Page 7, 10th June 1949

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Page 7, 10th June 1949 — Lancaster : The Youngest Diocese Celebrates Its Silver Jubilee

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Lancaster : The Youngest Diocese Celebrates Its Silver Jubilee

From Our Own Correspondent In thanksgiving for the Silver Jubilee of the Lancaster Diocese over 10,000 people from all parts of England's youngest diocese attended Pontifical High Mass on Preston Football Ground on Whit-Monday.

Archbishop Downey presided and the celebrant was Mgr.

Helsel', Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool. Bishop HaIsall used a chalice presumed to have been Used by Blessed Edmund Campion

and other English Martyrs. The choir was composed of Clergy and of girls from Preston con Vents.

It was a striking as well as solemn demonstration, attended by scores of regular and secular clergy, as well as representatives of the various religious bodies in the diocese. Processions of school children, parish organisations and congregations—some headed by bands, Look place over the route to the ground. The Mayor and Mayoress of Preston also attended.

One of the most impressive features was the singing of the Credo by the huge concourse and of Faith of our Fathers and other hymns.

Mgr. Flynn, Bishop of Lancaster, preached the sermon and thanked God for the splendid inheritance of a diocese with such a zealous and loyal clergy, and such a generous and affectionate people. "I beg your prayers that I may be worthy of the great charge given to me," he said.


The Bishop went on to say that when the diocese was formed the southern prt Was even more thickly populated with Catholics who had a splendid tradition, but the northern portion, though it had flourishing parishes in Carlisle and West Cumberland, contained vast tracts of territory sparsely populated and apparently offering little scope for religious development.

The devoted zeal of his predecessor (the late Bishop Pearson) soon welded this heterogeneous group into a powerful Catholic unit. He established 12 new parishes and 22 new Mass centres, He also built up a substantial fund for the education of priests. In 1924 there were 65 parishes in the whole diocese; to-day there are 63 in the Lancashire section alone, and 88 altogether.

The diocese then contained 88,000 Catholics, to-day it contains 111,000. The work of development is still going on, and the missionary zeal of the clergy in Westmorland and Cumberland is producing excellent results. I.ast year the crown was put on our efforts by the establishment of the minor seminary at Thistleton Lodge.

Bishop Flynn added: "This happy state of the diocese I reported to the Holy Father on my recent visit to Rome when he graciously received me in private audience, and from whom I bring you a personal and most affectionate message. When T told His Holiness that we were to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the youngest diocese in England. he at once bade me give all present a plenary indulgence.


A Pastoral letter dealing with Ecclesiastical Education was read in all the churches of the Nottingham diocese on Sunday last.

Mgr. Ellis, Bishop of Nottingham, in thanking the faithful for their generosity in increasing the contributions to the Ecclesiastical Education Fund, stressed that the spiritual side must always remain the most important.

A vocation to the priesthood, he said, is the highest supernatural calling God makes to man. And while it is primarily His work, yet He demands the free co-operation and response of human beings. Such a response is madefirst by parents. It is not parents and priests alone who have the responsibility of fostering

vocations. It is a work for the whole Catholic community both in the parish and in the diocese.


The traditionally Nonconformist town of West Bromwich will witness a Catholic demonstration. the first of its kind in the town, on Sunday, June 26, at 6 p.m.

Ecclesiastical and Other Information


For Mgr. Magterson, Archbishop of Birmingham: Sun., June 12. Visitation and Confirmation at St.

Giles', Cheadle. Mon., June 13. Addresses U.C.M. Rally in the Wulfrurn Ilall, Wolverhampton, at 2.30 p.m. Wed., June 15. Opens Annie Bright Weston House, Moseley, Birmingham, at 3 p.m. Thurs., June 16. Sings Pontifical High Mass at Oscott College. June 18. Presides at the annual meeting of the Guild of Catechists.


For Mgr. McGrath, Archbishop

of Cardiff: Sun., June 12. Confirmation at St. Mary's. Hill Street, Abertillery (Mon.).

Southwark For Archbishop Amigo, Bishop of Southwark: Today (Fri.) Confers Minor Orders at St. John's Seminary, Wonersie Sat., June 11. Confers Major Orders at St. John's Seminary at 10.30 a.m. Sun, June 12. Presides at High Mass at Holy Trinity, Dockhead, at 12 noon; confirms children of the parish at 3.30 p.m.; attends Si. George's Cathedral Association first general meeting at Notre Dame Convent, Southwark.

Thurs., June I6. Sings Pontifical High Mass in the Pro-Cathedral at II a.m. Sat., June 18. Makes Canonical visitation of the Carmelite Convent, Chichester.

Portsmouth For Mgr. King, Bishop of Ports mouth: Sat., June 11. Holds-ordinations at Mount Mellarey Abbey, Waterford, Eire, Northampton .

For Mgr. Parker, Bishop of Northampton: Sun., June 12. Visitation anti Confirmation at Sudbury, Suffolk. Mon., June 13. Visitation at St, Joseph's Novitiate, Assington, Suffolk. Wed„ June 11. Confirmation at the Abbey School, Hemingford Grey, Hunts. Thurs., June 16. Corpus Christi procession at the Abbey School, Herningford.

Nottingham For Mgr. Ellis, Bishop of Nottingham : June 11. 10 a.m., Ordinations at St. Mary's, Hyson Green, Nottinghati. Sun., June 12, 3.30 p.m. Addresses Provincial Rally of the Knights of St. Columba at Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire. Tues., June 14. Annual Clergy Reunion of priests of the Notts Diocese at St. Bernal:-1.s' Cathedral and the Cathedral Hall. Thurs., June 16. Afternoon, takes part in Corpus Christie procession at Mount of St. Mary's College, Spinkhill, Derbyshire.

Menevia For Mgr. Petit, Bishop of Menevia : Eisteddfod Week at Llangollen, North Wales. Thurs., June 16 (Corpus Christi). Pontificates at High Mass in open air at 10 a.m., sung by Spanish Choir. Sun., June 19. Presides at High Mass sung by Canon Evans at 11 a.m., and Holy Hour at 3 p.m.

APPOINTMENTS Middlesbrough The following appointments are announced in the diocese of Middlesbrough: the Rev. D. Banks, C.F., to be chaplain of "Anchor House," Middlesbrough, in place of the Rev. G. McClean, who returns as assistant at St. Philomena's, Middlesbrough; the Rev. D. Quinlan, from sick leave, to be parish priest of St. Mary's, Yarm; the Rev. M. Lynam, from Yarns to he priest in charge of Corpus Christi, Brambles Farm, Middlesbrough; the Rev. 0. Cotboy, from Bridlington to Corpus Christi, Hull; the Rev. M. Barry, from Corpus Christi, Hull, to Bridlington.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Travelling Mission

The Mission will visit the following this week: Hurstmonceux and Iioram in the parish of Eastbourne. Mass will be said on Sun., June 12, at The Woolpack, Hurstmonceue, at 8.30 a.m., and at The Grange, Horam, at 10 a.m.

Kingsdown in the parish of Sevenoaks, and Vigo in the parish of

Gravesend. Mass will be said on Sun., at Stacklands Cottage, Kingsdown, at 8 a.m., and at the Church Army Hall, Vigo, at 9.30 a.m.

Legion of Mary A Day Retreat for men will be held at La Retraite Convent, Clapham Park, London, S.W.12, on Sun., June 26, commencing at 10.30 a.m. Applications to Legion of Mary (Retreats), The Clergy House, Santos Road, London, S.W.18.

Taunton Catholic Association Miss Barbara Ward, National President of the Catholic Women's League, will address a Public Meeting on "The Challenge of Our Time" at the Empire Hall, Taunton, on Fri., June 24, at 7.30 p.m. Sir Henry Slesser will be in the

chair. The meeting is under the auspices of the Taunton Catholic Association.

Catholic Guide Guild The Catholic Guide Guild Church Parade will take place on Sun., June

26, at 3.30 p.m. Meeting place, The Mall, London, S.W.L Further information from Miss E. Bonsor, 4 Roland Mansions, Rosary Gardens, London, S.W.7.

Ampleforth-Poles' Dance A dance under the auspices of the Amplcforth Society and the Old Girls' Association of Poles Convent, Ware, will take place at Hyde Park Hotel on Friday, June 24, from 9.30 p.m.


Sister Joseph of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, has been awarded a certificate by the Society for the Prevention of Life from Fire. for her action in preventing serious damage and loss of life, when a fire broke out at St. Teresa's Convent, Safford, last year.

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