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PAGE 12 THE OBSERVER PATRONESS OF THE UNITED STATES--In 1846 the American Catholic hierarchy declared Mary the patroness of the U.S nnder the title of her Immaculate Conception. On Dec. 8, Catholics throughout the world celebrate this feast, remembering St. Luke's Gospel which relates the Annunciation, when Mary was called "Full of grace" by the Archangel Gabriel. This painting of the Immaculate Conception by Antonio Ciseri, 1821-1891, depicts Mary standing with her foot upon the serpent's head and crowned with 12 stars.--(NC Photo) U.S. History on Microfilm n Notre Dame Library NOTRE DAME, Ind. (NC) -- The University of Notre Dame has acquired microfilm copies of Vatican documents dealing with the first 250 years of the history of the Catholic Church in the Father Thomas T. McAvoy, United States. C.S.C university archivist, super- Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, lvised the microfilming project. C.S.C university president, said He said the collection includes letters and reports sent by many previously unused docu- American prelates and priests to ments of American Catholic his- the Vatican between 1622 and jtory. Father McAvoy said the 1861 have been copied in the Franciscan Institute of American archives of the Sacred Congrega- ltistory, Bethcsda, Md assisted tion for the Propagation of the in preparing the list of documents Faith with the permission of its to be copied. DALLAS, Tex. (NC) -- The liturgical year is not understood teaching power of the liturgical l year is wasted on large numbers of Catholics because they don't experience it, a pastor said here at the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine congress. The Rev. Joseph T. Nolan, pas- tor of St. Patrick church, Ga- lena, Kan told a session of the congress that the "formation and information" contained in the $350,000 Grant To Aid Study of Catholic Schools NEW YORK (NC) -- The Carnegie corporation of New York has awarded a $350,000 grant for a study of Catholic grade and high school education in the United States. The project will be a factual study of curriculum, administra- tion, number and training of teachers, "quality of academic achievement," academic goals and physical facilities, the Carne- gie Corporation said. The research project will be based at the University of Notre Dame, which .will administer the grant. A special computation cen- ter for processing data obtained in the study is now under con- struction at the university. In announcing the grant, the Carnegie Corporation noted that today more than 5 million chil- dren attend Catholic parochial schools in the U.S. It said that, according to a re- cent report, enrollment in these schools has increased more than six times since 1900, as compared with public schools, where enroll- ment has increased 2.3 times in the same period. Commenting on these figures, John W. Gardner, president of the Carnegie Corporation, said: "Despite this striking growth of attendance in the parochial schools, the compilation of factual information has not kept pace, and there has been no recent authoritative study of Catholic educational requirements and re- sources." In Washington, Msgr. Hochwalt estimated that the project would be a two-year study. He said the findings would ultimately be pre- sented in book form. Patronize Our Advertisers Lnj In our Divine Ward Seminaries in India, Philippines and Japan, we have a number of students preparing for the priesthood. 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The average parish Mass, he charged, has become "the speedi- est act of worship in the history of religion," and as such is "a scandal and disgrace." Longer Masses Father Nolan said he favors ex- tending Sunday Mass to one hour and urged more deliberate cele- bration of weekday Masses. The Mass and liturgy should be the instrument to teach that "Christians are a family and we work together in our Father's business -- building His kingdom on earth," he stated. In another session, Father Fran- cis J. Connell, C.S.S.R dean for Religious at the Catholic Univer- sity of America, Washington, D.C said the communication of Catho- lic truth to youth is "the most important work of the Catholic Church in U.S. today." Simplifying Catechisms He called attention to discussion about simplifying the vocabulary used in the "Baltimore Cate- chism," whose graded forms have been the usual text of instruction in Catholic religion classes, and warned "Let us be on our guard lest we go backward." Father Connell said he sub- mitted to Dr. Arthur Trace, Jr of John Carroll University, a stu- dent of U.S. education, the "First Communion Catechism" and "Catechism No. 1." Dr. Trace, he noted, has argued that reading material today in general excessively limits vocabu- lary to youth, but he reported that the language in the cate- chisms, which are used in the first four grades, Is satisfactory. Loss of Expression "In fact, I would suggest that any attempt to simplify them further might lead to serious losses in precision of expression," Dr. Trace wrote in his report to Father Connell. In another session, a Catholic editor urged CCD members to establish "circulating libraries" of CatholiC publications in their homes. William O'Dor~nell, managing editor of the Guardian, newspa- per of the Little Rock diocese said such a library "should be stocked with every Catholic pamphlet, magazine, newspaper and book that comes into our hands." "It should be a public library, if you will," he added. "It should be open to everybody. Its con- tents should be loaned or given to anyone who will read Catholic literature." Aggressive Professionals Needed , A priest who holds a top job ;in communications told the same THE THE REV. FRANCIS E. MCDONNELL, chaplain at Mercyville sanitarium and a faculty member at Marmion military academy, both in Aurora, was born in Ster- ling Feb. 21, 1927, the son of Mr. i and Mrs. Thomas J. McDonnell. After high school, Father Mc- Donnell entered St. Charles col- lege in Catonsville, Md. and then went to St. Mary seminary in Baltimore, Md for his studies in philosophy and theology, earning a licentiate degree in sacred theology. Father McDonnell also took two years of graduate study at Notre Dame, Ind earning an M.S. de- gree in mathematics. He was ordained by the Most Rev. John J. Boylan at St. Mary church April 11, 1951. Following his ordination, Father McDonnell taught for seven years in seminaries at St. Charles in Catonsville Md and at St. Thomas seminary in Louisville, Ky. as a member of the Sulpician society. He was assigned to his present posts at Aurora June 9, 1961. ATTENTION: ALL ILLINOIS Your NON-PROFIT OF THE U.$JL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT For only $3 00 a month Catholic men under 61 can now receive $100.00 each week while hospitalized for any ac- cident or sickness covered by the insurance of our non-profit Society. Payments can continue for as long as you are in the hospital. LIFE- TIME BENEFITS. Catholic women and men '61 through 80 get an identical policy at a slightly higher cost. You arepaid in addition to any other insurance, includ- ing Workmen's Compensa- tion. Your benefits begin the first day in the hospital. all at low non-profit rates ~lmmmmmmmulmmmmmmmumuuuml ImmmmmmunlnlnmmI For Free Facts ! NO OBLIGATION i It You Are a Catholic and Live in Illinoi~ | (PR 11-19-61) I To: Holy Family Society, 231 Ruby Street, Joliet, Ill. : Please rush me FREE FACTS about the Society's NON- PROFIT health protection for Illinois Catholics ONLY. : I am interested in: ' [] Add~p to My Present Plan [] Family Group Protection | [] Individual Protection [] Income Protection : [] Low Cost Life Insurance I NAME ADDRESS : : CITY " STATE : :AGE PARISH : Ilmlm m mm mm illlm ~ummmmmwmimmmmtmmiimm~mmmmmm~ FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8; 1961 session that "Catholics deservedl have the reputation in both local and national press rooms as not being on the job as well as Protestants and Jews." Msgr. John E. Kelly, director of the NCWC Bureau of Informa- tion, suggested that not only all dioceses but all parishes as well organize an "aggressive and pro- fessional" information committee. HEADS LAY CCD--Willard B. Glauber, prominent Catholic" layman from East St. Louis, Ill has been elected national chairman of the lay committee of the National Confraternity of Christian Doctrine at the CCD Congress in Dallas. Glauber, a supermarket operator~ is presi- dent of the Belleview, Ill diocesan board and a trustee of St. Philip the Apostle parish, East St. Louis. A member of the national lay committee of the CCD since 1955, he will serve a five.year term as national chairman. He succeeds L. R. Blevin of Jacksonville~ FIa.-- (NC Photo) Clergy Encourage Attendance atFilm CHICAGO (NC) -- A commit- tee of Chicago Catholic and Protestant leaders, including clergymen, has been formed to encourage attendance at. the award-winning film "Question 7," which opens in Chicago Christmas day. Produced under Lutheran auspices, the film depicts Chris- tian resistance to anti-religious pressures in communist East Germany. There is a tradition that Pope St. Fabian, 236-250, was a layman when acclaimed pope. 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