Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
18-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, March 2, 1974 Quebec parish does better when laymen share ministry MONTREAL (CP) The cheerful, energetic priest pulled off his overshoes at the entrance to Montreal's Grand Seminary and talked about the trials, challenges and op- portunity of the church. "I'll give you an example of new said Abbe Mau- rice Comeau. director of vo- cations for the Roman Catho- lic archdiocese of Montreal. "I know a parish where there used to be a pastor and three other priests. Today the pastor is the only one. I think he does much better work be- cause now he has something like 100 laymen working with him." Father Comeau was illus- trating one aspect of the change, almost beyond recog- nition in the face of the Cath- olic church in Quebec, bastion of the traditional faith through the centuries. taking a much more promi- nent role in the ritual and work of the church to com- pensate for a spectacular de- cline of the clergy. Church statistics show the number of young men enter- ing the priesthood in the pre- dominantly French-speaking province diminished by nearly 75 per cent in 12 years. There also has been a dropout of or- dained priests but officials said this trend has been re- duced. French Quebec is cited as a striking example of change arising from Vatican II. One church study, however, attrib- uted even .greater impact to the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s which revamped a society in which the church ran the education system and permeated all aspects of French-Canadian life. The picture varies through- out the province. Though the priest may no longer be the "universal man" of earlier cassock-clad figure once figured prominently in virtually any Montreal still constitutes the most "visible leadership" in such areas as the Gaspe, in one authority's view. Spokesmen pinpointed these "trends: church attendance Preachers share joy with drums and banjo TORONTO (CP) Eight Presbyterian ministers from the southern Ontario area wanted to find a new image for the round-collared, pulpit patriarchs of their church. So they formed their own jazz Lost and Found Department. The group takes its drums, banjo, guitar, accordian and horns to churches all over the province for "worshipful cele- brations." It gets its name from the evangelistic song Amazing Grace which says in part, "I once was lost but now I'm found." Sunday night the group played a mixture of pop bal- lads folk songs and old-time hymns to a packed congrega- tion at Knox Presbyterian Church in nearby Oakville. Julie Mannard, 16, sitting with an enthusiastic group of young people, said: "This sure was a lot better than most services tend to be pretty dry. It's hard to break through when people are as conservative as Oakville residents are." CHURCH ROCKS As the old church rocked to The Saints Go March- ing In, the Sunday school su- perintendent, Don MacLen- nan, said: "This shows minis- ters really know how to enjoy life." Rev. Walter Welch, minis- ter of St. Andrew's, Humber Heights in surburban Weston and the group's trumpet player, said: "While some of us have a background of playing in dance bands, none of us now has the time to play in a group outside our vocation. What we're doing is playing the music we enjoy in such a way as to get a message across. The theme is the love and the joy of life in Christ." Rev. Bill Campbell, minis- ter of St. Andrew's in Cam- bridge, plays the piano; on drums is Rev. Derwyn Hill of Knox Church in Preston; Rev. Warren McKinnon on saxo- phone and clarinet has churches in Bolton, Caven and Nashville; Rev. Gary Morton, lead singer, guitarist and banjo player, is with Strathcona Church in Bur- lington. Rev. Terry Samuel of Thornhill, who has a degree in music, plays accordian and other instrument in the band." Rev. Bob Spencer, minister of the Presbyterian churches in Arthur and Gor- donville. sings bass and plays bass guitar and Rev. Cam Taylor, minister of Grace Church in surburban Etobi- cok. is -tenor and plays the ukelele and banjo. presents Bastes 4 exciting tours to choose from. Departing Calgary either April 11 or April 12 on Hughes Airwest Sundance Jet, and returning April 20 or April 21, depending on the tour select. A selection of 4 outstanding hotels all within close walking distance of Disneyland. 2 days at Disneyland to come and go as you please, plus fifteen attractions. Escorted bus tours to: Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm. Japanese Village, Busch Gardens. Lion Country Safari, plus a full day to San and other surprises. Ask for our colourful brochure at your travel agent's. ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 328-3201 has fallen sharply, the laity is shouldering more and more functions formerly exercised exclusively by priests. for the priest- hood now are being screened by means of interviews in an attempt to determine in ad- vance whether they have a true vocation and the "per- sonal resources" required f9r the calling. who ask for per- mission to leave the priest- hood are encouraged by their bishops to take leave of ab- sence. They may change their minds. DECRY PUBLICITY Some officials feel undue publicity is focussed on de- parting priests while little is heard about those who stay on their jobs and adj.ust to changing roles. What is the general pic- ture? Figures from the Canadian Catholic Conference in Ottawa and the Montreal National Office of the Clergy show 46 French-speaking priests were ordained in Quebec last year and an identical number in 1972 compared with 182 in 1960. In 1972, French Quebec's diocesan clergy totalled and religious belonging to various orders- numbered There were Christian brothers and sisters in a French Catholic population of In 1966, the comparable fig- ures were diocesan priests, religious, brothers and sisters in a population of The average age has climbed in all categories. Father Comeau said Quebec may face a situation similar in a few years to France, where the scarcity of the or- dained has resulted in Sunday mass being replaced in many parishes by other services without a priest. RECOGNITION SLOW "We say to the people of this diocese that we need priests but I am not sure they realize it is really true for said Father Comeau. "They feel, 'well, the bishop will send another if we have no Driest in this would not lack priests in the future if the faithful realized their voca- tion. The conception now being taught is that all Chris- only bishops and responsibility for the church and the quality of Christian life. The laity now assist priests in parish councils in Quebec as elsewhere in Canada. Nuns assist in pastoral work. Lay- men read the lessons at mass, assist the priest in giving communion and teach the catr echism. Last year six church centres were established in Montreal and welcomed young persons. Teams of young married couples join iti studying family vocations. ABBE MAURICE COMEAU Inter-faith voice flays abortion NEW YORK (AP) A movement is swirling across the United States under the identifying sign of the red rose, symbol of life. With the objective of halting abortions, it has displayed its stand publicly with marches, rallies and vigils in many communities. "Stop Slaughter of the In- nocent." the placards read. Church bells tolled. Messages were read, prayers said, and red roses sent to members of Congress, where bills for constitutional amendments to forbid abortions have been tied up in committees. The occasion was the anni- versary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision permitting abortion. Since that time, on Jan. 22. 1973, estimates put the number of abortions at more than It involves "taking innocent human life." says the Protes- tant evangelical weekly. Christianity Today, likening Congress's inaction on the matter to the "silence of so many" under Hitler oppression. The movement is an inter- religious affair, involving Eastern Orthodox believers and many Protestants and Jews as well as Roman Catholics. PREMIER HOMES LTD. Located on the University, Bypass Road at old Enersons Service Station in the Riverbottom Largest Homes Sales Supermarket Complete Customer Service Parts and Full Year Warranty Complete Setup and Delivery with Every Home Complete Line off 14 Wide and 12 Wide Custom Furnished Throughout Double Wide Available All Financing Arranged, Payable to Suit Your Budget TRADES WELCOME! PREMIER HOMES LTD. Located on the Bypass Road at the Old Enersons Service Station hi the Rtverbottom Phone 329-4242 The coalitions go by various names, usually- including the phrase, "Right-to-Life" or "Pro-Life." A Committee of Ten Million reports it has gathered 2.5 million signatures .on petitions to Congress. Rev. Timothy E. O'Connell, a Catholic theologian of Chicago, says that by the court's decision, "our law has been robbed of the Judeo- Christian which stresses the sanctity of human life, imprinted with the divine image. "It's really a whole new ball he writes in the Catholic weekly America, with human life now "weighed on the scales of social convenience and utility." In a special pastoral letter issued for the occasion. U.S. Catholic bishops said the deci- sion ignored "scientific evi- dence that the human fetus is a human being in the earliest stages of development." Among Protestants, views are so divided that the inter- denominational National Council of Churches has been unable to evolve a consensus. LAW DEFENDED A similar situation prevails in Judaism, where views on abortion vary. Eastern Orthodoxy strongly condemns 't- However, with the various interreligious groups protesting the decision, another interreligious gathering in Washington was held to defend the court ruling. Methodist Bishop John Wesley Lord, citing a Gallup Poll finding that 64 per cent of Americans consider abortion a private decision between a woman and a doctor, added: "The vast majority of Protestants and Jews as many Catholics defend the constitutional right of free choice in abortion as defined by the Supreme Court." Another survey, by Louis Harris. turned up contradictory results, with 52 per cent favoring legalized abortion, but 62 per cent saying: "It is against God's will to destroy any human life, especially that of an unborn baby." Convention date set The Calgary diocesan coun- cil of the Catholic Women's League of Canada has an- nounced April 26-28 as the date for an annual conven- tion in Lethbridge. Meetings will be held at E! Rancho Motor Hotel. Bishop Paul O'Bryne of Calgary is sched- uled as guest speaker. Baptist aids blind, aged LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Led by a Baptist minister, a Lexington group has a unique plan to help "the people you never hear the poor, aged and blind. Construction is to begin early next year on a 12-unit housing development to ac- commodate such people and help overcome some of the problems that come with being alone and sightless with meagre income. "There are three things we wanted to do Rev. Bob W. Brown said, "to provide low cost housing, to help them overcome their loneliness and to give them some security." He explained that these people usually receive small disability cheques as their only income and often have to pay 60 to 70 per cent of it for housing. People who are old and blind also lead lonely lives, he continued. "These are people who haven't learned to read braille and haven't had voca- tional rehabilitation. You don't see them on the street; they just sit at home and that is why I call them the people you never hear about." If they live alone, they also have problems with thieves. BEGAN IN CHURCH The Committee for Housing the Handicapped, Inc., which will build and operate the housing, grew out of a pro- gram at Mr. Brown's church, but is not affiliated with any religion. "When I selected the com- mittee, I made a point to make it the minister said. There are Jews, Roman Catholics and several denominations of Protestants among the 24 members. The original seed was planted when the clergyman started a program called Blind Buddies about five years ago at his church. "The idea was to pair off a blind person with a sighted person so the sighted person could take his blind friend to the doctor or dentist or just he said. "When we started, we had just three or four blind people in the program, but now there are about 50. More than half are black and most are men who are unmarried." For the last year, the com- mittee has been seeking land and it recently was given two SAVES LIVES Research in the United States indicates that if seat belts were used in every car in the nation, lives would be saved every year and severity of injuries reduced by 60 per cent. acres adjoining what is to be- come a public park. An architect on the com- mittee has drawn plans for the project and three builders are making up a list of materials needed for construction. The estimated cost is 000, which Mr. Brown expects to come half in donations of labor and materials by build- ers and half in donations in cash. The project will have 12 small apartments around a courtyard, with one larger apartment where a sighted couple will live. The only en- trance, for security reasons, is next to the sighted couple's apartment. It will house 12 to 24 people, depending on whether they live alone or share an apart- ment and the committee is considering charging 20 per cent of a person's income to live there. "We haven't reached any decision on that, but we're toying with charging 10 per cent for rent and 10 per cent for the minister said. "Of course, it won't pay for itself." Visitor Utah building contrac- tor, Elder Bernard Brock- bank, will be a speaker at the Taber stake con- ference, March 9-10. The roles of husbands and wives will be the confer- ence emphasis. Try Before You Buy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION MAICO SMITH-JONES HEARING AID SERVICE MPLEY OPTICAL 618 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-5447 AUCTION SALE Ronald Amundson 2 Miles East, Mile South Sugar Factory PICTURE BUTTE, ALT A. 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