Civil Service Guild
Requiem Mass for Deceased Members On Monday, the annual Requiem Masses for deceased members / of the Guild were celebrated. One was at Westminster Cathedral, and was celebrated by Fr. Malachy Peery. The other, for members employed in the West of London, was said at St. Augustine's, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith. There was a large attendance at each.
On Tuesday, Mr. Shane Leslie lectured to the members at Denison Hall, Vauxhall Bridge Road, his subject being The Fitzherbert Papers." The number present provided evidence of the popularity of the series of lectures which forms part of the winter programme.
The outstanding event of the autumn programme will be the annual dinner and dance which will take place at the Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych, on Wednesday, November 23, at 7.30, preceded by a reception at 7 p.m. The attendance of any Catholic Civil Servant will be welcome. Further information regarding this event may be obtained from the Hon. Secretary, Mr. J. P. Batten, " Marycot," Purley Oaks Road, Sanderstead, Surrey.
What is the Place of the Catechism?
The monthly conference and meeting of the Catholic Teachers' Guild was held at the Convent of Notre Dame, Southwark, on Monday, November 7.
The preacher was the Rev. Fr. A, M. Tozzi (S.C. Provincial) who gave an inspiring address on the vocation of the teacher.
He pointed out that this vocation came next in importance to the sacred priesthood itself and that teachers had a wonderful opportunity of co-operating with Almighty God in perfecting the human soul.
At the meeting which followed, the Rev. James Thompson read a paper on " The Proper Approach to the Teaching of the Catechism."
He said that Catholics had no doubts (as had so many outside the Church) about the aim of education, which is to co-operate with God's grace to produce the perfect Christian, but there was increasing doubt as to methods, especially in teaching Catechism. Catechism is indeed a summary of the Faith, but it has been made much more of by some.
St. Paul showed the real method of teaching the truths of religion in his constant preaching of a Person—Jesus Christ crucified—and devotion to the Person of Our Lord is the only perfect means of building up a knowledge of the Faith.
Fr. Thompson then gave some interest
ing quotations from an American publication on the correct approach to the Catechism.
Press Not All-Powerful The power of the Press lies in exploiting ideas already held rather than in implanting them, was one point made by the Rev. John Garvin, D.D., Ph.D., at the third session of the Autumn Conference organised by the Brakespeare Club on " Revolutionary Forces in England Today," speaking on " Pressure Through Print."
Mr. E. I. Macdonald was in the chair. Dr. Garvin stated that in the struggle, which must be a struggle to the death, between the subversive forces of paganism, pessimism and secularism and the Mystical Body of Christ, the Press is a paramount factor.
It has been calculated that daily newspapers are read by 150,000,000 readers, while twenty thousand million pounds of wood pulp and fibre are yearly blackened with printer's ink and mentally devoured by an insatiable public.
Communist literature, blatantly revolutionary, anti-God and anti-Christ, has poured through the country like a flood. It ranged from Left Book Club productions to broadsheets like the Monkey Wrench and the Busman's Punch, from expensive periodicals to halfpenny street-call papers like the Goswell Road Megaphone and the Watling Spark.
In considering the effects of this propaganda it is unwise to exaggerate the powers of the Press and foster the illusion that the Press can do just what it will with the thoughts, emotions and conscience of the public.
The Liberal Party was returned to power before the War and the Labour Party after the War in the face of a Press that was overwhelmingly Conservative.
The power of the Press lies in exploiting and developing that which is already in germ and in making men hold as a firm conviction thae which they held before as a tentative opinion. Hence, judged on the whole, Communist propaganda has failed.
The everyday Press, the lecturer went on, is more dangerous. This Press knows its power and plays for its own ends on the needs, the passions, the self-interest, the greed for gain and the lust for licence which is a feature of the pagan crowds in our country today.
Brentwood Branch Inaugurated At a well attended meeting held in the Cathedral Hall last Saturday, with Dr. Doubleday, Bishop of Brentwood, in the chair, it was agreed to form the Brentwood Diocesan Guild of Catholic Teachers.
His Lordship explained how the Hierarchy had decided that a Teachers' Guild should be set up in every diocese on the lines of that recently established in Glasgow, but with slightly amended Rules and Constitution. In his opinion it was now opportune to go ahead in Brentwood.
"I want all Catholic teachers in my diocese to join. I know that everyone cannot attend all meetings, but we can all pray for the good of the diocese," said the Bishop.
Referring to the present position of education, Dr. Doubleday said that the cost of reorganisation of senior and junior schools was enormous, but where it was practicable it would, of course, be carried out; otherwise it would still be part of our Catholic policy to hold on to the old way in which we carried on education.
His Lordship then proposed the establishment of the Brentwood Diocesan Guild of Catholic Teachers, which was unanimously agreed.