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Sunday, July 15, 1951 THE OBSERVER EDITIO I OF OUR SUNDAY VISITOR News Section--Page 3A Feature O[ Detroit's Birthday Festival Detroit--(NC)-- A priest who writes a~(l broadcasts a 15-nfinutc daily radio show, composes a week- ly newspaper column and has a few dozen other everyday chores, has found time to wl:itc "and pro- duce a nnlsical extravaganza, "City of Freedom." It will open an l l- night run July 13 at University of Detroit Stadium as the official musical spectacle of Detroit's 250th birthday festival. The priest is the Rev. Daniel A. Lord, S.J., widely known for his "Along the Way" column, which appears weekly in Catholic news- papers. Commcnting on Father l,ol'd's Baltimore --(NC)-- Reduction of the elementary school course from eight to six years was op- work, Detroit's Mayor Albert E. Cobo said: "In 'City of' Freedom,' Father Lord has captured the spirit of l)ctroit and I)etroiters. Besides being." splendid nausical entertain- mcnt 'City of Freedom' will in- spire every citizen to make his home town even greater in the years to come." Telling the story of how Detroit fought for the freedoms which now peril the modern worhi, the extrav- aganza will employ 1,200 singers, dancers and actors: a 100-voice chorus, and a 32-piece symphonic orchestra, and will be enacted on a five-level stage which rises to a hei~'ht of 40 feet. --2-- The show starts with scenes on the streets of modern l)etroit, and tells the story of tile freedoms that have been nurtured in Detroit since its founding -- freedom from slavery, freedom of the living wage, freedom from racial and pol- itical intolerance, and freedom of time and space through the city's most famous product, the automo- bile. The moods of the show will be set through 20 original song~ and interpreted by tile various forms of dance -- classical, ballet, ball- room and tap dancing.'. The show will cut back to the depression days, the "footh)ose and fancy it is conceded that a small percent- ed and more facts presented age of elementary school pupils worthy of consideration. Elemen- ~osed in a statement issued here y the President of the Elementary School Department of the National Catholic Educational Association. The number of years a child spends in the grade school, said the Rev. Dr. Leo J. McCormick, should not be shortened for the purpose of getting more young men into the freshman and sopho- more years of college before they begin the military service. Dr. McCormick, who is also sup- erintendent of schools of tbe Arch- : ........ : ..... diocese of Baltimore, pointed out that elementary school teachers and administrators everywhere are constantly being advised that there is need for even better preparation for ehihiren entering high school. Within-recent days the Very Rev. James T. Hussey, S.J., presi- dent of Loyola University, Chi- cago, said present world conditions had brought to notice an inherent weakness in the modern education- al system; namely the waste of two years of a grammar school child's life, and that he saw no reason why the years spent in i grade school "could not with profit be reduced to six." "~'The number of years children spend in Catholic elementary schools," said Dr. McCormick, "should not be determined by col- lege administrators on the basis of the need for increasing the number of freshmen and sophomores in colleges before their entrance into military service. Elementary school teachers and administrators, ex- perienced in curriculum building, are constantly being advised of the need of a better preparation of pupils entering high school. While Implements A. J. ZIMMER CASE TRACTORS TeL 3228 Virgil, Illinois FARM MACHINERY wouhl profit by an acceleration of one year in school, the lal'!~'er per- centage of such pupils would not be able to understand the general and specialized subject matter, and use the tools of the elementary curriculum in six years in such a way as would approach mastery. "If college administrators wouhl consult with a representative group of elementary school adlninistra- tars on the problem of reducing the elementary school to six years, there would be less fiction express- Course In Hearing Conservation At Catholic Univ. Washington --(NC)-- A new hearing conservation program has been launched at the Catholic Uni- versity of America under the direc- tion of the Rev. Dr. Francis T. Williams, C.S.V., and will continue until August 11. The project is designed to stim- ulate among Catholic educators an awareness for the need of such programs in parochial schools of the nation. Father Williams, who in previous years has conducted courses in hearing problems at the university, recommends that sur- veys on a diocese-wide basis of all school,children should be condtmted to determine hearing impairments and that facilities should be estab- lished to meet educational needs where they are found wanting. Father Williams says such facil- ities need not be elaborate or ex- pensive and can be incorporated in the regular parochial school sys- tem. Through such programs, he says, a child with impaired hear- ing can be educated on an equal basis with normal hearing fellow students. During the summer ses- sion, Father Williams said, courses tary school administrators would welcome the opporttlnity to shorten the ladder of American education when cultural values, maturation,' experiential background and the mental age of pupils indicate the need for reducing the elementary school to six years. Teachers in the elementary school are less apt to consider tile need for increasing the number of freshmen and soph- omores in college as a valid reason free" philosophy of the 1920'2, the l days of the first automobiles and the horse-and-buggy days. The show will combine COlncdy with history. The extravaganza's autbor-pro- ducer was born in Chicago in 1888 anti joined the Society of Jesus at tile age of 21. IIe was ordained in 1923 and is one of the country's most widely known Jesuits. fie has written more than 200 pocket-size pampblets with printings of 20,- 000,000 copies. Ire has scrwM as a writer and counsellor for children. In 1926 he served as technical ad-! visor for ('ecil B. DeMille's famous motion picture, "King of Kin~'s" ..... : . :: :. include: mental and social adjust- Priests' Workshop Told Of Need To Go To Streets To Reach Youth Of 18-25 Boston --(NC)-- Priests may have to go to the street corners to reach youth between the age.~ of! 18 and 25, a Priests' Workshop on the Lay Apostolate here was in- formed. The Rev. William 3. Quinn, chap- lain of Catholic Action in tile Chi- cago archdiocese, told 75 priests from New England dioceses and Catholic men's college that this age group "seems to be the most difficult element to reach, and yet these fellows have acute proMcms that we priests must help them to for limiting tile elementary school solve." to six years. ................... "They have problems in connee- ............. tion with their home life, their CRANES Furniture and Undertaking Bernard Pitz, Prop. arvar Bishop Carries Cross In Holy Year Pilgrimage VILLMAIN'S Your Certified Grocery Formerly Strelnl TEL. U0-2|1 : 48 AYER'ST. HARVARD, ILL. I[ I I II Tiruvalla, India --(NC)-- Bish- op Severios Valakuzhyil of Tiru- valla marched five miles with a wooden cross on his back as he led his faithful on a visit of four churches here to gain the Holy Year indulgence. The 57-year-old Syro-Malankara Rite Bishop is known simply as Mar (Lord) Severios to his faith- ful. Some 30 priests, also carrying wooden crosses, and 5,000 lay Cath- olics took part in the Iloly Year procession. Church In Former Shinto Shrine Is Flourishing Ako, Japan -- (NC) -- Wher Archbishop Maximilian tie Furst- enberg, Apostolic Delegate to Ja- pan, blessed the former Shinto shrine here last November and changed it into a Catholic church, this town had only eight Catho- lies. Those eight, however, could glory in the fact that three Cath- olics had died for the Faith there in the days of yore. Today the town has 32 baptized ment of the handcapped; physiol- ogy of the organs of speech; voice and speech development; speech correction; speech (lip) reading and audiometrie testing. SOLVING Catholics. When Father De Carte, missionary of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, showed the fihu "Bells of Nagasaki" here on June 6, about 500 persons attended an(: heard a lecture on (:atholicism The priest has also organized bo and gM scout troops. HEARING Rev, Dr. Francis T. Williams, C.S.V., who Is conducting a seminar on the Problems of the Hard of Hearing, at the summer session of Cath- olic.Unlverslty of America, explains to a nun-student how modern amplification is the new "Ephpheta," the present-day miracle which' opens the ears of the seemingly deaf, Father Williams is director of the new Hearing Conservation Program at the University, (NC Photoe} jobs and their leisure-time activi- ties," he declared. "And tile truth of the matter is that as young fel- lows IMp one another to solve these problems of their everyday lives, they are the lay apostolate in action." Father Quinn said that "if the young fellows hanging around the cornel, drug store aren't conling to the meetings of the parish men's club, we priests have to do our work on the street corner as well~ as in the parish halL" St. Margaret's -- Mgonquin -- Ninth Sunday after Pentecost. St. Mary's -- TempleD --- Ninth Sunday after Pentecost. FUNERAL 51-59 Center Street EVERYTHING for the MOTORIST Phones: 2577--2S78--1540 Drugs THIEL'S DRUG STORE C. J. THIEL, R.PH, "The Prescription Store' 161 Dundee Avenue ,ooo !oa READ THE ADVERTISEMENTS J end know who will ppreclate YOUR BUSINESS and in the early 19Y10's assist,,d in compiling the first moral code foe the motion picture indttstvy. 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