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ECUMENISM AT 'GRASS ROOTS' LEVEL I Prayer Meet Fosters Parish Encounters nesday in St. Luke's Parish in Seattle. First, the cause, and it is the interfaith public gather- ing of prayer for Christian unity from 3 to 5 p.m. Sun- day. Jan. 24. Two clergymen, noted in their respective churches as national, leaders in ecumenical concern, will be guest speak- ers. They are Rev. William B. Greenspun CSP of Washington, D. C., national director of the Confraternity of Christian Doc- trine's Apostolate of Goodwill; end Rev. Dr. Robert McAfee Brown, of United Presbyterian USA, a Protestant observer at the Second Vatican Council and Stanford University professor of religion. Some 6,000 are expected to attend the two-hour assembly with the theme, "That They May Be One." Two choirs will sing dur- ing the gathering. Vilem Sokol will direct the Catholic choir of 150 voices, gleaned from the Catholic Choir Guild of Seattle. A member of St. Joseph's Parish, Seat- tle, Sokol is the well-known director of the Seattle Youth Symphony and is a faculty member of the University of Washington. FATHER FATHER FATHER GERARD TREACY GALLAGHER PITSCH WELCH Maurice Skones, will direct the 75-voice Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West. Organists will be Mrs. Don- ald G. Brown of the Catholic Choir Guild, Winston Johnstc, n o f University Presbyterian Church and Mrs. Gwen Fisher of Crown Lutheran Church. The gathering is co-chair- manned by Rev. William F. Treacy, chairman of the Arch- diocesan Commission for Church Unity and adminstra- tar of St. Patrick's Parish, Seattle; R ev. William Chal- mars of the Greater Seattle Council of Churches and pastor of Magnolia Presbyterian Church; and Rev. Neketas S. Palassis, presbyter of St. Demetrios G r e e k Orthodox Church. Among those on the central planning committee are Rev. Peter F. Chiriee SS, pro- fessor of dogmatic theology  at St. Thomas Seminary; and Gerard S. Welch, Our Lady of the Lake Parish and state chairman of the Knights of Columbus' Religious Infor- mation Bureau. Now, some of the effects with the first in St. Luke's Parish: A luncheon meeting of women from St. Luke's and St. Stephan's Lutheran :,hurch was held Wednesday "to ex- press the questions of the ecumenical movement at the grass roots level." The Rev. William E. Gal- lagher, pastor and host, ex- plained the Mass. The Rev. William McKenzie of Our Lady i of the Lake Parish, himself a convert, and Rev. Joseph Mar- quart of St. Luke's along with Rev. William C. Arbaugh, pastor of St. Stephan's, pre- sented brief sketches of the 16th century Reformation. Pastor Arbaugh after the explanation of the Mass stated that he "was pleased with the opportunity for Luth- erans to see the great sim- ilarities of their worship with the forms of the Mass" and added that "the comparison would be all the more ob- vious with the change from the Latin to English." Hosting the luncheon was the parish mothers' club with Mrs. Victor Coupez, president. Mrs. Donald Lindner is president of (Continued on Page 3) and prayers to be re- cited dally during the Octave will be found on Page Three.) The unprecedented ecumenical encounter, gathering publicly Jan- uary 24 Christlaus in the Seattle Center Arena to pray for unity, has caused preced- ences among Catholics, Protes- tants and Orthodox on the parish and community levels. Similar ecumenical assem- blies will be held in St. Pat- rick's Parish in Seattle and by Tacoma area churches and the Pierce County Chapter of the Archdiocesan Council of Catho- lic Nurses. One is already a successful venture, held Wed- The annual Chair of Unity Octave will be observed in the Arch- diocese M o n d a y, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 25, the Most Rev- erend Thomas A. Con- nolly, Archbishop of Se- i A attic, announced in an ]W Official Letter, dated this Friday. The novena will be observed for the unity of all Christians as well as non- Christians in churches, chapels, mon- asteries, convents and schools in the Archdio- !e 00ese. (The Official Letter Ushers Total Cooperation o,,,.,., ,., ,,., ...., s.,,,. School Aid Vol 68, No. 3 4-1 Seaffle, Wash., Friday, Jan. IS, 1965 $4.00 per year--10c per copy LITTLE HOPE SEEN: Czechoslovakia Reds Still FOR ST. EDWARD'S PARISH Archbishop to Bless New Organ Harass Church VIENNA (NC)--The new year came to the Church in Red-ruled Czechoslovakia with little hope for a re- e laxation of the restrictions it Cam- applied against by - munist authorities. This was reported here by travelers in that coun- try who have just returned from behind the Iron Curtain. a result the clergy and Relig- ious lead an isolated and deso- Foreign v i s i t o r s had less late life. trouble than before in obtaining visas from the Prague govern- Only those cooperating with ment, and priests of non-Czecho- the excommunicated priest slovak nationality encountered and Czechoslovak Minister of no difficulties in recent months Health, Jose/ Plohar, and his if they wished to say Mass in "peace priests" organization a Prague church, enjoy a limited amount of freedom. In discussing c o n d i t i o n s with long-time acquaintances, All six Sees of Bohemia and however, t b e y found the Moravia are under the direction Czechoslovak clergy facing of vicars capitular, but only the what amounts to virtually one of the Olomouc archdiocese total spiritual starvation. No is recognized by the Holy See. religious publications are per- mitted, and foreign books Slate Showing s i may not be imported. Few, if . any priests, know what is Of Dead Sea going on abroad. Most church buildings are de- Scrolls in U.S. teriorating fast because no funds are granted by the Communist WASHINGTON (NC) -- Four- government f o r maintenance teen of the famous Dead Sea and restoration. Priests and Re- Scrolls will be exhibited at mu- ligious are poorly dressed and scums in several parts of the find it nearly impossible to U.S. between late February and acquire new clothing. Those de- late September, the Smithsonian  Q niet the status of priests by Institution has announced. the government under one pro- The exhibition will be span- text or another must earn a sored by the government of living as miners, farm helpers, Jordan, which sent the 14 porters or street-car conductors, scrolls and other objects con- The atmosphere of general nected with them to the U.S. distrust and suspicion which The Dead Sea Scrolls, the first prevails throughout the coun- of which were discovered in try makes it difficult for priests 1947, are the work of a Hebrew and Religious to cultivate per- sect known as Essenes who sonal contacts among them- flourished in Palestine around , seives and with the people. As the time of Christ. Man Catches on Fire While At Mass MRS. CHARLES SILVERNALE, ORGANIST AT ST. EDWARD'S CHURCH, SEATTLE, DEMONSTRATES THE NEW PIPE ORGAN TO FATHER MICHAEL O'CALLAGHAN, PASTOR. HARTFORD, Conn. (NC)--It was bound to happen someday, somewhere. But George Young was embar- rassed when it did happen--he caught on fire while assisting at Mass in St. Peter's church here. Young was sitting in a rear pew as the Mass began. Carl Seggaini, church custodian, in the rear of the church, smelled smoke. He phoned the fire department. Mass was interrupted as firemen requested worshippers in the rear section to move forward so the area could be checked. As Young moved past Lt. Christopher Aiello, the fire fighter sniffed out the cause of excitement. He reached into the parishioner's topcoat pocket and removed Young's briar pipe, still hot. So George Young learned a Smokey-the-Bear lesson--it pays to knock out smoldering tobacco and extinguish it before pocket- I Seattle UniversitT's Fourth Tour the MIDDLE EAST P0m000, EGYPl, June 19 to July 22 LEBANON, $1997 so [Tom Seattle Featuring: SYRIA, . JORDAN, l(" riArl Mary North Travel Service, Inc. T.nur.wlK/ArL' -- 3701 S.W. Alaska St., Seattle 98126 /Est 5-3404 |UIiI'T By JAMES P. IMPETT Musical history will be made in the Archdiocese next Wednesday evening when the new organ in St, Ed- ward's Church is solemnly blessed and heard in an in- augural recital. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Thomas A Connolly, D.D., J.C.D,, Archbishop of Seattle, will bless the organ end celebrate solemn pontifical Benediction. He will also be present in the sanctuary for the dedicatory recital. The recital will be played by Dr. Robert Baker, one of America's foremost c o n c e r t organists, who is director of the School of Sacred Music, Union Theological Seminary, New York City. This distin- guished guest organist, widely hailed as performer, teacher and organ architect, holds one of the nation's most influential and responsible posts. GREECE, ITALY By John J. Daly, Jr. WASHINGTON (NC)--President Johnson's much- heralded plan for Federal Aid to education emerged as a new venture to encourage public and parochial school cooperation to aid needy children. Advertised in advance by administration spokesmen as intended to cut through the Church-State impasse over aid, the President's program calls primarily for $1 billion to be given public school districts en- rolling children from needy families. Parochial and other private schools would participate, ac- c o r d i n g to administration spokesmen, through extension to them by local public schools of shared services and other special education projects. Spokesmen said such pro- ects could include bookmo- biles, educational television, mobile science laboratories, and remedial classes in sub- jects such as reading which would be set up in private school space, but eonducted by public school authorities. "Every encouragement will be given that public and par- ochial schools systems work, together," said a spokesman. He noted that of the 5,000,000 children classified by the ad- ministration as coming from proverty-stricken families an estimated 15 percent are in parochial schools. The President said in his ed- ucation message to Congress January 12 that he also favors other forms of assistance. They are smaller in scope than the aid to public school districts. In two of the lesser pro- posals, parochial school pupils would share directly. These are a $100 million program of grants to assist in the purchase of library and text books and a $100 million effort to establish centers in which special courses and cultural enrichment programs would benefit beth public and private school children. In the textbook program pro- posed by Mr. Johnson, an ad- ministration spokesman said that if a state is prevented by constitutional p r o v i s i ons or statutes from channeling such assistance to private schools, the Federal government would do it directly. This has a pre- cedent in the Federal school lunch program. The books, it was explained would be those used in local public school classes or select- ed by public schools as library volumes. As for the proposed Federal "supplementary centers," the President sees these as sites of assistance to both slow learners and the gifted through specially arranged courses, "Within each community, public and private non-profit schools and agencies will co- operate to devise the plan and administer the program for these supplementary centers. Their services should be adapt- ed to meet the pressing needs of each locality," Mr. Johnson said in his message. Other parts of the Presi- (Continued on Page 2) COURT RULES: Please forward information on Seattle University's 1965 European Tour. City ......................................... . Name .......... . ............................. . Address ....................................... ..................................... J The recital is complimen- tary to the public and Rev. Michael O'Callaghan, pastor of St. Edward's Parish, has extended a special invitation to the clergy. St. Edward's organ is the largest instrument installed in a Catholic church in the state of Washington since the open- ing of the gallery organ in St. James' Cathedral in 1907. Archbishop Conaolly will be reviving in Seattle one of the cherished musical traditics of the Church, dating back to re- naissance times in Europe--a sacred concert performed in the sanctuary before a bishop. Such e program was last heard here in January, 1927 when the inaugural recital was played on St. James' Cathedral sanctuary organ by Pietro Yon, organist of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, before the late Most Reverend Edward J. O'Dea, D.D., third Bishop of Seattle. Louis R. Guzzo, music critic TOUR LEADERS FATHER AMES W. KING, SJ. FATHER FRANCIS X. BISCIGLIA, S.J. Send or Brochure. Today and Compare Be/ore You Buy IIII of the Seattle Times, in com- menting on the Archbishop's actions, wrote: "Dr. Baker's recital repre- sents a significant break- through in Catholic circles here and is another indication that Archbishop ConnoIly will en- courage the strides the church is making once again in the field of music . . . Some ob- servers are predicting a re- naissance in organ music here --and elsewhere in America-- as the "church liberalizes its views on music in reflection of decisions made at the Ecumen- ical sessions." F a t h e r O'Callagban, de- serves credit in planning the installation ef such a com- plete instrument and in securing a nationally promi- nent concert artist to demon- strata the organ in its open- ing recital. "Our people have bought a glorious instrument for the parish, and they deserve to hear the finest performer at its dedication. We are especially pleased to have engaged Dr. Baker when he is so much in demand on this busy concert tour." Dr. Baker has progremmed works to show every phase of the design of the instrument. The organ has the resources to perform Baroque polyphony with the necessary clarity and brilliance, and can also play DR. ROBERT BAKER Concert Organist the Romantic and Contempor- ary schools of composition, using fiery French reeds and broadtoned strings. A feature of the organ unique in the northwest is the set of horizon- tal trumpet pipes extending eight feet from the front of the case. The organ was designed by Eugene M. Nye, tonal director of Balcom and Vaughan, in consultation with James Im- pett, organist of St. James' Cathedral, and Carl NateUi, n e wly appointed assistant organist of St. Edward's. Mrs. Charles Silvernale is organist Of the church. (See other photo on Page Three.) May Move Easer Dae JERUSALEM, Israel (NC)--Melkite-rite Catholics in Israel may move the date of their celebration of Easter this year to [ coincide with the celebration by the Greek Orthodox community, I Melkite-rite Bishop Georges Hakim of Acre declared here. The prelate is currently polling his priests in the Galilee villages, which would be most affected by the innovation, to ascertain their reaction to the change. Bishop Hakim said that Greek Orthodox communities are tending more and more to celebrate Christmas December 25 instead of their traditional date of January 6, and the Easter change would be seen as a reciprocal step in good will. Tax Exemptions Constitutional BALTIMORE (NC) -- A circuit j u d g e has ruled that t a x exemptions for church property violate neither the U.S. nor the Maryland con- stitutions and has suggested that it might in fact be uncon- stitutional to tax church prop- erty. These views were expressed in a memorandum opinion by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Wilson Barnes explaining his dismissal of a suit against property tax exemptions for churches. The suit was brought by Mrs. Madalyn Murray, much- publi- cized Baltimore atheist, and others against a number of state tax officials. Entering the case as intervenors in support of the tax exemptions were Archbishop Lawrence J. Shehan of Baltimore, the Episcopal Dio- cese of Maryland, the Maryland Synod of the Lutheran Church of America, Temple Emanuel of Baltimore, an( United Chris- tian Citizens, Inc. Judge Barnes dismissed the suit December 17, explaining at the time that he would file a memorandum giving his rea- sons later. In his written opinion he de- clared that the tax exemption for church property, granted under Maryland law, is "a reasonable, proper and non- discriminatory e x e m p t i o n which does not result in an establishment of religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof." "The exemption . . . repre- sents government neutrality, nof prohibited by the First Amend- ment," he held. Judge B a r n e s noted that Maryland grants tax exemp tions to 56 other categories 0t groups besides churches, includ- ing hospitals, charitable inSti- tutions, fraternal orders, vet- erans organizations, historical societies, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. Also, he. said, all 50 states and the District of Columbia exempt church prop- erty from taxation, and courts have always upheld these ex- emptions. "It is well settled that the state may select its objects ef taxation and may decline al- together to tax certain kinds of property, as long as there is a reasonable basis for the exemption . . . All that is necessery is a showing of some fairly discernible rela- tionship between the good of the person receiving the ex- emption and the good ef the community," he said. "For the state to exempt the property of other charitable oar- potations.., and decline to ex- empt the property of houses of worship.., would indeed be an act of 'hostility toward the re- ligious' and would represent 'a brooding devotion to the secu- lar'.., prohibited by the First Amendment," he said. i In Today's Progress... Ch:rel Acceptance of Psyehiat Held Vital ............. 2 St. Patrick's Seheduhs Christian Unity Week .............. Education Milestone (Editorial) .............................. 4 We're All Specialists ........................................ S Busy January in Full Swing ............................... 8 Clergy Joins Holy Name Men at Holy Hour ................. 1 A Victory for SPC, Too ..................................... 8 Catholic Family of the Year ................................ 19