Canon Oliver Kelly, the administrator of Westminster Cathedral, has appealed to parishioners to give more to support the Cathedral. Speaking at all Masses there last Sunday he said that he was counting on their help, and he asked visiting tourists to be especially generous, as they made up half the congregations.
"Parishioners will receive by post a special message from Cardinal Hume," Canon Kelly said. "People will be calling on you and suggesting planned giving and covenanting." He explained that covenanting would bring in half as much again "with no extra cost to anyone except the taxman."
Canon Kelly pointed out that in 1975 the running costs would amount to £60 an hour and the Cathedral got no aid from the diocese. He said that the II million appeal had been a tremendous
success; however, more than onethird would go on the fabric while another third had not yet been received in cash.
The remainder — about £200,000 had been invested, and they were trying to run the Cathedral on the interest from that, and on voluntary contributions, he said.
Last year the Cathedral was having to borrow £550 a week, and they ended the year £30,000 in debt.
Cardinal Newman plaque proposed
The Historic Buildings Committee of the Greater London Council is to consider a suggestion that a commemorative plaque should be put on Grey Court House, the boyhood home of Cardinal Newman, at Ham, near Richmond, Surrey.