her life and the attorlawns" in a "neat" neighborhood, ney for Miss Quinlan as a cruMr. Greenberg tells us. What sading lawyer fighting the ofother evidence of fascism do you fensive powers of the church. need? If Miss Quinlan w.as an unborn -Item: Professor Morton Kap- foetus whose life the church was lan, a very famous political sci· trying to protect, the church entist at the University of Chi- would continue to be reactioncago, justifies his attendance at ary. If you're Catholic, yqu lose Rev. Sun M. Moon's intellectl\lal regardless. That the Catholic festival on the grounds that Church might have a liberal and Moon's religion is no more fum to Page Nineteen

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Priests Sometimes Face a Difficult Christmas

Night.

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Holy Night

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Heavenly Peace

By FATHER JOHN REEDY, C.S.C.

gan to seep into my understand- and I have a fear that in my home for an hour or so. They ever made this request before. were churning around inside me have to prove all that. Just tell CoAtinued from Page Ten during that time, though I us what the church teaches. We ing. "Good God, it must have awkwardness I might somehow knew I was expected at another I tried to persuade him to change .. just happened; they mlUst have injure them. And so, in spite of home for Christmas dinner and his mind. But there was no un- seemed to be sleeping peacefully. haven't fully succeeded. accept the church and its teachEvery Christmas season, I find just found him," I grabbed my constant encouragement and they insisted that ,I go ahead. And each time, when I pulled certainty in him. You can say all you want ings." I could have been juggling time to be alone, to be quiet, to jacket and drove to their home. teasing, I had never held Robbie. :my eyes away from the baby, The transition from that near "We all (alked this over. }t"s 'they would be drawn over to the about God taking Robbie to a apples instead of explaining inlook back. The door opened and I'll never "Wait until he's two," I would empty funeral home to the noisy, what we want.'; happiness even greater than he. dulgences. ' parents, the sisters, and brother. could have known with his famOften, it's a long evening alone forget that scene. say. "Then he can defend him- jumbled celebration of a happy Though the realization shook So I went over fo the -underAnd each time my eyes filled up, in my office gradually stretching All the family were still in self." family was the greatest emotion- taker and told him of the re- producing some long pauses be- ily. In faith I believe that. But my vanity, it was reassuring in out what was intended as a short their nightclothes. Their lovely But at this moment, with the al transition I have ever encoun- quest. He said, "Oh no, Father. fore 1- could again focus on the h~anly, looking at this child a time when a lot of priests were break from writing all those warm home was decorated for . undertaker standing awkward tered. I didn't manage it very and his family, it sounds like questioning their effectiveness. We don't do that. It's against words of the Missal. Christmas letters which bring Christmas. The tree Was lit and and uncertain' in their living well. My thought kept drifting something" said in a language To me, the basic question came the policy of the parishes here." back my childhood, my days in surrounded with gifts. At the end of the Mass I came I never learned. to be not effectiveness, but a room, with Dick blindly unwill- off across town to that other We argued about it. The pasthe seminary, and the early years Why give this baby to this matter of being available, with ing to part with his son's body, family, their home de.corated for tor happened to be in the hos- down to the communion rail, Dick, the father, looked up at of my priesthood. just a few feet in front of the me with tears in his eyes. He sat Lois somehow found the right· joy, filled with grief. pital and the undertaker wanted open casket and spoke. Neither family for only 13 months? Why, aU my limitations. And there is one ,memory holding the baby's bOdy. And that awareness was im· thing to say to her husband. It had been dec.ided that Rob- to know who was going to take immediately afterwards nor now of all times, on Christmas eve? which ,always comes back. Only the phrase, "the mys- measurably deepened as I "Dick, let Father take Robbie: bie's funeral would be held as the responsibility for the deciLois, the mother came to me. can I remember what I said-ex- tery of the Cross," suggests that watched the profound· religious It was about eight o'clock in He'll hold him now." soon as possible, the morning sion. cept for one thing. the morning on another Ohrist- There was nothing to say. I held those who profess to follow faith of this family in their sufI caught my breath; I wasn't after Christmas. I was asked to "Dammit," I said, "I'll take mas eve, about a dozen years her and begged God that this ready for that. I ,said that in searching for Christ, do, in fact, accept a vul- fering and loss. offer the Mass. the responsibility." shocq would not endanger the ago. words which could give some nerability beyond our expectaAt a time when many people chil~ she was carrying. There was a long moment of I had expected the service to I don't know whether he ex- support to these friends of mine, tions. Though our offices were seem distressed because they The baby had seemed perfectly no response. Then Dick slowly be similar to our visit to the pected the bishop to suspe!1d me I had reviewed all the formulas closed, I had come over to make While I was incapable of un- can't find meaning and achievehealthy the night before. Al- held the baby's body for me to funeral home - just the family or boycott his firm. Neither pos- of faith and hope to which my derstanding the mystery of the ment in their lives, this memory use of some of the undisturbed and a few close friends. sH~ility bothered me much at the life was committed. time to clear a clutter of details though he had signs of what take. suffering my friends endured, I of Christmas seems to say: the My eyes were so filled I could seemed to be a cold, there was To my surprise, the church moment. from my desk. No one should And all of them seemed gross- was able to perceive signs that meaning is in the living itself. hardly see to follow the underno cause for concern. When I came out to the altar, ly inappropriate. was almost filled. There had have been caIling at that time. beyond ·the cloud of pain, loss, Don't be blinded by regret over In the early morning someone taker to the door. We walked been a lot of telephoning in that my eyes couldn't avoid the tiny These truths seemed to speak and bewilderment-beyond the !lceomplishments unattained, The voice was familiar. It was outside the bouse. He closed the casket. Robbie lay there dressed to the mind.' And this family cross _ the loving Father was Open your eyes to the God rethe high school·aged daughter of routinely checked on him-and door and I handed the tiny body parish on 'Christmas day. When the family arrived, Dick in !l suspendered kind of play- was not hurting in their minds; present. ' vealed in a newborn infant, in a ' some friends. A coupl/'! of y/'!ars their lives fell apart. to him. took me aside and said, "Father, suit, looking as beautiful as ever-: they were hurting in their emo· We sat there to~ther. The How else could anyone under. family called Holy, in a teachbefore· I had come to know this He left and I went back to the All through the Mass, my gaze tions. stand the strength of this family? er's modest accomplishments, in family well while the parents and mother, the father, the two family. Just to be with them for we'd like to have the casket returned to the infant who open dUring the Mass." a man's suffering and death acWith such hurt, all we could I struggled through a set of reli- young daughters, and the young- the time. ' I couldn't walk away from my cepted as God's mysterious will. I was stunned. No family had Tum to Page Eleven er son. do was be present, grieve with gious instructions. The next afternoon, Christmas , them, try to make known our participation in this family's' suf- None of these reflections are And the priest who felt he day, we went over to the funeral Over the phone Judy's voice fering without wondering how very startling or profound, but $ve for them. was strained. "Father, Dad should be able to offer some home. • When I finished speaking, 'the my own faith, so easily p.ro~ _ they are much more real beasked me to call you. We just kind of support, some kind of We sat before the coffin.. family arose and eame out to fessed, would have survived if cause of that Christmas loss suf. ministry, only to find himself which because of its size looked found Rob. He's dead!'" fered· by my friends. the aisle beside the casket. They . this had been my child. I found myself falling back on . choking on old familial' formulas. like some grotesque toy. WeThe things in my life which I Curiously - though .our lives stood there for a moment. Then And the baby, there in his talked quietly, in fragments, routine formulas. "Is there anydescribe as disappointments and are intimately linked through the father, the mother" and each father's arms. with long silences. thing I can do?" of the children bent over, kissed hardships seem trivial when that tragedy-I don't see them We waited ... and waited ... , She said, "No, there's nothing. But I began to sense somethe infant, and turned and compared to such naked suffer- very frequently. When we do get Dad just wanted me to let you as mourning people always do. thing about this family, "'sometogether I have the feeling that walked to the rear of the church. ing. Finally, - after what -seemed thing I didn't recognize at first. know." Also humbling was· the recogall of us are very conscious of And through blurred vision I I sat there bewildered. Robbie like hours, the undertaker came. Along with the tears and the 'followed the servers back into oition of 'just how incidental my that _moment which was· too And then another throb of tor- grief, there was more composure, painful and too rich to b'e the ministry to them had been. was their beautiful 13-month-old the sacristy. I went back over the time we subject of ordinary reminiscence. baby. There had been a long ment. The father was unwilling more control, than I thought Every year, during one of This is the first time I've tried gap between the older three to hand over the body of his in- would 'be possible. - In words, those quiet times before Christ- had spent tog~ther during inglances, embraces, there were children and Robbie's birth, and fant son to a stranger. mas, this is one of the memories structions. They pushed me hard, to express to them and to others the entire family idolized him, What then happened grew out currents going between Dick, which flows back, in all its de- challenging and questioning, what it meant to me. sending me back to my reference I hope they will understand even though they were now of my earlier visits to" their Lois and their children. All of tails. awaiting the birth of another home. Tiny children have al- them seemed to draw support I've tried to sort out and un- . books. Then suddenly, it all what I've said ... and what I've ways intimidated me. They al- from these currents. child. derstaqd some of the many per- changed. It became, "You don't left unsaid. GraduaHy .the realization,; be· ways seem too. DgUect.Q~handle We' remained .t the 'fuJ1erAI'''''' Condensed with perm~sto~lro'!!1Ytj~' <;4TijOIJ.C:, ,.C~a&o,. eeptio~ and responses which

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 18, 1975

Christmas In Mexico

Criticism' of U~S. Labor Movement Ignores History,.. Father Robert Bose, S.J., a well-known French social scientist, has Posed a series of "Questions for the American People" in a Bicentennial article published in the November 22 issue of the Jesuit weekly, "America," of which he is a corresponding editor reportThe question itself, however, is ing from Paris. His first well taken and, as Bose undoubt· question is addressed to the edly knows, has been dealt with American working class: exhaustively by American schol·

·'Why is the Marxist line . . . so weak in the· American -labor movement? Does it mean that the American worker, while' I

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ars, living and dead. Offhand I can think of at least 50 books and learned articles which one would have to read before he I=ould 89dTess nimself to the question intelligently and with 'any kind of sophistication. And even then the answer might elude him.

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GEORGE G. HIGGINS fighting for better pay_within the capitalist system is really on the side of the wealthy in the worldwide class struggle?" Father Bose gracefully concedes that this question not only may be but is, in fact, naive because "it ignores so much of history." It does, indeed.

The fact is that American scholars who, over the years,have addressed themselves to Bosc's familiar question have yet to reach anything like a consensus. Their widely divergent . answers are sutrimarized in a recellt 750-page -symposium entitled "Failure ofa DreaJ:D? Essays in the History. of American Socialism," edited by John H. M. Laslett and Seymour Martin Lipset (Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y., $12.95).

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MEXICAN POSADA: The traditional posada or re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for lodging is one of Mexico's most beloved Christmas traditions. Carrying a litter with images of the Holy Family, such as is used in the posada procession, are Mrs.,Robert Bernier, St. Roch's parish, Mrs. Thomas Burke, Holy Name, and Mrs. Joseph Springer, Notre Dame, all Fall River. 1IIIIfIlIIlIllll'"II""'''IIIIIIIIIIIII1I11I''1II11I1I11I11IUIIIIIIIIIIIII'lIlIIIIlI,*NllIUllllllllllllIIlI1 1'lmllUltflllllnll",nlllll"",PIII'NMIIIIHIIII""""11l""""lllftllm,,"",,"'"111H1"n'"NllllllIIllII.lIl""lln"IIlMlltlIIIUI...,mUllllllllolNllllllllIIllIIIttIMII11ll1lf''''''"11ll1lllltU'III111'_

Father Bosc says that, while patronizing statement but his question may be naive, "it is that's another matter. Superficial Criticism going to be on the lips of most In any event. if it be true visitors who will be coming from overseas next year and who can· (which I question) that "m'ost" ,not help but think in terms of visitors coming to the U. S. for class structure." That's a broAd the Bicentennial will be asking, generalization-almost as sweepWlith Father Bosc, why ..the' ing as Father Bosc's rather dys-Marxist line ..• is so weak in peptic criticism of American the American labor movement," news coverage which, he says, I would recommend that they "is about as useful as the, mini- ,J'ead the Laslett·Lipset sympomal and biased information doled 'sium before jumping to any conout by the Soviet Media." My clusions. At the very least, they own limited eXpo9Ure to French might discover, as Bo~c himself journalism ~ to government- ,is fully aware, that the question Frent:h television "ignores so much of history." controlled makes' me wonder, parenthetic- / 1/ would also recommend ,the ally, why a sophisticated Pari- Laslett-Lipset tome (and anum· sian would want to make su~ a ber of related studies in labor

history) to those American Catholics who have suddenly discovered that Marxism is our only hope (or, as some would have it, the only "Christian" option) and are asking, with Father Bose, why the American labor move· ment has yet to get the message. I fully agree with them, of course, when they say that we ought to take Marxism seriously, but I·have the Uneasy impression . that that's precisely what some of them are not doing. -1 also have the impression that theirneo-Marxist criticism of the 'American labor movement tends, by and large, to be rather superficial because it "ignores _so much of history."

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~ WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 NBC TV Network - NBC RELIGIOUS SPECIAL (11:30 p.m. -1:15 a.m.) "Christmas, 1975, Rome" Midnight Mass from St. Peter's Square via satellite. Ame.ricans will be able to view the television presentation via satellite of Pope Paul VI celeb~ting Midnight Mass in Rome. The U. S. Catholic Conference will present via the NBC Television Network the ceremony closing Holy Year 1975. Immediately following, the Holy Father, Pope Paul, will celebrate the Mass of the Nativity with music ,by the Sistine Choir.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs: Dec. 18, 1975

The Parish Parade Publicity chllrmen of oarish orlanfzatlon. Ire ..ked to .ubmit news Items for this column to The Anchor, P. O. Box 7, Fall River, 02722. Nlme of city or town should be I,.cluded IS well IS full dates of III Ictivltles. P{else send news of future rather thin PlSt events.

ST. JOSEPH, ATTLEBORO The Junior Choir will present a Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 in the church. Tickets are available from choir members or at the rectory. Cub Scouts will hold their annual Christmas party in the parish hall at 7:15 p.m. ~Sunday, Dec. 21. HOLY NAME, FALL RIVER 'Project Leisure meets at 2 p.m. today in the school hall. A coffee hour will follow a musical program. The annual parish Advent penance service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22. An eight-week course on child psychology, "Children, the Challenge," will be conducted by Rev. Robert McIntyre in the school beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7. Those interested in registering may contact Sister Barbara at Holy Name School, telephone 674-9131.

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Christmas In Italy

ST. KILIAN, NEW BEDFORD A concelebrated Mass and Anointing of the Sick ceremony will take place at noon Sunday, Dec. 21. All area sick and their families are invited to attend. A nurse will be on hand for any emergencies. ' A Christmas triduum will begin at 6:30 p.m. Mass. Sunday, Dec. 21, conducted by Rev.. Ernest D'Onofrio, OFM. who has been a missionary and retreat master for several years in the New York City area. A communal penance service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, and a midnight liturgy with a candlelight procession in the Franciscan tradition will take place on Christmas Eve. The St. Kilian Folk Singers will be heard at the 10 a.m. Mass Christmas Day.

ST. JOSEPH, NEW BEDFORD: Parish school students, left, present a TV show, third grade style, entitled, "Jesus Comes" for their classmates and parents. TV "shots" featured drawings illustrating the course in salvation history. ST. PATRICK, FALMOUTH: The Knights of Columbus, upper, participated in the town's Christmas Parade with a float depicting the Lourdes grotto and a large Rosary while the Parish School of Religion, lower, presented a bicentennial Yuletide scene.

DAY OF THE BAMBINO: Christmas is above all a family feast for Italians and the Christmas crib is the center of attention, fitting for the land whose son, St. Francis, gave the crib to the world. Also important is the "ceppo," a stylized tree which hold children's gifts, distributed one each day from Christmas until the feast of the Epiphany. With a ceppo are Mrs. Geraldine Dearden, Mrs. Margaret Fournier and Miss Rose Furguiele, all of Holy Rosary parish, Fall River. Also aiding in the exhibit were members of 55. Peter and Paul and St. Elizabeth's, Fall River.

Pope Hopes Holy Year Strerigthens Convictions VATICAN CITY (NC) - The inheritance' which Holy Year should leave to the Church is an increased feeling for religion. especially among the young, Pope Paul VI told his general audience. "We wish and we hope that the Holy Year has reawakened in the souls of many today, and especially in youth, a new, more intimate and more courageous feeling for religion." The Pope said that this religious sense was needed to offset the "anti-spiritual conditions" in which the present war-torn generation is living. It is also essential, he added, to counterbalance a modern tendency in science to ignore God's existence. The Pope spoke of "anti-spiritual condition,s in which the present generation, devastated by the tremendous and almost inexplicable experience of wars and consequent revolutions, is living." Such disorder "upsets souls and sharpens one's sensitivity toward evils and current needs," he said. "The scandal of ever-present evils and sorrow generates pessi-

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 18, 1975

Life In Music By The Dameans

WHITE CHRISTMAS I'm dreaming of a white Christmas Just' like the ones I used to know Where the tree tops glisten And children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry And bright And may all your Christmases be white. Irving Berlin «c) 1940) There's an intensity to this time of year ,that is sweet and painful all at once. Everything seems to come together in such a short period of time. Christmas shopping is endless; the parties cannot all :be attended; there are so many greeting cards, music programs, relatives to visit, and office gathering. And in the midst of it all comes the crush of football, school examinations, and multiple wedding commitments. The intensity of the Christmas season arises because it is a time of ritual. It is the time when celebration becOmes most important. It is the occasion for all of the past and the future to be crammed into a few short moments on the 'altar of gift-giving. And finally it provides a drama to sur· round the simple word of thanks for the birth of each other and God. Like all good rituals, this season brings with it a razor's edge which cuts through the routine of daily life. On the . one side it exposes the dreams, the relationships like those of Bing and Rosemary which are full of promise, the images of sugar plums and creation at peace where tree to)'s glisten and children listen, and the profound sign of God and man made one. On the other side the ritual lays bare the painful reality that we are far from what we share on this altar. To the person who listens and watches, it is clear that the earth is not covered with placid snow. Gift-giving and words of thanks are not really enough a part of the pattern of our lives. We drink too much, are far too insecure and hesitant about speaking out our love, and we remain alienated from our neighbors. And so it comes again ,this year. The ritual of birth sounds its clarion call ,for those who would gather. The . lights begin to come up again on a scene where a God is ·born to be with simple people. And the songs once again invite voices to share the words of a dream. This year we pray that the ritual season ,may be for you and your families an opportunity to pray and sing and dream together. May you come to know the Lord who are born to share what you are and to invite you to be so much more. This Christmas, the Dameans wish to you that the Son of God might be made more human in your life and that each of you may share in His divinity. Together with you we come to the poverty and greatness of the manger to honestly offer the ritual of our need and our hope. May it ,be a holy season. (All correspondence should he directed to: The Dameans, P.O. Box 2108, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70821.) (Copyright (c) 1975 by NC News Service)

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BY CAROL MOORE Feehan Correspondent

Over the past couple of years, enrollment at Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, has been steadily increasing and this year is the highest that it has ever been. Presently there are students from 31 different junior high schools and 43 different parishes. From the middle of November until about the middle of February, members of the guidance department visit between junior high schools to recruit new students. The schools visited range from the Walpole area in the north, to the Providence area in the south. The program generally involves a member of the guidance department, a graduate of the school being visited, a slide show, brochures and an information session and lasts from 30 to 45 minutes. While the junior high students are being introduced to Feehan, they are also invited to visit. Two days a week are set aside for this and visitors come in groups of 10 to 20 students. Each is given a student-guide who shows him or her around Feehan and takes him to classes. Last year, over 850 students visited Feehan. Mr. John Perkoski, guidance counselor for the junior class, states, "We can go out recruiting and tell students about Feehan, but, when the students actually visit, the school sells itself." Recruiting is one of many services that the guidance department renders to Feehan. When asked what its main function is, Sister Regina Coughlin, -departmental head, replied, "Interpersonal relationships with _students. We try to maintain the . individuality of each student by looking at him or her as a unique person, rather than a number." During Freshman year, each student is assigned a guidance counselor. In general, students remain with the same counselor until the end of their junior year, although they may see other Turn to Page Fifteen

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Junior at Stang Wins R. I. Piano Competition Ann Margaret Lamoureux, a junior at Bishop Stang High School, North Dartmouth, has been selected as the winner of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra piano competition. As a result, she will ap"ear as soloist with the orchestra in the spring of 1976, performing the Second Concerto in. D Minor by the American composer, Edward MacDowell. Last February the Stang junior was a finalist in the National Catholic Music Educators Association piano competition held in Atlantic City. She has also appeared on numerous occasions as soloist throughout the New Bedford-FaIl River area. Miss Lamoureux is studying with Dr. Eleanor Carlson of the Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU) music faculty through the Division of Continuing Studies. Previously she studied with Jose da Costa. She has also participated in a Youth Music Institute at Southeastern Massachusetts University. At Bishop Stang, Miss Lamoureux is a member of the National Honor Society. She is accompanist for the All Girls' Chorus and the Mixed Chorus and has been accompanist for the musicals "Oliver" and "Jacques Brei," also accompanying the production of "Jacques Brei" given at SMU under the direction of Angus Bailey. Earlier this year she was selected as accomnanist for the Southeastern District Chorus Concert held in Attleboro. Miss Lamoureux is the daugh. ter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Lamoureux of 177 Cove Street, New Bedford.

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Feehan High â&#x20AC;˘ Continued from Page Fourteen counselors if they wish. Sister Regina Coughlin is senior class counselor. Feehan's counselors are always busy. They act as both full-time teachers and counselors and see each student at least once a year on a formal basis. (Most students are seen more often, according to their needs.) Members of the guidance department are Sister Regina Coughlin, Father Brian Harrington, Mr. Neil Loew, Mr. Steven Rotondo and Mr. John Perkowski. As head of guidance, much of Sister Regina's time is filled with paperwork. In sending out senior transcripts, she writes an individual recommendation for each student. She is also in charge of grade reporting and probably most important of all, she is the link between the community,- the colleges, and Feehan. According to Sister Regina, "There are a lot of pressures and frustrations involved in my job. But the most rewarding experience is on Homecoming Weekend, when students return to Feehan and say how happy they are to be in whatever position it might be and how grateful they are to Feehan." Feehan's guidance department helps to make Feehan, a high school that is large enough to serve you, small enough to know you.

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KNOW YOUR FAITH Hope and Expectation By Sister Mary Therese Harrington, S.H.

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Christmas is a time for hope and expectation. When Ann was born she was the first child in the family and her arrival into this world was surrounded by dreams and plans. And all was going smoothly in her happy world. She arrived safely and well. But after a year a shadow fell over her. Ann developed a very high fever that would not break and by the time it did, there were many shattered hopes, dreams and expectations. Now Ann is 11 years old, the oldest of nine other children. Five of them are her natural brothers and sisters and four are adopted family members. Ann has learned to welcome all the children into the family, to play with them, amuse them, feed them and comfort them. And they have learned to trust her ,gentleness, concern and fun. There are times when she gets tired easily, and needs to be able to do things at her own slower pace but no one makes a fuss over it. Each one in the family has a unique place. Each one belongs. Eas:h one has something to share with the others. And what has happened to the hopes and expectations? They have been altered, and shifted, and adjusted to various diag-

noses, learning disabled, educably mentally retarded, etc., etc. But hope is still alive and vibrant. Hope is alive because of this one child's amazing capacity to absorb love and reflect it in her quiet presence. Big brown eyes, alive with trust, and a radiant smile, full of good humor, speak of the mystery of her courage and her will to live and love. Hope springs from her. Strange that receiving love and reflecting it should be' so hard sometimes and yet that it can be accomplished masterfully by a child like Ann. Strange that those who are "helping" Ann end up being helped and affected by her. Some people can focus on all the problems sh~ has and could give to others, but other people can enjoy the mystery of her presence. Some of the people who enjoy her almost as much as her family does belong to her parish religious education group. And on Sunday mornings when the family walks to Church together, eight children in two's holding hands, with parents in control, everyone is gbd to greet the whole family. They make a fine entrance procession! And the children get settled in the front pews while both Turn to Page Seventeen

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RUSSELL SHAW

At Christmas we celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation-the union of the human and the divine in Jesus Christ. Christmas and what it stands for are the conclusive answer to the age-old temptation to devaluate and degrade what is human. It may at first seem out of place today to emphasize this matter of human dignity. After all, many people regard this as an era of humanism run rampant. To them it appears that the spiritual and religious crisis of our times lies precisely in excessive exaltation of the human: the insistence that human beings are sufficient unto themselves and have no real need for God. But the appearances are deceiving. It is a paradoxical fact that the characteristic humanism of our times amounts to a dead-

"I've tried to read the Bible several time," Margie told me. "But I never get very far. The creation stories in Genesis are interesting. So is the story of how Adam and Eve sinned. But then everything gets so dull and complicated. I just lose interest and stop. I must have started the Bible four or five times, but hardly ever get past the first book, Genesis."

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Several others shared similar experiences as we chatted after dinner at Margie and George's home. "The language is so strange," Harry added. "There are so many odd names of people and places. I just find it hard to keep interested." They asked me what I thought about reading the BIBLE. I had to admit that I had had the same experience they had. Five or six times I started with the first book of the Bible, the Book of Genesis. I did so with real enthusiasm. But soon gave up with a rather lost feeling. I wasn't until I had an opportunity to study the Bible later on, and'iead 'a dis• cussion group of five couples who wanted to learn about the ly attack on human dignity. By Bibie, that I began to feel comemptying human life of ultimate fortable with it. meaning, secular humanism conAfter sharing my own experi. demns human beings to self- ence, I suggested that there was hatred and despair. The rhetoric one book of the Bible that might of secular humanism makes men be a better starting place than and women gods, but its reality the book of Genesis. One book is . reduces them to. the level of a kind' of whole Bible in miniaanimals. ture. It contains most of the maWe do not have to look far jor themes of the Bible, and does to see the results. Many persons so in a way that is more obtoday struggle to avoid their viously related t{) daily experisense of futility and meaning- ence. This book has the further lessness by frantic activity. This advanta~e because it is a book is the root cause of our rat-race of prayers. society in which sheer "busy I suggested that they try lookwork" substitutes for genuinely meaningful forms of human en- ing at the Book of Psalms, which is usually found near the middle deavor. Others try to find meaning in of most Bibles. It contains 150 materialism. They strive endless- psalms or prayers. They are not ly for wealth and possessions. arranged in any particularly logThose who achieve them learn ical order, Most are shorter than soon enough that they are incap- a page in length. But they touch able of giving real meaning and down on and arise out of the kinds of experiences we all have: purpose to life. suffering, joy, anxiety, loneliOthers fall back on the escapism of sensuality - alcohol, ness, success and failure, doubt, drugs, casual sex. The evidence love, frustration. The Psalms are about the is overwhelming that this is not the way to lasting fulfillment kinds of experience we all share. but leads only to frustration and The writers of the Psalms interpret these day·to-day experiences deeper despair. Most alarming of all is the in the light of their experience devaluation of the human of God within their religious trathrough direct assaults on life. dition. As a result the Book of We live in a violent age, an era Psalms condenses much of the of diminished respect for life. rest of the Bible and ,relates the Violence has even become so-' biblical, traditional themes to dally acceptable for some peo- daily living. Millions of Jews and Christians Turn to Page Seventeen

God's Vote of Confidence Christmas is a permanent antidote to human self-hatred. It marks God's own 'resounding, lasting vote of confidence in the human race.

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God's Vote Continued from Page Sixteen pIe when it takes such forms as abortion and euthanasia. Human life, in this perspective, is not truly sacred. Rather, it is a coinmodity to be measured on the scale of convenience and sacrificed when necessary to achieve other, more highly valued objectives. Christmas stands in stark repudiation of all this. In celebrating the Incarnation, Christmas celebrates the dignity and sacredness of what is human. True, the Incarnation is the mystery of the redemption of "fallen" humanity. But that is jUst the point. We have been rescued and raised by the action of God. Indeed. human beings are being raised to the status of God's adopted sons and daughters. In a real sense our destiny now is to be godlikenot "little gods" absorbed in the futility of self-worship, but per- w sons capable of sharing, by reason of God' saction, in the divine life itself. Christmas tells us something essential about the value God assigns to human nature. And it is also something startling: in Continued from Page Sixteen Jesus Christ not only did the parents take their place in the Word become flesh, as truly song group. Now Ann is the one human as any of us, but human- who is keeping an eye on the ity became capable of sharing little group. All goes well. Then in the divine life. it is her turn to bring the bread The Incarnation is often de- to the priest at the time of the scribed as God's stooping to the presentation of the gifts. Alive level of the human. That is one with interest, joy and pride, she valid way of looking at it. Cer- makes the long trip to the altar tainly thegulf between God and with dignity and a sense of the - human beings is immense. Hu- sacred. man effort cannot close it. Only Watching her we say, what a God can do that. Christmas gift we have been But the Incarnation also signifies the elevation of the human given. What a gift we offer. to almost incredible heights of What a gift we enjoy. As there have been hard days dignity. It is not just that God became man in Jesus Christ. As and hard weeks in the past there a result of the Incarnation, hu- will be hard times in the fuman beings have a destiny to ture, but the real investment is become godlike. More than any- being made in the now, in the thing else, that is why Christmas is the final, definitive answer to '"''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''"'''''''''''''"'''''''''''''''' the curse of human self-hatred God's involvement in history: in our day and always At Christ- Psalm 105; Psalm 33; Psalm 78 mas we truly receive "tidings of The mystery - of mankind: great joy." Psalm 8; Psalm 39 The mystery of sin: Psalm 106; Psalm 73; Psalm 51 Trus't in God: 路Psalm 91; Psalm Continued from Page Sixteen ago in a very different world 62 Old age: Psalm 71 than our own. Desire for God: Psalm 42; But they touch sensitive cords in the experience of people in Psalm 63 every age, because they are You may find these helpful. a,bout the basic experiences and You may find others that are questions everyone has at some more meaningful to you. You time or other. They are about may find the Book of Psalms an life. They are about God. They attractive way of getting into constantly relate life and God. the Bible. Jesus went so far as In opening the Book of Psalms to say that the Psalms were don't expect to read it like a about Him (Luke 24:44-45). He novel. Read it slowly. The knew them and prayed them. In psalms are prayers. Don't read fact His last words on the cross too many psalms at anyone were Psalm 22, a profound extime. When one strikes you, stay ploration of the mystery of sufwith it. If a particular expression fering. speaks meaningfully to you, learn it by heart. Don't try to go through a lot, but try to appreciate what strikes a cord in your 庐ak ~anDr heart. Don't feel compelled to 1214 STAFFORD RD. read them in any order. Pick and choose what appeals to you. TIVERTON, R. I. As a start here are a few of CATERING TO BANQUETS my favorites and the biblical and SPECIAL FUNCTIONS themes they grow our of: Creation: Psalm 104; Psalm 65 Luncheon Daily 11:30 to 3:00 God's love: Psalm 103; Psalm Dinner from 5 to 10 Except Monday 23; Psalm 107; Psalm 136 God's presence with us every(401) 624-3376 where: Psalm 139

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Only Yesterday in The ANCHOR I>ecentber 15, 1960 Rev. Joseph P. Delaney, now serving -in Brownsville, Tex., was ordained a priest in Rome... Rev. Msgr. Bernard J. Fenton and Rev. Msgr. Henri A. Hamel were invested in the robes of Domestic Prelates. . . Mrs. John Flynn of Taunton unveiled her portrait of Rev. James L. Martin,

SS.CC., president of Notre Dame College in East Pakistan... Sister Fidelis, S.N.D., formerly Maude E. McManama, a B. M. C. Durfee High School teacher, published "Treasure in the Field," a biography of the foundress of the Notre Dame Sisters.

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Expe~tation love that is shared among people who trust one another. This is the firm foundation for hope. We can even "boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance bring hope, and this hope is not deceptive because the love of God ':las been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us" (Romans 5:3-5).

Atty. Maurice F. Downey of New Bedford, chairman of the Committee for the Prayer Week of Christian Unity, announced recommendations for the January event. . . The Our Lady of Guadelupe Center of Taunton met with special participants: Rev. Gera~d T. Shovelton, Miss Ruth Hurley, R.N., Ramon Cotto and Sixtus Serra.. The New

Bedford Laborers Union awarded 25-year pins to members with Rev. John F. Hogan, New Bedford Catholic Welfare Director, giving the principal address. . . Senior officers were named at Prevost High School: Richard Charland and Robert Messier, presidents, Leo Talbot and Roger Lizotte, vice-presidents.

Decentber 17, 1970 Headlines: Bishop Cronin Installed as the Fifth Bishop of Fall River. . . Rev. Msgr. John J. Hayes of Holy Name Parish, New Bedford, dies. .. Silver jubilees were celebrated by Rev. Francis M. Coady,

Rev. Arthur C. Levesque, Re~. James F. McCarthy. . . Dr. Bernard J. Mangione was honored for ,his 35 years of medical service to the boys attening St. Vincent de Paul Camps.

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Breakup of Good Marriage Theme of 'One Man, Hurt' The apparently sudden breakup of a marriage which had lasted almost 19 years, is the subject of One Man, Hurt (Macmillan, 866 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022. 278 pages. $8.95). The author, the man in the case, is identified by the pseudonym Albert on which Jean was set. Martin· Martin is a Roman divorce She left, taking the youngest of Catholic, of Polish descent, the sons with her. Albert reand a native of Connecticut. mained in the house which was His wife, here called Jean, is a Methodist, of Anglo-Saxon stock, a native of Texas. They met in New York, in 1950, and were

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married in 1953. The marriage was not rushed into, and both were about 22 at the time. In the years that followed, they had four sons. Martin was astounded when, without warning, Jean told him that she no longer loved him, and wanted a divorce. He simply could not believe what she was saying. He was sure that theirs was a near-perfect marriage, and their home exceptionaUy happy. The Martins' had been a very close family. Jean, while remaining a Methodist, shared occa· sionally with Albert and the boys in a,n experimental liturgkal community sanctioned by the Catholic diocesan authorities. One is sure that those authorities did not sanction the full participation in the Eucharist by nonCatholics which this community practiced. Pop PhyschoJogy When Jean made her startling announcement, she explained that she had been thinking about it for a long time. She had been reading a great number of books about human hehavior and personality. This pop psychology had convinced her that she was being victimized by the marriage, her "real me," destroyed. She had to assert herself as a person, had to he free, and there was no way to do so within the marriage. Albert tried to reason with her, to plead' the case for their sons and himself, but all to no avail. Jean was immovable, indeed unreachable. After Albert got in touch with a professional marriage counselor, Jea~ grudgingly agreed to attend some sessions with him. But she said that they would make no difference. They did in fact make a difterence. But it was not of the kind that Albert had hoped for. Early in the sessions, Albert began to suspect that the process was "a picking apart, a grinding , away of what I saw as a solid, healthy relationship" The longer it continued, the worse it got in this respect.

Painful Period Months went by, a Jiightmare for Albert. They ended in. the

the scene of the many years which he -had considered happy. The three other boys are with him. He struggles to meet the costs of his house and his exwife's apartment, and to do for the boys what Jean no longer does. This is im unsparing account of an exquisitely painful period in the author's life. The reader feels much of that pain. But the reader reminds himself from time to time that this is one side of the story. Jean's side would cer· tainly have another focus and might alter the whole picture considerably. Albert Martin's original suspicions of professional marriage counseling as he experienced it, were confirmed for him as time passed. He says that the very core of what the counselor practiced "is the enshrinement of individuality, the freedom of self, at the exnense 'of marital union and social compromise." The author asserts, "At present, only one out of' every 10 marriages coming before counselors emerges ,intact at the end of the process." Is that true? Something like it must be true, if a remark of the president in 1972, of the American Association of Marriage Counselors is representative. She said, "Marria'ge stinks." Nouveaumania This ,is quoted by Truman Moore in Nouveaumania: The American Passion for Novelty and How It Has Led Us Astray (Random House, 201 E. 50th St., New York. N.Y. 10022. 181 pages. $7495). By "nouveaumania" Mr. Moore means two things. The first is the belief that novelty is a panacea, that all change is good. It is also "the love of being, feeling, or appearing ever young." He maintains that Americans are subject to both delusions, and that the consequences are farreaching and destructive. He cites many, many examples. One is the annual profu-

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Love of Neighbor 'More Difficult LORETTO (NC)-Philosophies current today make it nard for men and women to keep in yiew Christ's demand "that we love our neighbor as ourselves," Arch·

sion of new foods and new prod· ucts. In drugs and groceries, he says, there are 6,000 news items each year. The innovations are proclaimed to be much better than their immediate predecessors, and are largely accepted as such.

bishop Jean Jadot, apostolic delegate in the United States, said here. "The twin philosophies of secular humanism and hedonism are constantly presented as containing the ,norms for human behavior in a modern culture, ma·king it difficult for ,men to keep their vision in focus on the demand of Christ that we love our neighbor as ourselves," Archbishop Jadot said at an alumni day program at St. Francis Seminary.

The apostolic delegate appealed to U. S. Catholics to have a greater awareness of the needs of the Church throughout the world.

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Toussaint to a leading New York hairdresser so that he could lea.'n NEW YORK (NC)-A former a trade. Toussaint became quite slave whose life of Christian skilled in hairdressing and soton charity could lead to a formal had as his clients some of the Church declaration that he is a leading women of New York. saint was remembered recently The slave revolt in Haiti con路 at a Mass and graveside service tinued, preventing the family's at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral return, but John Berard went here. back in 1791 to check on his' Pierre Toussaint lived from plantation. He died of pleurisy 1766 to 1853. For 20 years, he there. secretly supported the impover, Shortly after his death, a New ished widow of his former master York business in which he had while working as a hairdresser invested all his money failed, and here. At the same time he sup- Berard's widow, Marie, was left ported his own family, includ1.'ljJ with no means of support. She an orphaned niece, and contril asked Toussaint to pawn the uted, also secretly, to many char family jewels. Instead, he gave ities and individuals in need of her $41 that he had saved over help. the years. RESPONSIBLE FOR FESTIVAL: Among workers who made festival possible are, Born in Haiti, then calle:! Saint He maintained the household Domingue, Toussaint came to on his earnings as a hairdresser from left, Mrs. Fred Virtullo, Mrs. Aubrey Armstrong, Mrs. Martha Hayden, Msgr. AnNew York in 1787 with his mas- for the next 20 years.' He pre- thony Gomes, Mrs. Raymond Boulanger, Mrs. Bertrand Patenaude, Mrs. Raymond Poisson. ter, John Berard du Pithon, and served appearances completely, other family members and slaves. even to the extent of dressing as Religious order of black women During his last years, one of a New Jersey priest, Father The Berards had decided to leave a servant when Madame Berard established in Baltimore in 1829. his clients s'aid to Toussaint, Charles McTague, who was then the island, at least temporarily, entertained. Before ber death' in They were also benefactors of "You are the richest man I know. a seminarian. because 'of a revolt of slaves 1807, she gave Toussaint his the first New York City Catholic Why not stop working?" In 1968 Cardinal Terence there against French plantation freedom. school for black children, at St. "Then, Madame," he replied, Cooke of New York introduced owners. de Paul on Canal St. Vincent "I should not have enough for It was only after her death the cause of Pierre Toussaint to Leading Hairdresser Toussaint's acts of charity others." that Toussaint felt free to marry the Vatican as a possible subject Berard was unusually good to Juliette Noel, a Haitian slave touched the lives of many people. Cause Introduced for canonization. As a result. his slaves. One indication of this whose freedom he had purchased Some of his help was anonymous, Toussaint died at the age of 87 the Vatican has established a is the fact that he apprenticL.d when she was 15 years old. He even to the recipients. He reand was buried alongside Juliette historical commission to review and Juliette raised his orphaned ceived many requests for help, and Euphemia in Old St. Patrick's all his writings as an early step niece, Euphemia, until her death financial and other wise, and Cemetery on Mott 51. The grave- in possible canonization proceedfrom tuberculosis at the age of there is no evidence that he ever site was searched out in 1941 by ings. refused. During the plagues that路 Continued from Page Eleven _ 14. Toussaint's grandmother, moth- hit New York periodically due to humane attitude on certain kinds er and master had all been de- poor sanitation in early years, of "mercy killing" is simply be- vout Catholics, and Pierre at- he went through the barricades yond belief. Nor do any of the tended Mass every day. Through to nurse the sick. three national networks make his clients, he raised' a large In addition to this niece Euphe路 the slightest attempt to explain amount of money to help estab- mia, Toussaint and his wife took the moral rationale behind the lish a Catholic orphanage in the several other orphaned children church's teaching on needlessly city and kept up his support of into their home, supporting them prolonging life. The spectre of it for 40 years. until they were able to work. the three black clad priests beUntold Charities hind the confused and not very Prophets A strong believer in education affluent family is sufficient to "The prophets are the physithe' key to a better life, he as appeal to the bigot's image of . and his wife were patrons of the cians of the diseases of the the working class Catholic being manipulated by his clergy. Who Oblate Sisters of Providence, a soul."-Ail-Ghazali. needs an explanation? May It fill your heart and briqhten your life Telling the Truth? In this blessed season and throuqh the year. -Item: The coverage by the national press of the NORC study of ethnic incomes concentrated on the income advantage 111 DURFEE ST,REEl FALL RIVER of the Catholic ethnics, but with one or two exceptions there was no mention of the other main finding of the research: there is persuasive evidence of occupational discrimination against Eastern and Southern European Catholics despite their educaAbit of Good Cheer tional and economic achievements. Indeed, among the colwe're sending lege educated ethnics, the discrimination is about 40 per cent 'specially your of the discrimination faced by way. A Happy blacks. Reeves, Childs, Greenberg, Season to you, Kaplan, the TV reporters would to yours, all claim that they are not antiCatholic. They are just telling to all, the truth. 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Vol.19,No.51-Fall River, Mass.,Thursday,Dec.18,1975 Bishop's...