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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta J.O THE LllHBKluue MtKALD soiuraay, may to, THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4rh Avenue S. Corps Officers MAJORS THELMA M. CORNET, JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship Sen-ice 75th ANNIVERSARY Guest Speakers: Major and Mrs. Roy Calvert Guest Soloist1 Mrs. Betty Ann Graram from Calgary WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME Learning about trust If you can wait 4 day s Stop! Look! Be ready to cop a bargain from an inventory of millions of dollars! Shoppers Stoppers start Thursday, May 31 Simpsons-Sears Q yffli The Gordon George family of 1010 20th Street N. gather in their living room for a table game teaching trust in God, parents and church leaders. LDS family program builds social peace By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Staff Writer Looking for a world peace plan? Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints believe they have one it starts literally at home. At the bidding of church leaders, Mormons are once again re-emphasizing family home evenings as a possible solution to social distress. Two public explanatory pro- grams entitled Family in Ac- tion are to be presented in Southern Alberta early next month. Meetings have been planned for the Northside Chapel, 2223 6th Ave. A N., Lethbridge, en June 1 and Coaldale Chapel, 2216 21st Ave. A, Coaldale, on June 2. Both sessions commence at 7 p.m. Family Home Evenings were first introduced to Mormon households in 1915. Church leaders devised the program in response to their concerns about a diminished spiritual emphasis in public school systems. In 1965, elim- ination of prayer in Ameri- can schools and other social change contributed to renewal of the program. "Some families around the world are using Something Good is going to happen to you Roberts Guest Star Pianist ROGER WILLIAMS adds an inspiring ministry of music with regulars: Richard Roberts Parti Roberts The Worid Action Singers and the Ralph Carmichael Orchestra The ORU Concert Choir Oral Roberts Inspiring Message: "Abiding With Jesus" THIS SUNDAY at a.m. CFCN-13 the family horn? evening pro- said William Nc! on during a recent visit to Lc'h- bridge. Working out of Salt Lake City, Mr. Nelson writes LDS college materials profession- ally. His "Sunday assign- ment" from the church in- cludes preparation of family home evening materials. "The manual has gone through 17 trans cultural Mr. Nelson said. "The contents have bsen adapted to local cir- cumstances and foreign idi- oms." Family home even i n g arguments, not supplants Sunday School, Mr. Nelson said. "The program is another link in the chain of church youth activities. The purpose of family evenings is to make the home the centre of spir- itual life. Church is a place where training and encourage- ment are he said. PREPARATION Fathers preside over fam- ily evenings, receiving their training from weekly priest- hood meetings at their church. Mothers are prepar- ed for home responsibilities through relief society; chil- dren get support from Scout- ing and Mutual Improvement Association activities. Mr. Nelson, father of nine children, holds an education Ph.D. He claimed the pro- gram has experienced worth- while response in Utah penal institutions. Mormon families visit once a month to con- duct their program with an "adopted" inmate. Bob Mclntosh, Lethbridge LDS university chaplain, re- ports soni3 non members have requested manuals for family use. He says he knows of instances where oilier de- nominations have adapts the program, eliminating those parts more particularly Mor- mon in nature. Family home evenings are usually conducted on Monday. After prayer a family discus- sion develops. "We talk about who is going to take the garbage out. al- lowances, church assign- ments and vacation Gordon George of Lethbrdige explained during a recent program. "Our two oldest children, Dale, 16, and Holly, 15, some- times lead. Occasionally we abandon the manual altoget- her and enjoy a family wein- er roast or baseball game." Following the discussion, the George family played a table game similar to Pass- wqrd, only the answers all reflected trust in God, par- ents and church leaders. ANECDOTE Three brief anecdctcs and a snack cc 'uded the one- hour "Our oldest boy feels par- ticularly gra'eful for these Mr. George said. "Dale knows he can ask about any matter without fear of ridicule or criticism As parents ve feel (lie pro- gram has helped improve family communication at oJicr times too.'' Young Lorraine, 3, kept close to her moljier, Beverly, as brothers Don, 13, and Ken, 9, recalled some of the fam- ily evenings they had parti- cularly enjoyed. Clearly one vacation proj- ect had captured the chil- drui's imagination. Last year they agreed to contribute to a special savings jar on the living room divider. "We marked the jar, Dis- Mrs. George ex- plined. "Some real sacrifice went into it. The children put almost every penny they could find into the jar. When we eventually made the jour- ney, they had great pleasure in figuring out which motel they stayed in was paid for by then- personal contribu- tion." Both parents are active members of Lethbridge 6th Ward. Mr. George is stake mission president and parti- cipzbs in a home teach- ing program. Mrs. George is Sunday school secretary and visits on behalf of the relief society. GETS VATICAN POST VATICAN CITY (Reuter) Pope Paul named Msgr. Alberto Bovone, an official at the Con- gregation for the Clergy, Mon- day as undersecretary at tie Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the former Holy Office. He replaces Msgr. Charles Moeller of Belgium, moved from the post in March to become secretary of the Secretariat. said Msgr. Bovone, 50. is likely to bring a sympathy for the problems of priests to his new job. Christian Unity Vatican observers THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD RELIGION Seminars near bankruptcy: Brazil youth showing strong voodo interest BIO DE JAKEIRO (AP) Brazil is the largest Roman Catholic country, but a survey by a church group finds that ministers mow out- number priests. It also says: religion is on a sharp rise, especially among young people. of seminaries and parochial schools are closing, on the verge of bankruptcy. than 40 percent of the Roman Catholic prelates in Brazil are foreign-born. "The fact is, there is a says the Most Rev. Avelar Brandao Vilela. He is primate of Brazil, archbishop of was elevated to cardinal recently by Pope Paul VI. "There is a crisis today, and it wiD also exist tomorrow, as long as man is man and as long as different answers are needed for questions which were not recd in other days." The winds of change which swept through the Church after the Vatican Council seem to lave hit Brazil with particular vigor. A decline in priestly vocations matched with an increase in population has given Brazil one of the lowest ratios of priests to laymen in the world: one for every persons. DECLINE IN PRIESTS The survey by the Roman Catholic Centre of Religious Statistics and Social Investiga- tion shows a steady drop since 1963 in the number cf priests in Brazil, to around 11.000 today. The number of parish priests dropped from in 1909 to under 3.000. Christenings, marriages and funerals celebrated by Protes- tant churches doubled between 1958 and 1969. The number of Protestant ministers rose to 000, according to figures from Brazil's justice minister. The total of Catholic Church administrators, parish priests friars, monies and catholic school professors now barely tops Sociologist Pedro de Assls rl- beiro de Oliveira, who con- ducted the study, blames the decline on "perplexity and dis orientation in regard to their priestly mission." Many complained of "police- like discipline" or that the Vati- can acts as "a miniature Middle Ages." Other priests were vitriolic about celibacy. IGNORANCE BLAMED Preachers of Pentecostal sects travel the interior of Bra- zil, like oldtime American cir- cuit-riders. Justice ministry fig- ires show a total of three mil- ion Protestants, but Baptists and Methodist leaders claim the lumber is around 10 million. Brazil's total population is 100 million. :The main reason for the poverty of Brazilian Catholi- cism is the ignorance of the >eople and the search for God n the says the )ishop of the city of Compinas, he Most Rev. Antonio Siqueira. ie asserts this resulted not only in the rise of Protestantism but also in a revival of such cults as Africanism and Umbanda, Brazilian voodoo or Spiritism. Umbanda, from a Bantu Afri- can word meaning was brought to Brazil by slaves shipped here to work on Portu- guese colonial plantations. This mixture of worship of Christian saints and African deities has been adopted increasingly by many whites and disaffected Catholics. VOODOOISM RISES "Umbanda is the Brazilian national asserts Jua- rez Santana, a Spiritist priest from Osasco, a Sao Paulo sub- urb. Census records show over one million Spiritists. Private sur- veys indicate many nominal Catholics attend black and white magic ceremonies "just to be on the safe as one sociologist puts it. What are the Roman lies doing? "The Brazilian people have a very high degree of religious- says the secretary of the bishops confederation, the Most Rev. Ivo Lohrscheider. "It is hard to speak about seculariza- tion here.'There is much 'popu- lar Catholicism' or 'popular re- ligion' which deserves our at- tention and respect. There are many positive values which should be developed and en- couraged such as comfort in faith, belief in the absolute. But the negative dangers of superstition and so and must be eliminated or purified through a patient ef- fort at evangelization and con- version." Cardinal-designate Brandso observes: must urgently of "faith refresher." Several dioceses demand premarital and urecliristenlng courses for those who want to receive the Sacraments. Prelates this deepens the faith. Japanese centennial planned TORONTO The Centennial Celebration of the first Cana- dian Protestant mission to Japan (Canadian Methodist United Church of Canada) will be observed at a special ser- vice in Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, June 10. Two Japanese congregations in Toronto, Issei and Nisei, will attend and their ministers Rev. Y. Casper Korkoshi and Rev. K. Matsugu will take part in the service. Rev. Dr. Howard Norman, a United Church missionary who served for many years in Japan, will preach the sstnnon. A second observance of this Centennial will be held in Octo- ber. Metropolitan United Church was chosen for this event be- cause the first two missionaries to Japan were commissioned in this historic congregation. Built in 1872 by the Wes- Icyan Conference, 'U.S.A. Catholic Chiircli is lacking cash income' By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) After making it big with a book with- out Vatican finances, Nino Lo Bello decided to try it again with an expose of riches of the United States Roman Catholic Church. But he ran into an un- expected problem. 'I discovered the church is in tough financial shape in this he says. "It's really lurting." Lo Be'lo, 51, an easy-going American financial writer now based in Vienna, says he spent nine months travelling miles in the United States, checking Catholic Church fi- nances in 250 cities and all 50 spates. ended up debunking my own he says. "I started out lo clobber the church about ts wealth, but you have to let he chips fall where they may, and I ended up clobbering my- self." He began the project after his 969 book, Ths Vatican Empire, Decame a hot seller, with more than copies in hard cover, a half million in paperback. He planned a sequel doing a simi- lar job on the American Church. He noted that what gives the American religious organiza- tions their imaga of wealth is j ail their real estate, such as church buildings, schools, hospi- tals, homes for the aged and orphanages. "It looks like wealth to the eye. but it's not producing any real he said. "What it does produce, the parochial schools and other institutions eat it up, and they're still hav- ing a hard time." define our goals. We must dis- i the minister, Rev. George Coch- cover and try new pastoral tac- rane. ard Rev. Davidson Mac- lacs which allow the Church in Donald, anather Toronto mini- Brazil to break a certain skep- ticism which surrounds it and move into an era of expansion." Many bishops have opted for cursilhos, a Brazilian version of the retreat-seminar launched in Spain two decades ago as a sort sler who was a'so a medical doctor, went to Japan in June of the following year. The first Japanese congre- gation in Toronto also held its worship services In Metropoli- tan Church. EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive PASTOR-REV. H. J. JOST-Phone 327-6113 School Service "The Church and Her Debts" Evening Service: Briercrest Bible Institute Team will be with us. Mr. David Hildebrand. "A CORDIAL INVITATION TO ALL" Ghuf ch of the 9th Ave. and 16Ih St. S. Phone 327-8877 REV. R. G. DEASLEY Minister Rei. 327-4786 SUNDAY SERVICES School for all ages Service Service MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL A Friendly Welcome'Awaits You BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH iNorth American Baptist General Conference) 329 19 Street North Pastor: MANFRED TAUBENSEE Phone 328-2045 and English classes) p.m.-German Worship Service. Rev. H. H. Kornel- son. PLEASE English Gospel Service is cancelled for this Sunday. "We preach Christ the power and wisdom of St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th Avenue South MINISTER-THE REVEREND L. D. HANKINSON, B.A. ORGANIST-MR. W. VANDERKOOY YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD" Church School All classes from to adult at p.m. Nursery and kindergarten during chruch hour also. 1202 3rd Ave. South A. DANIEL GOIDSMITH MINISTER School Ssrvice Chinese Service p.m.-PREMIERE SHOWING "Sound of the Trumpet" A CONTEMPORARY DRAMATIC MOTION PICTURE ON THE RETURN OF CHRJST ;