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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDQE October 20.1973 x-Thc Religion French Catholics trying worship without a priest From LEO RYAN In the immediate post-war period progressive Fiench clergvmen launched a revolu- tion in the Roman Catholic Church introducing worker-priests Today some three decades later another revolutionary experiment is being carried out in certain Catholic dioceses of France Religious ceremonies without the par- ticipation of a priest The vocational crisis in the clergy has provided the prime motivating force behind the bold venture that so far, has limited itself to a dozen or so parishes The bishops who have allow- ed such experiments to started a year taken a big gamble m a countrv especially in the rural areas still heavily dominated by conservative thinking But they obviously feel the risk is worth taking in the context of the uncertain future for the traditional parish structure These priest-less assem- blies replacing the normal Sunday mass with a layman presiding are defined by the sponsors as "the celebration of the message (celebration de la parole) MAL-A-THOT 327-4581 A priest at the national cen- tre of pastroal liturgy explain- ed in an interview that the French church had been in- spired by the recent practices of the Catholic church in South America Brazil in particular where there are few priests and the faithful have to organize themselves We do not want to give the impression of Christians feel- ing different' he said adding that "in a way it's like a return to the early Roman church when there were not enough priests In some instances it is the death of the parish priest, the cure which provides the op- portunity for launching an ex- periment The bishop decides not to replace him in other cases as in a parish of a northern Pans suburb Sickness of the cure can lead to the holding of occasional Sunday ceremonies without a priest Meeting Four visitors bearing the tradition of another era, plain-garbed Amish from Indiana, exchange curious greetings with a long-haired surfer on a cloudy day at the beach near San Diego, Calif Soul-cleaner earns less than trash man LINDSAY, Ont (CP) Ministers of the United Church of Canada should be paid enough to enable them to live with a little dignity and not have to scrape for everything they buv a former United Church minister said recently George Bradbury now a BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baptist General Conference) 329 19th Street North H Poshwatta Phone 327-0670 9 45 a m and English classes) 11 00 a m Worship Service 7 00 p m Service We Preach Chnst the Power and Wisdom of God NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The Evangelical Church in Canada 1402 8 Ave N. 10 00 a m Sunday School 11 00 a m Morning Worship 7 00 p m Evening Service EVERYONE CORDIALLY WELCOME Independent Baptist Church Interested In Pure Bible Study'' In What Christ Has For You? Meet with us Around God's Word New Time: Mondays at p.m. 1714 14 South Listen CHEC p.m. Sundays BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7th Street South 11 00 a m Service 7 30 p m "GOD'S PEACE FOR THIS WORLD" Wm Blacker Wednesday 8 00 a m Class A HEARTY WELCOME AWAITS YOU NEW HOPE CENTRE 1501 8th 8. (Formerly Reformed Church) A CHARISMATIC COMMUNICATION CENTRE 30 Jesus Party Come try it You'll like it Sunday Pastor Hazell ministers at 11 00 and 730 4 Weekend Pastor Hugh Layzell recently evicted from Uganda This missionary evangelist will challenge you LETHBRIDQE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M L ISRAELSON 520 7th Street South of SunthlM Evengel Hour Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC 1220 K C 9 45 a m School with classes for all ages 11 Worship 'REAL FREEDOM" 7 00 p m Service CHURCH ORCHESTRA 00 p m and Bible Study 30 p m People's Service A HEAFUY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU Lindsay secondary school teacher said m an interview the current salary of the United Church minister is not as much as garbage collectors in Hamilton received in a re- cent settlement "The whole idea of sacrifice by the minister has been put wav out of proportion by the congregation Mr Bradbury said 'The minister who has just graduated has already put in six years of university Mr Bradbury was elaborat- ing on charges he made at a recent meeting of the Lindsay Presbytery near here A United Church minister will receive a year plus accommodation in a manse and a car allowance starting m 1974 Mr Bradbury said The minister and his wife have to attend many gatherings of the social elite yet the church refuses to allow him to make any more than an average salary "I know of ministers' wives who haven't had a new dress in two years Mr Bradbury was a United Church minister to a congregation on the east coast of Newfoundland from 1963 to 1965 and in Coboconk 20 miles north of Lindsay from 1965 to 1968 Lindsay is about 25 miles west of Peterborough Immanuel open house A demonstration of Chris- tian school philsophy has been scheduled for Lethbndge next Friday Immanuel Christian School, 802 6th Ave N is par- ticipating in a Canaaa-wiae Christian education celebration October 21-26 The event will be marked here by open house and a buffet The private school seeks to integrate evangelical Christianity with regular elementary and high school curriculum Current enrolment at Im- manuel is 370 students taught by a staff of 15 The public is invited to at- tend open house commencing 12 45 pm The meal, served at a nominal fee, will be ready from 4 30 p m onwards Games day offers fun MONTREAL (CP) -Small wonder if the Loyola Senior Citizens Club has a big turnout at its Games Day Tuesday The St Ignatius Loyola parish bulletin says "the afternoon's activities will con- clude with refreshments and a sm-a-longr" CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 nthSt S J R CHAPMAN Minister Mr D Organist DIAL AN ANSWER 327 4774 Fimily Service 10 00 a m (Worship service (or adulls S S Classes (or Children) Evening Sorvirr 7 00 p m EVERYBODY WELCOME Culture show funds Pacific Mormons By WALLACE TURNER New York Times Service LAIE, Hawaii Over the last 10 years the Mormon Church has constructed an ex- tremely successful commer- cial enterprise based on the presence of Polynesian students at a Mormon college here Called the Polynesian Cultural Centre the experi- ment has become a multimillion dollar revenue producer for the college and a tourist attraction that draws about 600 000 visitors a year Superstar reaction was quiet Barely a flicker of Christian penetrated the darkness inside Lethbndge movie theatres recently, despite exhibition of two controversial films about the life of Jesus "Jesus Christ Superstar is a musical not a theological treatise says Rev Albert Baldeo Lethbndge Ministerial Association pres'dent 'I saw and appreciated the film as a musical I don't ex- pect it to do what the church should be doing Theatre manager Bob Shackleford reports high school classes from Catholic schools requested several special screenings of Super- star and Godspell a musical based on the Gospel of Matthew Larry Spicer Christian education director at the Lethbndge Church of the Nazarene dubbed Superstar as "sacrilegious I ve heard the music and enjoy it less and less every time Mr Spicer said in an interview "I don't encourage young people to go and see it In some North America centres the films have been picketed by persons disputing the celluloid interpretation of Jesus's life Mr Shackleford said there were no incidents here during screenings other than a few people who walked out disappointed The theatre manager noted Superstar attracted an unusually large audience to its Sunday evening performance Bill Calderwood, associate minister at Soulhmmster United Church said he appreciated the observations of a youth group from his congregation who saw Super- star "The kids noticed the film seemed to be more concerned with Judas and other people around Mr Calderwood said The minister feels there was value in this assessment if it means people seriously start to ask themselves more about who Jesus was and how his life affects them as an individual For the admission price of 50 the tourists may walk through a string of huts where they receive short lectures on the culture of Polynesian peo- ple from Tahiti, Fiji Tonga, Samoa the Maori of New Zealand and the old Hawanans Admission includes a cafeteria style dinner in- cluding some Polynesian dis- hes and then a night show if Polynesian songs and dances The silken night air of the tropics throbs with the quick pulse of the Tahitian hula drums or the muffled hoarse threats ot the Maori war chants After two hours in the covered stands the program is over and the tourists move back to the buses for a 40 mile ride back to Honolulu But there is a lot more to it than all this The Sandwich Island Mis- sion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first arrived in Honolulu in 1850 After some initial failures the Mormons former California gold miners concentrated on the Polynesians The islanders joined the church by the thousands, and succeeding Mormon mis- sionaries have had out- standing success in the islands that dot the far corners of the Pacific The result has been the gradual creation of a major church installation on a tract the early missionaries ac- quired here in 1865 There are just 16 Mormon temples around the world for the three million church members, and one of them is here Also, the Mormons operate a small liberal arts college Church College of Hawaii near the temple It attracts young Mormons from across the Pacific who bring with them the culture of their home island The church has found a way to sell that In 1963 it was decided by church leaders that a substan- tial stream from the growing flood of tourists to Hawaii now more than two million a year could be diverted to a properly run Polynesian show and village that would be staffed with students and their families from the Church College "The Church had the problem of helping these students from out of the way places to finance their college educations said Stephen Bennett a onetime Hollywood advertising agency operator who now is director of sales and marketing for the centre "The Church subsidized their passage here because how can a student who has a year cash income on his island back home expect to pay air fare of hundreds of dollars'7 Bennett said Their pay for working in the village or performing in the show goes to pay off this debt A student comes to Honolulu from a village in say FIJI and 24 hours after he arrives, he has a job Bennett said Only Western Samoans and Hawaiian students have free immigration privileges Those from Fiji Tonga Tahiti and New Zealand must obtain stu dent visas Those with visas who intend to emigrate must return home and re-enter the United States as immigrants Exempted pension sought by sects OTTAWA bill that would exempt certain religious sects from par- ticipating in the Canada Pen- sion Plan was endorsed un- animously by the Commons health and welfare committee this week and sent back to the commons for final con- sideration More than 5 00 Older Order and Amish Mennonites in On- tario would qualify, as well as an unknown number of Huttentes A delegation from Ontario's Mennonite Central Committee told the committee its objec- tions were not financial but a "serious matter of con- science Members of the. sect refuse to accept old age pen- sions or family allowances because they consider both programs insurance schemes By declining to apply for family allowances and old age pensions they saved the tax- payers annually and this represents "four to five times the amount" they would contribute to the Canada Pen- sion Plan In support of the bill delegation head Douglas Snyder said the sect practised what it preached He said the objections were 'trully religious matters of con- science "We have offered repeated- ly to pay the equivalent of the welfare premiums into a worthy welfare or charitable fund, that this money might be used to help in areas of he said Under questioning by Eymard Corbin (L Madawaska-Victona) Mr Snyder said the sect pays provincial school taxes, yet support their own separate schools The schools he said, follow the public school curriculum except in religion and are regularly inspected by the education department Baha'i believers choose delegates Six delegates Irom Southern Mbciia have been chosen to lepicsent the area at a national R.iha i convention in foionto next Mooting at the Unjvorsilvof l.clhhi ulgc last weekend sonic believers elotlod Mis Kind Wrale l.cllibt ItcgRio f Jeicld Jim and John llellson ol Calgarv and Mis Mlison llcalv of Foil Maoleod as delegates In linn these reprosen- laliu-s will meet with other delegates to elect the national spii ilual asscmblv and to (on Mill on liana i m Canada The Toronto meet is set for A pnl 1974 CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 12034th AVE kS 815am SUNDAY -CJOC The TRUTH Thai HEALS 9 30 n m Sunday School 1' 00 a m Church Service DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT WEDNESDAY 7 10 n m -Toslimony Mooting Noon 00 p in Open Turs Thurs Sal Credit card good for gifts to God BUFFALO NY (AP) -A Roman Catholic church here has started accepting credit cards in lieu of cash dona- tions The Coronation of the Bless- ed Virgin Mary Church launched the plan Sunday as a means of boosting its income Paul Totaro a member of the church's finance com- mittee said credit cards aid parishioners in budgeting fix- ed amounts for church con- tributions A church can't survive on 50-cent donations and that's often all that s left in people's pockets on a Sunday atter a week of paying bills he said With credit cards, many church members have begun making gifts of to To- taro said Rev Eugene Raydan, pas- tor said the credit cards help people include the church in their general array of finan- cial responsibilities He said that in this way, people come to think of the church as a regular obliga- tion much like a grocery bill, telephone charge or bank pay- ment Pew Snoozer docile breed9 POMP-MVO BEACH Fla The swallows that re- tui n to Capistrano each spring have nothing on the Easter Buntings in Rev Lerov Koop- man s flock Or lor that mattei on the Predictable Partridge and Great Speckled Pew Snooker In a booklet called Guide to Kclesiastical Birdwatching Koopman says the buntings return to church every Eas- lei Even though they peich in church only once a year Bun ting Birds are apt to be of- fended if the Preacher Bird doesn t ictognize them in stantlv and greet them b> name at the door Koopman said he wrote the 58 page booklet after freeing a frightened sparrow that managed to get into the chuich sanctuan A preface to the booklet notes 'Any resemblance be- tween these buds and for mcr or present parishioners, living or dead is highly prob- able The pastor of Faith Re- formed Church calls the Great Speckled Pew Snooker a docile domesticated breed Thcv take readily to cap- twitv and settle down in any suitable sanctuary Once thev perched for the service thev surrender to some pri- meval instinct and imme- diately drop off to sleep Koopman says this bird is closely related to the Thick- Thioated Pew Koopman says the Pre- dictable Partridge appears in the cnurch services at three vcrv predictable times 1 During the last two months of Mis Partridges pregnancv and one month before the new fledgling is baptized 2 Three months before Patty Par- tridge wants to get married in the church 3 Again two months before Pappa Par- tridge s terminal illness and one month after his death LUTHERANS DECLINE TORONTO (CP) The Lutheran Council in Canada said in a recent report that the number of church adherents in 1973 was 304 605 a decline of from 1972 Bethlen Presbyterian Church 1014-10th Avenue North Lethbridge Minister Rev. George Telce B A B D M th Organist-Miss Vivian Tolh English Worship 00 a m Hungarian Worship 00 a m Sunday School 00 a m THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4lh AvenueS Corps Olficers MAJORS THELMA M CORNEY JOAN M PIERCC 945am School 11 00 a m Family Worship 7 00 p m Evening Service Major and Mrs Herb Fraser from Edmonton will speak for both services 30 p m Study WE INVITE YOU TO MAKETHE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818- 5 Avenue South Minister Reverend L 0 Hankmson BA Oranist Mr W Vander Kooy 11 00 a m SAVING FAITH" Church School-Kindergarten to Grade Six Nursery during Church hour 7 00 p m and 8 30 p m followed by discussion 'GOSPEL PRESENTATION" SOUTH LETHBRIDGE ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE and 10th ST S SATURDAY 7 00 p m (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY. 9 a m 10 30 a m 12 noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE S SATURDAY 7 30 p m (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY 8am 9 30 am, 30p m Folk Mass 10 45 a m In Parish Hall LUTHERAN ________CHURCHES CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 12th Street 327-0709 HAROLD MARTIN 9 45 a m Sunday School 11 00 a m Worship Hour 6 00 p m Thanksgiving Supper Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 11th Avenue end 24th Street South REV H MARTIN 9 30 a m -Worship Service 10 45 a m -Sunday School EVERYONE WELCOME IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Corner Avenue itth Street South Minister W.k F. Schoepp- Phone 397-4336 OCTIce. 321-6917 Rnldence 8 45 a m -Matins 0 45 am -Sunday School and Bible Classes 1! 00 am Service 1 islrn lolhp I iilhi ran Hour Sunday JO a m OF-AC Calgary ;