ALDEBURGH Aldeburgh has had its own Christian Co-operation meeting, a big audience filling the Moot Hall on June 5. when under the auspices of the Sword of the Spirit, addresses were given by the Mayor, the Vicars of Kesgrave and Aldeburgh, the Methodist Minister,
and by the Rev. Fr. Jolly. Major J. E. Payton explained the Movement. Said the Vicar of Kesgrave: " 1 doubt whether England can now be described as a Christian country. Unless the Christian bodies can cornbine to fight their common enemy, Paganism, they will fall as the small neutral countries have severally fallen sunder Nazi aggression."
It was reported at the annual meeting of Birmingham Catholic Boys' Association, held at Bishop's House last Sunday, that twenty-one boys' clubs are now receiving encouragement and support from the organisation. The Association continues to exercise a helpful influence in a variety of direc tions. The Rev. F. V. Fatten, St.
Smethwick, was re-elected chairman ; Mr. R. Hazlewood, vicechairman.; and Mr. C. V. Duffill, hon. secretary and treasurer.
In connection with the Christian cooperation movement, a crowded meeting, convened by the Bournemouth Union of Christian Thought and Action, assembled at Bournemouth on Wednesday re last week. The principal speakers were Miss Barbara Ward, hon. secretary of the " Sword of the Spirit " movement, and Mr. Maurice Reckitt, the well-known Anglican author. Prominent Catholics on the platform were the Rev. V. Watson, S.J., and Mr H. H. J. Ward, MAC. (Chairman of the Bournemouth Union, and a member of the National Executive of the Catholic Social Guild). The Mayor of Bournemouth, who had hoped to preside but was prevented from doing so by an unexpected civic engagement, sent a message of goodwill, and was represented by Alderman D. Asten. The subject of the meeting was " The Vocation of England,"
The charm of Corpus Christi is rarely seen to better effect than in the beautifully situated grounds of St. Helen's, Caerphilly, where the Solemn Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was held on Sunday. There were fewer witnesses than usual, for the procession was unheralded by bands, and only the low recitation of the Rosary gave aural indication that a great act of worship was being enacted. Led by CrossBearer and little boys and girls of the pstish. the men and women of the Confraternity of the Sacred Heart and
Children of Mary, all sections of the • parish took part.
CORBY The Church of Our Lady of Walsingham at Corby, Northants, was chosen by Bishop Parket for a special Corpus Christi visitation. In the morning the Bishop pontificated at High Mass and in the evening, wesisted by two Dominican Fathers Vom Laxion, he carried the Blessed Sacrament in a procession through the streets of the town. It was the lonAst and most colourful procession ever seen in Corby.
Speaking at a whist drive held at Erith in aid of the funds of the Southwark Catholic Rescue Society, the secretary, Fr. Healy, spoke of the part that many of the old boys and old girls were taking in the nation's war effort. He mentioned especially the case of a Canadian bandmaster who recently called on him to thank him for all ",at the society had done for him and other Canadians who were formally in the Rescue Society's care.
Fr. Healy thanked the organisers of the whist drive and congratulated theirs on having raised double the amount which the society received from a similar function last year. As a result of this whist drive the Rescue Society's funds benefited by £42.
He said, however, that he offered thanks on behalf of the thirteen bundren children in the care of the Rescue Society, not only on account of the financial help which the enthusiasm and heartfelt co-operation of all concerned had produced, but more especially because he felt that the whole function was an expression of sympathetic inter
eat in the work of the Southwark Rescue Society for the orphans and destitute children.
When the annual Corpus Christi procession took place on Sunday evening in the grounds of the Salesian College, Farnborough, Hants, the Rev. F. V. Couche, S.C. (Provincial) was the special preacher and also carried the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction being twice given at altar erected on the College lawns.
Several hundred parishioners—many in the distinctive regalia of various sodalities and organisations, such as the Blessed Sacrament Confraternity, Knights of St. Columba, Children of Mary, etc.—took part as well as the students of the Salesian College and the childi en from the local Catholic elementary school.
On Sunday, May 31, Solemn High Mass was sung at Farnborough, in the presence of his parents and sister, by the Rev. E. M. Abbott, who was ordained recently at Sale, Cheshire, by Bishop Moriarty for the diocese of Shrewsbury. He was educated at the English College, Rome, Oscott and Cambridge University. Fr. Sutherlond, S.C. (rector), preached during the Mass and, after congratulating the new priest, recalled the long connection of Fr. Abbott's family with Farnborough, making particular reference to the long years of devoted service given to the town by his grandfather, Mr. Morris, who was for many years a member of the Town Council, and for several years its chairman.
The Corpus Christi procession through the streets of the town of Kettering, which has become one of the keenly-anticipated annual events, was carried out with the usual pageantry.and devotion and so great were the crowds that the sermon for the first Lime was preached in the Open-air. The preacher was le, Henry St, John.
The Blessed Sacrament was carried in procession through the streets of Midhurst last Sunday afternoon, when teo open-air services were heid, while the Sacred Host reposed on temporary altars.
A feature of the function was the chanting by the large number of processionists of the Litany of the Holy Name and of the Rosary. The special preacher was Father Justin, 0.F.M., from Chilworth, while Father Fichter, of Petworth, was celebrant, assisted by Fathers O'Connell and Albert.
TWICKENHAM The annual Corpus Christi Procession at St. James' Parish, Twickenham, took place on Sunday. June 7, in the grounds ot St. Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, A ceremonial guard-ofhonour to the Blessed Sacrament was provided by St. Mary's College Unit of the Home Guard (5th Middlesex Battalion).