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|n Three Sections / OFFIGIAL hay 23, 1943 ,, ,, (Ol00srrurr ORGAN OF THE ROCKFORD DIOCESE A WEEKLY JOURNAL Holy Father Thanks U. S. Catholics For Aid Given Him In War Relief Work Papal Delegate Communicates "Deep Gratitude' To Bishops, Clergy, LaitywArdent Desire To Extend Charity To As Many Afflicted As Possible Washington, May 17.nNC--His Holiness Pope Plus XII has expressed his "deep gratitude" to the Bishops, priests and laity of the United States for the generous aid they have given him in bringing help to war sufferers in many countries throughout the world. His Excellency the Most Rev. Amleto G. Cicognani, Apes- Halbmaier Reports For Chaplain's Duty tolic Delegate to the United States,' announces that the Sovereign Pon- tiff has charged him with the task of communicating this expression of gratitude to American Catholics, and that the Holy Father "has im- pressed me with the gravity of my commission." He assures American Catholics that their charity is "most magnificent and most ef- fective." Communicating the Holy Fath- er's gratitude in a letter to the Most Rev. Edward Mooney, Arch- bishop of Detroit and Chairman of the Bishops' War Emergency and Relief Committee, the Apos- tolic Delegate points out that it is Pope Plus XII's "ardent desire to extend his charity to as many afflicted as possible," and that his hands have been upheld and he has been able to make gifts to bring aid to "a great number of needy, starving and desolate peo- ple." The text of the Apostolic Dele- gate's letter to Archbishop Mooney, which was presented to the Archbishops and Bishops at the recent meeting of the Admin- istrative Board of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, fol- lows: "His Holiness, Pope Plus XII, has committed to me the task of expressing his deep gratitude to the Most Reverend Archbishops and Bishops and to their clergy and faithful in the United States of America for the generous of- ferings they have placed at his disposition for the relief of war sufferers in many nations through- out the world. The Holy Father has impressed me with the gravity of my commission, pointing out that in his ardent desire to. ex- tend his charity to as many af- flicted as possible, he has been upheld and has been enabled by these donations to bring aid and happiness to a great number of needy, starving and desolate peo- ple. '"In the name of our Sovereign Pontiff I can only thank you for a charity that is most magnificent and most effective." Pri#ilege Of The Altar During Pope's Jubilee Year Extended To June DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH Maytown.  The Rev. Urban Halbmaier for the past 12 years pastor of St. Patrick's parish, Maytown, and St. Mary's parish, East Maytown, has received orders from the Chief of Chaplains, U. S. Navy, to report at William and Mary College, Williamsburgh, Va., Monday, May 24. Having received the approbation of His Excellency, the Most Rev. John Joseph Boylan, S.T.D., Bishop of Rockford, Father Halbmaier was commissioned Lieutenant (senior grade) in the Chaplain's Corps of the U. S. Nav- al Reserve. Lieutenant Halbmaier will re- ceive two months of intensive training at the college of William and Mary before being assigned to active duty. The first two weeks of this indoctrination period will be devoted largely to field work. Continued on Page 7, News Sec. ,,, , .,, Fr. T. L. Walsh IU. S. Prelates Announce Observes Silver Jubilee May25 Vatican City, May 17.--NC---The Privilege of the Altar, granted to all priests for year, May 13, 1942, to May 13, 1943, in commemoration of the Silver Episcopal Jubilee of His Holiness Pop Plus XII, has been extended to June 29, inclu- sively, it is announced in a decree published by the Sacred Peniten- tiary. Under the lrivilege of the Altar a plenalT indulgence is gained for application to souls in Purgatory. Ordinarily, it is local, or belong- ing to any priest at a prticular or privileged altar; personal, or belonging to a particular priest at any altar, or mixed, belonging to certain priests at certain altars. For the Holy Father's Jubilee Year it was extended to all priests at any altar, a most untmual grant. Newl Section Bishop To Preside At Anniversary Mass In Dixon Parish Dixon. -- The Rev. Thomas L. Walsh, pastor of St. Patrick's par- ish, Dixon, will observe the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood on Tuesday, May 25, 1943. His Excellency, the Most Rev. John J. Boylan, S.T.D., Bishop of Rockford, will be pre- sent on the throne in the sanctu- ary as Father Walsh offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for his Silver Jubilee as a priest. ! Members of St. Patrick's parish with the Rev. W. E. Lessman, as- sistant pastor, have made prepar- ations to observe the occasion with proper felicitations to the jubilar- ian and welcome to his many friends who will be in attendance. At the jubilee Mass fellow priests who studied with Father Walsh at Niagara University will be deacons of honor to His Excel- lency, the Bishop, the Revs. Leo and Frank Keenan. Two former assistants, the Rev. James D. Burke, director and chaplain of Catholic activities at Dixon State hospital, and the Rev. Thomas S. Green, pastor of St. Catherine's parish, Dundee, will be deacon and subdeacon of the Mass. The Rev. Win. J. Donovan, diocesan super- intendent of schools and pastor of Holy Coss parish, Batavia, Ill., will preach the sermon. Father Walsh was born in Holly- mound, County Mayo, Ireland and came to America at an early age. He studied at St. Viator's college and Marquette University. After making theological studies at the Continued on Page 7, News Sec. ...... vo,.iv,!,. Official Bishop's Appointments May 20(Thursday) Evenillg Holy Hour, St. Mary's, Piano. May 25---(Tuesday) 10:00 a.m. Attend Silver Jubilee Mass of Reverend T. L. Walsh, at St. Patrick's Church, Dixon. 8:00 p.m. St. Anthony's Hospital Nurses Graduation at Muldoon High School. May 26--(Wednesday) 7:30 p.m. Confirmation at St. Thomas, Freeport. May 27(Thursday) 8:00 p.m. St. Joseph's Hospital, Aurora; Nurses Graduation. May 30---(Sunday) 9:00 a.m. Baccalaureate for St. Thomas and Muldoon High Schools at St. James Pro-Cathedral. 3:00 p.m. Confirmation at Girls School, Geneva. 5:00 p.m. Bless altars at Sacred Heart Apostolic School, Geneva. May 31(Monday) 8:00 p.m. Graduation, St. Mary's High School, Woodstock. June 1--Commencement at Holy Angels, Aurora--7:45 p.m. June 4---Commencement at Aquin High School, Freeport, 8:00 p.m. June 6Muldoon High School Graduation at St. James Pro- Cathedral, 3:30 p.m. Confirmation at St. Joseph's, Richmond--8:00 p.m. June 7--Community High School Graduation at St. Mary's Church, Sterling--Evening. June 8--Mr. St. Mary's Academy Graduation--Afternoon. Madonna High School, Aurora, Graduation-evening. June 9--Marmion High School, Aurora, Graduations8:00 p.m. June 10--St. Thomas High School Graduation--evening. June llSt. Vincent's Graduation, Freeport--8:00 p.m. June 14--Confirmation at St. Patrick's, Maytown7:30 p.m. June 15--Confirmation at St. Mary's, Elizabeth--4:00 p.m. Confirmation at St. John's, Hanover--7:30 p.m. June 17Confirmation at St. Patrick's, McHenry---4:00 p.m. Confirmation at St. Mary's, McHenry--7:30 p.m. Allocation Of $344,000 More For Victims Of War Contributions Of American Catholics To Bishops' Emergency And Relief Collection Aid Sufferers In Many Lands Washington, May 17.NCAllocations of additional funds totalling $344,000 were announced today by the Bishops' War Emergency and Relief Committee. This announcement followed the first meeting of the Committee since Laetare Sunday, when the Bishops' War Emergency and Relief Collection was taken up in most of 'the Archdioceses and Dioceses of K n-ega- the United States. At that time Fr. J. F. Gets Commission As Navy Chaplain Rockford. -- The Rev. John F. Regan, assistant pastor of St. James Pro-Cathedral, Rockford, has received a commission as Lieutenant (junior grade) in the U. S. Navy. His Excellency, the Most Rev. John Joseph Boylan, S.T.D., Bishop of Rockford, hav- ing granted Father Regan permis- sion to accept military service, ap- plication was made to the Most Rev. John F. O'Hara, C. S. C., Military Delegate of the Armed Forces of the United States, for assignment to the U. S. Navy. i Lieutenant Regan will report shortly to the naval authorities in William and Mary College at Williamsburgh, Vs., for the two months' course of training .pre- ceding active duty. Father Regan was born in Sterling, Ill., and educated in St. Lieut. J. F. Regan Mary's parochial school. He at- tended St. Mary's-Sacred Heart Community High School and stu- died classics at St. Charles Col- lege, Catonsville, Md. In 1930 he entered the North American Col- lege, Rome, where he remained for six years. He was ordained Dee. 8, 1935, by His Eminence Cardinal Marchetti. After ordin- ation he remained in Rome to com- plete his studies at the Gregorian University. Upon his return to the diocese, he was assigned as assist- ant at St. Mary's parish, Free- port, Aug., 1936. After five years in Freeport he was appointed as- sistant at St. James Pro-Cathe- dral in Rockford. On Sunday, May 9, Father Re- gan took leave of his Pastor, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. J. P. McGuire and the people of the parish. He will leave shortly for the preliminary trainin_ at Williamsburgh, Va. it was made known that Catholics of the United States, through the Bishops' Committee, had distrib- uted $1,322,493 in aid of the vic- tims of war in the previous twelve months. These latest allotments of re- lief funds, among the largest and most numerous made by the Bish- ops' at any one time, reflect strik- ingly the world-wide and varied character of the appeals that are made to American Catholic gen- erosity. Sufferers In Many Lands Aided The largest single sum allocated by the Bishops' War Emergency and Relief Committee at this lat- est meeting is $205,000 which is being made available to the Holy See, through the Apostolic Dele- gation in Washington. However, this in turn is broken down into a dozen different allotments, which indicate that the money, as dis- pensed by His Holiness Pope Plus XII, will bring sorely needed re- lief to suffering individuals of a score of different nationalities in as many countries. Of the money to be dispensed by the Holy Father, $35,000 is earmarked for the relief of Amer, icans held prisoners of war in Italy and Germany. Another $40,- 000 is allocated for the relief of Polish and other refugees in Por- tugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Italy. Recognizing the extremely valuable service being rendered by the Vatican Bureau of Information in behalf of war prisoners and their relatives, the Bishops' Com- mittee designated that $20,000 go toward defraying its expenses. An- other $25,000 was allocated to be used in general aid to war pris- oners. Still other sums included in the general allotment to the Holy See are: $15,000 for relief work among the Slovenes; $15,000 for relief work among the Croatians; $10,000 in aid of the Litbuanians; $10,000 for relief work in each Malta, Bel- gium, Holland and France, and $5,000 for the aid of suffering chil- dren of Finland. The Bishops' Committee allo- cated $25,000 for the newly-created War Relief Services of the Nat- ional Catholic Welfare Conference, which was set up in anticipation of the tremendous task of giving i post-war aid to the despoiled and starving people of Europe. It is an undertaking separate from the Bishops' War Emergency and Re- Continued on Page 8, News Se, 13 Priests Graduate In' Latest Class At Navy's School For Chaplains Williamsburg, Va., May 14.-- (NC)--Thirteen priests were mem- bers of the latest class of chap- lains to be graduated from the training school here 'at William and Mary Colleg61 Among those who spoke at the exercises was the Rev. Joseph Tur- ner, C.SS.R., of St. Boniface's Church, Philadelphia. One of the graduates, the Rev. Joseph E. Be- land, who formerly taught at Creighton University, was vale- dietoria)a for the C.athol| gra,o ates.