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News Section--Page 8A THE OBSERVER EDITION OF OUR SUNDAY VISITOR Sunday,-March 14, 1948 Of The For The ation DIOCESAN DIRECTOR. REV. THOM~W$ S. GREEN Aftermath in the South Pacific The once renowned airstrips from which were launched the great attacks which turned the tide of victory in the Pacific cam- paign of World War II are now reclaimed by the jungles. The quonset huts, even those which were converted into makeshift 442 Highland Ave.. Dundee, III. Ah'eady many recruits have joined its ranks from the men in the armed forces who witnessed the zeal and heroism, not only of the chapels, are now thoroughly rust. ed by the heat and tropical rains but the rows of white crosses marking the graves of the fallen heroes who paid the supreme sacri- fice. stand out clear in the brilliant sunligllt. Perhaps less clearly dis- cernible are the last resting places of the 100 missionaries, many of whom gave their lives to save American pilots forced down by enemy attacks. In most instances both priests and natives realized that to assist an American flier meant certain death for them- selves. Yet Christian charity indi- cated their duty in this regard and so a mounting toll of generous missionaries and their faithful Christians must be added to the war casualities in the Pacific theatre. In one village alone the entire Catholic population of 350 men, women and children ,went to their death rather than reveal the whereabouts of an American flier whom they had nursed back to health in their jungle hideout. Hardly one hundred years have passed since the Catholic mission apostolate was begun in the South Pacific, and from its very inception it was marked by bloodshed. The work was inaugurated by the Mar- ists under the leadership of the dauntless Bishop Pompallier, but in 1882 the missionaries of the Sacred Heart, whose present head- quartets here in the United States, ia located in Geneva, Ill., under- took mission work in New Guinea. This initial attempt met with little success until 1889, when a second start was made in what was then known as New Pomer~ia. This "second spring" was marked by a novel undertaking which con- tained potentialities for great achievement. A group of 1,000 children, established in the mission stations under the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, was destined to form the nucleus of Christian com- munities throughout the islands of New Britian, New Ireland, New Hanover and the Admiralties. These children were educated and: trained in various crafts, to fit them to become leaders of their own people. Work progressed ra- pidly and with marked success~ until that fatal August 13th, 1904,~ when renegade natives attacked the flourishing station at Baining, New Britian. and killed ten of the priests, brothers and sisters. Inspired rather than daunted by the heroic death of their confreres, the Sacred Heart Missionaries en- tered upon the third epoch of their apostolate in the Pacific Islands. World War If found them self- supporting in five territories in the Pacific with additional Vicarites in tlm Celebes and Central Java, together with the charge of the diocese of Port Darwin in northern Australia. The extension of hos- tilities caused the destruction of hundreds of mission stations (in one Vicariate 50 parishes were completely ruined), while one bishop, 44 priests, 42 brothers and 86 sisters were murdered, killed by bombs or died as a result of ill-treatment, malnutrition and lack of medical care. Today the missionaries of the Sacred Heart are entering upon the fourth period of their mis- sion apostolate. Their members, eoming from Fj'ance, Belgium, Po- land, Germany, Ireland, Australia and America, represent a veritable league of nations, united in a contribute at least a part of that annual tuition fee. Pehaps, also many more of the youth of the U. S. A. will answer the call of the Sacred Heart to "tend Ills sheep in the distant lands of the Pacific." Just as I am submitting the above article for publication in this column, the mailman brings me a letter from a young man now be- gining his studies for the priest- hood--and thls preparation with these same Sacred tIeart Mission- aries. The young man is none other than a former cook in the 25th Infantry Division to whom I had given instructions in the Cath- !olic Faith and had baptized on the , Island of Luzon in the Philippines in 1945. Never had I dreamed back in June, 1945, thatI was having a hand in preparing a future mis- sionary ! Priest, Minister Work To Ease Suffering In Korea Seoul, Korea--A Catholic priest from New York city and a Metho- dist missionary from Denver have joined forces in Korea to alleviate the sufferings of the thousands of refugees now in the American oc- cupation zone. The priest, the Rev. George Carroll of the Maryknoll Fathers, and the Methodist, Dr. Bliss Bil- lings, travel to the various refugee camps distributing supplies raised through various Catholic and Pro- testant relief agencies. The refugees have come from Japan and from communist domi~ hated North Korea. There is no definite count of their number bul in the Pusan City camps alone there are almost 94,000 of them. The main items for distribution are food, clothing and medicine. Catholic War Relief Services of N.C.W.C. has supplied $22,000 worth of medicine and $90,000 worth of clothing. A Big Girl Now truly Catholic effort to spread Comino Events Rockforcl March 11-12-14, "The Eyes of Faith"--Muhtoon Auditorium, 8 p. 111. Mar. 14--St. Patrick's Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner-- St. Patrick's School Hall--5 to 8 p. m. Mar. 14--Program of Choral and Orchestral Music--Rockford The- atre--4 p.m.--auspices united or- Party--St. Thomas Coliseum--9 p. m, Apl. 4 -- Annual Nurses' Bene- fit Party--St. Thomas Coliseum-- auspices St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing. A mboy Mar. 17- St. Patrick's Day Dance -- auspices St. Patrick's CYO. Mar. 17--Dance--St. Patrick's Parish hall--auspicesSt. Anne Alumni and CYO. Aurora Mar. 16--St. Mary's Annual St. Patrick's Card Party & Apron Sale---l:30 and 8 p.m.--Kni~'hts of Columbus hall. Mar. 19--St. Joseph's Cary Par- ty and Dessert Luncheon--St. Jo- seph's IIall--l:30 and 8 p.m. Mar. 29--Annual afternoon and evening Easter card Party, Our Lady of Good Counsel school hall. auspices Parent-Teacher associa- tion. March 31--Post-Lenten Card Party, Holy Angels Parish hall. 8 p. m., sponsored by Altar & Ro- sary society. March 31--Afternoon Post-Len- ten Card Party--Holy Angels par- ish hall. auspices Altar and Rosary society. Apr. 4-5--Three Act Comedy "A Date With Judy"--St. Joseph's parish hall--8 p. m.--presented by St. Joseph's Study Club. Apr. &--Annual Spring Card Party and BakeSale--of St. Nich- olas church--8 p.m. Apr. 22--Annual Luncheon and Card Party --- Marmion Military Academy--sponsored by Marmion I Mothers club. Apr. 28--Annual Sprin~" Lunch- eon-Knights of Columbus Hall-- sponsored by Sanctuary Sodality of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Byron Mar. 27 -- Bakery Sale -- aus- pices Altar & Rosary society ot b. Mary's parish. Elburn Mar. 14--Anniversary Ham Din- ner--11 to 2 p.m.--St. Gall's par- ish. March 29--Easter Monday Festa- !pal, Knights of Columbus club- i rooms, sponsored by Elgin Council, Knights of Columbus. Elgin Mar. 29--Easter Monday Night Festival--K. C. clubrooms -- aus- pices Elgin Council, Knights of Columbus. March 31--Public Card Party, auspices St. Ann's society of St. Mary's parish. Apr. 7--Card Party and Dessert Luncheon--St. Mary's ha11--1:30 and 8 p.m. sponsored by St. Jo- seph's Hospital auxiliary. Freeport March 17--St. Patrick's Festival St. Mary's Hall, 8:30 p. m. March 27--Easter Egg and Sale, Garrity Drug Store, sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas parish. March 27--Home Bake & Easter Egg Sale, Read's Store, sponsored by Ladies Sodality of St. Joseph's parish. April 1--Card Party--Knights of Columbus Hall. 8 p.m., sponsor- ed by Daughters of Isabella. Apr. 8--Silver Tea--Aquin High School auditorium -- 2:30 p.m. -- auspices Home-School association. St. Charles Apr. 8-9-- Rummage Sale--St. Patrick's church basement-- aus- pices St. Patrick's Mothers' club. McHenry Apt'. ll--Public Party--ausoices Parent-Teacher associatiou of St. ! Mary-St. Patrick school. 'l'ampico Mar. 17--I)ance -- Rosen hall-- auspices Altar & Rosary society of St. Mary's parish. Cenacle Retreats Scheduled For Remainder Of March Warreuville, Ill.--The month of March brought a full schedule of retreats and special days of recol- lection at the ('onvent of Our Lady of the Cenacle with mem- bers of the ('enacle St. Regis guild coming for their day of recollection Salurday, March 13. The Rev. J. W. BierS, S.J., will preach the retreat for the Cenacle Chapel guild opening Sunday eve- hang, March 14, and closing next Thursday morning. Retreat master for the following weekend will be the Ray. A. H. McCarthy, O.Carm. Then, on Mon- day evening, March 29, there will be a combined meeting of the Du- Page and Aurora-Batavia guilds with the Rev. Maurice V. Dailey, C.S.V., acting as conference tar. Any further information preached or private retreats may be had by writing to the Religious !of Our Lady of the Cenacle, War- ] renville. RECHT-FROELICH CHEVROLET CO. 330 South Church at Green St. Phone 3-8421 ROCKFORD. ILLINOIS w THAT GOOD ~ GASOLINE SMITH OIL SERVICE Smith Oil & Refining Co. end Associate Dealers FIREPROOF STORAGE 7 1 5 S Moin Street ROCKFORD. ILLINOIS Burgess Acousti Confessionals Ponsls to, Existing Confessionals Burgess Acousti Telephone Booths Acoustical Engineering Co., Inc. Acoustical Treatment and Sound Control 304 Car-Pet-Line Bldg. Rockford Illinois "ALWAYS A GOOD SHOVe' STATE and CAPITAL THEATRES CHARLES HOUSI SNTEPRISES, IFII~ Winnebago Motor Sales' PACK ARD SALES & SERVICB 303 Kishwaukoo Street Dial 2-1433 Rockford, Ill. / P'r'GLY WIGGLY SUPER MARKETS Complete FOOD Centers Free Parking Lots For the Conventence of Our Customenl IIS N. Chute& 6rib & Ckorles 104S W State $4411 N. 2rid St. EDWIN HOGAN Sewer Cootroctor. Free estimates cheerfully given on o|l storm and ~anltary sewers end water mains Office and Yards } 50 N. Madison Phone Dial 5-4732 Rockford, IlL St. Anthony Hospital Schoel of Nursing Four Years High School Required "We Dress Your Floors and Windows" ot,r ~omplete Line Broadloom Carpeting Linoleum T;~l Kitchen Cabinets nd Siaks Curtains and Drapes Window Si'ades Planning Services and Estlmotm Free Call Main $-9651 CAR-PET-LINE STORE If,. 428 7tb St. Rockford. 13. AR-KI-TECK Address: D/rod,e~ Rockford. Illinob Enioy Interim finishes Exterior Ccmtitgs Induddel end m~}~m- unto coatiKs "R -$tep" ,tom mW In wood m coav.m SCIENTIFICALLY AND CAREFULLY FORMULATED Walton ;': Christ's Kingdom on earth. They Mar. 29 -- Dance -- St. Mary's BY have ~.videned.nctlhte, SCmOl~:si:nt twhoeril~ Do you remember Patsy Li, the parish hall... R~-'kford Paint !" ac~ttjes co,. uafh -hill ine little Chinese waif whose amaz- ueneva v,. ~!~ om.~nlna,_~xr]ca, ~e ~,... pp~sr^,'s/ ink story hit the front pages of ..biar..3.1--Card Manufactur, nf Co. ~ ,auu~,, .'~mcLlctt tt,su ,,tin ,,ca~ American n~wstnar~rR imtt fivp ~blen S ClUO OI *,..~ rezer s parian. ~" ~'' ladies and now number 354 priests ................. r .... 7 ........ Ham shire ,~ years ago? Well, she s a big girl P ROCKFORD ILLINOIS ~ and 194 brothers. The Countessnow, and here's her nicture to March 17--Parish Party, St. i:'~ Noblet of the Mission Sisters of prove it It was sent ~to former Charles School hall, 8 p.m. ,~ ~-~' the Sacred Heart is Superior of Marine Corps Cha,qain Fr FredMarch 29--Annual Easter Dance '~ "~ . . t" , * ~.: the native commumty of women eric P. Gehring, C.M., at St. Van- St. Charles School hall. 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