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News Section--Page 12A St. Vincent's Jottings ' + i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiil iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii !,: The story of Fatima runs in part: On the morning of May 13, 1917, three little shepherds of the parish of Fatima were tending their parents' sheep in a valley known as the Cova da Iria, about a mile from the village. They were Lucia, aged ten, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta, aged nine and seven. The Blessed Mother ap- peared to them in a vision of daz- zling radiance. On the thirteenth of each month from May to Oc- tober, our Lady continued to visit these innocent children. What was her message? Frequent recitation of the Rosary, penance, and devo- tion to her Immaculate Heart Our Kindergarten graduates heard the story of Fatima, and in their little way are spreading our Lady's message. The play, "Our Lady of Fatima," was given at their commencement exercises. May those who witnessed the play- let as well as our readers be drawn closer to our Blessed Mother an( hearken to her message! May our Lady of Fatima obtain for us all many graces and blessings! June 6 was not only Kindergar- ten graduation but also Jubilee Day at St. Vincent's with Diamond Jubilee for Sister Raphael, and Silver Jubilees for Sister Sybilla, Sister Raineria, Sister Hildegarde, and Sister Aquiline. In the morn- ing High Mass was celebrated for l the Jubilarians. In the evening there was a gathering of priests, Sisters, good friends, and children, with the latter presenting a pro- [tram in honor of the Jubilarians. was a splendid tribute to the exemplary lives of the Sisters, who : are so deeply admired and loved by ~11 at St. Vincent's and St. Jo- seph's. Talk about surprises! We had a most unexpected and pleasant one just a few days ago when Reverend Mother walked in on us, bringing with her two of.our former girls THE OBSERVER EDITION OF OUR SUNDAY VISITOR Sunday, June 13, 1948 Holy Year Back To Time Of Moses Jubilee was concluded by his suc- cessor, Pope Clement Xl. Pope Benedict XIII celebrated the 17th Holy Year in 1725, and Benedict XIV celebrated the 18th, in 1750. Because of the death of Pope Clem- ant XIV, who had proclaimed the -- 19th Holy Year, it was celebrated Continued from page 1A by his successor, Pope Plus VI, in 1775. Brigid of Sweden with St. Cath- In 1800 it was not possible to erine, her daughter, celebrate a Holy Year because the Without waiting for the next 50 Pope was in exile and the French years to pass, Pope Urban VI or- occupation under Napoleon had en- dered the third Holy Year in 1390. gulfed all Europe. But In 1825 It was during his Pontificate that Pope Leo XII resumed observance the sad "Schism of the West" be- of the Holy Year, the 20th. In gan and he wished to have the 1850, Plus IX was forced by po- Holy Year in order to strengthen litical conditions in Rome to aban- the spiritual unity of the Church. don the usual celebration of the l Urban. VI died before the time of Holy Year. He did however, pro- the Jubilee and it was celebrated claim the indulgences, in 1875, for by his successor, Pope Boniface IX. those in Rome and elsewhere who This pontiff lived to celebrate an- made the stipulated acts of piety. other Holy Year, the fourth, held Tn l~fm eh~ ~,~,e P,~o Lo,, XTTT i 4 ......... , v.+.. ~ ......~,,~ .... .+. '2 oo: Sotw t.hstand . g the el: celebrated the 21st Holy Year. Though 90 years of age, th. yen- g' erable pontiff decreed that the Holy again enormous. Year be celebrated with all the The fifth Holy Year was pro- splendor of ancient times, and he claimed for 1423 by Pope Martin opened the Holy Door in St. Peter's V, to mark the return of unity in on Christmas Eve, 1899. the discipline of the Church after .............. Tee zzna zloly Lear in 1~zo the Western Schmm. The war m . . ' . was proclalmed by Pope Pros XI, Naples precented a large number .......... .... wee nvea to celeorate ~wo o~ner from making thls pilgrimage. The - Holy Years The ceremony of sixth Holy Year, observed m 1450, . .~ ..... opening tne t~oly veer was again under Pope Nicholas V, was marked ........ by several accidents, so great were periormeu Dy ~ne .~ope: anu at the crowds Some 200 pilgrims least a mulmn pilgrims Journeyeu were killed or drowned when a to Rome. parapet of the Ponte S. Angelo A 23rd Holy Year, in 1929, was broke. The Holy Father ordered proclaimed by Pope Plus XI, to !severa! houses near the bridge observe the 50th anniversary of torn sown to make a pmzza or hiz ordination. The 24th, an Ex- square, for the crowds to pass traordinary Holy Year, from April ~nrougn. ;2, 1933, to 1934, was proclaimed by In 1475, Pope Sixtus IV ob-Plus XI to .ommemorate the 19th served the seventh Holy Year. It was he who ordained that the fu- ture Holy Years should take place every 25 years. King Christian of Denmark was among the royal pilgrims that year. During the eighth Holy Year, celebrated in 1500, P~e Alexander VI introduced the rites of the opening and clos- ing of the Holy Door. Most imp:essiveof all the rites of the Holy Year is this opening of the Holy Door, a walled-up en- trance to St. Peter's which the Holy centenary of the Death, Passion and Resurrection of the Redeemer and of all those divine events con- cerned with the fulfillment of the Redemption. Plus XI ordered thai this Extraordinary Holy Year be extended to April 2, 1935. It was celebrated with all the solemnities of the other Holy Years. Papal Secret Consistory Set Father strikes three times with a For June 2.1 golden hammer to open it for the jubilee year. The hammer is pur- . ............... vaticanUlty (Kaolo, ~IL;) +a_ chased by world-wide subscription . .. --_ , ,--, secret conslstory nas seen scnea- uled for Monday, June 21, at which among~ the faithful. The "holy His Holiness Pope Plus XII will " e r' ' doors, the one at St. P te s., name Archbishops and Bishops for opened by the Pope HlmselL anti a number of vacant Sees, it has those of the four major basilicas been announced here. At the same of Rome, opened by Cardinals dale- !time, authorities close to the Vat- gated by the Pope, are the gate- ican pointed out that the consistory ways, to speak, of the festival is a matter of routine and that it 25 Years' Service 17 ii ii i ! i+iiiii+i+ii+!iiiiiiii+iiiiiii+ i iiiiiiiil Knighthood in the Order of St, Gregory the Great was conferred on M R. Kneifl, (above) execu- tive secretary of the Catholio Hospital Ass0clation at the open- ing session of the 33rd annual convention of the group in Cleve- land. Most Rev. Edward F. He- ban, Bishop of Cleveland, offici- ated at the presentation cere- monies, given in recognition of Mr. Kneifl'~s 25 years' service to the Church through administra- Live work with the AssociaUon. (NC Photos) Madge Dooley Elected President Of Woman s League Freeport.--Newly elected officers of the Catholic Woman's league of Freeport, chosen at the annual Martin Bormann Became Catholics Continued from page 1A ter of the Missionary Fathers of~ the Sacred Heart There I had an opportunity to talk to the Fathers and soon I decided that I wanted to become of their faith." "What did your family say when they heard of it?" "With the exception of one brother who is still pondering, all became Catholics, too." "You mean to say all your brothers and sisters came into the Church with you?" "No, they came in on their own." It seemed incredible. Of Martin Bormann's ten children, eight re- main alive, four girls and four boys. What prompted them to dis- card their allegiance to the nazi tenets of which their father was so prominent and fanatical a pro- pounder? Young Bormann has the whole story. His mother had sought refuge in a summer home of the Bormann family near Meran, Tyrol, at the end of the war. She fell ill, was taken to a German army hospital in that Austrian city and became ac- quainted with the Rev. Theodor Schmidt, the Catholic chaplain. He is now a parish priest in the Ber- lin suburb of Neukoolln. to"Fmatp~rr ,S, Chrm~d:e~VaSo33rY kiond , Y g - c~asnn. "There was a Protestant aplain, too, but when my moth- er's condition became serious she asked to see the Catholic priest even though nominally she was a Protestant. On her deathbed she begged Father Schmidt to look after her children, explaining that her husband was missing and might be dead, and that the chil- dren had no one else in the world to take care of them." "My mother died," young Bor- mann continued, "and my three brothers and four sisters came to be very close to Father Sehmidt who was kind and helpful to them even though he never made any effort to win them over to his faith. Eventually, as I said, all except one of my brothers asked to be received into the Church. Two of my sisters now are study- ing in the Meran convent of the 'English Ladies' and hope to be- come teachers." "And what happened to your- self ?" @ who are now professed Sisters, Sis- year. At the end of the year, is unlikely that the Pontiff will meeting, held in the Senate hotel ter Mary Philip, (Irene Bergeron) these doors are again walled up. fill any of the vacancies in the are Miss Madge Dooley, president, and Sister Marion (Julia Vassil). Pope Clement VII celebrated the College of Cardinals at that time. Mrs. Charles Pauler, financial sec- Several other Sisters accompanied ninth Holy Year in 1525. The vie- The announcement of the event retary, and a finance committee them We hope to be seeing them tory of the Reformation in Ger- in Osservatore "Romano, Vatican composed of MrsJohn Woods, Mrs. Eugene Carmody, Mrs. Michael Ci- soon again, many and the Northern States of City daily, was as follows: "We ganek, and Mrs. B. L. Hornberger. Miles C, Petru of Chicago has Europe lessened the number of pil- are informed that His Holiness will sent a gift to the children and the grimm. The 10th Holy Year was be nleased to hold a secret con- Carry-over officers, who have an- come seminarians of that order." people of St. Joseph's Home in proclaimed by Pope Paul III who sistory Monday, the 21st of this other year to serve, areMrs. Gee- "It has been reported," I said, memory oi ms parents_ ~]s ra~.ner died in .~ovem~er; 1549. I~ was month, for the provision of some rye r~lec~,ner, vice presl,oenh ~;ss, "that you yourself want to be- was zounaer oz oava ~ortee ~vmm, celebrates in ~oou Dy sis successor, vacant sees and for the postula- ~elen ~ ~onneu, secretary, anu come a priest." Chicago Pope Juhus III Due to the va ,, Mrs Walter Tappe, treasurer ,, ,, ' " tion of the Sacred Pallia. " That is correct, answered cancy in the Apostolic See, the - The officers with the members of ,~oun~ Bormann "I ho,~e to be To" Briti-h II p Holy Door was notopened on __ _ ~ . the financial committee form the ~,~.~'o .-i~;--~v"'~ " r ........... i v tra i i " ' ................... ~" Chr stress E e,the d t anal ~}U-Acre Tract Ot Land organizations board of directors. ,,^. ,, ......... w a ~z course, mterjec~ea ~atner To Head $250.000 time, but the new Pope performed ......... First meeting under the ne d- . ....... . . ,~ .... ~.. 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