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FOR CATHOLIC ACTION By Mrs. Joseph Wiedemann The annual "Bishop's Fund for Catholic Action" collection will take place Sunday, Sept:. 24, in all parishes of Rockford dio- cese. "Annual collection" is a fa- miliar phrase which appears several times each year in par- ish announcements concerning Peter's Pence, Bishops' Relief fund; Propagation of the Faith; Catholic Charities etc. These and other needs of the Church are ac- cepted and met by members of individual parishes throughout the country and the world In the Rockford diocese, the "Bishop's Fund" drive has yet to achieve the familiarity en- joyed by other long standing collections. Born of a necessity to provide financial assistance for a widening scope of Catho- lic action, it is just three years old and suffering the 'growing pains' which usually attend such beginnings In its comparative infancy then, the need may be underestimated; i t s purpose may not be understood. Bishop's Statement In a letter to the clergy Bish- op Lane said, "To help finance the Council's program, as well as Catholic action projects as- signed Catholic women of the Diocese for the coming year, each Catholic woman in the Dio- cese is asked to contribute one dollar towards what is known as the "Bishop's Fund for Catholic Action " The money thus donat- ed will be used for these pur-: poses as well as for the payment of affiliation dues to the Na- AT FREEPORT OCT. 8 l:,omi, dc L q'o Ad FREEPORT--The Most Rev. most important problems in Loras T. Lane, Bishop of Rock- present-day Catholic college ford, and the Very Rev. Regi- education. nald R Masterson O P, will be ' ' ". BlSllOp Notes urowm the featured speakers ior me fourth biennial convention of m a muer to me clergy pro- the Rockford Dioce--nho Council moting attendance at the con- . vennon msnop Lane states: of Cathohc Women to be held . ~. ~^, o ~* ^--";-- ~n ",:acn succeeding year our Sunday, ,-,~ o~ ,--,4u ,~= - tral Catholic high school here. t~amonc women nave evlaencea Both Bishop Lane and Father Masterson will address the general assembly of the conven- tion in the afternoon, following the morning and afternoon ses- sions of committee workshops. Bishop Lane will present an award to the "Catholic Woman of the Year " Woman's Role Father Masterson's subject will be "Woman's Role in the Church," in keeping with the convention theme, "God's work must truly be our own." The convention will s t r e s s the "sphere of the Catholic wom- an-family, parish, community and world " The speaker is prior of St. Rose Priory in Dubuque, Ia the theological seminary of the Dominican fathers of the mid- western province. After his ordination in 1951, Father Masterson did graduate work in philosophy and theol. ogy, obtaining his doctorate in both subjects. For the past sev- :en years he has been professor of dngmatic theology at St. Rose and of homiletics at Mt. St. Bernard seminary in Du- buqu*e. Associate Editor He is president of the Do- minican Educational association and associate editor of "Cross and Crown," a quarterly review of spiritual theology. During the past year he has edited two books, "Seeking the Kingdom," a primer of spiritual theology for the laity, and "Theology in the Catholic College," a series of essays examinlng one of the The Very Rev. Reginald R. Masters n, O.P. an increasing love for the Church and its mission by their zeal and unselfish spirit, and by their accomplishments of the projects assigned them in the work of Catholic Action. During the past year especially, there has been a growing awareness on the part of the individual Catholic woman in the Diocese of her part and duty in helping to carry out the projects assign- ed our Catholic women by their Bishop." Mrs. Timothy Sullivan of Sterling, president of the Rock- ford DCCW, will preside at the convention. Delegates will vote on changes in the constitution and adoption of resolutions. A board meeting and dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, pre- ceding the convention. N( e VATICAN CITY -- (NC)t--lhe For the first time in history Church will send official ob- servers to a meeting of the non- Catholic World Council of Churches. First Time Five Catholics have b e n named to attend the New Delhi, India general assembly of the council Nov. 18 to Dec. 6. They were picked by the Vatican's Preparatory Secretariat for Pro- mot'rag Christian Unity. A U. S. priest and a Dutch layman are included. Although Catholic priests and laymen have attended meetings of the World Council of Church- es, the appointment of observ- ers by a central Church office n Rome marks a departure froml the former "private" represen- tation of the Church at such non-Catholic meetings. Word of the appointments was confirmed here by the Vatican secretariat, which was estab- lished last year by Pope John to keep non-Catholics informed on the work of the forthcoming In This Issue World News 2 [ Requiescant 7 Catholic Charities 2 ] May They Rest 7 Mission Column 5 Doris Answers Youth 8 Sharing Our Treasure 5] St. Vincent's Jottings 8 Meet the Clergy 5 Legion of Decency 8 Women's Page 6[ TV Movie Guide 9 Family CHnie 71For Teens Only 9 Coming Events 71 Theology for Everymnn 10 Help the Holy Name Rally To meet expenses of the Diocesan Holy Name rally, the General Planning committee is asking for the support of rally patrons. A donation of $2.50 is asked from each patron. The patron will receive a Patron's Certificate whieh gives him a seat in the Patrons' Section of the stadium on Sept. 24. To become a patron, send this clipping with your patron's donation and a self-addressed envelope to: The OBSERVER Office Holy Name Rally Committee 1260 North Church Street Rockford, Illinois Mail now in time for the certificate to be returned to you! Name Street Address 2 City (My donation as Holy Name Rally Patron enclosed) tional Council. An envelope will be distributed to every woman at the Masses on Sunday, Sept. 17. These envelopes with their dollar enclosed are to be de- posited in the collection at Mass on Sunday, Sept. 24." What is the "Bishop's Fund?" Primarily, it is the special fund established by the Bishop to help defray basic expenses of the Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in extension of designated (committee) pro: grams. Once each year our bish-I op asks the individual Catholic woman to support episcopal programs which best meet the needs of the diocese. The volun- tary contribution does not con- stitute payment of dues, since there are no dues (per capita) in council membership: howev- er, through her donation to the Bishop's Fund, the Catholic woman of the Rockford diocese actively participates in a far- reaching program of Catholic action -- through the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Member Organizations Who are members of Rock- ford D.C.C.W.? There is no in- dividual membership: the Dio- cesan Council of Catholic Wom- en is a federation of all parish and interparochial societies with- in the jurisdiction of our bishop. Each parish group -- Altar and Rosary, St. Ann Society, Catho- lic Women's club, etc -- and each unit of Catholic Daughters of America, Women's Catholic Order of Foresters, Daughters of Isabella ~ is a member of the Rockford D.C.C.W. Similar- ly, each is an affiliated member of the National" Council of Cath- olic Women. By virtue of active membership in parish or inter- parochial society, the Catholic woman in Rockford the diocese joins 30,000 others locally, and 10 million throughout the nation in apostolic endeavor; yet none has singular membership in the federation of organi z a t i o n s known as N.C.C.W, As members of the Mystical Body and cells of the living Church, we are one in obedience to the Vicar of Christ: so too are we one in the diocese, the parish, in promot- ing those works and programs which are directed by the hier- archy. Begins in Parishes This work of Catholic action begins in the parishes. Other women across the country are currently developing some of the programs initiated in par- ishes of our own diocese. During workshop discussion periods at the biennial conventions of the National Council of Catholic :Women held in St. Louis, 1958, ~and Las Vegas, 1960, the Rock- ford delegate received many re- quests for copies of job-descrip- tions, programs, etc which have been promoted successful- ly here: in the exhibit hall, Rockford's Visual Aid display resulted in many more requests for copies of materials posted. As the work in the parishes is extended, so does the council's work grow. The vast amount of program- ming and other services offered (Continued on page 2) O Second Vatican Council. The news was first given out at the World Council's Geneva, Switz- erland, headquarters by Dr. W. A. Visser 't Hooft, the secretary general. Observers Named The observers are: the Rev. Edward J. Duff, S.J of St. Louis, Mo Jan Groot of the Netherlands, the Rev. M. J. Le Guillou, O.P of France, and two priests from India whose names will be announced later. The latter were picked because of the assembly site at New Delhi. A secretariat spokesman said the appointments were made because the results of the World Council assembly sessions could be of interest to the various commissions readying the Vati- can Council. He stressed that the Catholic observers would stay on the sidelines and "not be entitled to speak or to vote," thus following the assembly's rules. One American Father Duff is director of the Institute of Social Order at St. Louis university and editor of the magazine, Social Order. He has studied the w o r k of the World Council of Churches in the social field at its Geneva head- quarters and has described it in a book, "Social Thought of the World Council of Churches." Groot is the official delegate of the Dutch Hierarchy for ecu- menical work in the Nether- lands President of the Associa- tion of St. WiUebrord which pro- motes such work, he is also pres- ident of the Dutch Catholic Bible society and has won notice for his studies of the Protestant theologian Karl Barth. Father Le Guillou is a profes- sor at Le Saulchoir, the Do- minican institute of theological studies near Paris. He has writ- ten a study evaluating the grow- ing missionary consciousness within the ecumenical m o v e- ment. Official Newspaper of the Rockford Diocese Vol. XVI--No. 37 ROCKFORD, SEPTEMBER 15, 1961 10 PAGES 54 YEARS IN MISSIONS--Father John J He essy, C S C (! ft) p ays ch ss w h h s g Ne, CASTELGANDOLFO, Italy--[mediately by the French, Bel- (NC)--His Holiness Pope John gian, Irish, Spanish. Dutch Ger- XXIII while warning of the man. Austrian, Swiss and Ca. havoc and destruction t h a t nadian networks, and w e r e would come from war asserted beamed eastward by Radio t h a t "it is by the power of Free Europe. sound reason not by force' of . ~. D : : Mu~ rutit.y nueut~ arms, tnatjtistxce makes l~s ,J~or pea c e to prevail the way ' Pope told the world We must In a radio address to t h e . ' . ^ ,~ ,~.^ n^~. ~^~.^~. open our hearts and empty W~ ~:all up'~-o-, th^~ rulers of tnem. oi tne. madce ,with which at times tne spxr~t oz error and natmns to face squarelythe ,ew~ seeks to lmect them and tremendous r e s p o n s ibilities: they bear before the tribunal of ~ ~- history, and what is more be- fore the judgment seat of God,T3 T~ and We entreat them not to fall for reace superior, Father Robert McKee, C.S.C upon his return to the University of Notre Dame after 54 years as a missionary in India and East Pakistan. When the 82.year-old priest left the U. S. in 1906, Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, and the Holy Father was Plus X, since proclaimed a saint. Father Hennessy is the oldest missioner and third oldest priest in the Holy Cross Fathers' Indiana province. (NC Photo) FOR DIOCESAN HOLY NAME ROCKFORD -- Preliminary surveys indicate a record attend- ance at the Diocesan Holy Name rally here in Beyer stadium on Sunday, Sept. 24. The committee is planning the rally events so that the actual program will be- gin with the Most Rev. Loras T. Lane, episcopal host, and the Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen, fea- tured speaker, reaching the sanctuary platform at 4 p.m. Pre-Rally Program A pre-rally program will be- gin at 3 p.m. with selections by the massed bands of diocesan high schools. After a drill by the Purple Knights drum and bugle corp and vocal selections by St. Patrick vested choir, the parish delegates, arranged by deaner- ies, will enter the stadium in I parade formation from the prac- tice field adjoining the stadium proper. This delegate parade is scheduled to begin at 3:15. The procession of clergy and civil of- ~ ficials will come from the Naval Reserve Training center about two blocks from the stadium anc follow immediately after the par- ish delegates parade in the sta- dium. The rally program fea- turing Bishop Fulton J. Sheen will begin promptly at 4 p.m. Urged to Clip Map The thousands who are expect- ed as rally spectators to be seat- ed in the stadium proper and in auxiliary seating off the playing field are urged to clip the Rally Route Map, which will appear in next week's Observer. The park- ing committee reports that a parking area of 19 acres has been arranged for rally specta- tors. The parking committee also recommends chartered bus- es for parish groups as there is preferential parking for buses Those traveling by private auto- mobile are asked to come in car )ools. Rally Theme, Pledge Printed programs of rally ~vents will be distributed to both the delegates and the spectators. The rally theme, Christian Re- sponse to the Threat of Commu- nism; will be highlighted by the address of Bishop Sheen, a known expert on Communist ide- ology and tactics. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. M. A. Schumacher, dean of Aurora and past diocesan di- rector of Holy Name societies will lead the delegates in the Holy Name Pledge. A dramatic and impressive ceremony will be presented in the Pledge to the Oppressed of the World. Official parish delegates and other rally participants are urg- ed to come early. The Diocesan Holy Name rally is open to the general public. Holy Name Rally Time Table ' All who will take part as delegates or who will participate as spectators in the stands are asked to note the following s c h e d u I e for S u n d a y, Sept. 24: PRE-RALLY PROGRAM--3 p.m. PARADE OF DELEGATES--3:I5 p.m. RALLY PROGRAM---4 p.m. 1 ROCKFORD --ApproximatelyI To educate this large number 27,000 children are receiving a of children, 77 priests, 465 sis- Catholic education in elemen-ters, and 231 lay teachers are t a r y and secondary schools devoting their time and effort throughout the diocese of Rock- This is an increase of 14 more ford, it was announced today teachers than were employed by the Very Rev. Raymond J. in the 1960-61 school year. Wahl, J.C.D diocesan director of education. This number represents an increase of 900 more children in the elementary schools and 400 in t h e secondary schools than last year. 14 More Teachers The exact total enrollment f i g u r e, according to Father Wahl, is 27,218. Of these chil- Future Increases. At the present time there are 10 high schools in the diocese the highest number in diocesan history. In the near future this figure will be raised to 12 with proposed erection of two new secondary schools in Aurora Sixty-two elementary schools care for the large grade school enrollment. dren, 22,627 are in the elemen-' (For the total enrollment of tary schools and 4,591 in the all diocesan schools, please turn high schools, to page 3.) victims to false and deceiving force s h all not prevail, but right, through free and sincere negotiations that truth and jus- tice shall be vindicated by safe- guarding the essential liberties and the insuppressible values of every nation and of every hu- man person." The Pope recalled the impas- sioned appeal by Pope Plus XII on August 24, 1939, just eight days before the outbreak of World War II: "Nothing is lost with peace; all may be lost vith war." Pope John rephras- ed it more strongly: "Whereas everything is lost, and lost to everyone, through war, nothing will be lost through peace." War Not Imminent The Pope stated however that despite the increased tension in the world, he is confident that war is not imminent: "By the mercy of God, We are persuaded that up until the )resent time there is no serious threat of either immediate or remote war." He went on to explain that "We mean nothing more than to take still another opportunity of appealing with confidence to the serene and sure wisdom of all men who guide the nations of the world." What the world has been witnessing recently, he said, is merely the appear- ance-but "the too irresponsi- ble and tragically deplorable appearance"---of the threat of war. Sacred Warning But he said since the threat does appear, he felt impelled to address his peace appeal to all "I i the peoples of the world, t s quite natural," he said, "that We should make Our own the anxious solicitude of Our pre- decessors and present it as a sacred w a r n i n g to all Our (Catholic) children, as We feel it Our right and Our duty to call them, to all who believe in God and in His Christ, and even to unbelievers, sinceall men belong to God and to Christ by right of origin and of redemp- tion." Pope John made his plea fol- lowing a special Mass he offer- ed for peace in the audience hall of his summer villa here. His address, given in Italian, was broadcast over Vatican Ra- dio and the Italian radio and television networks. Transla- tions were given virtually im- IN THIS FAMILY, THE 'EYES' HAVE IT--What was believed to be one of the largest family donations of eyes-after-death to an hospital eye bank was made by the family of the Mr. and Mrs. John O'Hayre of Denver, Colo. The O'Hayre's, all 14 of them, arranged for the donation through Mercy hospital, iDenver, where Mrs. Mary Woodburn (far right) raises her glasses in astonishment at the unusual turnout. The O'Hayre family are members of Our Lady of Fatima parish and Mr. Hayre is an editorial assistant at the Denver Catholic Register newspaper. (NC photo) ROCKFORD-- The request of Pope John XXIII for all the faithful to join in special prayer on Sunday, Sept. 10, was relayed to the parishes of the diocese by a special message from the Most Rev. Loras T. Lane. Bishop Lane's letter asked that special prayers be offer- ed in every church and chap- el throughout the diocese. The faithful of the diocese are urged also to continue their prayers for the inten- tions of world peace and jus- tice. thus purified, we must lift them up confident of r e c e i v i n g heaven's blessings as also .pros- perity in the things of earth." Perhaps, said the Pope, the Mass for peace he had just of- fered, joined by faithful Chris- tians the world over, "could well be the first of a series of assemblies of peace, not mar- red by pointless clamoring, but gladdened by a heartfelt senti- ment of elevation and peace, an assurance of the tranquillity and nobility of life in the happi- nes of Christian society, which is, in Christ, divine brotherhood and a foretaste of the joys of heaven." Let Us Pray He went on to say: "Let us pray with one an- other and for one another, and for all the scattered creatures of GOd who make up the Holy Church and the human family, which is also all His own. "We would extend Our most urgent invitation to prayer to priests, to consecrated souls, to the innocent and to the suffer- ing. Let us all together beg the Father of light and of grace to enlighten the minds and move the wills of those who hold the chief responsibility for the life or death of the peoples. Let us pray for the peoples them- selves, that they may not allow themselves to be dazzled by exacerbated nationalism a n d destructive rivalry, and that, as We so earnestly exhorted in Our encyclical 'Mater et Ma- gistra,' the relationships in the life of human society may be reintegrated in truth, in justice and in love. Pray for Peace "Let us all pray t h at by means of the penetration of the Christian spirit, morality may grow s t r o n g: the vigorous strength of Christian families, the source of noble power and dignity and of blessed and joy- ful prosperity. "Ever and always let us pray for the peace of Christ here be- low, between all men of good will: 'That all the families of the nations, rent asunder by the wound of sin, may be subjected to the m o s t gentle rule of Christ.' " Offers Prayer Pope John in concluding re- called that the Church two days earlier had celebrated the feast of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary After citing from the Collect of the Mass of the feast, in which Mary is saluted as "the beginning of the salva- t ion of the world and the heavenly promise of an in- crease of peace," he uttered this prayer: "Yes, yes, for this we suppli- cate you, O our m o s t sweet Mother, O Queen of the World: Of victorious war or of a con- quered people it has no need, but of a renewed and more ro- bust health, of fruitful and se- rene peace---of this it has need, and for this it cries with a great voice: Beginning of salvation and increase o~ peace. Amen."