`C.H.' Reporter WORK is now going ahead so rapidly on the new Tyburn Shrine chapel that at the back the builders have reached the springing point for the barrelled roof, and the roof trusses will be in place in next few weeks. All the circular arches on the back of the building are completed.
The front part of the building is being brought forward to the same point—the builders being forced to work from the back towards the front because of the narrowness of the site.
And speeding up with the building has been the flow of donations. Popular idea now is to become a "shield founder" i.e. a person who will pay the cost of fabrication, painting and placement of at least one shield bearing the coat of arms of a Tyburn martyr. These cost £25 each.
The first shield to be given was one paid for by a lady in honour of BI. Margaret Ward—the intention given was "In memory of the Holy Ghost Fathers massacred in the Congo on New Year's Day". Another shield was given by a lady in memory of her mother, lately dead. This lady also gave a founders offering (£105 in honour of the 105 Martyrs of Tyburn) in memory of her husband who has died recently.
An Anglican, on the recommendation of an Anglican clergyman, sent a gift of 10s. for the Shrine. saying he remembers the Tyburn community constantly in his prayers, and asks for prayers for his recently deceased wife.
A lady writes "I would like to send 5s. weekly for as long as I can. If I had money I would pay your debt straight off". A man forwards £2 10s. won on a football pool saying "You will put it to a greater use than I".
On March 5 the Tyburn Community celebrated the 59th anniversary of the first Mass said on Tyburn field since the Reformation, by Fr. James O'Reilly, 0.M.I., in 1903.
"They Died at Tyburn" a booklet published by the Tyburn nuns some five months ago at 2s. 5d. (post free) is selling rapidly. A parish priest who put them on sale sold three dozen at the first Mass. He sent for another six dozen— and they went before the month was out.