Fine Lead in Hexham Diocese
LINKING UP YOUTH UNITS Another big step forward has been taken by the youth organisations of the dicrese of Hexham and Newcastle. With the permission of the Bishop, Mgr. Joseph Mc-Cormack, two large in dustrial areas have succeeded in bringing the Catholic youth units of the district together by the formation of leagues.
The two districts concerned arc the Tees-side area of Stockton and Billingham and the Wearside area of Sunderland as far west as Washington. Both districts recently claimed to be the first to set up area leagues, but the distinction of organising combined youth clubs was attained by Blyth and Cowpen in the closing months of last year.
In announcing the formation of the Sunderland and district movement, the Rev. R. Morrissy, parish priest of St. Joseph's. Sunderland, offered sound advice for the guidance of other districts and clubs. '' Representation on the local F.O.C. is essential. You niust keep your ear to the ground and know what the other youth organise:kw are doing and you Ca01 only find out by mixing with them. You must make a point of being properly represented on official bodies where you can get advice and help; e.specially financial Ire/p."
Fr. Morrissey told how typewriting and printing machines had been provided for the parish club and how classes had been in progress for members who were being trained in typing and printing.
The Rev. E. Connell, parish priest of St. John the Evangelist, Billingham, has reported splendid progress in the Tees area. The organised unity of the South Durham clubs partly bridges the gap between the populous Tyne and Wear district and the isolated Tees-side and will prove a valuable link in the eventual formation of a diocesan youth movement.