at High Mass
THE insignia of a 'Knight of St. Gregory were presented to Councillor F. J. McInnes, a former Mayor of Bournemouth, by Bishop King at High Mass on Sunday at the Church of the Sacred Heart.
The Mass was attended by the present Mayor and Mayoress, members of the town council, and representative Catholic laymen from all the Catholic organisations in the borough.
At last week's council meeting the Mayor publicly congratulated Councillor McInnes on receiving a Papal decoration and announced his intention of attending the presentation ceremony. He also invited members of the council to accompany him.
Fr. Norman Dennis, S.J.. who was Mayor's chaplain during Councillor McInnes's term of office, welcomed the visitors to the church.
Councillor McInnes, who has been a member of the town council for 18 years, received considerable public opposition during his term of office because he was a Catholic. He also refused to attend religious services in any church hut his own.
During his term as Mayor he paid an official visit to Rome with Fr. Dennis.