Lift needed at Sussex priory
THIS week the newly formed League of Friends of the Holy Cross Priory in Heathfield, Sussex started fund-raising for a lift for the sevenstorey building. To cost in the vicinity of £7,000, the lift will make life much easier for the 40 housebound people at the priory and the Sisters of Grace and Compassion who look after them.
Since October when the building was taken over, stairs have been the only link in the building, which has been undergoing major interior renovations.
It will be officially opened and blessed by Bishop Cashman, of Arundel and Brighton on April 25.
The League of Friends, which has Major Pat Reid, of The Colditz Story fame as its chairman, started running a clothes, furniture and general shop in Heathfield on Tuesday. The shop, which district ladies will operate, will be open between 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for the next
two months, Secretary, Miss Peggy Bunt, is accepting gifts to be sold. The treasurer is Mr. Downs-Shawe, a retired engineer from Mayfield.
Russian ban on Sunday schools
CHURCHES and religious bodies in the Federative Soviet Socialist Republic — the largest and most influential in Russia — have been warned in a new decree against holding Sunday school classes. "Offenders" will be fined up to £20.
The same decree names other "offences" which will carry similar fines. They include failure of religious organisations to register with local authorities and violation of the regulation forbidding religious meetings, processions and public ceremonies.
Moscow Radio said last week that the law was drafted after complaints that religious organisations, especially Baptists and other Protestant groups, had been "overstepping the limits of religious freedom".
The complaints were published by Pravda, which also printed letters from atheists in Rostov accusing Baptists of openly breaking the law forbidding churches to maintain schools. Other papers have accused Baptists and Pentecostalists of "crippling children's free thinking and souls by religious propaganda".
Five priests rally to mission call
FIVEpriests of Westminster archdiocese have quickly responded to Cardinal Heenan's 'recent appeal for volunteers for the missions. Two of the priests are aged over 50. All five will be leavinz in September.
Most will be going to the South American mission. But Monsignor John Coonan, one of the five, has been working for African and Asian students in the London University Chaplaincy at St. Patrick's, Soho, for many years. To follow this up, he is assigned to Africa.
Three of the priests are at present working in London parishes. They are Fr. Denys Lucas, who is also an expert in catechetics and taught for 24 years at St. Hugh's College, Ware, Fr. John Robson, formerly a practising doctor, and Fr. Paul Mullins.
Fr. Austin Garvey, one of the priests destined for South America, is at present a housemaster at Ware.
Monsignor Coonan and Fr. Lucas will be working in conjunction with the Mill Hill Fathers in Africa. Fr. Robson, Fr. Mullins and Fr. Garvey. in South America, will be working with the Columban Fathers.
English help in fire drama
Two Grail volunteers from England, Margaret Quinn, of Leeds and Kathleen Jones, of Sutton, last week figured in a fire drama in Harissa, Lebanon. When a fire broke out in the home for deaf boys there, they kept the boys in the chapel until the blaze was brought under control.
All the boys' books and clothes were destroyed in the fire. Funds to replace them are urgently needed and an appeal has been opened by the Grail, Waxwell Farm House, Pinner, Middlesex. Also boys' clothing may be sent direct to Fr. Ronald Roberts, cPo UNIA, Zone Franche, Beirut, Lebanon.
New guide to Newman's Oxford
ANEW booklet, Newman's Oxford, A Guide for Pilgrims, has just been published by a joint group of Catholics and Anglicans to help visitors to Oxford appreciate more the places where Cardinal Newman lived and worked.
The 20-page guide contains photographs and old drawings of Trinity College, where Newman studied as a youth and later became its first honorary fellow, Oriel College, where he was a fellow until 1845, St. Mary's, where he preached his famous Oxford Movement sermons, and Littlemore where he became a Catholic.
The text is full of quotations from his writings and from the biographical works by Miss Mello! Trevor.
Fr. Humphrey Crookenden of the Birmingham Oratory and the Rev. Valentine Fletcher, Anglican vicar of Littlemore, compiled the book. For the past year they have held ecumenical meetings in Newman's old buildings at Littlemore.
Anglican school as a church?
QT. ANDREW'S C. of E. h-/ primary school on Ham Common may be converted to a Roman Catholic Church. Plans for the change-over are now before the London borough of Richmond.
Fr. Francis Davys of St. Elizabeth's church, Richmond, says that the building would need internal alterations. The proposal is for a church for 250 people.
An earlier application to build a new church on the site of the existing present church hut was turned down by the council because of the lack of parking accommodation.
The council has already approved a previous application to use the former school building as a youth club headquarters, subject to observations of the Greater London Council. But its eventual use will depend on negotiations with the Church of England authorities.