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The Anchor's Christmas feature illustrates "The Guest," a 17th century English poem by an unknown author. Thanks go to the Connolly Players of Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, directed by Rev. William J. CUllen, S.J.; and to Dr. and Mrs. Eioghan O'Riordan of Holy Name parish, Fall River, who lent thei~ appropriately baronial home as a setting for our photographs.

Bishop Cronin's Christmas Message My dearly beloved .n Christ, The joyful' fec st of Christmas is once again with us. We join with Christians everywhere as we commemorate ,the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. "The grace of God has appeared offering sal· vation to all men." (J;itus 2:11) The, period of wai+'ng for the Messiah was one of longing ex·' pectation. The liturgic&. season of Advent has profitably recalled tl]at period in history. Tn God's good time, the Messiah came. Em· manuel, God with us, Yesus Christ, the Son of God and the son of Mary, through His life and death conquered sin 'and brought about our salvation. This messianic mission and message of sal· vation, the Good News, continues in time through anti for the Church-the People of God-until the Lord comes. "It was he who ~acrificed himself for us, to redeem us from all unrighteousness and to cleanse for himself a people of his own, eager to do what is right." (Titus 2:14) The People .of God therefore must "reject godless ways and worldly desires, ,and live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age as we await our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of the great God and of our Savior, Christ Jesus." (Titus 2:12-13) These reflections, which are the words of Saint Paul, cause us to penetrate more deeply the meaning of Christ.mas. If Jesus the Savior came into the world to redeem mankind and form a People of God whose influence would be one of justice, charity, upright· cousness, honesty, purity, temperance and peace should not the feast of Christmas be the occasion for that same People of God to evaluate what its inflence is here and' now? Do, in point of fact, the lives, example and faith of the People of God, Christians, believ· ers in Jesus Christ, bring to society' those virtues which the Lord taught? Should we not expect peace among brothers in the faith, and with those who do not share that faith? Should we not expect moral and upright conduct in individuals, and pure, noble and per· manent devotion in the married couple? Should not the Christian Turn to Page Six '--

The King is Robert Flynn, the Lord is Robert Soares, the Servants are Tom McGuire, Steven Desjardins, Chris White and Eddie Lambert, who is also S1. Joseph. Mary Is porti'ayed by Mary McGowan, St. Joseph's parish, Fall River.

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Necrology, DEC. 28 Rev. Ch.arles R. Smith, 1955, Pas(or, Immaculate Conception, Fall River' ~AN.

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Rev. Jose Valeiro,1955, Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Fall River Rev.. Francis R. Connerton, 5S.STD., 1'968, St. John's Semi· nary, Plymouth, Michigan Rev. Antonio M. Fortuna, 1956, Pastor, Immaculate Conception, New ,Bedford JAN. 4 Rev. Eugene L. Dion, 1961, Pastor, Blessed .Sacrament, Fall River

Priest Offers Father's Mass Most Rev: Daniel A. Cronin presided and .gave the final com· mendation at the. conclusion of . the concelebrated Mass of Chris· tian Burial offered on Monday morning in St. Mathieu's Church, Fall River for the late Gedeon E. Dufour, father of Rev. Clement Dufour, assistant pastor at St. Anthony's Church, New Bedford. Father Dufour was the princi· pal concelebrant of his father's Mass. Most Rev. James J. Gerrard, V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of the Di· ocese was present in the sanctu· ary. In addition to Father Dufour, Mr. DUfour is survived by his widow; Mrs. Albertine Cote Dufour and two sons, Roger and Paul. . Interment was in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River. ......"",,,,,,,'."""""""""111"1'••••'''••''.1••'111'•••••,'I'I"I1"'ltl.,'••''''.,......_

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JAN. 6 Rev. James F. Roach, 1906, Founder, Immaculate Concep-, tion, Taunton JAN. 7 Rev. Alfred R. Forni, 1970, Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi, New Bedford JAN. 8 Rev. Alfred J. Carrier, 1940, Founder, St. James, Taunton Rev. Job:l Kelly, 18~5, Found· er, St. Patrick, Fall River Rev. Arthur C. Lenaghan, 1944, ,Chaplain, United States Army JAN. 10 Rev. Jourdain Charron, O.P., 1919, Dominican Priory, Fall River Rev. George H. Flanagan, 1938; Pastor, 'Immaculate Conception, Fall River

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Publication D.,cember 27 There will'be no edition of The Anchor next, Thursday, Dec. 2'7. Leary Pre$s, which prints The Anchor, is not working next Monday, the day before Christmas. The mechanical difficulties of se:ting type, making-up and printing The Anchor for Thursday deliverYi make it advisable to forego next week's .issue. The Anchor staff takes this opportunity to thank all at Leary Press for tM unusual degree of cooperation that has character· ized relation~ between this qioc:Elsa:, newspaper and the press and to wish I all there a blessed Christmas.

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THE ANCHORThurs., Dec. 20, 1973

Marian Medal Awards To 98 in Diocese The Marian Medal, a special award given annually to lay persons of the Diocese of Fall River who have distinguished themselves in service to the Church will be given on Satururday afternoon, December 29, 1973, at two o'clock, at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Fall River. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Daniel A. Cronin, Bishop of Fall River, will confer the award to a group of 98 lay men and women 'from all sections of the Diocese of Fall River. The beautiful silver medal, cast in the Diocese of Fall River, is designed to reflect the Patroness of the Diocese of Fall River, Saint Mary, the Blessed Mother. It is attached to a red, white and blue ribbon. The following recipients of the Marian Medal have been nominated for the 1973 award cer-· emony: Attleboro Area Henry W. Benoit, 25 Collins Street, South Attleboro Frederic L. Blythe, Summer Street, Rehoboth Mrs. Mary Brennan, 17 Robert Street, Attleboro Felician Brochu, 411 South Main Street, Attleboro Mrs. Mary D'Agostino, 8 West Church Street, Mansfield Mrs. Theresa V. Foley, 506. Central Ave., Seekonk Ernest J. Glode, 25 Jackson Street, Attleboro Falls Henry W. Marcil, 53 Orne Street, North Attleboro Frederick J. Marcoullier,' 28 Y2 High Street, North Attleboro Mrs. Rose Turcotte, 4 Holman Street, Attleboro Cape Cod and Islands Area Robert Boys, 28 Parkway Lane, Marion William H. Cabral, 160 Bradford Street, Provincetown Mr. and Mrs. James Clancy, Route 6, North Eastham Mrs. Nora DeCoffe, 61 North Street, Mattapoisett Miss Katherine Fernandes, 192 Old Onset Road, Onset Mrs. Dorothy Grenier, Breakwater Road, Brewster Mrs. Ada Guerzoni, Gault Road, West Wareham Robert B. Kennedy, 61 Thorne Road, Gray Gables-

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River"':'Thurs. Dec. 20, 1973

Church Plans Great Effort For Rome's Working Poor Starting December 2, Sunday driving in Italy was strictly banned ~ntil further notice. While the Italian people enjoy the reputation of being able to get around. the law with a good conscience, there is some reason to beheve that this new emergency regized nation, are in a state of ulation, aimed at conserv- crisis. Naples, for example, aling gasoline will be made to most seems to have reached the stick, at least for a decent point of no return. Rome itself interval. It would appear that the government, for a change. is prepared to get tough with those who try to circumvent the

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law. The penalty for first offenders will be roughly $150-more than enough to persuade the average citizen that when the authorities sa,y "never on Sunday" they really mean it. This is not to suggest that the Italian people are resign_ed to their unhappy fate. To the contrary, if one can believe' thG local press, the entire nation is about to have a collective nervous breakdown at the very thought of being grounded every Sunday until further notice. The' leading papers in' Italy from north to south, are having. a field day philosophizing in the most sombre ano-' apocalyptic terms about the long-range socilogical, cultural,and even theological significance of the ban . on Sunday driving. Even La Stampa of Turin and Carriere Della Sera of Milan-perhaps the two most influential dailies in all of Italy-are wallowing these days in superlatives. National Values La Stampa, for exalllple, reported on November 24 that there is a widespread feeling in Italy that the' ban on Sunday driving means "the end of the world" (sic) or, at the 'very least, the end· of a "civilization of flight" (from the cities), which in recent years has become a kind of national ideology. Carriere Della Sera, not to be outdone by its Turin rival, took pretty much the same line, but ended its highly metaphysical commentary on the energy crisis with a hope and a prayer that the Italian people will be able, at this historic turning point, to rediscover two of their most important national 'values-domestic happiness and urban peace. Carriere's I:eference to urban peace as a possible fringe benefit of the government's Draconian ban on Sunday driving can serve to highlight the fact that the major cities of Italy, like those of every other industrial-

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is also in serious trouble. Cardinal's View The average tourist never gets a good look at the real Rome. He concentrates on the old city which is really a museum rather than a city. The typical pilgrim, then, can easily get the impression that Romans. by and large, are doing r,ather well by themselves. Cardinal' Ugo Poletti, the Cardinal 'Vicar of Rome-the man who has been delegated to administer the diocese in the name of Paul VI-recently tried to set the record straight in this regard. In a widely publicized press conference, he' said that' from the social and economic point of view, Rome, if anything, is worse off than the other m'ajor cities of Italy. _ "It has," he pointed o\.!,t, "the highest rate of population growth, the greatest. number of substandard housing units (huts and hovels), and at the same time the highest number of unoccupied residential units. In addition," the cardinal noted, "Rome also has the highest rate Qf infant mortality, a very high rate of unemployment and of endemic or . permanent unemployment. Worse than that," he said, "the social services provided by the city to those most in need are woeful~y inadequate." Hits Establishment Cardinal Poletti's sensational press conference is said to have hit the Roman political establishment like a bombshell. It was widely interpreted as a warning to the ruling Christian Democratic Party to get with it-or else. The feeling is, in other words, that th~ Church has decided that the situation in Rome is so bad that she can no longer afford to give the appearance of being allied, even indirectly, with the political establishment and may also have decided to playa much more prophetic role in defending the rights o~ the poor and underprivileged in the Eternal City. It should be noted, in ihis connection, that Cardinal Poletti's outspoken criticism of the Roman establishment was only the opening shot in a long-range program aimed at implementing one of the major themes of the Holy Year, namely, a greater commitment on the part of the faithful to Christian social action and social reform. In February 1974, the Diocese of Rome, following up on the Cardinal Vicar's recent press conference, will 'hold - a city-wide congress or convention on this theme. The purpose of 'the congress will be to involve as many Romans as possible in a massive Church-related effort to improve the lot of the working . poor in Rome. Other local churches throughout the Catholic world could do worse than follow Rome's example in this regard.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 20, 1973

Postpones Peace Prize Presentation OSLO (NC) - Brazilian Archhishop Helder Camara has said he would not go to Oslo to receive the alternate peace prize initiated by groups in Norway dissatisfied with this year's winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Joint winners of the Nobel prize this year were North Vietnam's .chief peace negotiator, Le Duc Tho, and U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Le Duc Tho declined his portion of the prize and Kissinger, although accepting, said that the pressure of international affairs will prevent his appearance at the award ceremonies.

Aftenpost, an Oslo daily, said Archbishop Camara told Lutheran Pastor Gunnar Stalsett, a leader Qf the group that initiated the alternate peace prize, that he is' not able to come to Norway in December and suggested that the prize be presented him in February, when he plans a trip to Europe. More than a million Norwegian crowns (over $25,000) has already been collected as the prize money. The money will be placed in a Norwegian bank until the presentation can be made, Pastor Stalsett said.

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

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The Midnight Mass in Bethlehem will be ofOUR fered for the members of this Association. This GIFT is our Christmas thank you gift to you. Please TO pray for all of us, especially our priests and YOU Sisters overseas. And have a happy Christmas!

Swansea Family Reaps True Yule Spirit Twenty years ago, when Deborah Ann Rapoza of St. Dominic's parish, Swansea, was a newborn baby, her father marked her first Christmas by purchasing a IO-inch Infant Jesus figure, made in a Spanish monas~ery. "It cost a lot, even then," said Joseph Rapoza, "but it was so beautiful." In the years following, Deborah's parents purchased and were given other figures to complete a Nativity scene that now numbers 28 pieces and annually takes over the Rap~za living room for nearly a month. Hundreds of people visit the l2-foot by six-foot display each year, said Rap.oza. "Twelve years ago when 'he was a monsignor, Cardinal Medeiros came to see it, and he has said that if he possibly. can he will come again this year."

Many Priests Although Rapoza has not kept a guest book of his visitors, he recalls that 28 priests have seen the manger, "and it's been blessed 28 times." He constructed the background f~r the Nativity figures himself' and he says it takes himself, his wife and Deborah about three days to se~ it up each year. Involved is a great deal of furniture moving, with many usual living room pieces banished to other parts of the Rapoza home for the Christmas season. "But there's still room for about 15 to sit in the room," he said. Highlight of the holiday season comes for the family at midnight Christmas Eve, when candIes are lit and a member of the family or close friend places the figure of the Infant in the crib. "Then we open champagne anr!

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reJOIce. That's the way we celebrate Christmas," said Rapoza, who noted that the family doesn't have a traditional tree, centering its festivities on the manger scene. Another memorable time comes on the feast of the Epiphany, known as the "Night of Kings" in Portugal, when it is traditional among P10rtuguese to hold open house. "We've had as many as 80 people here for that," said Rapoza, adding however, that because of deaths in the family this year's celebration will be somewhat tempered. But nothing can temper the devotion of the Rapozas to the true meaning of Christmas, exemplified for them by their Nativity scene, lovingly assembled and shared with all comers to the modest home at 136 Dellawanda Road, Swansea.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Thurs. Dec. 20, 1973

Mercy of God St. Paul wrote to Titus: "But when the goodness and kindness of God our Savior appeared, then not by reason of good works that we did ourselves, but according to His mercy, He saved us: .." Christmas is the celebration of the mercy of God. We can see many things in the Christmas scene-the Infant Jesus, the coldness of the cave; the poverty of the crib, the harshness of the straw, the loneliness of being surrounded by: dumb animals. But above everything else we see the mercy of the Father upon those whom He has made. To pour His forgiveness and love .upon His creatures, Almighty God willed that the Second Person of the Trinity take on a human body and soul. In this exile on earth Jesus Christ lived a life of persecution by others, of indifference and neglect by still more, of betrayal by His very own, so that He might write in His very Blood the message that the Father so loves His creatures that He would deliver up the Son so that all men pf all ages might be incorporated into Christ and made again sons and daughters of God. The message of Christmas is the message of the mercy of God, the mercy God -shows to those who are so often unlovable and so little worthy of mercy. The m~ssage of Christmas is that God would give such an ineffable gift to those who are so unworthy of the gift of Jesus Christ, the God-man Himself. The message of 'Christmas is that man. with all his faults and failings is still the target of God's love and caring. This should impel a person to have some regard for himself as a child of God. It should press him to reach out to all others who possess that same dignity. It should drive him to his knees in adoration of the Father Who so loves him, of the Son Who gives Himself for him, of the Holy Spirit Who sanctifies his soul. ' The mercy of God must find a response in the hearts of men and the only .fitting response is one of conversion, of turning toward'God in love and gratitude and humility.. Christmas is not a single occasion. It is:-ar should be-a turning point in the lives of men, their loving response to the Mercy of God.

A Matter of Morality Seldom before has so much been written about the sad state of the nation. Slowly is it being impressed upon Americans that the root of the problem is moral weakness. People are beginnning to cry out for the virtues of honesty and integrity and decency. And all this is very good and very true. But are people really willing to embrace a renewal of moral character? Are they willing to prepare carefully to' enter into marriage and then to accept the indissolubility of marriage itself and to rule out the possibility of divorce and remarriage? Are they willing to accept the sacredness of the 'sources of life and the inadmissibility of artificial and unnatural birth control? Are they willing to recognize the holiness of human life at every stage of growth - before birth and despite physical, and mental handicaps and at the sunset years? Are they willing to be guided in every instance by the Gospel injunction that it profits a man nothing to gain the whole world if the price he pays is that of his soul? Moral strength means -a full acceptance of God's Will and the doing of God's Will involves in many cases a sacrifice of the will and the wants and the wishes and the desires of man. .

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The Most Rev. Ernest J. Pri. meau, S.T.D., Bishop of Manchester, announced the appointment of two new Episcopal Vicars for the Diocese of Manchester. The Bishop has named the Rev. Msgr. Odore J. Gendron, who is presently Episcopal Vicar for Religious, to also fiII the new office of Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy. The Rev. Eugene J. Boutin, Pastor of Saint George Par· ish in Manchester and a native of Fall River has been named Episcopal Vicar for Christian Formation Born in Fall River, Father Boutin was ordained in Fall River by' Bishop James L. Connolly in 1954. In his priestly assignments 'he has served as associate pastor or Guardian Angel Parish in Berlin, Chaplain of Rivier College in Nashua, and pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in 'Re'l'l;"'>tt"n, prior to his appointment as pas-, tor of Saint George Parish in Manchester on September 11, 1970. As Episcopal Vicar for Christian Formation, Father Boutin. will coordinate the activities of the various departments involyed in the education and formation of the Catholic community, in~~essage cluding continuing education for the clergy, the commission for Continued from Page Two . family reflect the love and commitment of parents to their children, liturgy, relilgious education, the as exemplified~in the Holy Family, where also the Child was obedient Diocesan camps, the Diocesan school department, youth activand respectful: to His parents? Our ChrisUan beliefs dictate the necessity of devotion to-duty, ities in the piocese, and vocahonesty in business and public office, respect for the rights and tions. property of others. The follower of the Lord understands well that the yOl:.ng sh~uld hold their elders in great respect, and that they shQuld have 'fgr the aged that veneration which a long life lived in the fear and lqve of God merits. Likewise, mature adults accept as a personal and. societal responsibility the bodily and spiritual protecHOLLYWOOD. (NC) - Pope tion of our precious young people, so that they may form their Paul's Christmas Midnight Mass thinking and their character free from influences of evil. will be telecast live via satellite Above all, ,believers in Jesus Christ, as indeed all men of good to the United States, Canada and will. surround the sanctity of human life in all its fo:rms with that Latin America, it was anounced protection witMut which life would be threatened. Insidious attacks here by Family Theater Producon human life I abound. Abortion takes the life of the unborn. War tions, an organization headed by threa':ens the ~ives of combatants and -innocent civilians as well. Holy Cross Father Patrick PeyViolence, mur4er and attacks on the' physical integrity of helpless ton and which 'produces films for persons threaten the very foundations of a stable and peaceful television. society. ' The 90-minute color transmisAs unplea$ant as these facts are, my dearly beloved, it is neces- sion direct from St. Peter's Basilsary that we, :as Christians, take stock of ourselves from time to ica will be accompanied by comtime. There is no better occasion to'do this than at Christmas, when mentary. we cEllebrate the coming of Jesus at Bethlehem, whose very birth In its initial telecast last year was announce~· with the message: "Peace on earth to men of good from the Vatican, Family Theater wilL' (Luke 2:14) The birth of Jesus meant peace, holiness and re- brought the Mass to some 165 demption for mankind. The duty falls heavily upon us to lead our stations with an estimated viewliv¢s in confor~ity with the teachings of Our Divine Savior and to ing audience of 50 million homes. influence our fellow man and society through our example and our VATICAN CITY (NC) - The faith. Itanan government has lifted the This year,' in this very season, we begin in this Diocese and ban on holiday motoring, which throughout the Universal Church, a year of preparation for the mean"s that Pope Paul VI will Holy Year of 1975 proclaimed by Pope Paul VI. celebrate Christmas Midnight The Holy IFather announced "Renewal and Reconciliation" as Mass in St. ·Peter's Basilica. the theme of the Holy Year. Realizing our responsibilities as ChrisPreviously, the Vatican had tians, we understand readily that our commitment to renew our announced that if the ban were lives must be! on-going. What a powerful influence for good in not lifted the Mass would not the world a de¢p spiritual renewal of every Christian would be! May be celebrated. the proper reqection. on the true meaning of Chl'istmas, and the The ban on holiday motoring successful preparation for the Holy Year bring this about. has been enforced in Italy since On the oCGasion of this Christmas, 1973, I pray that the Prince the beginning Qf December beof Peace will grant the world that peace which will allow love to cause of the gasoline shortage. rei~n in the relationships of men, among men, and nations, among In addition to the Midnight nations. I I pray for: divine blessings on all those throughout the world Mass, Pope Paul will celebrate who do not share our Christian fa~th. Likewise, I pray for all Chris- Mass at 11 A.M. on Christmas tians. But especially for my beloved flock-the clergy, religious and Day at St. Peter's. After that faithful of the piocese of Fall River-I pray that this Christmas may Mass he wHl appear on the balbe for them a time of holiness, peace and justice wh1ch alone can cony of the basilica to deliver give t.hat hapPfness and joy which this season signifies. May the his annual Christmas blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city of peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ :be with you all now and lorever. Rome and to the world.) Amen,. The Pope's Christmas obserDevotedly yours in Christ, vances, which culminate· with the Chris'~mas day blessing, this year will begin with his Dec. 21 consistory at which he is expect· Bishop 01' Fall River ed to deliver a major address.

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Protest Al'rest of Missionary MARYKNOLL (NC) - The portation Board of his hope that Maryknoll Fathers have protested the "voice of the Gospel and the to the Philippine government Church be heard at all times over the arrest in the Philippines whatever the circumstances anti of U. S. Maryknoil Father Ed- consequences. " ward M. Gerlock. He pleaded not guilty and Father William J. McIntire, , has been placed under house arsecretary of the Maryknoll rest in Quezon City until hear· F,athers, said the society had pro- ings are continued Dec. 12. tested through the U. S. State Shortly after martial law was Department in Washington. proclaimed in the Philippines in Father Gedock, 37, of Bingham· September, 1972, the government ton, N. Y. was arrested in the town of Tagum on the southern asked another Maryknoll priest, Philippine island of Mindanao. Father Daniel F. Laughlin to He was charged with anti-go- leave the country. Father McInernment activities. If he is con- tire said he believes the reason for that deportation was "somevicted, he will be deported. The Maryknoll Fathers, a U. S. thing said in a sermon." Father missionary society, expressed Laughlill is now working in complete confidence" in Father Maryknoll's Denver office. The society has not been able to Gerlock. "We have strongly backed obtain a visa for his return to Father Gerlock's wish to remain the Philippines, Father' McIntire in the Philippines to serve the said. Philippine people," Father McIntire said. "We hope he will be allowed to remain." The Philippine government has charged that the Federation of Free Farmers, for which Father Gerlock has been chaplain since 1971, had engaged in subversive activities aimed at over273 CENTRAL AVE. throwing the government. The Federation of Free Far;mers had 992-6216 sought to organize peasants and to press for land reform. NEW BEDFORD Under House Arrest Father Gerlock told the De-

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Religious Explores Pension Plans WASHINGTON (NC) - Catbolic schools do not follow the example of Christ very well in their treatment of lay employees, according to a new booklet issued here by the National Cath· olic Educational Association (NCEA). The booklet, a study paper written by Brother Joel Damien, executive secretary of the Christian Brothers Conference, describes the structure and the pros and cons of a "self-insured, self-administered, trusteed, fund· ed, and IRS-approved" pension plan to take ....care of the retirement needs lay employees in

Catholk schools or other insti-· tutions. Speaking from 10 years of experience with such a plan for the Christian Brothers' schools across the country, Brother Damian asserts that self-insured, self-administered plans are viable for almost any group with 200 or more employees, and they offer higher benefits for lower investments - usua.Jly at about 30 per cent savings-when compared with commercially run pension plans or annuities. In footnotes and an appendix he outlines the differences in structure required to establish

simiHar pension plans for members of religious orders. "Catholic social principles dictate that a person employed for many years in the Catholic school system should be taken care of when he can no longer work and must retire," says Brother Damian. "These principles can be implemented partially but practically by the establishment of a pension plan. It permits the faithful employee to retire with honor and with an adequate pension, while also enabling the school to rep'lace the retired employee with a younger person able to work at full strength."

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SERRANS HOLD CLERGY NIGHT: Thomas H. Cahill, president of the Fall River Serra; Rev. John C. Tormey of the House of Affirmation, Whitinsville. principal speaker; Bishop Cronin, who also addressed the group; John M. Clements, president of the New Bedford Serra; Ronald Loranger of New Bedford, district governor; and Joseph Oliveira, president of Taunton Serra Club were among the principals at the affair on Thursday night.

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Particip,ation, in 'Catechelsis R,equelsted of Parents A news item I read concerning the recent meeting of the U.S.' Bishops said that the bishops received a report on the Communion-Confession first issue with a burst of applause. The thought of a large gathering of bishpps bursting into applause made the parents who should be inme wonder just what that to volved in determining the readi· report said. The decree Rome ness of their children should be issued last summer resulted an ongoing practice in every in a situation that must have been' extremely trying for the bishops. More than a dozen dio-. ceses adopted guidelines which

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required children to make their First Confession before receiving First Communion, yet other dioceses made less strict regulations. Great tension and divisiveness developed. ~he most extreme reactions included some Catholic lay people accusing some bishops of being in opposition to thz Pope, and some bishops taking the position that certain lay persons were not supporting the teachings of the Church. According to the newspaper sto'ry, the report stated children must be instructed in both Penance and the Holy Eucharist before receiving either Sacrament. and they also must be free to receive either one first. Complete Report

parish." And further on, "Whatever initiatives we take should be in the direction of encouraging more, not less. involvement of parents in the decision of catchesis pertaining to the reception of Penance and the Eucharist in regard to their children." So ,it is clearly a parental responsibility. It is not enough for parents to send children to a Catholic school or to CCD classes in order to discharge this responsibility. The parents must themselves become involved.

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Not Easy It will not be easy to implement the. suggestions made in Bishop Borders' report. The first thing that must ,be done is to set aside any bitterness or emo· tionalism that accompanied the reception of the decree from Rome. Next, parents will have to go to tbeir pastors and CCD directors, offer to participate and request the assistance they need . . . and these parents will have to be actively involved in the programs of preparing children for Penance and the Eucharist. I also hope that this parental involvement will not be confined t.o Penance and U~e Eucharist, but will spread to include al1 the sacraments, indeed to the entire religious education of children. Speaking as one parent, I'm confident it can be done. Parents can start right now by studying Bishop Borders' reo port. J will send a ~opy free to anyone who sends me a stamped self-addressed envelope. In the meantime, I think al1 the parents in the U.S. should give their bishops a resounding hurrah, and especial1y Bishop Borders for his magnificent report.

It didn't seem to me that that simple statement would ,be enough to get a round of ap· plause from a roomful of bishops. So I obtained a copy of the complete report which had been presented to the U.S. Bishops by Bishop William D. Borders, chairman .of the Bishops' Education Committee. After I read it, from the point of view of a parent, I felt like cheering out loud! Bishop Borders' report gave a detailed resume of Church law' and past practices. It concluded Committee on Women that the reception of either Sac- To Gather Statistics rament first is a decision that· PORT CREDIT (NC) - The should involve the parents. committee formed by the CanaThe report states, "Assistance dian Catholic Conference (CCC) of bishops to study the role of women in the Church arid sociThree Campus Ministry ety, at its first meeting, held here Representatives Chosen recently, decided to gather staWASHNGTON (NC) - Three tistics for study on the role regional representatives have women already have in Church been elected to the National organizations and then to gather Committee of Diocesan Directors opinions from the grass-roots of Cam:pus Ministry, it was an- level. nounced here by the Division of The committee will then preHigher Education of the U. S. pare working papers or stateCatholic Conference. ments for study at the diocesan Elected were Father Peter J. or regional level. Scanlon of the diocese of The committee chose Corinne Worcester, Mass.; Father Bernard Gal1ant, philosophy professor at H. Petrina of the diocese of Har· the University of Moncton, in the risburg, Pa.; and Father Dennis province of New Brunswick, to J. Strachota of the diocese of chair the committee. Sister Steila Baker, Ore. Zink and Renee, Brisson, both of The diocesan directors com· Ottawa, were chosen secretaries. mittee serves as an advisory Father Bernard Prince of the body to the Division of Higher CCC will continue as committee Education. coordinator.

:Greene Honored· Thomas More Association Awards, Medal I To Brif'ish Author CH:CAGO: (NC) - British auGraham Greene has been named winn~r of the 20th annual Thomas Mor~ Medal for the most qistinguished: contribution to Catholic lite~ature. Greene received the award for his novel "The Honorary Con· sui,'" the stoliY of a man's struggle with G04,' whom he resents and tries to resist, but in the end can:~ot avoid. The Thomas More Association (TM[A), which annually presents the award, described Greene's latest novel ~s being in the tradition of his 'earlier works, "The Power and the GlOry,"" "The Heart of the, Matter," and "The End of the Affair." TMA said lit wished to honor Grel~me "sp~cifically for his deeply Christian insighJs into the tortured and traumatic circumstances of 2Qth-century life and into the me~ and women who popl~late thi~ seemingly Goddeserted terr~in." Greene wall praised for making "thousands t;lpon thousands of readers refleqt and look inward, behind the h~adlines and behind thei:r own momentary pleasures and concernsr Greene ha~ made readers look for what is ~eally vital in their lives, for such things as love, compassion lmd faith in one ahol.her, the TMA said. thOI~

eminent Graham Greene," the TMA said.

"This is no mean accomplish· ment in an ~ge when it is not fashionable ito mention such things. Only ~ master of the art of literature tould manage it as com;is:enUy, •as entertainingl)' anll as pow~rfully as has the

WASHINGTON (NC)-A Catholic official in health affairs has urged a congressional investigation of prescription drugs which she described as "the most overpriced consumer goods available today." Sister Virginia Schwager, director of the U. S. Catholic Conference Division of Health Affairs, cal1ed for the investigation in a letter to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). "It is estimated that there are about 22,000 prescription drug products on the market, although there are only about 1,500 significantly different .drug entities," she said in her letter. She cited an example of a brand name antibiotic selling at $23.30 per hundred tablets, and the generic drug without a brand name selling at $5.67 per hundred tablets. "Whatever the precise cause of such discrepancies in pricing," said Sister Schwager "it is clear that the burden of high prescription drug costs falls most heavily on those least able to bear it, the elderly, the poor and the chronically ill." She said elderly persons account for over a quarter of prescription drug sales yearly. "Because of their fixed income and due to a lack of Medicare coverage for prescription drugs, long term chemotherapy can be ruinously costly for an older person."

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CriNcizes Bias A90inst Wom-en

If you can knit one, purl two and read instructions, then you'll have, no problem with what to do with your long winter nights. Housebound from a combination of shortages and cold weather, just think of all the delightful things you can get made (every cloud must have its are being whipped off the counters for Christmas giving and if silver lining). Perhaps I'll you're stH! doing your Christmas finally finish the afghan I shopping as I am, then this could started about three years ago, or the needlepoint pillow that's heen collecting dust since last summer. I predict a very great

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rise in interest in home knitting, crewel work or other crafts, es· pecially since you'll certainly be able to use the heavy knitted garments you can turn out if your interest is in clothes. Warmest Boy One little hoy in' the second class in my building ha" a wardrobe of the most hand· ~ome sweaters imaginablr, t hanks to the handiwork of his mother. The other day he wore a new dark green one to class I hat he informed us had been finished by his mother "this morning." He certainly was' thr warmest boy in second grade, a position that will be even more enviable as the thermostat and the temperature reach new lows. As great as the joy of warmth I hat Arthur received from his mother with her handmade gift was the equal pride he felt w:len everyone he came in con· tact with that day told him how lucky he was to have such a beautiful sweater. Hobby stores report there has heen a sell-out of equipment because of the idea that winter days are going to be spent next to the hearth. Kits of all kinds ~rade

Mandatory Preaching Training Advocated WASHINGTON (NC) - The adoption of a mandatory study of the theology of preaching by seminaries has been advocated hy the U. S bishops' Committee on Priestly Formation. To prepare for t.he ministry, a seminary's "curriculum must foster an appreciation of the primacy of preaching the ministry of the Church and its priests by stressing the power of ,the word of God to change lives," the committee's statement said. "This can best be accom'plished through a mandatory study of the theology of preaching." Bishop Loras J. Watters of Winona, Minn., chairman of the committee, said the committee had been concerned for some time "that many theologates have, under various pressures, allowed this very important area of priestly formation to receive less attention than it deserves. "Both bishops and laymen," he added, "have expressed concern over the poor quality of the liturgical homily."

be a last minute suggestion for someone who has shown an interest in this type of work. Of all the handcraft skills, I feel that crewel work is one of the easiest and most rewarding. at one time, when I taught hand sewing many of my sixth grade students not only learned the basic embroidery stitches, but they turned out some handsome hand-done couch pillows. Learn that Craft With a strong possibility ex· isting that we'll be spending more and more time at home and less out in the world, now is the time for many of us to learn that craft that has evaded us this far. While I ,can knit passably and sew a bit, crocheting has eluded me so what better time to learn it than now. . Fortunately, I have a motherin-law who is well versed in most of the handcrafts, therefore I have a nearby instructor. For those of you not so fortunate, search the neighborhood, for handcraft shops are springing up like mushrooms in cities and towns across the nation. Many of' these delightful shops offer not only materia'ls but in· structionsas well and this is a good way for a beginner to gain a feeling of confide."1ce. If you're' one of those people who admire the individual touch that handmade objects lend. to a home, then this winter will be the perfect time to tryout your unproven talent and pick up a new hobby for yourself.

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ALBANY (NC)-Barring worn· en from membership in the Jaycees is discrimination and should end, according to an editorial i:1 The Evangelist, the dwcesan newspaper here. The editorial, which noted that Jaycees receive government money for their projects, argued that barring women from the Albany Jaycees hurt women's chances in business and in professional careers. "Many of Albany's business leaders were once Jaycee memo bers," said the editorial. "While in the organization they made valuable contacts, contacts not open to' women in all-women groups. Today's Jaycees can look forwal'd to the same business contacts, the same career boosts and the same public recognition for their service. Women don't have this chance." The Evangelist's editorial reo ferred to a study conducted at Radcliffe College that showed that women attending women's colleges do not have the same opportunities for contacts among teachers and students as do students attending men's or coedu· cational colleges. "What happens in education also happens in the Jaycees," said the editorial. "If the issue were the barring of blacks from the Jaycees, the discrimination would be obvious," said The Evangelist. In a story accompanying the editorial, the Albany Jaycees president, a Catholic, said that he saw the issue as discrimination. "I'd have to say that our constitution does discriminate against women," said president Robert G. Griffin.

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Christmas Wealthy New York Community Linked With Poverty-Ridden Area in India

LARCHMONT (NC)-Another of the alternative Christmas commemorations that are gaining in popularity links this affluent Westchester community with one of India's most povertyridden regions. Archdiocesan Station The project, devised by a small group of Larchmonters, Closed by Government and taken over by St. AugustSAO J>,AULO (NC) - Citing ine's Catholic parish, proposes "national interests" Brazilian that parishioners and other memgovernment authorities closed bers of the community give condown Radio July 9, the official tributions, in the name of relstation of the archdiocese' of atives or friends, toward a $5,000 Sao Paulo. Some other radio stagift, earmarked for a mobile tions in Sao Paulo state were inmedical clinic, to a community formed that their licenses have of nuns in Kotdwara in northern been cancelled. India. "We hope that this is not a A brochure outlining the projdefinitive decision," said an archect arid urging families to condiocesean statement in the Catholic daily, 0 Sao Paulo. It added tribute was mailed to all parishthat "we rpust ask. our listeners ioners. The brochure suggests to excuse our station for the in- that a contribution, made in anvoluntary cessation of its serv- other's name, might make an ex· ices. We have confidence that cellent gift for a hard-to-buy relthe Lord will always give His ative or friend. One of the first contributions Church new means to carry out its task of spreading the Gospel was made by Walter Lake Jr., a third grader in the parish school, to all its people." The statement was signed by who gave 49 cents and a poem Auxiliary Bishop Lucas Moreira that was reprinted in the church Neves of Sao Paulo, head of the bulletin as the embodiment - of communications department of the project's spirit. The medical clinic will be the Brazil archdiocese. The station belongs to the staffed by five Indian nuns and Metropolitan Paulist Foundation, an Indian doctor who have been and has been broadcasting reli- treating their countrymen despite gious and general interest pro-- the lack of transportation and grams since 1955. Its facilities medical equipment and supplies. Kotdwara is in Uttar Pradesh were used by Cardinal Evaristo Arns of Sao Paulo to broadcast state in northern 'India in the a weekly program called "Meet- foothills of the Himalayas. The ing With the Pastor." The pro- inhabitants are poor, living and gram has been taken off the air dying in 'debt, seldom with and will not be broadcast by enough to eat. Christmas gift cards to send other stations.

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May the Christmas spirit of peace, contentment and brotherhood abide again in the hearts of men the wor:d over. May it rekindle love, understanding and justice toward one another as the Christ Child had desired with his birth in Bethlehem 20 centuries ago.

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First US Seminary Closes; Building to Be De.molished BALTIMORE (NC)-The site tion moved to Roland Park in of the first Catholic seminary in 1929. Before the split, St. M,ary's the United States - St'. Mary's Seminary, Paca Street, Baltimore' housed over 400 students for the -will be sold to the city of priesthood and afterwards had Baltimore and the century-old about 200 philosophy students seminary .building that once per year until it closed in 1969, Currently, there are only 160 housed over 400 students will be demolished to make room for a students, in the fUI\ four-year program at St. Mary's Seminarypark. Not included in ·the $450,000 College in Catonsville. . After the Paca Street site was sale are 'the historic St. Mary's Seminary Chapel, Mother Seton closed as a seminary, the SuipiHouse, and the convent building cians tried to interest private dethat once housed nuns ,who velopers and city agencies in. making use of the century-old served the seminarians. The Paca St. building was building, which is on the U. S. clnsed in 1969 in a consolidation Interior Department's National of St. Mary's (then a two-year Register of Historical Sites. But college) and' St. Charles in Ca- no one was interested in it. tonsvHle (then a two-year junior "It's just a monster," said college) to form St. Mary's Franz Vidor, head of planning Seminary-College, in Catonsville, for Baltimore's Department of Md. Housing' and ,Community DevelThe seminary's history began opment, "It's solidly .built, but when four Sulpician priests and that's all you can say about it." five students from France arrived The SuIpicians plan to mainin Baltimore in 1791 to form the tain a "Catholic presence" in the first U. S. seminary at Paca area which is a strange melange Street. of inner city slums and historic In 1807, shortly after her con- buildings, some dating back to version to Catholicism, Elizabeth the end of the 17th Century. Seton was invited by the Sul. About four or five Sulpician picians to form a school for girls priests will live at the former on the Paca St. site, and it was there that she founded the convent and will use that as their base for their apostolates_ ~merican Sisters of Charity. Her . in the area. original home is now a shrine. St. Mary's Seminary Chapel, also built in'the early 1800's was the first Gothic Revival building MAITLAND (NC) - The Sisin the U. S. Its interior was ren- ters' Council of the Orlando dioovated in 1968-69, and it is still cese voted to support the United maintained as a chapel by the Farm Workers of America Sulpician Fathers, although it is (UFWA) "in its struggle for soused only on occasion, oial justice." St. Mary's was a major seminary, with two years of philosThe Sisters' Council criticized ophy studies and four years of the Teamsters Union in its distheology, until the theology sec- pute with ~he UFWA.

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WASHINGTON (NC) - The fourth Communication Institute for Bishops sponsored by the U. S. Catholic Conference (USCe) is to be held at the Cen· ter for Continuing Education at the University of Notre' Dame, South Bend, Ind., Jan. 6-10. The purpose of the institutes is to help the bishops to use the media with confidence. The institute will provide: -"On camera" television experience under the direction of professionals, followed by individual counselling and criticism. -Small group talks and discussions of such topics as cable TV, the Catholic press, development of program concepts for local station use and the use of videotape for personal communication. -Large group talks and discussions on more general issues related to the communication aspect of a bishop's work, such as comunication in the context of the Church today, the theory of relig'ious communication, the issues of world justice and peace as they relate to the diocese, and the future of religious network programming broadcast by affiliated television stations. 1)le faculty of the institute will be drawn from professionals in the field of communication, the faculty of Notre Dame and the USCC Department of Communi· cation.

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Cardinal Deplores Government Silence on Catholic Killings BELFAST (NC)-Cardinal William Conway of Armagh, Northern Ireland, president of the Irish Bishops' Conference, has deplored "a cloak of almost total silence" by government officials that he said has covered a compaign of extremists "of indiscriminate murder and destruction against Catholics." The cardinal issued a statement claiming that official measures to stamp out the extremist campaign are "less than adequate." Cardinal Conway said that the Catholic bishops had not been silent about the acts of the outlawed Irish Republican Army (IRA), which is seeking a united Ireland. He said the. bishops "have constantly denounced, in the strongest terms of moral condemnation, their acts of murder and destruction.

Religious' Mother Funeral Mass Twenty-five priests concelebra ted the Funeral Mass of Mrs. Ludger (Clara McLean) Robida at St. Josepb's Church, New Bedford, on Dec. 12. Rev. Raymond Robida, M.S., superior of LaSalette Seminary in East Brewster, was chief celebrant of his mother's Mass, joined by Rev. Gilles Genest, M.S., assistant LaSalette provincial, Rev. Msgr. Henri Hamel, pastor of St. Joseph's Church, and 22 other priests. Delegations of LaSalette priests and Sisters of Holy Cross 'rom the New England States ,md Canada were in attendance. Mrs. Robida is survived also ')y her son Joseph of New BedI'ord and three daughters, Sister Yvonne, C.S.C., principal of St. <\nthony High School, New Bed'ord; Mrs. Laurier (Therese) Audette of New Bedford; and Sister Lucille, C.S.C., dean of students It Notre Dame College in Man;hester, N.H. Mrs. Robida, widow of the late Ludger Robida, was a member )f the Third Order of St. Fran;is and the St. Anne Society and Legion of Mary of St. Joseph's :hurch, L'Union St. Jean Bap:iste, and was a Gold Star \1other.

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"But the base deeds of the IRA do not justify the campaign of slaughter and intimidation which is now being waged against the Catholic population as such." Campaign 'of 'Murder' The Catholic population "passionately desires peace and an end to all violence," the Cardinal said, but groups of extremists, blaming all Catholics for the IRA's activities, have waged a campaign of murder and destruction against them. As a result of this campaign, he said, more than 150 persons have been killed since the beginning of last year, "the overwhelming majority of them perfectly innocent Catholics, victims of a squalid and brutal series of assassinations. Many of the victims had been horribly tortured before they died. "Why is official comment on all this so muted? It is perfectly clear that this second campaign is carefully organized and planned. Yet I !think it is fair to say that the world as a whole is largely unaware of its existence because it has be,en wrapped up in a cloak of almost total silence." Called 'Bigoted' The cardinal stressed that "the Protestant population as a whole also detests and abhors these sectarian killings." The cardinal said the government's concern about Ithe murder campaign "does not appear to be reflected either in official statements or in the promptness or extent of measures taken to combat it." Northern Ireland government sources, responding to the cardinal's statement, pointed out that since January more than 500 Protestants had been charged with "terrorist" offenses and 200 convictions had been obtained. A statement by the right-wing Protestant Vanguard party called the cardinal's statement "bigoted and typical of political Catholicism." His concern would have rung more sincerely if he had highlighted the assassination of members of the security forces by "the Roman Catholic IRA," it said.

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Priests' Senate Congratulates Bishop Dear Bishop Cronin, On behalf of the Diocesan Priests' Senate may I extend to you our best wishes on the upcoming third anniversary of your installation as Bishop of Fall River. These are difficult but challenging times for us all. Be assured that the Priests' Senate is at the ready to be of continued service to you and the Diocese as it strives to appropriately represent the presbyteriu~. . Your Office is the key to the unity of our faith and priesthood within this wonderful Diocese. We on the Senate of Priests are keenly aware of this and promise

you that we will do all in our power to foster an ever deepening increase of this unity in the years that lie ahead. For the Senate of Priests and with every good personal best WIsh, I am, Sincerely in Christ, Peter N. Graziano President

Over 150 members of the various committees of the 19th annual Bishop's Charity Ball of the Diocese of Fan River will meet Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1 P.M. at lincoln Park to decorate its ballrom. The Ball will be held Friday, Jan. 11, with the presentee and Bishop's boxes elaborately decorated. Other sections of the ballroom to be decorated include the entrance, the foyer and the entire dance area. The orchestra stage will be lined in various colors of cloth. Rev. Msgr. Anthony M. Gomes, d~ocesan director of the Ball, states that names for the various categories of the Bishop's Charity Ball Booklet are still being received at Ball Headquarters, 410 Highland Ave., Fall River, Mass. 02720, Tel. 676-8943. Aid Nazareths Proceeds from the social and charitable event help to support iil part four Sljmmer camps for underprivileged and exceptional children. Tickets may be obtained from Catholic Church rectories and from members of the Ball Committee, the 'Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Council of Catholic Women. They will also be available at the door on the night of the ball. Guest of Honor Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, S.T.D., Bishop of Fall River, will be guest of honor and main speaker at the ball. He has expressed gratitude to all the benefactors and committee workers of this charity event for their contribution of effort and resources for the benefit of the exceptional and underprivileged children.

Humility There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. -St. Augustine

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Says Homemade Christmas Beats Synthetic Yule I have nothing against Avon ladies, believe me. 'My Avon lady and I have a lovely understanding. She doesn't disturb my "Writing Today" sign and I don't mess up her little basket. But Avon and I came to a confrontation over its latest catalog. The back have your kids ever pulled page full-color ad for the now, ' taffy? special of the week deAnd what about homemade scribed packaged Christmas Christmas tree decorations? A scent in spray cans with such nos~algic titles as Evergreen and Wassail Bowl. i'Give your home the scents of the holidays," ran

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cOllple of years ago, I bought one of those paint-your-own decoration' kits after we swathed the table in newspapers.. We all sat down and had a delightful afternoon paintng our own little wooden trees, Santas, and Ir:rants. Somebody, dropped by 8y peeked at the mess in the kitchen and asked, "But can't you buy DOLORES them?" Sure, we can buy them, along CURRAN with 'a spray can of Makirig Decorations SCent, but why buy them when we can share the experience of making them? Christmas isn't a cookie or a song or the copy underneath. "Evergreen a decoration. It is experiencing captures the freshness of an the joy of the Birth, and this means e~periencing the prepevergreen tree." Why not have a wassail bowl , aration as well as the day. Our ancestors were poorer but instead? Or spread some ever路 green boughs around? Why buy maybe brighter than we were. the synthetic in order to experi- They involved the whole family ence the nostalgic instead of' in making fr,uit cakes, chopping furnishing some real things so down the tree, and making gifts. our families will have something Their joy was not only in the to be nostalgic about in years to day ,but in preparing together for come? I don't think they're going the day. That's what we reto work up a nostalgia for a member. That's what we want to d1,lplicate. But we're not going spray can, quite frankly. Instead of recalling the hassle to do it with a spray can! and fun of putting up a Christmas tree, are they going to recall Bridgeport Priests a parent with a spray can in Exchange Pulpits each hand walking through the BRIDGEPORT (NC) - Thirty house spraying and saying, Catholic and 30 Episcopal priests "There, now, this is Christmas"'! marked the first Sunday of AdAll the Elements vent here by switching places We've come to synthesize in the pulpits of the two denomChristmas instead of celebrating inations:' The purpose, according to it. Once the service stations began offering records of carols' F,ather Richard L. Rooney of the for a dollar, we stopped carolling. Catholic diocese of Bridgeport, Yet a good family or neighbor- was to show "how much closer hood carolling topped off with the two churches have become cocoa and cookies is still one of since the end of Vatican II." the best celebrations of the seaThe sermons were on the Gosson. Why was it ever abandoned? pel for the first Sunday of AdIt contains all the elements nec- vent, dealing with Jesus' prophessary: friends with friends giv- ecy on Jerusalem. Prayers of ing other friends the joy of the intercession were to be read from season. a uniform text. And let's' talk about those The readings appear in the new cookies. We remember the good- Catholic,- lectionary and were ies of Christmases past but do appro:ved for use on this occasion we put a leaf in the table, a pas- by Bishop Warren Hutchens of sel of kids around it, and a lot the,Episcopal Diocese of Connec, of messy fun into an afternoon ticut.' of baking together? No, we pore instead over the goodie catalogs Archbishop Ramsey that start arriving before HallowTo Visit U.S. een and we buy ready-made LONDON (NC) Anglican cookies at the supermart (along Archbishop Michael Ramsey of with a 'can of Christmas Cooky Canterbury is to visit New York scent for the kitchen). and San Francisco in 'January. Once again, we want the fixArchbishop Ramsey, who will ings without 'the trouble so we be accompanied by Mrs. Ramsey, synthesize the experience. Why is to arrive in New York Jan. 28 not have the experience instead? and will address U.S. EpiscopaliWhy not take a Saturc:iay afteran bishops on Jan. 30 at the Linnoon away from TV and have a coln Center. good old family cooky-and candyOn the following two days he making session without regard will visit Albany, the capital of for floor or purity? The eight- New York state. He will preach year-old delights in cracking in St. Thomas" Church, on New nuts today just as he did in York City's 'Fifth Avenue, on yesteryear. The 1O-year-old de~ Feh, 3 before leaving for San lights in making fudge and the Francisco. 14-year-old can get positively arHis program includes three tistic in decorating cookies. Try days'in San Francisco before remaking a gingerbread house to- turning to Ne'w York en route gether, or pulling taffy. Admit it, for London.

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NEW ORLEANS (NC)-A city plan to build a community for 90,000 persons here with fe,deral funds but restrict until 1980 the purchase of land for non public schools has been called "asinine" by the executive director of the Louisiana Catholic Conference. Emile Comar has charged that the City Planning Commission of New Orleans made only "brief and inconclusive" contacts with nonpublic school officials here and then went ahead with the plan. The plan now awaits the approval' by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. "I don't see how HUD can do anything but reverse this asinine ruling," ComaI' said. "I should think that HUD would want to straighten out this matter immediately." Meanwhile, in Washington, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called the proposed restrictions "astounding and outrageous." Stuart D. Hubbell, executive director of the league, sent a letter to HUD Secretary James T, Lynn, voicing the league's opposition to the New Orleans plan and warning that the league would take legal action to prevent construction of the community. "It is utterly incomprehensible how any person, with the slightest acquaintance with the constitutional implications of such a tyrannical suppression of educational and religious freedom, could seriously advance this proposal in a free country," Hubbell wrote.,

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Christmas activities for the Council of Catholic Women included distribution of gifts to patients at the Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home. Members were entertained by the Notre Dame (horale at their Christmas dinner meeting. The next council meeting is set for Monday, Feb. 4 and will 'te highlighted by a display of members' hobbies.

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West Germans Stress Workers' Human Rights WUERZBURG (NC) - The West German Catholic Synod, in a resolution on the situation of foreign .workers, said that human rights should come before eco· nomic, labor, and political considerations. The synod also criticized the, so-called principle of rotation, in which foreign workers are obliged to return to their home countries after working in Ger·

many for a period of time. About 10 per cent of workers in West Germany are foreigners, most of them coming from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia. Chaplains for foreign workers in Europe have complained that they are being exploited, have inadequate housing and often do not have a proper family life.

The Vatican has now accepted a recommendation of the synod -made at its session this past January-that laymen be allowed to preach at Masses. The Vatican said that before laymen can preach at Masses, however, they must receive special faculties from Church authorities. The Vatican permission on lay preachers is for a four-year period.

In January, Cardinal John Wright, prefet:t of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, objected to the synod's recommendation on lay preachers, saying that ·it was against Vatican rulings. The cardinal, however, expressed a willingness to discuss the matter further. The German bishops also agreed to discuss the matter with the Clergy Congregation.

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HOLY NAME, ('ALL RIVER An Advent Family Mass is scheduled for 5:15 P.M. tomor-" row. All pari~h families are urged t:> attend. OUR LADY OF VICTORY, CENTERVILLE A Christmas program was offered to the Women's Guild' I:y children from CCD classes, directed by Sister Maria Lauren. Led by Mrs. Aileen Wilmouth, members held a Christmas party on Tuesday for guests at an area nursing home.

ST. ANNE, NEW BEDFORD A Christmas Family Mass will be celebrated at 7 P.M. Christmas I:ve with the theme of "Giving of Ourselves to Others," which will be carried out at the Kiss of Peace when symoolic gifts exemplifying personal qualities will be distributed. Other special features of the Mass will be a can· cilelight entrance procession and an Offertory procession of small children carrying the Infant Jesus. On display at the church will he a Jesse tree made by students ~It St. Anne's Alternate School. A large birthday cake will be placed before the altar for the (ommemoration of the birthday <of Christ. At the conclusion of the Mass, the cake will be cut llnd pieces distributed to everyline in the congregation.

Sing the, carols. Ring the bells. Let the season's joy be felt by young and

!IT. MARY, !iEEKONK A sanctuary choir - being j ormed for the first time-will Ilresent a program of psalm tones and Christmas carols at the 6 Il'clock evening Mass, the Vigil of Christmas. The youngsters will be robed in red cassocks and surplices. Members of the Women's I ;uild have made beautiful crib pieces which they, together with ..heir families will present during ':he offertory procession of the '{igil Mass. An adult choir under the direc:ion of Ann Hallworth will sing :he high Mass at midnight on :::hristmas.

,iT. ANNE, llAYNHAM The Ladies Guild will sponsor 1 whist party on Friday night, Jan. 4 in the church hall. Co-chairmen, Mrs. Eileen Alien and Mrs. Anna Keough have mnounced that refreshments will )c served.

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Modern Values Take Christ From Christmas Season By Joseph and Marilyn Roderick

We have been pursuing our'fluorescent light gardening experimentation with a great deal of vigor and we are beginning to show results. We now have several African violets which are putting up a prodigious amount of bloom and the gloxinias that we In The Kitchen started from seed are now ' "It looks as if next Christmas the size of a half dollar. We will ,be the year of shortages," are amazed at the growth predicted one gift shop manager

rate of these plants under lights. in' taking a long, long look at Not only do plants grow well the changing economy of the from seed, they also reproduce country. Well, his predictions extremely' well. We have taken may come true but if .they do I for cuttings from every available one feel strongly that the Amerhouse plant and thus far all of ican people will manage. the cuttings have taken except One columnist wrote that just one 'begonia. Our biggest prob- a look at the Boston stores inlem now is finding room for what dicated business as usual with we have. fur-coated women grabbing up Where we thought humidity $50 gifts with no hint that a might pose a difficult problem troubled world lay outside the in the basement: we have found tinsel-decked doors. that wet clothes do the job ex_Frantic Affair tremely well. Rather than dry our For years we have been urged clothes in the dryer. I have strung some lines across the cel- to put Christ in Christmas and Jar and I hang clothes up to dry. perhaps necessity will force us A quick tour in the dryer makes to do this. Christmas in our modthem fluff up and become per- ern world has become a fran,fcctly acceptable tq Marilyn for tic, money-draining _proposit,ion folding and ironing. Unfortu- whereby we try to buy our chil .. nately, this leaves me to do dren the many luxuries and fancy most of the washes, a task I dOn't toys we feel they should have, particularly relish. But I'm get- even if we end up paying for ting the humidity I need. them the rest of the year. Now perhaps we will take a. Cold for Violets The temperature in the base- long look, not at the shortages ment poses another problem. to come hut at our own values-· Our 'basement is at least five the values that have taken degrees cooler than the first Christ out -of Christmas and refloor, which means it is rather placed him with the God of cold for African violets. What I plenty. have done is to get them started Christmas, should be family. in the basement and then move and friends and a new belief in them upstairs under lights which the birth of Christ, with mateI installed under the kitchen rialism of the world relegated to cabinets where the temperature its proper position. If you're fitling your kitchen is much more to their liking. My limited experience thus far with homemade goodies for' the leaves me quite enthusiastic. For - holiday season, here's a fudge a very nominal cost the gardener recipe from Ms. Grace Terry of can pursue indoor gardening dur- Fall River that is reputed to be ing the Winter months and grow the best there is. very beautiful plants for aes. Divinity ~udge thetic enjoyment. I am amazed 2 Y2 cups white sugar that I did not get started in this Y2 cup white corn syrup area earlier, but I am making Y2 cup hot water up for lost time by reading and 1 cup chopped nut meats monkeying with the plants I 2 egg whites have. I teaspOOn vanilla . I would therefore encourage 1) Boil the sugar, corn syrup, any of my indoor friends to 'attempt some experimentation and water in a heavy saucepan with gardening under lights. I (I use the bottom of a double can assure you that if you like boiler) until the mixture has gardening outside you will carry long threads, or is brittle when your enjoyment into the house dropped in cqld water. 2) Pour this slowly over stiffwith as much enjoyment at very ly beaten egg whites beating 'little cost or effort. constantly. 3) When this mixture is stiff Establish Caribbean enough to hold its shape, add the nuts and flavoring. Church Conference Pour into a buttered 8 x 8 inch KINGSTON (NC)-The Caribbean Conference of Churche3 pan and when cool cut into (Ccq was established at a four- squares. day meeting here with the Cath· oBc ,Church among the partic.ipants. Some 16 years in the making, the CCC represents more than eight million Christians in 16 denominations and 14 countries of the Caribbean area. Archbishop Samuel Carter of Contractors K1ingston is one -of the CCC's three presidents, along with Mrs. Dorind1!- Sampatih, a Trinidad Presbyterian, and the Rev. Claude Cadogan, a Methodist from Antigua.

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:PHILADELPHIA (NC)-Cardi- the responsibility of these men nal John ~rol of Philadelphia and women to introduce Chrisstressed th~ obligation of the tian principles and values into laity to carrY Gospel principles society." The cardinal paid tribute to into the mar){etplace when he addressed a meeting of state dep- the Knights of Columbus because uties of the ~nights of Columbus of "the marked Catholicity of from all states and provinces of the organization." He added that the United IStates and Canada. anyone who dedicates himself Some people expect the to the program of activities suggested by the society becomes a Church to 1jolve all the world's better Catholic a better family prnblems in the social, economic man ,and a better citizen. and politicaL field, Cardinal Krol,. The knights met here -to plan president of ~the National Confera new membership program and ence of Catholic Bishops, said at to intensify th'eir activities in the meeting here. the Respect-for-life field. wC'lis is not the Church's misAt the beginning of the year, sion," he deClared. "Its responsi- they will embaJrk on a special bilitiE~s are i basically spiritual. project to cooperate with BirthThe Church exerts its influence right and similar organizations on the wotld by teaching its to ,save the infant of the mother members and all others who are , who is faced with an unwanted willir.,g to Ii~ten to the words and spirit of Ch ist. It then becomes

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Start Evaluating Education Work of U.S. Jesuits WASHINGTON~NC) The Jesuits of the United States have begun a nationwide study and evaluation of their educational work in 28 colleges or universi· ties and 50 high schools in response to the U.S. bishops' 1972 pastoral "To Teach As Jesus Did." In a letter to Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Father Robert A. Mitchell, president of the U.S. Jesuit Conference, said the 10 U.S. Jesuit provincials had initiated the study in response to the pastoral's call for a review and streamlining of educational purposes and practices in accord-

ance with the spirit and directions of the Second Vatican Council. The provincials decided to undertake the project last February but delayed public announcement until the project was staffed. Problems, Opportunities The three Jesuits named to the staff of the Jesuit Conference, based here, for the purpose of the study, are Father James L. Connor, former provincial of the Maryland province; Father John W. Padberg, former executive and academic vice-president of St. Louis University; and Father Joseph A. Tetlow, former dean of Loyola University, New Orleans.

After a mail survey of a broad sampling of educators in Jesuitsponsored institutions, meetings have been held with Jesuit high school, college and university administrators, province financial officers and major superiors to determine the problems and opportunities the study should examine. The design for the twoyear process of review will be determined at a February meeting of the U.S. provincials. The Jesuit Conference is an organization seeking to promote national planning and action on the part of the 7,000 U.S. Jesuits. The 10 U.S. Jesuit provincials form its governing hoard.

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Advises Contact With Christians NEW YORK (NC)-An official of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) warned Jews that only intensive contacts with Catholics and Protestants on all levels, not withdrawal, can prodtce continued understanding among Christians for Israel and Jewish causes. In an interview, the official, DJ'. Gerhard Riegner of Geneva, secretary general of the WJC, said such communications "must be a two-way street. We have to explain our problems and se ek their assistance while at the s~.me time Hstening and understanding their concern." Riegner told Jewish organizati,)ns and communities to be "~ensitive to the problems confr:mting ChristJian institutions." The presence of large numbers of A:,ab Christians, Eastern Orthodox and leaders of underdeveloped countries in representative bodies of the Christian churches, hll said, "make it difficult to secure sympathetic responses to issues of Jewish concern, partie-

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MANILA (NC)-A U. S. Maryknoll priest has been for-mally charged here with having incited _peasant unrest against the government and with circulating a paper critical of the 14-monthold martial law regime. ' In an immigration ministry conference room filled with priests, nuns, several Philippine hishops, a representative of the Philippine Bishops' Conference and representatives of Jay groups. the government charged that Maryknoll Father Edward Gerlock, 37, of Binghampton, N. Y., in July, 1972 encouraged Filipino squatters to stay on a tract of a tract of land that \he government had ordered them to vacate so the land could be used as a banana plantation. Faces Deportation , Father Gerlock said in his defense that he has not engaged in political activity but merely preached the Gospel. The Maryknoll Fathers, a U. S. missionary society, has supported him in this defense. Father Gerlock earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges. After a two-hour hearing, the trial- was adjourned until Jan. !) and the priest was released in custody of the Maryknoll Fathers. If he -is convicted, he will be deported. The Philippine government, since the imposition of martial law in September, 1972, has expelled another U. S. Maryknoll priest and two U. S. Franciscan Fathers. The government has . also detained 22 priests and nuns at various times since the imposition of martial law. The priests who have been deported have been critical of the social injustice they say is widespread in the Philippines.

WASHINGTON (NC) - The first anniversary of the Supreme Court abortion ruling will be marked by protests against the ruling and lobbying efforts in behalf of pro-life amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The National Youth Pro-Life Coalition hopes to have representatives from every Congressional district in the nation come to Washington Jan. 22 and lobby in support of proposed pro-life amendments. A letter to NYPLC members noted that with less than two months before the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision, there is no national plan of protest. The NYPLC's plans to lobby, . the letter said, make certain assumptions: a protest does not need thousands of people to be effective, a protest is ineffective unless subsequent action is taken,Congress is now the battle ground for the abortion controversy, Congressmen will respond to political pressure. "If implemented properly, this plan <:an have a profound influence on the political scene," the letter said. "A 'politician would be made aware that people were coming from his district to give him a -message."

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Pope Says Ca"'on Law Updafting VATICAN CITY (NC) - The updating of the Church's Code of Canon law is a valid means of giving new vitality to Christian life, Pope Paul told a group of ecclesiastical judges. The Pope received participants in the third course of the renewal of canon law for judges being conducted in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University. The code of Canon Law is being updated and revised by a special commission of scholars and law-

y·ears at the direction of the Second Vatican Council. The Pop¢ admitted the need to avoid "an I exc.essive juridicism" in the rev~~ion of the Church's laws, but hie denied that the laws themselves "represent an arbitrary strutture imposed from wi.tt~out" V;hich would limit the spmtu.al c;haracter of the biblical message fOr the true freedom of the sons of God. Speakin~ ,in Latin, the Pope stre:~sed iRe "intimate connec-

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Vivian Gornick, author of "In Search of Ali Mahmoud" (Saturday Review Press/Dutton, 201 Park Ave., S., New York, N.Y. 10003. $8.95), is an American of Jewish ancestry who spent some five months in Egypt,in 1971. She was then 35 years old, had been married twice, and had suf- like True Confessions stuff. She would no doubt insist on her fered a breakdown. In 1969 veracity in these instances, and she had met and had an defend her description of them affair with Ali Mahmoud, "a graduate student in physics, a Fulbright scholar from Cairo." It might seem improbable that

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a Jew and an t:gyptian could be in close sympathy with each other. But Miss Gornick says, "We could talk to each other in a particular way that neither of us would ever talk to Gentiles: joke and laugh, size up a situation, exchange exasperating mother stories, talk of 'them' as opposed to ·us.' " Even after they had parted, Miss Gornick was so curious about this phenomenon of affinity that she felt compelled to visit Ali Mahmoud's country, meet his family, learn about the society which had shaped him. She was apprehensive that her being Jewish would make things difficult, even dangerous, for her in Egypt. But it was not so. Ali Mahmoud's family and their friends made nothing of it. When, during her stay, the ceasefire with Israel was broken by Egypt, some of the relatives be· came worried, but simply because their associating with a .Jew, if known, might bring them under unpleasant official surveillance. It was only in another American woman, "my countrY'Y0man, (that) I taste for the first . time in Egypt the emotional hatred of Jews as such." Aliveness, Charm But Cairo laid a spell upon her. A complex, subtle city a thousand years old, it gave her tr..e opportunity of going back through six ,centuries while strolling through three contigious neighborhoods. It is, she found, a city of sensual aliveness and charm, and this despite the dirt and the din, the swarming crowds and the daunting traffic. The family of Ali Mahmoud took thi,s stranger to its bosom,' quite literally. She was embraced, kissed, plied with food, taken here and there, given free lodging, then supplied with a f:lat when she insisted on a place of her own. Several of the men in or asso·· ciated with the family professed love of her and sought intimacy. She had affairs with two of them, fought off others. Her account of these hectic episodes reads

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WASHINGTON (NC) - Msgr. Edward F. Spiers, a priest of the diocese of Columhus, Ohio, has been named executive director of Citizens for Educational Freedom, a national non-sectarian organization which campaigns for parental rights in education. Prior to his appointment, Msgr. Spiers was a member of the Office for Educational Research at Notre Dame University where he was a frequent contributor of studies and articles all' parental rights. He received his doctorate in education from Ohio State University in Columbus and has been active in the educational field in teaching, administration and research.

as illustrating a telling Egyptian trait. Still, the recital has a cheap ai~ . She found Ali Mahmoud's family astonishingly like her own in some respects. During a meal, she could readily imagine herself back at table in the Bronx of her childhood. Life in her block of flats bore certain strong resemblances to that in her older relatives' flats at home. In fact, she would think in alien Cairo, ':1 am home", - in the street of her early years, in the ghetto that her parents had dwelt in.

Msgr. Spiers is also associated with the Graduate School of Education at the Catholic University of America here. During the past year, he completed and published the results of two surveys dealing with Catholic school financial and organizational problems.

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The marriages of the Egyptians she knew puzzled her. The husband was the lordly master, Newark Priests the wife a sort of. slave. Men explained to her how c1ever,)y Back Amnesty they managed their wives. WomKEARNEY (NC)-By a vote of en complained of their inferior, 33 to 1, the Senate of Priests of totaHy dependent status. Divorce the Newark Archdiocese apwas easy and common, and the proved a resolution endorsing men said they had to have some amnesty for conscientious objecother relationship 'in order that tors to the war in Vietnam. what they considered their "deep The resolution calIed for can· feelings" might flourish. sideration "in a spirit of ChrisBut at the coming of the King of Heaven The Egyptian mother, she was tian consideration" for "those . All's set at six and seven: told, "has nothing but her chilwho because of sincere conscidren, especiaHy her sons, arid entious belief refused to particthese she will not let go' free ipate" in the war. . ~nd from her embrace even if that It also expressed the hope that embrace proves murderous." On amnesty would become the offihearing this, Miss Gornick re-· cial policy of the United States plied, "You are describing the WASHINGTON (NC)-The ec- word and sacrament and assists government. Jewish mother." umenical Anglican-Roman Cath- in oversight. (The Greek word The most notable feature of olic International CommiSSion for bishop is "episcopos," which this book is the author's dis- (ARCIC) released a st~~ement means "overseer.") covery of the unexpected sim- of agreement Dec. 13 on "essen-The sacr,amenta'! character ilarities in her own background Ual matters" of doctrine concern- of ordained ministry, which is and that of Ali Mahmoud. Hard- ing ministry and ordination in "Iirrevocahle" and "is not all' exly less important is her depic- the two communions. tension of the common Christian tion of the segments of EgypThe agreement by theologians priesthood but belongs to antian society with which she bee. of both churches, a significant other realm of the gifts of the came acquainted. Her rendering ecumenical ,breakthrough, was / Spirit," of the, sights, sounds, feel of accompanied by strong cautions -The "authol'ity to preside Cairo isaocurate. Her work is that the statement is not the at the Eucharist and to proa sometimes jolting combination official position of either church, nounce absolution" given to of sensitivity and coarseness. But does, not change present ecclesi- pI1iests by 'their union with the The Falmouth National Bank FALMOUTH. MASS it is never flaccid. . astical discipline, and slilI leaves bishop in his responsibility for Bv 'he "iIIaRe Gree~ Since 1821 "oversight." major problems unresolved. A Look at the Irish Among the major points of the The same cannot be said of new statement, which is to be Stephen Birmingham's "Real caHed the "Canterbury StateLace" (Harper and Row, 49 E. menl," are fundamental doctrinal 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016. agreements by ARCIC members $10. lIIustrated). concerning: -The priesthood of Chr.ist as This purports to give an in,_depth picture of American fam- unique and unrepeatable. -'J1he "considerable diversity ilies of I,ish origin who have attained we.alth, some power, in the structure of pastoral minsome social prominence. People, istry" in New Testament times, that is, like the Murrays and the as weIll as distinctly discernible McDonnells, the Kennedys and minister,ial functions in the New the Buckleys, the Ryans and the Testament. Dohenys. -The "full emergence of the The book is scrappy. The in- threefold ministry of bishop,. formation is hardly ever fresh, presbyter and deacon" in the and some of it is incorrect, even first three centuries of Christianlaughably so. The pace is lag- ity. gard, the tone unwarrantedly -The historical relation to "Bearing gifts, they traveled afar." patronizing. Christ and. commission from At this Holy time, we wish for all the Christ as essential to the apostolic He has a subject of both dramatic and comi~ possibilities, and nature of ordained ministry. great gifts of peace and happiness, faith and love. certainly one of social (with a -The "essential element" of small "s") significance, but all "responsibility for 'oversight'" in Gifts he does is piddle with it, in a the orda'ined ministry, especialIy INCORPORATED Take gifts with a sigh; most book overlarge given its quantity residing in the ordained bishop FRIGIDAIRE REFRIGERATION APPLIANCES AIR CONDITIONING of type, and overpriced given who is 'associated with the pI'liest men give to be paid. 363 SECOND STREET, FALL RIVER 678-5644 the worth of 'its contents. -J.B. O'Reilly and bishop in the ministry of

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PHILADELPHIA (NC) - A priest-member of the governors' Citizens' Commission on Basic .Education has criticized the com· mission for recommending that no additio~al government aid be provided to nonpublic school students in Penrtsylvania.

In a front page article (in any newspaper in the world) the ineffable Dale 'Francis crowed with triumph, "Com·· munion in the hands has been overwhelmingly defeated." (Eight more bishops voted against it than voted for it.) The issue was. dead, Francis continuing to believe· that it chortled. It was not likely to makes a lot of difference whether rise again. No priest in the one receives Communion on the country would give Com- tongue or in the hands. munion in the hands in the future, at least not legally. Mr. Francis heaved a sigh of relief. One more victory for the forces

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of goodness and righteousness against those who would destroy the Church. But that very week at the Nat ional Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in the presence of bishops, 'priests were in fact giving Communion in the hands. The controversy began to take on the dimensions of a ·parable. In itself how one receives Communion is a matter of monumental tr.iviality. That it became a subject of a major controversy reveals a good deal about the present state of American Catholicism. The-advocates of Communion in the hands represent the still substantial segment of the Catholic population who believes that messing around with ceremonials and forms is the way to make the Church relevant. The opponents of it represent the equally substantial group in the Church that seems to believe you can resolve religious crises by passing laws and making rules. Both groups have one thing in common: at a time of crisis they do that which they are good at doing instead doing that which is good. Changes Carne In the years before the Vatican Council we were assured by all the liturgical reformers ,that changes in the liturgy would produce a marvelous surge of piety and religious responsibility. The changes came, far more dramatic and numerous than even the most hopeful reformers expected, and the result has been neither piety nor responsibility. At the same time Church attendance seems to have declined by about thirty percentage points. It is not so much, I think, that the laity are opposed to the new Hturgy. On the contrary, all the evidence seems to indicate that they rather like it, although many find many accidentals (such as kinky and tasteless personal innovations of priests) to be distracting and annoying. The massive failure of liturgists consisted in their inability to develop an educational program to accompany liturgical change l . They seemed to have had the same blind faith.in the magical power of ceremonies as their opponents did. Many of them are still playing the same old game,

Excellent Justification Since my archdiocese is not in.. clined to let me do parish work on Sundays I rarely have u chance to distribute Communion to large numbers of people, but I must say that each time someone snatches the Host out of my hands I wonder what in the world they are trying to prove. what kind of point they are try.. ing to make. I am, of course, duly put in my place. My monopoly in handling the sacred Host has been taken away from me. I am no better than the layman who has just snatched the Lord from my hands. Hurray for him. Mind you, I think there is ex.. cellent historical, per:lagogica,I, and thedlogical justification for Communion in the hands. But. there is no justification for creating a scene at the Communion rail and for using the reception of the Eucharist as a situation for making points against the hierarchy and the clergy. Collapse of Attendance But if Dale Francis and the cardinalatial and episcopal opponents of Communion in the hands think they can restrain the practice by making rules, they are living in a world which went out of existence ten years ago. The national hierarchy may complain that Rome wiH not give 'it freedom to decide marriage procedures and when the sacrament should be received, but it is . itself no more willing to give its members freedom of choice. Does anyone seriously think that many of those 108 bishops who voted for freedom of choice will really clamp down on their OIergy? And does anyone think that in this day and age chancery office patrols can be sent out into the parishes to make sure the rules are obeyed by a clergy who long since gave up taking most rules seriously? Those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad. And so we have one faction of the Church messing around w.ith trivial changes and another faction responding to problems by making rules. In the meantime, the question of how Catholic wor.ship might bring illumination and a sense of direction to a popUilation desperately hungry for meaning is not only not answered, it is not even seriously raised. It takes real brains to drive people away from church at a time of desperate religious search. But the trivialists of the . right and the left have made common cause on just such a venture. And it is worth noting, incidentally, that the collapse of church attendance has been particularly bad among the Irish. What a millenium-and-a-half of British tyranny could not accomplish, less than a decade of folly has achieved! © 1973 Inter/Syndicate

.Msgr. Edward T. Hughes took exception to the portion of the commission's majority report which stated that further aid to nonpublic school students is "'constitutionally prohibited and educationally unsound." The majority report was submitted by the commission to Pennsylvania Gov. Milton Shapp. Msgr. Hughes sent a letter to the governor, stating that th~ report contains "no expression of concern for 110npublic school children, no desire to help them." He said that although the commission speaks insistently about a community's role in education, it treats nonpublic school children as if they·.hardly belong to the community. Msgr. Hughes urged Governor Shapp "to make clear . . . that your administration is dedicated to expanding, not denying, educa tiona 1 benefi ts."

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Represent New England Two Lay Persons Named to Elishops' Advisory Council PORTLAND (NC)-A woman active in New Hampshire politics and" man experienced in psychia~ric social work have been elected regi(;mal members of the U. S. Catholic bishops' AdViisory Council.

The purpose of the :Advisory Council is to advise the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) Administrative' Committee and the U. S. Catholiv Conference (USCC) Administrative Board.

Mrs. Bernard V. Nardi of Manchester, N. H. and Kevin Concannon of Portland, Me., will be lay representatives for the New England dioceses, Bishop Peter L. Gere1;y of. Portland has announ1ced.

Mrs. Nardi's past exper,ience includes being a New Hampshire alternate delegate to the Democratic National. Convention in 1968 and a member of the state's Democratic Platform Committee in 1968, 1970 and, 1972. Concannon is a memheJr of Maine's Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug abuses, and also serves on the Legislative Issues Committee of United Communtty Services of Greater Portland.

The annoiJncement was made foI:lowing ~ meeting held in Worcester, ~ass. The two new members w~re among 72 candidates whose names had been submitted fbI' possible election to thle coundil. Bishop B~rnard Flanagan of Worcester presided at the meetIng of New pngland delegates at which Mrs. Nardi and Concannon were elected to represent the area. I

In his minority report, which was concurred in by four other commission members, Msgr. Hughes said that "hopefully, the community will he wiser than the commission" in' seeking con· stitutional means to help all school children.

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TRENTON (NC) - Christmas vacation for New Jersey school students, both public and parochial, has been extended three days, to help conserve heating oil.

By PETER J. BARTEK Norton Hilh Coach

Holiday -Festivals Spotlight Schoolboy 'Sport Calendar

The State Board of Education ordered all public school districts in the state to extend the Dec. 21-Jan. 2 recess untH Janunary 7. The superintendents of the schools in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Dioceses of Camden, Trenton and Paterson followed suit.

Non-league and festival games dominate the schoolboy basketball schedule this weekend and next week as area teams tune-up for the start of league championship races. While the non-loop encou!1ters are not important when viewed in relationship to Vocational will play Dartchampionships, they are ex- ford mouth at 7:00 P.M. on Friday tremely critical especially for in the opening contest and Holy those teams that do not win Fam.ily High of New Bedford their league titles. For, when the state championship playoff commences in early March, the qualifiers will include all circui~ leaders and any other team that has won 65 per cent of its g:lmes, Three basketball festivals are on the docket for this weeken-i and next. The Dartmouth Holiday Festival will be played this Friday and S.aturday at South('astern Massachusetts University. Then on December 26th and 27th the Brockton Tournaand the Newport Holiday TGurnament will be staged. Four greater New Bedford tcams will meet in the Darlmouth extravaganza. New Bed

will clash with Bishop Stang High of Dartmouth at 8:30. The following evening Vocational will tangle with Holy Family and Stang mee,ts Dartmouth in the second contest. Game time3 on Saturday will be the same as Friday's. The Dartmouth Festival differs from others in that, under the festival format, no champion will be crowned. The purpose of the tourney is to bring the local teams together under one roof for two nights of good spirited competition. All participilnts in the tournament will be honored with a remembrance followin~ the final game.

Silver City H9ckey Tourney Starts Saturday In Brockton and Newport the p.ntries will be competing for tournament championships. Taunlon will play Lexington at 7:30 on the 26th to open the Brockion festival. Host Brockton meets New Bedford at 9:00. Final night matches will see the losers meeting in a consolation game at 7:30 and the winners playing for the championship beginning at 9:00. Only one local club is entered in the Newport Festival. But, that team could easily bring the title back from our neighboring state of Rhode Island as it has done many times in the past. The Hilltoppers from Durfee High in Fall River have been competing in the tourney for years and more often than not win the championship. Coacn Tom Karam has to be hoping for a strong showing which will prep his charges for the Southeastern Massachusetts Conference Division I title chase. Sixteen scholastic hockey teams will contest for the Silver

City Hockey Tournament championship beginning this Saturday at Taunton's Family Rink. The single elimination play-off will commence with eight games being staged on opening day. The quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will be played on the 27th, 28th and 29th of December, respectively. With the opening of the Bristol County Hockey League season just around the corner, all eyes will be focused on the tourney where all 12 members of the circuit will be competing. Although it is too early to predict what will happen when league action begins, Somerset will bear watching in the tourney as will Bishop Connolly High of Fall River. Case High of Swansea will faca off against Cardinal Spellman of Brockton in the first game scheduled for 11 :30 A.M. Saturday. Games will begin every hour and a half thereafter through 10:30 P.M. when Taunton plays Apponequet High from Lakeville.

Champions Dominate Coaches All-Star Teams Teams competing for the title include Case,' Cardinal Spellman, Msgr. Coyle-Bishop Cassidy of Taunton, Wareham, Fairhaven, Durfee, New Bedford and New Bedford Vocational, Bishop Connolly, Dighton-Rehoboth, Old Rochester of Mattapoisett, Dartmouth, Somerset, Taunton and Apponequet. It's that time of the year when', schoolboy gridsters are honored for their individual achievements. Most local newspapers have selected their All-Scholastic Teams. Many of these teams, while they do honor worthy athletes, are governed somewhat by geographics. The only All-Star teams .selected in the area not so con-

trolled are the individual league teams. It comes as no surprise to see that the Southeastern' Massachusetts Conference's Divisional AllStar teams selected solely by the coaches are dominated by the divisional champions. Division I champion, Dartmouth placed 8 men on the team; Bourne, tittist in II, has 8 and Wareham won 9 spots on the Division III unit. Southeastern Massachusetts Conference Coaches' AII·Star Team OFFENSE Division I Ends, Walter Harrign (T) Mike Kulaga (A); Tackles, Marty Cos-

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Casey-Sexton, Inc. ..• Cleansers • •• We entertain Him always like a stranger, And, as at first, still lodge Him in the manger. ta (D) Dave Lawrence (F); Guards, Scott Brown (T) Steve Hall (A); Center, Paul Mayer (BF). QB, Dennis Aguiar (D); Backs, Gary Robidoux (D) Guy Nelson (B) Clyde Andrews (D) Brian Pardee (A). Division II Ends, Dan Murphy (DY) Mike Sanson (DR); Tackles, Dale Burtyk (B) Jim DeMello (S); Guards, Max I1tzseh (SE) Dave Motta (F); Center; Curt Oliveira (S). QB, Dan Sweeney (B); Backs, Mike Roberts (B) Dave Ford (S) Mike Emond (SE). Division III Ends, Charles White (C) Gerry Barrows (W); Tackles, Benny Gomes '(W) Ralph Wordell (OR); Guards, Bubba Pina (W) Ray Oberg (N); Center, Paul Cleveland (W). QB, Joe Vasconcellous (W) Backs, Ray Hicks (N) Don Rioux (D) Calvin' Pina (NBV) Tom Souto (W). DEFENSE Division I Linemen, Phil Agrella (T) Gary Puccio (S) Dave Carew (D) Todd Dowdy (S). Linebackers, James Lynch (D) Rufus DeCastro (T) Steve Powers (B) Dave Lawrence (F). Halfbacks, Mark DaCosta (D) Peter Guillemette (T) Peter Cary

Halfbacks, Gerry Machado (F) Jim Brondson (B). Division III Linemen, Bubba Pina (W) Marc Johnson (W) Bill Caron (C) Ralph Wordell (OR) Steve Bennett (C). Linebackers, Scott Moniz. (C) Steve Frizzell (C) Dave Crowley (OR) Ron Oliver (W). Halfbacks, Mike Ploude (C) Dave Carlington (NBV). *-school code: Division I: T-Taunton, A-Attleboro, D-Dartmouth, F·Falmouth, B-Bishop Feehan, S-Somerset. Division II: B-Bourne, S·Bishop Stang, SE·Seekonk, DY DennisYarmouth, DR-Dighton-Rehoboth, F-Fairhaven. 'Division III: W-Wareham, DDiman, NBV-New Bedford Vocational, N-Norton, OR-Old Roches ter, C..Case.

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