THIS MONTH, the Parish of Effingham in Surrey, happily celebrates both a 5 ath anniversary of ordination and a Golden Jubilee. In 1925 Father Herbert Loader was ordained into the priesthood; from 19391975 he was parish priest at Effingham and is currently chaplain at the Convent of Corpus Domini, which is celebrating 50 years in the parish.
A WEST London teacher was rewarded last weekend for her contribution to Catholic education during a distinguished 40 year career. Miss Patricia Southgate, who is retiring after 13 years as head of St John Fisher middle and first school. Periv ale, Middlesex, was presented with the papal cross 'pro Pontifice et Ecclesia'. Parents and parishioners attended the presentation, made hr Bishop Mahon.
Miss Southgate has been a member of the Westminster Diocese Schools Commission since 1967. In 1978 she was selected by the DES to lead 2 year review of in-service training for teachers throughout the borough of Ealing.
ALL parishes have been asked by the Pope to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this Sundar to coincide with the International Eucharistic Congress in Lourdes.
DELIA SM1 I H. the nell-known TV cookery demonstrator, will be appealing on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday on behalf of St Mary's hospice, Birmingham. The appeal is to be broadcast at 8.50 am. Another hospice St Joseph's, Hackney, has just been given £460 raised at a party dance held at the Challoner Club in London.
ABOUT 800 people attended the induction ceremony of Mgr
rispian Hollis as new parish priest of Clifton Cathedral last Sunday. Representatives from the BBC, the Catholic Radio and Television Centre, and Oxford University Catholic chaplaincy joined members of the parish for the celebration, which was conducted by Bishop Alexander. Mgr Hollis, now Vicar General of the Clifton diocese, was previously Assistant Head of Religious Broadcasting at the BBC, and has held the post of Catholic chaplain at Oxford University.
THE AGE of confirmation is to be raised to 14 and over in the Brentwood diocese, Bishop Thomas McMahon announced last week. The decision follows extensive consultation with priests, teachers and parents. It will not take effect until January 1983 to allow everyone plenty of time to adjust.
TWO Catholics from Birmingham returned this week from a ten-day visit to the city's Italian "twin", Milan. Fr David McLoughlin, lecturer in dogmatic theology at Oscott College. and Mr Ultan Russell were representing the Birmingham Council of Christian Churches.