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PAGE 4 The Friday, March i7, 1961 ALWAYS KIND--EVER FORGIVING--The parish priest spends a great deal of time hearing confessions, bringing the peace of Christ to hi~ parishioners, forgiving their sins. PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD--Each Sunday, the priest preaches the troths of Christ to his people, teaching, admonish- ing his flock m giving them the "opportunity to be better Catholics. PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY HOME--At any hour of the day or night, the diocesan priest is always ready to answer any sick call, to console the dying, to help his people. "EGO TE BAPTIZO"--Administering the saera~nents is a very important part of the parish priest's work. There is no greater thrill than the above picture portrays -- bringing a l~w Christian into the world, a brand new Catholic. You would hardly call him an altar- "boy". He was sortie- what older, but still young and still serving Mass. In fact he was happiest when he was do- ing things around the altar. He wanted to be a priest, but that, he thought, was just wishful thinking. He was one Of 12 chil- dren; the family was poor, and his parents could not possibly give h i m the education he would need. But God has His own way of doing Lhings. One morning two ladies of means saw this older .P altar- boy serving Mass. After the service they met him when he offered to get them a car- riage in a downpour of rain. This chance meeting led to the accomplishment of his hearts desire, for the two ladies offer- ed to pay all his expenses along the way to the priesthood/ the realization that they helped I lowed to educate him. The Just as many of the priests Apostle of Vienna their boy become a priest. Lay]boy's name was John Baptist of today were the altar-boys of The altar'"boy'" was Clement folks must thrill to the realiza-[De' Rossi. yesterday, so too many of the' tlon that they helped some na Priest f r altar boysof today are m Hofbauer, and he was ordained " "[ " s o Tomo row "," ~ - ' tire y o u n g man become a God's planto be the priests of a prmst m 1785. ] John later in 1721 became a -- . nriest in a forei,~n -~;o~^,- i,~1,~,' ' tomorrow. L~O yOU ever pray ~or for zv years ne om extraort11- ~ . ~ . " "~".~ ." [priest and spent 43 years doing the altar-boys in your parish? narily great work for t h e tmagme wnat must nave oeen[big things for God They called - the thrill of the ~wo 1 ~~ t ~or mrmer mlormanon: Church in Warsaw. Then he ' t,aoms wnojhim the "Apostle of Rome" andDirector of Vocations, 1260 N h lpedClement Hofbauer be went to Vmnna where for the ~ m 1881 Po Leo XIII nomz " ' . -I" pe ca " -]Church S,' Rockford, IlL Tel : rem n 1 come a priest oecause thew I ai ing 2 years of his life,] ' led him a saint. WOodland 3-4322. he did l~rhap~ even greater]priest was eannonizod a saint]~ ~ ~ r f by the Church m 1909t wo k or God. "The Apostle of " " ]l-Ilr7 "11 ~ "! ~ ,# 3t Vienna" he was called. Did :'ou ever hear of Signor] wonaer oI ttte t'rtestltood So extensive and varied were his works that they defy beingll summarized. Suffice it to say t h a t the Cerman dramatist, Werner. used to claim that he knew of only "three men of su- )erhuman energy -- Napoleon, Goethe and Father Clement Hof- bauer." Canonized in 1909 Surely parents must thrill to and Signora Scroza of Genoa? Very likely not. I am sure, how- ever, that. they are very well known in heaven. They too were attracted ~by an alter-boy --this one, however, was only 9 or 10. He used to serve sea- "To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasure; to be a member of each family, yet belonging to none, to :share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets; to heal all wounds; to go. from men to GOd and offer him their prayers; to return from God to men to bring pardon and hope; to have a heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity; to teach and to par- eral Masses every day in their parish church. Learning that he don, console and bless always, My God, what a life! And it is came from a poor family, the yours, 0 Priest of Jesus Christ." Scrozas asked that they be al:J --Lacordaire