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FAuE g THE OBSERVER O FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1961 O :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::~ r: : ========================== . :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ;:x:::::~ :,~: ' : i:i:i:i:7:! i i:: i:i:i. COME UNTO THE ALTAR--Pages in the Knights of the Altar. flanked by Knights, KnigLht Commanders and officers of the organization at Our Lady of Good Counsel church in Aurora await the call to the sanctuary on Passion Sunday during investiture ceremonies. The -serv- ers, 75 strong~ received the surplice, cassock and certificate of membership from the Rev. Syl- rester J. Eye, pastor, while Sisters, parents and friends looked on. Pope Washes Feet, Awes Seminarians ROME--(NC)-- '*You realize what the Apostles must have felt when Christ knelt and wash- ed their feet," said a seminari- an from Brooklyn shortly after his foot had been washed and kissed by His Holiness P o p e John XXIII in Holy Thursday ceremonies, Rev, Mr, George Ryan was one of 13 students for the priest- hood selected for the ceremony of love and humiliation in which Pope John imitated Christ's ac- tion at the Last Supper. Anoth- er seminarian of the Brooklyn diocese and a Maltese seminari- an destined for the Diocese of Dallas were among the 13, all students at Rome's Capranica college. Will Never Forget Mr. Ryan said the ceremony in St. J o h n Lateran Basilica was "something that I'Ll never forget." Rev. Mr. Thomas Saccardi of Brooklyn, said: "We had just heard the Gospel describing Our Lord's actions that night and I sat there and thought, that's what the Pope is going to do. It is a ceremony that needs no words, Its mean- ing is completely clear." Not Just Ceremonial Albert Cushieri, a native of Malta who is studying for the Dallas diocese; described the ceremony as 'overwhelming." "To think that the Pope rea~,- ~y kissed my foot," he exclaim- ed. 'It's such an act of, humility that I can',t really say how much it meant,' All three stressed that the Pope's act was no mere cere- monial bowing of his head over their bare feet i~ )N The On Passion Sunday, March 19, a total of 102 altar boys were in- vested into the Knights of the Altar society and nine boys were admitted to a higher rank in the society at three different parish- es in the diocese. In ceremonies at Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Aurora 75 young men were invested in the sanctuary by the Rev. Syl- rester J. Eye, pastor, assisted by the Revs. Robert Jackson and William Collins. Other Investitures Twenty-seven servers were in. vested on the same day at St. Mary parish, Byron, by the Roy. Paul E. Kunkel, assisted by Dan Shomler and Steve Weeg, honor guard knights from St. Peter church in Rockford. Nine other youths from St. Peter church, Davis Junction, were also invest- ed on that day hy Father Kun- kel. Other investiture ceremonies were also held on Passion Sun- day at St. James and St. Patrick parishes, Rockford and at St. Bridget church, Loves Park. A total of 100 altar servers were in- vested at "these three parishes. An organization founded in 1938, the Knights of the Altar is for boys who serve Our Lord at His Altar. In order to be a Kn!ght of the Altar a boy must be of superior character, pure of heart and soul. He must have a special love for Christ in the Blessed Sacra- ment. He is expected to make visits to the Blessed Sacrament frequently and to receive Holy Communion regularly. Sense of Responsibility A Knight of the Altar must also be intelligent, trustworthy and reliable; he should be neat and have a clean appearance when performing his duties on the altar The sense of responsibility thus acquired is something of the greatest importance, for only a few are able to accept it, be- cause so much is expected of them. However, from the ranks of these 'few' and the hundreds PRIESTS OF TOMORROW--Following their investiture as Knights of the Altar, the 75 serv- t of boys who serve Christ as altar ors honored at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Aurora stand ready to serve God as ceremonies are boys in the diocese that I the completed Passion 8nnday, Supreme Grand Knights in the society at Aurora are Robert Wood, priests and spiritual leaders of rick and Robert Riley. Thomas Vide is secretary and Gerald Wermers is treasurer. Besides o o tomorrow will come. the 75 servers in grade school, the parish has 26 high schoolboys in the corps. IPreparation For Council Documented VATICAN CITY, (NC) ~ The 15th and final book in a series documenting the preliminary phase of preparation for the coming Second vatican Council has been presented to His Holi- ness Pope John XXIII. The 15 sections are contained in four major divisions labeled volumes. They cover all aspects of work accomplished by t h e Ante-preparatory Commission !for the Council. Covers Year's Period This commission was set up on May 16, 1959, less than four months after Pope J oh n an- nounced that he was calling an ecumenical council, Direct pre- parations for the council have been under way since June of 1960, when the Pope established the preparatory commissions. Volume I contains documents, insfi'uctions and appointments relating to the estab~fishment of organizations charged with the READY TO SERVE GOD--Smiling happily following 'their investiture in the Knights of the NEW KNIGHTS OF THE ALTAR--These 16'altar boys; part of a group of 27 invested in the first phase of preparation It Altar at St. Peter church, Davis Junction, these servers pose with the Rev. Paul E. Kunkel, pas- Knights of the Altar at St. Mary in Bryan show how ready and willing they are to serve by was published last July and is tar of St. Mary church in Byron. L. to r. front row: Daniel Wills, Gregory Wills, Mark Wills and smiling happily following ceremonies at the church. L. to r. front row: Donald Hahn, Craig the only one of the four avail- Bontjes, Mark Lukan, Matthew Ripplinger, Robert Hulsebus and John Hogan; 2nd row, James able to the public Michael Grennan; 2nd row: David Drager, Donald Vogel and Keith Grennan; and top row: Hogan, James Varilek, Stephen Woods, Michael Adams, Robert Hulsebus, and William Hahn; Second Series Planned David Parisot, Fr. Kunkel, and Robert Grennan, ' top row, James Hess, John Hess, Fr. Kunkel, Jack Hess and Gerald Cox. ~ Volume II is entitled "Advice and suggestions of the Episco- ~] vided into eight books, each of which is devoted to correspon- dence received from geographi- Altar Boys Pray eel divisions of the world. These publications will be f r followed by a second series deal-' ments of the Central Prepara- tory Cc~nmissien and the spe- o~t~o~s cial c0mmissions an d seere. tariats. 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