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THE OBSERVER :EDITION OF OUR SUNDAY VISITOR' O News SectionPage 5 Sunday March 30, 1947 Sacred Heart Fathers Of Geneva Publish Magazine To Aid Missions Geneva--"Our Lady of the Sacred Heart" appeared for the first ime in January, 1947. It is a magazine published by the Sacred Heart Fathers of Geneva to advance the work of the missions. In the forthcoming March issue appears an account prepared by Father Ernst, M.S.C. In part it reads: "Padre's Picture" . , ............. 1Canon Law for a few years at the Dye,ye, rams: l il oe seeing i irish Scholasticate, Moyne Park, you. e goes, now, ann Keep ha xv,nf tn th W nhnul mid,inns in ..... Y -i "on- " ............................. faithful to your lotu (el g] ). /1Qaq rw ;o n,;.. M..f.. These  " "" " " " r I ...... , ....................... , were. atner acnae. lvtu- Fue,-'-^- aur-h'm p y was taken in the phy:s parting words to his.peep!el flower of youth, after only three as .tneJaps were nusumg mm mOhyears of ministering to his flock. tnelr Deal. R.I.P.) The natives did not know why their Father Mike was being taken l away from them; he was so good, such a fine padre! They knew that he never did any harm to anyone, had never even seen those yellow- skinned visitors before. How could he have done them any wrong? The natives were puzzled. Tlu'ee years ago he had come tu live with them at Mapua, the main vil- lage of the Tabar Islands. "I was born on a much bigger island than yours, called Ireland, some twenty- eight years ago," he had told them; "I have left my father and mother to come and stay with you as your missionary. For three years he had been working there to make them good Christians, in- structing and baptizing them, [sOUng and old, preaching and min- tering to his flock like a good shepherd. And now he had been dragged away from them! Sunday came. The people thronged to the little church, as usual. But there was no Mass; for Father Mike had not yet returned. The native catechists took charge, as he was accustomed to do when- ever the padre had to go to an out- mission. The little congregation sang hymns and prayedprayed especially for their absent mission- ary .... they missed him so very much! Week after week passed by, and still there was no word from Fa- ther Mike, no fiews of his where- abouts. Yet his natives kept hop- ing, almost against hope, that he would come back to them some day, somehow. Loving hands pin- ned a picture of him at the church door--a constant reminder of their good, kind padre. And they car: ried on as if he were there with them, ever faithful to their Iotu, as he had bidden them at parting. Day after day they assembled for their usual prayers at nightfall; fresh flowers continually adorned the altar; and the church was kept neat and clean, just as Father had always wanted it. (Editor's Note: Father Michael Murphy, M.S.C., a native of County Cork, Ireland, became a Missionary of the Sacred Heart in 1931 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1936. After teaching Rochelle LAZIER SEED HOUSE; Genuine Pister Hybrids Feed and Garden Seeds ROCHELLE, ILL. Coming Events Rockford April 10 -- Easter Party, St. Thomas Coliseum, 8 p.m., benefit St. Edward's parish. April 13--Annual Games Benefit Party, St. Thomas Coliseum, 8 p. m., sponsored by St. Anthony Hos- 3ital Nursing School. Aurora April 7--Easter Card Party Our Lady of Good Counsel school hall, sponsored by Parent Teach- ers' Association. April 9--Post-Easter Card Par- ty--Holy Angels auditorium-- 8 p. m.--ausp]ces St. Anne's Society. April ll--Annual "April Show- ers" Dance, 9 to 12, Madonna school auditorium, auspices Ma- donna Alumnae Association. Apr. 15--Card Party--St. Nich- olas church hall8 p. m.--aus- pices St. Anne's sodality. Apr. 17 -- Annual Easter Card Party. Also White Elephant Bake Sale. Our Lady of Good Counsel school hall, auspices Parent-Teach- er Association. April 20-21 -- "Something Old, Something New," St. Joseph's Hall, 8 p.m., presented by St. Joseph's Study Club. May 1--Annual Dessert-Bridge Luncheon, Knights of Columbus club house, sponsored by Ladies of Columbus. May 6--Spring Card Party, aus- pices Arch-Confraternity of Mary. May 8Annual May Luncheon and Card Party--Knights of Co- lumbu Home--1 p. m.--auspices Sanctuary Sodality of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish. May 8--Annual Spring Lunch- eon, sponsored by Our Lady of Good Counsel Sanctuary sodality. Elgin Apr. 7"Club April Showers" St. Lawrence School Hall--spon- sored by St. Edward High School Alumni association. April 16 -- Benefit Card Party, afternoon and evening, St. Mary's school hall, auspices St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary. Apr. 30-May 1--Rummage Sale --St. Joseph's School basement-- sponsored by St. Ann's society. Freeport April 5 -- Saturday. Bake and Easter Egg Sale. Read's Store. By Ladies of St. Joseph's church. St. Ch- May 2---Dance -- St. Patrick's church hall--auspices -St. Therese society. Tampico April 5  Bake Sale, Tampieo Locker Plant, auspices St. Mary's Altar and Rosary society. i'" , , ' r n Dixon GORAL BROS. ROOFING CO. ALL TYPES OF ROOFING--BUlLY UP ROOFS A SPECIALTY ASPHALT TILE FLOORS 117 W. THIRD ST. Office Tel. 1283  Res. Tel. K 1326 DIXON Florist Cook's Flower Shop 108 E. FIRST STREET FLOWERS FOR ALL OCCASIONS PHONE 678 Roofing - Siding Frazier Roofing and Siding Company We Speclolize In Roofing Inse[brle Siding and Bullt-p Roofs 1024 Ceepef St. PHONE X811 i! Funeral Director Cello A. Jones J. Wlllord Jones Jones Funeral Home AMBULANCE SERVICE PHONE 228 204.OTTAWA AVE. THOSE WHO ADVERTISE' Wlll serve you well FAVOR THEM with your PATRONAGE 1 Sterling Notes Sunday, March 30, Palm Sun- day, will be a general Communion Sunday. Priests able to hear con- fessions in Spanish and Italian languages will be at St. Mary church. As many persons as pos- sible should make th Easter con- fession this week. The palms will be blessed and distributed before the seven-thirty o'clock. Sunday Mass: The regular Lenten devo- tions will be held at four o'clock Sunday afternoon. The Altar Boys sponsored a Requiem Mass on March 26 for the repose of the soul of the brother of Sister Clarine, S.L. For many years the hard work Sister Clarine has done in training servers has been recognized by the parishion- ers. An outstanding characteris- tic of Sister Clarine's servers is their general commtency. They not only serve the Mass reverent- ly and efficiently but they stand high in' scholarship and are out- standing in athletic competitions of the school. Many of them work after school which means they sac- rifice sleep to serve Mass. Four servers trained by Sister Clarine are now studying for the priest- hood. Dr. and Mrs. William P. Rock sons David and Dick, and Ray Matera went to Winona, Minneso- ta, last week to visit Mary Pat Rock at St. Teresa college and William Rock, jr., at St. Mary's. While at St. Teresa they also met Mary Agnes Hermes of Sterling. Ray Matera's brother, Lee, is a student at St. Mary's, as is Jack Wahl, Jim Dawson, and all of the boys with "Bill" Rock were on the football squad thi year. St. Mary's is conducted by the Chris- tian Brothers. A former Sterling, pastor, Father Leo Binz, is now Co-adjutor Bishop of .Winona. Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Hermes, on Saturday morning, March 29, marked the tenth anniversary of their marriage at a Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Mary church. The Hermeses have four children. ' Mrs. Hermes is the former Louise Grohens. The most persistent question in the Question Box concerns mar- riage. Last Wednesday evening considerable time was spent an- swering a question on marrmge of a Catholic and a so-called heathen. The true definition of heathen was given, and attention directed to the successful marriages within the parish where one of the per- sons had been a so-called heathen. Another question provoking dis- 1 " cuss'on was Why do so many dis- like the Catholic Church." It was brought out that in addition to being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, the Catholic Church has the fifth mark of Persecuted. It was emphasized that any worth- while institution, or man, attracts criticism but it should not concern him beyond helping him to corect the faults within himself. Mrs. Elmer Scott, Mrs. Ned Mc- Ginn, and Mary Jane Funderburg officiating during the Catholic Community GAA (Girls Athletic Association) tournament last week won by the Senior girls. Basket- ball chairman, Jeanne Mooney, was assisted by Marilyn Dewey. The Captains were Elaine Reasoner, seniors,Betty Gipson, juniors; Pa- tricia Kelly, sophomores; Evelyn Houlihan, freshmen. Mary Cath- erine Ferris is acting GAA Direc- tor at Catholic Community. First place winners in the Northwest District Contest held at Central School, Sterling, Sat- urday, March 22, include Pat Mc- Ginn, clarinet, Concertina by.Van Weber; Gertrude Kooy, mno, Rondo in C, by Beethoven; vanny Hannon, flute, Impromptu, by Buchtel: Each received a medal and is eligible to enter the State Contest at Bloomington. Second place winners include John Welch and Edward Alle- manl, piano; Stephen Murphy, Baritone; Rocco Maters, Marie Barry, Mary Jane Licueci, Kath- leen Stark, Elsie Masini and Lauren Frazier, clarinet; trom- bone, Larry Zitkus and Joe Me- Guire; Barbara Beien, mellaphone; Sammy Licoci, cornet; Comprising the prize-winning cornet quartette were James Mayberry, Sammy Lieocci, John Manion and #James McConville. Bandmaster Cloyd Meyers of Central school was chairman of the contest. Africans Form Sand Brigade To Save School And 'Piki-Pikis' Musoma, Tanganyika. -- Brave but inadequate efforts of hundreds of African villagers failed to halt a disastrous $15,000 fire in the White Fathers' mission of Musoma. For want of water, the natives or- ganized a sand brigade. Excited boys raced over the thatched roofs stamping out sparks until the .flames became too hot for them. The fire began at night and lasted five hours. The school, a storeroom contain- ing fittings for an entire chapel, am| a garage containing three "piki-pikis," as the natives call motorcycles, were destroyed, re- ports Father William Collins of Dorchester, Mass., Maryknoll Su- perior in Africa. The Maryknoll Missioners are at present working with the White Fathers in this area. One of the "piki-pikis" was a brand new machine belonging to Father Collins. "Despite the tragedy there were some comical sights," explains Father Collins. "Natives squatted ,,n nearby thatched roofs to squelch the sparks; they looked like huge night birds. Barefoot naHve boys rummaged in the ruins and solemn- ly presented us with twisted nails and glowing screws. Futks walked home wtih charred books under arms bearing such titles as "Ro- man Ceremonial," Rodriguez' "Christian Perfection," "The Soul of the Apostolate." "An old Christian brought tears to my eyes when he offered me condolences. He held out his hand and in it was a shilling. This is for a new piki-piki, Father,' he said. The poor fellow was giving of his meagerness." I Judge W. R. O'Malley Says Divorce Threatens To Destroy Society . Auroi'a -- The terrific financial burden placed on the taxpayer by reason of the phenomenal rise in the divorce rate was scored by Judge Walter R. O'Malley when he addressed a recent meeting of the Parent-Teachers association of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish. "Go'ernment statistics show that the rate has risen from one divorce in 17 marriages in 1887, to the alarming fig. ure of one in three marriages m 1946," the judge stated. Millions of children are victim- zed each year. the jurist ointed out, by parents refusing .to carry out the .duties of marrmge and ,arenthood. He stated that a firm religious ense and a high moral standard is Lhe only solution to this deplorable condition. "It is threatening to destroy the warp and woof of our social well being." 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