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PAGE 14 THE GUARDIAN, SEPTEMBER 12, 1969 Disciplined Priests Reinsta Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Boeckmann Couple Has Singular Record as Choir Members N. Little Rock -- Mr. and Mrs. Clarence F. Boeckmarm of Marche have a total of 100 years in senior choir work. Mr. Boeckmann startedhis sing- ing career at the age of ten, 52 years ago, in Knobel. Mrs. Law- rence Dabumus was the choir dir- ector. Mrs. Boeckmann started singing 46 years ago at the age of 12 in Morrilton withSister M. Winni- fred, O.S.B., of St. Scholastica Convent, Fort Smith, as choir director. Besides Marche and the Imma- culate Heart of Mary Church, they have sung in choirs in Forrest City, in St. Andrew's Cathedral and in St. Patrick's Church, North Little Rock. Mr. Boeckmann is a brother of Mother Benedicta, O.S.B., super- ior of Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro. He is a senior letter carrier with 27 years service. He is a member of both the Third and Fourth Degrees, Knights of Columbus, and has held several offices in both degrees. He is a member of the Fourth Degree Hon- or Guard. He has been president of the North Little Rock letter carriers and of the parish Con- council, a lector and assistant organist. He has just been reelec- ted to the board of directors of the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mrs. Boeckmann is a sister of The Rev. Leo Rledmueller, pastor of St. Edward'sparish, Texarkana. She is presently serving her sec- ond term as Grand Regent of the North Little Court of the Catholic Daughters of America. She is also on the board of the Diocesan Coun- cil of Catholic Women where she is state chairman of the Church Communities Commission. She served as president of the North Little Rock Deanery, DCCW, the Letter Carriers Auxiliary, the parish Altar Society, the Home and School Association and the Marche Home DemonstrationClub. Both Mr. and Mrs. Boeckmann have served for the past six years as co-chairmen of St. Joseph's Orphanage picnic dinner commit- tee. They are co-chairmen of Pal- anca of the Little Rock Cursillo Center and are on the staff of cursillo instructors. They live at 17 Blue Hill Road, Marche, North Little Rock. They have been communicants of Im- Washington (NC)-- Three Wash- ington archdiocesan priests dis- ciplined by Patrick Cardinal O'- Boyle in a dispute over interpre- tation of the birth control en- cyclical last year have been quiet- ly restored to the full exercise of their priestly faculties. The three priests are Father Raymond Kemp and AndreBou- chard, assistants at St. Paul and Augustine parish, and Father John Cunico of Holy Name. Announce- ment of their return to fullpriest- ly duties was contained in thepar- ish bulletins of the two churches, which are both inner city parishes located in the city of Washington. The brief announcement in the bulletins said the priests, having reconsidered theirposition and re- flected on their responsibilities, had agreed to follow "without re- servation" the teaching of the e n c y c 1 i c a 1, Humanae Vitae, "whenever they preach, teach, counsel or hear confessions." A source in the Washington chan- cery office confirmed the an- nouncement in the bulletins was correct but said there would be no further statement on the matter from Cardinal O'Boyle. The source indicated a reluctance to jeopar- dize the chances of other disci- plined priests returning to their ministry through what he consid- ered undue publicity. On October 1, 1968, Cardinal O'Boyle, after a nine week dis- pute with 39 priests serving in the Washington archdiocese, an- nounced disciplinary actions against them and banned further public disagreement on the en- cyclical. Of the 39 priests, five were relieved of the faculties to hear confessions, to preach and to teach and of their assignment to rec- tories, while the otherswere given fewer penalties. Father Kemp, Bouchard and Cunico had been forbidden to hear confessions but had remained in their rectories performing other normal priestly duties. Last June Cardinal O'Boyle made public a letter he received from Pope Paul expressing sup- port and encouragement for the cardinal and exhorting the dissi- dents to reconsider their position. He also revealed he had met with the dissident priests and that he had hopes for a settlement of the dispute. Father Kemp told NC News Set- vice the three priests further to add to the ment which appeared in t letins. The announcement "At the urging of Father...for a to the problem of the of the teaching encyclical Humanae priests had with O'Boyle. "They their position and reflected! responsibilities. They that the bishops' Life In Our Day (the 1968 pastoral of the U.8. completely supports the teaching of the enc Vitae; and(the to follow without teaching whenever they teach, councel or ] As a result, Cardinal t has restored priestly Another 14 of the ciplined by Cardinal still living in rectories forming some of their duties. Some of the taken secular jobs, pursuing graduate few have married and Church. Step into the Old World at You have a cordial invitation to visit the Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, the oldest and largest winery in the Southwest. The whole family will enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards and the wine cellars where our fine wines are made and aged. Browse and gifbshop in the quaint Chalet Suisse, then dine in the Wein Keller Restaurant. It has the rustic charm of an Alpine Mountain Inn and features authentic Swiss cuisine served in the con- tinental man, her. Lunch is from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 until 10:00 p.m. daily, closed Sunday. Enjoy a gourmet meal, accented with your choice of Wiederkehr dinner and dessert wines. Plan a trip soon to Wiederkehr Wine Land atop St. Mary's Mountain at Altus, Arkansas. It's like stepping into the Old World of Swiss charm, grace and hospitality. DINNER BY RESERVATION. PHONE 468-3551 or 468-2611 oooa WIEDERKEHR ro.00gh, t WIEDERKEHR WINE CELLARS, INC. ALTUS, ARKANSAS U.S. HIGHWAY 64 San Francisco (NC) -- The gen- erosity of a mythical priest, backed by a church which tithes its own collections, has resulted in more than $9,000 sent to the foreign missions and a like amount to an inner city parish, over a period of a year. The program, sponsored by the Church of the Resurrection in Sunnyvale, is called Father Felix's ROPE, an acronym for Reaching Out to People Everywhere. The ficititious Father Felix person- ifies both the charity of the parishioners and the joy of their beneficiaries. Each Sunday 10 per cent of the weekly collection is put aside for the ROPE program. Half of this amount is given to a particular mission or missioner and half is given to an inner city parish. "Father Felix" has received letters of thanks from allover the world for his generosity and that of the people of Resurrec- tion parish. The letters, however, are more than simple thank you's; ey are one of friend- skip sharing the thoughts and feelings of the people in one corner of the world with the parishioners of Resurrection. Each Sunday the parishioners read these letters in their church bulletin, as wituesses to the lengths to which Father FeN ix's ROPE has stretched. And from other parts of the world, requests for help come in. Behind the fictitious charac- ter of Father Felix is a very real priest, Father Nick Farana, pas- tor of Resurrection, who gives all the credit for his ambitious and far-reaching program to Father Felix and the Resur- rection parishioners. "I have this crazy notion that somebody's got to thank God for being God," Father Farana ex- plains for beginning the ROPE program. "God was pretty goodto Ressurection,', h e says, "and I'm one of these guys who feels obligated for favors received." Father Farana insists that what he is doing is a testimonial to the success of the institutional Church. "I'm sick and tired of all these Turks talking against the institutional Church," he declares. "We wouldn't be able to do what we are doing without the structure." WINE LAND maculate Heart of Mary parish fraternity of Christian Doctrine. for 19 years. They have eight chil- eeer He is a member of the parish dren and 15 grandchildren. Mythical Priest's Generosity Real