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PAGE 6 THE OBSERVER FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 196I "Be present everywhere for the faith, for Christ, in every way and to the utmost possible limit whenever vital interests are at stake . . . Be there on guard and in action." Plus XII. e Erection of outdoor, and indoor shrines is an outward sign of the love we have for our religion, sug- gests Mrs. Leo Burkardt of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish at Sublette. The Sterling deanery is advocating such a project for every family, and many families have completed a shrine already. Too often Catholics may be re- luctant to admit their faith, but the building of a shrine shows that the owner is proud of his religion. In addition it can serve as an inspiration to other Catho- lics, to children and to Protestant friends. Children have been known to pause in their play to kneel in prayer at such a shrine without a suggestion from any- one. Such an act must surely please God. Prompts Prayer The most important reason for erecting a shrine is for one's own edification aIld spiritual develop- ment. Each time someone passes the shrine, it brings God to mind and prompts a little prayer. Also, a shrine can be a way of showing thanksgiving for favors granted by God through His saints. Many times this is the motive needed to get started on a shrine. Many people also have a spa- cial devotion to a particular saint and can show their love for him. A shrine does not have to be an elaborate structure. A statue combined with a little imagina- tion are all that are needed. Ma- terials such as cement block, bricks, stones, empty metal con- tainers, such as ham tins, are ii!!iiiiiii~iii?~ :!:i:~:~:~i CEMENT BLOCK DESIGN--An unusual design was worked out by simple arrangement of cement blocks in this shrine to the Blessed Virgin. It was built by Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Dinges of Sterling deanery. Mrs. Dinges worked out the design. USE LARGE ROCKS--This shrine to the Blessed Virgin was erected by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Leffelman and was one of the first to be built in the Snblette area, which is in Sterling deanery. Mr. Leffelman blasted large rock in his field and his wife car- ried the pieces home, one by one, and designed and constructed the shrine herself. They live on Route 52, near Sublette. The shrine may be seen from the road and is lighted at night. The Leffelmans are the parents of several small children. examples of items which can be] . . used to build a base or founda- tion or background for the statue. General Absoluhon Gwen at Crash Mementos of Trip RICHMOND, Va, -- The Rev. cellar, Msgr. Ernest L. Unter- Often a walk m the counhy . " " Robert E. O'Kane pastor of St. koefler, reached the site near or along the seashore will yield ' p'~etty stones or shells which can r'atrmK. . cnurcn nero, gave general mcnmonu's ~yra nolo absolution at the scene shortly af The air lane was call m new be incorporated in the design " "P "Y'g Mementos of a trip can serve a tar the crash near nere of an im- Army inductees on a flight to Fort perial Airlines Constellation dual purpose. which killed 77 persons. J Simplicity can be very offer- Minutes after Father O'Kane's tire. On the other hand, one may be as elaborate as one desires, arrival, Bishop John J. Russell of Plans for a shrine can be made Richmond and the diocesan chan- Jackson, S.C. It had taken off from Baltimore. The crash killed the 74 inductees and three crew members. The pilot and flight en- gineer were the only survivors. Available Widths AAAAAA to EEE when property is being land- scaped. 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It is the feast of Elgin Deanery bring oth6r interested women Aurora Deanery file / meetings especially the parish u ].~riv nf C mrl~lun~ Mnth~r nf . O r j r~, Before we can fred our place with you, and learn of the oppor- Why do chairmen make reports". The deanery chairman reviews~ orgamzehon, ~s x f utmostl rlmp rt'rams th=" A,==,i,~,~ m the Rockford. Dmcesan Council tumtles open to .Y U through the R eOr~o,~n ~o are accounts of ~,'~r unr . . ance, because e ce lent p og l of Cathohc Women we must un- actlvmted committees, reports recelvea, ana m turn she build attendance and therefore Through Mary, we can strive and individual accomplishments, to elevate the position of women derstand what it means. How of- ten have you been asked to ex- plain DCCW, and found you had to fumble for words? It is import- ant to know the answer. The DCCW is the link that joins all Catholic women's organiza- tions of the diocese in united Ca- tholic action. Your place in the Rockford DCCW goes hand in hand with your place in your own home parish. The parish is your own spiritual home toward which each member of the family has some obligation. These good members perform the various duties for the love of God, recognizing the perish as their spiritual home on earth; and through assisting the parish priest, they are truly assisting the Bishop and the Vicar of Christ. Not Fund-Raising Now, since every Catholic wom- an is expected to be a member of a perish organization, she is byvirtue a member of the DCCW. It goes hand in hand. By being an active member of your parish organization, you are really an active member of DCCW. Try to remember that the Dioc- esan Council of Catholic Women is not a fund-raising organization. It depends on the annual contri- bution of $1 per person to the Bishop's fund for Catholic action. Its objective is to serve you in your parish. It is a channel for helpful in- formation, mandated by the Bish- op, which joins together ell par- ishes in the diocese to give strength to united Catholic action. Through DCCW you may learn about worthwhile projects which your organization may wish to undertake. YeLl are informed of activities and accomplishments of other parishes through written or oral reports from chairmen. You are also made aware of existing problems in your area, and are able to find solutions for them. Our Bishop has a mandate which requests all Catholic wom- en's organizations in the diocese to fulfill their obligation toward Catholic action through these committees. Offer your talents and services. *Find your place and strive with the help of the DCCW to make your parish the most active in the diocese. Re- member: God's work must truly be our own. "I am only one, but I am one; I can't do everything, but I can do something What I can do, I ought to do What I ought to do, by the Grace of God, I will do!" Students Elected To 'Who's Who' ROCKFORD -- Two Rockford students have been elected to "Who's Who Among Students in' American Colleges and Universi- ties." Miss Mary Anne Weeg, daugh-I ter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. Weeg, 2017 Cumberland, was so-! lected at Clarke college, Dubuque, Ia. Miss Weeg, a senior major- ing in English, is president of the literary club and a contribu- tor to "Labarum," the college's literary magazine. Robin Ford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll A. Ford, 2010 Har- vard, was one of 14 Loras col- lege seniors elected to "Who's Who." Ford, a sociology major, is a member of the debate team student senate and year book staff and is regional chairman for the National Federation of Catholic College Students in Forensics. True Education If we accept the religious view of man's nature, we are com- pelled to take a very different, a Help for Parish [radically different view of edu- Suppose you are an active mem- I cation. No longer can we think bet of your parish organization, I merely of getting on in the cam- but you realize much improve-[mercial and materialistic sense. ment is needed in developing it. I We must now think of getting on What can you dO? Be a member I in the sense of getting heaven- of a committee in your narish. I wards. And in everything we Maybe you would ~like your or- learn and in everything we teach ganization more spiritually mind-to our children or our pupils, ed? Maybe your society is in need of a constitution? Or.your parish in need of a home and school or a library and literature program? Perhaps you wish you could promote more prayers for the so. lution of the farm problem? Bishop's Mandate Good! This means you are in- terested in Catholic action. Come we must bear this fact in mind. We must learn to get on in the world -- not as an end in itself, but as a means to getting heav- enwards. Any education which neglects this fact, and to the ex- tent to which it neglects it, is false education, becanse it is false to man. It is untrue; it is not in accordance with his na- ture as child of God and heir also. --Eric Gill Known for Famous Makers COATS - SUITS - DRESSES .-. SPORTSWEAR BOUTIQUES 123 south main at elm fashion corner rockford They tell a story of the growth and development of an organiza- tion. A study of reports reveals both the strong and the weak points in a program. This will serve as a guide in planning fu- ture goals of a society A new officer can learn of past activity m a group and its success or failure by reviewing reports filed by her predecessor. Through re- ports, the various parish organi- i zations share their experiences with others. This is done by fol- lowing a regular plan of reporting. What will I report? A report is an over-all picture of the progress of an organiza- tion or committee. It should state the work accomplished and the method employed. It should also include recommendations for at- taining future goals. A good re- port is a help to your successor in office. Those in the work of the lay apostolate are not self-seek- ing, therefore, they are willing to share their experiences with oth- ers. How does one report? Every chairman should keep notes of her activity. These notes serve as a guide for making a summary of the work. A report should be simple and concise. 1. It should state to whom and from whom the report is sent. 2. State subject and objectives of goals the report covers. Goals are stated in the Bishop's mandate. 3. Give a simple account of meth- od used to attain those goals. 4. Present an evaluation of method of action and the results. 5. Make recommendations for future ac- ticm. To whom do chairmen report? A parish chairman should make three copies of her report. One is given to the president of her parish organization, one to the deanery chairman of that commit- reports to the diocesan committee chairman, who reports to national chairman. New ideas and sugges- tions are given to chairmen by these same channels. The dio- cesan chairman reports to the deanery on methods that have been successful in other places; the deanery chairman passes these ideas on to the parish chair- men. When are reports made? Parish chairmen should report to their organizations at the reg- ular meetings. That is where true Catholic action becomes effective. Deanery chairmen report at open deanery meetings; diocesan chair- men report at diocesan board meetings. Summary Let us remember that if we are to be worthwhile members of the lay apostolate, we must be willing to share our .accomplishments and experiences with others who are trying to reach the same goals. In return we will learn and bene- f:t from others' experiences. Re- porting is the basis of a two-way street, for the purpose of giving and sharing information, so we can more successfully carry out the mandate of His Excellency, Bishop Lane. It is suggested that instead of having a Christmas gift exchange in your group, that members don- ate the same amount of money to the Newman foundation. The shrine of the Sacred Corp- oral in St. Mary basilica, Doroea, Spain, contains six hosts which shed blood during a battle between Spaniards and Moors at Valencia in 1239. Pink Pony's Noon Day Lunches and businessmen'g specials are tastier than ever Every Day 11:30 to 2 Except Saturday promote Catholic action with more and more women participat- ing. In choosing programs the chair- man must bear in mind the fun- damental purpose of her organiza- tion, namely to develop the lay apostolate among the women of her parish. The lay apostolate, as you nmy know, signifies active cooperation with the Bishop of the diocese in the program outlined by him-- for the spiritual development of his people, the intellectual devel. opment of the r!sing generation and the social betterment of all people. Bringing In Members The main problem for any group is to get the women to at- end the meetings. They will come, if attractive programs of an intellectual, civic or religious nature in which they will be in- terested are offered. Out-of-town speakers are fine, but not always easy to get. Many good programs may be found within the community. In m~ny )arishes there are film strips on i creation--the nature of man, re-I demption, the Sacraments and the Commandments. In connection with any pro- gram, group singing by grade or high school children can add interest end songs can be chosen in which the audience can partic- ipate. However, the zeal of the mem- bers who attend regularly must be employed to make personal contacts, both to bring members and to interest those who do at- tend. Family Consecration In addition to offering programs of interest, the affiliate group can work to increase religious ae- tivities on the part of the indiv- idual and the family. Through a family life group, families can be encouraged to consecrate the family to the Sa- cred Heart of Jesus and the Ira. maculate Heart of Mary. It is a very simple ceremony. All that needed are inexpensive pic- tures, which are placed on a re. ble with crucifix, candles and holy water. The priest will bless them and the whole house as all fam- ily members kneel. in dignity and freedom to fit the changing world of today. We should maintain a geniune inter- est in all inter-American affairs and keep that interest current. We know that the Communists are hard at work there as welt as in other parts of the world. Also, propaganda attacks will undoubtedly be made on the Presi- dent's Latin American Aid bill, and probably on other decisions of mutual benefit to the American nations. We should make ah ef- fort to recognize their tactics and be able to distinguish distorted facts from the truth. We should make ourselves heard when we approve as well as disapprove of any issues. Night acts of consecration can be explained and promoted: such as recitation of the rosary, a practice which the Holy Father has urged to save the world from a nuclear war. Hours of Adoration A spiritual development com- mittee, in particular, can foster membership in the Apostleship of Prayer or Sacred Heart League, with groups offering Masses and Communions of reparation on the first Fridays. Such groups may also participate in hours of adora- tion on first Thursdays and Fri- days and First Saturdays. This committee can take an active part as well in development of the Holy Name Society, even for boys of high school age. The libraries and literature committee could pass out books at Mass time~ or take them to meetings of high school children, or have them on hand at regular meetings. Through the home and school committee, the group can learn how the Sisters can be helped, such as during noon hour periods, The committee might also want to organize young people's choral groups to present music at meet- ings. Finally, each parish could well have a charity group to call regu- larly on the sick and aged and check if there are some families who need food, clothing or other necessities. -# EATING OUT HERE I$ A FAMILY AFFAIR . . . The foods on our menu are as varied as they are delicious. Our serviceis thoughtful and courteous we even 'teature special children's portions. 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