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00Where the Bishop is, there is the Church' The Most Reverend John J. Scanlan, Auxiliary Bishop of Honolulu, reviewed the position and office of the Bishop In the Church in his sermon at the pontifical Mass of thanksgiving celebrated by the Most Reverend Archbishop Connolly in St. James Cathedral marking his 2Sth episcopal anni. versary. Full text of sermon follows: UR presence here" this morning is evidence of our admiration and respect--indeed, our affection--for Archbishop Connolly. Jt bears witness, too, to the esti- mate we place on our Christian faith as the guiding prin- ciple of our lives. Our tribute to the Archbishop is linked inevitably with that which he represents and that which it is his commission to guard and to teach--our Church our Faith. We have come here as the members of family gather on occasion at the ancestral home, that we may individually experience and-collectively share the happiness and satisfaction of accomplishment which this day symbolises. We have come to rededicate ourselves to the cause of Church and Faith which, you here under the leadership of your Archbishop, have thus far so effec- lively advanced. Here, as the Community of the people f God, in Our Father's house, in the Church where is he chair of our spiritual father in Christ, we unite our thoughts, desires, prayers in that central act of our Faith; in that symphony of worship, thanksgiving, and petition which is the Mass. As the Israelites of old held up the hands of Moses when he prayed to the most High God for them and for himself; so we today lift up the hands of this High Priest as he stands at the altar and presents to God his own and our gifts of faith, love, adoration, and thanksgiving, md brings from Heaven for us and for himself the graces blessings made possible by the Cross. This is an appropriate place and setting and a fitting occasion in which to view the position and office of the Bishop in the Church. As the Church in its deepest mean- ing is the historically lasting presence of the Incarnate Word in the world, so the community ranged around the altar on which He becomes present is the most actual and vital appearance of the Church. Here the union of believers is made most visible and intimate. Here is the sacramental action pointing to the fulfillment of the Church in eternal glory as it points to its origin in the Cross. ,LI-Iere is not merely a section of the Church Universal, but /'ether a concentration of it. Here always in this local l'nanifestation of the Church is the Bishop. As the an- cient adage has it--"Where the bishop is, there is the Church." Such was the intention and determination of Him Who founded the Church. Our Divine Lord on the night be- fore He elected from His disciples the twelve who were to be named apostles, went up alone into the mountain nd continued all the night through in prayer to His eavenly Father. On the mountain top with sweeping ""vision of His inscrutable Providence, He selected from among men not only the twelve but also the successors of the twelve who would, like heralds, continue to an- nounce across the centuries the message called the Gospel. In the Church there would be thuse with varied gifts-- whether prophecy, or the gift of tongues, or the discern- ment of spirits--but "God hath set in His Church" said St. Paul "first, Apostles." To them and their successors e e would give the three-fold commission to teach, to rule, d to sanctify mankind. "All power is given to Me in even and on earth. As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you. Going therefore teach ye all nations, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." "Whatsoever you shall bind on earth, it shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you shall loose on earth, it shall be loosed in heaven." "Whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven, and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained." "This is My Body; this is My Blood. Do in memory of Me." In a unique relationship subject to and in union with Peter, the other apostles were to exercise this authority --subject to Peter for to him alone was it said "Thou art Peter, and upon this rocl I will build My Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven." It was Peter who merited the special prayer "Simon behold Satan hath desired to sift you as wheat but I have prayed for thee OFFICIAL No(turnal Devotions The Reverend Pastors of King and Pierce Coun- ties are requested to announce at all the Masses Sun- day, August 30, the hours of adoration suggested for respective parishes for the "First Saturday" vigil at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, and St. Patrick's Church, Tacoma, during the night of September 4-5. THE CHANCERY By Order of the Most Reverend Archbishop August 28, 1964 that thy faith fail not and thou being once converted confirmed thy brethren." It was Peter on whom the ulti- mate responsibility was placed. "Feed My lambs; feed My sheep." But the others shared with him the trinity of spiritual power which was to protect, guide, and ad- vance the Church and keep it always the pillar and ground of truth and goodness. As in the nucleus of the Church Peter and the Apos- tles, so in their successors the Popes and Bishops, the salvific will of God for men was to operate through the threefold authority which He vested in them. The effec- tive use of that authority was Divinely guaranteed. "Be- hold I am with you all days even to the consumation of the world." "I will send the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, who will teach you all truth--who will abide with you forever." That is the authority which has been exercised over the centuries for the proper ordering as well as the ex- pansion of Christ's Kingdom on earth. It began with the speech of Peter as the Council of Jerusalem. It was ex- ercised by Pope Clement, Peter's third successor, in his letter to the Corinthians. It was assumed as their prerog- ative by the assemblies of bishops of the Church in the great ecumenical councils of the past as it is in the pres- ent. It was called upon in all the declarations and defi- nitions of Faith and Morals which have issued from the Rome of Peter or from bishops in union with Rome. It is the sap by which the mustard tree grew for by it and with it came the great missionary bishops to evangelize the nations of the earth. A bishop Patrick came to Ire- land, a bishop Augustine to England, a bishop Boniface to Germany, the bishops Cyril and Methodius to the Slavic nations, a bishop Ansgar to Scandinavia, and in the course of time the bishop John Carroll to what are now the United Staes, and later still, two bishops, the brothers Blanchet here toLthe Northwest. The mantle which was theirs is that which today is worn by the fifth shepherd of Christ's fleckhere in Seattle. The authority which they exercised in Christ's Church is his. On the Feast of the Apostle Bartholomew a quarter of a century ago in St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, Monsignor Thomas Connolly was numbered among those who in the Divine Plan would share the privilege of apos- tolic succession. A joy and happiness, rooted in the Faith, transfigured the hundreds who came to witness the ancient ceremony of consecration. Joy, too, suffused the whole city of Saint Francis which was seeing the first of its sons raised to this dignity. Yet in that hour the Church commanded that he prostrate himself of the floor of the sanctuary while it called upon the apostles and great bishops and saints of the Church Triumphant to intercede for him that,be might worthily fulfill the commission en- trusted to him in the Chturch militant. Prone on the ground, he must have reflected that the episcopacy is an eminence which he alone may scale .who has learned to prostrate himself in utter abasement before God; an authority which he alone may exercise who has learned complete obedience in the service of his fellow man; a dignity which he alone may carry who has learned insen- sibility to honors. No man can feel adequate when he contemplates this responsibility for there echoes in his mind the warning of the Son of Man to the angel of the Church of Ephesus "I know thy works and thy labor and thy patience-- but I have somewhat against thee." Yet every man who takes this responsibility is heartened by the words of the same Christ "You have not chosen me but I have chosen you." God builds His Grace upon na- ture and the natural gifts of leadership of this new apostle named Thomas were ennobled and supernaturalized on that day 25 years ago when Archbishop Mitty of San Francisco and two other bishops placed their hands on his head while praying the effective invocation "Receive the Holy Spirit." The treasury of Divine power and holiness in the Church was drawn upon that he might share abundantly of it, as the consecrating Archbishop prayed "Fulfill in this priest of Thine the perfection of Thy ministry and sanctify him.--Give him O Lord the keys of the King- dom of Heaven, that he may make use of, not boast of the power which Thou bestowest unto edification, not un- to destruction.- Let him be the faithful and prudent serv- ant whom Thou dost set, O Lord, over Thy household.- May he be untiring in his solicitude, fervent in spirit. May he detest pride and cherish humlity and truth, and never desert it, overcome either by flattery or fear.- Let his speech and his preaching be not in the persuas- ive words of human wisdom but in the showing of the Spirit and of Power." The Church thereby reminded the new bishop of the spiritual disciplines and the moral restraints by which the authority he was receiving must be bound. Those who hold authority must, for their, own salvation's sake, be mindful that they must consider themselves the least of their brethren. "Each of you" says St. Paul "must have the humility to think others better than himself, and Study the welfare of other/, not his own. Yours is to be the same mind which Christ Jesus showed." Yet while a humble spirit is necessary for the salvation of one who holds authority, it is not enough for the achievement of that perfection in individuals and society, for which au- thority is given. Authority needs be not only Christlike in humility, but Christlike too in its full and positive use of office, to lead. Christ emptied Himself and became the equal of slaves not that they might remain slaves but that He might lift them up to a level a little less than the angels. The authority exercised by a bishop in the Church was divinely established not only to regulate, to Qrder, to control, and on occasion to forbid; it also includes in its concept the wise encouragement of the ini- tiative of others. It is given to guide the lawful striv- ings, aspirations, undertakings and energies of others. It means to press forward, leading, directing, and challeng- ing others to new levels of excellence in Christian living. That is, I suggest, the quality of Church leadership which is being exercised in this Archdiocese. Alive to the mind of the Church, in our time, to call upon the great reserves of spiritual power in the laity, the Archbishop furthers the objective of Catholic action--the cooperation of the laity in the apostolate of the hierarchy--by his presence at, and his guidance of, the various lay organi- zations in the Archdiocese. It has been charged that bish- ops today are too far removed from their people. That charge can be successfully challenged in our country, and certainly such is not the condition here. The pages of the Catholic Northwest Progress reveal the many and continued contacts of the people with their shepherd, the open house for the laity at the seminary, the annual day for the Sisters, the many public appearances, the Bap- tisms performed personally, the Confirmations and Ordi- "nations, the continuous hours at the Chancery. All of these indicate a daily involvement of the shepherd in the con- cerns of the flock. It is an involvement which I can per- sonally testify manifested itself in the first years of his episcopacy in Mission Dolores, San Francisco, and which has evidently continued unabated through the yearS. All of it is the faithful carrying out of what the rite of con- secration enjoins as the aggregate of episcopal duties.-- "It is the bishop's duty to pass judgment, to interpret, to consecrate, to ordain, to offer sacrifices, to baptize, to confirm." Committee Readies for Public Reception FINAL plans were discussed by the lay committee of the public reception of lay organizations in the Archdiocese that will honor Archbishop Connolly on his Silver Episcopal Jubilee from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, in the Olympic Hotel's Grand Ballroom. Committee members (from left) are (first row) Mrs. Harold J. Barry, John P. Greeley who is chairman, and Mrs. James Dalton; (second row) Frank E. Shea, Dr. Merle Henley, Clyde Bennett, J. William Tobin; (back row) John D. Spellm/n, Wade Thompson, Walter S. Acheson, P.D. (Dan) Rooney and Albert S. Quinn. Others not shown are Nora O'Neill, Carol O'Brien, Patrick Henschell, Donald S. Young, Thomas McCrea, Gene A. Ford, Paul Swimelar and Fred Cordova. Gift from Indians A PROUD delegation from the Lummi Indian Reservation presented Archbishop ConnoUy with gifts from parishioners fSt. Joachim's Mission on the occasion of the Archbishop's vet Episcopal Jubilee. Raymond Morris (left) of the mission's Parents' Club presented a carved "Catholic Lad- der," depicting the history of man's journey to heaven. Mrs. Forrest Kinley of the Altar Society and the Lummi Indian Weavers gave the Archbishop a white hand-woven chasuble, held by Rev. Kevin Coyle, pastor. Presentation was made Saturday in Sacred Heart Church after profession cere- monies of Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark. There are 987 Catholics from 200 families on the reservation. Sisters' Reception ARCHBISHOP Connolly greets two Sisters of Providence from St. Peter Claver Center Saturday at the Sisters' reception for the jubilarian in Blanchet High School. To the left is Sister Ignatius of Jesus, F.C.S.P. Friday, Auc, lUS1" 28, 1964 THE PROGRESS--7 THE MOST REVEREND JOHN J. SCANLAN That summary, however does not encompass all the duties of the Ordinary of a diocese in the, complex society which is modern America. The Church is in the world even though it is not of the world, and the solicitude for all the churches, in our time, means daily administrative decisions fraught with weighty consequences. It means the task of foreseeing and providing for the needs of the Church in an area of increasing and fluctuating popula- tion. It includes the obligation of providing Priests for parishes and Sisters and Brothers to teach schools. It means the accurate weighing of the financial potential of the diocese and the economic use of it. I means a moun- tain of detail much of which must be personally handled by the Bishop himself. That the administration of this Archdiocese is a well- planned and efficient vehicle for the advancement of the things of the spirit is evident from what we see about us. The Mass and the Sacraments have been made more eas- ily available for the faithful by the addition of new par- ishes when possible and the erection of adequate churches. The Catholic education of youth has received the atten- tion it deserves by the additio'n of many beautiful and functional elementary and high schools. Interest in the general development of youth is indicated by the C.Y.O. camp sites sponsored by the Archdiocese. The senior citizens have not been neglected and their present down- town residence is a credit to the church here. A holy and well-educated clergy rates top priority in every diocese, and here a devoted staff of professors have the oppor- tunity of achieving this high purpose in the magnificent new seminary of St. Thomas. This is the crowning achieve- ment in a long list of undertakings designed to take care of every aspect of Catholic life and every need of the Church. That these undertakings have been carried to successful conclusions is obviously due in no small meas- ure to the faith and practical vision of the head or the Archdiocese as well as to his initiative, wisdom and sense of service to his people. On the shield of the Connolly family you will see a pair of spurs. The Archbishop has transferred them to his episcopal coat of arms. It may not be advisable to explore too extensively all the possible implications of the metaphor here, but let us say that he has spurred his priests and people to great undertakings and splendid achievements. He has judged correctly the loyalty, the spirit of sacrifice and the capacity for achievement of priests and people. What you have accomplished under his leadership bears testimony to the accuracy of his judgment and the forcefulness of his initiative. California, his native state, is represented somewhere as exclaiming in the days of its boisterous youth "Give me men to match my mountains." The Californian who has occupied the See of Seattle for the past sixteen years has in his undertakings here displayed a depth of faith, a breadth of vision and a certain height of aspiration for the things that are Christ's; and it can be left to the judgment of the people here whether these qualities con- stitute a spiritual parallel to the majestic ranges of Cas- cades and Olympics which horizon this See City. Twenty-five years as a bishop; thirty-eight years as a Priest means that the shadows are lengthening for the Archbishop even though his present vigor would indicate that as yet these shadows are not too long. He will re- flect today, as every bishop and priest reflects at times, on the wonderful privilege of sharing Christ's priesthood. Unworth and unprofitable servants though we be, He has said to us "I will not now call you servants but friends." "I have chosen that you go and bring forth fruit." We are privileged to dedicate our years to the proclaiming of that which alone gives meaning to human life and sat- isfies the yearning of the human heart--our Faith and all that it implies. That is the light which guides our feet and warms our lives. It is the Faith which gives strength and courage to the weak and brings comfort to the weary. For the millions who have possessed it, it has changed despair into hope and given peace in the hour of anguish. It has channeled aim and purpose for the enthusiasm and generosity of youth as it has provided the sustaining vision of life's final purpose for the old. It is the pearl of incomparable price for which men and women in every land and in every century have given the last full measure of devotion. It is that total love which has impelled the missionaries of every age to wander for Christ and plant His Cross on the shores of every sea. For the gift of that Faith, for its vigorous life in our Archdiocese we give thanks today. At the same time while we rejoice in the achievements of the past, we realize our obligations for the future. The altars of the Faith mr/st be supplied from the Catholic homes of the Archdiocese. From the faithful in each parish must come the teachers, religious and lay, who will help to carry out the original command to teach all nations. The moral principles of the Faith must shine as virtues in the lives of individuals for their own salvation and as the leaven which society teeds. The Faith must live in us as it has lived in those who have gone before us. That it so live is certainly the deepest desire of him whom we felicitate today and to whom we sincerely wish many more years of service to this greatest of causes. It was the deepest desire of the shepherds before him, the Bishops Blanchet, Junger, O'Dea, and Shaughnessy. They planted and wa- tered the seed, and God gave the increase, and we see its flowering today. May it continue to flourish. May the kindly light of the Faith lead us on. May its convictions ever support us; may its divine helps and graces ever strengthen us. And when the final day of reckoning comes and the great hosting of the tribes takes place, may we all be gathered together--bishops, priests, religious, laity -- the shep- herds and the flocks--around the Good Shepherd. Then we who see now darkly as through a glass will see face to face, Faith gives place to vision--the Vision of Infin- ite Truth, Goodness and Beauty, which created the eter- nal ecstasy of love where a quarter of a century is but a day.