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Sunday, February II, 1951 THE OBSERVER EDITION OF OUR sUNDAY'VISITOR News section--Page 11A Church Support A letter addressed to The Observer expressed regret over an article that appeared in Our Sunday Visitor section. T. James Mack under the heading, "Ask and Be A~azed " made some comments about running a parish, lie spoke of nickels and pennies in the Sunday collection. The writer of the letter took exception to Mr. Mack's expression, "Monetary peanuts." Mr. Mack stated: "Don't forget to ask your pastor how many coppers and nickels he gets but try and ask him when he is not counting the Sunday collection!" In the letter the writer took exception to these words. She says: "Ask the various delivery men representing such services as dry i cleaning, postal service and stores how often they take a handful of some change in payment from a housewife. They'll even tell you an unexpected delivery prompts breaking into Junior's piggy bank and the entire payment will be in pennies. They honor pennies and nickels as U. S. currency. And don't tell a housewife that they are 'monetary peanuts.'" Do you think Mr. Mack is complaining about the number of coins received in the Sunday collection? Or is he rather complaining about the size of the individual contributions ? Undoubtedly there are some good Catholics today who do not understand that parish costs have increased. They realize, of course, the increases in every other field. But a few forget the Church costs have also increased. Those who gave 10 cents or a quarter a week in 1930 are not making the same contributions in 1951 that they made twenty or even ten or even five years ago. The Church is dependent upon the people for support. Your Church reflects your generosity. Nor is it merely a matter of gen- erosity. It is really a matter of obligation. That obligation is not toward a fixed amount. After all, the value of our money has changed considerably. At one time 10 percent of one's income was set as the proper contribution. The government permits a deduction of 15 per- cent as contributions for religious and charitable purposes in com- puting one's income tax. When men earned 10 cents an hour, a contribution of 10 cents to the parish represented a goodly sum. When men earn one dollar or two or more an hour, 10 cents does not represent a good contribution. We as Catholics do have an obligation to contribute to the support of our pastors. We ourselves determine the amount of that support. The amount, of course, will vary with our personal obligations. Some people have fixed incomes that do not increase with increased costs. They, of course, are not in the majority. The average home is main- rained with incomes that increase with increased costs although, in all honesty, that is not proportionate. But the income does increase. The father of a family with only his own income to meet all expenses is in a different position than a childless couple or those whose family obligations are not so great. All priests and all people have every sympathy and understanding of the financial difficulties in family homes. Mr. Mack was n~ot complaining about the nickels and pennies given by children. No, the priests are not angry about small coins in the collection W ' " box. And e don t beheve that the water of the letter feels that either the Church or the priests are mercenary. Of course, there are some who place small change in the collection basket but make ~&ubstantial contributions otherwise. ~ The priests and the Church are not mercenary. Money is needed to maintain the Church. With the contributions received, the Church can provide the services that are desired and that are needed to do the work of Christ. As Catholics, we glory in the works of the Church schools, hospitals, orphanages. All of them must be maintained. The costs for all, both in material and labor, have increased. Each Catholic does well to ask: "Have my contributions increased with my income?" Some there are who don't do their part. We don't believe Mr. Mack wishes to belittle them. In charity, we may believe that Mr. Mack wrote as he did graphically and familiarly--not to hurt people but rather to make people think. Yes, our American Catholics are generous. The pastors are many times edified by the contributions that represent real sacrifice. We believe Mr. Mack wrote as he did rather to express an idea than to criticize. It is good upon occasion to think of our obligations to the Church. No one wants to be mean or niggardly, No one wants to be remiss in their duty. Talking things over freely and honestly makes each one of us understand better our obligation and the necesslty for it. We are greatful to the author of the letter who gave us the opportunity to speak about Church support. Thank You Many Observer subscribers in remitting directly to the Freeport omee for the new subscription year of 1951 have expressed pleasure in the paper. "I enjoy your paper very much. It is getting better all the time." "I am enclosing a postal money order for the renewal of my subscription for your wonderful paper, The Observer." We are most grateful to those who express themselves so kindly. The effort of all on The Observer staff is to deserve that praise. We want to give readers of The Observer the best possible news and service. Letters from our readers are always welcome. They tell us how we are doing and what they would like to have us do. We may not always hit the mark but at least we are aiming at the target. To our critics, we say welcome. To our admirers, we say thank FOU. For. all of you we are grateful. You are our friends. Freeport D. OF I. New Benedictine Sodality Holds Catholic Press Month 0bservance St. Charles--Varied activities mark the observance of Catholic Press Month at Mount St. Mary's. The literature committee of the Sodality opened the month of Feb- ruary with a series of talks over the public address system. The group reminded students of the Catholic press' significance in the world today and of their oppor- tunity to support it and to profit from it. St. Francis de Sales' life was dramatized to familiarize So- dalists with the life and work of the patron of the Catholic press. The library exhibit, arranged by the members of the literature committee, stresses the journal- istic angle of the press and makes available in an attractive way all the papers and magazines which are a product of the Catholic press. Senior members of the commit- tee have chosen for their project a subscription drive to the Obser- ver and the Sun Herald. The latter is a daily paper, published by a group of lay Catholics who felt the need for a daily paper that would concentrate on truth in its news reporting. The literature committee will take over the coming Sodality meeting Friday, February 16, and carry out the theme of the month with three skits pointing up the possibilities of students in working for the Catholic press, and showing the power of the press in formu- lating correct thought and opinion. At the close of the first semes- ter of the school year, the follow- ing students of Mount St. Mary Academy, St. Charles, have been named for the school honor roll: Seniors: Joanne Fenzcl of Hampshire, Ann Jaeger and Ilene Smith of Geneva, Marilyn Jordan of St. Charles, Helen Riley of Crystal Lake, Patricia Donnelly of De Kalb, and Edna Minard, Mary Ann Trauscht, Judy Lloyd, Kath- erine Ylazny, Nancy .Kakuska, Marilyn Culler, Mary Bily, and Jean Pilawski of Chicago. Juniors: Alice Weibler, Kather- ine Naughton, Judy Dunham, Mary Ellen Descourouez, Patricia Keyser of St. Charles, Carol McLellan and Gloria Bonfield of Geneva, Char- lotte Simanek of Elgin, Peggy Hanrahan of Woodstock, and Margaret M. Smith, Marilyn Huck and Joyce Riordan of Chicago. Sophomores: Dolores Curin, Yvonne Sprier of St. Charles, Honore Zenk, Patricia Smego of Elgin, Holly Leonard of Crystal Lake, and Janine Osada, Rita Sea- man, Mete Schmitz, Pricsilla Her- tel of Chicago. Freshmen: Margaret Cunning- ham, Carol Dunham, Dolores Fitz- maurice, and Donna Madscn of St. Charles, Mary Ann Flanagan, Joyce Guilfoyle, Jeanne Herbeck, Patricia Ryan, and Karen Tuley of Chicago. Bake Sale Set For Sunday At Freeport Parish Freeport -- After the 7:30 and 9 o'clock Masses in St. Mary's church on Sunday, Feb. 11, St. Mary's Guild will conduct a bake sale in the social room of St. Mary's school. All members are requested to donate home-baked goods for the sale. Mrs. Edw. Oberhart, chairman, and Mrs. Ed Noe, co-chairman, will be assisted by the following com- mittee: Mrs. L. W. Bear, Miss Loretta Marmion Cadets Participate In Three Aurora--Cadet varsity debate team of Marmion Military academy participated in three tournaments of the Metropolitan Debate nnion. The first competition was held at LaGrange, Ill., the second at East Aurora high school and th@ latest on Feb. 7 at Morton high of Cicero. At East Aurora, Dick Schiller and John Hanson represented the affirmative, with Dick Wittry and Joseph Freilinger as negative. The Cadets won two and lost two in the tourney. Marmion's affirmative team defeated East Aurora in the first round, while the negative team won from West high in the second round. The defeats were to Lyons of LaGrange by the negative and to West high by the aflirma- tire team. Graduates of Marmion held the homecoming last Saturday night in the recreation hall at the academy. The program opened with a basket- ball game between the alumni members living in Aurora and the = alumni of Chicago. The game un- der the direction of Jack McHugh, i preceded the Marmion-St. Ambrose game. Committee for the homecoming celebration was composed of Joe Schaefers, chairman, Lee Reuland, Clarence Augsburg, Vern Petesch and Dave Bartimes. Apostolic Prefect Maryknoll, N. Y. --(NC)-- The Rev. William F. Kupfer. M.M., Su- nerior of the Maryknoll House in Hang Kong, China, has been ap- pointed Apostolic Prefect of the new Prefecture of Taichung, For mosa, according to information re- ceived here at Maryknoll head- quarters from Rome. Father Kupler is a native of Flushing, N. Y. He had also served in Wuchow, Kwangsi Province, be- i ginning in 1933. He became superi- or at Hang Kong nearly three years ago. Fine Furniture And Carpets Modern and Traditional Styles to Correctly Dec- orate Your Home At Real Savings. 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