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THE OBSERVER TRACED TO MISSIONARY JOURNALIST FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 1961 CHAPEL GOES TO SEA--Just aft of the bridge on the Italian supertanker Mare Nostrum is a door marked "Capella." Be- hind the door is a tiny Catholic chapel consisting of an altar, six pews, and a sacristry that doubles as a confessional. At ports of call a priest comes aboard, offers Mass and hears confession. At sea, the chapel is open for visits and meditation. Above, a visitor stops by the chapel while the ship was berthed at South Portland, Me. Washington,- A missionary- iourna]ist who will be 77 in February made the suggestion that led the U. S. Bishops to establish the annual observance of Catholic Press Month 40 years ago. Father Francis Markert, S. V. D a Divine Word mission- ary with a long record in the Catholic press, now resides at the Divine Word Seminary in Techny, Ill. Born in Germany on February 27, 1884, he came to the United States a few months after his ordination, in 1910. He has devoted 5{} yqars of his priesthood and work for the mission cause. Throughout these years, he devoted him- self constantly to important projects in the Catholic press. While manager of the Mission Press, at Techny, he also edit- ed for 38 years the Familien- blatt, outstanding Catholic Ger- man magazine in the United States. Back to 1920 First Friday Evening Masses origin of Catholic Press Month, as observed in the ALBANY FREEPORT United States. dates back to the annual meeting of the Catholic ~t. r'atricK b:UU ~t. dosepn o:6u AMBOY ~GALENA ~ress ,~ssomauon m wasnmg~ t St Mar 8 00~t n in January, 1920 St Patrick 6'00I . Y : The hi t m ' HAMPSHIITE 's o 'cal facts as related AURORA I St Charles Borromeo 8 0!bY Father Markert in the Chris- Our Lady of Good Counsel 8:00! ~,~ - tian Famil- m~in,~ ~ w,~ S+ Peter In~r~mu ~ -'~ " ul St Pmtridk a.aa ruary 1950, and additional data A A B T VIA [HARVARD recently furnished by him, Holy Cross 6:151 St. Joseph 5.10 through Father Ralph M Wilt- CARPENTERSVILLE 1LEE gen, S.V.D together with in- St. Monica 8:00 CARY SS. Peter and Paul 6:45 DIXON St. Anne 5:30 St, Patrick 8:30 ELBURN' St. Gall 8:00 ELGIN St, Laurence 5:0( ELIZABETH St. Mary 8:00 ERIE St. Ambrose 4:15 Slot Machines Hit bv Priests WASHINGTON (NC)-- Ex- cessive use of slot machines is a sermus evil, two priests of the Washington archdiocese said in a statement. The statement, directed at the thriving slot machine industry in southern Maryland, was is- sued by Father James T. Wil- kinson. S J pastor of Holy Face church. Great Mills. Md a n d Father Harry A. Echle, pastor of St. Mary's church. Bryantown. Md. The pastors are d e a n s of Charles. St. Mary's and Calvert counties in Maryland, which are located in the Washington archdiocese. Their statement had the approval of Archbishop Patrick A. O'Boyle of Wash- ingmn. "There is disma] evidence." the priests said. "that the inor- dinate use of slot machines in areas of this archdiocese con- stitutes an abuse that deserves severe condemnation." The satement pointed out that gambling "is not intrinsically evil but . . the present wide- spread use of s I o t m'achines with its sad consequences must be judged a serious evil." "This abuse of gambling has inflicted injury on individuals, on families and on the commu- nity," the statement said. The statement also said the "uncontrolled gambling" of parents has "interfered with the proper education and moral tone of the family." Shoemakers /or Four Generations BEAN SHOE SERVICE Rockford 205 N. 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Gilbert, convention coordinator for the 6th National Convention of the NCCA. The convention will take placein Boston, January 25 to 27. J MFG Aluma Craft Boats Skin Diving Equipment Everything Above and Below the Water HARDWARE for Hard Wear ED THORNE'S HARDWARE AND MARINE CENTER 7928 N. Second St. Rockford Open Man. and Fri. 8 to 8 -- Saturdays 8 to 6 SALE! ABOUT DIAMONDS } By Harold Troxel~ (St. Bernadette Parish) How Much Does A Diamond Cost . . ~This is like ask- ing the price for a horse. The dif- ference between a nag or a fine thoroughbred. It is the same with diamonds, not all diamonds are a- like, it takes an expert with a trained eye to see the differ- enee. One might weigh more than the other: or have better color; one might be flawed, the other flawless. The brilliance will depend on its being perfect- ly cut, while the other less bril- liant because poorly cut. All of these affect the price of the diamond. Each has an in- dividual effect on the value of the stone. When buying, buy your diamond from a diamond specialist Harold H. Troxel. All 1960 Models Still Going On! At I 330 S. Church St. WO 34421 Rockford, III. 115 N. CHURCH ST. Catholic Press Month came in- to existence. : Father Markert recalls that at the CPA meeting in 1920. one of the main toples of discussion was the deplorably small num- ber of subscribers to the Catho- lic press. Marked interest was shown in the ideas advanced to PRESS MONTH FATHER -.- Father Francis Markert, S.V. D is considered the founder of the annual observance of Catholic Press Month in the United States, first held in 1921. The Divine Word Mis- sioner, who is now 77 and re- sides at Techny, Ill will be 78 years old this month. Catholic press in the United States would never amount to anything as long as it remain- ed merely a bread-and-butter affair of some private printers, no matter how good and well- meaning Catholics "they might be." "It would never become a valuable :instrument of the Church," he said, "unless it was directed and .inspired by the needs and by the wisdom of the living Church, guided at the same time by the authority of the Church as represented by the Hierarchy." During one of the luncheon periods of the press convention, Father Markert haft an oppor- tunity'to speak to Bishop Wil- liam T. Russell of Charleston, S. C first Episcopal chairman of the newly organized Press Department, National Catholic Welfare Conference. Encouraged by the Bishop to express his thoughts on the problem, Father Markert sug- gested "an intensive and high- ly centralized campaign back- ed up by the Hierarchy . . . My suggestion was that the propa- ganda drive should last for a full week or more and should be inaugurated by a joint pas- toral letter of all the Bishops of the country." Pastors would be inspired to give "appropri- change the situation. But "most ate sermons, lecture, exhibits of the suggestions, though good of various Catholic publications in themselves," he stated, "were]enlisting for this work the co- only more or less either ideal, Ioperation of the various Catho- theoretical, or limited in their lic organizations of men and pratt cabfi~ty. . women. Posters and contests He was convinced that "'the would be held to make Amer- ican Catholics "Catholic Preas c o n s c i o u s," and the drive would be an annual event, this "I told the Bishop that system had been employed very suceessfully for several years in Spain," where a dynamic pre- late had instituted an annual "Catholic Press Sunday." Upon Bishop Russell's request, Father Markert was able to secure from Spain, with the help of an American Jesuit scholastic, a large package of publicity material. This was turned over to Justin McGrath, founder and first director of the N.C.W.C. Press Department, to aid in the preparation of a booklet arid posters. Thousands of these were distributed in a propa- ganda campaign which was promptly endorsed by both the NCWC and the CPA. material, including press data, program outlines, posters, and suggestions for Catholic organi- zations. But the idea of an an- nual Catholic Press Month ob- servance, planted in the ear of Bishop Russell by Father Mar- kert, in January, 1920, has met :with a wide and popular ac- HIGH SPEED TRAVELER--Francis Cardinal Spellman, Arch- bishop of New York, shows one of the Strategic Air Command'B alert pilots a card attesting to the Cardinal's membership in the select group of persons who have broken the sound barrier. The informal visit with the airmen occurred during Cardinal Spellman's holiday visit to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. organized campaign on behalf of the Catholic press and the month of March, 1921, was, named as the first National Catholic Press Month. This wasj T officially announced in a let- ter sent by Bishop Russell, January 5, 1921, to all members GENEVA--Players, Inc a professional group from the Catholic of the Hierarchy oi the United]university of America gave a truly delightful and thoroughly en- States. Ijoyable performance of Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" last In the following year,' 1922,1Sunday at the Sacred Heart Mission Seminary here. the observance of the Pressl ~ ~ .tne mayers nero mew aura- ~ ~" Month was changed from March . . fence spellbound from beginning won ular and critical ac m reoruary, and nas remained ,^ ^-a . ;.l. ;--ll~ I. 1~1~pop ,tu e,tau w~ut cbtoct:~ia~l.y .utau~e claim. ever since, and convincing performances CPA Has "Kit" turned in by Carol Keefe, as the By special arrangement the The CPA makes available a witty and sparkling Portia, and company has. toured U.S. armed "kit" with varied promotional:Clyde Wadlow, Jr as the vii-forces installations in Japan, lainous yet somehow pathetic Korea, Europe and Germany. Shylock. They recently toured South The players perform Shake-]America under President Eisen- speare to entertain and they do.] nower s ~utmrm ~.xcnange pro Excellent casting, acting, light- ing, staging and costuming add gram. up to a colorful performance. A vote of thanks should go to The Players are a unit of thelthe Fathers of the Sacred Heart Catholic university school of/mission seminary for bringing speech and drama department, lthe Players to this ared and giv- They are a professional touringling all an opportunity to enjoy company composed of specchlone of their memorable perform- and dram~ graduates which has lances. claim. "The results have far sur- )assed my fondest dreams," he writes. 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