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FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 1961 THE OBSERVER PAGE a Many children in the Diocese of Rockford because of distance from Catholic elementary or sec- ondary schools must receive their formal religious training through the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. This Confraternity is an or- ganization mainly composed of lay men and women under the direction of their parish priest, whose purpose is to provide re- ligious education for children who do not obtain it through the Catholic school system. Some of the laity act as "teachers" and instruct the pu- pils, while others are "fishers" who see that the children are brought to the classes, while others are "helpers" and per- form necessary secretarial work in keeping school records. All three groups of people provide great help in the teaching apos- e/ tolate of the Church. To emphasize the importance of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine .in the Diocese of Rock- ford, we quote from Diocesan Synodal legislation. "In accordance with the di- rective in Canon 711, $2 the Con- fraternity of Christian Doctrine is to be established in every parish of the Diocese." (Statute 309) "Every C a t h o 1 i c child of school age not attending a Catholic elementary or secon- dary school must attend a course l of religious instruction at least on~e each week during the school course of religious education is provided for both grade and high school students. The direc- tives of the Confraternity Office .I are to be followed in regard to the syllabus, course of study. textbooks, records and promo- tion system." (Statute 310) "Pastors shall make every ef- fort to secure the participation of qualified members of the laity for teaching in the program of religious education. Lay teachers who enroll for this work are to receive some pre- liminary training before they undertake teaching assignments, in accordance with the direc- tives of the Confraternity Of- fice." (Statute 311) "A Catechetical School, lasting at least two weeks, shall be or- ganized in every parish and mis- sion of the Diocese under the di- rection of the Office of the Con- fraternity of Christian Doctrine. A curtailment of the length cf this course is not permitted " ."Every child of grade school NEWMAN CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, Sterling, in its third year in addition to several neighboring parish priests who will teach religion tours of operation, is anticipating an enrollment of approximately 500 students. This There have been two changes in the sister faculty. Sister Carol Anne will will be an increase of 50 students over last year and a total increase of 125 place Sister Joan Frances, and Sister Mary Rhodes will replace Sister since school opened in September, 1959. The freshman class will number 165, Jean. Four additional lay people have been added to the faculty. During the sophomores, 144, juniors, 101 and seniors, 90. More than 25 per cent of the summer, the band and choral area were completed, the rear parking lot freshman class has never previously attended Catholic schools. The faculty faced and additional landscaping was also finished. The Rev. F. J. this year will consist of three priests, 11 Sisters of Loretto and 13 lay people, superintendent of Newman. who has not attended a Catho- Every effort must also be madeI lic school during the year is to secure the attendance of high1 obliged to attend this cocrse, school students." (Statute 312) [ SCHOOL SUPPLIES SHEAFFEi Cartridge Pen With 7 Cartridges $ enly regular value $1.49 You ~ve49 on the fammm fountain pen that writes lm~ooth, loads in seconds without fuss or muss. For Arts and Crafts Famous Boxof 16 25e BoxofS 15c Non.toxic. Brilliant colors. Large size in handy sta~. up box. a,1 29 119 1 Pt.---Red Green--Blue Boys' Sanforized F'me quality, sanforized printed cottons and cot- ton flannels. Styled the way he likes 'era. 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The ]~ehPeain~eddtiandt:et~kes ::hfinilshp~d" ed for the 1960 fall term building can be expanded t $175,000 building includes an all-]vides four classrooms a prin: " " I ,rooms with the hall serwng m purpose room suitable for ei-lcipal's office, teachers lounge, ther a gymnasium or an audi-[washroom facilities and a mul- gymnasium and assembly ti-purpose room. There are also torium, a kitchen, a library, a parish study hall, offices, loung- es and shower rooms. The en- rollment of the school is 171. It is staffed by the "~isters of St. Dominic of Springfield. ST. RITA, AURORA Five hundred pupils were en- rolled at the new 12 classroom St. Rita of Cascia school, Auro- ra, when it opened in Septem- ber, 1960. The school, as well as the parish convent and school gymnasium, was dedicated ear- :lier this year. The entire build- ing program cost totaled $900,- 000. Besides the classrooms, the school l~as a principal,s of- lice, teachers' lounge, nurse's room, twomusic rooms and a library. Sisters from the Con- gregation of the Third Order of St. Francis 0f Mary Immaculate staff the school along with lay teachers. ST. :LAWRENCE, ELGIN Eight new classrooms for 400 students, which opened in Sep- tember, 1960, at St. Laurence four auxiliary rooms--one for music, another for library; a mezzanine and a Scout room. The Sisters of Mercy and lay teachers staff the school. ST. THOMAS MORE, ELGIN This new school of the newest parish in the diocese, opened to 130 pupils in September, 1960, was dedicated April 30, 1960, by i the Most Rev. I~ras T. Lane, i bishop of Rockford. The four !classroom school is part of a :combination building w h i c h serves as parish chapel, school land parish hall. Three Sisters I of St. Dominic a n d o n e lay !teacher comprise the faculty. Construction cost of the n e w building, exclusive of furnish- ings and equipment, is $249,837. HOLY CROSS, BATAVIA Holy Cross parish, Batavia, dedicated its new Junior high school building May 7, 1960. 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