The Archbishop of Birmingham is to preside. on June 29, at a meeting to be held at 42, Pont Street, S.W., by permission of Baroness Beaumont, in support of the chaplaincies at Oxford and Cambridge. A card of invitation will gladly be sent to any Catholic Oxford or Cambridge graduate who may not have received one, if application is made to MT. Wilfrid Woollen, 6, Egerton Gardens, Ealing, W.13. Mr. Woollen is the secretary and treasurer of the Universities Catholic Education Board.
Members of the Civil Service Catholic Guild will keep the feast of their Patron, St. Thomas More, at Westminster Cathedral on July 9, when the annual Mass will
be offered. In the evening of the same day the Archbishop of Westminster will preach on Catholic Action, Members of all vocational guilds, as well as the general Catholic public, will be welcome.
The Rev. Wilfrid Purney, one of the many deacons ordained to the priesthood at Westminster Cathedral on the 6th inst., sang his first Mass, last Sunday, at Holy Rood, Watford. In that church Fr. Purney was baptised, made his first confession and Holy Communion, and was confirmed. He was at Holy Rood school when he won a scholarship in the Cathedral Choir School. At the Mass on Sunday a sermon dealing with the priesthood was preached by the rector, Mgr. Canon Jackman, D.D.
The Poet Laureate, Mr. John Masefield, has consented to set the work for the final elocution tests at the Cardinal Vaughan School, Kensington, and to judge the finals in all the sections. For the tests the Vaughan School boys will draw upon Holy Scripture, Milton, Shakespeare, Macaulay, Wordsworth, Newman, etc. The senior school has, among other pieces, Earl Baldwin's broadcast address on King George the Fifth.
A carnival dance recently held at St. Leonards-on-Sea, in aid of the African Missions at Ore Place, Hastings, was attended by over 180 persons. The dance was organised by a committee representative of various Catholic associations in Hastings and St. Leonards, including the Catholic Women's League, the Children of Mary, the Legion of Mary, the Hastings Circle of the Catenian Association, and the Knights of St. Columba. The proceeds will be used to defray the cost of organising a fete at Ore Place which is to be opened by the Archbishop of Westminster.
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A device attached to an alms-box in the church at Bideford caused an alarm and investigation which resulted in a man being committed for trial on the charge of stealing money from the box.
Owing to the work of re-flooring Corpus Christi church, Maiden Lane. the London members of the Society of the Magnificat will instead meet, by courtesy of the Rector, at SS. Anselm and Cecilia, Kingsway, W.C.2, next Thursday evening, at 6.15, when Second Vespers of St. John the Baptist will he sung. Vespers will be followed by a procession, With a view to augmenting an income sadly depleted since their reception into the Church, the Servants of Christ the King at Mount Olivet, Frensham, near Farnham, Surrey, have got together the only amateur circus in the country. Boys under their care have trained performing ponies, and the lads themselves have been trained to proficiency in acrobatic and gymnastic work. The community will run a month's season of their circus during August, in the hope that clubs, parishes. confraternities, etc., will make Frensham the objective for a summer outing. The circus is a revelation of what can be done with unpromising material.
A new Curia of the Legion of Mary has been formed at Wolverhampton, the Praesidia of Hednesford, Chase Town, .St. Patricks, Wolverhampton, and Old Fallings
being represented. A large number of Legionaries were present last Sunday for the inauguration ceremony.*
Twelve adult converts were among fifty candidates whom the Bishop of Menevia confirmed, on Sunday last, at St. Mary's. Pembroke Dock. Fathers Moran, M.C.. Brunton, and Welchman assisted at the ceremonies, at which the congregational singing was a noteworthy feature.
" Woman and her influence in the sphere of education formed the subject of an address at Weymouth last week by Miss S. T. Sparrow, headmistress of St. Augustine's school, at the annual meeting of the Dorset County Association of Teachers. A large gathering of teachers greatly appreciated Miss Sparrow's survey.
* * * * Opening a Catholic fete at Great Barr, Birmingham, last Saturday, Commander 0. Locker-Lampson, M.P., expressed pleasure at being able to help the Catholics of the country; he had the greatest honour, he said, for them and for their work. In a reference to the anti-religious persecution in Germany, Commander Locker-Lampson said : "If Herr Hitler is up against the faith, duty, and goodwill of that important section of humanity, I know who, in the end, will be forced to give in."