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2--Cafhollc Northwesf Progress Second Section Friday, Feb. 15. 1963 "Suffer The Little Children E ARE MINDFUL TODAY, in congratulating Catho- lic ChiJdren Services on its quarter of a century of outstanding accomplishment in the field of Christian charity of all who, over the years, have made this com- memorative observance possible. His Excellency, Bishop Gill, who for 22 years suc- cessfuly guided the destinies of our Department of Cath- olic Charities, Father Dennis Muehe, his capable succes- sor in office, the staff and board of our Seattle agency, the Association for Catholic Childhood, the Assembly Club--we honor all of them today and pay them the tribute of our prayerful commendation and deep and abid- ing gratitude for the generous, whole-hearted, unselfish service all have so zealously rendered to the unfortunate younger members of our flock. Through their devoted dedication to duty, the un- welcome, unwanted child, the orphan, half-orphan, be- nighted and frequently maladjusted child have received not only food, shelter and clothing but especially the love, affection, sympatheti understanding of which they had been deprived through no fault of their own and which they urgently needed to realize their own worth and value to society. We happily salute them all today and pray upon them the continued blesing of Him Who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto Me and forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." Archbishop of Seattle O O O 9 "Deo Gratias" HANKS BE TO GOD for 25 years of His lavish, provident generosity to the people of this, our beloved City, through the instumentality of Catholic Children's Services, an agency of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Seattle! Thanks be to God for the innumerable benefits, restorations and even real rescues of children's souls, minds, hearts and bodies achieved through the merciful ministrations of this esteemed organization of the Church. Thanks be to God for the immeasurable devotion and heroic dedi- cation of so many Board members, staff members and foster parents whose courage, fidelity, patience and generosity toward thousands of dependent or neglected or troubled children is one of the brightest pages in the record of our times! Thanks be to God for the goodness of the Association for Catho- lic Childhood, of the Assembly Club, of hundreds upon hundreds of volunteers and friends, especially clergy and religious, of the whole Catholic body, indeed of the entire community of City and County, all of whom have consistently shown such a tender sympathy for those dis- advantaged children and have given such a beautiful exemplification of the most valuable, most heartening, most noble possession of the race of man--the love of neighbor for the love of God. Be this our jubilee theme--Thanks be to God! Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle Grateful Remembrance And Congratulations Catholic child care in this State has been advancing for over 100 years from the founding of the first orphanage in Vancouver by the Sis- ters of Charity of Providence in 1860. From that time to the present, a continuous flow of charity has gone out to the dependent children of our" State. To all of those who have advanced this cause in the past we owe grateful remembrance. To alI who promote this cause in our own time must go congratu- lations. The Work of cathoic Children's Services is conducted by an excellent Board, a dedicated staff, and is assisted by the Assembly Club, the Associati.0n for Catholic Childhood, Providence Hospital Clinic and by many dedicated volunteers, . := We mustalso mention the other organizations under Catholic auspices which now provide care for children. These are the Home of the Good Shepherd, Briscoe Memorial School, St. Ann's Home in Tacoma and all of the Catholic Children's agencies throughout the Archdiocese. Working together, for over 100 years, these agencies have provided for the needs of dependent children. May they all continue to grow and flourish as long as need for them remains, REV. DENNIS F. IvlUEHE Director