The recent "Prayer of the Heart" weekend at the Grail, Pinner, Middlesex, which attracted 58 people, was run by Philippa Craig, Jackie Rob o and Elizabeth Rownan, ex-students of Dom John Main, OSB, of Montreal. Mrs Emilia Tyler from Roehampton and Fr Paul McDonald, a Benedictine monk from America, were also on the staff. Another devotional weekend will be held next February and it is hoped Dom John Main will be present.
An information service is being planned for Westminster Cathedral to help Catholic visitors to London. An information desk would be set up, probably with a priest on duty, to deal with pastoral difficulties, where information about the cathedral and the Catholic Church in London would be available.
A comprehensive document on the history and activities of the National Front has just been released by the Community and Race Relations Unit of the British Council of Churches. Written by Malcolm Goldsmith, the Anglican Bishop of Southwell's adviser on industrial society, it brings together a wealth of useful material about the organisation. From the CRRU, British Council of Churches, 2 Eaton Gate, London, SW1, price 30p.
Fr Michael Hollings, parish priest of St Anselm, Southall, Middlesex, and author of the best-selling book "Living Priesthood", will give the third of the Hampstead Study Lectures which start on September 25. The course is organised by the Hampstead Christian Study Centre. Full details about it and about other activities organised by the centre from St. Francis House, 52 Coulthorpe Road, London, NW3. Mrs Judith Hart, the Minister of Overseas Development, and the Zambian Minister of Finance, Mr J. M. Mwanakatwe, last week signed a 20m Anglo-Zambian loan agreement in Lusaka to aid Zambia's manufacturing industry.
The week-long annual council of Youhg Christian Students began yesterday (at the Tatlow Centre, Wick Court, Wick, near Bristol). Delegates will be assessing the work of the movement and will spend two days discussing "The role of the student in the transformation of society."
Delighted with the initial succesa of its "Church Bookstall Campaign in South Yorkshire and Norfolk, the Religious Book Foundation is now moving on to the second stage of the campaign, involving training evenings for bookstall managers. These will take place in Sheffield. Doncaster and Norwich between September 26, and October 12. Details from the Foundation at Bible House. 146 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4. (Tel. 01-248 7042).
Schoolchildren who are at a loose end now the holidays are here have been given an excellent chance to amuse themselves and help others at the same time by the Spastics Society. It has produced a "Summer Fun Pass Book" which lists more than 20 interesting places to visit in London and the Home Counties. The book costs 40p, but holders are entitled to many reductions in admission charges. Passes are valid throughout August and there are prizes for those who visit most places. Proceeds go the Society. Details from Mr David Saint, 76 Cambridge Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. About 850 people will leave England next Friday for the Catholic Association annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, which is to be led this year by Bishop Joseph Cleary. Auxiliary of Birmingham. Other bishops in eluded on the pilgrimage are Archbishop Bown of Southwark, Bishop Emery of Portsmouth. Bishop Alexander of Clifton, Bishop Clark of East Anglia and Bishop Grant of Northampton.
The Society for Religious Peace and Family Unity was among the organisations represented at a recent conference on International Religious Freedom at St Catherine's College. Oxford. More than 300 people heard Sir Alistair Hardy talk on "The Limits of Toleration Today." Mrs Morrow, Northern Ireland president of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. gave some vivid examples of the effects of conflict and injustice on small children.
The Hertfordshire house opened by the Sons of Divine Providence, the Buntingford Venture, is to hold a gala day and dog show on August 28 — a family day for Bank Holiday Monday. The house provides accommodation for mentally handicapped girls over the age of 16, where they receive training to adjust to the demands of the adult world.
A Hertfordshire family group recently took time off from their monthly discussions to raise money for Survive. which provides ambulances for Third World missions. Ten members of the group raised £1 each, and promised to double it or more by the next meeting. In fact they collected more than £200.
A wide variety of background and experience will be represented at the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council annual meeting at the University of Manchester from September 15 to 17. Speakers include Professor G. R. Dunstan, Professor of Moral and Social Theology at King's College, London: Mr Martin Ward, president of the Newman Association, and Miss Una Cormack, a social worker. Cardinal Hume the president of the council will preside at the Sunday liturgy and deliver the homily. Booking forms available from Clitherow House, 15 Lansdowne Road, London, W I I.
A flower festival with a difference is due to take place at tire Anglican Church of St Nicholas in Abbots Bromley, near Rugeley, Staffordshire, from September 9 to 12.
Thirty-six large floral compositions will depict 1,000 years of the village's history. Admission is 50p (25p on September 12): accompanied children will get in free. Proceeds go to the church restoration fund.
Fr Laurence Bevenot, OSB, will launch his "Music for the Office", which is now available in print, in Liverpool on Saturday, September 9.
This course is aimed at nuns and brothers responsible for arranging music in their religious houses. Inquiries should be made to Mr Philip Duffy, Liturgy Commission, Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool. . Recently a number of black artists have emerged in the field of photography whose work reflects dynamism, originality of perspective, realism and subtlety. A selection of this work by John Allen, Fitzroy Dan. Bill Patterson. Caudeley George. Horace Ove, Neil Kenlock, Orville Smith and Vernon St Hilaire is being exhibited at the Commonwealth Institute, London.
There is a rapidly expanding branch of the Association of Friends of Margaret Sinclair, at Warley. in Essex, the parish in which Margaret died. The association was organised with the blessing of the Vice Postulator of her Cause. Information, prayer leaflets, etc, are available from Miss Edith Fairbrother, 68a Woodland Avenue, Shenfield. Essex.
A 32-year-old priest with a guitar' is attempting a big cross-border community relations exercise by organising an across-the-Irish border effort in Monaghan.
Fr Joe McVeigh, the Fermanaghborn curate will launch a four-day festival and his aim is "to unite people from both sides of the divide in music and song."
Founder of a 200-member folk clpb, Father Joe. who has an LP and a single to his credit. commented: "We are inviting talented groups from all over Ireland from both sides of the religious and political divides and it is aimed principally at the younger generation."
Dr Edward Daly. Bishop of Derry. will lead a pilgrimage from his diocese to Lourdes at the end of this month.
Over 800 pilgrims will travel in seven chartered aircraft from Dublin Airport and among the party will be more than 50 invalids.
A special choir has been formed from among the pilgrims and it is being trained by Fr John Doherty, diocesan secretary and Fr John Irwin. CC, Limavady.
A Belfast Crumlin Road jail chaplain. Brother David Jardine, of the Anglican Society of St Francis is making a collection of poems written by the prisoners and plans shortly to put them into book form.
The men, all Protestants, chose subjects ranging from violence to Christianity, loneliness and freedom.
"The poems aren't Wordsworth by any means," said 35-year-old Mr Jardine. "but they do, reveal the thoughts of the prisoners something to which the average member of the public probably gives little consideration.
"Only one of the 40 poems expresses remorse for the crime committed," Mr Jardine said.
Two members of the Buncrana Conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul who took part in a 470-mile sponsored walk from the extremities of Ireland ... Mizzen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal, were given a big reception on their arrival.
James Quirk and Danny Kelly undertook the walk to raise money to build flats in Buncrana where a shortage of accommodation has been a particular problem for newly-weds.
Among tributes was one from the Bishop of Derry, Dr Edward Daly. Twenty-nine people went on a pilgrimage from the Tower of London to Arundel recently. The expedition. which was led by Fr Mark Elvins, assistant priest at Arundel Cathedral, took six days and followed the route taken by the funeral procession of St Philip Howard in 1595. The pilgrims celebrated Masses each day as well as stopping For prayers at intervals along the way. They slept in schools and church halls.
Ten homeless men with one helper. Miss Sally Phillips. from three community houses run by St Mango's Community Trust in Shepherd's Bush, London, spent a holiday recently at the Worth Abbey Lay Community Centre at Crawley, Sussex. Activities included outings to Brighton, Hastings, the Downs, Bodiam Castle and Petworth House. Patrick Bentham and other members of the community organised the holiday.
The Catholic Women's League in St Magdelen's Parish, Mortlake, London, SWI is holding a cheese and wine evening in the parish hall on September 6 to raise funds forBarnes Hospital.
The Catholic Teachers' Federation has issued a completely revised and up-dated pamphlet on Humanism. Copies can be obtained from Edenvale, Stone Road, Titten;or. Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
Is there apathy among Catholics today? This is the question to be raised at a Patrician meeting of the Legion of Mary in Dublin next week.. The meeting takes place' at Magnificat House, North St George's Street, Dublin, on August 30 at 8 pm.
THE first edition of "Release Nationwide", a new service for local churches to use in their own print communication, goes out this month. The service, prepared by Release Publications of Manchester to help share God's gifts in effective communication at local church level, consists of 12 sheets of prepared "copy", with illustrations, suitable for use as features in local church magazines, newsletters, etc. The first issue is free to anyone who asks for a copy from Release Publications, 142 Dantzic Street, Manchester.
A vigil was yesterday held outside the Indonesian Embassy to celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day. It was organised by the Indonesian CoOrdination Group of Amnesty international.
We are asked by readers occasionally for advice on reception of Vatican Radio. The West European service is broadcast on 1529 kHz (196 metres) in the medium wave band, with the main English language programme at 9.30 pm each evening.