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l of Saint Peter, we shall not fail to do our part Let us, /therefore. be very generous to His Holiness. Pope John, School Aurora. Illinois. Pontiff-tion throughout thteoDnia~es~forHisytlinel~S, tPro, pepJ:nhcn~not only inn material way, but also in our prayers. ca] low mass closing the RetreatIxxIII" It Is traa,y. . o,e . ~ I of the School Sisters of St Fran-lcollection, ano no collection is or greater importance. [ in return ior your generosity, i Know mat uur t~less- is. ~ The offerings that we make for the works of the Vicar led Lord will give back to you much more than you can ! of Christ are an abiding, evidence of our Faith. But above./ p ssibly ~,~ive to Him. May He bless you abundantly for Saturday, June 24 |all else, our offerings presented to the Holy See are evl-Iall that you do in His Name And may the hundred-fold $'00 pm--1310 Alpine Road.ldence of that charity which has al- ~' ~ " ~ . ;" ',~." ~ . . . . . ~ ~.z::m J,~ /rewara De yours ior every sacrmce mat you make xor t~isnop's ~lcmc 1or ~.aun ,~mer-/wavs cnaracterizea me true iOilowers [ ~ ] [ leans ] ~ |of ~ hrist tnis urgent cause. C Sunda June 25,Oar P r and unf rtunate brethren /~fJ~l ~ I . .t Y ' ]from many parts of the earth appeal [ Cordially yours in Christ, peltlu~0i~e~p-~::c~anaYS ~le~tr |to the Common Father of Christendom ~ ~~ ~ I ~a ~,~a~ r~l~bration of ~h:lfor help The onward march of Com- ~~,~/~ - "7" /~ Reverend Robert P Donovan [munism, with its utter &sregard for ~~~,~ , -3.30 p m--St. Joseph's church|the things of God and of human d!g- ~[~~~ [ Most Reverend Loras T. Lane Aurora, Illinois. Commencementlmty, is a challenge to us who are .de- ~,~,~'i of St. Charles Hospital School of[termined to restore all things m Cllrist, ~ [ ~ snop or ~OCKrOra Nursing. IUnder the leadership of the successor [ Official Newspaper of the Rockford Vol. XVI No. 24 ROCKFORD, JUNE 16, 1961 Diocese 10 PAGE @ AURORA -- Sunday, June 18, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Magnus A. Schumacher, V.F pastor of St. Nicholas parish here will cele- brate the golden sacerdotal ar~- niversary of his ordination to the priesthood. The celebration of Msgr. Schumacher's ~0 years in the priesthood will be marked by:a Solemn High Mass in the morn- ing, a banquet for 400 in the afternoon and a pageant in the evening. Noted not only for his priestly zeal but also for his prolific writing (he is the author of 3~ volumes) Msgr. Schumachel also has the distinction of serv- ing St. Nicholas parish as its pastor for 38 years, since his ap- pointment in 1923. Early Life Born Sept. 6, 1885 in Formosa Ontario, Msgr. Schumacher moved to Walkerton, Ontario and there completed his elemen- tary and high school studies. Ater that he attended St. Jerome college in Kitchener, Ontario, graduating in 1904. Two years of further studies were taken with the Jesuits in Cleveland before Monsignor went to work for two years in the insurance company of which his father was manager. In 1908 he entered St. Bon- aventure seminary, New York State, and after completing his theological studies, was ordain- The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Magnus A. Schumaeher, V.F. ed a priest June 10, 1911 by Bishop Cotton of Buffalo: First Appointment Msgr. Schumacher's first ap- pointment was as assistant at St. Mary parish in Rockford where he had considerable suc- cess in school work, raising the ADDRESSES CENTRAL BODY Given Council VATICAN CITY ~ (NC) -- The welcome given the coming ecumenical c o u n c i 1 by both Catholics and non-Catholics au- gurs well for its fruitfulness, His Holiness Pope John XXIII said as he addressed the open- ing meeting of the council's Cen- tral Preparatory commission. Purpose of the ll-day meeting ts to discuss problems of call- ing the council and questions of procedure during the council it- self. Eichmann Trial Reveals Church Aid to Jews VATICAN CITY -- (NC) -- An American judge told Pope John about testimony concern- ing the Church's efforts to save Jews from persecu.tion, offered at the Eichmann trial in Israel. Judges Testifies Justice Michael Musmanno of the Pennsylvania supreme court, who testified for the prosecution at the trial of Adolf Eichmann, former nazi official accused of arranging the mass murder of Jews, was granted an audience by Pope John (June 6). He visited with the Pope for 15 min- utes in the Pontiff's private library. After the audience Justice ]Vlusmanno reported he had told the Pope about testimony pay- ing tribute to Catholic priests and Sisters who gave shelter to Jews being sought for deperta- tion to N a z i concentration. camps. Tells Pope "! simply told the Pope about evidence which was presented while I was at the trial, testi- mony which revealed how the Catholic Church had intervened on countless occasions on behalf of the persecuted Jews," he said. Mr. Musmanno added that "monasteries, convents and churches often were sanctuaries to Jewish refugees and frequent- ly were the means of saving them from concentration camps and death." He said his audience with the :Pope was arranged by the Apos- tolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine, Archbishop Giuseppe Sensi, who "felt I n'fight be able to inform the Pope about cer- tain aspects of the trial." The meeting opened in the Consistorial Hall of the Vatican with 31 cardinals, two patri- archs, 12 archbishops and bish- ops, four generals of religious orders and 23 counselors of the commission. Has Greater Hope Among them were Archbishop Martin J. O Connor, rector of the North American college in Rome. Addressing the group in La- tin, the Pope said: "Our heart is filled with still greater hope for the best out- come (of the coming council), seeing gathered here together in such great number and from every part of the world the dis- tinguished representatives of the Sacred College of Cardinals, of the episcopate and of the re- ligious families. "Many people are looking for- ward to the council and it has been serenely and courteously received not only by Our belov- ed~sons but also by those outside the Church. All this is reason for tranquility and encouragement in continuing with the good work." Order Is Essential After reviewing briefly the work already accomplished, Pope John said: "We now must bless the Lord that He brings us to a new stage on the ardu- ous road. The Central commis- sion, the highest and most im- portant now comes into ac- (Continued on page 2) MADE BISHOP -- Msgr. John F. Whealon, rector of St. Char- les Borromeo seminary, Wick- liffe, Ohio, has been named Titular Bishop of Andrapa and Auxiliary to Archbishop Ed- ward F. Hobau of Cleveland. In This Issue I World News 21 Meet tke Clergy 7 Strange But True 21 Catholic Charities min Events 3] Doris Answers Youth 8 Co g - Legion of Decency 8 Sharing Our Treasure . $1 - . /tngn ~enoot News mission gommn /TV Movie Guide 9 Women s Page [For Teens Only u- $ Rtqttiescant 7|Theology for Everyman 10 school enrollment in three months from 240 to 426. During his stay here he also organized religion classes in North Rockford, which classes later developed into a new par- ish. Ordained only two years, he was then appointed to the pas- torate of Sublette where within l0 years he built a school, con- vent and rectory and paid off the parish debt. On Aug. 20, 1923, Msgr. Schu- macher was appointed irremov- able rector and pastor of St. Nicholas church where he has been ever since. Financial Secretary Besides the parish improve- ments made under his direction (as noted in the history of the parish on this page) Msgr. Schu- macher also served as financial secretary under Bishop Mul~loon in the construction of two Cath- otic high schools in the diocese, and when the contractor on both schools went bankrupt and Bishop Muldoon died, Monsignor turned contractor until the two schools were completed. In 1929 Bishop Hoban made him diocesan director of the Holy Name society. As such he preached in 44 parishes and did much to build up the society in the diocese. Hobby Is Writing On Sept. 18, 1932 the Holy Father made him a domestic prelate. He has been honored again this year by the Holy Father with a letter of blessing on his golden jubilee as a priest. Monsignor is also a diocesan eonsultor and dean of the clergy in Kane and DeKalb counties. Msgr. Schumacher's hobby is writing and besides the numer- ous mazagine articles that.have come from his pen he has also written the following books: MAX OF THE NORTH (1915 a novel: HOW TO TEACH THE CATECHISM (1934) 3 volumes; CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS (1940); LIVING MY RELIGION (1942) 9 books; I TEACH CATE- CHISM (1945) 3 volumes; THE HIGH JOURNEY (1953) a novel; OUR HOLY HOUR (1956); and MY WAY TO GOD (1960) 14 books. Peace Corps Hea d Asks Industry Help CHICAGO--(NC)--R. Sargent Shriver, Jr has urged industry! and business to provide two-year leaves of absence for employees willing to join the U. S. Peace Corps, which he directs. He aug- geared that the leaves be with- out pay but provide reemploy-: ment benefits. Ask Re-employment rights "I am hopeful that labor . . . will grant its people who enter the Peace Corps the re-employ- ment rights that have been ac- corded up to now to veterans of war," Mr. Shriver said in an ad- dress at the 63rd annual convo- cation of De Paul university. He said the 10,000 persons who already have volunteered for the Peace Corps constitute "only a drop in the bucket of demands that have been made and will be made." The big demand is for volun- teers who can fill "middle man- power" jobs, since underdevel- I :oped countrms generally" have skilled leaders at the top and an abundant supply of manual labor at the bottom, Mr. Shriver said. Women Needed Too He called for volunteers from the academic coYnmunity and from agriculture, and added that women are needed to serve as nurses' aides, teachers and child-care workers. The success of the corps de- pends upon a "total response" from Americans, he said. "Communists are not super- men. They are average human beings who often perform below average. If we fail, it will be because we did not give the best that is in us," Mr. Shriver said. Degrees were conferred upon 528 students at the convocation Honorary degrees were confer- red upon Mr. Shriver, Auxiliary Bishop Cletus F. O'Donnell of Chicago, and Henry Crown, a member of the university's board of lay trustees. Albert Cardinal Meyer, Archbishop of Chicago, presided. O PARISH MARKS CENTENARY OF FOUNDING -- The parishioners of St. Nicholas parish in Aurora will mark the centennial of the founding of the parish this Sunday with a Mass in the morning, a banquet in the afternoon and a pageant in the evening. The parish, founded in 1861, has g~:own from a small frame church on the corner of High and Liberty streets to its present full-block status. Included in this group of parish buildings is the church itself which was begun in 1882 and completed in 1887. The structure was remodeled in 1942 at a cost of approximately $50,000. It stands today as a monument to the faith of the Catholics of Aurora PRIZE-WINNING SCHOOL BUILDING--This $273,000 contemporary school structure at St. Nicholas parish is a far cry from the original two-room frame schoolhouse built in 1863-64 ~t its modernistic design is evidence of the progress that the parish has made since its beginning 100 years ago. This school was built in 1954 after a fire in the old school made it necessary to tear that structure down. The present structured is noteworthy in that it won first prize at the Architects' convention in Chicago shortly after its completion. The school is staffed by the School Sisters of St. Francis of Milwaukee, Wis, who have been in charge for 82 years. MODERN HOME OF LEARN.ING--That is what this split level residence for the School Sis- ters of St. Francis at St. Nicholas parish in Aurora might be called since it houses the Sisters who have been teaching at St. Nicholas since 1879. It was at that time that the School Sisters replaced the staff of teachers from the Franciscan Sisters of Joliet who had been teaching there since 1869. The present'convent was butt in 1953 at a cost of $125,000 and replaced a structure in use since 1889. Under the direction of the Sisters education has flourished in St. Nicholas parish. The highest enrollment ever recorded at the school was noted in 1924 when there were 545 pupils in the grade school and 45 in the parish's own high school / J AURORA -- A two-fold cele-,in the grade school and 45 in bration marking the centennial of the"founding of St. Nicholas parish and the golden sacerdotal anniversary of the Rt. key. Msgr, Magnus A. Schumacher, V.F will be held here Sunday; June 18, with a Solemn High Mass at 11 a.m the Most Rev. Loras T. Lane presiding. Following the Mass a banquet for 400 guests will be served at Marmion Military academy at 1 p.m. In the evening, at 8 o'clock, pageants about the parish and Msgr. Schumacher will be pre- sented. Officers for Mass Officers to the Bishop for the morning Solemn High Mass will be: The Rt. Rev. Msgr. D. A. Diederich, asst. priest; the keys. Ivan Esser and John L. Daleiden, deacons of honor; the Rev. F. J. Moroney, master of ceremonies, and four theology students from St. Nicholas par- ish, appurtances to the throne. Celebrant of the Mass will be Msgr. Schumacher. He will be assisted by the R~vs. E. A. Am- bre and E. A. Refer, deacons; pariah's own high school. When his health failed h! Father Lierman resigned and was succeeded on July 19, by the Rev. Charles Under F a t h e r four additional classrooms we added to the school and t )resent church was begun 1882. It was finished in The present brick rectory erected in 1889 and shortly erward a resicence for the ters and a janitor's house purchased by the parish. A new parish hall was ed the next year. Reduces Large Debt This great building era the history of the parish to a sudden close, however, Oct. 14, 190~ when F a t h Schnueckel died i He was succeeded by the I P. J. Weber. During Father Weber's than 14 years of service he occupied principally with ducing the large debt. He considerable success in this partment, a success all t more noteworthy because small regular income had to Brother Albert Heinz, O.S.B, supplemented by extra and Brother Jerome Kram?: ]ties like bazaars and M.S.C acolytes; the Rev. J. In 1913 ~he parish Reuland, thurifer, and the Rev.lits golden jubilee with a Peter Watgen, master of cere- long celebration. monies. The sermon will be preached by Bishop Lane. Banquet Guests All of the officers of the Mass are former members of St. Nich- olas parish, including the key. Leo Grommes, O.S.B and the key. Norbert Weber, M.S.C who will serve as chaplains. Toastmaster for the afternoon banquet will be the Rt. key. Msgr. Herman Meilinger, V.F dean of the Rockford deanery. The toast to St. NiCholas parish will be given by Father Esser, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul parish in Virgil. Guests at the banquet will in- clude the Most Rev. Raymond Hillinger, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, priests from St. Nich- olas parish, 20 sisters formerly of the parish and eight guests from Canada, including Msgr. Schumacher's brother and sis- ter. History of Parish Guests, formerly of the parish, who were not able to be present include 13 religious sisters who have died and five who could not attend, and nine priests who have died and two who could not attend. The history of St. Nicholas parish goes back to Feb. 16, 1861 when the German Catholics of this city decided to build their own parish Church on the easl side. The Very Rev. Joseph Muel- ler, C.SS.R was the first pas- tor and served from 1861 until June 16, 1863. He built the first frame church on the corner of High and Liberty streets. It was completed April 27, 1862. First Resident Pastor On July 1, 1863, the Rev. J. Westkamp was appointed the first resident pastor by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Duggan. His first task was the building of a small frame school with two class- rooms. He also built a rectory in 1864. The school was conducted by lay teachers until 1869 when the Franciscan Sisters of Joliet took charge. First superioress was Sister M. Celestin~. In May, 1865, the Rev. H. Lier- man was appointed pastor. Un- der his direction the church and school were both enlarged and the School Sisters of St. Francis of Milwaukee, Wis were engag- Present Pastor Appointed Ten years later advanci age and failing health Father Weber to retire. He in California Aug. 24, 1924. On July 1, 1923 the Rev. J. Heinzler was appointed tor but owing to fll health to resign on Aug. 4, 1923. It was then that the Rev. A. Schumacher, the pres~ )astor, was appointed to fill post of parish leader. He rived Aug. 20, 1923. Father Schumacher f o u beautiful parish buildings b scarcely any playground for )upfls of the school Five (Continued on page 2) Jasin Dead at 62 In Chicago The Reverend Ladislau A. inski died on Monday, June in Chicago. The 62 year priest of the Diocese of has been on sick leave since because of injuries sustained! an airplane crash at that His Excellency, B~shop will offer the Requiem Mass Father Jasinski at St. laus church, Chicago, on June 16, at 10:30 a.m. the dead will be recited the Mass at 10 a.m. Burial be in Saint Adalbert's Niles. After his ordination by Muldoon in 1925, Father ski served as an assistant at Stanislaus church, Rockford. was administrator of the for a period of two years, prior to his accident he Chaplain at Mercyvllle ium, Aurora. Father Jasinski is survived two brothers, Joseph and and one sister, Sister gela, O.S.F.K Lemont, Sen. Goldwater Quotes TIDII WASHINGTON -- Sen. Goldwater of Arizona has in the .Congressional Record editorial on federal aid to cation which appeared in ed to take charge of the school. Tidings, newspaper of the That was in 1879. Eighty-two Lngeles archdiocese. The years later the good sisters are al ---blished i~ "~-^ ts--- 9~ still m charge of the school. ~ ~^~^.~ ^~ ,^ Era of Building cation and protests disc]~ The highest enrollment was in|tory treatment of p r i v a 1 1924, when there were 545 pupils ] schools.