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Dear Brothers and Sisters in. Christ, Today is~born our Savior, Christ the Lord. Today the fulfillment of the promise of salvation, made to the people of Israel through the prophets, is made manifest in the birth of Mary's child in Bethlehem. Saint· Paul, in his letter to Titus, eloquently expresses the significance of this ,Christmas d~y when he writes: HThe grace of God has appeared, offering salvation to all." (Titus 2:11)

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The historical event which we celebrate today-the birth of Jesus, our Lord-is the sign of our own rebirth in the life of grace. The Son of God is born a man, in order that men and women might be reborn as sons and daughters of God. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord, we are reminded of the great love of God for humanity and the great dignity which Christ gives us by deigning to become one of us. The Son of God becomes the son of Mary. Humanity is elev~ted to the height of divinity in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Humanity is forever transformed by THIS HAPPY Baby Jesus drawn by 6-year-old Lauren Richard, a CCD pupil of Mary the grace of God manifested in the birth of Christ Desrosiers at St. Julie Billiart parish, N.orth Dartmouth, topped 651 entries from over 30 in Bethlehem. Humanity is liberated from the parishes to take first place in the Anchor's Christmas art contest. slavery of sin by the salvation offered to us through Jesus Christ.

Our holiday art contest: kids drew the darnedest things By Marcie Hickey This year we got a child's-eye view of Christmas through our art contest for first through fourth graders, who gave our seven judges a hard time deciding among their

insightful and perceptive depictions of the ageless story. Lauren Richard, 6, our firstplace winner, won our hearts with her sweet-faced Baby Jesus. "I drew it in pencil first and traced it over in pen," she said,

explaining that if she had done it in crayon she wouldn't have been able to fix her mistakes. Now, that is a serious artist. Lauren was "very thrilled"when she heard that she had won, her Turn to Page Seven

This Christmas day, I pray that the rebirth which is ours in Christ may become a greater reality for you. I pray that the grace of God manifested in Christ and the salvation offered through Him may be your most treasured gift this day. May our prayer and proclamation of praise be one with the angels who first announced the Good News of our salvation: "Glory to God in the high heaven, peace on earth to those on whom His favor rests." (Luke 2: 14)

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Hendrick, who exported brocade to clergy in the United States and Germany. It now has a turnover of $5 million a year, 49 employees and clients throughout the Christian world. Its most famous patron, Pope John Paul. wore a Slabbinck creation to celebrate Mass in Czestochowa, Poland, during his 1979 first visit to his home country as pontiff. A copy of a miter the pope wore during a 1985 trip to Belgium is on display at the firm, but its circumference is confidential. Some clients come for fittings to the Bruges workshop but the pope's business is handled by his master of ceremonies. The Slabbincks also .supplied the liturgical garments for President Kennedy's funeral Mass in 1963. The Siabbinck catalog displays ecclesiastical wear ran'ging from an $84 crease-resistant. wash-andwear alb for choir boys to a velvetand-gold chasuble for more than $1,500.

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No celebration in Betlilehem BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) - Two West Bank towns linked to the birth of Christ h"ave canceled Christmas celebrations because of events connected to the Palestinian uprising in Israelioccupied territories. Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, canceled its celebrations for the third consecutive year because of the uprising, known as the "intifada" or shaking off. . The town of Beit Sahour, where tradition says shepherds saw the star announcing the birth of Jesus, has also canceled its activities. This fall, the 10,000 residents of Beit Sahour - a mainly Christian village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank - peacefully withheld their tax payments through a six-week siege by Israeli troops that ended in October. The villagers claimed a victory over Israeli authorities. but Israelis s~id they got the revenues they wanted through the sale of about $1.5 million worth of property seized from the residents. "Due to the difficult conditions which. our town is experiencing after the tax raids that lasted for a month and a half and the detention of dozens. of merchants and residents. we are obliged to cancel all Christmas festivities," the town said in a statement. 1111I111I111111111111111111111111111111111111111111I1111I111111111111 THE ANCHOR (USPS-S4S-020). Second Class Postage Paid at Fall River. Mass. Published weekly except the week of July 4 and the week after Christmas at 887 Highland Avenue. Fall River. Mass. 02720 by the Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River. Subscription price by mail postpaid $11.00 per year. Postmasters send address changes to The Anchor. P.O. Box 7. Fall River. MA 02722.


Cardinal Law rebuts column in Boston Globe BOSTON (CNS) - Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston struck back at the Boston Globe Dec. 14 after the newspaper published a column alleging that President Bush had bought "the public silence" of the U.S. cardinals of El Salvador. At a press conference held in Boston the same day the column by Globe columnist David Nyhan was published, Cardinal Law denied the column's accusation, calling it part of a "pattern of hostility to the Catholic Church which permeates the Boston Globe." "Efforts have been made at all levels and in various ways to address this matter, but to no avaiL .. Freedom of the press is not license to irresponsibly sow distrust and suspicion of individuals and institutions," said Cardinal Law. In his column, Nyhan charged that Bush paid for the cardinals' silence on the administration's handling of the murders of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador with his support of the church's agenda - "against abortion, for prayer in public schools and tax money for church-sponsored child care." The column was printed two days after a Dec. 12 gala black-tie affair at the U.S. Pension Building in Washington, the final event in centennial observances of The Catholic University of America, at which Bush addressed six U.S. cardinals and some 1,300 guests. Bush vowed at the dinner to "do everything we can to bring to justice" the killers of the Jesuits in EI Salvador.

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Can America Attain Peace? Peace on Earth. Never before in our time has the possibility been so real and so near. What a difference from last year! Then, all we had was hope. Now we,have hope being fulfilled. Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and now Bulgaria have shouted yes to freedom. EstQnia, Latvia and Lithuania are making their feelings known. In Russia itself, the yearnings of minorities are surfacing at a quickening pace. What all this means politically and sociologically has yet to be determined. What we do know on this Christmas Eve is that freedom has been given a chance in many captive nations. Is this not the messianic prophecy? As we read in the Gospel of Luke, "Heaven's dawn is about to break upon us to give light to those who sit in darkness and death's shadow and to guide us to the path of peace." Never before in our day has this been a hope with a 'promise of fulfillment. It is at least a minor shame that the revivified spirit permeating the Iron Curtain countries simply does not exist in our own land. In spite of all the rah-rah to the contrary, the state of America is certainly one of doubt, much of it due to a lack of faith. Too many Americans have lost sight of the messianic promise and the results are obvious. As a nation, we are losing the excitement that was ours. No' longer are people proud of their work; no longer does a code of personal ethics shape our behavior; no longer do we truly believe in our constitutional right to freedom.' The proof of these rather pessimistic statements lies in the way we live. American products are becoming second-rate. Americans buy more articles of foreign manufacture than those made in the U.S.A. And nowhere has the sanctity of human life become such a disputed issue. Not satisfied with disposable products, we seem to be doing our best to become a nation of disposable people, especially with regard to those at either the beginning or end of life. . As for freedom, never have we been such captives' of our own lifestyle. American homes have become fortresses, complete with alarms and barred windows and doors, while streets, parks and other recreation areas have become the domain of the lawless. This year, Christmas in America is less than it should be. We have more homeless on our streets, more runaways in our shelters and more brokenhearted husbands, wives and 'children, all because of misdirected goals and desires. Our brothers and sisters in Europe know what it is to lose human rights, to be held captive or exterminated. Their steadfast faith in themselves, their church and their God brought them from darkness to light and made them a people unafraid to pour into their streets and say "no more" to intimidation, tyranny and imprisonment. , If we were in the same circumstances, could we react in the same way? Many truly believe that our nation's day is passing. If this be true, we are in for some very grave disappointments. We know, of course, that we can never return to the so-called American glory days, nor should we want to. We must learn to walk in the now, the time that God has given us. But unless we renew our belief in our fundamental rights and freedoms that we have as a constitutionally governed nation, we will lose hope in the dreams of liberty that have brought so many to our shores. The Editor

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"And it came to pass that...her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered." Luke 2:6

A Christmas gift to the world By Father Kevin J. Harrington It is hard to picture a more dramatic event or a better Christmas gift to the world than the December I meeting in Rome I between a Soviet communist leader and a Polish pope. However, we live in such extraordinary times that other news upstaged even this event. Consider: when in 1950 Pope Pius X II invoked the intercession of the Blessed Mother for the conversion of Russia. who could have possibly imagined a Soviet leader referring to the pope as His H oliness and reportedly arranging for the state to escort his own mother by limousine every Sunday to the Russian Orthodox Church. Perhaps most significant was Mikhail Gorbachev's statement highlighting the Soviet leadership's change in attitude toward religion: "Now we not only proceed from the assumption that no one should interfere in matters of the individual's conscience, we also say that the moral values that religion generated and embodied for centuries can help in the work of renewal in our country, too." Ironically, one of the most telling paradoxes of our time is revealed in that quotation. The Soviet Union, for whatever motive, is acknowledging a debt to JudaeoChristian ethical values at a time in which Western democratic socie.ties are refusing to make a connection between declining ethical standards and decreasing religious attachments. Gorbachev seems to grasp what many' Western leaders doggedly refuse to admit: that a global

fundamental re~pect for the individual conscience. It was the conscience of the individual that reformed GorbaI cannot believe that our F oundchev. He is the instrument and not ing Fathers envisioned a country hostile to the public practice of . the cause of the events that have changed the face of the Soviet religion. An anecdote that depressUnion and Eastern Europe. ed told of U.S. schoolchildren forThe true heroes of freedom are bidden to sing Christmas carols the dissidents who risked their that mention the birth of Jesus. lives for freedom. Gorbachev cerAnother anecdote was of a school administrator who took a teacher tainly deserves praise for his realisto task for allowing a moment of tic acknowledgment that change was a prerequisite for the survival silent prayer for the seven astroof his goveI:nment. But we must nauts killed in the Challenger also remember that a moral Amertragedy. . ican foreign policy that linked What we are in danger of forgethuman rights with trade had a ting is that if J udaeo-Christian great deal to do with the changes morality continues to decay, our we are seeing. relatively humane way of life is in It was the vision of a free Soviet danger of collapsing. Why? Because Union that sustained Soviet dissithe center of our ethical beliefs is dents and their Western supporters during so many dark years. It would now be more than a strategic mistake to accept anything less than freedom in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Perestroika and glasnost are words that have entered our collective vocabulary. The primacy of Prayer for the Spirit the individual conscience is what will fuel change and' continue a spirit of openness. God, give me thy Holy No leader can singlehandedly Spirit to enlighten, correct guarantee the protection of every and guide me in the way of citizen's human right. However, Gorbachev's acknowledgment of thy commandments and in the importance of religion's role in all perfection. as I look tothe renewal of Soviet society is wards the happiness ofheatruly remarkable. Perhaps it is ven, where all shall glorify time for Western democracies to make that same admission and theejor all eternity, Amen. shape a global village where change and openness will mean justice and peace! community requires a common ethic and that such an ethic grows out of a religious base.

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Neverthe:less, with the ecologists' blessing, the 78-foot Vatican Christmas tree was topped with an eight-point star and set in a stand near the (:enter of St. Peter's Square. Sandbags around the tree stand and three taut, thick metal cables help steady the tree. Pings and thuds echoed through the square as more than two dozen workers constructed the metal and wood frame of the nativity scene that would house larger-than-lifesized figun:s of the Holy Family and II supporting cast members. Eight other workers were in or around the tree, stringing wires and drilling holes in the trunk. They hoisted up boughs -large enough to be a family's Christmas tree - and inserted them in the holes to cover spots left bald by nature or travel. Two older women, pulling shopping carts, spied the pile of bits and pieces of boughs. After some fast talking and lots of smiles, they walked away, Austrian pine branches in hand. Several Xtalian newspaper photographs of the tree showed U.S. Archbishop Paul Marcinkus nearby. The Chicago native is president-in-transition of the Vatican bank and pro-president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City. He has taken personal responsibility for the display in St. Peter's Square since 1982, when the pope asked him to put "something Christmassy" there, the archbishop said. A suggestion that a committee of some kind might help him organize the display did not receive the warmest of receptions. "Committees, committees, committees. You are all concerned about committees," he said. "I want to be sure it's done."

ST. PETER'S SQUARE has had a Christmas tree annually since 1982. The 83-foot 1987 tree pictured topped this year's by five feet. (CNS/ UPI-Reuters photo)

Nothing's simple at Vatican VATICAN CITY (CNS) - A controversy over the Vatican's Christmas tree was resolved with a visit to the forest in Austria where the tree grew. An environmental impact study in the forests of northwestern Austria turned into "a little 'ceremony to say goodbye to the tree," said Martin Bolldorf, minister councilor of Austria's Embassy to the Holy See. Austria's environmentalist Green Party had organized a protest against cutting down the tree not to "bah-humbug" a Christmas tradition, but because it was reported that a section of the forest would have to be clear-cut to get the massive tree out. "It was very easy to resolve because the protest was based on wrong information," Bolldorf said. While some 20 other trees had to give u'p their lives for the sake of the Vatican tree, "all the ecologists agreed there was no problem," he said. The tree was delivered to St. Peter's Square Dec. II, four days after the Vatican released Pope John Paul II's message for World Peace Day, "Peace with God the Creator, Peace with All of Creation." "Faced with the widespread destruction of the environment, people everywhere are coming to understand that we cannot continue to use the goods of the earth as we have in the past," the pope wrote.

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Respect for God's creation and for the future of humanity demand efforts to halt the "suffering" of the earth, he said. The pope said countries, companies and individuals "are not morally free ... to damage the environment through industrial pollutants, radical deforestation or unlimited exploitation of nonrenewable resources."

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Continued from Page One ,There were bustling Bethlehems More than one entrant could mothertold us. "It really made her and there were serene stables under reason with the best oftheologians night. She.called all her relatives," peaceful stars, surrounded only by that God was present at Jesus' said M-Ts. Richard. Christmas trees. birth - ·50 they drew him in the; Our second-place winner is JU8In the stables we found the tra- stable. tin Kenney, 8, whose eI)try illus- ditional sheep. cows and donkeys Crystaf Gilbert editorialized, trates'..our Living Word quotation" a.nd some not..so-traditional fish "Jesus was born on Christmas. J on page 4. ponds, turtles, dinosaurs, lizards, wish I was there to see him." Justin said he gotthe idea for his rabbits and ducks and one very For Jennifer Aiello, that wish drawing from stories he heard in" interesting spader. There was even came true: she drew herselfamong class. "The teacher told a story a camel that seated three. those arriving at Jesus' birthplace. from a picture and then the kias Above, the skies were filled with And from all these we had to made up a story by adding on and stars, snowflakes, birds and musi- pickjustthree winners? In the eyes on to it," he said. cal" notes. There were singing ofourjudges~therewere648more. Asked whatthe story was about, angels, angels with trumpets and "Everybody has won, and all he said, ·What Joseph and Mary angels who brought great tidings: must have prizes," said the Dodo did when they went to Bethlehem "A baby is going to be borne!" and in Alice in Wonderland. and ""hen they had the baby." "God bless that Jesus Child!" In that spirit, we invite each Matthew Souza, 9, said he was Down below there were wishes entrant to claim his or her prize: a candy cane from the Anchor ~really happy and smiled a lot," of happy birthday to Jesus, and of C . when he learned he was the third- course there were gifts: Danielle hflstmas tree, which may be . picked up at Qur office at 887 place winner. His mother added, PineaultthoughtJesuscould use a Highland Ave., Fall River, any was so proud abou:..t:..icct:...l=ct:..w:..a:cs,----·~t~erd'iidii;y,.biiea~r.i;;C~hiiaiiid:;iSiiaiin;_t'i0sT.ha'.id~oiin~e~-'tllimne"-"he",,,follre"'--l ..alllnllllJllIa.r;rYl'-"5~ --1fsuch goOd news. " of the kmgs brmgmg a bIrthday Matthew proved a humble win- . balloon. Alex Dias drew the Holy ner when interviewed, but his quiet Family with a birthday cake. And Padence smile said'it all. His pictu.... mus- 'Monique Botelho generously of·Whether it's marriage or busitrates "Blessing of a Christmas fered a big basket filled with ness, patience is the first rule of Crib" on page 13. "money for the newborn baby." success." - Feather In all, we received 6S I entries from over 30 parishes and schools, some arriving by mail and many hand-delivered by proud teachers. We had asked for pictures describing any aspect of the Christmas story, and that's exactly what we got ~ every aspect we had thought of and a few that we hadnl. We received drawings of the Annunciation and the journey to Bethlehem. We got nativity scenes. We got the three kings. We got angels and shepherds and Baby Jesus in Pampers. Members fcdcral Deposil In~urancc Corpor~lion. Young artist Cindy Ann Moniz found Mary and Joseph a room at the inn. Meanwhile, the innkeeper in a drawing by Jose Pacheco Jr. told them "Sorry, no rooms left!" But that was all right: Quiana Gomes found them a place in a stable across the highway from Day's '!,n.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Dec.22, 19~9 ,

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A heavenly peace Just inside the. main entrance ofthe National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., hangs a banner announcing a special exhibit titled "John Twachtman: Connecticut Landscapes." Little did I know what beautiful surprises awaited me as I began to view Twaehtman's works. They left me with a bit of true holiday spirit and a special Christmas wish for you. As I entered the Twachtman show, I was immediately mesmerized by "Icebound," a painting ofa snow~nerusted brook with banks surrounded by a delicate melting ring of snow Twacbtman's post_

impressionistic touch creates a mirage effect in which the sharpness oU....h snow is transformed into a white haze. Misty images of trees, with a few faded leaves still clinging to their branches peer out of a thin cloud of sOOthing fog. Twachtman was "an acknowledged master of winter landscapes,"

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capturing their Urnost ethereal qualities" and finding in their "quiet a sense of emotional comfort," a brochure on the 'exhibit explained. As I gazed at "Icebound," that emptional comfort seized me. My mind wandered back to occasions when a snowfall left big powder puffs clinging to the limbs of Irees and shrubbery. How I enjoyed shaking Ihem and watching the snow cascade to the ground! How I loved creeks whose currents eroded the snow banks, creating endlessly complicated contours! There is a quiet and peace that comes to the soul during a walk through woods blankeled with snow. The excitement of finding new animal footprint.< and tne intoxicatiori'ofcrisp freskair transport the spirit and lift it, dazzling the senses. I moved on to Twachtman s "Winter," a painting jn which veils of muted colors seem to envelop 9

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objects that are merely suggested, but not sharply defined, and I found my sense of wonder increasing. I wanted to be there - to be one with that scene from nature. And I felt no desire to analyze why I felt this way. I simply welcomed the feelings of peace and wonder, allowing them to be. If this seemed like heaven, I began to wonder what heaven itself must really be like. And ali I left the exhibit, I felt a need to share -the peace I hid telt. With Christmas upon us, may God grant you a moment of peace when you fix upon one of his creations: nature, another person, a forest, a stream, a child or a friend. And may lhat crealion by God exche the wonder within you, transport your spirit and intoxicate you with beauty. May you have a moment when the poelic side nf life quietly takes over in you. And may it leave you with a renewed feeling for heaven and forthe Christ child, who smiles upon every heavenly experience that is ours.

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F Af A CIS L. Mahol)ey, at head 0 table, and Father Thomas A. Frechette, left, pastor and parochial vicar at Holy 'lame parish, Fall River, host Fall River area sisters at the'pari!h's third annual holiday dinner for the religious. Strolling mmician Conrad Briere entertained the 72 sisters in attendalce. (Gaudette photo) .

Father Hogan Fund reports awardsThe R,v. John F. Hogan Scho-

tal strip Fond, established in 1986 in memory of the founding pastor of St. Juie Billiart parish, North Dartmollh, has announced awards for thecuTent academic year totaling SII,156. They went to nine diocesan students at Providence College. They lre Kevin H. Humason, Elizabeto Shaughnessy, Mark Brightm.lin, New Bedford; Melissa E. Haskdl, Annmarie Regan, Jessica L. Shannon, Dartmouth; Darren C. Sylvia, Acushnet; Kelly Guillotte Fairhaven; William H. Assad, Fdl River. Any. Villiam J. Synnott, fund

chairman, recalling Father Hogan, said be was "'admired respected and loved by all who had the good fortune of knowing him." The fund, established shortly after Father Hogan's death on Aug. 7, 1986, initially raised SI26,OOO which has been placed in trust at Providence College which Father Hogan attended before beginning studies for the priesthood. Income from the trust funds the scholarship grants. Ally. Synnoll noled that gifts or bequests are still accepted by the fund. Further information is available from him at telephone (508)999·1539 orfrom Providence College. 9

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March for Life plans announced Members of Massachusetts Citizens for Life have announced plans for bus trips to Washington, D.C., in connection with the 17th annual March for Life, to take place Monday, Jan. 22. The march, which draws thousands from across the nation to the capital, protests Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that struck down state abortion restrictions. Organizers term the 1990 march especially significant because the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling last July 3 upheld Missouri abortion restrictions in the Webster v. Reproductive Health Services case, which challenged the constitutionality of several such restrictions imposed by a 1986 Missouri law. Pro-lifers had hoped the high court would take the opportunity to overturn the Roe decision, thus have adopted as a theme for the 1990 march, "The Pro-Life Job Is Still Ours." Attleboro organizer Alice C. McAndrews said that 23 'busloads of Massachusetts pro-lifers were at the 1989 Washington march and that state organizers are hoping for many more in 1990. She said buses will leave from Holy Ghost Church, Attleboro, at 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, returning about midnight Monday, Jan. 22. The round trip cost is $38. Further information on the Attleboro trip is available from her at telephone 226-0292. Mrs. McAndrews also noted that she has listings of bus contact persons in other areas of the diocese and that those outside the Attleboro area may check with her for such information. Information for the Greater New Bedford area is available from Mary Ann Booth, 636-4903. In Washington On arrival in Washington, prolifers are invited to a hot breakfast' which will be provided beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the cafeteria of the

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception by Catholic Charities of the Washington archdiocese. At 9 a.m. the Massachusetts marchers will meet in Room 345 of Canon Congressional Building for a welcome and short remarks by Bay State members of Congress, then will hear an address by Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Calif.). From 10:45 to noon they will lobby senators and representatives, then gather for a rally at the southeast area of the Ellipse near the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street. The meeting place will be identified by red banners, said Mrs. McAndrews. The march itself will begin at I p.m. at the Ellipse, ending at 3 p.m. at the Supreme Court building. It will cover about three miles, "at a very reasonable pace," say officials. Bus reservations must be made early, noted Mrs. McAndrews,' since transportation companies must be prepaid. All-Night Vigil Preceding the events of Monday morning and afternoon, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Washington archdiocese and the National Shrine will conduct an all-night prayer vigil to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. The observance will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 with evening prayer, followed at 8 p.m. by Mass with New York Cardinal John J. O'Connor as principal celebrant and homilist. At 7 a.m. Jan. 22, Boston Cardinal Bernard F. Law will be principal celebrant at a Mass closing the vigil. Overnight, the vigil is scheduled to include a National Rosary for· Life, led by the Mothers of Mary, a pro-life lay group from Grosse Pointe, Mich., at 10 p.m.; night prayer at II p.m., hourly readings from midnight to 5 a.m., and morning prayer at 6 a.m.

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Dec. 22, 1989

Cruzan case issues clarified by bishop SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (CNS)The legal and moral issues should not be confused in the Nancy Beth Cruzan case, said Bishop John J. Leibrecht of Springfield-Cape

Girardeau about the dispute now before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning withdrawal offood and water from an unconscious Missouri woman. On the moral level, he said, in cases like Ms. Cruzan's "after judging the specific circumstances in each case, Catholic moral rea-

soning can approve or disapprove' withholding or withdrawing nutrition and hydration medically inserted into the body." On the legal level, however, he said that approval of withdrawal of food and water from Ms. Cruzan on grounds of a constitutional right to privacy "would probably open the door to euthanasia and assisted suicide" throughout the country.

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The sights and sounds of the Christmas season inspire thoughts . of families together, with reaffirmations of love and care. But for teen-agel's trying to cope with an alcoholic parent, the holidays present special problems. H ow do teen-agers know if alcoholism is present in their home? Do all parents drink to excess, or is their faniily different? An increase in tolerance to alcohol is an early symptom of alcoholism. In other words, when it takes more to feel the effects of alcohol than it used to, the body chemistry has undergone a change in its ability to react to alcohol. Loss of control is another symptom of alcoholis'm. If one's behavior becomes unpredictable when drinking, alcoholism is present. In

spite of promises to self and others, behaviors, attitudes and reactions change once drinking begins. Unfortunately, the holiday season often accelerates drinkingrelated incidents, both within the . family and in other settings. Social schedules are frequently increased during the holidays, with opportunities for overindUlgence occurring regularly. Teen-agel's who live in an alcoholic family need a special kind of healing. Taking care of oneself by becoming involved in an Alateen group is a place to start. The safety and confidentiality of sharing with . other teens the pain of seeing a . beloved parent destroy himself or herself is where recovery begins. The resolution of alcohol addiction is found in treatment centers and Alcoholics Anonymous groups everywhere, so it is not hopeless.

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Dec. 23 Dec. 28 1901, Rev. Owen J. Kiernan, 1955, Rev. Charles R. Smith, Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Fall River ' Fall River 1947, Rev. Charles P. Trainor, 1987, Rev. Edward J. Sharpe, SS., St. Edward Seminary, Seat- Pastor, St. Patrick,Somerset, MA tle, WA 1987, Rev. Clement Paquet, OP, 1970, Msgr. John A. Silvia, Pas- Assistant, St. Anne's, Fall River tor Emeritus, St. John Baptist, , Jan. 1 New Bedford Jan. I, 1955 Rev. Jose Valeiro, 1986, Rev. William E. Collard, Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Fall River Cochaplain, Catholic Memorial Jan. I, 1956 Rev. Antonio M. Home, Fall River Fortuna, Pastor, Immaculate Conception, New Bedford Dec. 24 1886, Rev. James K. Beaven, Jan. I, 1968 Rev. Francis R. Pastor, Sacred Heart, Taunton Connerton, SS.STD., St. John's 1914, Rev.' Timothy J. Duff, Seminary, Plymouth, Michigan Assistant; St. Joseph, Woods Hole Jan. I, 1975 Rev. Leo T. Sullivan, Pastor, Holy Name, New Dec. 27 1956, Rev. ThomasJ. Stapleton, Bedford ' Pastor, Corpus Christi, Sandwich Jan. 4 1970, Rev. Msgr. Armand LevasJan. 4, 1961 Rev. Eugene L. seur, Pastor Emeritus, St. Anne, Dion, Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, New Bedford Fall River

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Blessing of a Christmas Cril) And th.e shepherds returned. For a home blessing of a Christmas crib, the mother, father glorifying and praising God,. for or other ad ult takes the part of the all the things they had heard and leader. For parish, school or other seen, as it was told unto them. groups, a leader may be designated. Let us pray: Jesus, sweetest child, Leader: As we gather to bless born in Bethlehem of the Virgin our Christmas crib,let us be mind- Mary, wrapped in swaddling ful of the g09dness of God in com- clothes and laid in a manger, ing to us as a helpless infant whom announced by angels and visited no one could fear but whom every . by shepherds, have mercy on us. one can love. All: Have mercy on us, Child Children or other designated Jesus, have mercy on us. persons read: Let us pray: Jesus, sweetest child, A reading from the Gospel of manifested by the leading of a star St. Luke: The shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem and let ussee this word AL\XAYS ~lO~E't' A\AIIABLE that is come to pass, which the FOR HO\lE Pl~CHASE OR Lord hath showed to us. l~lPRO\ 'E~lE~T And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph and the infant lying in the manger. ........ And seeing, they understood the G} word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. \\lTIl CO\\E\IE\T OFFICES But Mary kept all these words, '1lIR(ll"GIIOI T SOl TIIEA.\TER\ \IA'~. pondering them in her heart. FDll.DIFM

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THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Dec. 22~ '1989

Homeless aid urged ARLINGTON, VA. (CNS) Saying that "the first human need Jesus Christ faced was lack of shel. ter," the nation's top housing official urged U.S. society to live up to its obligation "to give the homeless a hand." "We would not be a

Judeo-Christian society if we did not recognize our obligation to help, to give the homeless a hand," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp told a conference on homelessness cosponsored by Catholic University of America and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

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FATHER PHILIP N. HAMEL, front center, stands with members and friends of 5t. Patrick's Women's Guild, Falmouth. After receiving his blessing, the group departed on a pilgrimage for peace to the nat,ional center of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima in Washington, N.J. There they commemorated the nnd anniversary of Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. (Poisson photo)

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Christmas at Starcross is a time to share love Christmas means more ·than exchanging presents. It is a time of remembering God's love and sharing it with others. Seeing that kind of love in action is the point of "Christmas at Starcross," airing Dec. 26, 10-11 p.m. EST on PBS. Starcross Community is a group of three Catholic lay people who operate a Christmas tree farm in Sonoma County, Calif., north of San Francisco. With the proceeds,

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they care for disabled and neglected children, some of whom have AIDS. TheStarcross founders are Sister Julie, Sister Marti and Brother Toby. Sister Julie explains that the Catholic character of their community means that, "We're not just doing something on our own but are anchored in something pretty solid and universal." Whatever their 'official church status, the care and love lavished by these three people on the children in their charge is certainly within the Christian tradition. The point of the program, however, is not religion but showing how much 'difference a few individuals can make in solacing the anguish of AIDS. 'Because they had no medical training, they had doubts at first about being able to care for a child with acquired immune deficiency syndrome. When a doctor reassured them that the primary need of these children had less to do with medicine than with a home and a family, they knew they were qualified for the task. Robert Elfstrom's production is beautifuIly photographed, inteIligently constructed and fiIled with joy oflife. The seasonal transitions of nature, the planting and harvesting of the farm's Christmas trees, the sense of loss and renewal are all integral parts of the documentary. One child dies during the course of the .program, his grave marked with a simple wooden cross, and there is the constant awareness that most of these youngsters will not survive childhood. Those at Starcross take life day-by-day, making no long-term plans and celebrating every birthday and holiday as if it would be the child's last.

Symbols following film reviews indir.ate both general and Catholic films Office' ratings. which do not always coincide. General ratings: G-suitable for general viewing: PG-I3-parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13; PG-parental guidance suggested; R-restricted. unsuitable for t:hildren or young teens. Catholic ratings: AI-approved for. children and adults; A2-approved for adults and adolescents; A3approved for adults only; A4-separate classification (given films not morally offensive which. however. require some analysis and explanation); O-morally offensive. Catholic ratings for television movies are those of the movie house versions of the films. New Films "Back to the Future Part II" (Universal): Picks up where Part I left off in 19'85, as wired Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) time-travels in his DeLorean with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his girlfriend (Elizabeth Shue) to the year 2015 to save Marty's son (Fox) from being entrapped by young hoods. They also head back to 1955 to. stop archvillain Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) from turning himself into the world's smarmiest power monger. An empty show of technical wizardry with a nonsensical script and a succession of product endorsements that includes a trailer 'for Part III. Minimal rough language laced with incidental sexual innuendoes. A2, PG "National JLampoon's Christmas Vacation" (Warner Bros.): In this third Griswold family saga, dizzy dad Clark (Chevy Chase) aims to create an old··fashioned Christmas at home. He manages to succeed (almost) despite his clumsy prat-

falls and the fact that his wife (Beverly D'Angelo), kids, his 'n' her parents, yokel cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and dotty old aunt and uncle push Clark's patience to the limit. Gags move quickly past the double entendres and Clark's bumbling attempts to make this a special family Christmas are funny and loveable. Some rough language laced with vulgarities and sexual innuendoes. A3, PG 13 "Driving Miss Daisy" (Warner Bros.): Exquisite adaptation of,Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the growing friendship between a wealthy Jewish widow (Jessica Tandy) and her black driver (Morgan Freeman). Opening in 1948 and set in Atlanta, the film spans 25 years, an era of turbulent change for Southern minorities. Without stooping to sentiment or racial and ethnic stereotypes, it sensitively tackles the issues raised by this whimsical friendship, including bigotry. the difficulties of change, the aging of man and beliefs, the death of the old and birth of the new. Miss Tandy, Freeman and Dan Aykroyd' as Daisy's loving son give Oscar-caliber performances. The racial and religious prejudice suggested as symptomatic of the period may be misunderstood by younger children. A2, PG "Enemies, A Love Story" (20th Century Fox): BriIliant adaptation of Issac Bashevis Singer's 1972 novel about a Jewish Holocaust survivor involved with three women in New York in 1949. The troubled protagonist (Ron Silver) shuttles between three wives(Margaret Sophie Stein, Lena Olin and Anjelica Huston) living in various parts of the city. Unable to choose between them, he struggles with his indecision, his disillusionment with God,

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the demands of the three very different women, and the chaos that his lies have rendered. Perfectly captures the feel of postwar New York and its Jewish emigres and helps us empathize with the protagonist's tragic flaws and the strength and courage of the women he loves. Explicit sexual encounters with nudity, some violence, a climactic suicide and a ploygamous, sexually promiscuous protagonist. A3, R . "Glory"(Tri-Star): The Story of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry assembled in February 1863, the first black fighting unit raised in the North during the Civil War. Commanded by an enlightened white Bostonian (hauntingly played by Matthew Broderick), the regimc:;nt of gravediggers, field hands and runaway slaves was molded into a proud, heroic regiment who paved the way for thousands of other blacks to join the Union Army. Raises consciousness about the littleknown regiment l!-nd re-creates some harrowing battle scenes, but gives shallow attention to the themes of racism and the obscentiy of war and stereotypes key black characters. Some profanity and violence, many grisly battle scenes. A3, R

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