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In IkFee ecUone e(tioml 10, 1950 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE ROCKFORD DIOCESE VOL. XXXIX. NO 19 Aurora Choral Group Begins Rehearsal Sept. 12 Aurora--The Palestrina Choir of Aurora, in preparation for an early winter concert, wilt begin weekly rehearsals this coming Tuesday evening, September 12, at 7:45 ~'clock in the auditorium of St. oseph Mercy Hospital. Composed of more than a hundred singers from Catholic parishes of Aurora and vicinity, this civic choral group has as its objective the concert presentation of representative selections from a wide repertoire of religious, classical, and secular music. The theme of the coming concert will be "Grant Us Peace," using as St choral prologue A. Kopylow's "Heavenly Light" arranged by :Peter J. Wilhousky. The Gregorian chant "Ave Verum Corpus" will have as its refrain the classical setting of the same text by Mo- zart. Highlighting the first part of the program will be portions of the "Da Pacem, Domine" Mas, by Dom Licinio Refice, noted con- temporary Italian composer and conductor, together with the "Ecce Quomodo Moritur Justus" by Giovanni da Palestrina, the out- standing 16th century polyphonic . composer in whose honor the :~ Aurora choral organization has been named. As in previous con- ' eerts, the second half of the pro- i:~ gram will offer a wide diversity ,... of compositions and technique with . representative selections from the Fred Waring choral series, Irving , Berlin, Harry Robert Wilson, and Geoffrey O'Hara. During the past year the Pales- trina Choir enjoyed another active season since its organization five .~rerS ago. Besides the two concert arances in December and l, the choir participated in the ~iaduation ceremonies of Marmion litary Academy on June llth. All former members are cordial- "ly invited to sing again in the Palestrina Choir for the forthcom- InK season. To any other singers, especially tenors and basses, a special invitation to join the group is extended. The Palestrina Choir will be under the direction of Fr. Ernest, O.S.B., of Marmion Acad- my. The accompanist will be Mrs. James May, organist and choir director of Annunciation parish in l~Iarywood. Diocesan Schools Cooperate In Program Rockford--During the past week Music Directors of the Diocese re- ceived final copies of the School Music Syllabus to be followed in Diocesan elementary schools. Prin- cipals and Music Teachers of the Diocese have been anticipating this change of program since April 'and are prepared to introduce it without delay. Arrangements have been made for a demonstration of techniques during the Teachers' Institute to be held in Rockford. The Liturgical Committee for Elementary Schools has outlined a course of chant instruction for ROSARY---RAIN NO RAIN Rain or no rain, the Rosary had to be said outdoors every evening in St. Cloud, Minn. Little four-year-old Billy Gerard did not mind the rain either. He just clutched his rosary and was sheltered by the rairieape of his mother, Mrs. Ed Gerard. To the left, with no worry about the rain is Mrs. Herbert Host. Hundreds.of Catholics in the Diocese of St. Cloud have been saying the Rosary outdoors every evening in neighborhood groups for the cause of peace and the con- version of Russia. (NC Photos) the Intermediate Grades and Jun- ior High School. This course will he introduced in the classrooms for the first time this fall. Detailed programs for sectional workshops to be held each month through out the Diocese will be discussed at the Rockford Teachers' Institute. Pilgrims To See Proclamation Of Assumption National Pilgrimage For Dogma Proclamation The Augustinians of the As- sumption, through their Associa- tion of Our Lady of Salvation, are promoting their fifteenth Holy Year Pilgrimage to Rome. The high- light of this pilgrimage will be at- tendance in St. Peter's Basilica at the solemn proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption, on the Feast of all Saints, November 1. As announced in the Osservatore Romano, Vatican City newspaper, on Monday, August 14, Pope Plus XII, speaking "ex cathedra" (that is in his capacity as supreme pas- of the Church) will on November 1, solemnly define and proclaim as a dogma of faith the doctrine that holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary is now in Heaven with her body as well as with her spirit, a privilege that she alone shares with her di- vine Son Jesus Christ. The Augustinians of the As- sumption (commonly known as As- sumptionists) a r e particularly happy at the coming proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption, since they are observing this year the centenary of their founding, in Nimes, France, by Father Emman- uel d'Alzon, in the College of the Assumption, which gave its name to the Congregation. Awarded Lecture Grant Chicago --(NC)-- Mrs. Ruth Byrns O'Meara, associate profess- or of education at Loyola univer- sity here, has been notified by the State department that she has Theologian Says Most Convincing Argument For Assumption Lies In Mary's Immaculate Conception Vatican City--(NC)---The most convincing of all the ar- guments proving Our Lady's Assumption is that which deduced from the Immaculate Conception, the Rev. Gabriele Roschini, Servite theologian, said in a lecture over Vatican Radio. He stated that "the Assumption is so closely connected with the Immaculate Conception that it is possible to say logically: she was assumed because# she was immaculate." By virtue of her Immaculate Con- ception, said Father Roschini, the Blessed Virgin was found complete- ly removed from the atmosphere of fault, and from this it follows that she should have been found com- pletely outside any atmosphere of punishment, or death, which was introduced into the world by orig- inal sin. "The singular nature of her mis- sion (that of Virgin Mother of God the Redeemer) required the sin- gularity of her privileges," the! Immaculate Conception, her vir- ginal motherhood and her bodily assumption into Heaven, Father Roschini continued. In the pres- ent plan of Divine Providence, he stated, the connection between or- iginal sin and death is so neces- sary that death is ever the pen- alty for sin; either for one's own sin, as in ourselves, or for the sin of others as in Christ the Re- deemer and Mary the Co-Redemp- trix. Father Roschini reminded his hearers of St. Paul's words to the Romans (5:12): "Wherefore as by one man sin~entered into this world, and by sin death; and so death passed upon all men, in Charities, College And Church Named In Will Of Boston Woman Boston, Mass. -- (NC) -- After legacies amounting to several thousand dollars to eight institu. tions, the residue of the $100,000 estate of Mary A. Carroll, who died last week, will go equally to Jesuit Boston College and the Mission Church of the Redemptor- ist Fathers in the Roxbury Cross- ing section of Boston. Seven Catholic institutions, the Holy Ghost Hospital, Working Boys IIome, House of the Angel Guardian, Little Sisters of the Poor, Home for Destitute Children Boston Society for the Propagation' of the Faith and Woodstock College in Maryland and The Boston Child- ren's Hospital were remembered in the will of the 80-year-old, life- long resident of the Jamaica Plain district of Boston. been awarded a grant to lecture in psychology at the University of Leeds, England, during the 1950-51 academic year. The grant was authoz':ized under the Fulbright Act. whom all have sinned." He said that "it follows from this, there- fore, that one who has not sinned in Adam--as Mary hnmaculate-- should not be subject to the do- minion of death." This casual connection between original sin personally contracted and death is "the unbreakable link which so unites the Assumption to the Immaculate Conception as to authorize us to say that she was assumed because she was Immacu- late. She who began her life in the light of the cradle could not ter- minate it in the shadows of the tomb." In the practical order Father Roschini saw several beneficial lessons deriving from the Assump: tion. The great need of our own a~'e--as indeed of every age--is for faith, hope and charity, he said. "The Assumption is in fact a press- ing invitation to faith in the res- urrection of the body, to hope in life everlasting and to charity, which is the indispensable condi- tion for a glorious resurrection and happy eternal life," he went on. Mary's assumption into Heaven necessarily supposes the survival of the soul after the body and the body's reunion with the soul to constitute the complete human per- son, the Servite theologian illus- trated, and observed that it "im- pels us to repeat with the Church: 'I believe in . . . the resurrection of the body.' As Christ our Head is risen, as Mary, the neck of the Mystical Body, which unites all ~)ther members to the head, is risen, so must our bodies also rise and be reunited to their souls for participation in their eternal des- tiny." As the Assumption teaches us to reconcile the spiritual with the material--and in proper order of importance with soul coming first --so it also teaches us to harmon- ize the heavenly with things earth- ly, and life of the spirit with the life of the body so that there will be true hope for the life of eter- nity, Father Roschil~i said. Finally, in order that the resur- rection of our bodies and our fu- ture life be happy, it is necessary to merit this with a life completely penetrated by love, he stated. "For this the glorious Assumption of Mary is also a pressing invitation and a life of sincere and practical love for God and neighbor, a love which constitutes the synthesis of the whole law," he said. Mary assumed recalls to her children that death is the echo of life, and that to a life of love a death of love cannot fail to correspond, he concluded. REV. DONAL O'MAHONY In the Universal Calendar of the Catholic Church there are no na- ~ionality or color barriers. Greeks, Jews, Italians and Spaniards abound thereon, the English sit down with the Egyptians, the French file in with the Germans A~there is a place for Saint Rose , li~Lima, who was a Peruvian. One ~a_t Catholic race is conspicuous by its absence---the Irish. "~? This is quite a paradoxical situ- s:.. ation for the "Island of Saints ! and Scholars." Despite 1,500 years ~*: e f remarkably virile Christianity, ""for 200 of which Ireland was the ~.: center of monastic and missionary ~ activity within the Church, no : .Uint of Irish origin has received ~ i~tel~ational recognition. Re- :: "oe~chere are more or less agreed that St. Patrick was a Welshman of Roman stock, and, at best, Irish by adoption. Though Ireland has what must be the longest litany of uncanon- ized saints of any countiy, only four Irishmen have been formally elevated to the altar by the Holy See. These are St. Malachy Bishop of Down and Conner, who died A.D. 1148 and was canonized before the close of the century; St. Lawrence O'Toole, Archbishop of Dublin at the time of the Norman invasion of Ireland; Blessed Taddeus MacCar- thy, Bishop of Cork, Who died on pilgrimage to Rome in 1492; and Blessed Oliver Plunket, Archbishop of Armagh, who was ha~ged and quartered at Tyburn in the time of Charles the Second. But there are indications that before the end of the Holy Year the name of the first native Irish saint may be inscribed in the Church calendar. (Inclusion in the universal calendar of the Church means that the Saint's feast is inserted into both the Missal and the breviary, and is celebrated on a fixed date throughout the world.) Because of his mighty part in curbing and leading the barbaric invaders of the Roman Empire to the Christian fold, St. Columban has been "God's Fighting Irish- man." He clashed with kings and princes in his many fights for the poor and defenseless. Driven from France after many fruitful years of mission work, he continued to e~tablish monasteries in Germany, Switzerland and North Italy, where he died after the Faith had been planted among the Lombards and the heresy of Arian- ism had been overthrown. "The revival of all Christian knowledge and culture in many parts of i France, Germany and Italy is duel to the labors and zeal of St. Colum- ban," is the verdict given by Pope Plus XI on the work of this Irish saint. In a recent address at an inter- national celebration in honor of St. Columban, which was held in Luxeuil, France, under the patron- age of the French President, For- eign Minister Sehuman described the Saint as "the ,greatest Euro- pean of his generation." The con- gress was attended by Church and State dignitaries from six Euro- unknown number of churches are named in his honor Catholics everywhere, who receive the Sacra- ment of Penance, owe a debt to St. Columban for popularizing the practice of private confession. Be- fore his time, public confession of sin was the general custom. Within 50 feet of the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles, a new chapel, dedicated to St. Columban, is being erected in the crypt of St. Peter's in Rome. This project has the approval and paternal interest of the Holy Father himself. Th~ Supreme Pontiff "cordially imparts to all who further this blessed undertaking His Special Apostolic Blessing." The Irish are coming into their ~an countries and the United own at last in the person of their ares. ,greatest missionary. And America Four seminaries in the United[has had its share in bringing this States, six religious houses and an I about. i~ , t,: : .....