SIXTY priests front the Diocese of Galloway were among more than 500 guests who attended the opening of St. Andrew's Church, Dumfries, by Bishop McGee of Galloway on the Feast of St. Andrew. It replaces St. Andrew's Cathedral. formerly the Cathedral Church of the diocese, which was destroyed by tire in May, 1961.
Although strikingly modern in design, the new church incorporates the 150-year-old spire, and marble from the cathedral has been used in the construction of one of the smaller altars, From the spire a 7 ft. statue of St. Andrew will overlook the new building. [Interior picture above.)
The church was designed by Mt. John Copeland. of Sutherland, Dickie and Partners of Dumfries. and the beaten bronze Crucifix behind the High Altar (sec picture) by lain Stuart of Dublin.
Bishop McGee, congratulating the priests and people on the church's completion, said "The long period of doubt, anxiety, expectation is over and today we have the happiness of celebrating the first Mass in this splendid new building.'
He recalled the fire and other "tragic events -not to open old sores but to praise the steadfastness of this congregation through difficult times".
Soon after the fire it had been decided that St. Andrew's would not he rebuilt and that it would lose the status of cathedral church of the diocese of Galloway. which it had enjoyed since 1878.
Then came the death of Canon O'Sullivan who had been identified with Se Andrew's parish as assistant and administrator for close on 30 years.
Commenting on the architectural style (Sr the church, with, its simple, almost austere interior, he asked the people to accept this as
a challenge. Accustomed as they were to rather florid Gothic or Romanesque designs, they might tend to regard the difference in architecture as stra.nge. But this in itself should shake them out of their accepted ways of thinking and pose the question Why?
On the Li turg cal changes. Bishop McGee spoke of the study and research which have resulted in e fuller understanding of the Church's worship. "My dearest wish is that in this new church the sacred Liturgy may be celebrated with dignity and decorum. so that it may he the centre of a living community, united in charity."
Last Supper origins A demonstration of what was involved in the Paschal Meal and of what happened at the Last Supper was given last week at Christ Church. Heald Green, Cheshire, by Fr. Austin Smith. C.P. In a mission service on the origins of the Mass. Fr. Smith read St. Matthew's account of the Upper Room and .then discussed the history of the Passover and the development of the Paschal Meal.
Set in the nave of the church was a table hearing all the ingredients of the traditional Paschal Meal of the Old Testament-three pieces of unleavened bread, a shankbone of a lamb, an egg. bitter herbs, sweet sauce and four cups of wine.
Explaining the symbolism of each. Fr. Smith said it was customary for the Jews to leave a piece of bread and a cup of wine in case the Messiah should arrive. It was these. he said. which Our Lord consecrated at the Last Supper and thus linked the past with the fuhire, rendering all the other symbols unnecessary.
The foundation stone of a 190,000 church will be laid and blessed by Archbishop Beck on Tuesday evening in Wigan. Dedieated to St. Jude and located in the Worsley Mesnes suburban area. it is an offshoot of the 88-year-old parish of St. Joseph in the town
centre. It has been made necessary by the shift of population. A concrete structure in modern idiom to the design of Mr. L. A. G. Pritchard of Liverpool, it complies with the latest liturgical requirements, Fan-like in shape, with windows of tel glass 30 ft, in length, it gives 600 worshippers an uinterrupted viers/ of the High Altar. The circular baptistery. separate from the main building. is linked by a corridor with the church, This provides the main entrance to the building.
More than £500 was raised by a Christmas bazaar in aid of St. John's Church, Banbury, in the new community centre below the church. The bazaar was opened by Lt.-Col. C. P. Russell, Commander of thc U.S.A.F. Base. Croughton, and Mrs. Russell.
Equal treatment plea
Any application front Catholics for land on which to build a church at Ainsdale, Southport, should he treated in the same way as one from the Anglicans, it was stressed at the December meeting of Southport Town Council.
The proposed sale of an acre of land at Pinfold Lane. Ainsdale. for an Anglican Church. parsonage house and hall at a price of £6,500 had been referred to the finance committee to see if the land could be sold at a much lower price. Councillor Dr. W. H. Scott said that if this was going to set a precedent the sante thing should be done..for any church. and Councillor E. J. Downs said every de nomination should be treated the same.
Show folk sing at Mass
Professional singers and musicians took an active part in a St. Cecilia's Day Mass offered at St. Peter and Paul's church in Clerkenwell London. Songwriter Tommy O'Connor served Mass.
Margaret Savage of "The Black and White Minstrel Show" sang U Sanctissi ma. Diane Todd, who sings at Sadler's Wells, sang the .4 et, Muria. Andy Cole. who appeared on last Sunday's "Melody Hour" IBBC) sang ?anis A m;elicus. Mr. Bruce Trent. of the Catholic Stage Guild react the Gospel, New village church
Catholics living in and around Mawnan Smith, a tiny village in Cornwall, will soon no longer have to attend Mass in the village hall. Bishop Restieaux of Plymouth will open their new St. Edward's church on Sunday, December 19. It cost £10,000 and seats 150.
Six small children cut the first turf for the new church in April-grandchildren of Mrs. A. E. Pilgrim who gave the land in memory of her late husband.
Friends of Malta
Prince Philip has accepted the Presidency of The Friends of Malta, G.C., 1khose object is to foster and further the welfare of the people of Malta. The Friends were founded by Mr, Basil SI. I 'relsey-Fven in 1963 to help those in need to adjust themselves to the changes caused,. by the reduction of the BritishvServices and to encourage and promote training and opportunities for those who wish to work abroad.
Priests at Vicar's induction
Two Catholic priests from St. Edmund's Church. Whitton, were present at the induction Iasi week of the new Anglican vicar at St. .Augustine's Church. Whitton, the Rev. Henry W. G. Vincent, a Baptist minister was also there.
The institution service was conducted by Bishop Goocichild of Kensington and Archdeacon Morcorn of Middlesex inducted Mr. Vincent. This is believed to he the first time Catholie priests have attended such a ceremony.