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2--THE PROGRESS Friday, Dec. 20, I%3 The Wise Men In Battle Dress I New Consultors By PATRICIA YOUNG HE Christmas I will never forget was spent in London during World War II. The bomb- ing was at its height, and following the heroic tragedy of Dunkirk, London was  staggering after a year of massLve air raids. Day after day and night after night, squadrons of German bombers had got through the anti-air- craft defences -- at first with land mines and a few aerial tor- pedoes which could snake thro.ugh a factory, hospital or school; then came the great monsters which could flatten an acre of homes and hundreds of thousands of "doodle bugs" which came unmanned from the shores of France. Canfeen Friends : Our routine was one of going to work only to spend half the time cleaning up rubble and the rest diving for cover under desks or trying to peck at a typewriter in a basement shelter. Our nights were mostly spent in back yard bomb shelters, our restless sleep broken by the need to get up and bail water from the sump or race out with buckets of sand and shovels to put out fire bombs. My job throughout the war was with the Lord Mayor of Lon- don, assisting in sorting and distributing "Bundles for Britain" which came from all over the world Two nights a week were spent as a volunteer with a mobile canteen which went around during the air raids serving hot tea and buns to victims, fire- men and policemen. One other night was spent as a waitress at a serviceman's canteen, which was how I came to meet "The Wise Men in Battle Dress." That year, with Christmas approaching, we were really be- ginning to feel the pinch of food rationing. Our "one egg a month" was always given to the children. Our two ounces of butter a week was gone after two or three meals. An individ- ual meat ration for the week amounted to a couple of chops or half a pound of hamburger. An average family spent some 42 hours a week in various queues, different members taking different queues for every- thing from pork and beans to apples and potatoes. . Out of this grim situation developed our unique and com- pletely unofficial Christmas fund. It began simply enough when :I told a couple of sergeants from Texas and New York about a certain children's hospital in the East End of London. Most of the youngsters were injured: or in shock, having lost their par- ents, and in some instances, their entire families in the bombing iraids. The next time I saw these friends, they brought a duffle ,'bag full of candy, canned goods and Christmas cake they had ilreceived from their families in the U.S. Later, some Canadians who'd "taken" a couple of Americans !in a crop game, donated their winnings toward purchasing the few (odd toys which merchants and wholesalers managed to drag up ifrom the basement. The corner of my office began to fill up with ;old fashioned lead soldiers, tough rubber balloons and a few dolls with matted blond hair. It was not. until a couple of days efore Christmas that Hank came and :psked casually: "How are you going to deliver this stuff?" .. While it had already occurred to me to send it out in the "Mobile Canteen, something in Hank's face caused me to hesi- ,tate and look confused. He dumped two colorful afghans on my ;desk and grinned from ear to ear. "Don't worry, honey, we'll get a jeep," he said. "See you tomorrow about five." i Respife From Raids r , : Christmas that year was crisp; cold:and snowy, which was perhaps why we had a few nights without raids. The respite :gave us time to catch up on much needed sleep and scour the marketplaces for a few Christmas extras. Our combined family meat ration for the week added up to a dandy three pound roast of beef which we intended to jazz up iyith sausage meat and walnut stuffing and a jar of hoarded jor Grey's Indian chut::. ::/:,,, ! ii!' But it was Christmaffd [aI Was!strong: in our hearts, All it meant was hangingthe'Christmas star between the sand- T.V" RADIO gO 8x10 Color Picture of Browse in he friendly atmos- phere of our book department. You'll be pleased with the selection of hard and pa- per-backs with their wide spec- trum of titles to fit your reading moods. Stop in and convince yourself that for Catholic readers, the Catholic Gift Shop is the place for Bibles, mis- sals and current r O :atholic Gifts & :hurch Goods Inc: Union Street MUtual 2-3929 i POPE PAtlL Vl w;fh every NEW SUBSCRIPTION of the CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS MA. 2"8880 I.Imlted Supply of Plsfures Is Available Classified advertising gets results in The Progress. Home to sell, buy or rent? Call MAin 2-8880, Extension 21 and solve your problems the easy way. MINNIS'S Chrisfmas Trees AT 2-744Z 420 EIIiote Ave. West Seattle FREE: 2-ft. Children'* Tree wifh eech. [ Family Tree Purchase. y i i OFFICE SUPPLIES PRINTING OFFICE FURNITURE 115 Semesa Street MAin 2-1440 TRICK g MURRAY I .e.  bags at the entrance to the bomb shelter instead of over the Christmas tree in the living room. The tiny figurines of our Nativity scene were given space at the foot of one of the bunks where the children slept. Mama was finishing her umteenth pair of socks and the youngsters were kept busy crayoning Christmas cards. When I met Hank on Christmas Eve, I was not too surprised to find most of the gang with him -- Yankees, Canucks, Free French and Poles alike. Steamy-breathed, their heads swathed with knitted balaclava helmets, tin hats and scarves, they helped load the jeep like children going on a picnic. We climbed aboard and headed through the bomb-scarred streets toward London's East End, an area which had borne the brunt of the bombing because of its congestion of docks, ware- houses and factories. Crews were still making pathways through the l"ubble on many of the streets. Power lines were looped down like silver and grey decorations. Once, a policeman blew his whistle for us to back up because of exposed high voltage wires. We sang Christmas carols. The matron of the tiny East London hospital met us, and somehow recognized the homesickness in these young soldiers from overseas. And while the nurses helped carry the foodstuffs into the kitchen, the boys took their gifts of toys and blankets into the ward. The children, 30 or more, lay silent and apathetic, some whimpering while others just stared blankly at the walls and ceiling. The bedcovering was clean but worn- the windows decorated with a few paper chains. A child clutched a doll made from a knotted handkerchief, while another played with a truck without wheels. Yet, even when the soldiers began to distribute toys, the children remained solemn and silent. When a plane passed overhead, their eyes darted to the windows as they shrank beneath the covers. Soon, only the box of warped balloons remained. Hank began to blow them up. It was tough going, but we soon had half a dozen of them bouncing in the air. A child giggled when one popped and Hank pretended to fall flat on his back. Before long, eight men in battle dress were putting on an impromptu clown act of having someone accidentally step on his naked big toe provoked laughter no matter how many times it occurred. Party Over Matron had to finally call a halt to the party because it was way past time for lights out. We left the ward to the sound of happy goodbyes. Out on the street again, the jeep emptied of its SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 7:45 a.m., Hear of SI. Francis, KXA- Radio 770 ke.) "Why the Chimes Rang" Is the Christmas story of a mysterious force which rings the chimes In a cathedral on Christmas' eve because of what two little boys do to give o worthy gift tO the Ci'lst :Child" on His birthday. 9:15 a.m., Sacred Heart Program, KIRO-TV, Channel 7. The Rev. Joseph Christie, S.J., Eng- lish radio and television speaker, will talk or "Are You Integrated." 3:30 p.m. Directions '64 KOMO-TV, Channel 4. "In Such a Night," a play of breth- erhood and enduring faith, dramatizes the events surrounding the birth of a child In. a small Roman chatel on Christmas .Eve. p.m,, Challenge, KOMO-TV, Channel 4. The Ray'. William Treacy, Dr. Lyon. Carson and Rabbi .Raphael Levlne are shown in a repeat telecast, "The Spirit of Challenge." The three men will be in their regular roles of priest, mini- ster and rabbi, conducting Christmas and Hanukkoh services in their respec- tive places of worship. 7:15 p.m., sacred Heart Program, KTVW-TV, Channel 13. The Rev. Waltel; J. Burghardt, S.J., managing editor of Theological Studies at Weadstock:College, Maryland, will speak on '!Tile.Problem of Loss," In the series on !'Theology and Human Living." TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Midnight, Christmas Mass, KOMO-TV, Channel 4. The solemn high Mass, presented from the National Shrine of the Im- inoculate Conception in Washington, D.C., will be celebrated by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Grady, director of the shrine.. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2S dk30 p.m., Art Llnklefler, KOMO-TV, Channel 4. The Llnkletter family tell the story of their pilgrimage fo the scene of Christ's birth and mlnlsh/ In the HoW Land. : Apostasy is the complete renunc. iation of the Christian faith by one who has been baptized. SUNNY JIM EXTENDS BEST WISHES FOR Christmas . and for a Prosperous 1964 act. One of them discovered a hole in his sock, and the little gifts and our hearts filled with the warmth and love of Christmas gift giving, Hank commented on the abject poverty of the slum area. I offered to show them around, stating simply: "I was born here." We found the street where I had once lived. At least, we found a six block area.of rubble where a few people with wagons and buggies still foraged around for their simple possessions. We found the remains of the school I had attended. It had been in the news some nmnths before because 300 people had died there when it was bombed, having taken up their abode in the classrooms after being bombed out of their homes. We found the factory where I had once worked as an IBM operator; it was now a prime target of the Nazis because it produced many of the nation's food and gasoline ration cards. Along the way, I met three people who recognized me with surprise, thinking that my family had been wiped out in the mass attack upon the docks. I explained how we had been among those people picked up by a local coal trucking company and taken to Epping Forest before being re-located. They in turn told tragic stories of dozens of families in the neighborhood who had been killed. One old lady we met, a Polish friend of my mother, who confessed that she was living in a bombed-out house without gas, light, water or heat, wore her civilian gas mask over her shoulder in a jaunty, green plastic case. Her basket of groceries contained a few potatoes, cabbage, candles and something wrapped in newspaper. Asking me to give her regards to my family, her grey eyes, sunken beneath her black knitted shawl, swept over us. "Merry Christmas and God bless you," she murmured. I knew then that Hank and Harry and Chuck were seeing the war from a new perspective. This was war on the "home front" where the only weapons were a stiff upper lip and the ability to duck quickly. This was the spirit of the British people in all its naked guts and glory. I believe it was Hank who, with peculiar an- guished anger, finally said: "Let's find a church." Peace On Earth There was only one which came to mind, of course. My church--the one where I bad been baptised and where, as a child, I had sat squirming in the front pew; where I had made my First Communion and been confirmed. It was difficult to find at first because of the hundreds of acres of bombed streets. The railroad station was a landmark which got us there finally and the church was the same except for a jagged hole in the rooL shattered windows and some fire bomb scars in the school playground. Not many of my soldier friends were Catholic and one of them was a slightly-built Jewish boy from New York. But the common bond of brotherhood and prayer united us as we knelt down. I could not know what was in the hearts of my little army of Wise Men in battle dress, but my prayer was for peace among men of good will. Today, some 20 years later, I often wonder where these friends are. One of them is a lawyer in New York, I know, and another helps run his father's business in Texas. But wherever they are--in France, Canada or Britain, I feel sure that each one will remember that special Christmas of babies, bombs and balloons. I trust too that they will remember to pray for "peace on, earth among men of good will." ACC Sponsoring 'Sound of Music' GETTING INTO the spirit of the "Sound of Music," Broadway hit musical about the Trapp Family Singers, are, - from left, Christina Smith, Barbara Brindle and Ann Codling, all members of the Junior Association for Catholic Childhood. The Association for Catholic Childhood, to which the girls' mothers belong, will sponsor the opening night of the musical at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at the Opera House. Mrs. William Kay is chairman of the affair, assisted by Mrs. Joseph Michael and Mrs. Kyran Hynes. Mem- bers of both Junior and Senior Circles are selling tickets for the event, which will benefit the needy and dependent children cared for by the Catholic Children's Services of the Archdiocese. Tickets are available at the Bon Marche ticket office, Bell, Book and Candle in Bellevue, Waiters Studio in the University District and Farmer's Music in Burien. (Photo by W. C. Heib Jr.) a jftof re L hart use Chartreuse Liqueur is one of the most appreciated gifts you can select for any friend with a taste for good living. Chartreuse has a colorful history dating back to 1605 when the Marshal d'Estr&s gave the recipe to the Carthusian Friars. Today, this distinctive liqueur is still produced by the Monks near the Monastery of La Grande Chartreuse in France. Chartreuse is available in both bottles and half bottles in gift cartons. CHARTREUSE Yellow 86 Proof Green 110 Proof For an illustrated booklet on the stOry of Chartreuse, write: Schieffefin & Co., 30 Cooper Square, N. Y'Dept. 12 ;Accompany Pope Paul (Continued from Page I) the hart-. Thmr are Archbishop Antonio Samore, Secretary for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical f- fairs; Archbishop Angelo Dell- 'Acqua, Undersecretary for Ordinary Affairs; and Msgr. Er;.esto Camagni, Chancellor of Apostolic Briefs. Other persons who will be in the Pope's entourage, it was learned, will include: Msgr. William A. Carew, a priest of the Archdiocese of S:. John's, Newfoundland, who is the head of the English desk of the See- :i RT. REV. MSGR. PHILIP H. DUFFY RT. REV. MSGR. JOHN P. DOOGAN '":" .......... :::':+"::": : " ::::::::i:i i. REV. DENNIS F. MUEHE (Continued from Page 1) maculate Conception Grade School, Seattle, before enter- ing St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore, in 1935. After com- pleting his studies for the priesthood at St. Edward's, Msgr. Doogan was ordained June 1, 1946, in St. James Cathedral by the Most Rever- end Charles D. White, D.D., Bishop of Spokane. His first appointment was as assistant at St. Catherine Parish, Seattle. In May, 1948, Monsignor was assigned as assistant at St. Michael Parish, Olympia, and as resident chaplain at St. Peter's Hospital, Olympia. He became pastor of St. Philip Parish, Woodland, in 1952, and has been principal of Blanchet High School since 1953, after receiving a master's degree in education at Seattle University in 1955. He is also chaplain at Provi- dence Heights and was named notary of the Archdiocesan matrimonial tribunal in 1946. He w; invested as a monsig- nor May 5, 1963, by Archbishop Connolly. Father Muehe The Rev. Dennis Freel Muehe was born June 30, 1928, in Seat- tle, son of Mrs. Charles E. Muehe and the late Mr. Muehe. The family home is at 6251 Sycamore St., Seattle. Father Muehe attended St. John's School, in Seattle, and then entered St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore, in 1942. He was ordained by Archbishop Connolly May 15, 1954, in St. James Cathedral. His first as- signment was as assistant at REV. JOHN P. DOHERTY St. James Cathedral in 1954, and he has been chaplain at' Providence Hospital and assist- ant at the Church of the Im- maculate. He attended the Catholic University of America and received a master's degree in social work in 1955. The same year, Father Muehe was ap.ointed Assistant Arch- diocesan Director of Catholic Charities and became Director in 19:?. He is now in residence in St. Anne Parish. Father Doherty The Rev. John P. Doherty was born July 18, 1928, in Ta- coma, Washington. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Doherty, live at 422 North Gove St., Ta- c:-1a. Father Doherty attended Holy Cross Grade School and Bel- larmine High School, both of Tacoma, before entering St. Edward's Seminary, Kenmore, in 1943. After completing his studies for the priesthood at St. Edward's, Father DohertY was ordained May 15, 1954, in St. James Cathedral by the Most Reverend Thomas A. Con- nolly, Archbishop of Seattle. His first appointment was as curate at St. James Cathedral. In October, 1955, he was as- signed to the Catholic Univer- sity of America where he earned a degree of Doctor Of Phitoso,hv in Education. He was named Archdiocesan As- sistant Superintendent of Schools Nov. 14, 1958. Father Doherty is director of the Confraternity of Chris- tian Doctrine. He is in resi- dence at St. Peter Parish, Seattle. 2,366 Seats To Fill For Movie Premiere (Continued from Page 1) col, yes. But not worried. If you were falling out of an air- plane at 25,000 feet, you'd be crazy to "worry" about it. Having seven children, I sup- pose I could be considered an "average" member. In other words, I am up to my armpits in diapers, peanut butter, home- work, Cardinal posters, tickets, mimeograph paper, stencil cor- rection fluid, phone calls, letter writing and aspirin. But would we exchange all this for the quiet lives we formerly led? Don't ask. "The Cardinal's" t i c k e t sales campaign has b e e n fraught with drama and col- or. One evening, Mrs. Vern Raschko, of St. Teresa Par- ish, received a telephone call from the chairman of Patron tickets, Mrs. Jack Fecker of St. Joseph Parish. "Say, Dorothy," i n q u i r e d Mrs. Fecker, "I was wondering if you could buzz over here with the rest of the lists. I have to finish the Patrons' mailing to- night." "Oh, plenty of time for that," Mrs. Raschko said. "I don't think you have to hurry." "Well, I do and I don't," re- plied her caller pleasantly. "I'm having labor pains every twenty minutes, but I think I can finish the mailing first if She did, too. Pitted against the sauce of a girl like that, what chance does a mere stork have? I wouldn't be surprised if she sold him a ticket while she kept him waiting. If you don't have anything to do this evening, why don't you surrender quietly? Quick last-minute change of plans-- The Fifth Avenue Theatre box office will be open all day from noon, and tickets sold at the box office will benefit the CYO. General admission is $2, Patron's. $5. The pre- miere will begin at 8 p.m. The theatre has 2,366 seats so don't feel that you'll be crowding us. Actually, we could make one last-ditch attempt for a sell-out, but we're afraid Father Moffat might frown on iL Cardinal Cushing sponsored the movie's world premiere in Boston De- cember 11, and we would like to send him a telegram w[ would read as follows: YOUR GRACE STOP HOPE THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE CARDINAL WAS A SUC- CESS STOP WE ARE SPON- SORING THE SEATTLE PRE- MIERE WONDER IF YOU COULD HELP US OUT STOP WILL YOU PLEASE BAN THE FILM IN BOSTON RUSH THE I CARROLL CLUB AUXILIARY. retariat of State; Raimondo Y 0 U H U R R Y U P W I T H Well, we've tried everything Manzini, editor of L'Osserva- THOSE LISTS." else. tore Romano, Vatican City dailyi Mr' Marl Fntana' the LyR fShdl Popes physician; Archbishop a etrea u Enrico Dante, Prefect of the Papal Masters of Ceremonies; and Msgr. Veto Gemmiti, the The Pcdisades Visitation Retreat master of ceremonies assigned (Men's Retreat Hom) (Women's Retreat Houie) r to Pope Paul when he came to Rome as a cardinal. The Pope's personal secre- December 27-29 .... tary, Father Pasquale Macchi, will go along, as will his valet, No Retreat No Retreat Franco Ghezzi, and Cardinal Cicognani's secretary, Msgr. January 3-5 Achille Silvestrini. Holy Rosary, Seattle Young Ladies' Institute