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Bishop Appeals to Faithful ]This Paper Is Connected with NCWC Washington News Headquarters b~" |tB Own )',eased Wire, Has Its Own I Special Service, Religious News Service, Inter-Cathofic Press Agency, Fides Service, Mission ~ervices, Religious News Photns and NCWC Picture Service Official Des Moines Issue of The Register System of Catholic Newspapers (Name Registered in the U. S. Patent Office) All in the diocese have been asked to join in making their renewal of the pledge1 gion of Decency following all Masses Sunday, Dec. 14, by the Most Rev Ed-/ Daly, O.P Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines. Catholics throughout the renew their pledge that day as a public affirmation of the Chuch s position be good, entertainment must be moral. ,egion of DecenCy, es- [ by the American ipublic opinion in the field of rnothing more than to recall the in 1934 gives all an imotion picture morality, and specific obligation that Catho- guide and concrete pro-lthe annual pledge has been at lies, and indeed all men, have for the maintenance of forceful instrumentin the]with regard to motion pictures [an moral standards in i cause, even if there were no Legion e entertainment Since! "The pledge is expressed in I of Decency. This is an obliga- in response to the request [general terms and actually doesI (Turn to Page 2- Column 6) r il :the PlotSoXlpilctuhi: ea i Will Visit U.S. Troops [.Oceses in this country liavel A m. A m tlyed ill the pledge on the Sun-[ f"~s,r~,~/'~l ~',',~ll,'~,',~ Dl,~,~e- eartaSt~Ithin~them-O--c-taVYat f'~the~. -- e. ~m ~ - U/UIIlUl O t IIIIIUII /IUII, "ele's. ;~;~[tion, 12, g:eii: 8th Ch i :] nstmas Overseas ament I - - ~ i~IeNult, ne~' chairman of~ New York.--Cardinal Francis many. His second Mass Dec. 25, both lie ~1 e ~, w i , ,on,a~l]e II's. Bishops' Committee/orLSpellman is to spend his mghth will be at the Arrays St. Se- ",~ ~ .lP~oa Pictur~o Radio and lChristmas overseas this year. He bastian's Chapel Frankfurt and olicity t5 1 '. ~ ' . ~levlsl .~.~.+o,~ t,~,th,~ a~n IwIll visit U S servicemen m the third Mass will be at the tr t on "l ' " ' o moral ~'~ol~h and intel-~five countries Germany, Ice- chapel in the Heidelberg Army ctual devplnnmont ne ohiTclr~nlland, Newfoundland, Greenland, area. V t" ae fast buck' horror, pseu-[and GooSe Bay, Labrador, in his The Cardinal will attend the s.Cieace and crime films es-lcapacity ~as Military Vicar of consistories in Vatican City JeCally aimed at voungsters."lthe U. S. Military Ordinariate. Dec. 15-18 and start his visita- ~e en]phasized that the Le-[ His Eminence is to offer Pon- tion of armed forces personnel ~ has been an effective tifical Midnight Mass on Dec. 23. He will journey to the ~e.~eY of the Church in the lmas at the Air Force Base tiara- Rhein-Mainz Air Force Base cited States in crystallizingI erberg Chapel, Wiesbaden, Ger- Dec. 24. He is scheduled to re- ~ turn to the U. S. Jan. 2. The Most Reverend Bishop requests that the Le- of Decency Pledge be taken by the faithful of Moines Diocese at all Masses, in all churches, Dec. 14. PLEDGE of the LEGION OF DECENCY I CONDEMN indecent and immoral motion pic- and those which glorify crime or criminals. PROMISE to do all that I can to strengthen opinion against the production of indecent immoral films and to unite with all who pro- against them. ACKNOWLEDGE my obligation to form a conscience about pictures that are dangerous moral life. As a member of the Legion of De- pledge myself to remain away from them. I PROMISE, further, to stay away altogether of amusement which show them as a of policy. I FURTHER PROMISE that recognizing my of conscience I will not bay or read pa- or books that offend against the vir- purity. Out of love for Our Lord, who Pure souls, I will prize above all things this virtue in thought, word, and deed. Amen. In the eight years that Cardi- nal Spellman has sacrificed Christmas at home, he lhas braved sub-zero temperatures and numerous obstacles to greet service men. His visits have be-- come a tradition that he him- self established. Before one of his departures, His Eminence said: "I really like to go because it puts me in close contact with people It also makes me feel like a parish priest again." In 1957 he visited bases in 11 countries. Heavy Schedule At each base the Cardinal is to offer Pontifical Mass. His schedule includes: De~. 26, Ramstein, Germany; Dec. 27, Keflavik Air Forcg Base, Ice- land; Dec. 28, Ernest Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland; Dec. 29, Thule, Greenland, Air Force Base. Dec. 30 he will leave Thule for the Goose Bay, Labrador, Air Force Base and offer Mass there Dec. 31; and Jan: 1, will be at Argentia naval base, Newfoundland. Cardinal Spellman was ap- pointed Military Vicar Dec. 11, 1939. Two Auxiliary Bishops of the Ordinariate are the Most Rev. William R. Arnold and the Most Rev. Philip J. Furlong. [NCWC Wire] FO ll~ Ire unngs Wonderful Response of Aid t ~"We' cannot mini- Outstanding contributors were cabled that his country joined ragedy of the fire last Samuel Briskin, chairman of the ]in the mourning and Archbishop John C. Heenan of Liverpool, it was horrible and ~- - ~boara of Revere Camera Corn- England' presided there at a But the consoling state-1 th 'pany $25,000" the Newspaper at trom mese asnes, l' ' "1" 000 special Requiem Mass for .the has arisen love. We [Publishers' Association, a u, ; victims: here faith that ,mustlthe Illinois State Council, Untains of doubt, de-r Knights of Columbus, $5,000; xiliary Bishop Ray']Mayor Daley s Youth Founda- at the chil-ltion $5,000" Medinah Shriners' four days after the Temple, $5,000; Plumbers' aster there Dec. 1.Union, $5,000; International MEMBER OF AUDrl- BUREAU OF CIRCUI.AIIONS VOL. XIX. No. 7. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1958 I December Ember Days j j Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, Dec. 17, 19, and 20, are the winter Ember Days--days of fast and abstinence. Complete abstinence from meat, including soups and gravy made from meat, is to be observed on Em- j ber Friday by all who are over seven years of age. I On Wednesday and Saturday persons who are over seven years of age are permitted to eat meat, including soups and gravy made from meat, ONLY ONCE, and that at the principal meal. i/ I .The Vigil of Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 24, the Vigil of Christmas, is a day of strict fast and abstinence. SANTA C'I IC'AKIKIA ST% ANDREA E f'. r'31- w', /~ l~ l f'~ Complete abstinence from meat, including soups and gravy made from meat, must be observed on the AND ANCIENT SAN CLEMENTE Vigil of Christmas by all who are over seven years of age. Persons over21and under 59 years of age are sub- Vatican City.--Three of Rome s historic churches are to be assigned to jeet to the law of fast on the Vigil of Christmas; there- Archbishops Richard J. Cushing, Boston; John F. O'Hara, C.S.C Philadel- fore, they are permitted only one full meal. phia; and Amleto G. Cieognani, Apostolic Delegate, when they are made No dispensation will be granted on Ember Days, Cardinals. John XXIII will formally' announce the titular churches to the or the Vigil, or on Friday, for any so-called office party i new Cardinals in a Consistory. or any other kind of so-called Christmas party. Party- - - Cardinal Cushin to re . " . makers would do better to act in the spirit of Christmas . . cewe the Church of Santa Su- by helping to provide a proper Christmas for the poor sanna. Itis the American church and orphans. Especially in view of the rule of fast rlr e in Rome, staffed by the U. S. which must be observed by those who receive Holy Communion even at the Midnight Mass, the Vigil of Christmas should not be a day for parties, least of all for indulging in strong drink. Drinkers who cannot be dissuaded 'from unrea- sonable conviviality should be reminded that excessive drinking can be also a serious traffic peril and a danger to life and limb not only their own, but their fellow-citizens'. Ill Midnight Mass on Christmas Day 1. This year a Parochial Mass may be offered in every parish church or mission chapel of the diocese at midnight, of Christmas, but no other Mass at that time or immediately following is permitted (can. 821, N. 2). 2. The clergy will take effective means to guard against any irreverence to the Blessed Sacrament or to the sacred place, especially on the occasion oi the Midnight Mass: 3. Besides the Midnight Mass, other Masses should be conveniently offered for the faithful on Christmas Day, but not later than one hour after noon (can. 821, par. 1). No evening Masses are permitted on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. :: :4. Even for the Midnight Mass, "priest anti-faith= fuI, before Holy Mass or Holy Communion respec- tively, must abstain for three hours from solid foods md alcoholic liquids, for one hour from non-alcoholic liquids. Water does not break the fast" (Pius XII: M.p. SACRAM COMMUNIONEM, March 19, 1957, nn. 2 and 3 ). Those who receive Holy Communion at the Mid- night Mass may not receive again on Christmas Day (can. 857) unless the danger of death arises (can. 858, par. 1). Given from our Chancery in Des Moinesl the eighth day of December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, in the year of Our Lord, 1958. EDWARD CELESTIN, O.P. Bishop of Des Moines L.S. Joseph Sondag Chancellor New York.--Cardinal Spell- mau announced that the organ at the National Shrine of the [Immaculate Conception will be in memory of deceased Catholic chaplains and military personnel of both World Wars and Korea THE COMING OF CHRIST "One Whom You Do Not Know" By REv. DANIEL BERRIGAN, S.J. iscious of what is in man, lead It is the genius of each of the lhim to new depths of self- To insure that the finest organ[ will be installed at the Washing- ton shrine, a contract has been signed to purchase one for $250,- 000. In the 1954 Marian Year, chaplains accepted contributions for completing the great shrine. Cardinal Spellman suggested that a fitting memorial would be the organ. To date this fund amounts to $117;000. It is hoped that more funds will be given before the organ is installed. Donors wish- ing to share in this tribute may contact the Military Ordinariate, 30. E 51st Street, New York 22, N. Y. l~xpected to be completed late in 1959, the shrine will be one of the world's largest churches Parish D, Paulist Fathers. Previously it was the titular church of the late Cardinal Edward Mooney of Detroit. and will contain one of the Cardinal O'Hara will be as- world's largest organs. Music signed the imposing Sts. Andrea played on the instrument will e Gregorio Church on the Celian originate from nearly 10,000 Hill. ,San Clemente, one of pipes The smallest of these will Rome s oldest, is to be assigned be less than one-half inch long to Cardinal Cicognani. and no larger than a pencil; the Santa Susanna, in central largest will be more than three downtown Rome, offers easy ac- stories in height, cess from the American Em- From either of two consoles bassy and some hotels. Earliest the entire instrument may be played. There are 10 major divi- sions of the organ. To crown its tones, the Papal trumpet will project its brilliant sound throughout the vast shrine. A plaque to be attached will read: This organ has been do- nated by the Catholic chaplains and Catholic military personnel in honor of the deceased chap- lains and members of the armed forces. It is the voice of the military to remind all who hear it of the heroic sacrifices of 102 Catholic priests and untold thou- sands of war dead and to recall to the living the tremendous price of peace. records of the church date from the seventh century. It was built over the home of the Roman maiden for whom it is named. Dates Back to Gregory the Great San Gregorio dates back to Gregory the Great (590-604). He established a monastery on the Celian Hill and dedicated it to St. Andrew the Apostle. A cen- tury later it was named after Pope Gregory. Its adjacent .monastery has housed Camal- dolese Monks since 1573. San Clemente was built on the (Turn to Page 2 -- Column 3) Paul Units to Reports on Activities for Y Des Moines.--The 14 parish ?onferences of the St. Vincent de* Paul Socf~ty in the Des M0ines area will hold their an- nual report mee'ting~ in Visita- tion Parish hall following the ~8:30 Mass Sunday, Dec. 14. I Bishop Edward C. Daly, O.P of Des Moines will offer :the Mass for the Vincentians and speak at the annual meeting. Breakfast will be served by the members of the Visitation Ro- and growth in Christ Jesus, that sary Society. defines the Christian vocation: The annual meeting is one of on those activities to the mem-:for many years in Des Moines. bers. The Visitation Parish Holy Other items of interest on the meeting program will include a report on the operation of the St. Vincent de Paul Salvage Store at 1008 Ninth Street and plans of the special committees sponsored by the local Vincen- Name men will join with the Vincentians for Corporate Com- munion and breakfast M. J. Kelly, Holy Name So- ciety president, advises Visita- tion men to note the change in Mass time and urges all mem- tians. bers to make a special effort to The president of the Particu-attend both the Mass and the lar Council of Parish Confer-i ences here is Walter R. Mc-ibreakfast" and offers of into grief-stricken n the wake of the dis- at Our Lady of the in which 87 chil- three nuns died, and of another burned brought the to 91. Throughout the the nation people of- to the families and sought to re- sufferings of injured Albert G. Meyer Requiem Masses for one in Our Lady of Church for the three another in the North- for the children. presided at Mass. At Arch- r's request, Catholic received Com- the repose of the dead and the re- the injured. defray expenses of of the dead and the organized by an "Our Lady Fund." Less than it was started, the 000. Within 24~ assed the $30,000! a week the fund more than $125,- eta Altar Society to Missions Plumbers' Union (Washington, D.C.), $5,000; and the Ford Motor Company Fund, Detroit, ;2,500: Messages of sympathy and ~romises of prayers flooded the city from clergymen and lay leaders alike. One of the first came from John XXIII, who ex- pressed his "heartfelt condol- ence" to the families. Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of Germany St. Joseph's A'l- Society had of business at Two Advent Customs gaining popular- ity in the dio- 3ee. 2 in the parish cese are the Advent House and the Advent donation of Manger. Parents find them excellent means to to the Indian report showed a sum instruct the children and to impress upon the whole family the true meaning of the holy C~eared at the bake season. ,ft exchange itemst In the first picture, at left, the Cletus Shee- t an orphanage. Ihan family, 7513 Roseland Drive Des Moines, of '-hrnan, Mrs. GenelSt. Pius X Parish demonstrates the use of the M rs. Rena Rice Advent Manger. Around the table from left to entertainment com- right are Mary Jo, Paul, Jean, and Cletus. l The Advent Ma)ager represents the empty seasons of the Church year that they express not merely passing stages on the road to eternity; they also shed new and perman- ent light on the state of man. They not only express the di- vine mystery in Christ Jesus, the will of God to be with us, in one or another Of its many splendors; but the sacred sea- sons, tenderly and soberly con- knowledge, in his personal and social destiny. So with Advent. In a painful and glorious sense, the race of man is in perpetual waiting. It i must be said that the Savior has not truly come to us until we have come to Him. It is a fact, :his shock of reeognition, this vital act of welcome, setting in proeess an interior assimilation Until this recognition of the Savior has been achieved, until the race of men has given its great cry of delight and terror and knowledge, it will abide in the twilight of Advent; the (Turn to Page 3 -- Column 6) the few times that the St. Vin- cent de Paul men permit any publicity of their charitable ~work. Even then only a com- posite report of the activities of all units will be made. Charles Gilbride, delegate to society and the Catholic Chari- ties held in Columbus, O in October, will present a report the national convention of the Manus. The Particular Council is l composed of the presidents of the 14 parish conferences in theI Des Mofnes area. Other officers are Jim Mandia, vice president; Albert Huss, secretary; and Ed- ward J. Maloy, treasurer. The St. Vincent de Paul So- ciety, operating quietly with a small group of men in the par- ish, has been an effective sup- port to tlie work of the diocesan Catholic Charities organization bed of the Infant Jesus at Bethlehem. Each member of the family places a piece of straw in the manger for acts of self-denial and positive acts of love performed daily in preparation for the coming of the Babe. These acts to provide a comfortable bed for the child are recited usually before the evening meaI.~ Through sharing of these acts youngsters learn what is appropriate in this regard from their parents, but often inspire their folks with the origigality of their own contributions. ~ Shown at right conducting the evening ritual of the Advent House is the William Martin fam- ily, 5917 S.W. Seventh Street, Des Moines, of Christ the King Parish. Left to right are Mrs. Martin,' Robbie, baby Cathy, Christopher, Bill Martin, and Paul. The Advent House seems to have had its origin in Germany. It is constructed of wood, cardboard, or other suitable material, it has shut- tered windows and a door representing each day of the month in December, the Sundays of Ad- vent, and Christmas Day itself. The litV~e win- dows are opened on the eve of the day they be- long to; the door on Christmas Eve. The family gathers around the Advent House in the evening, a large candle representing the coming of Christ is lit, a song is sung, parents read the legend for the day, prayers are said, and a closing song sung. The legend traces the coming of mankind's Savior from the time of the promise, creation of the chosen people, prophe- cies, to Christmas Day, and suggests way in which the family and its members can more )erfectly prepare for the anniversary of this teat event. Entertainment Barometer The attention of MESSENGER readers is called to the Legion of Decency ratings given to some of the motion pictures currently runningin the dio- cese. CLASS A-I~FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT From Earth to the Moon; The King and I; Seventh Voyage of Sinbad; Torero; Tale of Tow Cities; Love On a Budget, TV; Stanley and Livingston, TV; Ride, Kelly, Ride, TV; A Dispatch From Reuters, TV; A Christmas Carol, TV; CLASS A-g~ADOLESCENT AND ADULT ENTERTAINMENT Mardi GTas; Hell Squad; Restless Years; Party Crashers; Saturday's Children, TV; Gun Town, TV; A Guy Named Joe, TV; Good Sam, TV; Apartment for Peggy, TV; Johnny Belinda, TV; Flaxy Martin, TV; Pardon Our Nerve, TV; China Girl, TV. CLASS A-3~ADULT ENTERTAINMENT Monster On the Campus; South Pacific; As Young As We Are. CLASS B---MORALLY OBJECTIONABLE IN PART FOR ALL Blood of the Vampire; Party Girl; Tank Battalion; Lady Gangster, TV; Christmas in Connecticut, TV; Torrid Zone, TV; Escape Me Never, TV; Yes, My Darling Daughter, TV. CLASS C--CONDEMNED Maid In Paris; Adorable Creatures'; And God Created Women.