Mr Albert Naismith, the Catholic Press Officer for Scotland, and his colleague, Mr Resale McClean, Glasgow Archdiocesan Communications Officer, have been appointed members of the Catholic Education Commission, Mr Naismith has been Scottish National Press Officer since June, 1973, succeeding Mr McOwan, who had founded the office in 1968. Mr McOwan was appointed to the Glasgow post earlier this year, A retreat, entitled "The Practice of Prayer" will be held at the Abbey on Iona from August 19 to 26. It will be led by Fr Michael Simpson, Si. and Lisa Reynolds.
A charismatic prayer weekend with Fr Ian Petit, OSB, will be held att he Wood Hall Conference COMM, Wetherby, Yorkshire, from 'September 29 to October 1.
Cardinal Hume paid a special visit to Harperbury Hospital, Hertfordshire, last week to see for himself what was being done for the mentally handicapped there. The visit was a curtain-raiser to the hospital's celebration of its 50th anniversary which falls in October. Later this month there will be a week of events when the public is being invited to come and learn more about the hospital. An exhibition to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the occupation of Czechoslovakia will be opened by Lord Home of the Hirsel at I pm on Monday at the Tea Centre, 22 Regent Street, London SW I , The exhibition will open daily from 10 am to 6.30 pm until Friday.
Fr Richard Atherton, senior Catholic Chaplain to Prisons, was among those who attended the annual prison chaplains' conference at King Alfred's College, Winchester, this week. He preached at the united service there on Wednesday. The theme of the conference was "Why Prisons?"
Thc branch of Let 1,Ive at Rayleigh, Essex. is holding its annual autumn fete on September 2. This year their "Easter Egg Collection" raised more than £625.
The streets around St Peter's Italian Church, Clerkenwell Road, London, Ed, will be the scene for the annual religious procession in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel this Sunday. Last year more than 3,000 people attended. Afterwards the Italian community will be holding a traditional sagra, or fair, at which there will be food, music, dancing, singing and games.
A full colour, eight-page leaflet for use at harvest time has been produced by the Bible Society. It provides a theme for Sunday worship through Bible passages on celebration, thanksgiving and future hope. Leaflets are available at 13 per pack of 50, plus 60p postage and packing (two or more packs half price). Contact David Hall, 146 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4.
"London Entertains", a festival of I.ondon's many different cultures, opens next Friday on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral. It has been organised to help Londoners celebrate their rich cultural life and to encourage them to seek out their neighbours from different backgrounds. Most of the events will be in and around the Covent Garden Piazza area over the weekend Archbishop Michael Bowen of Southwark will be the guest of honour at the annual meeting of the Catholic Social Service for Prisoners next Wednesday. It is to be held at the Irish Club, 82 Eaton Square, London, SW I.
The new primary school of St Michael St Martin in Cambridge Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, was officially blessed on Tuesday by Cardinal Hume. The ceremony was also attended by the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Hounslow, together with several councillors and clergy from the other Christian Churches. The school moved to its new site last February.
Tim Hutchings, 19, an old boy of Worth School, Crawley, Sussex, has been selected to represent England in the 1,500 metres race at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada, at the end of this month. Last month he broke the fourminute barrier in the Emsley Carr Mile. a prestige race to which competitors have to be invited.
A one-year course on Christianity, Human Rights and Social Justice has been arranged by the Catholic Institute of Social Ethics, to begin in October. The wide-ranging course covers the scriptural origins, historical development and present content of the Church's social teaching and its application to the needs of modern society. Details from Fr Roger Charles SJ, 114 Mount Street, London, WI.
A chance for people to catch up on their reading in pleasant company and beaut:ful surroundings is provided by One for Christian Renewal. The movement has organised a "Reading Party" at the Retreat House, 11 Abbey Square, Chester, from March 26 to 29 next year. Those interested should contact Canon Horace Dammers, The Deanery, Charlotte Street, Bristol, as soon as possible Be accommodation is limited. Cost for the few days is £10 plus £2 non-returnable deposit.
Madonna House, the home for the lonely and homeless at the Convent of Our Lady of Charity, Bartestree, Hereford, will soon be ready for use. But if anyone has anything to spare in the way of furniture, bedding, curtains, china, cooking utensils, a typewriter indeed any of the innumerable things a home needs they would be very welcome. People who think they can help should contact Miss W. Loughlin, 8 Sandown Lane, Wavertree, Liverpool, L15, for details of what to do.
Dr Clifford Hill, a Congregational minister who is also a sociologist, has been appointed secretary for Evangelism and Church Growth by the Evangelical Alliance. Mr Hill has been deeply involved in race relations for 20 years. He now has plans for establishing a national movement in evangelism which will extend into the 1980s.
Yehudi Menuhin, the famous violinist, has been appointed as a judge of the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion, which aims to bring together knowledge of science and theology. This year the winner was Professor Tom Torrance of Edinburgh. The prize is worth £80,000.
Br Francis, a missionary in Kenya, has written asking Herald readers to send him copies of the Herald and other periodicals when they have finished with them. His address is P.O. Box 72200, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. Fr Stanislaus Brindley CM, Dom David Parry OSM, and Fr Derek Lance are the speakers at three afternoons of renewal which have been arranged at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, London, SE1, for the autumn. The series began last Sunday with a talk on the Mass by Fr Rubin Maxted.
Parents experiencing problems bringing up their children form the largest single group who have contacted CARE (Counselling Advice Referral Enquiries), the family advice telephone-in service run by the National Children's Home in Scotland. Calls have also come from many teenagers and single parents. The project, run by two social workers in Glasgow, is an experiment directed at NCH's intended involvement in next year's International Year of the Child. The telephone number is 041 634 5957.
More than 90 exhibits featuring the work of 13 British Mouth and Foot Painting Artists are on display at an exhibition, "MFPA Facets," at St Katherine Cree Church, Leadenhall Street, London, EC3. The exhibition is part of this year's Festival of the City of London: it opened on Monday and will continue until July 24. Opening times: 10 am until 3.30 pm.
The national annual conference of the Catholic Nurses Guild takes place at the Huddersfield Polytechnic, Queensgate, Huddersfield, from August 21 to 24. Those attending are asked to bring a prize with them for the Tombola stall. The theme of the conference is "Our Patients and Their Needs." Full details from Mrs E. Galvin, 2 Alexandra Road West, Longwood, Huddersfield (Tel 0484 652228).
Donors of Green Shield Stamps have already helped the Catholic Social Service for Prisoners to obtain office equipment, but more are always welcome. Any quantity of loose stamps or books, filled or unfilled, helps. Send them to CSSP at 495-497a Kings Road, London, SW10.
The Medina Valley Centre, which organises activities such as sailing, field studies and arts and crafts, is offering a free weekend at Dodnor, in the Isle of Wight, to anyone who would like to promote the work of the centre. Probable dates for the weekend are September 30 to October 1. Anyone interested should contact Cohn Riches, Medina Valley Centre, Dodnor Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, for details.
The National Council for the Single Woman and her Dependants are holding a National Dependants' week now to draw attention to the problems of women who give up the prospect of a career and marriage to look after elderly relatives. Anyone who would like to know more about the support the NCSWD to single women should contact 29 Chilworth Mews, London W2.
The human rights group, Freedom to Believe of St Joseph's Church, Cardiff, will be holding a "shoppers' coffee morning" on behalf of the Persecuted Church on Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m. until noon at St Joseph's Infant School, Whitchurch Road, Cardiff.
* * * A message of sympithy has been sent on behalf of members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement in the Manchester area to the leaders of the Elim Pentecostal Church in Cheltenham who administer the Rhodesian mission where 12 people were recently massacred. Members of the movement who attended a concelebrated Mass in Manchester also heard Bishop 1.angton Fox of Menevia give an account of the International Renewal Conference in Dublin.
Cardinal Hume was the principal celebrant at the Golden Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving held at St Saviour's Church, Abbots Langley recently. The parishioners and the Salvatorian community who serve the parish held a reception in the parish hall afterwards.
Mr Victor Francis Wailer, of Scarborough Road, Great Walsingham, Norfolk, who died in February, left 127,387 gross, £27,180 net. After a personal bequest of £150, he left 15,000 to the Little Sisters of Jesus, London W5, and the residue to the Benedictine Community at Pluscarden Priory, near Elgin, Morayshire.
Mrs Rosalie Maxwell, of Hailsham Road, Worthing. who died in December, left £50,742 gross, £50,429 net. She left £500 and some effects to the Little Sisters of the Poor. Hove; £100 each to Worthing and District Animal Rescue Service and the PDSA; £50 to St Mary's Cat holic Church, Worthing, and £25 to the Blue Cross. Miss Anna Veronica Flynn, of Brookfield Road, Thornton, Blackpool, Lancashire, who died in March, left £26,615 gross, 126,415 net. She left 11,000 to St Benet's Catholic Church, Kemerton. near Tewkesbury, and the residue to Stan brook Abbey, near Worcester, "in token of my esteem and my gratitude for the friendship of the community of the said abbey".
Norah Aspin, of Broad Street, Rhodes, Middleton, Lancashire, who died in February, left £21,300 gross, 121,029 net. She left 15,000 to St Thomas More's Church, Rhodes, and £1,500 each to Salford Catholic Ecclesiastical Education Council and Father Hudson's Homes, Birmingham.