Fourteen parishes, three schools and 17 Catholic societies are now represented on the Nottingham Catholic Council. The latest to become affilisted are the Nottingham Grail Groups. This was stated at the first annual meeting of the touncil, over which the Bishop of Nottingham presided last week.
The Bishop said that he thought the Council was going to prove an exceedingly useful means for Catholic Action. It provided what had long been mitred. 41 means of co-ordinating Catholic activities in the city and d'strict. It was true that Catholics were a rifnority and a small minority in this country. hut because of their steadfastness and their knowledge of the principles for which they stand they exercised, and rightly exercised. an influence far outweighing their numbers.
CATHOLICS STAND ALONE
To-day, continued the B.shop, there was a manifest disintegration of the remains of Christian civil,sation and more and more Catholics were being left almost isolated as a body holding to the principles of Christian religion and conduct, particularly on such fundamentals as the family. marriage and education. and that was what made a body like the Nottingham Catholic Council so valuable.
" A Catholic to-day." said his Lordship. " nmst be fully informed on the Church's teachmg It was nnt sufficient nowadays to be merely a Mass-goer. A Catholic needs to be informed and besides that he needs the support of his fellow-uteri. We are isolated enough from the rest of the community because of our adherence to the prin ciples of the Christian religion. We muss not be Isolated from ourselves."
The Rev, Fr John Dockery, 0.F.M., chairman of the Council, reported that the question of setting up a Catholic Parliament in Nottingham, on the IIfold model had been referred to the C.P.E.A. for investigation. Captain B. M. P. Gorman stated that the Council were looking for premises to serve as a Catholic centre. Mr N. P. Howard, lay secretary, reported that the Nottingham Catholic Magazine would make its first appearance in June. It was hoped to form a Catholic choir and a Catholic orchestra soon Officers for the coming year were elected as follows: Vice-chairman, Mr. A. W . 'dexter; treasurer, Mrs. C. Nugent; lay secretary, Captain B. M. P. Got man . members of executive, Mr. W. J. Clarke and Miss K. Hope Lawrence.