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Devoted to the interests of Indian Missions.
Vol. V.
JANUARY 1893,
No. 1.
Notes and Remnrks.
The Right Rev. Bishop will be at
Sacred Heart on New Year's for the
two-fold purpose of giving the sweet
veil of the Order of the Mercy to several
young ladies, and of administering the
Sacrament of Confirmation to a certain
number of school children and Indians.
The Right Rev. Bishop dedicated a
new church at Ilennessy on the 13th
of November. The new church is a
credit to the earnest zeal of Rev. Father
Beck.
Among the now settlors of the Iowa
and Sac and Fox reserves there are over
four hundred Catholics, whilst you find
only about one hundred in Pottawato
mie County. Still most of our new
settler, are good, quiet and honest
neighbors. Many of them have never
been inside a Catholic Church, coming
from Northern Texas, Arkansas or
Chickasaw Nation. We trust their ig
norance in regard to religion will give
place to Catholic truth. Our Catholics
are good, practical ones.
I may cite Mrs. A. S. She lives in a
large Protestant settlement, and neigh
bors try to persuade her to go to their
meetings. ""What is the use for me
to go?" she answers; "your church
has not the right foundation." This
intrepid Catholic lady is a convert.
I might mention also Mrs. M. N.,
who sent her son thirty-five miles after
the priest when her husband was sick.
She is a convert, also, of Bishop Pur
cell, Cincinnati.
Tecumseh is a mission attended once
a month. The priest is often encour
aged and edified by the piety of many
members of the congregation. Just
imagine a good lady and her son com
ing twelve miles, fasting, for the pur
pose of assisting at Holy Mass and
receiving Holy Communion.
The number of communions distrib
uted during the year 1S92 to the inmates
of Sacred Heart Mission and the Cath
olic Pottawatomie Indians amounted to
G,059. What a beautiful boquet in
honor of the loving Heart of Jesus!
Thanksgiving Day was celebrated at
Sacred Heart Mission according to t ta
directions of the President of the United
States and tho decree of the council of
Baltimore. Solemn Mass was sung at
7:30 in tho morning, after which tho
children went into tho woods to enjoy
a winter picnic. The Stars and Stripes
floated over the institution all day.
AVe hope to see better days for our
schools.
Fifty Millions.
America is, to-day, Catholic. Before
Columbus it was pagan. To-day it fur
nishes one-fifth of the whole Catholic
Church and one-fifth of the whole Chris
tian civilization.
South America has thirty millions of
Catholics; Central America and Mexico
ten millions ; the United States and
Canada ten millions fifty millions of
Catholics in America. From the re
maining population, say sixty millions,
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