By a Staff Reporter
Our Lady's Catechists are now established in every diocese in England except Shrewsbury. They ere finding that their services are inure than ever in demand. Miss M. M. Bates, hon. secretary, told mc this when I spoke to her after the bi-annual meeting held in London last week.
" The Work," she said, " as you can well understand, suffered a serious set-back in the war and we are still trying to regain lost ground. We want more workers to help, not only in the practical teaching work but in help with the postal courses."
Especially, Miss Bates went on, are services of young people needed—such as those zealous members of the R.A.F. Leadership courses who must have a fund of energy and enthusiasm which requires an outlet. " Ask them to get in touch with me at 11, Kensington Court, London, W.8," she said.
Some of the children whom the Catechists help are those in country districts who are near neither a Catholic church or school, children who have been in hospital for a long time and are therefore missing regular religious instruction, children in State schools—many of whom are released during Scripture lessons so that they can have their Own instruction.
One important activity in London is the Joyway Chile at 2, Tynemouth Street, Fulham, which combines the amenities of a social club with facilities for religious instruction. Miss Frances Lloyd is doing great work there and would be glad of helpers.
The present membership of Our Lady's Catechists is 300.
After the meeting Mr. Hilary Pepler gave a demonstration of the manner in which mime can help the teaching of religion. The formalised movements depicting the Stations of the Cross or the mysteries of the Rosary could do much to fix in the child's mind the truths of their religion.