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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, December 14, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 716 23 Street North (Phone 327-1484) Morning Service Special Speaker: MR. NORM HEEBNER CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS Everyone Welcome FIRST, SECOND and SEVENTH WARDS: 1912-lOth Avenue South THIRD and FOURTH WARDS: 28th Street South and Scenic Drive FIFTH and SIXTH WARDS: 2223-6th Avenue 'A' North STUDENT BRANCH: 28th Street South PLEASE PHONE 328-8305 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Church of the Nazarene 9th Ave South 16th SI (.ethbridge Rev R G Deasley Pattor Phone 3J7-4786 Assist Psitor Larry 328-0130 School Service Pastor Deasley speaking 7-00 p m Choir Presents Cantata "THANKS BE TO GOD" Thru song and drama Friday, School Christmas Program NEW HOPE CENTRE OF LETHBRIDGE 1505 6th Ave. South Come celebrate with SUNDAY Worship and Breaking Bread of Testimony, Song and Challenge WEDNESDAY Study on Gifts of the Holy Spirit, followed by Laying on of Hands for Reception of Spiritual Gifts. A CHARISMATIC CHURCH WITH A BIBLE BASED MESSAGE! COME THOU WITH US AND HE WILL DO THEE GOOD THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Moderator: RIGHT REV. WILBUR K. HOWARD President of Conference: Dr. Nelson R. Mercer Chairman of Presbytery: Rev. T. Medicine Hat SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave. and 11th Street South REV. KENNETH W. MORRIS, B.Sc B.D. REV. WILLIAM CALDERWOOD, M.A. Director of Muaic: MR. WILFRED WOOLHOUSE Organist MR. A. K. PUTLAND SUNDAY DECEMBER 15 THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT Worship YOUTH CHRISTMAS SERVICE (All Dept. of Sunday School) Jr Choir- "He Left the Silver Star at "Stephen was a Stable Mini-Choir: "Do You Hear What I Tune MESSIAH Senior Choir EXPLORERS "CANDLELIGHT VESPER SERVICE" McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbridge from 15th Ave. and 24th St. S. MINISTER REV. BLAKE ANDERSON ASSOCIATE MINISTER MR. WILLIAM THWING Choir Director: Mr. H. Van Egteren Organist: C. Greene SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 11-00 "RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF" Music: Jubilate by Leslie Woodgate Quartet: "While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks" Psalm: Tune "DESERT" Vesper Service Coffee following SUNDAY SCHOOL and Intermediate (9-14 years) and Primary (to 8 years) (15-17 years) Peoples FIRST UNITED CHURCH Corner of 5th Avenue and 13th Street North Miniater: REV. KEN JORDAN, B.A., B.D. Organist Mr. Allyn Mills Choir Barbara Hwozdecxi SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Worship SERMON: "WHAT A HOPE" School (All Departments) NURSERY PROVIDED School Christmas Program MIDWEEK GROUPS Cubs: Mon. at p.m. C.G.I.T.- Tues at p.m. Explorers: Wed. at p.m. Teen Choir. Thurs. at p.m. Junior Choir: Tues. at p.m. Senior Choir: Thurs. at p.m. SOUTHERN ALBERTA JAPANESE UNITED CHURCH Corner of 9th Ave. MM Street North Minister: REV. BEN MURATA, B.O. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Family Joint Service. Pot-luck dinner will follow after the Service. Christmas Concert will be held. This will include various presentations from both Lethbridge and Taber Sunday Schools Parsee corpse disposal draws Bombay criticism BOMBAY (Reuter) The Towers of Silence on Bom- bay's fashionable Malabar Hill are where the Parsee community disposes of its dead by leaving the corpses to be devoured by vultures. But an increasing number of this small but influential com- munity are expressing re- vulsion at the practice and it is meeting criticism from out- siders. The Parsees, who came originally from Persia, ar- rived in India in the seventh century AD to escape per- secution by Moslems. They are followers of the sixth century BC Persian teacher Zoroaster and their religion regards the elements of earth, fire and water as sa- cred and not to be defiled by the dead. It is this belief that led to the practice of exposing cor- pses to the birds, combined with the claim that it was the quickest method of disposal. But there is increasing doubt now about its desir- ability or efficacy. In Bombay, where most of the Indian Parsees live, high-rise apartment blocks have gone up around the tow- ers, seven cylindrical stone structures 20 to 30 feet high and up to 90 feet in diameter, which had previously been hidden among thick trees and bushes. Photographs taken from the buildings show that many of the bodies are not being con- sumed by the birds, perhaps frightened away by the noise of construction. One photographer spoke of "a great pile of bodies which reminded me of pictures of Belsen." Non-Parsees are not allow- ed in the towers and, to retain their privacy, Parsees built a wall around the monuments but it has collapsed. When the apartments are occupied, inhabitants of the top floor will have a view into the towers. This has given added ur- gency to the dispute within the community over how to dis- pose of its dead. Some Parsees have taken to using Bombay's electric cre- matorium, apparently content that this does not offend their religion. The towers' location is one of the most desirable pieces of undeveloped real estate in the city. Parsees fear that if they abandon the towers the government will requisition the land. But the argument over the towers is only one part of a growing crisis in the commu- nity, which is declining in numbers and, some would say, in influence. The Parsees do not encourage proselytes or marriage outside their faith. The children of a Parsee man who marries outside the community may be brought up in the faith but this privilege is barred to a woman who takes a non- Parsee husband. The Parsees' influence his- torically has been out of pro- portion to their numbers. From the time they moved to Bombay in 1670 they domi- nated the commercial, indus- trial and almost every other aspect of life in the city. Jamshedji Jeejebhoy Tata, in the second half of the 19th century, founded a company which now finds its way into every walk of Indian life, manufacturing items from bars of soap to trucks and parts for atomic reactors. Two of the three chairmen of the Atomic Energy Com- mission have been Parsees, as was Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, chief of staff of the army during the 1971 war against Pakistan. Feroze Gan- dhi, late husband of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was a Parsee. In a country where the lit- eracy rate is about 30 per cent, 95 of every 100 Parsees can read and write. Most are fluent in English as well as in their own peculiar brand of the Gujarati language. Often compared to the Jews, some Parsees believe they are a lost tribe of Israel. The excess of deaths over births in the community is particularly worrying. From 1961 to 1970 a total of Parsees died and only were born. Emigration contributes to the decline as does late mar- riage. Some medical experts be- lieve constant intermarriage, permitting cousins to wed, is causing genetic defects. A talkative people, many Parsees are also proud of their eccentricities and their sense of humor. One joke goes: "If there are 100 Parsees together, 101 of them are mad." Insufficient funds delay Turkish mosque construction ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Turkey's largest mosque is under construction here two years behind schedule and million over the estimated cost. The Kocatepe Mosque can handle worshippers at a time, on the main floor and each in a gallery and a lower floor. Its architects, Fatin Uluengin and Husrey Tayla, said the interior is nearly 200 feet by 220 feet with a dome about 160 feet high. Originally the cost was esti- mated at million plus. The present estimated cost is more than million. The mosque was to have been completed in 1975. The most optimistic date now is 1977. Construction of a mosque of radically modern design with minarets like moon rockets was started on this site in 1963. In 1967 it was demolished as experts said the foundation was unsafe and the design un- feasible. Conservative Moslems had qriticized its modern form. That year the foundation was dug for the present mos- que, a copy of Ottoman-style architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries when the Turkish empire was at its peak. The expert workmen, who LIQUOR SHOP IRKS KRISHNA DISCIPLES BOMBAY (CP) Sacred Hindu music fills the air as hundreds of worshippers throng the famous Sri Krishna temple in suburban Wadala. Among them are several foreigners who have settled down in India as members of the growing Krishna cult. Suddenly, a bearded old man in orange robes jumps upon a wooden platform and shouts: "Save Lord Krishna from his enemies! Save our temple from the Within seconds the entire gathering pours into the street and forms into a procession joined by hundreds of men, women and children. The enemies and the conspirators are Bombay's liquor merchants, one of whom has been permitted by the city gov- ernment to set up a liquor shop next to the temple. Followers of Krishna, the most popular of the Hindu gods, see the move as a deliberate insult to their religion. The agitation has gathered wide public support. Chandulal Sadajiwat, an official of the All-India Hindu League, said it will continue till the government issues an order banning the location of liquor stores near religious places. "This is not a movement for said Swami Nara- yan, a religious leader. "We don't care if the government wants to make tons of money by permitting the opening of more wine shops in Bombay. But we will not allow liquor to be sold near a house of God." Rev. Thomas Fernandez, a Roman Catholic priest, and Moslem leaders support the campaign. The government is sympathetic but, as one junior official ex- plained, "it takes time to change government rules." Xavier remains defy decay NEW DELHI (Reuter) Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will journey to Goa on the west coast of India this year for perhaps the last viewing of the undecayed body of the great Catholic missionary and adventurer Saint Francis Xavier. Incorruptibility has always been considered by some Catholics as a sign of sanctity, and since his death over 400 years ago Saint Francis Xavier's body has defied the decay which follows death. Still remarkably preserved, though shrunken and darkened, the body may be ex- posed for the 13th and last time to the faithful by deci- sion of church authorities in predominantly Catholic Goa, because they say it is showing signs of deterioration. In recent history the body, has been shown normally once every 10 years. High-born son At least pilgrims are expected to visit Goa, a former Portuguese enclave, between now and Jan. 5, to venerate the saint's remains in the See Cathedral where they will be transferred from a richly carved silver tomb, adorned with jasper and marble, in a side chapel of the basilica. Francisco de Yasu Xavier, son of a high Navaree family in Spain, studied philosophy in Paris, graduating in the late 1520s. There he met Ignatius Loyola and became one of seven who formed the group' that blossomed into the Socie- ty of Jesus, the Jesuits, which Loyola founded six years later. Francis was ordained priest in Venice in June, 1537. and was eventually sent by Pope Paul III and King John III of Portugal to work for the welfare of the people in the vast eastern Portuguese em- pire, arriving in Goa in May, 1542. With Goa as his head- quarters, he spent 10 years travelling through India to Ceylon, Japan, Malacca, Malaya, Indonesia and to Can- ton, the gateway to an isolated but highly civilized China. It was the fascination perhaps of this sophisticated civilization, so long untouched by the West because of the vast tropical forests of Bur- ma, the mountains of Mongolia and the sea, which drew Francis back there in 1552. In fact after spending three months vainly trying to enter the mainlands he died on the island of Sancian Shang Chuan off the south coast of China near Canton, on Dec. 2, 1552, aged 46. It is not clear how, but by March 15, 1554, Francis Xavier's body was brought back to Goa. The reports of miracles he is said to have worked during his lifetime were undoubtedly part of the evidence which led the church to canonize him Nov. 2, 1683. The fact that his body has not decayed, and further reports of miracles such as the curing of diseases, has led many pilgrims to make their way to Goa to venerate his remains. One pilgrim, Portuguese noblewoman Dona Isabel de Garon, is said to have bitten off the body's right toe to keep as a relic. A legend says that the foot bled profusely even though the incident was two years after death, and it only stopped when she returned the toe. The body's right arm is mis- sing and is believed to be preserved by the Jesuits in Rome. According to church history it was severed and then taken to Rome during the precanonization in- vestigations to show the body had not decayed. Pilgrims this year will not be allowed to touch the body, which will remain inside a crystal casket which they can touch or kiss as they file past. Bom Jesus Basilica is in old Goa, five miles from the capital Panjuji, a calm and picturesque area with old churches, convents and monasteries. The Goanese, a musical and humorous people, will cer- tainly enjoy entertaining their visitors. They are enthusiastic drinkers and the authorities have granted temporary per- mits to open more liquor shops and bars to meet tourist demands. School buildings have been requisitioned in various towns to provide dormitory-style ac- commodation, while two months' school vacation have been declared. BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 833-7th Street teulh Sunday Service Lecture Wednesday Class Subject for Sunday p.m. "BAPTISM, ITS NATURE AND NECESSITY." Speaker: Mr. H. Blacker in many cases have learned skills passed down over generations, live on the construction site. Semih Ucar is making and laying the lead plates which will cover the central dome, 80 feet in diameter, and eight lesser domes. He said he can handle 1.5 tons of lead a day and finished 43 tons of lead plating for the central dome in 28 days. Now he is plating the tips of the four minarets which rise 300 feet high. Round the mosque will be a library, school, offices of Tur- key's religious affairs depart- ment, a museum, clinic and soup kitchen for the poor, a ceremonial hall for prominent visitors, tourist shops and an underground parking lot which can also be used as a bomb shelter. The central dome sits on four "legs" which support 600 tons of concrete. Construction has been slow- ed by lack of funds. Response to a public fund-raising cam- paign has been steady but in- sufficient. One of the largest individual gifts was from the government of Saudi Arabia. The Turkish government has been the main provider. The mosque is nearly twice the size of Istanbul's famous Blue Mosque and slightly larger than the stately mos- que of Suleyman the Magnificent, now Turkey's largest. Moslem worshippers will prostrate themselves on what will be perhaps the world's largest wall-to-wall carpets, covering the square feet of main floor. LASTED LONG TIME King Solomon's Temple stood for four centuries before it was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, says the National Geographic magazine. NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH Church at Study (Sunday School) Church at Worship "GOD IS LOVE" p.m Message: "THE INEQUALITIES OF LIFE" The Church in Canada 1482-8 Ave. N. Pnler-D. E. SIPE Everyone is Welcome LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRAELSON 520-7th South Home of the Sumhine Evangel Hour Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC 1220 K.C. School (Classes for all ages) Bus Transportation (Ph. 328-7461) Worship (Pastor's Message) Service (Special Music) The "NEW LIFE" Telecast on C.F.C.N., Channel 13 from p.m. to p.m. Hearty invitation extended to all and a warm welcome you LUTHERAN CHURCHES CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416-12th Street 327-0709 HAROLD MARTIN School Hour Everyone welcome! LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD 11th Avenue and 24th Street South Pastor-W. Gartke Phone 328-3445 Office; 328-1518 Home Church School Worship Service Program COME, BE ENRICHED AND BLESSED IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner 6th Avenue and 18th Street South Pattor: PAUL KOESTER Office: 327-4336, Home: 327-3858 School and Bible Classes Service Listen to the Lutheran Hour Sunday, a.m. CFAC Calgary LETHBRIDGE CATHOLIC CHURCHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. and 10th ST. S. SATURDAY. p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY, 9 a.m.. a.m., 12 noon ASSUMPTION 2405-12thAVE. S. SATURDAY. p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY, 8 a.m., a.m., 11 a.m., p.m. Folk Mass a.m. In Parish Hall ST. PETER ST. PAUL'S (BYZANTINE RITE) CORNER 7th AVE. and 12th ST. 'B1 NORTH SUNDAY a.m. and 11 a.m. "YE DO ERR, NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES" Matthew Ignorance of God's Word usually means ignorance of Christ. (John Bring your Bible to an old-fashioned Bible study. INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH Meeting in the Lethbridge Construction Association Building 122-5 Avenue Scuth Monday, p.m. 1875-1975 THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA CENTENNIAL YEAR ST. ANDREWS 1818- 5th South Minister: REV. L.D. HANKINSON, B.A. School SERMON: "CHRIST'S CROSS AND OUR SIN' Organist: W. Van Der Kooy BETHLEN 1020-10 Avenue Norm Minister: REV. G. TELCS, B.A. B.D., M.TH. School Organist: Vivian Toth ;