St John the Evangelist parish. Islington, London, is to extend its youth work programme and modify the church crypt to provide social, disco and art and craft areas. The parish is advertising for a youth worker who would develop a youth programme in the crypt and work with voluntary youth workers. Anyone interested should contact St John's Youth Club, 39 Duncan Terrace, London NI.
There was an excellent response to the schools' poetry competition for Prisoners' Sunday last month, most entries coming from the primary and lower secondary age groups. The prize in the primary section went to Kushla Prasaol of St Mary's Convent, London, NW3; in the lower secondary section to Maria Morley of St Dominic's School, Harrow, Middlesex and in the senior section to Gregory Falvey of Halstead, Essex. The prizes were record tokens.
Christian organisations and individuals opposed to racism and Fascism, and in particular the activities of the National Front, are invited to attend a national assembly at Friends House, Euston Road, London, WC', on January 28 at noon. Speakers include Fr Michael Hollings, Pauline Webb and Canon Wilfred Wood. Details From Christians Against Racism and Fascism, c/o CRRU. BCC, 2 Eaton Gate, London, SW I .
A course for school managers and governors is being organised by the school's committee of the Westminster Diocesan Education Commission. The course will cover the duties and functions of managing and governing bodies and will be held on Thursdays from January 26 at the Maria Fidelis Convent School, 34 Phoenix Road, London, NW1.
The 1978 Almanac for the Salford Diocese, published last week, contains a comprehensive list of parishes with their telephone numbers, diocesan societies and priests. It is available from the Catholic Truth Society bookshop, 8 South King Street, Manchester, price 40p, or from parishes in the diocese. "Charity is not Enough" will be the theme of a lecture by Miss Mildred Neville, Director of the Catholic Institute for International Relations, at More House, the Catholic Chaplaincy for West London. 53 Cromwell Road. London, on Sunday at 7 pm. The lecture is the first in a series during the spring term. Cardinal Hume will speak on "The Quest for God" on January 22 and Archbishop Anthony Bloom on "The Relevance of Prayer in the Modern World" on January 29.
More than 200 British Rail travel tokens from cornflake packets have been sent to the Catholic Social Service for Prisoners in response to an appeal in the letters page of the Catholic Herald two weeks ago. Mr James Earthrowl, Director of the CSSP, is able to exchange the tokens for a voucher which enables a wife visiting her husband in a distant prison to take two children free of charge to visit their father. Packet tops should be Sent to James Earthrowl, Director, Catholic Social Service for Prisoners, 497a Kings Road, London, SW10.
The parish of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, is planning a renewal programme to occupy the entire six weeks of Lent and culminating in the Easter Liturgy.
On Ash Wednesday the speaker will be Fr Peter Twin, of the American Society of the Atonement, and on March 13 Bishop Victor Guazzelli will preach during evening prayer and, at his own request, will stay on to meet parishioners afterwards.
A series of talks for engaged couples entitled "Getting Married" has been arranged by the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council and will be held every Tuesday at 8 .p.m. from next week at St Augustine's Hall, 55 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6.
The Justice and Peace Commission, Cafod and the Council for World Development Education, are to hold a one-day conference in the spring on the place of development studies in secondary school curricula. Choirs from all over the country will meet at the Williams School of Church Music at Harpenden, Hertfordshire, next month. On Saturday, February 4, starting at 3 pm, a half-day conference entitled "Come and Sing" will be held, designed to meet the needs of church choirs of all sizes and standards. Admission is free to all choirs who arc members of the school's Affiliation Scheme, and £1.35 a head (including tea) for non-members, Mr Clive Bright, the Principal, will conduct the massed choirs in the choruses from "The Crucifixion," and John Winter, the Assistant Principal, will talk on "Church Music — Ancient and Modern."
The Rev William John Davies, vicar of Twickenham, Middlesex, who in the early 19605 founded the Twickenham United Christian Council and, with the late Canon William Gordon of St James' Church there, forged the first links between the Anglicans and Catholics of the town, retires from the active ministry in April. after being the incumbent of the parish church for 23 years. He was the first Anglican clergyman to attend a Mass at St James'.
Inter-denominational views on homosexuality will be exchanged on January 18, when the Association for Pastoral Care and Counselling meets at Leo Baeck College, London. Speakers include a rabbi, priests, and those involved in counselling homosexuals. The open meeting starts at 10.30 am and will be chaired by Fr Louis Marteau.
Monfort House School, the only Catholic day school in the Westminster archdiocese catering for educationally sub-normal children, has recently moved from Golders Green to Carlisle Place, London, SW I.
The Guild of Catholic and Professional Social Workers is holding an open meeting on human rights at Damascus House, Mill Hill, London, in the last weekend in January. Speakers will include Fr Theodore Davey, of Heythrop College, and a representative of the National Council for Civil Liberties.