It was boy versus girl He stood right in the middle of the group . Every month after the money was collected, a students name was "randomly"picked out of a bag with the chosen name becoming the "Pagan Baby of the Month.". I Googled it because of my conviction that it was an acronym and I just couldnt quite figure out what the E stood for. The thing was a brown color . "Wow, what a blast from the past!" Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States who greeted guests on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI, called the Pontifical Mission Societies instruments for cooperation in the universal mission of the church across the world.. Hosted a supper the other night for some friends from church. an Irish name?" The Mary list is endless. I do agree that the biggest thrill was the goal of the reward of getting to actually choose a name for an unknown child & therefore beat our class opponents! Pagan ,pagan, pagan . It was probably a good lesson in giving for us little ones ; but , the money - probably not a huge sum overall - ? However, this 2012 article from Catholic News Service might be of interest: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1202140.htm. Who were these pagan babies, and did any of the pennies we contributed ever help any of them in any way? As I write this I still feel the hurt and frustration 50 years later. I remember the little cardboard boxes and wanting to saving the poor pagan babies. I went to Marymount Jr. School (on Sunset) and we were all sent home to canvas the neighborhood in Brentwood for heavens sake, to sell pagan babies! Its a wonderful window on the old days , isnt it ? Im assuming youre a good Catholic father and have a tons of kids. That $5.00 bought you naming rights. Ill bet you remember those . BUY THIS BOOK Pagan Babies Elmore Leonard. To learn more, Father Andrew Small, a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate and National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies talks about Missio on the Catholic Connection (right after the news). They were called "pagan babies," certainly not the most sensitive appellation and one that would never be used today. I went to Catholic grade school at St. Amelias for 8 years. Everywhere a pagan pagan . Gina Cascone grew up in central New Jersey and is the author of Pagan Babies, Mother's Little Helper, and coauthor of twenty-six books for children. I cant remember now if they ever answered Charlies question . When five dollars was collected the box would go.somewhere ..and a new box would be folded out by the teacher . - Bob U. I named all my pagan babies after my cousin Karen, who had died at age 2. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you. ( to save the pagans ! Now they're in together for a bigger payoff than either could finagle alone. In closing, Bless the Maryknolls for the work they do in spreading the message of the Gospel! We all knew what a pagan baby was a baby that was not baptized a Catholic, and not one in the US babies from Asia in particular. RENEE! I attended St. Judes Grade School in Detroit, Michigan (1958 to 1966) and as I recall Pagan Babies were a big thing. "What I loved about the Pagan Babies is that we were allowed to name them with our names. Im glad youu got a kick out of it . Already he was losing his enthusiasm . I remember the rice bowls but no actual rice. Glad you enjoyed it . "Thats what I remember. I seriously want to start a band now, just so I can name us that. I liked your PT post . Elementary God Bless you. I think we were the hope, somehow, for all the people who were seeing us and a hope for the country, recalls Bishop Christian Carlassare of the nine-day pilgrimage to meet Pope Francis. I used to take my dads loose change ETA: and then theres this blog from someone who is completely unapologetic about their participation in the program: http://asksistermarymartha.blogspot.com/2006/08/announcing-pagan-baby-reunion.html. Servant of God Mother Mary Lange and the Rich History of Black Catholic Religious Orders, Ukrainian Soldier Saved by Praying the Rosary, Priest Recounts, As We Forgive: Lenten Pastoral Note From Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, A Lasting Trail of Light: The Witness of Pedro Ballester. the salesman said . Because we purchased Pagan Babies for five dollars a head, on a regular basis. You must have JavaScript enabled to use this form. His name is Seth (pretty sure he still has that job, but it cant hurt to check). I also remember a certain boy who came from a wealthier family who could buy his own pagan baby. - Bob H. We gave our allowances to save those babies. This is my question , said little Charlie Bloomquist to the salesman , If I wanted that bike , why wouldnt I go get a job and save my money until I could buy a bike . I could change the world. 1:16). He could go home , buy his kids new bikes if he wanted to , and come back at the end of two weeks to collect the cash . Hello Mike. 4. muddymoose 4 mo. Thanks for checking out my blog about my fathers WWII service on the PT boats. The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Youre stirring up memories . And in pagan lands, there are pagan babies. Th. Thanks for your input . . The nuns encouraged us to bring in our pennies and when we saved up five bucks, bingo!, we bought a baby. And when I got it, I was going to take care of it all by myself. Fogogo to mention JUG for bad behavior- Justice Under God, also at St. Ignatius College Prep JMJ was replaced with AMGD all for the glory of God. The nuns tried to keep us on the Catholic path, but they had a lot of competition with of the civil rights movements of the time. The Holy Childhood Association got many of the basics right: it introduced me to global realities of poverty and need, to notions of privilege and responsibility. The teacher had a stack of them . I have no idea what spurred me on this morning to do a search for Pagan Babies maybe I was trying to recall my first exposure to racism. A recent Pew Research Center study revealed that much of Christianity is significantly. When I was in the fifth or sixth grade, a neighbor who was my age, took 12 books of S & H Green Stamps ( remember those ) and contributed them to the pagan babies program. Glad that I could kick up some dust . While the circumstances, the cost, and the rewards varied from parish to parish, most Catholic children of the 1960s saved at least one pagan baby. What exactly we learned from this could be disputed. Ah , yeah . Pagan babies, we all understood in the 50s, were babies born to parents who did not believe in a monotheistic (1 god) religion, because they had not yet received any instruction. I pictured the dozens of Karens I had saved growing up safely somewhere in Africa. You :-)) Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who once said, My greatest love has always been the missions of the Church, was very much a spiritual presence at the dinner, where his name was invoked several times. I think it was to put on envelopes for Christmas cards? In addition we'd go and bless our herbs in the garden and around on Midsummer and then harvest them for John's night or the night before depending on the weather. Enjoyed reading all of your comments about Pagan Babies. Renew or manage your subscription here. All for $5. Someone spilled the beans , I think , or he bragged to the wrong person just what he had done . The Pagan Babies (the band from Hawaii) Jason Woycke 9 subscribers Subscribe 62 Share 2.2K views 5 years ago A compilation of live footage of the Pagan Babies (the band from Hawaii). They wore full habits in the old style . *One of them may have been slightly Asian, but that was pushing things in those days. A collection of writing that wrestles with contemporary spirituality, within and without the doors of the church, 2023 Commonweal Magazine. decided it was no longer a good way to raise money for Catholic missions. Im late to this party, but want to add my two cents. I actually went to St Charles, but attended Corpus Cristi mass once in awhile. pagan babies When I attended Corpus Christi Catholic School in the 1950s and 1960s there was a program we all called Pagan Babies . In accepting his medallion, Cardinal McCarrick summed up the missionary spirit. Did the Catholic Schools consider Jewish People Pagans? Subscriber Service CenterAlready a subscriber? Whether or not they converted is one thing, giving up their cultural ties is quite another. To get the bike we have to sell nine million thirty six thousand three hundred and eight candy bars .. It is Catholic mission crowd-funding,making it easy to support those givingspiritual and material comfort to the sufferingand marginalized . But in 1969 the names we fourth graders favored were names like Ringo and Twiggy. Read 283 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Named mine Margaret Ann. Always when he asked his question , no matter what the occasion , he seemed to be right smack dab in the middle of the group . Thanks for your comment . for missions in foreign lands. I ALSOvividly remember, that the certficates were five dollars each (pretty steep for thr 60s! "Pagan Babies": Orphan Imagery in the Passionist China Collection and the Emergence of American Sympathy for the Chinese in the Early Twentieth Century Margaret Kuo Published 3 July 2019 History The Chinese Historical Review Philadelphia 76ers Premier League UFC. And so I traveled to Guaymas in the Sonoran desert expecting to accomplish great things. Thanks for the comment . Campbell, now retired from the film industry where he worked as a technician, told CNY that hed been enrolled in the Holy Childhood Association since seventh grade and that he remembered adopting babies to get them baptized into the faith. "I named my Pagan Baby Patrick. You may be a pagan , but I think youre too late . The money collected in the United States went to help feed, clothe and educate them. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington; best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark; and television commentator Larry Kudlow were each named 2012 Pontifical Ambassadors for Mission. I dont think that the money went sideways. Two stories I recall from those days: one boy in my room kept bringing in UNBELIEVABLY large amounts every day (.75 here, $1.16 there). by reneeqyancy | Feb 9, 2010 | Blog | 8 comments. Or maybe Pagan Babies: and Other Catholic Memories. - Sal S. Margaret Ann is a good respectable name . Keep writingthis is good stuff! After about a year it didnt seem to grow as fast but I put it down to my own spending habits. Theres the priority. Please email comments to [emailprotected] and join the conversation on our Facebook page. And I totally forgot about those Pagan babies and I thought no were not, then I asked her what is a pagan baby LOL Im still not quite sure either haha that was a great story. I well remember my days as a grade schooler at St. Helenas School in Philly. The beanies covered our heads during morning Mass. I was not called to be a full-time missionary. Patti Maguire Armstrong Patti Maguire Armstrong is host of the TV talk show Ladies of Another View and an award-winning author and journalist. I may have turned into a pagan . I would hope that the Catholic schools are more sophisticated too . Long time ago . When she told me about her Catholic School classes (she went from K 9) in New Jersey, I was floored. Thank God someone sent this information to me and redeemed my sanity. Remember Pagan Babies? Yeah! Stories ensued. . We all started reminiscing together as if we attended the same school! We believed that somewhere in the world would be a pagan with a stupid name chosen by the silly students of Corpus Christi Catholic School . Thanks for the comment ! - Betty L. Jump forward to 1980 . With missionary nuns and pagan babies for starters. Good story about your uncles revelation Ah , the mendacity of the whole thing ! Valheim Genshin Impact Minecraft Pokimane Halo Infinite Call of Duty: Warzone Path of Exile Hollow Knight: Silksong Escape from Tarkov Watch Dogs: Legion. . Thanks for a trip down memory lane and validating my recollection. At least it didnt include the genocide of the indigenous population as it did here in CA when the Spaniard priests took on the mission of converting the Indians. Labeling any baby pagan, much less sweeping into this category all foreign children of color, makes me look back with embarrassment. Reproduction of material from this website without written permission, or unlicensed commercial use or "Wow, that certainly brings back memories. It was called Adopt-A-Pagan-Baby. Catholic Church. Here a pagan ; there a pagan . But for five dollars we could play Name That Pagan Baby . The campaign will celebrate the legacy of love and support the program offered, and recall the babies with whom American children once connected through the Holy Childhood Association. What did they really think about it ? Bingo, and thanks. I specifically remember this from eighth grade in 1960. Never knew it meant Justice under God though . Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. I remember getting a plastic Virgin Mary statue , about 5 or 6 inches tall. Anybody have some spare change ? Dan, Loved your post on the Pagan Babies! "Wasn't there a bridge we had to get them over. Steve Stahley. http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1202140.htm, http://asksistermarymartha.blogspot.com/2006/08/announcing-pagan-baby-reunion.html. An interactive Web site will feature video interviews with some of the former pagan babies, now nuns, priests and catechists carrying on the Lords work in their homelands. I dont know what state you were in at the time, but I have lived in California for the last 60 years. Has anyone else heard this phrase before, and if so, do you remember what it . Well, when mama found out, she threw a fit. Some Irish nuns were there one day to speak to the students . Good question , though , about where all the money went . , Those madcap Catholics. Fierce competition existed between some of the nuns as to whose class had the most pagan babies. Other notable guests included Cardinal Sean P. OMalley of Boston; Bishop Bejoy N. DCruze of Sylhet, Bangladesh; actor Andy Garcia, who stars in the upcoming film For Greater Glory; and Noel Campbell, who rode Amtrak for three days from the Coeur DAlene Indian Reservation in northwest Idaho to attend the event. My romantic notions of missionary work got a dose of reality that summer. They folded out . That fits , I suppose . We sold The Tidings , which was the L.A. Archdiocese newspaper , and there were prizes . She said she named them after me. 11 Facts About Murdered Bishop David OConnell, Cameron Bertuzzis Conversion to Catholicism, and More Great Links! DUDE! If they're actually disabled, they can file the application with the city to get a handicap spot installed. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Each was presented with a medallion featuring a representation of the papal keys. This was great to read. For those dying without baptism, however, the Catholic Church teaches us to hope in God. Thanks . Had more than one Jewish family in Brentwood slam their door me. But , heres the thing : When the class had five dollars then that class got to name a pagan baby . Any questions ? I think there were religious pix on the stamps. Coins. Saving pagan babies occurred during a simpler time, before cynicism and political correctness found their stride. But how ? EWTN News, Inc. is the worlds largest Catholic news organization, comprised of television, radio, Despite its apparent condescending tone at times, it instilled a radical sense of urgency in children that we are responsible for one another.. I had the vocation, the novenas were working! Maybe the kids of today are more savvy . The rice they used was really good which I think defeated the purpose since a lot of kids looked forward to it, myself included. ). And I think that if you bought your own Pagan Baby you got to take the certificate home. on a regular basis. I came across an amazing new app called Missio, created by the. Yup. Theology should be at the heart of any Catholic university. - Ann C. Pagan babies may have disappeared from collection boxes but they started showing up in our families. JMJwow, totally forgot about that. An interactive website will feature video interviews with some of the former pagan babies, now nuns, priests and catechists in their homelands. 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