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TO All Observer School Crusaders HERE'S HOWl ) Ofl:icial Newspaper of the Rockford Diocese Vol. XXVI--No. 4 ROCKFORD, JANUARY 27, 1961 16 PAGES ii BISHOP LANE SPEAKS ON CATHOLIC PRESS MONTH: Set Out Confidently to get Observer subscriptions Look High and Low! ,-.J I Report Subscriptions back to school :headquarters Be the Winner ! CAN @. A Portable TV Set A Portable Stereophonic Record Player A Clock Radio A Wrist Watch A Transistor Radio CARDINALS OF THE AMERICAS RECEIVE RED HAT IN ROME--At left, Joseph Cardinal Ritter, Archbishop of St. Louis, kneels before His Holiness Pope John XXIII as the Pontiff im- poses the biretta during semi-public consistory at Vatican City. In the right photo, the two new South American cardinals, Jose Hnmberto Cardinal Quintero (foreground). Archbishop of Ca- racas. Venezuela, and Luis Concha Cardinal Cordoba. Arch- bishop of Bogota, Columbia. embrace after their official notifi- cation of their nomination to the College of Cardinals. @@ MEXICO CITY--(NC)--The accused of sedition, had been Bishops of the Dominican Re-distorted]y ,reported. public have sent Generalissimo] Promises Let-Up Rafacl Truiillo a letter placing The civil leaders' lettcr does i' ! promise a let-t p of the entry re- responslomty for me current " . -i t stnctlons against prmsts and anh Catholic campaign at his' ~ o ,~ - " Relb, ious and the fight a~,ainst doorstep. Catholic education. It states: The letter, couched in diplo- "The necessary measures will matic terms s-'oke of the "de be taken so that the imrnigra- terioration" 'in PChurch state re tion authorities will facilitate the ent, y under the law o[ lations in the past year. It went . "" " . ',' prmsts and monks into the on to speak of interference in "' . ~,country ant all government eccleslastmal affan'~, s 1 a n- der," "measures against roll- servants shall proceed with the and Catholic broadest spirit of harmony and gious education schools." and barring priests and Religious f r o m entering the country. Presented to Trujillo The Bishops' letter was pre- sented not to the President of the country but to Generalissi- mo Trujillo, who has maintain- ed his tight rule over the nation for over three decades. The six Bishops told the dictator that "because of your indisputable authority you are the only one who can" end the current cam- paign against the Church. The Bishops' letter was read over the Trujillo controlled Ra- dio Voz Dominicana, which previously had been a major factor in the propaganda cam- paign against the Church. The fact that La Voz Dorninicana broadcast the letter was seen here as an indication that Gem Trujillo is actually seeking an amicable solution to the dispute with the Church. Read Both Letters The Dominican radio station, in presenting the Bishops' let- ter, first read an answering let- ter to the Bishops signed by both Gem Trujillo and Presi- dent Joaquin Balaguer noting that the Bishop's letter was de- livered "at the solemn audience which it was a particular pleas- ure to us to grant you on Janu- ary 10." The Trujillo-Ballaguer letter does not refer to the Bishops' charges concerning the running anti-Catholic campmgn, but ra- ther cites the Bishops' statement tha| their pastoral of January, 1960, seeking mercy for persons cooperation in their relations with the ecclesiastical author- ities. Will Maintain Freedom "The government wilt do all in its power to maintain, with- out impairing the freedom of worship guaranteed by our con- stitution, the teaching of Catho- licism in educational institulions dependent on the state, and see to the [utfillment of contracts pending with religious lounda- tions." The Bishops' memorandum had congratulaled Gem Trujillo on "'tim many good works" he has done. Then. implicitly re- calling.the months .- long radio campaign against them, the)' said: Have Not Sown Discord "While there may have been shortcomings, we have not sown discord, no matter how much the comrarv is insisted upon by underhanded enemms ot God and His Church. AI~ of us have spoken as we thought according to our consciences that we should speak to our people It has never been our intent to incite rebellion or encourage anybody to rebel . "We have not concerned crimes or defended the inde- fensible. We have asked Ior mercy within the law. the same as we ask for clemency [or the inner from God, who while be- ng most just is also infinitely merciful. Millions Request Clemency "In all parts of the world mil- lions of signatures are gathered requesting clemency for crim- inals sentenced to death. It is @ n at ELGIN--The Rev. Henry M, Schryer, pastor of St. Joseph church, has announced tl~e opening ot a parish fund raising campaign to raise a minimum of $18{1.000 in the form of pledges then not a crime for the bishops "lions that may be made by the lo do the same in the case Of government and study them their sheep." very carefully, particularly with Bet'ore making their plea to reference to religious ceremon- Gen. Trujillo to put a stop to the campaign against the Church. ies requested by the author- the Bishops stated that 1hey fries." would again remind lheir priests They will continue, they said, to stay out of politics and to "cooperating with all onr heart cooperate with the Civil author- in all the works for education, fries "in every way that is pos- charity and spiritual and ma- sible and right." teriat improvement of t h e Will Consider Suggestions Dominican people, with the They said also they Would valuable contribution of all our "take into consideration sugges- ] clergy and laymen." HONOR THE REV. .I. .I. WEITEKAMP AURORA -- The Rev. Joseph .I. Weitekamp will celebrate his 40th anniversary as a priest "and 20 years as pastor of St. Joseph church at a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday, Jan. 29, at 12 p.m. The Most Rev. Loras q". Lane, Bishop of Rockford, will preside, and the Rt. Rex Msgr. M. A. Schumacher, V.F will be assistant priest. Brothers Assist Father Weitekamp's brothers, the Rex'. Ambrose Wcitekamp, pastor oI St. Mary, Tampico, The Rev. Joseph Joseph Weitekamp and the Rev. Godfrey Weite- kamp, O.F.M of New York City, will act as deacon and sub- deacon. The Rex Raymond M. Hetterman, former assistant at St. Joseph and now pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin from St. Joseph parish as is the Rev. Edwin Millen, St. Mary, DeKalb, who will give the ser- mon. Members of Father Weite- kamps' family who will attend the celebration are his sister Sister Grace Agatha: another sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. George Jaeger, and a cou- sin, Theodore Weitckamp, all of New York City. Another cousin, Msgr. Clement Weitckamp of Flushing, N.J is also planning to attend. Following Mass a dinner for clergy, relatives, religious and friends will be served, and in the evening from 7:30 to 10 o'clock, there will be an open house in the parish hall for all members O My dear friends in Christ: Each year at this time your attention is called to the observance of February as Catholic Press Month. Its purpose is to impress upon us the need and the impor- tance of good Catholic reading in our lives. In speaking on this subject, our Holy Father, Pope John XXIII said: "The apo- stolate of the Catholic Press is all the more necessary and important today when the forces of evil are making insidious use of the printed word in an endeavor to subvert and overthrow the very foundations of the Christian religion." The Catholic Press has a special role toplay in these uncertain and perilous times. As a means of forming sound public opinion, it is indispensable. The vital is, sues affecting, the nation's welfare very often turn on moral principles. Sooner or later, the discussion brings forward the question of right and wrong. The treatment of such subjects from the Catholic p o i n t of view is helpful to all our people. It enables them to look at current events and problems in the light of the Church's centuries-old experience, and it p oin t s to solutions which will contribute toward furthering our common interests. It is important, therefore, that each Catholic be well informed as to his beliefs--not only in a doctrinal way, but also in the application of those beliefs to everyday living. Through good Catholic reading his life can he- Bishop Loras T. Lane come more satisfying and meaningful before God and man; and in the strength and guidance that he derives rom such reading, he can become a greater influence for good upon others. As part of your program of good Catholic reading, I want to call a t t e n t i o n especially to our own diocesan newspaper, THE OBSERVER. Its continued growth in circulation during the past few years indicates that it is well received and de- serving of support. In order to achieve the goal of having THE OBSERVER come into every home in the Diocese, a subscription campaign is held each year duringFebruary. It serves to remind you to renew your subscription if you are already a subscriber, or to begin your subscription if you are not at present receiving the paper. You cannot afford to be without this weekly visitorlwhich brings into your home a message of interest and importance for every member of the family. Asking God's blessing upon you in supporting this crusade, I remain of the parish and friends. The fit *| "Vii Arch-Confraternity of Mary sllJallv rralses in charge of refreshments. I Ordained in New York ][ ] Father Weitekamp was or-atUi:lll~ill'~Al dained in Fordham university[ A-II 11 K Y chapel. New York, Jan. 16, 1921, /fl~ l[|i['~|,ipb~ by Bishop Collins. His first as-I"~ ~.~.J ~at ~ ~ ~ signment in the diocese was at Our Lady of Good Counsel church, Aurora, and after five years as assistant at St. Joseph, Freeport, he was made pastor at Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Sublette. He was appointed pas- tor of St. Joseph May 13, 1940. Grant to Priest SOUTH ORANGE, N. J'.-- (NC)--Father Owen W. Garri- gan of Seton Hall University has been given, a $22,800 re- search grant by the National Advisory Council on Neurolo:li- cal Diseases and Blindness. The grant will finance a three-year study. ATTENTION*. Basketball Coaches--see page 11 for Grade School Sectional and Diocesan Tournament. P8 payable over a three year period. The purpose of the drive is Mary at Menominee, will be , the expansion of the present school facilities, master of ceremonies. I[ According to Father Schryer, t----n------'--- Chaplains to the bishop willl] be the Rev Leo Ambre. supcrin-.] the old part of the present school!construction of the new addition tendent of St. Vincent Homc for[ will be torn down and replaced'to begin immediately afterward. Children. Freeport, and the Roy.!| with a modern two floor struc- Names Committee Rayrhond Eipers, pastor of St !l ture. Eight new classrooms will In announcin the o enin~ o g P o f Margaret Mary, Algonquin. l| be constructed giving the school the drive, Father Schryer also Fathers Ambre and Eipers are | a total of ten up. to date class- named a fund raising committee war, @ to head the campaign. George Abraham has been appointed[ "~ general chairman. He is being ~961 M assisted by Mel Porter. Charles Schmitt and George Wehrle as To Be at S ELGIN--St. Edward Central Catholic high school will be the site of the 1961 Diocesan Music Festival, it was announced recent- ly by The Very Rcv, Raymond J. Wahl, J.C.D director of edu- dents will be served luncheon in St. Edward cafeteria. The Music Festival, to which the public is invited, will begin at 2 p.m. The schools wilt'pre- sent individual choral and band numbers, as well as join to- rooms. Also included in the plans are: A cafeteria, library, nurse's office and school office cation. The Festival, to be held April 27, follows a custom of alter- nating between youth-congress- es and music festivals each year for Catholic high school students within the diocese of Rockford. M a r i a n Central Catholic high school at Wood- stock was the site of a youth congress in which 1200 students participated last spPing. His Excellency, The Most Rev. Loras T. Lane, Bishop of Rockford will celebrate Mass at St. Mary church at 10:30 a.m. Approximately 750 stu- dents from the ten high schools of the diocese will join in sing- ing Chant Mass I with the AM- BROSIAN GLORIA. Proper of the Mass will be sung by Mar- mion Military academy s t u- dents from Aurora. Recessional will be CHRISTUS V!NCIT. Following the Mass, the -~u- as well as a meeting room. It is planned to begin razing the old structure as soon as the present school year is completed with Bishop Lone Monday, January 30 7:30 p.m. -- St. Mary Church. Rockford. Confirmation. Wednesday, February 1 4:00 p.m. -- St, Mary church, tic Henry, Confirmation. associate chairmen. William Meyers is chairman of the basic gifts committee and is assisted by Eugene Devitt, Gregory Zenk, Robert Sund. William Don- VATICAN CITY -- (NC) -- L'Osservatore R o m a n o has praised the inaugural address of President John F. Kennedy for facing world problems rea- listically and hopefully. Editor Raimondo Manzini of the Vatican City daily said in an editorial that no enlightened man can deny this sympathy and encouragement to the new U. S. President. He said that President Ken- nedy's speech echoed the af- firmation of man's spiritual nature and equality which is found in the Declaration of In- dependence.'He did so, the edi- torial continued, "with elo- quent strength, as a reminder of the unchangeable principle of every society that wants to be faithful to its true goal." The editorial c o n c l u d ed: "The message received from the U. S. sounds timely . . . and like an invitation to look high and far for a re-examination of the responsibilities of these ;erious times, in which each ~erson is involved in the reli- gious conviction that we must always and everywhere be the executors of the designs of God on earth." nelly, Walter Wiedemann and Richard Struckman. Mr. Abraham stated that the campaign will reach its climax Sunday, Feb. 5 when the solicit- ing teams will visit each parish- ioner for a pledge toward the cost of the new addition. Bishop To Speak The Most Rev. Loras T. Lane. bishop of the Rockford diocese, will celebrate Mass and be prin- cipal speaker at the kick-off fol- lowing the 7:15 Mass. Campaign committees are now being formed and a total working force of nearly 200 men is being enrolled to carry on the campaign. Mr. Abraham an- nounced that the results of the enrollment phase of the cam- paign is proceeding on schedule and that the program is being enthusiastically endorsed by the parishioners. Assisting in the di- rection of the drive is the Robert Cosgriff organization of Omaha, Nob. 7:30 p.m. -- St. Patrick Church, McHenry. Confirma- :ion. Friday, February 3 7:3'0 p.m. -- St. Thomas Aqui- ]as Chu/'ch, Freeport. Sunday, February 5 7:15 a.m.---St. Joseph Church, Elgin. Pontifical Low Mass and Communion Breakfast. Opening of Parish Fund Raising Drive 6:30 p.m. -- St. Anthony of Padua Church, Rockford. Holy Name Dinner in Honor of Bishop Lane. t@, gether for the massed singing of THE H E A V E N S ARE TELLING, and other combina- tion pieces. Folk dances, and pagentry will accompany the musical numbers. F o 1 1 owing the Festival a social mixer will be held for the students in the school gymnasium. Sister M. Assumption, O.S.F. president of the diocesan unil of the National Catholic Musk Educators' association, is ar- ranging the musical portion of the program. Sister Assump- tion is on the faculty at Boylan Central Catholic high school in Rockford. Cordially yours in Christ, +,<>",-- Most Reverend Loras T. Lane Bishop of Rockford Slnoke Ignored By Cardinal WASHINGTON --. (NC) -- Richard C a r d i n a 1 Cushing chuckled and said: "The only thing I was afraid of was that I would be blamed if the lec- tern burned up." The Archbishop of Boston was talking about th smolder- ing fire which brokeout in the lectern as he was delivering the invocation at the inaugura- tion of President Kennedy. The mishap was witnessed by mil- lions Via television. The prelate was asked if he was aware that the fire had broken out shortly after he begaff his pyayer. "I certainly was,"he replied, "I saw and smelled the smoke and I knew something was Wrong. It didn't concern me $o I went on with my prayer." PHILIPPINE BISHOP -- Fa- ther Quentin Olwell, C.P of Brooklyn, N. Y superior of the Passionist Fathers in the Philippines, has been named Vicar Apostolic of Marhel, Mindinao and titular bishop of Tabraca, Africa. Father Olwell has spent 32 years as a China missioner until ex- pelled by the Chinese Reds in 1951. He led the first band of Passionist missionaries to the Philippines in 1958. U. S. Nuns in Peru LIMA, Peru ---(NC)--- Four Sisters of Mercy of the Chicago province have arrived here to begin mission work. With them came their provincial, Mother M. Huberta, who will survey mission activity. Mother M. Baptista, provincial of the Sis- ters of Mercy of Omaha, also came to discuss possibilities of mission work in Peru Ior her province. Lenten Pre-Cana Confereflces for engaged couples have been scheduled throughout the Diocese of Rockford by the Diocesan Bnreau of Family Life . In an announcement made by the Rev. Francis J. Moronev, Director, it was revealed that they will be conductcd in Rockford, Aurora, Sterl"ing, and Woodstock. Dates and places arc as follows: St. Mary's Church, Rockford March 12, 13, 15, and 17. St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital; Aurora March 12. 13, 15, and 17. Marian Central Catholic H. S Woodstock March 5, 6, 8, and 10. Newman Center, Sterling March 12, 13, 15, and 17. Attendance at Pre.Cana Con]erences is open to engaged couples planning to marry be]ore next lull. I