Help is needed to compile a handbook of outline plans to help teachers taking assemblies in educationally sub-normal (ESN) schools. Any suggestions should be sent to Mrs C.i. H. Reynolds, Tilsworth House, near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Many young people in Germany and Austria, boys and girls aged 12 to 22 years, are in search of a penfriend in the United Kingdom, who would be ready to accept a penfriendship. No language knowledge is necessary for all write in English. Boys and girls interested should write To: International Catholic Correspondence, Pax Christi, PO Box 2041: D-6630 Saarlouis 1, West Germany, giving their address, personal data and languages known.
The Sons of Divine Providence are looking for items which portray pre Reformation devotion to Our Lady. They want information and photographs of statues, murals, stained glass windows and especially any works which are still venerated in churches or shrines. They are to produce a new calendar devoted to the theme of devotion to Our Lady. Any information would be welcomed by the Order at 25 Lower Teddington Road. Hampton Wick, Kingston Upon Thames.
A new branch of the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council has opened its doors in Crewe, Cheshire. Eight CMAC trained counsellors are working in Imperial Chambers, Prince Albert Street under the chairmanship of Fr Kevin Moorhouse of St Gabriel's, Alsager, Staffordshire. A second office will open within the next six months in the Northwich area.
The Rev J. E. Pawsey, a race relations worker in the diocese of Southwark, will be one of the
speakers at a one-day conference of the Institute of Religion and Medicine at the Bloomsbury Institute,
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2 on January 31. He will speak on "Social Myths and Social Injustice." Details from the Institute's organising secretary, St Margaret's Road, Oxford,
Money is needed to support Fr Emmanuel Ifesieh, a Nigenan priest now doing a three year course m Oxford. Because of the poverty in his diocese he has asked his bishop not to fund him but to use the money for the training there. Consequently he needs more than £2,000 a year. Readers who would like to help can write to him direct at Linacre College, St Cross Road, Oxford or contact Miss Elizabeth Webb, 86 Edge Hill. Wimbledon, London, SW19. All donations will be acknowledged.
"Church Funds for Liberation: a Sin or Salvation?" was the theme of a
discussion on Tuesday at the Africa Centre, 38 King Street, London, WC2, chaired by Dr Colin Winter, the exiled Anglican Bishop of Damaraland. The speakers were the Rev Sandy Kirby of the World Council of Churches; the Rev James
Wilkie, Africa secretary of the British Council of Churches; David Kingdon of the International Christian Network, and Graham Blaney of the Christian League of Southern Africa.
Religious books and books on reli gion are needed by a chaplain at one of London's large prisons. They are being collected at the presbytery of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, 6 Knowle Close, London
Crisis at Christmas are asking for volunteers to help run their "Open Christmas" for single homeless people who have nowhere to go over .the holiday season. Volunteers are needed for 8-hour shifts, and to help prepare the centre. Gifts of food are also required, especially Christmas fare. Please contact Crisis at Christmas, St Vincent's, 85 Carlisle Place. London, SW I.
A series of four public meetings on different aspects of peace has been organised by the Whetstone Peace Group and will be held at the parish Centre of St Mary Magdalen's Atheneum Road, Whetstone, London, N20, on January 8, 15 and 22 at 8 pm. The first in the series is called "Prisoners of Conscience" and will be led by Sister Elizabeth Creehan, of Pax Christi. Details from Mr Jean Murat Telephone 01-368 7276.
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The Life Care and Housing Trust was launched by Life's Chairman, Professor J. J. Scarisbrick, who explained that the trust was set up by Life to facilitate the caring and housing work already flourishing in so many Life groups to help women with pregnancy problems to avoid abortion.
A short film about Julian of Norwich is being shown daily at the Visitors Centre at Norwich Cathedral. At the suggestion of Deaconness Joan Diment, who runs the centre, information about the Julian inter denominational prayer group meetings will be available.
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Bishop Holland of Salford blessed and officially opened Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Rudgwick Drive, Brandlesholmc, Manchester. The school has cost £136,000 -. £40,800 in the first phase, £95,800 in the second. The first phase opened in
August 1974. but space was limited and teachers and pupils had to work in a restricted area. With the completion of the second phase the total teaching area has more than doubled.
fi * * Cecil Houses. a charity for housing homeless and elderly women. is appealing for £100,000 to pay the mortgage of its residential care home at Priory Road, Kew. The mortgage involves an annual interest payment of £12,000 which bites deeply into the organisation's charitable funds. Donations or inquiries to Cecil Houses, 2/4 Priory Road, Kcw, Richmond, Surrey.
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Since the building of their swimming pool three years ago children of St Helen's Catholic Junior School, Brentwood, Essex have won several awards. In their first year of swim ming the second year juniors won the Dolphin Trophy regional award, and last year the second-year children won the Porpoise Trophy. This year the second year children again won the Porpoise Trophy and the fourth year children won the Dolphin Trophy.
* * * Christmas shoppers in London are being asked to buy an extra gift to be given to a lonely old person this Christmas, with Help the Aged and other organisations collaborating in the scheme.
Until Saturday December 16 every working day from Ii) am to 4.30 pm collecting points will be open for the receipt of gifts in the shopping precincts at: Oxford Walk. Brent Cross, Wood Green, Elephant and Castle, Wandsworth, Shepherds Bush.
Winners of the Truman Top Dogs general knowledge quiz are St Patrick's Social Club, Plumstead, East London. The St Patrick's team beat entries from Catholic clubs all over London and overcame stiff Opposition from Crayford Catholic Club in the final.
More than 450 delegates from all over the United Kingdom, attended the seventh annual conference organised by Life Save the Unborn Child. Several attended as representatives of all pro life organisations, including the Catholic