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For Catholic Europe "ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI," by Arturo Da Carmignano, O. F. M. Cap. Translated by Paul Barrett, O. F. M. Cap. The Newman Press, 165 pp. HE days of this saint were made for giants, heroes of intellect and sanctity. The closing years of the 16th century witnessed the increas- ing turmoil generated by the Protestant revolt. These were the years of the Evangelical Union, the Catholic League, the Emperor Maximillian, the plots, counter plots, machina- tions of the Italian city states, the increasing nationalism of the states and the growth of humanism. It was this milieu that beheld the matchless knowledge and industrious intellect of this saint put to work by the Pa- pacy for the cause of Catholic Europe. St. Lawrence of Brindisi was not the type to shirk his duties, even when, like so many other men and women of intense spiritual life, he would have preferred quiet contemplation. This. was not for him. His obedience and obligations led him far from the quiet life, even into the front ranks of the troops at the battle against the Turks at Alba Regale. He was a man brave in his con- victions, a man verily for his times, certainly deserving his appellation, "Hammer of the Heretics." This scholar, preacher, lead- er, man of God was raised to the supreme glory of the altars December 8, 1881. On March 19, 1959, in the Apostolic Letter, "Celsitudo ex humilitate," Pope John XXIII fulfilled the centuries- old wish of the Capuchins by By JOHN J. ECKHART placing the aureola of a Doc- tor on the head of St. Law- rence. This short book is actually in the mode of an outline edition of the larger three volume work published re- cently in Italy. In it the author plays the spotlight of narrative along the life of the Saint, and this method, while sometimes necessary, will leave large dark areas obscure. It is also understandable why Father Da Carmignano would be ever so slightly biased, writing of this great hero of his order. However, it is unfortunate, as this obvious hero worship, while good for imitation, weak- ens hagiography. The author slices the bread of his Saint's heroism and sanctity too thick. In this he reverses the ex- cellent trend of recent years to write hagiography with discre- tion, objectivity, and unemo- tional analysis. Father Da Carmignano does not conceive of St. Lawrence of ever doing anything that should not be reported with an abundance of positive adjec- tives. But we are rewarded with honesty in such instances as when reporting the extreme length of time the Saint would take for Mass on occasion when the author reports with priestly candor: "This Mass, as we shah see later, did not take the usual half hour or so but continued for many hours, a trait to be admired but not imitated." I believe if the author would tackle the life of a saint for- eign to his order, thus gain- ing more objectivity and ma- turity in his writings, we would be treated to the kind of saintly biography that is more becoming to the reading faithful. Feature Films On Television Bellingham KING-TV (NBC) Channel 5 KV'OS-TV Channel 12 KIRO-TV (CBS) Channel 7 Tacoma Seattle KTNT-TV (CBS) Channel 11 KOMO-TV (ABC) Channel 4 KTVW-TV Channel 13 MOTION PICTURE CLASSIFICATION BY NATIONAL LEGION OF DECENCY: A-I--Morally Unobjectionable for General Patrcaage; A-II--Morally Unobjectionable for Adults and Adolescents; A-III--Morally Unobjectionable for Adults; B--Morally Objectionable in Part for All; C-Condemned; SC--Separate Classification; NR--No Rating Available. (Note: The ratings listed below were those given the original movies. Most films before being shown on tele- vision are edited to conform to the television code and to'the individual station's time schedule. For this reason, ob/ectionable parts contained in the original plot may be deleted in the television version and thus the original Legion rating may not be entirely correct.) SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 2:30 p.m.KTVW-TVSalnt In New York ............................... A-II 3:00 p.m.--KING-TV--The Pirate ........................................ A-II 4:00 p.m.KTNT-TV--Shooflng High ..................................... A-I S:00 p.m.--KING-TV--Jungle Gents ....................................... A4 4:30 p.m.KTVW-TVRfft Raft ........................................ A.II 9:00 p.m.--KING-TV--Tea North Frederick ............................ A-Ill 10:00 p.m.--KTNT-TVDracula ...................................... : ...... .N R 11:00 p.m.KVOS-TV--MoulIn Rouge ....................................... B 11:00 p.m.KIRO-TV--Northwest Mounted Police ......................... A-II 11:05 p.m:--KING-TV--Susan and God ................................... A.II 11:05 p.m.--KOMO-TV--Sllk Stockings ..................................... a 1:00 a.m.mKTVW-TVFugIflves for a Night .............................. Aq SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 11:30 a.m.--KIRO-TV--And Now Tomorrow., ...................... ....... A-II 11:30 a.m.lKVOS-TV--Helt Drivers ........................................ a 12:00 noon--KOMO-TV--Fort Defiance .................................... A-II 4:30 p.m.KTNT-TV--Tarzan's Secret Treasure ............ , ............. A-I 4:20 p.m.--KTVW-TV--Armored Car Robbery ............................. B fi:00 p.m.--KVOS-TV--Sabu and th Magic Ring .......................... A-I 7:00 p.m.--KTNT-TVAlexander's Ragtime Band ........................ ..e MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 9:30 a.m.--KOMO-TV--The Green Eyed Blond ........................... A.II 1:00 p.m.--KTVW-TV--Hotel Reserve ............................... A-I 2:00 p.m.KTNT-TV--20,000 Men a Year ................................. A-I 2:-'tO p.m.KING-TV--They Were Expendable (Part I) ................... A-I $:30 p.m.KVOS-TV--Overland Pacific ................................. A.II 7:30 p.m.--KING-TV--Love is a Many-Splendored Thing ................... B 10:00 p.m.KTNT-TVCofe Metropole .................................. A.I 11:00 p.m.KVOS-TVAppolnlment tar Love ........................... A-II 11:00 p.m.--KTVW-TV--Dog of Flanders .................................. A-I 11:30 p.m.--KOMO-TV--GOG ......................................... A-I 1:00 a.m.--KTVW-TV--BIonde Cheat ..................................... A-If TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 9:30 a.m.--KOMO-TV--The Abductors .................................... A-I 1:00 p.m.--KTVW-TVWe're Only Human .............................. A-II 2:00 p.m.--KTNT-TV--Cafe Metropole .................................... A-I 2:30 p.m.KING-TV--They Were Expendable (Part II) ................... A-I $:30 p.m.--KVOS-TV--Bomber's Moon .................................... A-I 7:00 p.m.--KlRO-TV--Queen of Outer Space (Part II) ........... ; ........ B 10:00 p.m.--KTNT-TV--For Beauty's Sake .............................. A-II 11:00 p.m.--KVOS-TV--Thank Your Lucky Stars ........................... A-II 11:30 p.m.KOMO-TV--Gorllla at Largo .................................... B 1:00 o.m.--KTVW-TVBoY Slaves ........................................ A.II WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 9:30 a.m.--KOMO-TV.--Our Miss Brooks ................................ A-II I:00p.m.--KTVW-TVWhat Price Hollywood? ............................ NR 2:00 p.m.--KTNT-TV--For Beauty's Sake ................................ A.I 3:30 p.m.--KING.T'VTesI Pilot (Part I1 ................................. A-I 5:30 p.m.--KVOS-TV--Invlslble A0ent ................................... A-It 6:30 p.m.--KTVW-TV--Brlnglng Up Baby .................................. A-I 10:00 p.m.KTNT-TV.--On the Avenue .................................... A-I 11:00 p.m.KVOS:TVMy Forbidden Past ................................. B 11:00 p.m.KTW-TVWlse Girl ............................................ A.I 11:30 p.m.--KOMO-TV--Mogambo ............................................ S 1:90 a.m.--KTVW-TV--Faleon's Brother .................................. A-I THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 9:30 a.m.KOMO-TV--The Black Whip .......................... L .......... a 1:00 p.m.KTVW-TVBrlnglng Up Baby .......... ...................... A-I 2:00 p.m.--KTNT-TV--On the Avenue .................................... A-I 3:30 p.m.--KING-TVTest Pilot (Part II) ................................ A-I 5:30 p.m.KVOS-TV--Flame of Calcutta ................................ A-II 7:00 p.m.KIRO-TV--House of Wax (Part II) ........................... A.II 7:00 p.m.KTNT-TV--The Purple Heart ................................. A-II 10:00 p.m.KTNT-TV--The Affairs of Cellini ............................... NR 11:00 p.m.--KVOS.TV13 Rue Madelelne .................................. a 11:00 p.m.KTVW-TV--aarder G-Man .................................... NR 11:30 p.m.--KOMO-TV--A Life in Balance ................................. A-II 1:00 a.m.KTVW-TVDays of Glory v .................................. Aql FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 9:30 a.m.KOMO-TVSeven Men from Now ............................. A-II 1:00 pm.--KTVW-TVSea Devils ................ i ........................ A.I 2:00 p.m.--KTNT-TV--The Affairs of Cellini .............................. NR 3:30 p.m.KING-TVThe Toy Wife .... ........ ......................... A-II 5:30 p.m.KVOS-TVThe Fighting 69th .................................. A-I 6:30 p.m..-KTVW-TV--Double Dynamite ................................. A-II 10:30 p.m.KTNT-TV--The Law of the Streets ............................ NR !I:00 p.m.--KVOS-TVSlttlng Bull ........................................ A-I 11:00 p.m.--KTVW-TV--WIId Cargo ........................................ NR 1:00 a.m.--KVOS-TV--Apache Uprising ................................... NR l:00a.m.--KTVW-TV--Seven Days Leave ................................ A-I This Review IS Sponsored by Catholic Gifts & Church Goods, Inc. Religious goods for the home, church and school. A pleasant shopping atmosphere with a select variety of religious gifts. 607 Union St., Seattle I MUtual 2-3929 "TODAY'S VOCATION- AL CRISIS," A Sum- mary of the Studies and Discussions at the first International Con- gress of Vocations to the States of Perfec. tion, December 10-16, 1961. Translated and edited by Godfrey Poage, C. P. and Ger- main Lievin, C. SS. R., The Newman P r e s s, 435 pp., 5.95. T would be a mistake to be- lieve that the sbortage of classrooms in American Cath- olic parishes is due to a lack of enthusiasm or generosity on the part of the laity. I think they would build buildings on every hand, if there were those to staff them. The lack of vocations hits the entire world, from the well wed middle class homes of the United States to the filth rid- den slums of South America and the bush of Africa. The problem of the voca- tional crisis was exploded in depth two years ago, and this excellent book is one ef the results of that explora- tory congress. While the academic approach as reported here, is primarily of specialized interest, t h e book in its entirety, provides thought provoking articles for any interested in the problem. Are there any who are not in- terested in the problem? Many subjects are covered, each with its own peculiar ap- peal. The chapters cover such a diversity of subjects as, "The Vocation Crisis in Latin Amer- ica," "The Theology of Re- ligious Vocations," "Vocation to the Brotherhoods," and "The Contribution of Catholic Actionists in the Promotion of Vocations to the States of Per- fection." This last alone makes the book worthwhile in its co- herence and intelligent con- siderations of an important contemporary area of Cath- olic Life. References and bibliography appear exhaust- ive. 'Priest And Politician' On Channel 7 "The Priest and the Poli- tician," the story of the clash between Louisiana's Leander Henry Perez and Rev. Chris- topher Schneider, O.F.M., who tried integrating his Buras, La., school against Perez' op- position will be seen on the first "CBS Reports" program of the year to be shown on KIRO-TV, Channel 7, Wednes- day, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The school, Our Lady of Good Harbor, was rocked by an explosion August 26 and Archbishop John P. Cody of New Orleans ordered the school closed "to protect the lives of the priests, Sisters and children." While chronicling Perez' de- fiance of the Catholic Church, the broadcast will depict his one-man rule over the past 40 years of the political, economic and social life of Plzquemines P a r i s h on Louisiana's Gulf Coast. He was excommunicated from the Church for his con- tinuing opposition to the Church's stand in favor of in- tegration. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 7:45 a.m., Hoar at St. Francis, KXA- Radio (770 k.) Ruth Hussey enhances the potgnont story "Red Shoes for Nancy," the true account of mother love and an unusual Utile girl. 9:00 a.m., Hour of St. Francis, KOMO- TV, Channel 4. "The Terrible Gift" IS "Everyman" In a modern setting. A young man looks for one who Is truly man In a materialistic and conformist society. Jane Wyaff hosts. 6:00 p.m., Challenge, KOMO-TV, Chan- nel 4. Dr. Lynn Carson, Rev, William Treacy and Rabbl Raphael Levine will distinguish between the idea of re- ligious freedom and freedom of re- ligion In "No Stale Religion" on tho second program In the new series. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER lg 7:30 p.m., CBS Reports, KIRO-TV, Channel 7. The clash between Loulslana's most Dowerful political boss, Leander Henry Perez, and Rev. Christopher Schneider, a Catholic priest who tried Integrating his Buros, La., garochlal school against Perez' opposition, Is explored on to- day's season premiere of this series. Classified advertising gets results in The Progress. Home o sell, buy or rent? Call MAin 2-8880, Extension 21 and solve your problems the easy way. His Name Is Hunger *g'iSePt" 13, 1963 THE PROGRI:SS-v5 By MOST REVEREND FULTON J. SHEEN opecmc Actions In some places, the dead are not buried in s this the "Atomic Age" in which we live, or is it the "Hunger Age"? Which is more explosive: the fission of a uranium atom or the starving stomachs of the poor? Nations trigger nuclear warfare, but em- tiness is human dynamite. $ Hunger is the more terrible because it is the opposite of riches. One-fourth of the world gets richer; almost all of the rest become poorer. Economic development enriches the rich, and soul-explosion (or what is improperly called population explosion) impoverishes the poor. A French writer tells us that before World War II 38 per cent of the world's population did not have enough to eat; now 60 per cent are in that condition. No, the starving have no army, but they have a general--and his name is Hunger. This is not an economic condition; it is a moral condition. And the burden falls princi- pally on the Church. Take the vow of poverty. How many hundreds of millions in Africa, Asia and Latin America would take the vow tomorrow if they could live as well as those who profess it. These people live in a state of compulsory fasting; they have not the vow of poverty, but the "vow" of destitution--and destitution is not a vow because it is forced on them. Sometimes, too, individual vows of poverty go hand in hand with corporate wealth. It is like having no apple on the plate but a barrel full in the cellar. "Blessed are the poor in spirit," said the Lord. Does not that apply to all who are signed with the Cross? In the face of 25 million in Brazil who subsist on $84 a year, have we not a duty to share our possessions with them? Given a land where 500 of every 1,00O babies perish in their first year and the rest go on a diet of molasses and manioc-root flour, with no milk, have we the moral right to put up a cathedral or a church costing over a million dollars without sharing? The fact is, we have too much and others too little, and the Son of God bids us bear the burdens of others. Instead of adding wealth to wealth, building to building, we should be add- ing shack to shack, but to hut in other lands. coffins, but in paper because wood is too costly. One hundred thousand people in one city are totally unemployed and spend their time scavenging; another 300,009 work a day or two a week for 45 cents a day and pay 65 cents a week for their mud hut to some landowner. Oh yes, we give the Holy Father a collection a year for all his poor in Africa, Asia, parts of Latin America, Oceania and Northern Europe --an average per capita contribution of 27 cents per Catholic. But should it not be $27 each, or $270 each? And this not because we fear the revolt of the masses, but because we fear for the Church and the faithful in the United States unless we stop providing for our wants before we care for the needs of our brethren in Christ. Millions will read this and say "How true!" But how many dozen will read it and say: "I will be true to Christ Who died for me: there- fore I shall do a little dying in sacrifice for those in whom He relives His poverty.. If you will be one of these dozens, send the results of your sacrifice or write for information on wills and annuities to The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 386 5th Ave., New York, N.Y,, 10001. GOD LOVE YOU to Anonymous for $1I "Money saved by rolling my own cigarettes, working overtime and other economies. With a roof over my head and three meals a day, I am rich compared to your missionaries." . . . to ].A.H. for $10 "'For a special fa,or." . . . to R.S. for $2 "Most of my 10 children need shoes. A dear friend gave me $20 so I will send this to the missions and hope it helps a little." . . . to Mr. and Mrs. K. H. for $5 "This small sum was left orer after we returned from a nice vacation." @ Cut out this column, pin your sacrifices to t and mall it to Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen, National Director of the Society for the Propa- gation of the Faith, 366 - 5th Ave., New York, N.Y. 10001, or your Archdiocesan Director, Rev. Stephen Szeman, 907 Terry Ave., Seattle 98104. Merits Outweigh Risks (Continued from Page 1) sult in the required two-thirds margin, but not by an over- whelming majority. The vote may be taken some time next week. The Administration h a s been pushing hard for much more than a mere two-thirds margin and it will be dis- appointed if not more than 67 Senators will support the treaty. President Kennedy conferred Monday with majority leader ponry where we now deem them to be inferior." As this is being written a "letter of assurance" sent by President Kennedy to Senator Dirksen is scheduled to be read on the Senate floor. Mike Mansfield (D.-Mont.) and The way it looks from here, minority leader Everett Dirk- if :the treaty is ratified, it will sen (R.-Ill.). Statements by the : not be approved on its intrin- two leaders afterward seemed rc*meri ts but as an opener for to indicate there would be bi- partisan support. On the other hand, open op- position of Sen. Richard Rus- sell (D.-Ga.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Com- mittee, and Sen. John Stennis (D.-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Preparedness Subcom- mittee, have given cause for grave concern. "I have studied this matter as carefully as I could and concluded that, in good con- science, I cannot support the treaty," Sen. Russell said. Even though the treaty was reported out by the Foreign Relations Committee by a vote of 16 to 1, this did not indicate that all 16 members were going to vote for ratification. Sen. Karl E. Mundt, for example, was one of these. Although making no recom- mendations, the Preparedness Subcommittee reported Mon- day that ratification of the treaty would "affect adverse- ly" future U.S. wcapons de- velopment and create "serious --perhaps even formidable.- military and technical disad- vantages." "Any military and techni- cal advantages which we will derive from the treaty do not, in our judgment, counter- balance or outweigh the mili. tory and technical disadvan- tages," the report stated. "The Soviet Union will not be similarly inhibited in those areas of nuclear wea- Legion Of Decency First-Run Movies Showing In Seattle A-I--Drums Of Africa. A-2--Hootenanny Hoot. Other Movies Currently Showing A-l--How the West Was Won, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Gather- ing Of Eagles, The Great Escape, Incredible Shrinking Man, The Longest Day, Sum- mer Magic, Lad A Dog, PT 109, 55 Days at Peking, Tammy and the Doctor, Man From the Diner's Club. A-2--Kings Go Forth, Amazing Colossal Man, The Lion, Young Racers, Lawrence of Arabia, Young R a c e r s, Birdman of Alcatraz, Call Me Bwana. A-3---Bye Bye Birdie, The Mind Benders, Sparrows Can't Sing, Critic's Choice. A-4--L-Shaped Room. B--Attack Of the 50 Ft. Woman, Irma La Deuce, Gypsy. Condemned--And God Creat- ed Woman, Heroes and Sinners. further negotiations with the Communists. This was revealed in a state- ment in the Senate made by Sen. J. W. Fulbright this week when he admitted that this treaty was only a modest step and would not insure peace, but that it would "perhaps in time lead to further measures of limited accommodation." Accommodation with and to the Communists, of course. U.N. Fracas Looms The arena on the East River in New York is being roped off for the 18th annual tug-of-war or popularity contest, whichever most aptly applies, when the doors open next Tuesday. Attending will be a number of delegations which are cer- tain to make trouble for the U.S. and the West in general, for the Communists will again be driving hard to make gains they usually expect. It is almost certain now that Nikita Khrushchev will show up at the General Assembly ses- sion, with or without shoes to pound. This year, however, a new element has been injected by militant leaders of 33 African delegations who will introduce issues such as Portuguese "co- lonialism" and South African "racism." This bloc of new members will endeavor to make its influence cogent, if not domi- nant. Something must be in the air, for this week the U.S., through a State Department spokesman, Harlan Cleveland, cautioned the African leaders against violating the "rules of the game" in their zeal to achieve their goals. "In several ennferenccs this summer, one group of United Nations members has tried to eject other members from the meeting," he said in a speech before the World Federation of United Nations Associa- tions. "On several occasions the resulting clamor has brought important works to a standstill and has brought dis- repute to the United Nations." He made the point that it was easy for an influential and de- termined group to ignore legal ruling and the chairman's gavel but that such tactics "can make a shambles of any parliamen- tary body." It is doubtful that the Commu- nist bloc delegates will try to curb any agitation which' serves their purpose any more than they objected to Khrushchev pounding his shoe two years ago. "The United Nations has provided an arena for diver- sity," Clevelanud stated. "If we are going to have an arena, we are going to have rules of the game, the deadly serious game we play there." From the tone of these state- ments he would seem to be ex- pecting some sort of free-for- all at the United Nations this fall. U.S. Prestige It is not only the prestige of the UN that is at stake, but the prestige of the United States even more so. For that reason heavy pres- sures have been brought on President Kennedy to address the General Assembly in per- son shortly after it convenes. Prominent among those urg- ing his appearance is Adiai Stevenson. He feels that if the President would create a hopeful atmos- phere by talking along the lines he laid down at American Uni- versity last June 10 in his "strategy for peace" and dis- armament address. This sort of conciliatory talk, think the President's advisers, would enhance the profile of Uncle Sam and mollify his sworn foes. It would, in other words, reduce the session into something of a popularity con- test instead of a battle royal. President Kennedy has not yet publicly committed him- self, for he feels that he should go only if his presence would be "useful." Much will likewise depend on the outcome of the Senate vote on the limited nuclear test ban. Readers Write Disappointed Editor, The Progress: With dismay and disappoint- ment, I notice that your edi- torial staff omitted a non-parti- san note of sympathy to Presi- dent and Mrs. Kennedy in their recent bereavement. The seattle Post-Intelligeneer on two occasions remembered them, and the Seattle Times, once. This is my idea of Chris- tian charity. However, I am sorry to say that your newspaper has been most unfair on 'many political comments. It would be prudent for you to remember that your sub- scribers stem from both Re- publican and Democratic sources. Mrs. F. R. Leroux 1721 E. John St. Seattle Editor's Note:-- The fact that The Progress did not editorialize on the death of President Kennedy's son has no political over- tones whatsoever. Our news report of the requiem Mass offered by Cardinal Cushing for Patrick Bouvier Kennedy contained statements of sym- pathy by both Cardinal Cusb- mg and His Holiness Pope Paul VI. Since :our paper was not printed until almost: a week later, we did not feel editorial coverage of this event to be in order. This de- cision had no political impli- cations, as The Progress is a non-partisan newspaper. Before the Wedding By REV. WALTER IMBIORSKI Family Life Direfor, Archdlacese of Cklcago Gua=t olamnist for Rev. John L. Thomas, S.J. I am to be married before Thanksgi,,ing. At a shower last week a friend told me she was allowed to ha,e a photographer during the entire ceremony and the Mass. Another said she was married in the e,,cning. And my cousin told me it was all right to ha,e a Protestant friend in the wedding party. Where do I get a clear set of answers as to iust what we can plan for our marriage? T'S AMAZING how so many people consider them- selves experts on weddings and marriage, not to mention, church law on the subject, diocesan regula- tions and the mind of the pastor. The source of this advice is usually limited to "They say . . . " "I heard that . . . " and "My girl friend said . . . " That's always the signal to duck and make a mental note to contact one of the priests at the rectory. Every bride-to-be hears scores of suggestions as to how to conduct her wedding. Some are useful, some are just confusing and are plain wrong. Let's try to clear up a few key points. The particular application of many church customs and laws regarding marriage are left up to the disgressien of the individual pastor. They can change with the needs or traditions of the town, neighborhood, or diocese. Therefore, the pastor or parish curate should be consulted first, early, and before other preparations are made. Remember, most priests can recall the great and solemn days of ordination and first Mass at the beginning of their priestly life. So they will be anxious to help make your great day of marriage a memorable one. But there may be a hundred or more weddings at your parish every year, and certain regula- tions and customs must be observed for the good of all. Now to specifics: First of all TIME: I have had requests ranging from 9:30 on Saturday evening by candleligbt, to 12 o'clock Mass on Sunday. Be reasonable about the hour you want for your nuptial Mass and try not to ask for any exceptions from the normal Mass schedule. Be on time for your wedding practices and make sure the rest of the bridal party is prompt. And girls, let's not have any superstitions about the bride not participating in the practice. Be on time for your own wed- ding. If you show up at 10:20 for your 10 o'clock wedding, you may well meet the casket from the 11 o'clock funeral as you come back down the aisle. PHOTOGRAPHS: Each parisb has different customs as to what the photog- rapher is permitted to do and what lights and equipment he can use. My own opinion is--keep photographers out of the sanctuary. I've had them stand so close I didn't know if I was to marry the bride to the groom or to the photgrapher. In passing, you really don't need all those pictures of great aunt Bessie and second cousin Louie, nor yet the ones of the bride brushing her teeth and the bridegroom shining his shoes. Use a little restraint. ATTENDANTS: For the wedding party there are really only two necessary and official witnesses, the best man, and the maid or matron of honor. Others in the wedding party are decorative, but non- essential. In many dioceses if it is a mixed marriage, or if either the bride or bridegroom is a convert, one of the official wit- nesses may be a non-Catholic. (Editor's note: this holds true in the Archdiocese of Seattle.) If both parties are Catholics, special chancery permission must be sought for a non-Catholic official witness. Usually there is no problem about non-Catholics simply being members of the wedding party. These practices differ with dioceses and circum- stances. Check with your parish .priest in each case before you invite non-Catholics to participate in your wedding. This will avoid strain, disappointment, and confusion. DRESS: Your dearest friends will be with you on this important day. You all want to be beautifully dressed. Fine, but remember the element of cost-especially for bridesmaids. Those extra-special yellow plastic pumps may mean you are condemning friend Janice to no lunches for two weeks. RECEPTION: Wedding receptions are wonderful. Christ Himself came to one. Make it a good party, but don't impoverish the father of the bride. Try not to outdo friends and acquaintances who have gone down the aisle before. Keep it simple. Be sure that at your wedding Christ wouldn't want to change some of the wine back to water! Make sore all members of the bridal party know that they are expected to receive Communion. I presume you will be married at Mass. It is the source and fount of all the sacraments, including marriage, and there is no better place to begin your wedded life than at the foot of the Cross, the greatest moment of true love. Leaflet missals for the nuptial Mass are a wonderful way for your bridal party and friends to participate in the nuptial prayers and liturgy of this Mass. In these lastdays at home be kinder and more considerate to your parents, brothers and sisters than ever. The many arrangements, the emutional strain, the waiting, the little dis- appointments may tend to make you "touchy". This is normal But it's no excuse for temper and prima donna tactics. Though the last weeks of preparation are a little hectic, don't get lost in the froth and frills. Take some time to reflect on 'the holy thing which you are about to do. One morning very soon, kneeling on the platform of the altar, nearer Our Lord than per- haps you have ever been, you will give yourself in total love to another person forever and begin the long adventure that is marriage in Christ. Together you start at the foot of the altar and end only at the feet of God. Who makes the finest of the fine California Ports? PRODUCED AND BOTTLED BY THE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS, NAPAe /