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ELGIN-- The solemn dedica- tion of the new addition to St. Laurence Catholic school here will take place Sunday, April 9, at 4 p.m. with the Most Rev. Loras T. Lane giving the bless- ing. Following the ceremonies, an open house will be held for the public and a dinner will be served in the parish hall for visiting clergy. The new addition, completed in March, 1960 at a cost of $210,000, includes four class- rooms, a multiple - p u r p o s e room, s c o u t room, library, music room and lounge Schedule of Ceremonies Ceremonies will begin Sun- day with a procession from the rectory to the parish church and will be composed of altar boys, visiting clergy and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus escorting Bishop Lane through a guard of honor composed of all the children of the parish. The processional, "Ecce Sac- erdos Maguns", will be intoned by the adult choir under the direction of Charles Beckman as the procession enters the church. After p r e 1 i m i n cry prayers at the altar are com- pleted the procession will re- form and proceed to the new building where the Bishop will bless the entryway and exterior .walls before entering the south door to bless the interior. Dinner, Open House The procession will then re- turn to the church where the congregation will sing the hymn in honor of the Holy Spirit and Bishop Lane will p r e a c h. Solemn Benediction will con- clude the ceremonies in the church and the procession will escort the Bishop back to the rectory. Dinner will be served in the parish hall for visiting clergy, Fourth Degree Knights of Co- Registration For Summer Schools Set Registration for the Summer schools for elementary school children, which are being held throughout the diocese, will take place on Friday and Satur- day, May 5th and 6th. Both remedial and enrich- ment programs will be offered at St. Patrick grade school, Rockford. St. Nicholas grade school, Aurora; St. Edward Central Catholic high school, Elgin; St. Mary grade school McHenry; and St. Mary grade school, Sterling. Purpose of Programs ' The remedial program will be geared to give attention to the basic principles of reading and ~arithmetic for pupils in grades 4 to 8 inclusive. The en- richment program will stress a broadened literary aspect from the reading angle, as well as provide an opportunity to delve into various science units for dhildren in grades 7 and 8. Classes in introductory Span- ish will be arranged for pupils in grades 4, 5 and 6. Enrollment and Fees The five summer schools will be staffed completely bY reli- gious sisters. Enrollment will be limited to groups of fifteen in each class. The workships will begin June 19th and end July 28th. Fees for the parti- cipants are a registration fee of $5.00, which is non-refund- able, and tuition fee of $20.30. Tuition also covers the cost of workbooks and mid-morning lunch. Parents should obtain the commendation of their chil- drens' teachers before register- Lg them for the program. The registrations are to be made at the five above men- tioned schools, where the pro- gram will be offered with each student applying at the school within his or her respective area. Bishop Lane Thursday, April 13 10:30 A.M. -- St. Patrick church, Rockford. Solemn Pon- tifical Requiem M a s s for de- ceased priests of diocese. Cler- gy Conference. Sunday, April 16 $ P.M.--St. Joseph Seminary, St. Charles. Dedication of new Schneider, superimendent of St. Edward Central Cathc~lic school at Elgin and the Rev. Walter C. R o b e r t s, pastor of St. Thomas More parish. Master of Ceremonies will be the Rev. Francis J. Moroney. Deacon a n d subdeacon at Benediction will be the Rev. Francis P. Kennedy, pastor of St. Mary at Morrison and the Rev. Philip L. Kennedy, assis- tant at St. Edward in Rockford, with the Rev. Charles W. Mc- Clergy Meeting To Be April 13 At St. Patrick VATICAN CITY--(NC)- His Holiness Pope John XXIII told the world on Easter that despite persecution, bloodshed and trib- ulation, Christ will triumph as He did on the first Easter. Seated on a throne on the icentral balcony of St. Peter's, Pope John spoke to about 250,- 000 p e o p 1 e gathered in the square below, and to television and radio audiences of millions ROCKFORD -- The Most Rev. lthroughout m-o s t of Western Loras T Lane will offer the]Eur pe" He concluded by ex- [tending "Easter greetings in 15 annual ~'onmlcai ~teqmem lwass [languages, including a well-pro- for the deceased priests of the[nounced "A Happy and Blessed diocese of Rockford at St. Pat. Easter to You All" in English. rick church on Thursday, April Mystery of Christ The Pope delivered the third Easter messag@ of his reign af- ter celebrating Solemn Mass in the basilica in the presence of 22 cardinals, the whole papal court, and 40,000 people. He be- gan his address by quoting in Latin the words of Christ: "I am the Resurrection and the Life." With this as his text, the Pope recalled the liturgy of H o 1 y Week and its climax in the Res- ]rrection. Easter, Pope John said, is the 'celebration, perennial and ev- lumbus and lay consultants of the parish. The toast to o u r country will be given by the Rt. Rev. William J. Donovan and a toast to the Church will be given by the Rt. Rev. M. A. Schumacher, V.F. During the dinner an open house will be held in the new addition with cake and coffee served by members of St. Lau- rence Altar and Rosary sodal- ity, assisted by St. Laurence School Parents' Assn. Officers for Dedication i Acting as assistant to Bishop Lane during the ceremonies will be the Very Rev. Raymond J. Wahl, director of education in the diocese. Deacons of Hon- or will be the Rev. Robert W. Namee, director of guidance at St. Edward high s c h o o 1, as master of ceremonies. Directing the children as an escort to Bishop Lane will be The Rev. James J. Griffin, as- sistant at St. Laurence. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Immediately following the Mass there will be a conference held for all the clergy of the diocese. After the conference a luncheon will be served in the school hall with another confer- ence to be given after that. Clergy conferences are held twice a year in the diocese of Rockford. SERRANS HONOR ALTAR BOYS, FATHERS--More than 1,100 altar boys and their fathers in )lockford and Sterling were honored the last week in March by members of the Serra club who sponsored an evening Mass followed by a spaghetti supper in the two cities. The annual event in Rockford (top photo) was held at St. Anthony parish with the Rt. Rev. Herman A. Meilinger, V.F chaplain of the Rockford Serra club, as celebrant of the Mass. The Rev. William I. Joffe, diocesan director of vocations, preached the sermon to the more titan 700 present. The Most Rex. Loras T. Lane celebrated the Mass and preached the sermon at the Sterling event which was held at St. Mary parish (lower photo). More than 400 attended this event including the Rex. Francis P. Kennedy, chaplain of the Sterling Serra club. J STERLING--The Most Rev. Loras T. Lane, bishop of Rock- ford, will preside at the second annual diocesan day of Chris- tian Rural Living to be held at Newman Central Catholic high school Sunday, April 23. The rural life chairman of the Rockford diocese, Mrs. Am- brose Hermes, St. Andrew par- ish, Rock Falls, met with the Rockford diocesan director of rural life, the Rev. Clement P. Petit, St. Charles Borromeo par- ish, Hampshire, and the com- mittee chairmen last week to make final plans for the event. Symbol of Rebirth Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and a baked ham dinner! will be served at 11 a.m. The spring ceremony, symbolic of the season of rebirth, consisting of the blessings of soil and seed brought in by the people, will b e g i n at 12:30 p.m. Outside blessings of farm machinery er-renewed, of the mystery of Christ; of Christ the glorious and immortal King of the na- tions and of the ages; the com- fort and encouragement of all humanity, redeemed by Him and preserved for the triumph of its eternal destiny and also for the peaceful success of hu- man living together and of or- dered prosperity on earth." Stresses Victory The Pontiff described Christ as a "point of contradiction for so m a n y centuries, despised and rejected and always glori- ous and always victorious." Throughout his s p e e c h, the Pope made references to t h e troubles and temporary defeats besetting the Church and man- kind. But he stressed through- out it the ultimate victory of Christ as demonstrated by the Resurrection. The Pope said: *'Sometimes sadness seeks to invade our soul amidst the re- curring disagreeable and, here and there, terrifying actions of a great number of men who be- long to human society--and by nature are our brothers--but to- wards whom, in fact, to wish to be indulgent m e a n s nothing else than to apply correctly the last judgment and/he last pray- the cities and the fields. Their threatening agitation disturbs Vol. XVI No. 14 I LAOS--(NC)--Laos, the south-! east Asian tinderbox that could make the cold war hot, is one of Official Newspaper of the Rockford ROCKFORD, APRIL 7, 1961 Blessed Sacrament at 4 p.m. will conclude the day's events. People from all parts of the diocese will attend the affair to seek God's blessings upon the welfare'of rural people and their communities. T h e Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will set up exhibits showing their work in the diocese through their committees. Young people will also be participating in the pos- ter contest and displays repre- senting their work in 4-H, FHA, FFA and Rural Boy Scouts. Plan Day's Events Joseph Meisner, field repre- sentative NCRLC, Des Moines, In attended the meeting at Newman high with the follow- ing committee chairmen:Host, the Rev. Frank J. Bonnike; hospitality, Mrs. Tim Sullivan; registration, Mrs. Robert Hond- ley; publicity, Mrs. M. A. Wall- jasper, tickets; Mrs. Robert Mil- ler; platform and stage, Leo Foust and Omar Koehler and 4-H chapter, Newman high. Other chairmen are: proces- !sion, J o h n J. Coone~; honor guard, Leo Miller; children's pets, machinery and livestock assemblage, Frank Kane; dio- cesan exhibits, Mrs. Gordon McKee; school contest posters, Mrs. Elbert S. Buch; youth dis- plays, Mrs. George Hodge; mu- sic, Mr. Richard Kroeger; mem- bership and NCRLC booth, Mrs. Fred Fritts, children's entertain- ment, Anthony Droste; parking, Mike Clavin; ushers, William Mc K e o w n; checkroom, Tom Hermes and Bob Regan; conces- sion stond, Katherine Keenan and Mrs. Douglas Keeling; din- ner chairmen, Mrs. Mary Kob- beman and Mrs. ,William Stef- fes. Reservations can be made with the Ru~ral Life chairman of each parish by April 12. Honors Priest PARIS -- France has issued a postage stamp marking the centenary of the death of Jean- Baptiste Lacordaire, Dominican priest who was the most cele- brated preacher of his day and a pioneer of soc:~l reform. CHINA the least Catholic countries in Asia. While Laos is adjacent to Viet- nam, which is second only to the Philippines in its per'centage of Catholics in the Far East, the Catholics of Laos constitute only about one per cent of the popula- tion. They now total aobut 24,000 in a population of between two and two and one-half million. Despite the gains in the past 10 years ~ resulting partially from an influx of Vietnamese refugees -- Christianity has ways had rough sledding in Laos. The land locked kingdom, roughly twice the size of Penn- sylvania, is predominantly Budd- forced him to leave the country hist in culture and religion. But in December, 1647. many of the isolated t r ib e s Father Leira's work had no in the lofty mountains which cov- lasting effect. Vientiane, where er much of the country are still~he preached, was sacked by the given to demon worship. Siamese in 1827, and w~thin a First Mission Attempt period of years was overgrown The first attempt to preach the with jungle, leaving the remains Gospel in Laos -- then an exten-iof the architecturally famous sive kingdom -- was made in the! palace and pagoda, but no trace er of the dying Jesus: "Father, whatf rgivethem' f r they kn w n t ] Midwe tern,TheirtheyPersonaldisordereddo FeelingScries fill Canon old capital, and now the admin-:were' in general hamstrung by istrative capital. But the violent'the civil authorities. It was not opposition of the Buddhist benzes [until 1893, when the French and troubles those who love jus- tice, liberty, a life that is labori- ous, honored, beneficient and tranquil. It is the same agita- tion that saddened the streets of Zion on the tragic eve of the The Canon Law Society of America will hold its Mid-West Regional convention at the Faust and livestock will follow. At 1:45 p.m. a panel discussion per- tinent to problems of agricul- ture, will be held in tlJe gymna- ~iurn. Benediction o: ther Most death of Jesus." hotel in Rockford on April 25-26. Looking down at the hundreds It will be the first Mid-West Re- of thousands gathered in St. Pc-gional meeting of the society in ter's square, the Pope told them the state of Illinois,; of his personal feelings: The Most Rev. Loras T. Lane, "Your presence and your par- [ Bishop of Rockford, will act as !ticipation, so imposing, respect- host to the convention. Invita- ful and pious, in this Easter eel- ebration, tempers the anxiety and interior distress of him who b e a r s the most intense and acute responsibility and solici- tude for the salvation of all the flock of Christ, which the di- vine Shepherd of souls has re- deemed with His Blood." Despite all the s u f f e r i n g Christ endured, the Pope recall- chosen by the Very Rev. Msgr. John A. Abbo, J.C.D of the Canon Law Faculty of the Cath- olic University of America, Washington, D. C. Business Meeting On Wednesday morning, dele- gates will hear the Rev. Rom- aeus O'Brien of the Canon Law Faculty of the Catholic Univer- ed, He prophesied t h at He would rise again. "And thus it happened. He rose again exact- ly after three days. "In the last hours of His so- journ here below, He (uttered) the final predictions about His Church: its tribulations, strife and struggles, likewise a 1 s o most bloody. Jesus continued: 'I have overcome the world. I shall be with you even to the consummation of the world.' The world continues its history. It is sure, however, that its con- summation will represent the 'eternal glory of Christ the Son of God of all those who put :heir trust in Him." Powerful Stimulus Pope John told Christians that ;he lesson and the spiritual rich- ness of Easter is meant to be a "powerful stimulus--also this year -- in the resolute striving on the part of each of us for a tions have been sent out to ap- sity of America, speak on "Can- proximately 400 priests engaged onical and Civil Implications of in Chancery or Tribunal work, the Vow of Poverty," as well as as well as seminary professors the Rev. Raymond Goedert of of Canon Law. the Metropolitan Tribunal, Chi- Main Speakers cago, who will discuss "Recent In addition to Bishop" Lane, R o m a n Replies." Following who will deliver the Address of these talks there will be a busi- Welcome, speakers will be: the ness meeting conducted~ by the Very Rev. Arthur Caron, O.M.I !Rev. Benjamin F. Farrell, J C D, Dean of the Faculty of J.C.D of the Diocese of Wheel- ing, West Virginia, who is Exec- utive Secretary of the Mid-West Canon Law Society. Officers of the Mid-West Chap- ter of the Canon Law Society for 1961 are: the Right Rev. Canon Law, University of Otta- wa, Canada, who will discuss "Canon Law and Moral Theolo- gy " ' The Roman Synod, Presenta- tion and Discussion" is the topie Diocese more decisive uplifting toward those noble heights to which the voice of our conscience and the g o o d inspirations of our Lord call us, on guard, as we must always keep ourselves, against human betrayal, against diffusive weakness, against in- dividual and collective infidelity to the most sacred laws of life." The Pope concluded by giving his blessing to. the whole world, and expressed Easter greetings in Italian, English, F r e n c h, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch, Greek, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Ukranian Croatian and Slovenian. Then he intoned the Latin formula to give his blessing "urbi et orbi" --to the city and to the world-- w h i c h concluded the annual commemoration of the greatest feast of the Church ~'ear. 10 PAGES made Laos a protectorate, that Catholic missioners had any real freedom to preach. But the few priests who came to Laos then came mainly to minister to the small Catholic community of An- namites and Tonkinese residing in Laos. The missions gained official status in June, 1938, when the Holy See erected the Prefecture Apostolic of Vientiane and Lu- ang Prabang. During World War II, the Jap- anese suppressed the French au- thority in Laos, and the mission- aries who were able to remain were subjected to the usual re- strictions imposed on nationals of enemy nations. Scene of Warfare The French returned in 1945, and gradually granted greater self government to the Laotians. This culminated in Laos' inde- pendence --- within the French union -- in 1949, and finally the withdrawal of French forces 'in 1954. Laos itself has been hit by in- termittent guerrilla warfare ever since the end of World War II. The Geneva conference agreement of July, 1954, provid- ed for an end to the hostilities in Laos as well as for the partition (Continued on page 2) Msgr. Louis J. Franey, presi- dent; the Very Rev. Raymond J. Wahl, vice president; and'the Rev. Francis J. Moroney, secre- tary-treasurer. Diocesan Priests Invited Priests of the Diocese of Rock- ford who have been invited to attend the meeting include form- er Chanery officials: the Right Rev. Msgr. F. F. Connor, the Right Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Conron, the Revs. James F. Laf- ferty and Frank J. Miller. In ad- dition, the following members of the Diocesan Tribunal have been invited: the Right Rev. Msgr. Herman A. Meilinger. V.F the Right Rev. Msgr. William G. McMillan, the Revs. John F. Re- gan, Robert P. Donovan, Leo H. Ambre, Arthur J. O'Nefl, Wil- liam A. Kriegsmann, Eugene C. Baumhofer, Daniel B. Geoghe- gan, Raymond P. Gordon and Paul A. Tuchlinsky. PRIESTS AND MINISTERS JOIN SIT-INS--Two Catholic priests and several Protestant min- isters discuss their participation in Oklahoma City's weekly demonstrations to desegregate eat- ing facilities with Mrs. Clara Luper, counselor of the NAACP Youth Council. Grouped, at right foreground, while marchers circle in front of restaurant, are Father William Skeehan (left) of Sacred Heart parish, and Father Edward Jeep (right) of St. Patrick parish. Mrs. Luper is partially hidden by ,Father Jeep. Facing the camera is the Rev. William Spearman, a minister of the First Presbyterian Church, Tecumseh, Okla. Others in the group are also Protestant clergymen-