"eucharistic sharing" in some instances among Catholic and non-Catholic churches. In a statement issued at the 14th National Ecumenical Conference at Glenstal (Benedictine) Abbey, County Limerick, par ticipants unanimously agreed that there was a deeply felt call for eucharistic sharing on such ecumenical occasions as the conference.
They did not, however, suggest that intercommunion or sharing of the Eucharist should become a general practice among the churches at the present lime, The Glenstal conference, hosted by Ireland's only Benedictine abbey, has established itself as the major. if unofficial, forum for Irish ecumenism since the 1960s.
Its participants, who come from both Northern Ireland and the Republic, include representatives of the major churches in Ireland as well as ecumenists from other denominations.
In the discussion preceding issuance of the statement, one of the participants, a Cistercian monk from Moone Abbey, said that such limited sharing of the Eucharist as was being recommended would be well within the norms of the Second Vatican Council.
The statement, which was sent to Archbishop Gaetano Alibrandi, the apostolic nuncio to Ireland, also called for continuing ecumenical effort to promote reconciliation in Northern reland.
Sr Mary Kevin Fleming of St Thomas More parish, Erith Grove, Easterside, Middlesbrough, organised a Charismatic Mass at Mount Grace Lady Chapel, Osmotherley, recently, About 30 people attended. Fr Dunston Baker, a Franciscan monk, celebrated Mass and Sr Anne Jordan and Sr Mary Lees, who are colleagues of Sr Kevin, played the guitars.
Er Pat Smith, the diocesan communication officer, and Fr Bernard Lovelady, the parish priest of St Thomas More, were also participants.
In a six-month programme, parishioners of St Gregory's, Salisbury, have raised £600 to support relief and rescue programmes in the Third World. The parish priest, Fr J. O'Brien, presented che• ques for that amount on Sunday to Mr David Mahon, national organiser for Concern Universal, and to Mrs M. Barry, a Salisbury co-worker for Mother Teresa.
* * * St Edmund's Church at Withermarsh Green, near Stoke-byNayland, Suffolk is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Bishop Clark of East Anglia will celebrate an openair Mass in the church grounds at 3 pm on July 24, and the preacher will be the Jesuit historian, Fr Francis Edwards. Bishop Leo McCartie, Auxiliary of Birmingham, and Bishops Peter Knight Walker and Eric Wild, the Suffragans to the Anglican Bishop of Oxford, led an interdenominational pilgrimage in honour of St Birinus at the weekend.
St Birinus, or Berin, was the first to take the Gospel to the fierce people of Dorchester. His most distinguished convert was Cynegils, King of the West Saxons.
from weekend pilgrims walked from Churn Knob, St Birinus' original meeting place with the King to Dorchester, where they filled the Abbey church for an ecumenical thanksgiving service for the gift of faith.
The service ended with a renewal of baptismal vows and a new hymn to St Birinus. Afterwards the pilgrims gathered in the grounds of St Birinus' Church for more singing and a barbecue.
Groups from 15 schools in the Nottingham diocese were among those present at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, last Tuesday for a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. The main concelebrants were Bishop James McGuinness and Bishop Edward Ellis, and the preacher was Michael Bell. The singing was accompanied by the orchestra from the Becket School, Nottingham, and the brass band from St Mary's Comprehensive School, Nottingham.
The Stock Exchange Drama and Operatic Society is giving a benefit performance of Old Time Music Hall in aid of St Joseph's home Care Service at St Anthony's Franciscan Friary, Forest 'Gate, London E7 on Saturday, October 22 at 7.30 pm. Telephone 01-730 5928 for tickets and further details.
Nine boys aged 17 and 18 from Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire, have left England on an expedition to the Himalayas. They arc to try to climb the Kolahli mountain there. The cost to each boy is £212.
A river trip from Chelsea to the Tower of London was a feature of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom Pilgrimage in honour of St Thomas More on Saturday. Mgr Anthony Stark, Guild Master, led about 300 people on this annual tour of places in Chelsea associated with the saint. The party also visited St Thomas's cell and burial place on the Tower and prayed at the site of his execution on Tower Hill.
Fr Jonathan Bradley, a Marist Father from the Holy Name of Mary. Middlesbrough, received an MA in psychology from Princess Margaret, the Chancellor of Keele University, last week. Fr Bradley, whose first degree was also from Keele, is a teacher at St Mary's, a local sixth form college. The Sisters of the Carmelite Monastery. Bridge Lane. London, NW. and the Serra Club of London held a three-hour vigil of prayer for an increase of vocations to all contemplative orders. The vigil, led by Fr Gerard Burke, Westminster Vocations Director, was compiled by the Carmelites, and included exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Compline, readings, meditations, intercessions and Benediction. This was the first joint vigil by an enclosed order and the laity.
* * * Bishop McClean of Middlesbrough took part in the "Fr Postgate Rally" at Egton Bridge, North Yorkshire on Sunday. The rally was organised to promote the cause of Fr Postgate's beatification.
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The Human Rights Society a movement in the vanguard of the fight against euthanasia has established an advisory service at its headquarters at 27 Walpole Street, London, SW3 (phone 01-730 5928). It aims to assist members of the public and to refer them to the appropriate agency when there is a problem.
* * * Cardinal Hume will open the Buntingford Venture at St Francis' House, Buntingford, Hertfordshire on Sunday, July 24. at 4 pm.
Corpus Christi High School at Waltham Forest, London, a Catholic comprehensive school, celebrated its feast day and the Queen's Jubilee at the weekend with a fete organised by the Friends of the School Association, and a concelebrated mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead, The celebrants were Mgr C. Creede, the vicar general of the diocese. Fr K. Green, BA, the chairman of governors, and two of the chaplains.
Musicians of the Royal Artillery Band (Junior Musicians Troop), in full ceremonial uniform, 'provided two 40-minute concerts for pupils in the main hall, * * Through the hospitality of the Carmelite Fathers, the Southwark Group of Faith and 1,ight (an international association of the mentally handicapped, their parents and friends) held a fiesta at Allington Castle, Maidstone, Kent, to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.
About 200 people attended, and the day began with a picnic lunch in the grounds of the castle, followed by a singsong and then a sports day. About 1N) gas balloons bearing messages of goodwill were launched and it is hoped carried their messages to people in other parts of the country.
The day ended with a Mass celebrated by Fr David Stanley, chaplain to the University of Kent. Prince Charles had sent the group a message of good wishes.