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Vol. 26, No. 50

Fall River, Mass., Friday, December 24, 1982 20c, $6 Per Year

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December, 1982 Dearly beloved in Christ, Once again, we celebrate the tender and beautiful Feast of Christmas. it is an occasion to be mindful of God's overwhelming love for us. In Bethlehem, David's City, Mary and Joseph lodged, for there was no room for them in the inn. There Mary the Virgin beT\: the Savior of the world and placed Him in a manger. There is a profound lesson for .us in the Christmas story. The Lord was born in stark poverty, in the crude shelter used by the beasts of the field, for there was no room for the Holy Family in the homes and house­ holds of Bethlehem, no place in the crowded inns where other travelers rested. Sometimes the replicas of the stable where shepherds gathered to honor the newborn Prince of Peace are assembled with great artistry, so that the harsh realities of His humble birth are muted. The truth is that the circumstances were those of bitter poverty. The Son of God seeks admission to our hearts and souls, dear friends. Certainly, we like to imagine that our response would be radically differ­ ent from that of the citizens of Bethlehem on that first Christmas. I truly hope there is no harsh rejection. I hope there is room for the Lord and a warm welcome. For the Son of God continues to bring warmth and bright­ ness and sweet blessings to every cold, dark and bitter part of the world.

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In joyful celebration of the birth of 'the Savior, the angelic chorus filled the heavens with glorious song. God's love was made manifest! My prayerful good wish, dear friends, is that we echo the joy of the . angels on this Christmas. Like shepherds and wise men of old, may we offer to the Savior the homage of our Faith. The beautiful story of the Nativity of Jesus is but a prelude to the arrival of the Lord in our own hearts and souls. As we welcome Jesus, may we enjoy the fullness of His love and the warmth and brightness of His peace.

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky . . .

A truly blessed Christmas to one and all!

Ring out old shapes of foul disease, Ring out the narrowing lust of gold!; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace!

Devotedly yours in Christ,

Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier· hand! Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be!

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Santa spe~ks Iilimer, Lao, Vietnamese "pretty artificial," and after two Gallo, but harder for adults, of­ years returned to. the State's for ten illiterate in their own lang­ .For some 200 members of Indo­ a VISTA: program job in Omaha. uage and handicapped by such chinese refugee familfes in the But she was, she said, "always obstacles as needing transporta­ Fall River diocese, it was a great . a social worker at heart. I was' tion to language classes and Christmas party. Sal1lta Claus always interested in people and babysitting services for small came with just the right gifts for . what makes them the way they children. everyone, .there was ,lots to eat are." Additionally, arriving refugees · and there were Christmas So for eight years she worked are mainly from farming back­ movies. with the Family Services agency grounds, lacking factory or pro­ But there was sadnE!ss too in in Boston, at the same time pur­ fessional skills and needing, of St. Patrick's' school hall, Fall suing 's~udies towards a bache­ course, English as a prerequisite River. The party also marked the lor's degree in' social work; then to enrollment in a training pro­ phasing out of Catholic Social continuing for a mas.ter's degree gram. However, said Miss Gallo, Services' federally funded refu­ ,with a concentration in ethn!c-' at this point most families have gee assistance ,program and the ity. at least one adult with some dep.arture of its staff workers. Her background made her the command of English. The 'two-year'program assisted ideal choice to head the diocesan 'But such matters were set refugees .in overcominl~ barriers refugee assistance program aside at the Christmas and fare­ to integration' into Alne!rican life. which in' tum has been the well party, put together by scores It offered .counseling, interpre­ springboard for her, new position. of loving hands under, direction ter ~ervices and refemll to Eng­ Working from Bangkok head­ of Bill and Anne Bosi, with 4ssls­ lish classes' and employment, edu­ quarters in Thailand, Miss Gallo tance from Rosemary Dumais. cational, health and day care will direct social services in refuMrs. Bosi was a job developer programs. , gee camps serving 90 to 100,000 in the assistance program and The program was headed by persons and 'will' supervise three _ her husband, by day a faculty Jpanne Gallo who, says Mary­ or more camp coordinators and member at Henry Lord Middle Lou Mancini, Fall River' area several Fordham University grad­ School, Fall River, by night director for Catholic SociaI Ser­ uate ',students on field work teaches English to refugees at vices, "has touched a lilt. of peo­ . placements. Bristol Community College.! Ms. ple in this diocese in a most Noting that statistics and the Dumais was the program secre· · pos'itive way. One refugee, "'bn political ·situation in Indochina tary. 'Iearning that she wall "eaving, are "shifting and complex," she Together they coordinated the asked what day. Joanne replied said that the ramifications of five-hour party held Dec. 11 at December 31 and his response her work will become clearer to St. Patrick's. "Everyone and his ·was 'Many tears will be shed or her mother cooked for us," her once she's on site. that day.''' In the Fall River diocese, she reported Mrs. Bosi. Miss Gallo, howev,eir, is not A husband made popcorn, said, a previously existing refu­ Ieaving the field of refugee as­ gee resettlement program will Bishop Connolly High School stu­ sistance. In January she will continue, 'including vocational dent David Burton was a nota­ travel to Thailand, where she will arid language training for new ble Santa Claus and Father head the social service compon­ arrivals. Terminated will be the George Coleman, pastor of St. ent of CathollcR'elief Services, hiring and training of refugees Patrick's, donated use of the the overseas aid prognlm of the school hall for the bash. to act as caseworkers and inter­ U.S. bishops. preters, a major focus of the CanCly, soft drinks, discount­ "This is a tremendously im­ assistance program. . priced toys and cash dohations portant positiQn, one that car­ About 100 Indochinese refu­ flowed in from various aides to ries much responsibIlitY' and is a gee families,. comprising about Santa, including Bishop Stang direct result of the tmmendous 400 individuals, are known to be High School, the Women's Guild work she has done in' our dio­ diocesa'n residents, said Miss of St. Catherine's parish, Little ~,cese,"said Mrs. Mancini. Gallo. Some were previously set­ Compton, the New Bedford off­ Interviewed as the Indochinese U.S. but tled elsewhere in the ice of New England Telephone, Christmas party swirl,~d about came to SQutheastern Massachu­ McDonald's Hamburgers, Globe her, Miss Gallo said that although Assembly and Kay-Bee Toys. it was hard "eaving her diocesan setts to rejoin family members. She noted that diocesan refu­ Not to' be forgotten are the friends, both the prosped of her gees are from the Indochinese nimble-fingered craftswomen ,new job and the thought of re­ tUrning to Indochina exdted her. peninsula nations of Cambodia, who turned out scores of red and In the 1960s the Salem native Laos and Vietnam. Although they 'green granny squares stitched in was in Cambodia as a U.s. State share similar cultural values and cornucopia shape to make per­ Department secretary. There·she religious, she saiDl they 'speak fect Christmas candy repositor­ took the opportunity fllr exten~ three distinct languages, Lao and ies. sive travel in the area, learned Vietnamese as well as Khmer, Altogether, a great party, a the . Khmer language of the therefore use English as a com-, warm and ~!>ving m~mory for mon tongue. country and made many Cam­ Joanne Gallo to take to Thai­ bodian friends, one of the few Learning the language has ·Iand and for the diocesan Indo­ State Department workl~rs to do been easy for the children, who chinese community a renewed so. Nevertheless, she said, she have daily contacts with' Am­ proof that they are welcome in found the life of the U.S. colony erican youngsters, said Miss their adopted homeland. By Pat' MeGow;an

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CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

Christmas Vigil Masses: Friday at 4:00 a':ld 6:30 p.m. .Midnight Mass preceded by a concert by St. Anne's Chorale at 11 :30 p.·m.

Christmas Day Masses: Saturday at 8, 10, 12 and 6:30 p.m. PLEASE NOn: There will be NO 4:00 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day.

. Holy Famify Sunday ­ December 26: Masses at 8; 10, 12 and 6:30 p.m.

t The Parish Staff and the Dominican Fathers join in wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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. THE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Dec. 24, 1982

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VATICAN CITY (NC) - For the first time in history a crib scene has been set up in S1. Peter's Square. The scene is com­ posed of historical 19th-century pieces with more than twice life­ size figures. Vatican sources said that in Ne-vember Pope John Paul II de­ cided that his front yard, spraw­ ·ling S1. Peter's Square which is the size of several football fields, should have a crib scene_.as a focal point for prayer for the nearly 1 million visitors expect­ ed to come to St. Peter's during the Christmas season. The pope entrusted the project to officials of the Vatican muse· ums. Rather than construct a crib, they found one commission­ ed in 1846 by the Roman Prince Alexander Torlonia and carved from wood by the ltaHan sculp­ tor Pietro CantagaUi. . The crib set was given by ·the prince to St. Vincent Pallotti, who used it yearly during a popular mission conducted the week before the Epiphany at the Church of Sant' Andrea Della Valle in the center of Rome. Nearly a century later, at the . same church, children would come in the dres!\ of· their home· lands to kneel before the crib,

reciting prayers and singing hymns in their native tongues. In 1969 the crib set, unused for several years, was loaned for an exhibition in West Ger­ many. Vatican museums officials, aware of the set's history, con­ tacted the Pallottine Fathers, the order founded by S1. Vincent Pal,lotti, and they retrieved ·the figures from West: Germany. There are five figures now on display: the Christ child, Mary, Joseph and two :shepherd boys kneeling. in wonder. The adult figures are 13 feet high, and the shepherd boys are 10 feet tall. On the feast of the Epiphany, celebrated Jan. 6 in Italy, the shepherds wiH be removed and replaced by the three wise men. The wood figures, clothed in multicolored fabrics, are pro­ tected from the' weather by a metal framework' covered by a waterproof curtain. The pope will bless ·the crib scene today. Also in St. Peter's Square this year, again for thEl first time, ac­ cording to Vatican sources, will be a 45-foot Christmas tree, brought 350 miles from Pavia in northern Italy.

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Military vicar Christmas letter NEW YORK (NC) Noting reo cent publicity about the bishops' proposed pastoral on nuclear war,CardinaI Terence Cooke of New York has reassured Cath­ olics in the armed forces that the church continues to appreciate their service to the cause of peace. In his annual Christmas mess­ age, Cardinal Cooke, vicar for U.S. Catholics in military ser­ vice, also emphasized that the draft version of the pastoral under discussion is not final. "The church continues to rec· ognize and to appreciate the con· tributions to the cause of peace with justice made by you, the men and women in military se·· vice and your families," the car· dinal wrote. "The bishops, in the efforts being made to help ad· vance that same cause, do understand what you are doing.

TV Mass Bishop Daniel A. Cronin will be principal celebrant and homi· list for the Mass of Christmas Day, to be telecast at 9 a.m. to­ morrow on WLNE, Channel Six. Deacons Manuel H. Camara and Antonio da Cruz will serve the bishop and Sister Patricia Sullivan, OP, will be lector for the Mass. Acolytes will represent St. Julie's parish, North Dart· mouth, and the music will be by S1. Mary's Choir. Father .~ohn F. Hogan wlll be moderator for the program ani:! Msgr. John J. Oliveira will be master Of ceremonies for the Mass. The c~mgregation will repre­ sent parishes of the greater New Bedford area.

They and the vast majority of Catholics in the United States are grateful for the sacrifices you are making in your firm com­ mitment in conscience to defend our nation and our allies against unjust aggression." Cardinal CookE! said that in previous years such "words of reassurance" might have been "presumed," but that he con­ sidered it necessary this year to "express them clearly and direct­ ly." . In his 1981 Christmas letter the cardinal aroused controversy among some disarmament advo- . cates by defending the morality of nuclear deterrence. EHminating nuclear weapons is urgent, he wrote in 1981, but must be ac­ complished "gradually, with all nations cooperating,- and. with prudence." In discussions of the proposed bishops' pastoral there have been expressions of concern that Cath­ olics in the armed forces would face a conflict of loyalties if the bishops condemn strategies basic to the U.S. defense posture. . In the 1982 letter Cardinal Cooke gave no indication of what stance he thought the pastoral would take in its final form. He said committee members preparing the »astoral would base their work in church teach­ ing that included. "reminders of the potential horrors of nuclear war, the terrible waste and in­ justice involved in the arms race and the urgent rleed to achieve real progress in negotiating ex­ tensive, multilateral reductions in armaments under appropri­ ately monitored .(:onditions." Cardinal Cooke caNed on memo. bers of the military family to join in daily prayer for peace.

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tHE ANCHOR-Diocese of Fall River-Fri., Dec. 24, 1982

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The Word Made Flesh The mystery of Christmas is that God so loved the world that he sent 'his only Son to' live in our· midst. Yet many people who say they believe in the Word of God do; in fact' and in deed, remove Jesus from reality and '1. humanity. _ In one way, this. should come as no surprise since from the verY beginning of Jesus' life in and among us there w~re those who denied not only his divinity but also his humamty. What is surprising is that this heresy has persisted to our own day. The idea that man was blessed by divinity, that his human nature was mysteriously intertwined with the supernatural, that the lowly was found fitting. for communion with the holy, is lost on today's world. TIme has done little to improve man's self-image. He treats his humanity with a contempt surpassing that of all other ages. Our day not only rejects the holy, it also rejects the human. It makes mockery of the Word made Flesh. Reflect for a moment on how ma,n views his own life , in these times. Current abortion practices, rationalized' for the sake of legality, deny his very right to existence. Man is fast becoming his own exterminator. This past year millions of innocents were denied fulfillment ~f their humanity because of man's inhumanity. Again, during the past few weeks Americans have been subjected to the great MX missile system debate. Aside from arguments pro or con-in the area of national defense, it is interesting to note that the only purpose of,these weapons is to destroy, to kill and to obUterate man; As we wave flags and take sides in the games of international chess, we often forget that man has the capability of annihilating himself. It is claimed that atomic arsenals are being stocked and expanded for purposes of defense. But scienti~ts assure us that such arsenals imperil their controllers as much as their targets. Yet. man actually boasts of inventing a bomb that will kill only people, leaving buildings intact. Humanity can thus be eliminated and its buildings become its tomb­ II am the mother of fair love/ Ecclus. 24:24 stones. It is clearly evident that man has not only a very ·poor

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redemption. The centuries since the birth of Jesus have

By Gerard A. Vanderhaar . Human hands have assem- means first of. all seeing .brought· man no closer to appreciation of his true place in !Pax Christi USA bled these weapons; human them as flesh and blood hu­ the wonder of creation. . Christmas is no time to be hands can dismantle them. man beings, with desires, It would be well,as we make our visit to that very thinking about nuclear wea- What is needed is the will .and anxieties and, yes, sin, human scene at Bethlehem, that we make special remem­ .pons. . like our selves. It means try­ to do so. brance of all those victims of man's inhumanity to man. Or is it? Surely the central Child ing to find the causes of the -. The children never allowed to be born, the countless There are no really good of Christmas can help with. enmity and" dealing directly victims of man's missiles and bombs, the' tattered bodies weapons, but since we have that'will. . with them through com­ left by terrori,sts ~ all should be lifted up before the infant to think about them - or This is the Child we call munication and negotiation. Jesus in his human· dependency. Christmas, celebrating a continue our rush to extinc- the "Prince of PeaGe," the It means temporarily rising helpless baby and .angelic songs of peace, is a contradiction tion- Christmas may have Child at whose birth heaven­ above our differences to to everything currently acclaimed in our society. some definite advantages ly messengers sang of work cooperatively on our May' Christmas 1982 be a vivid reminder that man is over other times. "peace on earth." This is the common problem of the nu­ made in the image and likeness of God, that goodness can Christmas draws our at- Child who wlll be around clear threat.

dwell in him and that hIs human estate was ennobled by tention to children - boys· this Christmas in the person Jesus prevailed by the

Christ. If we could truly' realize how much we are loved, and girls' eager to open pres.:. . of children everywhere ("as strength of spirit rather than

perhaps we might cease .to hate ourselves. . ents,' Christmas . plays and long as you did it to the least the power of weapons. To­

pageants and.songs, one's of these, you did it to me"). day it is very clear that we What better hope this Christmas week? own. family gathered toThis is also the Child who .have to follow his example, gether. SOQerly, we realize frees his. people from the or. face our own destruction. that minions of children this bondage of sin and death, The more one thinks Christmas are targets of nu- and from the bondage of about it, the more appropri­ clear weapons. Like the In- death-dealing, too. When he ate Christmas becomes for nocents killed at the time of grew up he taught his fol­ dealing with nuclear wea­ OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER Jesus' birth, these 20th cenlowers to love their enemies, pons. Christmas is a time of Published weekly ~y The Catholic Press of the Diocese of Fall River tury . innocents would be not threaten to kill them. He redemption, aIi~ a time of 410 Highland Avenue . . vaporized in the thousands' showed hc.w to do it by his hope. If we are to free our­ Fall 'River, Mass. 02722' 675·7151' . PUBLISHER of mushroom clouds spring- example of strong, coura­ selves from the wQrst threat Most Rev. Daniel A. Cronin, D.O., S.T.D. ing from the earth in .a nu- geous, nonviolent defense of the world has. ev~r known, EDITOR FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR. clear war. justice and decency. we need all the hope we can !lel(; I John F. Moore Rev. Msgr~. John J. Regan Love ·of enemies today get. But it need not happen. ~ I.eery Press-Fall :!Uy.r


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interest while their nimble fi'ngers work the Cube inside their pockets or notebooks. A furtive glance now and then or a look of glee when they achieve electronic football games. As total color coordination are the everyone who has stepped inside only things that give them away. a department store knows by Most frustrating to the family, now this is the Year of E.T. There are E.T. dolls, T-shirts, and though, was that the youngest phones which wiH find their way kid was the champion cubist. And this unforgivable. Dad and into stockings all over the coun­ big brother, holding out for try this holiday. divine superiority in all areas, However, the greatest gift to were called upon to challenge parents this year is' the end of the record of however-many the Year of the Rubik Cube. Like minutes and seconds, and so it thousands of other parents, I became a deadly family game. thought it was a 'passing fancy (Even Mr. Rubik, who invented like white sneakers and clean this little monstl~r, admits that rooms. Wrong. kids 20 years his junior beat his . I first saw the Cube when my time.) 13-year-old son got one for his I tried it once, decided it was birthday 18 months ago. Family Ufe changed considerably. He was a futHe, frustrating effort in never without it, not even in the nothingness and gave it up. Not bathtub. I retrieved it from him so my family. The stopwatch came out. There were heated so many times during his- home­ words about the legality of pull­ work period that we finaBy re­ quired him to check it in and out ing a peg out SInd rearranging the Cube. The WI>rSt was a two­ in the evening. It wasn't until the morning he hour auto ride totally devoted to awoke with the imprint of the Cube warfare. It made even the Cube on his forearm that we Guiness Books of' Records in the realized he was doing the Cube car palatable. (For those unfami­ under his blanket at bedtime. liar with this pa.rticular sort of Lent, take that book in the car Anyone who questions the con­ centration powers of the early a'long with your early teen next adolescent hasn't seen one with family trip. Lose it at the first the .Rubik Cube. Teachers put rest stop.) Thought maybe we were the them off limits at the local junior high along with water guns and only ones suffering from Rubik Cubism until I :read of a light comic books. I discovered why when I taughl: plane that went down in a bliz­ a couple of sessions there on zard in the Rocky Mountains last Christmas. After five frigid writing. These young scholars be­ come so proficient in the Cube days and nights cramped inside that they can keep their eyes on the plane, the family and an the teacher, pr~tending intense adult male friend were dramatic-

We tend to follow seasons in our holiday gifting. We've lived through the Year of Osmonds, Star Wars, and

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VATICAN CITY (NC) - Dia­ logue, from the' conferenc:e tables of world leaders to discussions in neighborhoods and families, is the, indispensable way to peace, said' Pope John Paul II in his message for the World Day of Peace, celebrated by Catholics on Jan. 1. The pope caBed dialogue "an essential condition" rot peace, and said the 150 armed .conflicts since the end of World War II were 'examples of situations where dialogue was untried or was conducted under false pr~­ tenses. The 3,300-word message, re­ leased by the Vatican Dec. 20 in seven languages, was titled "Dialogue fur Peace, a Challenge for Our Time." The pope addressed it to gov-, ernment leaders, intemational ,officials, politicians, diplomats and "the citizens 'of each coun­ try.':

"The Holy See wiU not grow weary of insisting upon the need to put a stop to the arms race , through progressive negotiations, by appealing for' a reciprocity," the pope said. ' Dialogue for peace, the pon­ tiff remarked, "cannot be dis­ sociated from dialogue for jus­ tice." "The temptation to violence and war," he said, "will always be present in societies where greed and the search for mate­ rial goods impels a wealthy mi­ nority to refuse the mass of people the satisfaction of the most elementary rights to fuod, education, health and life." Also recommended' 'by the pontiff was the creation of "an international juridical system whioh is more receptive to the ;appeal of those whose rights are 'violated" and which 'has an ef­ fective means of making its au­ th~rity respected. A prime obstacle to peace through dialogue is "an a priori decision to concede nothing . . .

a refusal to listen," the pope said. Other obstacles, he added, are ideologies which ... are opposed to the dignity of the human per­ son . . , w.hich see in struggle the motivating force of history, which see in force the source of rights." In a section apparently writ­ ten with Poland in mind, the pontiff called for dialogue on the national level for "reconciliation between employers and workers, in the manner of respecting and associating the cultural, ethnic and religious ~oups which make up a nation." "Public opinion" he said, "can put a brake on warlike tenden­ cies or, on the contrary, support these same tendencies to the point of blindness." The pope said Jesus Christ was the model of a peacemaker because he "has taught us how to listen, to share,to act toward other people as one would wish for oneself, to settle one's dif­ ferences wl1i~e' one travels to­ gether, to pardon."

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Greetings orfhe .t1oly Season 'At Christmas, we wish, for you and yours "

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companied him on his transfer journey, watching his face during the .Jong bumpy ride for any This is the time of year for emotion or sign that he knew he memories,' many of which are was leaving our loving nest and associated with gifts given or re­ selfishly hopiJ;lg he'd show he ceived. Like everyone else, I suc­ cared. What_ a dreamerl When cumb to Christmas reveries and the time came to leave him, I one of my fondest recollections cried and murmured a silent is of a gift never purchased or prayer for his recovery. wrapped, 'yet never ceasing to The months passed quickly I5ring joy to my heart. and soon the memory of our This Christmas memory be­ charge was not as painful. gan, oddly enough, in the spring Periodic progress 'reports came about five years ago, at the hos­ and we continued to feel hope­ pital where I was intensive care fuL unit supervisor. A young man Then Christmas day came, I'll call John was brought in cold and gray. Shortly before with head and skeletal injuries noon, I was summoned to the so severe that his death was anti­ phone by my husband, who cipated. could not identify the caller. My, first sight of him brought I immediately thought some chills up and down my spine; emergency had come up in the due to his remarkable likeness hospital requiring my presence. to my own teenage son. My eyes It always seemed job responsi­ smarted and my throat ached bilities infringed upon family from unreleased tear~ as I watch­ pleasures! ed his family trying to elicit some With such thoughts uppermost response from him, yet as a in my mind, I took the phone, A supervisor I felt I could'not show' raspy, male voice said "Merry them my feelings. ' Christmas, Mrs. Quigley, this is Even though the medical .as­ John." sessments of John's future were I felt a warm glow all over grim, there soon developed and this time tears cascaded amongst the nursing staff a revo­ ,down my cheeks. He was at lutionary attitude not to accept home, able to walk and talk that decree. This attitude, I am and begin his life again I With certain, was an 'offshoot from that phone call he gave me the that of his family. He must not gift of his speech and Jove, How die! appropriate to receive it on As days became weeks and Christmas Day! months, John suffered through With the reflection this writ· every conceivable complication ing has provided, I have also and prQcedure and surgery. Yet seen deeper meaning in these with each setback conquered, it events. I've seen in the past few became apparent that he was im­ years nurses shedd~ng the cloak proving. Soon he was responding of "uninvolvement" so long advo­ to us with eye contact and pur­ cated by leducators and allowing poseful ,aCtions. V'e all longed their feelings of .Jove and caring for the day when he would be to show. Participatioq in an­ abie to talk to us. " other's life does make a differ­ When it became obvious that ence and shouts out that nursing the acute care hospital could no is ,loving your fellow man. longer provide the care he need­ My unforgettable Christmas ed, it was decided to send John gift proved that to me once and to a rehabilitation center. lac­ .for all. I


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"Sopliie~s Choice" (Universal) is an earnest, far-to-Iong film whose ,reach exceeds its grasp. It is the story of two HI "fated loves; Sophie (Meryl Streep) and Nathan (Kevin Kline); Stingo Holiday Festival Opens Monday (Peter MacNicol), 'an inexperi­ Next week Holy Name, Fall North Westport. enecd young Southerner who has Durfee High School's basket­ River, wiH seek its fourth crown come to Brooklyn to' pursue a in the Diocesan CYO Holiday ball team was the wfnner of the writer's vocation. Sophie and Na­ Festival grammar school basket­ University of Massachusetts in­ than have an irresistible attrac­ ball tournament. vitational tournament held in tion for Stingo and gradually he The tourney, in the .Kennedy Boston. The' HiIltoppers crew a that Sophie is a sur­ discovers bye in the first round, defeated Center, New Bedford, gets un­ vivor of the Auschwitz concentra­ derway at 6:10 p.m. Monday with Boston English, 65-52, .in the Our Lady of Assumption of New semi-finals. last Saturday and , tion camp and Nathan is insane. . Bedford opposing Espirito Santo nipped -Madison Park, 71.70, in What' happens with this mix. is what "Sophie's Choice" is about of FaH River in the opener.' the final Sunday. New Bedford High won the· Sexual aspects make the film·ma­ Other first-round games have tute fare, as does strong 'lang­ St. Mary's of New Bedford vs. Southeastern Conference Swim­ . Martin Middle School ,of Taun­ ming Relay Carnival, in which uage. A3, R ton at 7:10; St. Lawrence of New nine schools participated, at "Six Weeks" (Universal): An Bedford vs. Taunton Catholic Westwood High School last Sat­ ll-year-old (Katherine Healy) be­ Middle School at 8:10; and St. urday. James of New Bedford vs. de­ The Crimson natators compiled comes attached to an untypical fending champion Holy Name. .344 points. Runnerup Duxbury congressional c{lndidate (Dudley Semi-finals are set flor Tues­ had 312 followed by Sandwich Moore) and persuades her fabu­ day evening, starting at 6:30. 228, Durfee 224, Seekonk 192, lously wea,lhy mother (Mnry Ty­ Play continues Thursday with Attleboro 160, Apponequet Re­ ler Moore) ti back his electi.on bid. the consolation final at.6:30 p.m., gional 118, Westwood 94 and The mother consents on condition followed by the championship Middleboro 84.· he gives the girl' a prominent ' New Bedford .took first places role.in the campaign. He refuses final. The tournament is under the in the 200,,400 and 800' freestyle then relents when he learns the directio~ of Joseph . Barckett, events, and in diving while Ap­ girl is dying of leukemia. Soon area CYO director for New Bed­ ponequet Regional was first in the mother, too, succumbs to the rord. ' the 200 butterfly. . ' . candidate's charm and he recip­ * (I (I Durfee was the winner in the . ,rocates, threatening his Qlarriage. The annual awards dinner of backstroke, breaststroke, mile The film, besides being outrage-. the Bri§tol County CYO 'Baseball and medley relay. Apponequet ously sentimental, shows no League wiII be held at 7 p.m. took first place in the butterfly a,?,areness of the realities of po­ tomorrow in White's Restaurant, relay. Iitical life and is drenched· in sml;1g humanism and hedonism. New Bedford Skaters Still Undefeated The moral' implications of the plot are ignored, this is mature Defending champion New Gauvin is spending· the holi­ viewing fare. A3, PG Bedfiord -continued its winning days with his' family in Fall' ways with a 6-4 victory over ,River a~:l' will return to the "That Championship Sl!ason" Mansfield in a Bristol County United States Amateur Boxing (Cannon): Four middle-aged men CYO Hockey League game last Federation's training camp in Colorado on Jan. 4. He is 'one gather with their former coach 'Sunday evening. In the' com­ to celebrate the 24th anniversary panion game Fall River South ,of 25 boxer!!, from various sec~ of winning the state high school tions of the country participat­ nipped Seekonk, 6-5. basketball championship.· The Next Sunday night's games in ing in the Federation's Operation cast is very strong.- Robert the Driscoll Rink, Fall River, are Gold which helps subsidize their Seekonk vs. Mansfield at 9 training while they attend Mitchum as the coach, Bruce' Dern, Paul Sorvino, Stacy Keach o'cloc;k, New Bedford vs. Marion school. and Martin Sheen as the players at 10. ...... with Sorvino as the lone "suc­ New Bedford is setting the Like Air and Light cess" in the group and ShE:en as pace with 10 victories in as a cynical alcoholic turning in "The truths' of God are con­ many games. Runnel'up Fall memorable performances. The natural to the soul of man and River South is 5-3-2 (won, lo~t, defects of the original, however, tied) followed by Mansfield 3-5-1, the soul of man makes no more become glaringly apparent be­ resistance to them than the air Marion 3-6-0 and Seekonk 1-8-1. neath the stare of the' 'camera. does to light." - Benjamin Whi­ Through an evening of drinking,. * • i chcote Successful in his first two the guilty secrets of each come matches in the United States out, but before they do most Amateur Boxing Champi10nships viewers will have I.ost interest. in Indianapolis, Dave Gauvin, Because of strong language, this the Fall Rivet CYO's outstanding is mature fare. A3, R boxer, lost a unanimous decision Please check dates and .to Meldrick Taylor of Philadel­ Films on TV times of television, and radio phia in the 119-pound quarter­ programs against local list­ Sunday, Dec. 26, 9 p~m. )ABC) finals. A bone bruise under his . ings, which may differ from "Shampoo" Warren Beatty right eye suffered when he par­ the New York network sched­ stars as a BeverJy Hills hair­ ticipated in an international ules suPPlied to The Anchor. dresser who becomes involved match in Cuba last month proved with his clients, especially Julie too much of a handicap for the Christie and Goldie Hawn. The Bishop ConnoJly High School Symbols following'fiIm reviews indicate is devoid of humor, intelli­ bot,h gene~al and Catholic Film Office alumnus. ' gence and humanity, and it fur­ ratings, whIch do not always coincide. Advised by Ron Comeau, Fall Gen.era! ratings: G-suitable for gen­ thermore' offends with its verbal River CYO coach, and John Mal­ eral vIewing; PG-parental guidance sug­ obscenities and its graphic de­ I'oy, a retired 'Fall River police­ ge~ted; R-restricted, unsuitable for piction of sexual misbehavior. chIldren or younger teens. .' man assisting Comeau, not to ~atholic ratings: Al-approved for (R) - restricted; 0 - morally fight because of his condition children and adults; A2-approved for offensive. Dave, apxious for a nationai adults and adolescents;"A~approved for adults on~y; A4-separate classification champiollship, did fight, hoping Saturday, Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. (gi~en to films not, morally offensive to take another step tmvards WhICh, howe~er, require some analysis (CBS) -"The Black Stallion" the national crown. and explanatIon); a-morally offensive. (1980) - A shipwrecked boy .~

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"I am come a Light unto the world, that whosoever believeth in me shall not abide in dark­ ness." And that Light was in a manger, Mary's firstborn, wrap­ ped in swaddling clothes. Today inns all over the world would welcome him but on that night .there was no room and so Jesus came into the world as humbly as anyone could. There were no attendants pre,sent, Mary being both mother and midwife. Won­ derment, awe and mystery had come into the world. But, greatest of all, love had come into the world, a kind, of love never beflore witnessed. The infant Jesus had brought with, in and through himself a love that defies words. What happe:ned in that manger that night cannot be relegated to the dim and distant past. Jesus has been called "the eternal con­ temporary" an.d true to his word he is with us always. Many who saw "E.T." said the great love between E.T. and Eliot reminded them of Christ's ·love. Indeed, whenever one wit­ nesses a love that goes beyond the ordinary, one thinks of Jesus. . We can never thank enough that little child who was born in Bethlehem, that child whose love came to heal, to make whole. It was he who made us aware of our brokenness, of our incom­ pleteness and loneliness. Through the. centuries those who have been devastated through disease, their own weakness or abandon­ ment have found in that child a ,love that helped them to over­ come sickness and weakness. They have found themselves be­ ing made whole through his love.

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THE PEOPLE THAT WALK IN DARKNESS The people that walk In darkness have seen', Have seen a great light. And for those who dwell In endless gloom A light hlliS shone. AntIphon For a child Is born this day: Rejoice, rejoice. Daughter of Zion awake! The glory of God is bom. And they shall name him counselor, Shall call him mighty God, And he shall from age to age, Prince of peace. Darkness covers the earth Thick clouds govern Its people, But the Lord will bring them light, The Lord will bring th~ light. The people that walk In dairkness have seen, Have seen a great light, And on- those who dwell in endless gloom A light has shone. Wrlttten by Jesuit Father Robert Dufford, © 1977, By Robert Dufford, S.J., and Nor th American Liturgy Resources.

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THE HOLIDAYS have come again to decorate our lives. Multicolored lights shine. Cards make o)1r mantels festive. New yet old songs are heard. Many events in life are repeated over and over. Each even-

ing 'He return from work or school to seek the warmth and security of home. We meet our friends again and again. We look forward to spring's renewal of the world, to sum­ mer's playfulness, faU's fresh­

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Cause introduced VATICAN CITY (NC) - Pope John Paul II has approved intro­ duction of the beatification cause of Capuchin Father Solanus Casey, who died in Detroit July 31, 1957, after a life of service to the poor and sick, reported L'Osservatore Romano, the Vati­ can daily newspaper, Nov. 23. Bernard Francis Casey was born in Oak Park, Wis., in 1870 and after leaving then returning to seminary studies was ordained a priest in 1904.

ness and winter's quiet. Christmas provides the chance to meet our God again, even though he hasn't beeen missing from our lives. But sometimes when we ex­ perience people and places of­ ten, they become routine and even devalued. We may forget what is special even in the most important of gifts, experiences and relationships. Father Dufford's song pro­ claims: :"The people that walk in darkness have seen "have seen a great light." Like repetition, darkness is no stranger to us. Some of what gets repeated in life is not creative or life-re­ storing. Our world faces difficult ques­ tions. We need God's light to help us find our way back home to each other. No doubt Christmas will bring us many gifts. But will it bring us time with Jesus of Bethlehem, God's most shining light? Will we have time for that inner quietude in which we can meet God? Will we Ilook once more at the darkness in our lives and in our world and ask the Lord :or strength and heal­ ing? No such times will occur unless we make them happen. We can get ,lost in Christmas activity and miss its true meaning. Yet Christmas can offer us a new chance to find real insight, challenge and directiol1 for our . life journey.


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ing a Mass commemorating St. Nicholas. Father Duffy pointed out that the ceremony was "a means to teach in a positive way" that the children should put their faith in the LOrd and not in ways which .paralyze so­ The pastor, Father Thomas ciety. The Gospel reading was Duffy, who is also vicar general about the paralyzed man's being of the Charleston Diocese, said brought to Jesus for a cure. the toy gun ceremony "was more 'During the homily Father than symbol. By having toy guns Duffy told the students how wea­ it is' a subtle way of saying vio­ pons can encourage violence. An . lence is OK." 11th grade boy at Our Lady of The ceremony took place dur- Mercy Parish, 'where the priest

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