THE Mass was quiet and composed, said facing the people, with another priest to pray the Mass with the children and to lead them to the altar. After the Mass was a festive meal in the nearby school, after which the children were taken home.
All day long one saw visitors arriving with gifts, flowers and good wishes for the small jubilarian, and the feast, which began in the church ended in the home while an air of quiet happiness settled over this little German town.
On the following morning there was a special Thanksgiving Mass at 8 o'clock, and again the church was full, though one notices that "father" is absent. He is at work, probably in the nearby coalmines, and mother only is there.
There is a quietness, a solidity and a unity about this great celebration which is most impressive. The Church—Herself a Mother— works with and through the home, and shares with the parents the responsibility. joy and satisfaction of this great family feast.