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Official Archbishop's Christmas Message Dearly Beloved in Christ: Again, it is with a feeling of deep and abiding gratitude to God that we utilize this happy occasion to extend to you, gentle readers, our warm, cordial greetings as we prepare to observe the great Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. After an absence of several months at the second session of Vatican Council II, with all the vicissitudes and dangers inherent to global travel even in this modern age, we truly cherish this opportunity. We are indeed grateful to you for the prayers you offered for our safe return. What can we say on Christmas that is new in the way of a greeting? What new approach can be made in the presentation to you of a Christmas mes- sage? What departure can be taken from the age-old and oft times cliche-like sentiments that are utilized to convey good wishes from one to another on this great Feast? How best express the feeling that wells up in our hearts as we anticipate the observance of the Birthday of the Infant Jesus, as we prepare to welcome the Christ Child into the manger of our hearts? No other feast so warms the human heart be- cause Christmas recalls the stupendous fact that Christ so loved the world that He gave His only be- gotten Son to it, that whosoever believes in Him, may not perish but may have life everlasting. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ leaves us helpless in the presence of the amazing humility and limitless love of God for us. Christ became Man to save us and to bring hope and happiness to a world that had been darkened by the sin of our first parents. The Gospel tells the story. The very word "Gospel" means "good tidings of great joy." Only a choir of angels could make known the gospel message of the Incarnation. "There has been born to you today, in the Town of David, a Saviour Who is Christ the Lord." Indeed, the dominant tone, the principal theme of this annually recurring Feast is love. All the aspects of Christian charity and love are here. In a special manner, Christmas joins man to God, and men to each other. Christ becomes the Son of Godmwe are His brothers and brothers of one another. He came on earth to bring love and peace to all mankind and our relations with one another, irrespective of race, creed, color or national origin, must be marked by friendliness, neighborliness, thoughtfulness, forbear- ance, understanding, sympathy and tolerance. Never may we by prejudice, injustice, ignorance, deny to others the blessings, happiness and joy we wish our own friends during this Holy Season. This is the sea- son that makes the whole world kin--that drapes a mantle of benevolence over all of us. Accordingly, there is really no need of a new approach to the observance of this great Feast or of a novel greeting or any unusual expression of con- geniality and good will. Every attempt to retell the story adequately must result in a repetition of the angelic greeting to the shepherds on that first Christ- mas Morn. "Glory to God in the Highest and on earth, peace to men of good will." Good will, born of love, that we hold for the Infant Saviour must mark our every thought and word and deed not only during this Holy Season but throughout every day of the year. We should reflect and meditate quietly and fervently on the great mystery of the Incarnation during these holy days. The Church observes and celebrates these feasts in each recurring year to make us realize their significance and what they mean to and for us. It is our earnest prayer that the Infant Saviour will bless you in abundance with all the gifts you wish for yourselves that will best contribute to your spiri- tual and temporal welfare during this Holy Season and throughout the coming, eventful year. Devotedly yours in Christ, Christmas00An Annual Reminder The days immediately p r e c e d i n g Christmas should be a time of quiet contemplation and reflec- tion on the great Mystery of the Incarnation. Under no circumstances should they be days of unseemly and boistrous rejoicing. Those of the household of the Faith should not be unmindful of the fact that Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, December 18, 20 and 21 are Ember Days; they should not participate in office parties or other types of worldly revelry that are frequently lacking in decency and Christian decorum and often the occasion of grave temptation, sin and scandal. As the Holy Season of Advent draws to a close, we should intensify our preparation for the spiritual celebration of the Feast of the Nativity. It is the an- niversary of the Birth of Jesus Christ, The God-man, the Saviour of the world. This simple but tremendous truth with all its supernatural impli,cations alone gives point and purpose to all the gaiety, the excitement, the gift-giving and the rejoicing. We shall miss the true spirit of Christmas unless we are properly dis- posed to celebrate it as loyal, faithful followers of the Divine Babe of Bethlehem. Christmas Vigil -- Fast And Abstinence By a recent decree the Holy See has provided Catholics who are bound to fast and abstain with the option of fulfilling these obligatLons with reference to the Vigil of Christmas on either the 23rd or the 24th of December. Accordingly, Catholics must ob- serve their obligation of fast and complete abstinence for the Vigil of Christmas on either December 23 or 24. No Evening Mass The privilege, of celebrating Holy Mass in the evening on Holy Days of Obligation and other days throughout the year excludes Christmas and New Year's Day. Episcopal Functions and Appointments All requests for episcopal.functions and appoint- ments, that is, confirmations, commencements, dedL- cations, jubilees, etc., in churches, institutions and for lay organizations during the period of JANUARY- JUNE, 1964, should be made in writiaqg to The Chan- cery, 907 Terry Avenue, Seattle 4, on or before Jan- uary t. Irish Priests Welcomed Archdiocesan Students 'Giving For Christmas' By MARY ELAYNE GRADY It's almost "Christmas in Killarney," but this year, it's without "all of the folks at home." The two "folks" in particular who will be missing are Rev. Brian Hart and Rev. Desmond McArdle, both of who have been assigned to the Archdio- cese. Father Hart has been at St. James Cathcdral, and Father McArdle will assist Rev. Anthony Palmasani at St. Thomas Parish, Riverton. Both Father Hart and Father McArdle were ordained at home in Ireland this past June, and arrived in the United States about the end of Sep- tember. Father Hart stopped in Toronto on his way to visit a brother. One of a family of nine chil- dren (eight boys and one girl). Fathen Hart's home is in Bel- fast, County Antrim. For Father McArdle, one of six chil- dren, home is Rathfriland in County Down. "That's in northern Ireland," both priests emphasized. Father Hart was ordained June 16 after completing his work at the seminary of All Hallows College in Dublin. He is the "senior" of the two Irish priests, since Father McArdle's ordination was June 23 at May- nooth S. finary. The two priests began to learn about the Archdiocese several years ago by reading The Progress. Unfortunately, ON THEIR WAY into the Chancery are Rev. Dennis McArdle, left, and Rev. Brian Hart, newcomers to the Archdiocese. Father Hart recalled, the paper was rather old news because it arrived about a month after publication. "And since I was the last one at the seminary to get the paper when it was Official Christmas Collection Dearly Beloved in Christ: As the beautiful Feast of the Nativity of Our Blessed Saviour approaches may we bring to your attention that the Christmas collection will be for the benefit of our Archdiocesan Catholic Charities as well as for the individual parish. Unfortunate changes in family and every day life have increased the over-all burden of our Arch- diocesan Catholic Charities. On Christmas Day, when charity is traditional, we appeal to you to be as gen- erous as your means will allow. There is no better way of showing your appreciation for the love which shines forth from the Crib than to assist Christ's children who are in want. N.B. The foregoing is to be read at all Masses on Sunday, December 22, and brought to the atten- tion of the people on Christmas Day. Appointments The following have been appointed by our Most Reverend Archbishop to the Board of Archdiocesan Consulters: Rt. Rev. Msgr. John P. Doogan Rt. Rev. Msgr. Philip H. Duffy Rev. John P. Doherty Rev. Dennis Muehe THE CHANCERY By Order of the Most Reverend Archbishop December 20, 1963 passed around, the news was even older," he said. Something of a sportsman, Father McArdle professes an interest in all kinds of athletics, especially football, handball and hurling, "which is like your field hockey," he said. He also has some claim to being a French scholar, a claim which he modified. "Really only a reading knowledge," he insisted. His colleague added further testimony, namely that Father McArdle has quite a sense of humor and a good voice. Father Hart, on the other hand, mentioned nhotography as one of his big interests. He has fond memories, he said, of the deluxe camera which he borrowed from his curate in Ireland. What does Father Hart miss (besides that camera)? "Hedge- rows and stone walls," be said, those familiar characteristics of the Irish countryside. Father McArdle, however, said he doesn't miss anything. Both priests think that it is too early for them to form an opinion about the United States and Seattle. But they had no hesitation about the climate here, which is about the same as their homeland. After all, there has to be some kind of moisture to keep the Emerald Isle so green! The King County Democratic Central Committee proudly announces you may now purchase an exquisite, full-color replica of JOHN F. KENNEDY'S immortal INAUGURAL ADDRESS The original document, created by the world- renowned engrosser, John Ashmore, hangs among the treasured mementos of Former Ambassador Joseph Kennedy. This beautifully done facsimile may be purchased Ln rich cream parchskin at $1.50, or in hermetically sealed plastic at $2.75. Overall size is 14" by 19". This would be a cher- ished Christmas gift for every American family. CLIP and MAIL ,t*,*HnatnHnlut ueuunltHntltPH rnHInnHuIHHIrutr rr Jeanette K. Williams, ohm. King County Democratic Commiwee 402 Times Building, Seattle, Wn. , Please send [] parchskin replica i [] plastic replica i of John F. Kennedy's INAUGURAL ADDRESS i I enclose check money order :" ....o ,.oJoeo, i Postage is Prepaid. Name ..................................... :" Address .................................... i citr ....................................... *Hll*nHn*lt#JHn#mm nHnHunnHnn  n** n* * :n .1 L z J Public and parochial school children ranging from kinder- garteners to high school seniors are setting an impressive ex- ample of Christmas-giving this' month through their Junior Red Cross and High School Red Cross groups. The student-giving includes entertainment, caroling and decorating at hospitals and in- stitutions and a myriad of gifts and favors to be distributed to hospitalized and institutional- ized children and adults, chil- dren of servicemen's families in need, servicemen at remote bases, families hit by home fires and other catastrophes and the paverty-stricken over- seas. Distribution will be through the Seattle-King County Red Cross Chapter. Several Archdiocesan schools are participating. Children at St. Catherine's elementary school were asked Slide Pageant To Tell Story Of Nativity CAMAS -- Finishing touches are being added to the slide film production of the pageant "The Birth of Our Savior" by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine classes of St. Thomas Parish here. The showings will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sun- day, Dec. 21-22, in the parish hall. For the past several weeks, the children of the CCD have been "on location" on a farm with live animals along the riv- er. A set depicts street scenes and St. Joseph's carpenter shop. The ten-day old baby appear- ing in the crib scenes is the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Hart of Camas. Linda Ritter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Ritter, has the part of the Virgin Mary, and Stephen Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Meyer, plays St. Joseph. Dale Beatty will be narrator. The production involves a to- tal of 275 children and is direct- ed by Mrs. Ed Sullivan. Approximately 1 0 0 35mm. slides wore taken by Jerry Best to tell the story of the Nativ- ity. Accompanying the showing of the pictures will be the grade school and high school girls' choirs, directed by Sister Macrina, F.C.S.P. Sponsor of the pageant is the Aquinas Guild. Admission is free. Sparkling Flavorful Distinctive to fill Christmas stockings for distribution through Red Cross, to send special gift boxes, called "Friendship Boxes," overseas and to make tray fav- ors which will be filled with Christmas candies. Also making tray favors are pupils of Sacred Heart elemen- tary school. Forest Ridge Convent stu- dents made or donated cloth- ing for distribution to Tibetan orphans. Girls of Immaculate High School are helping to decorate wards at Veterans' Administra- tion Hospital and are making tree and table decorations for hospitals and institutions. Students of Holy Names Aca- demy have taken on a project in which they will fill "Santa Packs" with toys and other gift items. Forest Ridge Program Today Classes at Forest Ridge Con- vent will be dismissed today for Christmas vacation after the traditional Christmas pro- cession and program. In the annual procession, each child presents a gift for the poor. Afterward, children from the lower grades will give Christ- mas wishes for the faculty and school at the program, which will also include a series of Christmas tableaux. The Lower Junior School Glee Club will accompany the scenes. @ FROM FRANK J. MARIER FRANK A.MARIER, JR. STEPHEN M. 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