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Vol. IV, No. 11 To the Reverend Clergy, Religious, •nd Faithful of the Diocese of Columbus. My beloved Brethren: The love of God became incarnate in the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ on that first holy night in Bethlehem. The Expected of the Nations came to be for all men the Way to Peace, the Light of truth and the Life of holiness. Saint Paul expressed the true meaning of Christmas in the eloquent words—"Christ has appeared for the de.truction of sin by the sacrifice of Himself" (Heb. X, 26). In order to insure for all men the purpose of His coming Our Divine Savior set up the Church to guide, to teach, and to sanctify all peoples till the end of time. We who profess the holy Catlrolic Faith recognize the means which Jesus Christ established for our salvation. We know what is exacted of us to gain the Kingdom of Heaven. We plead constantly for Christ's mercy in fulfilling the duties which will bring us to the eternal happiness of His Kingdom. The Christmas Feast is one of the great occasions in the year to consider our true dignity and final destiny. Seeing the love of God in the Divine Babe of Bethlehem should arouse us to imitate the unbounding love of God for our Soul's salvation. Sin is the destroyer of God's love in our souls. Sin is the disaster which deprives us of the peace and joy which all Christians should ex perience on Christmas Day and all days of the year. We of the Diocese of Columbus cherish this holy Feast as the occasion of giving a worthy gift to the orphans and dependent chil dren who look to their holy mother, the Church for care and love. We are now in the midst of trying to provide for f*em and the Sisters of Saint Francis, who administer Saint Vincent's, a suitable home. Certainly, from the motive of love to the Divine Infant every man, woman and child of the Diocese will make-a worthy re sponse to our Christmas appeal for the orphans. In Bethlehem the love of uhrist appeared to all men so that all men might take cour age in following Christ's way to holiness, which is the way of peace. We shall go bravely along the way of Christ if we show love to our brethren, especially to the motherless, homeless youngsters who plead for our charity. May the love of Christ fill your souls with peace and may Christ's blessings abide in your homes on Christmas and throughout the New Year. Father Mack succeeds Father "Francis McConville, O.M.I., who whs assigned to the mission house of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Tewksbury, Mass. A native of Lowell, Mass., he has served in the home missions in Douglas. Ga., McCook, Neb., and Seattle. Wash. Father Galvin succeeds Father Eugene Sweeney, O.M.I., chaplain at the prison farm since Septem ber, 1948. Father Sweeney, who is ill, is a patient Mercy Hospital, Urbana. Born in Boston, Mass., Father Galvin has served in parishes in Grand Rapids. Jefferson, O., Buf falo, N.Y.. and .McCook, Neb., as chaplain of the state hospital in Tewksbury, Mass., and in the mis sions Douglas. Ga. -------------------o------------------- Bishop's Statement Printed As Pamphlet WASHINGTON—(NC—“Victory Our Faith.” the 1954 statement of the American Hierarchy which points to atheistic materialism as the world's No. 1 enemy, has been published in pamphlet form. It is available at the Publications Of fice, National Catholic Welfare Conference, 1312 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.. Washington 5. C. The office has listed the pamphlets at five cents each, $2 per 100, and $11. per 1.000. December 14, 1954 Devotedly in Christ, MICHAEL J. READY Bishop of Columbus. New Chaplains Are Appointed At State School. London Farm Appointment of chaplains for Columbus State School and the London Prison Farm was announc ed this week by Bishop Ready. The new spiritual leader of the children at Columbus State School is Father Walter Mack. O.M I., for mer chaplain of the Massachusetts State Hospital in Tewksbury. Mass. New chaplain of the London prison is Father Francis Galvin. O.M.I., formerly assistant pastor of Im maculate Heart of Mary Parish, Grand Rapids, Mich. Protestants Deplore Sag In College Morals KINGSTON. Ont. (NC) —“Christian education is the only answer to the present tremendous sag in morals.” a Toronto Protestant clergy man. Rev. Canon F. J. Nichol son, told the Canadian Coun cil of Churches here. Canon H. R. Hunt of Toronto, chairman of the Council’s depart ment of evangelism, said a study by the Student Christian Move ment, showed that only 30 per cent of university students have any church connections, and only a minority of the 30 per cent could be called mature Christians. Canon Hunt, who is general sec retary of the executive council of the Church of England in Can ada. said that the lives of a ma jority of the students lack coher ence. "Many, even from Christian homes, have come to look upon the Christian religion as some thing in which they need not become seriously involved," he said. Prof. M. R. Powicke of Toronto, chairman of the executive com mittee of the Student Christian Movement, termed the attitude of college students toward Christian ity as one of “caution verging on apathy.” He said that communism was a dead issue on the campus because students were too involved in oth er forms of materialism. He said there was a lack of responsibility in academic, secular and religious life, an increasing awareness of personal problems and an ignor ance of the Christian faith which has reached "crisis proportions.” Held By Chinese Reds Of th* 26 Americana recently listed by Senator William Know land as prisoners of the Chinese Communists, eleven were Catholic priests and one was a Catholic Bishop. Pictured above, six of the Catholic clerics on the list, are left to right: (upper row) Father John A. Houle, S.J. Father Thomas L. Phillips, S.J. Father Charles J. McCarthy, S.J. (lower row) Father John W. Clifford, S.J. Father Harold W. Rigney, S.V.D. and Bishop Ambrose Pihger, O.F.M. Keeping Christ In Christinas ‘O At the beginning, there was one crippled “boy ’, an attendant and a cook. The census of the Home has varied in numbers from one to fourteen and could have accommo dated many more when the facili ties of the building were expended but the scarcity of help made this impractical. November. 1954 witnessed the expansion of the Brother Martin Home. The building immediately adjoining the Home on the east was purchased by the Diocese of Columbus. By request of the ad ministrators of the Brother Martin Home. Bishop Ready invited the Brothers of the Good Shepherd to assume the management and care of the extended facilities which are all now united under the di rection of the Brothers. In the new building, two of the Brothers have taken up res idence. They are Brother Mat thew end Brother Kevin. Besides added quarters for other handi capped young men, a Chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lour des, will soon be established within the walls of the new structure. God's Presence dwell ing within the midst of the guests at Brother Martin Home will be their source of hope and confidence in the destiny which their Creator has assigned to them. The Brother Martin Home was Red-Enslaved Offer Prayers For Pope Pius VIENNA (NC) Despite the failure of communist-con trolled radio stations and news papers behind the Iron Cur tain to mention the Pope's ill ness, the news is travelling from house to house, from village to village, and the peo ple are expressing deep con cern for the Holy Father. A report from Szombathely, ^Hungary speaks of the overcrowd ed churches all over Hungary with special Masses being said for the health of the Holy Father. In the Western provinces of Poland it is reported that priests have requested the faithful to say special prayers for the Pope. Ac cording to another report reach ing here, families in many parts of Slovakia's countryside are saying rosaries for the Pontiff. And a dis patch from Trieste said that Croat and Slovene Bishops have asked the faithful to say special prayers for the Holy Father The vaiholic Times Columbus 16, Ohio, Friday, December 17, 1954 Come, Let Us Adore Him' Nothing is more appropriate and significant in the home during the Christmas sea son than a Nativity scene similar to the one shown here. The tableau tells the story of Christmas in such a way as to impress the youngsters in the family as well as the adults. The high point of the various religious preparations for the spiritual celebration of Christ mas in the home is centered in the Christmas crib. The custom of having a crib in a prom inent spot in the home is becoming more popular every year, as Catholics continue to spear head the campaign to "Keep Christ in Christmas." Devotion to the crib dates back to 1223, when St. Francis of Assisi, with the approval of Pope Honorius III, constructed a Nativity scene in a church at Greccio, Italy. Legend has it that St. Francis, after having sung the Gospel, knelt down to meditate briefly on the sublime mystery of the Incarnation, and there appeared in his arms a child surrounded by brilliant light. Devotion to the crib, es pecially to those erected in Catholic churches, has since spread throughout the wgrld. One Of City's Most Unusual Households Brother Martin Home Noted For Charity To Handicapped “Charity Unlimited.” This is the unlettered sign which hangs over the doorway of the Brother Martin Home. 526 East Rich Street. This is the motto of the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd who have come from Albuquerque to manage one of Columbus' most unusual households. ’U The Brother Martin Home began its existence on July 1, 1949 for the purpose of of fering a normal home to seriously handicapped voung men whose minds were clear and capable of functioning rationally. Doctor William Mitchell, a native of Columbus, a promin ent physician in the community, and a veteran of World War II, conceived the idea of this special care for an otherwise ne glected group of young men and began the work in the most hum ble circumstances. intended for those who had no means and no family to care for them. Although a few exceptions have been made to this principle, it has been the effort of those who have managed the Home in the past to make it a haven especially for the poor but not exclusively for them. Doctor Mitchell began the work with the knowledge that the par ents of seriously crippled children often live a life of constant anxi ety and fear concerning the lot of such children after the parent dies. In a sense, this has been an ex periment in the case of the handi capped—small family-like homes managed at a a minimum of ex pense. Doctor Mitchell’s experi ment in this field was a pilot proj ect in the practical acceptance of performing by personal service the mandate of love given to all man kind by Christ—providing a home for the homeless, and physical and spiritual care to the sick and help less. The motivating principle in those early days of the Brother Martin Home was lifted directly out of the texts of the Sacred Scriptures: "As long as you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me." Doctor Mitchell recounts how the stories of Saint Francis of Assisi and Blessed Martin de Porres were major factors in establishing the Home. The means of material suste nance have come mainly irom wel fare agencies which have contrib uted approximately one-third of the upkeep of the Brother Martin Home, and the voluntary aid from groups and individuals who have given the greater amount of fi nancial assistance. County, state and federal welfare agencies have provided help through the redemp tion of Sales Tax stamps, rehabili tation programs, etc. The nature of the voluntary aid has included gifts of money large and small, building materials and equipment, food, elothing, labor skilled and unskilled, sewing, let ter writing, canning, laundering, personally entertaining the guests at the Home by reading to them, playing games and similar servic es. With few exceptions, all this help has come without solicitation. The ordinary individual who wants to help others in distress, various religious groups, social and service clubs who have become acquaint ed with the wholesome effect the Home has had upon those referred to its care, have supplied much of this voluntary aid. Occasionally groups or individu als solicit aid for the Home on their own initiative. This is not controllable even though it is 6on trary to the conviction of the Board of men and women who manage the affairs of the Home. Experience in the past four years has proved that sufficient help .J***’ is forthcoming without this solici tation. This Board of Trust®** ha* consisted of Doctor WHIiam Mit chell, its chairman Doctor H. Sherman Manuel, Mrs. Ella F. Penn, Mr. John Cantion, Mrs. Frank Van Holte, Mr. Carl J. Nappi and Mr. Harry Merz. The “boys” at the Home are all over eighteen. Most of them are in their late twenties and are vic tims of cerebral palsy. Most are permanently and totally disabled frorh a practical point of view. It is hoped that they may be helped to learn a few skills for their per sonal needs when facilities are available. Lessons in reading and arithme tic have been conducted regularly by one of the boys who was not handicapped until recent years. Classes in speech and occupational therapy are conducted under the auspices of the United Cerebral Palsy Association in a building immediately adjacent to the Home. (Continued on Page 2) Thanksgiving Clothing Drive Breaks Record Last month's Thanksgiving clothing drive the most suc cessful in diocesan history —, is expected to net approximate ly 46 tons of bedding, clothing and wearable shoes for desti tute and needy people through out the world. Msgr. William E. Kappes, dioce san director of hospitals and char ities. announced this week that 69.500 pounds of clothing has been collected. This figure is expected to surpass 92.000 pounds when the remaining ten per cent of the parishes report their totals. Top collection to date was made in St. James the Less Parish, which contributed 4085 pounds. Othor top parishes (in th* or order listed) are Holy Rosary, 3500 Marion St. Mary, 3410 Dov er St. Joseph, 2653 Immaculate Conception, 2500 St. Mary's, Co lumbus, 2138 and St. Joseph Ca thedral, 1900. These figures ara subject to change, Monsignor Kappes pointed out, since all to tals have not yet been reported. The clothing was sent to New York City for immediate shipment to poverty-stricken people abroad. The diocesan drive was held in conjunction with similar cam paigns in more than 100 archdio ceses and dioceses in the nation, under the auspices of the War Re lief Services of the National Ca tholic Welfare Conference. The drive was conducted at the request of the Bishops of the I nited States The dominant figure in the year of Marian dedication was, of course, the Holy Father himself. Taken ill less than two months af ter he had formally opened the Year, Pope Pius nevertheless con tinued to inspire the Catholic faith ful to fervent devotion to the Vir gin throughout the entire period. He was sufficiently recovered to take a personal part in some of the most momentous events of the Year. And even when he was again stricken in the closing weeks of Fifty Archbishops and Bishops end almost the whole Romen Curie were present et the cere mony eleveting a man who has been in th* Vatican Secretariate of State for nearly three decades and has served as one of the Pope's closest collabo a 0 s throughout his reign. The Vatican diplomatic corps and the full personnel of the Sec retariate of State attended, as did 11 Cardinals, including Their Emi nences John Cardinal Alton. Pri mate of Ireland, and James Cardi nal McGuigan, Archbishop of To ronto. Msgr. Joseph McGeugh of New York an official of the Secretaii ate of State, was among those who assisted the new Archbishop dur ing the ceremony. At the conclusion of the conse cration, the Holy Fathers voice was heard in the Basilica, saying: “We have been present in spirit in this patriarchal basilica at the ceremony of an episcopal consecra tion which Our affection for the one being consecrated had reserv ed for Ourselves, but which the adorable dispositions of Providence did not permit Vs to perform "It is none the less consoling for the fether who has not been Marian Year Response Is Called ‘Magnificent’ ROME—The Marian Year has added a shining chapter to what His Holiness Pope Pius X0 has called the “Age of Mary.” Only God and the Blessed Virgin know what the spiritual benefits of the Year have been. But it can be said beyond question that the response of the Catholic world to the Holy Father s call for special observances of the centenary of the def inition of the Immaculate Conception has been truly magnificent. This opinion is shared by the Central Committee of the Holy Year here headed by Archbishop Luigi Trgglia. Viceger ent of Rome. The committee is still tabulating reports from the four corners of the globe, but there is already a wealth of information on the Marian Year in parishes and dioceses everywhere to prove the literal truth of the prophecy in the Magnificat: “All generations shall call me blessed.” the Year, his voice continued to reach the faithfu 1 from his sick bed. When th if people flocked St. Mary Major to the Bas If Ca ol in Rome 0n the Feasi of the Im maculate Loncep lion for solemn rites closing the Vtarian eai the enforced absence of the ailing Pope imparted an added ferve the devotions a the faithful linked to their praises of Mary a prayer for the Holy athei recoverv. A reverent cc»ngr«nation knelt in Pontiff Sends Blessing On Day Of Archbishop Montini's Consecration VATICAN CITY (NC) Unable because of illness to consecrate Archbishop Giovanni B. Montini of Milan as he had planned. His Holiness Pope Pius XII sent a radio blessing to the new prelate following his consecration in St. Peter's Basilica. The papal blessing was heard over a European television hook-up. which had carried the ceremony to all parts of West ern Europe and the British Isles. The consecrator taking the Holy Father’s plage was His Eminence Eugene Cardinal Tisserant, Dean of the College of Cardinals. Co consecrators were Bishop Dominic Bernareggi. Auxiliary and Vicar Capitular of Milan Giacinto Tredici of Brescia. Archbishop Montini’s home diocese. A large delegation of more than 2.000 priests and laymen, including prominent civic leaders, came from Mtfan and joined delegations from Brescia and ’he new Arch bishop’s home town of Concesio to swell the large crowd that filled the apse of the basilica. silence in and around the basilica as the voice of the Pope was broadcast from the Vatican two miles away. In weak but clear tones, he spoke of the whole world “kneeling today like one family at the feet of the Immaculate Vir gin,*’ and went on to say: "We er* grateful to th* Lord, able to invoke the Holy Ghost by the imposition of his hands to raise them now in blessing upon his faithful collaborator, who has today become his brother in the episcopal erabr. “And as this blessing is filled with the memories of long service so is it bright with faith and hope for the future of the new pastor who is called to the chair of St. Ambrose to rule over such (Continued on Page 2) Reds Call Halt To Czech Anti Religious Drive V I E N N A (NC) The Prague communist regime has called a temporary halt to its anti-religious camp aign. ac cording to information reach ing here. The call to stop the long standing, anti-Church cam paign was reportedly given by Czechoslovak Premier Viliam Siro ky immediately after his return from Moscow where he attended the Iron Curtain “collective secur ity conference.” Siroky’s instructions to govern ment offices and Red party offi cials is said to have asked that no obstacles be placed in the way of religious Christmas celebrations, particularly in the country side. At the same time the militant Red youth organization—for years the nucleus of the anti-God propa ganda has been told to cease for the time being its anti-religious campaign. End Of Marian Year Observed Eugene Cardinal Tisserant, dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals, represented the ailing Popo Pius XII «t the ceremonies in Rome's Basilic* of St. Mery Major, marking the close of the Marian Year, December 8. His Holiness broadcast a Papal Blessing to the world from his bedside in the Vatican apartments, two miles away. The Church is the oldest shrine to the Blessed Mother end was the scene of the opening ceremonies last December 8 This a radio photo. Help Fight TB 18M U CHRISTMAS SlfHIRtS IT UM Buy Christmas Seals Price Ten Cents $3.00 A Year Who, es seal upon such* multi* tude of prayer and good works offered up to Him in this year of grace, has asked of Us suffer ing and sacrifice as an act of love, and so, with suffering in Our members, and sacrifice in Our heart, We are glad to closo His Marian Year by repeating together with Our children scat* tered throughout the world, 'Hail Mary The Pontiff, who began his talk in Italian, went on to recite the Hail Mary in Latin. His talk was the climax of Pontifical Benedic tion of the Blessed Sacrament at which His Eminence Eugene Cardi nal Tisserant, dean of the Sacred College, officiated. It was in this same basilica the world’s lead ing Marian shrine that the Holy Father himself had opened the Marian Year twelve months be fore. The outstanding note of the Mar ian Year program everywhere seems to have been its popular ap peal. and the depths to which the Pope s call for return to Christ reached into the hearts of peoples everywhere. Exemplifying the popular appeal was the fact that Italy—accord ing to Archbishop Traglia folks everywhere learned the Marian Year prayer by heart. There are many prayers much older and more familiar unknown by heart, yet whenever the special prayer com posed by the Holy Father was be gun in public, the people picked it up and easily carried it to a fin ish. Crowning events of the Marian Year in Rome were the canonisa tion of St. Pius on May 29 which was witnessed by 500.000 persons in St. Peter’s Square: the procla mation of the new universal Feast of the Queenship of Mary to be ob served every year on May 31 an international Congress of Marian Congregations which heard an ap peal by the Pope for a renewal of sodalities the world over on the basis of quality, not quantity and an international Marian-Mariologi cal Congress that attracted pre lates. theologians and thousands of pilgrims from many parts of the world. Similar theological and de votional gatherings were held also in colleges, seminaries and univer sities in various countries. Observed in May was a worth while Children's Day tf Prayer for Peace tor which the Holy Father composed another special prayer. Other Days during the Month of Mary were devoted to prayers for the Pope's Inten tions, for Catholic* suffering persecution and for an increase in religious vocetions. These were amnng the special intentions included in the encycli cal, Fulgens Corona, in which Pope Pius proclaimed the Marian Year. A? the Matian Congress in Rome. His Eminence Francis Cardinal Spellman at the invitation of the Holy Father, delivered a special address exhorting Catholics tn the Church of Silence to “hold fast to your Faith.” Highlighting the entire Marian Year were a dozen national Marian Congresses attended by Papal Legates, as well as other Marian celebrations which reached large proportions even though they were not attended bv a legate or (Continued on Page 2)