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FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1961 'ri E Ot 6EI VER PAGE 7 To Bishop Lane goes the major share of credit for the success achieved by this office. tters on Membership and Mission Sun- days were very essential in describing the needs of the Missions. To the priests in our parishes and institu- tions go our heartfelt thanks for their zealous promotion of the Mission cause. They have enkindled the enthusiasm of the laity by their sermons. Together with the Sisters and teach- ers, they have taught the children in the schools the needs of the Missions. The teach- ers in our schools have made the Missions an essential part of the curriculum of studies and school activities. The laity of the diocese are, of course, the ultimate sourc of all the contributions to the vIissions, and to them we'offer our heart-felt gratitude. In some cases, the children have given more through the schools, than the adults through their parishes to this cause. They have shown an eagerness to make the blessings of Baptism possible for the children in pagan countries, by adopting them as their spiritual brothers and sisters; thus bringing them under the shelter of Mary's blue Mantle. Much of the interest in the Missions in the cli0cese is due to the publicity given by the Observer, our diocesan newspaper. all who have helped the Missions in any way, by their prayers, labors, sufferings, and sacrifices, we offer our appreciation. The mis- sionary priests, Sisters, and the lay-Catholics in the Missions throughout the mission-world remember their benefactors daily in their Masses and prayers. Fifteen thousand Masses are offered each year for the members and benefactors of the Pontifical Mission-aid So- cieties. That God may bless abundantly these Mission helpers is likewise the daily prayer ef your Diocesan Mission Director. Gratefully yours in Christ, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas S. Green Rockford Diocesan Mission Director 1935. $ 3,893.88 1936. 1937. 1938. 193,9. 1940. 1941 . 1942. 1943. 1944. 1945. 1946. 5,432.11 8,367.02 7,025.55 7,010.01 7,231.25 7,111.04 5,156.89 14,601.96 14,705.29 15;820.32 1 7,080.74 I @ 1947. 1 7,335.82 1948. $16,399.95 1949. 20,102.20 1950. il 8,137.87 1951 . 1952. 1953. 1954. 36,636.74 35,410.45 37,709.48 48,1 84.20 1955. 48,527.40 , 1956. 67,184.61 Another source of income that goes into making up the grand total re-" ceived for the missions from the Rock- ford Diocese, is the elementary schools of the Diocese, through the Pontifical Association of the Holy Childhood, as the official mission-aid society of the Catholic children, who through prayer and sacrifice contribute to the spiritual and temporal welfare of the children who inhabit the mission fields. As such, it is not a collection agency of any particular group of mis- sionaries, nor is it just another so- ciety. The Holy Childhood Associa- tion is the only one of its kind. The Holy Childhood Association has but one objective, that of providing the opportunity and the means to Catholic children to contribute in an effective manner to the happy ful- fillment of the sacred mission con- fided by Christ to His Church, and thus acquit the responsibility which they have in common with all Chris- tians everywhere. The Association of the Holy Child- hood endeavors excite the real and practical interest of the Catholic child for the Apostolate of the Church. Up- on this interest the Church builds its hopes for a strong and ardent adult attachment for the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, as 'well as an increase in miss!onary vo- cations. As one of the official "gommunity Chests" of the Holy See, th'e Associa- tion of the Holy Childhood through its membership, seeks to provide ade- quate support for all of the various forms of child welfare in every part of the mission world. W? are grateful to the Sisters and to the children, of the diocese for the tremendous work they have done for the missions through the adoption of pagan babies, Mite Boxes, dues, do- nations, and the sale of Christmas Seals. We are grateful to the Sisters for fostering the Mission spirit in the children, and thereby, teachingthem that the Faith they have received must be passed on to others. OO 1957. 79,623.87 2. St. Mary's School, Dixon 1958. 83,37&59 3 Our Lady of Good counsel, Aurora :, 1. St. Mary's School, Sterling $1,594.38 771.00 1959 111,333.02 4. sl . Mary's School, McHenry " " 5. St. Andrew's School, Rock Falls : 486.36 414.40 370.00 6. St. Mary's School, Elgin 7. St. James School, Belvidere 8. St. Patrick's School, McHenry 9. St. James School, Rockford 330.00 305.83 300.00 299.60 i 10. St. Joseph's School, Richmond 292.94 Another means by which the missionsare aided, is through Lhe Missionary Cooperation Plan. Obviously the Pontifical Mis- sion, aid Societies cannot supply the total budget of the mis- sionaries. Furthermore, it is advantageous for our faithful to have some direct contact with the missionaries, in order that they might better realize the problems of the Missions. The large number of missionaries requesting permission to make appeals in our parishes made it necessary to establish some order in the distribution of parishes. The missionaries are limited to a certain number of churches a year, according to the size of their society and their needs. After arranging with the pastors, they obtain permission to preach. The contributions are forwarded to the Chancery Office, so that the parish may be given full credit for their total Mission contributions. i our high schools in the form of the Catholic Stu- ati. Through the CSMC, the high school students ;sions, and thereby, aid the missions not only in tors of these CSMC groups, in our the Holy Father in his missionary program. ity Donations ]terling $530.24 CSMC Dues Total $36.00 $566.48 Diocese of Sicuani, Peru: St. Andrew's Church, Rock Falls $222.00 St. Joseph's Church, Apple River 66.40 Holy Trinity Mission, Scales Mound 65.39 Christ the King Church, Wonder Lake 207.40 St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Rockford 245.47 St. Mary's Church, Rockford 510.36 Vietnamese Catholic Center, Saigon, Vietnam: St. John the Baptist Church, Johnsburg $326.25 St. Mary's Church, Oregon 207.03 St. Anne's Church, Warren 70.00 St. Michael's Church, Aurora 100.00 St. Mary's Church, Woodstock 475.00 $1,317.02 $1,178.28 Diocese of Quilon, India: St. Bernadette's Church, Rockford $730.00 Holy Cross Church, Stockton 146.00 St. Mary's Church, West Brooklyn 222.25 St. George Church, Aurora 120.00 St. Anthony's Church, Rockford 780.55 Diocese of Buta, Belgian Congo: St. Margaret's Church, Algonquin $530.00 St. Catherine's Church, Prophetstown 73.50 St. Ambrose Mission Church, Erie 32.5'0 St. Patrick's Church, Hartland 111.66 St. Bridget's Church. Loves Park 600.00 St. Rita's Church, Cherry Valley 50.00 $2,008.80 $1,397.41 tockford 209.40 25.00 Freeport 200.00 10.00 Charles 182.00 ,urora 35.00 -- 234.40 210.00 182.00 35.00 Oblate Mission of Cotabato, Philippines: St. Patrick's Church, McHenry $549.78 St. Mary's Church, Polo 90.00 St. James Church, Lee 135.00 SS. Peter and Paul Church, Rockford 150.33 St. Flannen's Church, Harmon 50.00 $ 975.11