GROTTO PILGRIMAGE—The annual pilgrimage to the Grotto and Shrines at St. Mary's Church, Cleator, has been arranged to take place on Sunday, July 4. Last year the first diocesan pilgrimage to this famous centre of Catholicity was attended with such great success (over 4,000 people from all parts of Cumberland and the diocese of Lancaster took part) and it was decided to make the pilgrimage an annual event. Plans in hand for this year's pilgrimage reveal that the area from which pilgrims will be drawn will extend as far as Newcastle in the north and Liverpool in the south.
CATHOLIC J.P.—Dr. John Aloysius Donnellan has been appointed by the Duchy of Lancaster as a Justice of the Peace for the Borough of St. Helens. He was educated at St. Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool, and Liverpool University, where he took his degree of M.B., Ch.B., in 1909. He has a large practice in the St. Helens district.
THE ONLY HOPE.—The Bishop of Leeds addressed a large audience on Sunday and expounded " the rights of man in the terms of Catholic Social doctrine." " Our case today is urgent — much more urgent than it was when Pope Leo XIII first spoke over forty years ago," he said. " It is critical today, and Catholics must take their part without delay, lest the opportunity be lost, and with it the world and Christian civilisation. It's up to Catholics to be Apostles of the new social order and new philosophy, and the reconstruction of society according to the age-long principles given to us by the Law-giver and Creator of the world. Every Catholic should in some way be an apostle of Catholic social doctrine. How can we help society if we ourselves do not know what Catholic social principles are?"
CATHOLIC ACTION COUNCIL. With the object of strengthening Catholic representation on public and semi-public bodies, a meeting of various Catholic societies, at the request of the Bishop of Leeds, has been held at the Cathedral Chapter House, under the chairmanship of Canon T. Bentley. It was pointed out at the meeting that there is to be no attempt to inaugurate a Catholic political party, and except in so far as the views of a particular party come into direct conflict with the authoritatively recognised interests of the church, party politics will not be discussed.
ARCHBISHOP THANKS 1,700 CHILDREN.—The Archbishop of Liverpool thanked 1,700 children, representative of over 100 schools of the Archdiocese, for their contributions to the Good Shepherd Fund for Poor Children. As a memento of the occasion His Grace presented to each child two pictures, one of St. George and the other of St. Elizabeth, the patrons respectively of their Majesties the King and Queen.
SOCIAL SALVAGE—The Social Service Bureau set up under the Liverpool Archdiocesan Catholic Social Economic Action Committee was opened by Archbishop Downey on Monday. Addressing the gathering, Mgr. Downey said the Bureau would render social service in all its phases, primarily though not exclusively, to Catholics. "Catholics take a very definite stand on certain moral issues which have been raised in connection with some forms of social service, and obviously it is most satisfactory to all concerned if Catholics can seek advice, in the,many cases where doctrinal or moral issues are involved, from those who are authorised by the proper ecclesiastical authority to give it. In this way they will gain a sense of moral security in seeking advice on domestic or social problems and be safeguarded with regard to the principles of their religion. The Bureau will in fact engage in the work of social salvage on Christian lines which has been so highly commended by the present Holy Father and his predecessors. Broadly speaking its aims will be to render social service to the perplexed or distressed by proffering friendly council, extending a helping hand, or by placing the needy in touch with organisations, either statutory or voluntary, which can assist them."
BISHOP'S NIECE MARRIED.—Mgr. Henshaw's niece, Miss Josephine McGarry, was married last week to Mr. James Connolly, at St. John's, Chorhon-cum-Hardy.
ST. BEDE'S COLLEGE JUBILEE. Thursday marked the Golden Jubilee of St. 13ede's College. Manchester, and was duly celebrated. The school buildings were formerly an aquarium which was bought by Cardinal Vaughan, 60 years ago. The Bishop of Salford attended the celebrations and the Bishop of Nottingham delivered a sermon.
A Memorial to Fr. Bryan
The memory of the Rev. E. H. Bryan is to be preserved in honour at Pickering, the town in which that zealous convert passed the whole of his priestly life, in a threefold form. It is proposed, in the first place, to establish a foundation for an annual Mass; a stone will be erected above the grave; and there will be a chalice, suitably inscribed, to be used in the beautiful church built by Fr, Bryan and opened in 1911.
The present rector at Pickering, the Rev. John Potts, will gladly acknowledge offerings from any of Fr. Bryan's friends who wish to associate themselves with the memorial.