Cardinai Griffin on Thursday last week blessed and opened the new Sacred Heart Primary Schools at Kilburn, travelling for the ceremony to London from Stoke-on-Trent.
The new-old schools were formerly Anglican property and were conducted by a community of Anglican sisters.
They were acquired by the Kilburn parishioners after protracted negotiations and much local feeling. Protest meetings were held and the matter of their purchase was raised in the House of Commons,
Cost of the building, with renovations, came to £27,000, given by the Central School Fund.
At present some 800 Catholic children are attending the schools in the Sacred Heart parish. There is believed to be a further 200 at Catholic schools in other areas, and in local council schools.
The newly acquired building will accommodate 300.
Built by volunteers
A brick and concrete hall built by volunteer's was opened last week by Mgr. Cyril Taylor for Corpus Christi parish, Rainford, St. Helens. It took seven months to complete and will seat 250 people.