ABOUT 20,000 visitors are expected at the North East exhibition centre in Cosforth Park, Newcastle this weekend to see an exhibition mounted by more than 60 North East Catholic religious orders and societies. The exhibition will begin on Saturday with a Mass cenceiebrated by Bishop Owen Swindlehurst, auxiliary bishop of Ilexham and Newcastle and local priests. On Sunday Bishop Hugh Lindsay, the diocesan bishop, will celebrate the Mass.
The venture has been organised by the Knights of St Columba, and is intended to show the scope of the spiritual and caring activities of the local Church. The last exhibition of its kind was held in 1976 and attracted more than 16,000 people.
FOURTEEN leaders of Liverpool's churches signed a letter of greetings to the city on its centenary this week. The letter was delivered to the mayor by the Rev David Williamson, ecumenical officer designate of the Merseyside Churches Ecumenical Council, on Wednesday. In it the Church leaders affirmed their faith in the future of Liverpool, and pledged themselves to work for the fulfilment of this belief.
THE PARISH of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the Bahamas sent £.990 towards the Herald Lent appeal for Mother Teresa.
MORI. people than ever are expected to take part in this year's Blessed Sacrament Procession through thn streets of Manchester on Sunday June 15. The procession began in 1974, replacing the old "Whit Walks". A record number of 34 parishes and groups will walk this year. A new feature will be the participation of the Salford diocesan representation to the recent National Pastoral Congress in 1.iverpool. They will walk immediately in front of the Blessed Sacrament, 150 strong.
THE largest gathering of Benedictine monks that Scotland has seen for 400 years took place at Fort Augustus on Saturday as • part of the celebrations of the 1500th anniversary of the birth of St Benedict. Bishop Mario Conti of Aberdeen represented the Scottish hierarchy 1Natfle special High Mass at the Fort Augustus church on the banks of Loch Ness. Scotland's three Benedictine abbots as well as monks from England and Ireland also took part.