50 Years Ago
The Cecilian Chorale sang a High Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Vincent Catholic Church on Thanksgiving Day. Msgr. George C. Royer gave the homily. Paulist Fr. George W. P. Johnson was pastor.
Mrs. Jules Wertz, president of the Stella Maris Club and Mrs. Lillian Leech, vice president, served as chairmen of the Afternoon of Games for the benefit of the Catholic Maritime Club. The annual dinner and dance was held on Thanksgiving Day at the club for all seamen.
Jimmy Gottler, Elberta 4H member, won the Agricultural Award for Alabama. A member of St. Bartholomew Parish in Elberta, he represented the State of Alabama in the National 4H Convention in Chicago.
Joseph Lanaux Marston, Jr., president, presided over the Corpus Christi Parish meeting.
Installation ceremonies for Bishop John L. May as seventh Bishop of Mobile was set for Dec. 10 at the Cathedral with live TV coverage over WKRG and for Bishop Joseph G. Vath on Dec. 9 as the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Birmingham.
The Mobile Toy Bowl game was scheduled for Dec. 7 with Parochial All-Stars coached by James “Buddy” Crabtree versus the City Recreation All-Stars.
The format of “The Catholic Week” was changed to a tabloid size beginning with the first issue in December of 1969.
Students from McGill Institute and Bishop Toolen High Schools formed a singing ensemble to perform at Christmas functions. Members were Max Morgan, Van Noletto, Steven Lewis, Janis Henricksen, Nancy Ingala, Theresa Cook, Judy Cowart and Rosalind Flynn.
Teachers and pupils of St. Matthew School in Mobile invited parents to join in a public Thanksgiving Parade around the school yard to the church. Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Edwards, Jr. and daughter Mary Ann composed the Offertory Procession during the special Mass celebrated by Rev. Msgr. George Royer, pastor.
25 Years Ago
More than 300 people attended the benefit banquet sponsored by 2B Mobile Emergency Pregnancy Services at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. The “Celebrate Life” Banquet keynote speaker was Kathleen Howley of the Boston Globe and weekly columnist for The Catholic Week who delivered a strong pro-life message.
The 10th and 15th anniversary of ordination to the diaconate was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb.
Reigning over the 47th annual Toy Bowl Court were Queen Mary Anastasia Coleman and King Kristopher Brandt Bahouth of Corpus Christi Parish. Paul Crane was Executive Director and Jim Nonnemacher, General Chairman with the assistance of Mrs. Pat Dumas, Executive Secretary were in charge of the events.
Members of the McGill-Toolen Lady Jackets Varsity Basketball team were: Wendy Hall, Erin Hostrander, Lindsey Stuardi, Lisa Spencer, Dannese Littles, Beth Olen, Amy Connelly, Kristi Black, Mary Stone, Terri Murphy and Jennifer Heaton. Head coach was Becky Dickenson and Assistant coach was Terri Zan Jenkins.
McGill-Toolen student Shawn Griffin was named Cross Country Runner of the Year by the Optimist Club.
Students in Mrs. Tracy’s eighth-grade Earth Science Class at Our Lady of Queen of Mercy School, Montgomery, visited the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Elected officers of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at McGill-Toolen were: Susan Saint, captain; Ryan Short, co-captain; Mardi Pfeiffer, secretary; Whitney Bain, treasurer; and Brian Kane, recruiter.
It was announced by McGill-Toolen High School President Fr. W. Bry Shields that a group of donors had given $200,000 in recognition of track and cross country coach Angelo Harris and his mentor Gerald K. “Pete” Banks. The money will be used to construct a new track as part of a proposed athletic complex with funds raised through the school’s centennial campaign. The track would be called the “Banks-Harris Track” in recognition of the contributions the two men have made to the cross country and track programs at McGill-Toolen.
—Anne Baggett compiles information for Looking Back from past issues of this newspaper. Anne is a member of St. Mary Parish in Mobile.
50 Years Ago