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Official Vocation Month To the Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Archdiocese: : Dearly Beloved in Christ: Several weeks ago, Our Holy Father, Pope John XXIII, paid a surprise visit to the Commission of Studies and Seminaries that was working on the agenda for the forthcoming Ecumenical Council. The members of the Commission were engaged in a grave and intense study of the vocation shortage and of the problems surrounding the education and preparation of priestly vocations as well as of vocations to the religious life. The Pope entered into the discussion and stressed his special interest in the problems of voca- tions and especially in the means that could be util- ized to develop and encourage them in the younger members of his flock throughout the world. He noted that recent statistics concerning vocations in several parts of the Universal Church gave rise to a feeling of dismay and disappointment. He pointed out the pressing need for a more lively and a better organized interest on the part of the whole Church in this mat- ter of promoting vocations to the priesthood and the ::::: : ........... religious life. Groundbreaking At Guadalupe Parish This need is being met partially in the United States through the designation of the month of March as Vocation Month by the Archbishops and Bishops of this country. The call for more priests, brothers and sisters to meet local needs is thus formally issued every year during this month. The Church has made great strides here in the Northwest since the end of the Last War but its progress and development are being held back by a lack of priests and religious. You are relatively for- tunate because you can receive the sacraments fre- quently, because you have a wide choice of Masses on Sundays, Holy Days and week days, because you can usually confer with a priest whenever you stop at the rectory, because you can summon a priest in time of need and he will be there, because you may have succeeded in getting your children into a Cath- olic elementary school and even a Catholic high school. You are indeed fortunate because you can do all of these things. However, you should not take the situation in question for granted. It cannot long con- tinue if you do not lift a hand or say a prayer or make a move to help the Church meet this pressing need for vocations. Our institutions here are under- manned. There is hardly a parish in this Archdiocese, there is not a Religious Community that could not double the number of its priests and sisters and brothers with profit to the Kingdom of God upon earth. New parishes could be established immediately and new schools, particularly high schools, could be erected for the spiritual training of our children, had we a sufficient number of priests, brothers and sisters to staff them. Hungry souls must go without spiritual nourishment, children must be deprived of the bless- ings of a Catholic education because our young boys and girls and men and women will not give them- selves in sufficient numbers to the service of God. The Christian home is, of course, the principal nursery of vocations to the priesthood and the reli- gious life. Pope Plus XI declared on one occasion that the fb'st and most natural place that the flowers of the Sanctuary should best grow and bloom is always the true Christian family. Most bishops, priests and religious owe the beginning of the vocations and their holiness to the example and the teaching of a father, strong in faith and manly virtue, of a pure and de- voted mother and of a family in which the love of God and neighbor, joined with simplicity of life, has reigned supreme. "Blessed are those Christian par- ents," the Holy Father declared, "who accept without fear and with enthusiasm the vocations of their chil- dren and see in them a signal honor for their family and a mark of the love of God. Still more blessed are they if they make such vocations the object of their fervent prayer." A vocation is something personal between your child and God. Of course, you cannot "create" a voca- tion for Christ has sakl, "You have not chosen Me but I have chosen you." Yet, you can, indeed, you must, establish within your home the climate, the atmosphere that makes a vocation possible. Make your Catholic faith a vital part of your own daily lives. Give your children the best Catholic education possible. Teach them the meaning of discipline, self- control and ideals. Help them choose companions with integrity, character and good morals. You should manifest to your children the re- spect and admiration you feel for the priests and the brothers and the sisters of your parish. You should speak reverently of those whom God has called to serve Him and you in religion. See that the religious life is a part of your children's awareness. A child naturally respects those whom his parents respect; he loves those whom his parents love; he learns to see the attractive, supernatural value of the life of a priest or religious through, the manner in which his parents act toward them. You readily rec- ognize in every priest a representative of Christ. As a true Christian parent, your attitude toward s priests and religious will be marked by a combination of deep respect, reverence and friendliness. You will not tolerate just or unjust criticism of them or the passing of snide remarks concerning them even when their human faults may be readily observable. Children who are reared in such an atmosphere will not easily miss the call to a religious life if God sends it to them. I exhort you, then, to pray daily that God will bless the young men and women of your parish with'vocations and your own family as well, if that is His will. Pray constantly that under the guidance and direction of our Blessed Mother, our young boys and girls may be inspired with a whole-hearted eager- ness to consecrate themselves to the service of Christ and His flock, and that she herself may instill in you a spirit of generosity and self-sacrifice that you may 'sincerely realize your responsibilities in this all- important apostolate. Pray, too, that our young men and women in our seminaries and novitiates may receive the grace of perseverance and the gifts and blessings and graces they need most to realize their chosen vocation. Praying every blessing upon you, I am Devotedly yours in Christ, Archbishop of Seattle N.B. This letter iS to be read at all Masses in all Churches and Chapels of the Archdiocese on Sun- day March II. / A LITTLE HARD GROUND underneath that snow Johnston , of Johnston and Campanella, A.I.A., and Associ- didn't deter Rev. Richard Stohr, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, from turning over the first spadeful of earth March 2 for the construction of a parish school, hall and church. Helping Father Stohr are (left to right) E. F. Shuck, contractor for the West Seattle Parish; David ates of Renton; Rev. Brendan Coleman, assistant pastor; altar boys and officers of parish organizations. March 2 was the second anniversary of the first Mass offered in the parish. --(Photo by W. C. Heib Jr.) City Fathers Norh Cenral Deanery, u.s. Educator Cite Archbishop ACCW, Schedules Mee Is Named McGucken The Rev. Joseph Doogan, moderator of the North For Award Central Deanery of the Archdiocesan Council of Cath- olic Women, will speak on vocations at the general meeting of the group Wednes ................................ day, March 14, at Our Lady of of the Priest." The boys choir and eighth grade will sing Irish selections under the direction of Sister Mary Barbara. Hostesses for the meeting will be Mrs. Hugo Staake, altar so- ciety president, and Mrs. Rich- ard Bynum, luncheon chair- marl. Reservations may be made with Mrs. E. R. Nottingham, LA 2-0632, or Mrs. James Dal- ton, AT 3-6751. SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 7 (NC) -- A resolution com- mending Bishop Joseph T. Mc- Gucken of Sacramento for his work in this city for the last six years and for his appoint- ment as fifth Archbishop of San Francisco was adopted by the Sacramento City Council. Mayor James B. McKinney instructed Councilman Thomas E. Murphy, who introduced the resolution, to make arrange- ments for its presentation to Archbishop-designate McGuck- on.. "Even though I am not a member of the same faith," said Councilman Walter Christensen, "I have worked on many, many civic activi- ties with Bishop McGucken and I think this is a very good suggestion and I would like to second the resolution." the Lake Parish, 8900 35th Ave. N.E. Members of the board will meet at 10 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. and luncheon will follow. Mrs. Harold Barry, deanery president, will preside at both the board meeting and the gen- eral meeting which will con- vene at 1 p.m. Elections for president and secretary will be held. Mrs. Bernard Toner, Social Action chairman, and Mrs. R. A. Lip- port, Legislation and Immigra- tion chairman, will report on their committees. The fourth grade of Our Lady of the Lake School will recite the poem "The Beautiful Hands Official North Deanery Will Meet March 14 The Northern Deanery of the Archdiocesan Council of Catho= lic Women wilt meet .Wednes- day, March 14, at Frontier Vil- lage near Lake Stevens. The board will meet at 11 a.m. and luncheon will follow at noon. A president and sec- retary will be elected at the meeting. Mrs. William J. Paul, ACCW president, will be guest of honor and will discuss plans for the national convention. The Snohomish Altar Society will be hostesses. For reserva- tions contact Mrs. C h a r 1 e s Sekulich, Route 1, Snohomish, or Mrs. Ruth Farrell, 207 Ave- nue D., Snohomish. South Deanery, ACCW, Plans Meeting The Rev. Thomas P i t s c h, Southern Deanery moderator of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, will speak on "Vocations" at t h e Southern Deanery meeting Thursday, March 15, at St. Mary of Guad- alupe Mission in West Pioneer. The Rev. George McLean, pastor of Sacred Heart, Battle Ground, will be the host pastor. St. Mary's is about 15 miles north of Vancouver. Those tra- veling south on Highway 99 turn left at Ridgefield Junction, then turn left again where indicated by a sign. Father Pitsch will also intro- duce mothers of priests, semin- arians, brothers and Sisters to whom a special invitation is extended since March is Vo- cation Month. The Deanery board will con- vene at 11 a:m. Luncheon will be served at noon. A president and secretary will be elected at the meeting. Those attending are asked to bring articles of new or used clothing far irffants and chil- dren including layettes and First Communion outfits. Mrs. Walter Cebula will present the program. Spiritual Develop- ment. Seminarian Aid and Study Clubs will be featured. Reservations for the luncheon may be made with Mrs. Stanley Mode, Route 5, 8914 N.E. llgth St., Vancouver, Wash., OX. 5- 3229. They should reach Mrs. Mode by March 12. Orthopedic Guilds Will Meet Friday Members of the Children's Orthopedic Hospital's 602 guilds and auxiliaries throughout Washington will gather in So-. attle for the Hospital's 55th annual meeting at I0 a.m. March 16, at the Music Hall Theater. Mrs. Charles K. Wiggins, President of the Hospital's Board of Trustees, will preside. The invocation will be given by Most Reverend Thomas E. Gill, V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle. WINDSOR, Ont., Mar. 8 (NC) --Benjamin Elijah Mays, presi- dent of Morehouse College, At- lanta, Ga., and head of the United Negro College Fund, Inc.,. has been named for the 1962 Christian Culture Medal of Assumption University here. Father E. C. LeBel, C.B.S., university president, said the presentation will be made at the university April 17. Father LeBel said the award citation refers to Mays as a "renowned and beloved leader, a great Christian hu- manist who feels that the two greatest needs of our century are education and religion, neither of which has been tried enough." Mays, a native of South Caro- lina, has written extensively for magazines and is the author of two books, "The Negro's GOd" and "Seeking to Be Chris- tian in Race Relations." Ted Kennedy Attends London Mass LONDON (NC) -- Edward Kennedy, brother of U.S. Presi- dent John F. Kennedy, attend- ed Sunday Mass at the Church of St. Michael and St. Martin near London Airport during a stopover on a Paris-Dublin flight. Cast Your Ballot The Reverend Pastors in areas where elections are to be held on next Tuesday, March 13, are re- quested to remind their parishioners at all the Masses on next Sunday of the solemn obligation and privilege that is theirs of casting a ballot at the forthcoming election. Because it is not a General Election in the ac- cepted sense, there is a tendency on the part of many of our citizens to neglect their solemn duty of voting. Our people should be informed that every election is important to the continued welfare of their respective communities and that if the majority of our citizens fail to exercise their franchise on next Tuesday, we shall have government by a minority, a situation that may well be fraught with serious consequences. There are a number of important offices to be filled, a number of important issues to be decided and every registered voter has a moral as well as a civic obligation to vote. If our people vote and vote wisely.on hext Tuesday, they will have done their duty as Christians to their God and as citizens to their country. Feast Of St. Patrick All the faithful of the Archdiocese of Seattle are hereby dispensed from the law of fast and abstinence on Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day. \\; All who use this dispensation are exhorted to tpake, in a spirit of gratitude, some offering in favor of the poor for the intention of our Holy Father, Pope John XXIII. NCWC.Indian And Negro Collection Pastors and others concerned are reminded that the NCWC-Indian and Negro Collection will be taken up on Sunday, March 11, according to the Official in the Catholic Northwest Progress of March 2, ACCW Meetings The Reverend Pastors of the respective Deaneries are requested to make the following announcement on Sunday, March 11: The South Central Deanery will meet on Tues- day, March 13, in Rhodes Department Store Audito: rium, Seattle. The Board meeting will be at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at 12 noon and the general meeting will follow. The Northern Deanery will meet on Wednesday, March 14, at the Frontier Village, Lake Stevens. The Board meeting will be at 11:00 a.m., lunch will be served at 12 Noon arm the general meeting will follow. The North Central Deanery will meet on Wednes- day, March 14, at Our Lady of the Lake Parish Audi- torium, Seattle. The Board meeting will be at 10:00 a.m., Mass will be offered at 11:00 a.m., lunch will be served at 12 noon and the general meeting will follow. The Southern Deanery will meet on Thursday, March 15, at St. Mary of Guadalupe Parish Hall, Glenwood. The Board meeting will be at 11:00 a.m., lunch will be served at 12 Noon and the general meeting will follow. The moderators, all deanery officers, presidents of affiliated organizations and activity chairmen are requested to attend the board meetings. THE CHANCERY By Order of the Most Reverend Archbishop March 9, 1962 Friday,,,Ivlarch 9, 1%2 , THE PROGRESS--3,,, Life's Different From India, Says SMC Frosh By REV. TIMOTHY LAMM, O.S.B. OLYMPIABIt is very difficult for India Cath- olics to get to schools in America, because scholar- ships in India are usually given to Hindus only, Joe Balumel is an exception. Born in Kerala State in India August 8, 1936, Joe is now enrolled in fresh- man courses at St. Martin's College. English is the biggest prob- lem Joe faces at present. Hav- ing crossed the forbidden bridge to America with the help of e secretary to the Archbishop of Verapoly, the quiet, sincere Indian is over- coming now the barrier of a language so different from that of his home country. And, about life here in gen- eral, Joe concludes: "It's a lot different from India." The Rev. Jacob Chakiamury has arranged scholarships at leading Cetholic colleges in America for several brilliant young men in a program to give the advantages of higher education to the Catholic laity who make up only one percent of his diocese. Father Chakia- mury is secretary to the Arch- bishop of Verapoly. Scholarships sponsored by the U.S. Governmem are ad- ministered by the Indian gov- ernment, Father explains, and are almost never awarded to Catholic applicants. classes, mathematics, civil engineering, speech, theology, and physics. John Sellin, who lives with JOE BALUMEL Conscientious Interest Balumel in Baran Hall at St. F a t h e r Martin's, says that Joe is probably the best roommate you could have. Joe hes four brothers and three sisters living in India. After his education in the U.S:, probably in the field of engi- Chakiamury corresponded with St. Martin's College through Rt. Rev. Raphael Heider, O.S.B., AbboL Education is taken more seriously in India, says Balu- reel, than it is here. His atti- tude is reflected in his conscientious interest in his neering, Joe intends to return to India and work there for the good of his native country. CCD Retreats Slated For April Tuesday and Wednes- day, April 17 and 18, are the dates set for the an- nual closed retreat for Confra- ternity- of Christian Doctrine high school students, Rev. John P. Doherty, archdiocesan Cgn- fraternity director, has' an- nounced. The two-day program of re- treat conferences and activities has been designed especially for teenage students, according to Father Doherty. The boys' retreat will be held at the Palisades, archdiocesan retreat house for men, and the girls' retreat at Visitation Re- treat, archdiocesan retreat house for women. The Rev. Daniel Debolt, C. SS. R., will be retreat master for the boys. The girls' retreat Lay Retreat Schedule The Palisades Visitation Retreat (Men's Retreat House) (Women's Retreat House) March 16-18 Newman Club, Seattle Holy Rosary, Seattle Our Lady of Mt. Virgin, Seattle St. Thomas, Riverton Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Tacoma March 23-25 St. Paul, Seattle St. Bernadette, Seattle Visitation, Tacoma Our Lady of Mr. Virgin, Seattle St. Thomas, Riverton Immaculate Heart, Sedro Woolley master will be Rev. Gerald Nagle, M.M. Father Doherty said registra- tion blanks have been sent to pastors. Students may obtain them by calling at their parish rectory. Deadline for registra- tion is Tuesday, April I0. A retreat fee of $12 plus $1 for transportation should be sent along with registration forms to Father Doherty, 907 Terry Ave., Seattle 4. Bus transportation to the re- treat houses will be available for Seattle students. Buses will leave St. .lames Cathedral school yard April 17 at 8:30 a.m. Retreatants going by private transportation should report to the retreat houses by 9 a,m. 5:30 Mass At Cathedral During Lent Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. every day during Lent at St. James Cathedral, according to the Most Rev- erend Thomas E. Gill, V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and pastor of the Cathedral. The Mass is an innovation to the usual Lenten schedule. Daily Mass will also be of. feted at 12:10 p.m. for workers as well as the usual morning Masses at 6:30. 7, and 8:15 a.m. New Low Group Rates! Big Savings on Travel to Europe on IRISH! Now... parish groups of 25 or more can make substantial savings on travel to the cities and shrines of Europe. For example, the group fare to Ireland is just $274 per person, round trip from New, York. You fly on daily scheduled Silver Shamrock Economy Service, enjoy the warmth of Irish hospitality and arrive after less than six happy hours aloft. Group travel is much easier to arrange than charters. Here's all there is to it:' Book the flight 30 days in'advance. Arrange to go and return any time within 12 months, except for certain week- ends during peak travel periods. Select your destinations from the 30 that Irish International serves in Ireland, Britain and the Continent. 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