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Page Twenty-Two The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESg SEATTLE JOHN W. GRAHAM Co. -. ,. School Supplies 111! Fourth Ave. EL. 6255 BURKE MILL00TORK Wishes You a Merry Christmas and Prosperity in the New Year N. 34th and Fremont ME. 012 TO BUILD NORTHWEST PAYROLLS... BUY NORTHWEST PRODUCTS HOLIDAY GREETINGS HANSEN'S BROILER BAKED BREAD HANSEN BAKING CO. OLYMPIC BREAD CO. 600 1st No. CA, 0040 BIDDLE & CHOWTHER CO. Complete Hospital Equipment We Rent Hospital Beds, Wheel Chairs, Sun Lamps and Sick Room Supplies 321 Seneca St. St. 4466 BOSTON CABINET & FIXTURE SHOP CABINETS OF ALL KINDS I:ixtures, Alterations and Repairsr Lumber, Millwork e A Complete Woodworking Service 220 EKE CA. 7121 CHRISTMAS GREETINGS A & R RADIO SERVICE 1318 E. PIKE ST. PR. 5465 l DAY & NIGHT SAFE DEPOSIT VAULTS, INC. 507 3RD AVE. 1MAIN 0722 DURHAM'S AUTO UPHOLSTERING Seat Covers, Truck and Boat Covers ,Sport Tops - Service - Quality Workmanship 307 E. Pike St. SE. 2851 I Mercer Dress Shop | 17 Mercer St. Buy at the Mercer Dress Shop For Smart Styles, Dresses, Slacks, Play Suits, Blouses, Lingerie and Millinery. ALDER 1004 A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR MARS ELECTRIC CO. 309 Occidental EL. 4858 IF NO ANSWER EV. 0925 R.. De Sleister Inc. CONTRACTOR - BUILDER CEMENT WQRK 14521 15th Ave. N.E. SHERIDAN 7422 618 6TH AVE. SO. SEASONS GREETINGS OWL TRANSFER & STORAGE CO. MAIN 1650 SPOTLIGHTS AND COLORED LIGHTING UNITS Now Available--To Buy or Rent We Make All Types of Draperies for Church, Stage or Homes in Our Own Workroom= Scenic & Lighting Studio 2410 1ST AVE. SE. .04 Western Optkal Dispensary, Inc. 507 Olive Way MAin 5119 Medical-Dental Bldg. We Fill Optical Prescriptions For All Persons WESTERN TRACTOR AND EQUIPMENT CO. 2230 ].St _So. MAin 5180 VERNON SCOTT CO. 3229 Western Ave. Your Wholesale Source for Paper, Twine and Janitor Supplies ALD. 1700. HALL'S fkSH FURNITURE C0. 5th Ave. No. & Thomas St. EL,. 7864 UNPAINTED FURNITURE Cabinets Built to Order I I PIKE ST. PAIHT & GLASS CO. l I See Us for Everything in I Paint and Glass J 910 East Pike Street SEATTLE MILK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION ) 635 ELLIOTT AVE. W. CA. 7180 From An Army Chaplain's Notebook By REV. JOHN LONG, S.J. OT HE READER: In October, 1945, I went to Chitose, Hokkaido, with the 309bh Bomb Wing. There, in a little town not far from. Chit- ose, I met Father David Miebach, a Fran- ciscan Missionary, who became, unwit- tingly, my spiritual father and moder- ator. Father David, I am sure, had no studied campaign.. The simplicity, and holiness of his life did the wdrk for him. I wish more of my fellow Americans could meet Father David in person and not through the medium of these poorly wrought sketches. They would find the experience satisfying and stimulating. It was Father Joseph Donahue who in- duced me to put these papers together for publication. Although he has never met Father David he thinks the Fran- ciscan Missionary is wonderful. JOHN LONG, S.J. JUST LIKE ME Strikes, Boundaries, Teheran, Juvenile Delinquency, "the Bear, Atomic Power, Spain, Bilbao. Lift your head! In Japan I met a Ger- man Franciscan Missionary Priest who had then been on the island of Hokkaido for thirty-six years. Twenty years be- fore he had made a trip to Tokyo. An excursion was granted him by his "superi- ors, I think, because he elected to be- come a Japanese citizen. Only a Japan- ese citizen could hold property of any kind in Japan, and soneone had to hold the Church property there. But Father David in his little Church nestled in the crook of a country road, has the timeless-, hess of Christ, the timelessness of the Church. Only a few souls converted; a handful of parishioners; limited always by hostility and suspected during the war; shepherd'of an orphanage and a group of nuns! Not an impressive rec- ord in the evening of his life. Yet he is happy, convinced thatone soul, just one, is precious in the sight of God. I was proud the day Father David told me he had explained me to a heathen neighbor as an American Army Chaplain. He said to his neighbor, ,who wrestled with the word "Chaplain": "You know! He is just like me." The reaction of the Japanese was: "Well, the Americans can't be so bad, after all!" Gosh! Was I proud! Not proud that I was an American, proud that I was a Catholic, a priest, just like him, proud that I was like one who is Christlike. It's bizzare of course, but I wish God could say: "I have a million of them!" FATHER DAVID Many of the lads over there didn;t think that the time went very fast. Me! I didn't know where my time went. "Why, I realized one day that it was almost time for me to keep my date with Father David and his nuns at the orphanage over in Hiroshima on the fifth of Feb- ruary. Hiroshima! No! Not the Hir0- shima you know about. This is another Hiroshima, a little village on the island of Hokkaido. Nobody in America ever heard of this one, but the Japanese knew about it for, during the war, they quar- tered troops in the orphanage and the convent. Father David told me about that time and I shall pass the story along to you later. You will enjoy it. Right now I want to tell you about my last date with Father David. In December, Father David had invited me over to say Mass for his little parish. He is a wise one, that Father David, for he knew that his parishioners would be pleased to have an American Jesuit say Mass for them on the celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier. He couldn't have the celebration on the third of December, for that was a week day, and all his parishioners ae farmers, and farmers were very busy and very important people in Japan at that time, even more important than the Em- peror of Japan, so with Christian econo- my Father David would have the cele- bration on the following Sunday. That way he would not fail Our Lady, either, whose Feast is on the eighth of Decem- ber. It was too bad, but the eighth of December fell on a Saturday, too. Father David explained all that to me very carefully. He did not want me to misunde.rstand. Some honor had to be paid to Our Lady, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is not a holy day of obligation in Japan. Although Saint Francis Xavier is a very important saint in the history of the Japanese Church, no one can slight Our Lady. I under- stood, for, after all, did not Stirit Francis Xavier arrive in Japan on the fifteenth of August, 1549, and did not that con- secrate Japan forever to Our Lady? Father David conducted me to his rec- tory. It is small, too, and I had learned to bend whenever I approached a door. Naturally, there is nothing pretentious about his home! Three rooms, paper thin walls; a study, a bedroom and -- the most elaborate -- a room in readiness always for the bishop. I wanted to chat with him in his study, but he thought that it was not good enough for me. I had to follow him to the bishop's room. So there we. sat and talked about things that priests talk about, wherever they foregather all the world over, the Church, her friends and her enemies. Usually it is a sad subject, for the enemies far outnumber the friends, or at least they are more active. That day it was different. I heard all about Father David's 110 Catholics. There was no self-consciousness in his telling me that he rose every morning (Continued on page 23} SEASON'S GREETINGS Wats0n-Hall C0. STOVE OIL - DIESEL OIL - COAL W00O . Briquets 631 N. 95th St., at Fremont DExter 0065 SHAMEK ACCORDION PLEATING & BUTTON WORKS Tailored and Purled Buttonholes Ranke Building MAin 5350 CHRISTMAS GREETINGS WESTERN REFRIGERATION CO. ervicing All Types of Refrigerator= Commercial, Marine and Domestic 3200 HARVARD NO. CA. 2000 NELSON SEWING MACHINE CO. 1524 First Ave. MAIn 6646 Repairs, Parts and Supplies for All Makes of Sewing Machines Nieder and Marcus, Inc. MACHINERY 3423 Klickitat EL. 3225 HENRIKSOH CONSTRUCTION CO. 4025 STONE WAY EVergreen 1996 Page Twenty-Two The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESg SEATTLE JOHN W. GRAHAM Co. -. ,. School Supplies 111! Fourth Ave. EL. 6255 BURKE MILL00TORK Wishes You a Merry Christmas and Prosperity in the New Year N. 34th and Fremont ME. 012 TO BUILD NORTHWEST PAYROLLS... BUY NORTHWEST PRODUCTS HOLIDAY GREETINGS HANSEN'S BROILER BAKED BREAD HANSEN BAKING CO. OLYMPIC BREAD CO. 600 1st No. CA, 0040 BIDDLE & CHOWTHER CO. Complete Hospital Equipment We Rent Hospital Beds, Wheel Chairs, Sun Lamps and Sick Room Supplies 321 Seneca St. St. 4466 BOSTON CABINET & FIXTURE SHOP CABINETS OF ALL KINDS I:ixtures, Alterations and Repairsr Lumber, Millwork e A Complete Woodworking Service 220 EKE CA. 7121 CHRISTMAS GREETINGS A & R RADIO SERVICE 1318 E. PIKE ST. PR. 5465 l DAY & NIGHT SAFE DEPOSIT VAULTS, INC. 507 3RD AVE. 1MAIN 0722 DURHAM'S AUTO UPHOLSTERING Seat Covers, Truck and Boat Covers ,Sport Tops - Service - Quality Workmanship 307 E. Pike St. SE. 2851 I Mercer Dress Shop | 17 Mercer St. Buy at the Mercer Dress Shop For Smart Styles, Dresses, Slacks, Play Suits, Blouses, Lingerie and Millinery. ALDER 1004 A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR MARS ELECTRIC CO. 309 Occidental EL. 4858 IF NO ANSWER EV. 0925 R.. De Sleister Inc. CONTRACTOR - BUILDER CEMENT WQRK 14521 15th Ave. N.E. SHERIDAN 7422 618 6TH AVE. SO. SEASONS GREETINGS OWL TRANSFER & STORAGE CO. MAIN 1650 SPOTLIGHTS AND COLORED LIGHTING UNITS Now Available--To Buy or Rent We Make All Types of Draperies for Church, Stage or Homes in Our Own Workroom= Scenic & Lighting Studio 2410 1ST AVE. SE. .04 Western Optkal Dispensary, Inc. 507 Olive Way MAin 5119 Medical-Dental Bldg. We Fill Optical Prescriptions For All Persons WESTERN TRACTOR AND EQUIPMENT CO. 2230 ].St _So. MAin 5180 VERNON SCOTT CO. 3229 Western Ave. Your Wholesale Source for Paper, Twine and Janitor Supplies ALD. 1700. HALL'S fkSH FURNITURE C0. 5th Ave. No. & Thomas St. EL,. 7864 UNPAINTED FURNITURE Cabinets Built to Order I I PIKE ST. PAIHT & GLASS CO. l I See Us for Everything in I Paint and Glass J 910 East Pike Street SEATTLE MILK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION ) 635 ELLIOTT AVE. W. CA. 7180 From An Army Chaplain's Notebook By REV. JOHN LONG, S.J. OT HE READER: In October, 1945, I went to Chitose, Hokkaido, with the 309bh Bomb Wing. There, in a little town not far from. Chit- ose, I met Father David Miebach, a Fran- ciscan Missionary, who became, unwit- tingly, my spiritual father and moder- ator. Father David, I am sure, had no studied campaign.. The simplicity, and holiness of his life did the wdrk for him. I wish more of my fellow Americans could meet Father David in person and not through the medium of these poorly wrought sketches. They would find the experience satisfying and stimulating. It was Father Joseph Donahue who in- duced me to put these papers together for publication. Although he has never met Father David he thinks the Fran- ciscan Missionary is wonderful. JOHN LONG, S.J. JUST LIKE ME Strikes, Boundaries, Teheran, Juvenile Delinquency, "the Bear, Atomic Power, Spain, Bilbao. Lift your head! In Japan I met a Ger- man Franciscan Missionary Priest who had then been on the island of Hokkaido for thirty-six years. Twenty years be- fore he had made a trip to Tokyo. An excursion was granted him by his "superi- ors, I think, because he elected to be- come a Japanese citizen. Only a Japan- ese citizen could hold property of any kind in Japan, and soneone had to hold the Church property there. But Father David in his little Church nestled in the crook of a country road, has the timeless-, hess of Christ, the timelessness of the Church. Only a few souls converted; a handful of parishioners; limited always by hostility and suspected during the war; shepherd'of an orphanage and a group of nuns! Not an impressive rec- ord in the evening of his life. Yet he is happy, convinced thatone soul, just one, is precious in the sight of God. I was proud the day Father David told me he had explained me to a heathen neighbor as an American Army Chaplain. He said to his neighbor, ,who wrestled with the word "Chaplain": "You know! He is just like me." The reaction of the Japanese was: "Well, the Americans can't be so bad, after all!" Gosh! Was I proud! Not proud that I was an American, proud that I was a Catholic, a priest, just like him, proud that I was like one who is Christlike. It's bizzare of course, but I wish God could say: "I have a million of them!" FATHER DAVID Many of the lads over there didn;t think that the time went very fast. Me! I didn't know where my time went. "Why, I realized one day that it was almost time for me to keep my date with Father David and his nuns at the orphanage over in Hiroshima on the fifth of Feb- ruary. Hiroshima! No! Not the Hir0- shima you know about. This is another Hiroshima, a little village on the island of Hokkaido. Nobody in America ever heard of this one, but the Japanese knew about it for, during the war, they quar- tered troops in the orphanage and the convent. Father David told me about that time and I shall pass the story along to you later. You will enjoy it. Right now I want to tell you about my last date with Father David. In December, Father David had invited me over to say Mass for his little parish. He is a wise one, that Father David, for he knew that his parishioners would be pleased to have an American Jesuit say Mass for them on the celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier. He couldn't have the celebration on the third of December, for that was a week day, and all his parishioners ae farmers, and farmers were very busy and very important people in Japan at that time, even more important than the Em- peror of Japan, so with Christian econo- my Father David would have the cele- bration on the following Sunday. That way he would not fail Our Lady, either, whose Feast is on the eighth of Decem- ber. It was too bad, but the eighth of December fell on a Saturday, too. Father David explained all that to me very carefully. He did not want me to misunde.rstand. Some honor had to be paid to Our Lady, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is not a holy day of obligation in Japan. Although Saint Francis Xavier is a very important saint in the history of the Japanese Church, no one can slight Our Lady. I under- stood, for, after all, did not Stirit Francis Xavier arrive in Japan on the fifteenth of August, 1549, and did not that con- secrate Japan forever to Our Lady? Father David conducted me to his rec- tory. It is small, too, and I had learned to bend whenever I approached a door. Naturally, there is nothing pretentious about his home! Three rooms, paper thin walls; a study, a bedroom and -- the most elaborate -- a room in readiness always for the bishop. I wanted to chat with him in his study, but he thought that it was not good enough for me. I had to follow him to the bishop's room. So there we. sat and talked about things that priests talk about, wherever they foregather all the world over, the Church, her friends and her enemies. Usually it is a sad subject, for the enemies far outnumber the friends, or at least they are more active. That day it was different. I heard all about Father David's 110 Catholics. There was no self-consciousness in his telling me that he rose every morning (Continued on page 23} SEASON'S GREETINGS Wats0n-Hall C0. STOVE OIL - DIESEL OIL - COAL W00O . Briquets 631 N. 95th St., at Fremont DExter 0065 SHAMEK ACCORDION PLEATING & BUTTON WORKS Tailored and Purled Buttonholes Ranke Building MAin 5350 CHRISTMAS GREETINGS WESTERN REFRIGERATION CO. ervicing All Types of Refrigerator= Commercial, Marine and Domestic 3200 HARVARD NO. CA. 2000 NELSON SEWING MACHINE CO. 1524 First Ave. MAIn 6646 Repairs, Parts and Supplies for All Makes of Sewing Machines Nieder and Marcus, Inc. MACHINERY 3423 Klickitat EL. 3225 HENRIKSOH CONSTRUCTION CO. 4025 STONE WAY EVergreen 1996