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ay esponse WASHINGTON--(NC)-- Pope John has expressed hope that the response of U.S. Catholics to the 1961 Bishops' Relief Fund appeal. "will be magnanimous and liberal as in the past." In a message to the archbish- ops and bishops of the nation, the Pope said it is not neces- sary "to bring to your attention the need for charitywhich still MY DEAR FRIENDS IN CHRIST, On Laetare Sunday, March 12, the Catholics of America are invited to come to the assistance of their destitute fellowmen overseas. The appeal is made annually at this time, and each year brings forth a very generous response in the Diocese of Rockford. Last year the Catholic Bishops' R e I i e f Fund' brought help to forty million hungry and homeless people in sixty four nations, without regard to race, creed or color. Help to Many The money to be realized from this very worthy appeal this year will go toward the following: (a) to the awakening nations of Africa, seven- teen of which gained independence in 1960, to face problems of development and human need far beyond their own i m m e d i a t e capacity. (b) to the restless millions of Latin America's slums, so in need of food and housing, work and education. (c) to the new exiles of the past year--from Ti- bet to Laos and Hong Kong--and more re- cently from Cuba. More than forty thousand from that nation only ninety miles from our shores have fled to this country, s e e k i n g refuge from persecution and tyranny. (d) to the hapless refugees of other y e a r s-- two million in Korea and Vietnam a 1 o n e, still homeless a f t e r official "peace" h a s come, and further unsettled by the revolu- tions of the recent months. (e) to the poor of southern Europe, s t i I 1 by- passed by the u p s u r g e of the continent's economy. There are millions of these and other needy per- sons who are close to our hearts but half a world away. Through our contributions to the Catholic Bishops' Relief Fund, let us reach,out to th e s e people. They are the ones whom Christ called the least of His brethren. He asked us to help them in His name. Let us do so generously in our contri- butions on Laetare Sunday. Asking God to bless you abundantly in this life and in the life to come for your charity, I remain Cordially yours in Christ, , 7: Most Reverend Loras T. Lane Bishop of Rockford i i HAMPSHIRE--St. Charles Borromeo parish will launch a $100,000 fund raising campaign Sunday afternoon, March 5, fol- lowing a kick-off breakfast in the morning when the Most Rev. Loras Lane, Bishop of Rockford, will address the campaign workers Preceding the breakfast Bishop Lane will celebrate a Pontifical Low Mass at 10 a.m. The Rev. Clement P. Petit and his committee have been preparing for the drive the past month. The minimum goal of $100,000 will be used to finance an addition to the par- ish school. The proposed new wing will h o u s e four class- rooms, offices and a school li- brary. David Herrmanr~ and Harvey Kappan, parish.trustees, are in charge of vrganizing Workers for the drive. The parish school was built in 1929 and is staffed by Dominican sisters, Spring- field. Last year the school en- rollment was 85 boys and 101 girls. Name Winners in Dental Contest ROCKFORD--Among the six youngsters who were named winners in an essay contest con- ducted by the Winnebago Coun- ty Dental society in connection with Natitonal Children's Dental Health Week observed Feb. 6 to 11 are George Sparacino, St. An- thony school, and Sharon Michel of St. James school. About 6,000 students entered the contest and winners were judged by a panel of eight den- tists. Transistor radios were given to each of the six winners. Honorable mention went to Thomas Welch, St. Patrick school," Valerie Scudder, St. James school;' and Craig Fried- enauer and Tom Rosella, Boy- lan Central Catholic high school. your clergy and faithful, you will tell them of the trust which We place in them, and of Our ardent hope that their response merit for their appreciation of the bounteous resources which Divine Providence has placed at their disposal; and 'as a pledge of that recompense from on high, We ,impart from Our heart to you and to the priests, religious and laity under your care, Our special apostolic ben- ediction. will be magnanimous and liber- al as in the past. You may assure them that in Our Masses and prayers. We will fervently invoke upon them the copious reward that they Says 0 exists" among homeless and hungry peoples throughout the world. The relief fund appeal cam- paign is scheduled from March 5 to 12. A collection usually is taken up in all parishes on Lae- tare Sunday, March 12. Mini- mum goal of the campaign is five million dollars. The annual campaign furnishes the princi- pal support for Catholic Relief Services -- National Catholic Welfare Conference, the world's greatest person-to-person relief agency. "Comfort to Millions" In ~ddition to the support giv- en CRS-NCWC, Pope John noted that the generosity of U.S. Cath- olics also has furnished him with the same means to give "solace and comfort to millions of . . . victims of privations and h a r d s h i p s" throughout the world. The Pope asked the bishops to tell their people that "in our NOTRE DAME, Ind.--(NC)--The Catholic school system in the U. S. is saving the nation's non-Catholic taxpayers at least $2,735,162,500 each year, the Rev. John A. O'Brien said here. Father O'Brien, research pro- fessor of theology at the Uni- versity of Notre Dame, assert- ed the saving results from "the staggering d o u b 1 e burden" shouldered by Catholics. He said theysupport the public school system through t h e i r taxes and then bear the entire c o s t of educating 5,142,070 pupils in elementary and high schools and 302,908 students in colleges and universities op- erated by the Church. Based on U. S. Figures Father O'Brien said he bases the saving in taxes on figures provided by the Federal gov- Masses and prayers We will fer- ernment. According to the U. S. vently invoke upon them the co-f-- pious reward that they merit [ ~,-'v -~. for their appreciation of the ~,g)]V#~.rl]rd][g't~Ig])]VJ bounteous resources which Di- ~.~- *,*,~--~,~*~*,~*L~L,*,vo~ vine Providence has placed at their disposal." The full text of the Pope's message follows : We have repeatedly found occasion to manifest the benev- In President's Aid Message CLEVELAND -- Msgr. Clar- ence E. Elwel], superintendent of Cleveland diocesan schools, pinpointed what he termed "contradictions" by President Kennedy in his Federal aid to education message to Congress. The Monsignor quoted from the President's message, "our requirements for world leader- ship, economic growth and Citizenship; require the maxi- mum ~tevelopment of every young American's capacity." "We agree," the Monsignor commented. "But then Mr. Ken- nedy turns right around and ex- cludes one - seventh of all American children (more than six million of them) because they exercise a constitutional right of freedom of conscience." The Monsignor also quoted the President's statement that in ac- cordance with the "clear pro- hibition of the Constitution" he requested no funds for Construct- ing church schools. "A few paragraphs later," Msgr. Elwell observed, "he asks for Federal loans to extend the current college housing pro- gram. He further requests a new long - term, low - interest rate loan program for academic facilities for colleges. He makes no distinction between state uni- versities and private, including denominational colleges and uni- versities. "He also asks for college scholarships open to all youn~ people without regard to sex race, creed or color and add.' 'they would be permitted to at- tend the college of their choice,' n c 1 U'd i n g denominational, church - related colleges." Msgr. Elwell said he wants to know if the solution is valid on the college level, why it is un- constitutional on the elementary and secondary school level. He asked: "At least, why cannot a bill be written so that constitu- tionality is guaranteed, as has already been done in the GI bill, the school lunch program, the national defense education act and the college housing loan program?" t olence which We cherish for Our dear children in the United States of America, and We have often praised their faith and the fervor with which they practice their religion. And in elevating to the sacred cardinalitial pur- 'ple some worthy prelates from your midst, it was Our inten- tion also to pay tribute to the vitality of the Church in your country. Division 1 Praises Amercians In endeavoring tb lead good Christian 1 i v e s, the Catholic people of the. United States have been mindful of the admonition of Our Divine Lord's Apostle t h a t "faith without works is dead" (St. James 11, 20), and so they have devoted themselves with joyful hearts to the exer- cise of brotherly love. By their unfailing generosity, your own charitable organiza- tion, the Catholic Relief Serv- ices of t h e National Catholic Bishop Lane Sunday, March 12 8:30 A.M. -- Poor Clares Mon astery, Rockford. Communion Mass -- Young Matrons Guild of the Catholic Woman's Lea- gue. 3:30 P.M. --- St. James Pro- Cathedral, Rockford. Girl Scout Sunday. Conferral of Girl Scout Awards. 7:30 P.M. -- SS. Peter and Paul Church, Cary. Confirma- tion. Welfare Conference, has been enabled to bring welcome as- sistance to vast areas of the world where there were poverty and want to be alleviated; and from their liberality, too, the Common Father has received the means whereby He gave solace and comfort to millions of his children, victims of priva- tions and hardships. Renew Appeal As you renew your Laetare Sunday appeal to your beloved flocks, inform them of the con- solation which We derive from the manifold evidence of their lively faith and of their unflinch- ing devotion to the Holy See; as- sure them, too, that the inval- uable assistance which t h e y have given Us in Our apostolate of merciful beneficienee has filled Our heart with gratitude and'with admiration for the ex- emplary charity of a people that is willing to make personal sac- rifices in order to help others. Need for Charity It is not necessary for Us, Venerable Brothers, to bring to your attention the need for char- ity which still exists. And so when you have recourse once again, in Our name, to the gen- erosity and understanding of St. Anne, Amboy (169 subscriptions) Randall Jordon will represent school at Bishop's dinner, Mar. 12 m WINNING Division 2 St. Mary, Freeport (235 subscriptions) Maxine Dougherty will represent school at Bishop's dinner, Mar. 12 Office of Education, he stated, the annual average cost for the education of a pupil in the ele- mentary and high schools is $448.62, and it costs an average of $1,414.05 to educate a college or university student. "Because Catholic families bear a double burden, the educational taxes of each non-Catholic family in the U. S. are reduced $76.66 each year," he claimed. Nullify Rights "To grant the right of par- ents to determine the education of their children, as the U. S. Constitution does, and then to make it exceeding difficult or impossible financially to exer- cise it, is virtually to nullify t h c r i g h t itself," Father O'Brien contended. "When this simple truth is made clear to the American people, public aid will be forth- coming to a 1 1 nonprofit or Division 4 church-related schools on all levels," he predicted. Pay Tribute To Bishop McDonnell St. Peter, Rockford (517 subscriptions) Joanne Leonard will represent school at Bishop's dinner, Mar. 12 Vol. XVI--No. 9 Official Newspaper of the Rockford ROCKFORD, MARCH 3, 1961 Diocese 12 PAGES TROPHIES FOR DIOCESAN BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT--On Sunday. Mar. 5 at the New- man center, 611 Locust St ~terling, St. Mary schools from Aurora, Rockford, McHenry and Sterling will compete in the annual Tournament of ChamPions for the coveted trophies pictured WHEELING, W. Va.--(NC)-- above. The tournament is sponsored by THE OBSERVER. (Photo by Herzog) An outpouring of mourners from varied walks of life paid final ~ ,~,4[ ~.-~ ~'~ tribute here to Coadjutor Bishop ~ d ~ ~rl~ ~ :ir{ ~'~f~" ~'~ ~ Thomas J. McDonnell of Wheel- -- ing. In fhe presence of more than d'i~'i~f}~ T,IIi~, ~T~Af'J'JI,4~ toBe a score of members of the Hier-IZ]L EIIU~O~O .l. Ut/I,P k.fl~t.~W~,'lO archy from ,all sections of the i nation, Archbishop John J.l WASHINGTON --(NC)-- The latest Cuban government action ~] i;])~ Swint, Bishop of Wheeling, offer-to harrass the Catholic Church is the arrest of two sisters and ed Solemn Pontifical ,Mass of a group of school girls who were collecting money for the needy ~ ~u ~ s Requiem in St. Joseph s cathe- of a parish in the Havana suburbs. dral. The sisters and the children ~ ~ HAMPSHIRE --- T h e Rev. A ~ " " ' mong the mourners were were char~,ed with creating a Council They were bein~ re Clement P. Petit, diocesan di- representativ~ of various mis- disturbance." They were held, ', ~ .~ ~, -" rector of the Rural Life Con- piacea ny me pro uastro ~iec sion societies. Bishop McDonnell for a number of hotws in a Ha- - ~ - gave 27 years of his life' furth- vana police station before being tricians' Trade Union with a ference and pastor of St. poster bearing the same child's face, but with this caption: "Shall this child be a patriot or a traitor? Teach him to strive for the Revolution." Meanwhile, pro-Castro direc- tors of private schools were re- Charles Borremeo parish, an- nounces that the second dio- cesan rfiral life d~y will be ering the cause of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, of which he was formerly na- tional director. ' Bishop McDonnell, 66, died Feb. 25 of an acute virus infec- tion at St. Mary hospital in Hunt- ington, W. Va Newman Shares In Mahn Estate STERLING ~ Four ~atholic organizations shared in the es- tate of the late Barbara Eliza- b e t h Flock Mahn of Sacred Heart parish. Beneficiaries were: Mother Mission House, Selma, Ala.; Society of the Homeless Orphans, St. Cloud, Minn.; Columbian Fathers, St. Columbus, Neb.; and Newman Central Catholic high school. Mrs. Mahn's husband, Frank Mahn, had died the previous year. The amour~t of the be- quests left to Newman h ig h school was $2,597.70. All 12 area parishes will benefit from this bequest and funds have been allocated towards the cur- rent operating expenditures of the school. .nners. Division 3 released. Many Catholics, in- cluding a group of sisters, gath- ered at the police station to ask for release of the group. Attacks Hierarchy Police were quoted as saying the arrests were made "on or- ders of Father Lence, the head of the true church." Father Ger- i man Lencc has been suspended I by the Church for attacks on the Cuban hierarchy. He is clerical head of the pro-Castro group "With Cross and Fatherland." In another anti-Church move the government of Premier Fi- del Castro ordered the removal bf posters announcing the annual Catechism Day March 5 in Ha- vana province. The posters carried a child's face with the caption: "Will this child be a believer or atheist? It depends on You! Cooperate with Catechism." Replace Posters The posters were put up by Havana's Catechetical Diocesan i ported to have discussed in Ha- vana a plan to penalize paro- chial and other anti-Castro pri- vate schools. These schools, it was reported, would be forced to give their teachers paid leave while the government used them in its literacy program. Reports from Camaguey said that the government had asked the death penalty for a 19-year- old Catholic youth leader The report said that the youth had a bomb in his possession when he was arrested on suspicion of be- ing an enemy of the Castro gov- i ernment. PRIESTS SPEAK TO SENIORS St. Joseph, Freeport (442 subscriptions) Mary Ann Scholz will represent school ot Bishop's dinner Mar. 12 Division 5 Our Lady of Good Counsel, Auroro (764 subscriptions) Carlotta Holdren will represent school at Bishop's dinner, Mar. 12 WINNING STUDENTS Joyce Hoffman, 110 subscriptions, St. Rito of Cascia school, Aurora (Division 4) Mary Ann Scholz, 104 subscriptions, St. Joseph school, Freeport ': (Division 3) ROCKFORD--During the month of March which is dedicated to the fostering of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life in the diocese of Rockford, priests have been assigned to speak to the senior students in the Catholic high schools. The 30 to 45 minute talks l usually occupy one of the reli- gion periods in the school's class curriculum. The priest speaker deals specifically with vocations to the priesthood and sisterhood and ample time is allowed the students to ask as many ques- tions as they desire. It is a time when students are able to clarify many points deal- ing with a religious vocation; it is an opportunity for them to ad- held Sunday, April 23, at New- man Central Catholic high sch ol, Sterling. Initial plans for the day are being made by Mrs. Ambrose Hermes, diocesan chairman of the Rural Life eommmittee of the Diocesan Council of Cath- olic Women, and her commit-. tee members. The first Rural Life day in the Rockford diocese was held April 20, 1958, at Hampshire, and w a s attended by clergy and laity from all parts of the diocese, both rural and urban. Airport Chapel PARIS -- (NC) -- The major Paris airport of Orly has a new chapel with a 9 a.m. Mass each Sunday for travelers and facili. ties for Mass at any time for priests in transit. just their values into a proper proportion. Cards Passed Out After the talks are given and diocese will speak at Aquin Cen- tral Catholic high school, Free- Jort and the Rev. Philip J. Reil- ly, superintendent at Aquin Cen- tral Catholic high school, Free- port, will speak to the senior students at St. Edward Central Catholic high school, Elgin. Moxine Dougherty, 58 subscriptions, St. Mary school, Freeport, (Division 2) Carlotta Holdren, 78 subscriptions, Our Lady of Good Counsel school, Aurora, (Division 5) Christopher Striegel, 27 subscriptions, St. Paul Catechetical school, Sandwich, (Division 1) To all the students participating in the 1961 Observer School Crusade, we, the editors, wish to congratulate you for the wonder. ]ul work you have done in spreading the truth of Christ. The crusade was most success]ul; over 11,000 subscriptions were sold by you, the crusaders--thank you and may God bless you. dent is then contacted for fur- ther discussion. the many questions are answer- ed, cards are passed out to the senior students attending the lecture. The card asks for their name, class, school and a space is left open for them to check if they are interested in stud~- ing for the diocesan clergy, the religious life or the sisterhood. After these cards have been col-i lected, they are properly pro- cessed and the interested stu- Priest - Speakers The Most Rev. Loras T. Lane has appointed the followirtg dio- cesan priests to speak to seniors in these schools in the diocese: The Rev. Frank J. Bonnike, su- perintendent of Newman Central Catholic high school, Sterling, will speak at St. Thomas high school, Rockford and Marmion Military Academy, Aurora; the Rev. Andrew J. Plesa, assistant pastor, St. Joseph, Elgin, will speak at Newman Central Catholic high school, Sterling and Marian Central Catholic high school, Woodstock; The Rev. Thomas C. Brady, faculty member of Marian Cen- tral Catholic high school, Wood- stook, will speak at St. Mary Academy, St. Charles; the Rev. William I. Joffe, Director of Vo- cations will speak at Bishop Muldoon high school, Rockford and Madonna high school, Aurora; the Very Rev. Ray- mond J. W~hl, chancellor of the World News 2 Family Clinic Necrology 3 Catholic Charities Column 3 Mission Column 5 Woman's Page 6 Weddings 6 Legion of Decency 8 i Doris Answers Youth 8 Tournament of Champions 8 High School News 9 Basketball Scores 9 Feature on Vocation~ 10 Guide to TV Movies 11 Forty Hours 11 St. Vineent's Jottings 11 Deaths 11 Bishops' Relief Fund 12 / '1