The Cross Pro Ecciesia et Pontifice has been conferred upon Mr. Thomas Robert Britlin, of King's Lynn, in recognition of his long services to the Church as a chor ister, Mr. Britlin is now in the sixtieth year of his association with the choir at Our Lady's, King's Lynn. He is a native of the town.
The Catholic Chapel and the Nonconformist Chapel in Camberwell Old Cemetery will probably be demolished. The Council proposes that a "Garden of Remembrance" be provided on the site. Local Catholics. however, are opposing the measure.
Subject to the consent of thy Minister of Health, approval has been given by the local Council to the proposed purchase, by the Westminster diocesan authorities, of a two acre site at Little Stanmore, and the price, £3,000, was accepted.
The fifth annual dinner of the Torquay Council of the Knights of St. Columba was held on the 9th inst. at the Hotel Si. George. Among the speakers were Bro. T. Collins, Grand Knight, who presided; the Rev. Myles MacSweeney; the Rev. P. Gunning, S.M.; Messrs. F. Edwards, B. A. Morrisroe, E. Parker, H. P. Dyer. T. Collins, and Jarvies, and Mrs. F. Crocker.
Lady Winefride Elwes was the chief C.W.L. speaker at the annual meeting of the Catholic Women's League's Portsmouth branch. The. meeting took place in the Banqueting Room of the Guildhall, the Bishop of Portsmouth presiding. Mrs. L. Mortimer, former hon. secretary of the branch, succeeds Mrs. Laudier as president, the latter lady having resigned after four years in that office.
At the church of Our Lady of Lourdes, New Southgate, on Sunday, Missals were handed to the congregation so that they night follow the Mass word for word with the priest, and addresses on how to do so were given at all four Masses.
In aid of the liquidation of the debt on the church of St. Teresa at Lexden, Colchester, a reception was held last week in
the Cardinal Bourne Hall. The attendance was such that the rector, the Rev, T. W. Clarke, congratulated those present on
their response to his appeal. Lexden is served from Colchester.
Members of the Birmingham Catholic Rambling Club will make their next objective Spernall Park, to which they will proceed, on February 27, from Henley, the journey to the latter town being from Birmingham by rail.
The Mother-General of the Little Sisters of the Poor is making her first visitation of the houses in this country since her appointment last year. Upwards of three hundred homes throughout the world are at present in the care of this sisterhood. The work of the Little Sisters prospers and progresses in spite of losses of personnel and material .suffered recently in China and in Spain.
The fourth lecture of the season, organised by the Messengers of the Faith for non-Catholics, was given by the Abbot of I3uckfast, Dom Anscar Vonier, 0.S.H., last Saturday afternoon at 114, Mount Street, W.I. The lecturer gave a short, clear outline of the Catholic doctrine of the state of Grace, and its significance. Fr, Wilcock, S.J., who has recently returned from Russia, will give the next lecture, on his experiences of Christianity in that country.
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In the Diocese of Southwark arrangements are being completed for a General Mission to be preached from March 27 until April 10, at Vauxhall and in the parishes of South-West London. Last year the General Mission was preached, with much success, in the South East London parishes and in the Brighton area.
For the second time within a year, the ohurch of the Immaculate Conception at Southampton has suffered the attention of thieves. Last week an offertory box was smashed and the contents taken.
* * The Nottingham Catholic Ex-Servicemen's Association, the first of its kind in the country, held its annual meeting in the Cathedral Hall on Wednesday evening. The Bishop of Nottingham takes an active interest in the Ex-Servicemen, and besides his encouragement of the Nottingham branch, gladly promised to attend, next week, the dinner of the similar Association at Leicesteir.