!By immonsimmiummumileintmocomil READING through last week's !MOLLY WALSH! IfFP1111114iN X READING through last week's Talking Together, I notice that I left out Good Friday in my account of the Austrian family Holy Week customs. The day is observed very quietly. Talk is restricted to the bare essentials as though a loved one were lying dead in the house. There is little to do in the kitchen as the fast is strictly observed. Lunch consists of a pot of thick soup which everyone eats standing up in silence. No cloth is on the table. Part of the day is spent in spring cleaning the Church.
A READER sends me the follow' ing plan for Catholic Action which a "Caritas" committee of their central parish council is to try to put into action. Their idea is to form a panel of helpers who will agree to perform certain acts of charity. It is planned to make the membership as large as possible so that each member is not called on too often. This is a list of the things they hope to do: I. Give lifts to Church to elderly or infirm people and temporary invalids.
2. Provide sitters-in while mother goes to Church when a child is goes to the doctor or dentist. or has a spell "off duty." 3. Do shopping for elderly people and invalids or mothers with illness in the house.
4. Arrange exchanges or loans of baby equipment. 5. Arrange exchanges of children's clothing and loans of clothing for First Communions, etc.
6. Knitting for mothers. Many elderly ladies like to knit but cannot afford the wool and many lonely spinsters could make happy contacts with families.
7. Practical household help•where necessary in cases of sudden
illness. Advice on home help and any other available services.
S. Advice on such special problems as adoption. 9. Help in locating houses for sale or flats to let,
10. Help with providing layettes.
Hus W much more generous the Christian era was with holidays than is the era of the banks.
Every day in Easter week the Church tells us: "This is a holiday of the Lord's own choosing, greet this day with triumph."
If I might have an Easter wish I think 1 would wish that some of the "angry young men" of whom we are hearing so much could be thoroughly steeped in the Liturgy of the Church. They would not then be so certain that their depressing discovery that the world is an evil place was a new and startling one and that nobody has noticed it before. Foy many many centuries the Church has been praying on Easter Monday "0 God, who by the Easter festival hest given
medicine to a sick world 1 think the prayers in the Masses of Easter week are some of the loveliest in the year.
The National Council of Women of Great Britain has been making an investigation in the employment of married women with children. 3 In May, 1955 there were ,570,000 married women (excluding widows) employed in Britain.
There are no statistics showing the proportion of married women with young or school-age children but it is known that a very large number arc in the younger age group and can be presumed to be mothers with young or school-age children. The replies to the questionnaire show that the motive inducing women to go out to work is overwhelmingly economic. These economic considerations include television. "good" clothes for the family, toys for the children and many other things which would Formerly have been considered luxuries. One of the factors is the considerable financial commitments with which many young people married Loneliness start mad life. Lonelin and very largely do not figure largely as a motive for taking up stated in that there is no employment.
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staards when the mother goes out to work, but one would have liked more information about the number of children in the families involved. Father is reported to he taking a larger share in the household tasks when mother goes out to work.
Some replies mentioned that inevitably housework had to be done on a Sunday, resulting in some neglect of "spiritual values."