has welcomed initiatives on "partnership schemes". Catholic schools whether voluntary aided or independent should be able to help and support each other by sharing resources, and encouraging teacher and/or student contact to mutual benefit. 1 am heartened by John Foley's comment that there is a "maintained sector where Catholic schools have never been more popular or successful", but would be concerned if the emphasis on "popularity and success' were to lead to a new and more invidious elitism.
Yours faithfully, FRANCES ORCHARD General Secretary CISC, St Mary's College, Twickenham
Helping African students
From Fr Andrew Byrne Sir, Last Saturday I received a beautifully handwritten letter from a young lady, Catherine N., in Kampala. She writes: "I greet you in the name of our Lord. I have been given your address to contact you for some assistance. I am an orphan girl of 18 years with a brother and sister. Both our parents died of AIDS. First was mother then father followed. Life is so difficult here in Uganda for us because ever since our parents' death last year, there is not any source of income and we have never gone back to school due to lack of school fees. We even sometimes do not get anything to eat. Please Father, I am kindly requesting you to sponsor me with school fees to study a two year course in catering and hotel management and tourism which will lead to a diploma. The course costs US $ 620 per year. Am sure that on completion I will be able to get a good job and look after my young ones in future. I pray that God puts you in a position of assisting me. Hope to hear from you. God bless you. Yours in hope, Catherine N" Yesterday, I 1 th Feb, was Sunday and also the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was also the world day of prayer for the sick. We know how keen, moreover, the Pope is that we should go to the assistance of our brothers and sisters in the third world.
If any of your readers feels they can lend a hand, perhaps they might like to write to me.
Yours sincerely, ANDREW BYRNE 18 Netherhall Gardens London NW3 5TH
'Taking the wine'
Fmm Mr J D Dowling
Sir, Is there nobody there at The Catholic Herald to check over reports of an editorial nature from your contributors who are inconversant with the beliefs of the Catholic Church?
Twice in the article on glutenfree altar breads (Feb 9) by Josephine Siedlecka reference is made to taking the wine. Most assuredly, editorial-type reports with phraseology like "taking the wine " should be rectified before publication in a Catholic newspaper.
Yours faithfully, DOMINIC DOWLING Foxrock, Dublin.
I agree — Editor
How pro-life is Bush?
From Mrs Tessa Macleod Sir, A propos your leader of 26th January, it is good to know that President Bush respects life. May we now look forward to a new America taking a leading role in the Campaign to rid the world of lethal weapons, as a way of settling international differences? And of course the new president will want to look into the question of capital punishment in his country.
Yours faithfully ROSALIND BYRNE Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6RF
Respect for the Host
From Fr Anthony C. Lawson
Sir, When attending a Mass recently, I witnessed a Eucharistic minister copying a practice that seems fairly common amongst priests where they tip the Hosts left over after Communion from one ciborium to another as though they were emptying cornflakes into their breakfast plate. The practice implies a scant regard for the Sacred Body of Our Lord.
I brought this subject up with a bishop who agreed with me but, unfortunately, showed he had not really understood the point I was making when he continued by saying that, at least where the congregation could see, it should not be done. But the point I was making was that respect for the Sacred Body should be shown irrespective of whether there was anyone to see or not. The small amount of time it takes to transfer the Hosts by lifting them from one ciborium to another is something we should be prepared to accept, if we are really aware that what we have before us is Jesus himself in his real presence and he should be given the same respect we would give him if Mary had handed her child to us as she did to Simeon, when she presented him in the Temple. What great care and respect would we have given then and should do now.
Yours sincerely in Christ ANTHONY LAWSON Erith, KENT DA8 3QS