The annual dinner of the Sacred Heart Guild in the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Gerard Majella, Lostock Hall, Lancashire, will Lake place nn Monday, The Central America Human Rights Committee picketed the Nicaraguan Embassy in London last week. It demanded the immediate resignation of President Somoza and a halt to the "repressive and brutal activities of the Nicaraguan National Guard."
Lady Plovidenwill deliver the pre sidential address at the annual general meeting • of the Pre-School Playgroups Association which will be held at the University of Sheffield from March 30 to April 1 next year. Details can be obtained from the Sheffield PPA, Voluntary Service House, 69 Division Street. Sheffield.
Pranesseril Thomas Joseph, an Indian student at Middlesex Polytechnic, has just returned home after completing a social services degree, He was saved from having to give up the course by the action of' Christian students and local churches, who rallied round to provide the necessary money. In all they raised about 15,000.
"When Love is Love", is the theme of a meeting due to take place in Westminster Cathedral Conference Centre on November 26, from 6 pm to 10 pm. The programme will include mimes, songs and musical entertainment as well as a talk based on the lives and experiences of young people. Everyone is welcome at the meeting, which has been organised by the Gen Movement, an ecumenical religious youth movernent.
Mrs Cecily Kinder, a parishioner of St Edward and St Luke in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, is looking forward to a long weekend in Jersey after winning a competition to guess
the combined times of parachute jumps done in aid of the victims of cystic fibrosis. The jumps were done by Fr Stuart Bell, the parish priest, and Mr J. Prior of Keymer.
Thousands of people from every country in Europe will congregate in Paris between December 27 and 31 for a European meeting of the Council of Youth, organised by the Taize community. The meeting will coincide with the return of Brother Roger, the leader of the Taize community, from his visit to Africa, where he has been staying in poor districts of various African cities.
Ian Wallace, the singer, will be the star performer at the grand opening of the Morley Music Club in the Emma Cons Hall, Morley College. 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SEI, at 6.30 pm on November 27. Entrance costs £1 (including wine and cheese). In December the Morley Opera Group will present excerpts from various different operas. Full details from the college.
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Capital Radio's "Helpline" is appealing to churches to give information about activities they have organised over the Christmas period. It is a 24 hour confidential telephone advice and information service. and last year received hundreds of calls from lonely people over Christmas. Any church organising activities at which lonely people would be welcome in the areas from Luton to Guildford and High Wycombe to Southend should contact 'llelpline" on 01-388 1288.
Mr Merlyn Rees, the Home Secretary and Mr Kerstin Ancr, a Minister in the Swedish Government will be among the speakers at a con
fcrence on Computers, Records and the Right to Privacy on January 24 and 25. The conference is organised jointly by the Institute of Data Processing Management, the National Computing Centre, and the National Council for Civil Liberties. Details from Patricia Hewitt, 186 Kings Cross Road, London, WC1.
A Mass of Thanksgiving for the Farm Street Appeal is to be celebrated at I I am on November 19 in the church. The special Mass is being advertised extensively in the hotels near the church, and the Mass will have a strong American flavour, according to the appeal organisers. The fund so far stands at 185,000 and it is hoped that it will reach halfway -£100,000 by December 8, the patronal feast of the church.
Liverpool Archdiocese Liturgy Commission has organised two courses which should interest priests and parish musicians. They are "A Folk Swop Shop" on the afternoon of Saturday, November 25, directed by Sister Margaret Power; and "Celebrating the Liturgy with Music," a discussion evening with John Ainslie, on Wednesday, Decem her 6. Inquiries should me made to Mr Peter McQuillan, Liturgy Commission, Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool.
"Dare at Finchley" is the name of a series of short courses for priests, religious and lay people to be held at St Alban's Hall, Dale Grove, London, N12. The courses are planned to cover "New Testament and Prayer," "What the Church Teaches Today", and Catholic attitudes to modern topics such as life and death, moral issues and conscience. The courses are offered by the Barnet (North London) Dearney. Bishop Patrick Casey of Brentwood will bless the new lounge and inter-denominational chapel at the St Francis Home for the Elderly at Braintree, Essex, on Tuesday. He will also celebrate the first Mass in the chapel. The ceremony will also be attended by Sir John Ruggles-Brise, former Lord Lieutenant of Essex, the chairman of the Braintree District Council and several councillors. They will have lunch at the convent afterwards.
Catholics who might be interested in fostering children who for a variety of reasons are unable to live with their natural parents are invited to a meeting at St Anselm's School Hall, Louisville Road, Tooting Bee at 8 pm next Tueaday. The meeting has been arranged by the Southwark Catholic Children's Society. A film will be shown and there will be a chance to meet social workers from the societ!, informally.