BISHOP ELLIS of Nottingham dedicated this week the new, tent-shaped chapel of St. Mary's Convent Nursing Home at Ednaston, Derbyshire. It is built of concrete blocks and has a copper and glass roof.
Its stained glass windows were designed and made by Patrick Reyntiens, who made the windows. designed by John Piper, in the baptistry of Coventry Cathedral. The chapel was designed by Mr. Derek Joseph Montague, of William Blair and Partners of Derby. The builders were Tyler and Coates, of Ashbourne.
Mr. Montague said of the building (see picture on right): "We have tried to provide an intimate kind of shape in an attempt to get the sisters and those attending as near the altar as possible. it is a completely new design in this area."
He said the chapel had been designed to meet possible changes in the liturgy. such as the priest standing behind the altar to face the congregation.
Family groups urged Bournemouth branch of the Catholic Social Guild is to urge at the guild's annual meeting in Manchester on August 9 that a chain of family groups should be set up throughout Britain. The resolution says membership of the guildd has trebled in Bournemouth since the family movement was adopted as the basis of its work.
Chairman retires Mr. Charles Stewart. Catholic chairman at the urban council at Corby New Town. Northants., has retired after a year in office. He said "I think Catholics should lake more interest in the town's civic life. There are only live on the council—one fifth of the total."
16th century Mass
The Liverpool A rchdiocesan Choral Society sang the unaccompanied "Missa Quinti Toni", by the 16th century composer Orlando de Lassos, on Tuesday evening at a specially arranged High Mass in the crypt of the Cathedral of Christ the King. The group of singers, formed last year, was conducted by Christopher Symons.
Enquiry Centre drive The Catholic Enquiry Centre's recent campaign in Liverpool enlisted more than 2.000 new members. It was concentrated in 17 parishes and stressed the importance of working for non-Catholics.
Headmistress retires Sister Mary Ambrose, headmistress of the Good Shepherd convent, Downham, Bromley, Kent, for 34 years retired this week.
Planning ahead The Dominican, nuns at Harrow, Middlesex, have started planning ahead for their next course in religious subjects for young nuns which opens in October. This year's course, which ended last week, was attended by 85 sisters from 24 congregations. An evening course for lay people mdy also be run at die convent.
Summer school Lectures at the Catholic Social Guild annual summer school in Manchester from August 8-115 will now be held at Allan Hall, the Catholic men's Hail of Residence for Manchester University, and not at nearby Ashbourne Hall as previously intended. The theme of the summer school will be Pope John's encyclical Pacent in Terris.
Seamen's hostel The foundation stone of Salford's new Stella Maris hostel for Seamen in Oldfield Road, will probably be laid by Archbishop Carpino, Assessor of the Sacred Consistorial Congregation in Rome, on September 2, during his visit to Britain for the 14th international congress• of the Apostleship of the Sea in Liverpool.
Fr, Arthur Keegan, the chaplain, said: "We are awaiting confirma tion that the Archbishop will be able to perform the ceremony". The new building should he in use late next year. Ii will replace the existing club. a converted house in Howard Street. which has become too small.
Pope as Patron
Pope Paul has agreed to become Patron of the Guild of Ransom, which aims at the conversion bf England.
Leg-irons find A pair of leg-irons similar to those used on religious and political prisoners in the old days have been found in a London antique shop by Fr. Joseph Bamber, the Martyrs' historian. of St. Robert's church. Dodding Green. Kendal. "These types of irons. which were riveted on permanently, are very rare." he said. "The later types had locks".
Clock put back Catholics, Anglicans and the Free Churches are co-operating tomorrow in a Tudor pageant at Our Lady of Peace Catholic School, at Burnham, Bucks. Proceeds will go to the churches taking part. The centre-piece will be a portrayal of the trials of Cranmer, Campion and Lambert.
Dr. D. F. Denny, the publicity officer for the pageant. said: "The clock will go even further back, to pre-Reformation days when all Christians belonged to the same Churcb". The Rev. Eric Smart. of St. George's Anglican church. said: "I am very happy about this opportunity for the churches to cooperate".