Salford's Catholic Truth Society will soon have a larger membership and sale of pamphlets than any provincial society in the country if increases continue at their present rate. The retiring president, Dr. Edward Popham, said this last week when he spoke at the annual meeting in Hopwood Hall, Middleton.
An increase of 35 per cent or 42,492 has been recorded in the pamphlet section in the past year. Membership has gone up by 40 per cent to 2,635 in the past two years. During last year also the Society sold 5,152 books and 4,000 paper backs.
Dr. Popham predicted that the tide was turning for the Salford Society. But he pointed out that compared with the number of Catholics in the diocese (381,000) the sale of pamphlets was still relatively small.
New rite "demonstration" About 80 priests of the Menevia Diocese attended a special liturgy course held last week at the Franciscan Capuchin monastery, Panto
saph, Flintshire. Canon B. O'Connell, a well-known liturgist, discussed various practical approaches to the corning liturgical changes. A "demonstration" Mass of the new rite was given in the lecture-hall.
At one of the conferences Bishop Petit announced that a Welsh ritual for use in the administration of the Sacraments and for blessings, would be ready soon.
152 at retreat
The annual retreat at Mount St. Mary's College, Spinkhill, Derbyshire, organised by the Nottingham Diocesan Branch of the C.Y.M.S., was attended by 152 men, compared with only 17 in 1960. It was given by the Rev. Fr. Dennis Hickling, Chaplain-General of the society.
C.T.S. Eucharistic rally
Six hundred people attended a Eucharistic rally on Sunday, organised by the Salford diocesan branch of the Catholic Truth Society, at Hopwood Hall Teachers' Training College, Middleton, to mark the forthcoming Bombay Eucharistic Congress. The Vicar General of the Salford Diocese, Mgr. Charles Egan, offered Mass in the College Theatre before the rally, and Fr. Richard Foley, S.J., preached.
Blessing of cars Cars will be blessed at 2.15 on Sunday afternoon before the 81111001 meeting of the Catholic Motoring Club at St. Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham. The aim of the club is "the promotion of fellowship mom; motorists, both in and beyond our own parishes ..."
Storrington pilgrims Legionaries from all over the South gathered recently at the Shrine of "Our Lady of England", Storrington, for the annual pilgrimage of members of the Legion of Mary. The pilgrims included pracsidiums from as far west as Bournemouth, and from the northeast of Kent. The White Canons (Norbertines) celebrated High Mass in their chapel.
Popular Priest Canon W. O'Sullivan of Shirley Parish, Southampton received gifts this week to mark the 25th anniversary of his appointment to the parish. Canon O'Sullivan is one of the best-known priests in Southampton, particularly among seafarers for whom he has worked untiringly as Catholic port chaplain. He is also rural dean for Southampton.
Swadlincote unity The Swadlincote Union of Catholic Mothers, as a concrete step towards Christian unity, recently invited members of the Church of England Mothers' Union and kindred organisations to a social meeting. Seventy ladies attended the function as well as the local Church of England vicar.