Given only three days' notice nearly two hundred young men and women attended a Young Christian Workers' meeting at Sheffield on Sunday.
It was revealed at the meeting that the Hierarchy had approved the Y.C.W. girls movement as an official form of Catholic Action in England.
The Rev. James Bradley, of St. Marie's Church, Norfolk Row, Sheffield, gave praise to the Y.C.W.
" This movement, founded by a miner's son, tackles the job in the right way by trying to prevent evils rather than cure them. The modern working man, living in surroundings infested with paganism, can be helped only by those who understand him. The Young Christian Workers can understand him, do help him.
" There are two factors in the Y.C.W. which, I think, ensure its success-willingness for sacrifice on the part of its members and their basing of their spiritual outlook on the Mass.
" I stand before you as one converted to the movement, which I give my fullest approval."
Pat Keegan, National Secretary of the Y.C.W., got down to the facts'about the " leakage problem."
" The Catholic boy is plunged straight from school to the factory. To counteract the effects of the pagan atmosphere in which the boy works the influence of the Y.C.W. is needed. The Catholic worker can be an apostle among his fellow workers, whether they are Catholic or non-Catholic.
" We Must Study Catholic Press "
" The Catholic social programme is the finest in the world, but to spread its ideas Catholic youth must be trained, it must be organised, it must be united. The best training is the study of the Catholic Press and a better understanding and better use of the Mass."
Pat Keegan then described the progress that had been made by the Y.C.W. in England and in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary; and the approval that had been given to the movement by the Hierarchies in all these countries.
Briefly he outlined the aims of the Y.C.W.
" We try to see working-class conditions as they are, and to contrast them with the ideals and principles of Catholic social teaching. Then we act in accordance with our intention, the complete betterment of wage-earning youth.' " It is probable that a Y.C.W. cell will be formed soon in the parish of St. Marie. In three other parishes in Sheffield there are groups of boys eager to start centres.