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Friday, July 30, 1943 THE MESSENGER Page Three JAPS RAZE MISSIONS INSOLOMONS Havoc Wrought by Enemy Told by Bishop Wade NEW YORK The pitiless havoc and destruction wrought by the Japanese to Catholic missions in the Solomon Islands is described graphically in the first direct word from the Most Rev. Thomas Wade, S. Vicar Apostolic of the North Solomon Islands, since the invasion of his Vicariate. Bishop Wade, whose safety along with that of the Most Rev. Jean Marie Aubin, S.

Bishop of the South Solomons, was announced only recently by the U. S. forces in the South Pacific war theater, wrote to the Most Rev. Richard J. Cushing, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston.

The letter was made public here through the National Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Bishop Cushing long has been a friend and benefactor of the South Sea Islands missions. The letter follows: "Dear Bishop Cushing: "Greetings after the enforced silence. The story is complete now, there is no one left free to function in the Mission. To leave them (prisoners and natives) was hard indeed but for months life was practically the run' and mission work impossible.

Thirty-six are prisoners, 20 priests, ten Sisters, six Brothers. Most of prisoners removed to unknown places, some held at Kieta! (nine priests, three Sisters, two Brothers). Place is very dangerous, pray for their safety from our own bombs. Pray for the others, we do not know where they are. Rumor has it that two are at Shortland, three Buka priests.

Saw Joe Hennessey but I could not give any news about Jim. Could not the Red Cross possibly have him figure in on exchange! He went away early and is either at Rabaul or Tokyo. "Weight has fallen considerably. I am rather streamlined now and recommend Japanitis to close friends. I am entering hospital here for a long overdue operation which really caused me to come personally.

In the mountains I could have held on longer as the natives were great and liked the game! At one time I was concealed alone for 36 days, didn't even know the way out myself. "I have heard and read of your great efforts to help me when it is all over. Sincerest thanks. Most of stations ruined (16 to date of late April) and I fear that it is continuing. It is all very sad.

We were going strong and the future looked very promising for conversions and for medical, educational and agricultural progress. GreetIngs to all! Thanks to all and God's best blessings." The passage in the letter, "Saw Joe Hennessey but I could not give any news about Jim." refers, it is believed, to the Rev. James Hennessey, one of Bishop Wade's missionaries, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese early in the enemy invasion of the Solomon Islands. Throughout the occupation of the Islands by the Japanese troops, Bishop Wade played a constant game of "hide and seek" with the Japanese -and he won. He refused to leave the islands when other residents were evacuated to Australia and New Zealand.

When it became evident the invaders would exhibit no respect for his episcopal authority, Bishop Wade took to the jungles and the mountains. With the aid of the island natives- whom he affectionately calls the "Black Irish," -he was able to elude capture. CATHEDRAL HOMECOMING TUESDAY, AUG. 10 Cathedral Grade School Grounds Dr. A.

P. Diehl Eyes Examined Glasses Fitted 24 East Main Belleville, Ill. HAVE YOUR EYES WINED EACH YEAR Spectacles CHAS. S. BOICOURT Optometrist 110 N.

Vine Harrisburg, Illinois RESCUED MISSIONARY BISHOP 1 3 000000 IC be the first to arrive in this country showThomas Wade, S. since his rescue by Wade, who comes from Providence, R. is Solomon Islands. He had been hiding in Wearing his pectoral cross over a khaki S. Navy Chaplain Joseph O'Neill and U.

S. They are standing before a temporary altar Arthur C. Duhamel, S. of Boston, one of by the Japanese at Guadalcanal. (N.C.W.C.) CALENDAR OF COMING EVENTS 31 PRAIRIE DU Joseph's parish; church fair and chicken supper, serving from 5 p.

m. to 8 p. m. Music, games, many amusements and concessions. August EAST ST.

LOUIS-Benefit for St. Augustine's Mission at K. of C. club evening. Cards and games sponsored by' ladies' committee.

EAST ST. LOUIS-St. Augustine's parish; lawn party at St. Teresa Academy. DAMIANSVILLE Parish picnic and chicken supper (served family style) at school park and hall; serving 4 p.

m. Home-made quilts at special games, music, entertainment for all. (Take Route 161 to Albers. then turn south 3 miles on paved road to Damiansville.) 4 BELLEVILLE Teresa parish; annual summer picnic on school grounds. 4 EAST ST.

LOUIS- Augustine's parish; picnic on St. Elizabeth's school grounds. 4 BREESE-St. Dominic parish; picnic and chicken supper; serving p. m.

Refreshments, amusements. 4 BELLEVILLE-St. Henry's parish; monthly 1 o'clock luncheon and card party, parish hall. 4 HECKER Annual picnic and chicken supper. See adv.

5 RADOM-St. Michael parish; social. 7 St. Michael parish; annual parish picnic. 7 MODOC-St.

Leo's parish; big picnic and chicken supper. Quilts Everyone invited. 7 MADONNAVILLE Immaculate Conception parish; annual picnic and chicken supper, parish grounds 10 BELLEVILLE-D. of I. business and social meeting, 8 p.

K. of Hall. 10 EAST ST. LOUIS -Central Catholic High Mothers' Club card party at St. Patrick school hall, evening.

10 CAIRO St. Columba parish; annual social. 10 BELLEVILLE Cathedral parish; annual homecoming and picnic. 10 A Francis parish; annual picnic and chicken supper. 10 STRINGTOWN-Annual picnic.

11 EAST ST. LOUIS-St. Regis parish; annual picnic and chicken supper, parish hall and grounds. 17 EAST ST. -St.

Martin's parish; quilt bazaar and social the Altar Society; evening only; special games on the parish grounds. 17 ALBERS St. Bernard parish; picnic and chicken supper, Rademacher Park. 17-18 BELLEVILLE St. Henry's Seminary; annual picnic and barbecue.

18 TODD'S MILL- -St. Mary Magdalen parish: picnic. 19 EAST ST. LOUIS St. Teresa Academy; card party, gymnasium, p.

m. 21 -St. Ann parish; annual parish picnic. 25 MASCOUTAR- -Holy Childhood parish: annual picnic. 25 EAST ST.

St. Mary Hospital Auxiliary, card party at hospital auditorium, 2 p. m. 28 NEW ATHENS-St. Agatha parish; annual picnic and chicken supper.

September 6 -St. John's parish; annual Labor Day picnic. Ladies' and Men's Apparel Ready-to-Wear Best Quality Priced Right Walter's LET US CLOTHE YOU CHESTER STEELEVILLE BELLEVILLE CATHOLIC LITERATURE STORE Religic: Articles of All Kinds 1723 W. Main St. Across From St.

Mary's Belleville, 111. OBSERVERS COMMENT ON ROME RAID -Continued from Page One Washington, At the same time, Washington has not indicated change from the attitude that, so long as the Fascist government uses Rome to carry on its military operations, it will be in danger of air attacks. It is held that the initiative rests with Mussolini. If he removes the military installations, Rome will be spared another assault. Its immunity as an open city will be recognized.

In any event, care will be taken to avoid destruction or damage of its churches and monuments or to endanger uselessly the civilian population. There is no disposition to inflict wanton destruction upon the Italian people. From the Washington viewpoint, military necessity is paramount, the bombing of the industrial plants and railroads is justified, but any attacks that may be made should be limited to these objectives so far as is humanly possible. The possi- bility that some bombs may fall outside the prescribed area is not regarded as an adequate reason for permitting the Fascist government to carry on its military activities almost within the shadow of the historic churches and monuments, for the preservation of which it professes to be so much concerned. MEMORIAL MASS FOR CPL.

MEYER AT VALMEYER, ILL. VALMEYER-A Memorial Re- quiem Mass for Corporai Elwood H. Meyer, son of Alfred Meyer, was held at Seven Dolors Church here Saturday morning, July 24, by Father Kilgoil. pastor. A telegram from the War Department informed Mr.

Meyer that his son died July 2 somewhere in the Southwest Pacific. A week later a letter confirmed the telegram but did not give any further details. Corporal Meyer enlisted shortly after Pearl Harbor and trained at Sheppard Field, Texas. He was assigned to a bombing squadron in Australia and received high praise for his work in the attacks on Guadalcanal. In a recent letter he told relatives and friends: "Be sure and read the article in the April and May issue of Reader's Digest, 'Queens Die That was the outfit I was with." PR.

DU ROCHER'S CHICKEN SUPPER SET FOR JULY 31 PRAIRIE DU ROCHER Meat rationing can be forgotten for one big day next week, the parish committee of St. Joseph's Church here reminds, in extending an invitation to all to attend the church fair and supper tomorrow (Saturday), July 31. Father Harbaugh, pastor, working with his parish committees, is looking forward to playing host to many friends from this entire vicinity Saturday. The supper will be served from 5 to 8 p. m.

and the kitchen committee promises the tastiest of menus with chicken topping the list of "ration free" eats. There will be music, entertainment, many games and concessions. Pack up the family Saturday and drive to Prairie du Rocher for a scenic jaunt and a good 1 adv. GIFTS FOR EVERYONE Complete Line of Baby Gifts and Necessities at All Times "THE SALLY SHOPPE" Next Door to Greyhound Station Chicken Supper And Barbecue Bring the family As much fun as a summer vacation! St. Teresa's Parish Belleville, Ill.

AUGUST 4 All Picnic Features Games Booths Refreshments MUSIC Weddings PALAZZOLO-MARIANO Miss Ann Mariano, daughter of Mr. Mrs. Mariano of Brooklyn, New York, and Pfc. Vito Palazzolo, U. S.

of Scott Field, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Palazzola of Brooklyn, New York, were married Wednesday, July 21, 1943, at St. Luke's Church in Belleville Attendants were Miss Marie Palazzolo and Pfc. George Randon.

newlyweds will reside temporarily in Belleville. VANDER PLUYM-SELLERS Miss Loretta Sellers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sellers Breese, and Pvt. Richard Vander Plum, Mr.

and Mrs. Louis Vander Pluym of Aviston, were Saturday, July 17, 1943, at St. Dominic's Church. Attendants were Mrs. Margaret Reilmann and Robert Vander Plum.

Rev. H. H. Aydt officiated. GREGSON-KREHER Miss Agnes Kreher, daughter of Mr.

and Mrs. John Kreher, of Hecker, and Cpl. Gregson son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gregson of Red Bud, were married Wednesday, July 14, 1943, at St.

Augustine's Church. Attendants were Mrs Raymond Braun, Miss Helen Gregson, John Gregson and Sylvester Kreher. Rev. Bernard Loepker officiated. TOEHLER-DECKARD Miss Marie Deckard, daughter of Mr.

and Mrs. Claude Deckard of 3519 West street, Belleville, and Louis Toehler, printer, 2nd class, U. S. were married Saturday. July 17, 1943.

at St. Patrick's Church in San Diego, Calif. Attendants were Mrs. William Miller and John Deckard. U.

S. Coast Guard. The couple will make their home in San Diego. KERINS-KNOR Miss Mary Knor, daughter of Mrs. Magdelena Knor of 1039 North 3rd street, and Edward Kerins, son Edward Kerins, of 2115 North 54th street, both of East St Louis, were married Tuesday, July 20, 1943, at St.

Martin's Church. Attendants were Miss Margaret Kerins and John Kerins. The couple will reside in East St. Louis. PAYNE-HISH Miss Jeanette Hish, daughter of Mr.

and Mrs. Frank Hish, and James Payne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Payne, were married Tuesday, July 20, 1943, at St. Joseph's Church, Ridgway.

Attendants were Miss Thelma Payne and Charles Hish. Rev. Wm. Wigmann officiated. Villa de Chantal Rock Island, Illinois A Resident and Day School for Girls Conducted by the Sisters of the Visitation.

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LOUIS, ILL. I Fur I me Opportune tie This picture is believed to ing the missionary Bishop American troops. Bishop Vicar Apostolic of the North the jungle for many months. shirt, he stands between U. Army Chaplain Gesward.

near the grave of the Rev. four missionaries murdered PRESS AIDS FILM CLEANUP Latin American Catholic Papers in Drive for Decent Movies The invitation of the Argentine magazine Criterio for Latin-American Catholics to collaborate with North American Catholics in their campaign for decent motion pictures, and for the Catholic Press in Spanish-speaking countries to publish reguiarly the Legion of Decency lists, has found ready response. Catholic publications in Cuba, Guatemala, Panama and El Salvadore are falling in line, with other countries still to be heard from. In the June issue of Criterio, its editor, the Rt. Rev.

Msgr. Gustavo J. Franceshi, published correspondence which he had had with the Most Rev. John T. McNicholas, O.

Archbishop of Cincinnati and Chairman of the Episcopal Committee on Motion Pictures, and the Very Rev. Msgr. John J. McClafferty, executive secretary of the Nation Legion of Decency. The Criterio article was qucted by N.

C. W. C. News Service in a news dispatch circulated in this country and throughout Latin America. Its correspondents in Central America now report that the Catholic Press in their respective countries was quick to accept the challenge.

Semanario Catolico of Havana urges Cuban Catholics to take up "the great battle, the outcome of which depends upon the union of Catholics, their will and their spirit of sacrifice." DAMIANSVILLE SUPPER AUG. 3 DAMIANSVILLE The pastor and parishioners of St. Damian's parish here are anticipating a deluge of friends and visitors next Tuesday, August 3, the date for the annual chicken supper and church picnic. Arrangements have been made to entertain and serve a large crowd and assurances are given that there will be plenty of tender country-fried chicken for all--served country style. The picnic will be held on the school park grounds and the supper will be served in the parish hall from 5 p.

m. on. In addition there will be music, entertainment and various booths; handmade quilts will be awarded at special games. Damiansville is near Albers, and can be reached by taking route 161 to Albers, then turning three miles south on the paved road which leads directly to the parish -See adv. WALTER FLANNIGEN Recorder of Deeds St.

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