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IVER, BUCKS A committee meeting of the Catholics of Iver, Bucks, was held last week to consider ways and means of starting a parish to serve the district of Richings Park.
At present Mass is said in the Plaza Cafe, which is not nearly large enough to accommodate all the worshippers. On the estate alone, there are over seventy Catholics, who are organising several social functions to raise funds for a church.
The exterior of Mount St. Bernard Abbey Church, Charnwood Forest, Leicester, is now complete, and it is hoped that the workers will have left the interior early in the New Year. On Sunday last, November 13, six of the twelve side altars were consecrated with the full rite and used for the first time.
WISBECH In the item under this head last week two errors occurred. The present parish priest is the Rev. B. J. Sammons. The sum of £20 raised by a bazaar was not and could not be used for " running expenses," but was devoted to reducing the debt of £140 incurred by the conversion of the building for school uses.
All parochial efforts of that kind, writes the parish priest, will, for many years to come, be devoted likewise to this debt, the church debt, and effecting necessary repairs.
Although built in 1861, the church at Witham, Essex, has not yet been consecrated, because the high altar, installed at the time of building, was only a temporary one.
The Rev. Myles O'Reilly, parish priest, now proposes to sponsor an effort to this end. He has announced that he hopes to raise sufficient money and install a new stone high altar.
ENSBURY, BOURNEMOUTH Over .500 people attended the masked ball held in the Pavilion Ballroom, Bournemouth, recently, in aid of the fund for the church of St. Bernadette at Ensbury Park. At 10.45 the newly-elected Mayor of Bournemouth (Alderman I. W. Dickinson), with the Mayoress, Miss Mary Dickinson, arrived, and wished the event all success.
The question of the provision of a Catholic chapel within Tranmere Institution was raised at a recent meeting of the Public Assistance Committee of the Birkenhead Town Council.
Councillor Michael Halligan asked if some arrangement could be made to provide a permanent building in which Catholic services could be held.
Alderman A. W. Baker, the chairman, said he had great sympathy with Mr. Halligan's suggestion.
INVERGARRY Dedicated to St. Finnan, the new church at Invergarry was opened in an impressive ceremony recently, the first Mass being celebrated by Dom Cyril Dieckhoff, O.S.B., the well known Russian and Gaelic scholar of St. Benedict's Abbey, Fort Augustus.
The church, which stands on a prominent site on the main Inverness-Fort William road, several hundred yards west of Invergarry bridge, was designed by Mr. Ian Lindsay, F.R.I.B.A., in collaboration with Mr. Peter F. Anson.
KINSON For a considerable time past, while the number of Catholics has been steadily increasing in Kinson and the immediate district, great difficulty has been experienced in finding a suitable place where they could hear Mass on Sundays. Hitherto it has been found necessary to make the long journey to St. Bernadette's Church, Ensbury Park.
The problem has now been temporarily solved by an arrangement being made to say Mass at the Dolphin Hotel. The new " chapel " will be served from St. Bernadette's.