delay, or even halt, the present schools' programme in the Menevia Diocese. This is stated in a letter to members of the Blessed Richard Gwyn Society which helps to raise funds for the schools.
Canon Philip Webb, secretary of the society, writes: "We have recently been told by our architect for schools that we now face a considerable rise in the cost of schools at present under construction and that, if we are to avoid even heavier bills, we should start, as soon as possible, work on other necessary•build ings. "Working, as we do, on a shoestring this news has made us anxious for the success of our work, Rising costs could halt even for good our school building here in Wales, and what a great tragedy this would he for the Catholic community." At present the diocese is contrii30,000 towards the cost of a secondary school at Rhyl and £45,000 towards junior and infants' schools at Mold, Queen's Park, Flint and SI-mem
In recent years three secondary schools and nine primary schools have been built in the diocese.
Aylesford conference A conference on Pope John's encyclical Pucein in Terris will be held at the Carmelite Friary, Aylesford, Kent, during the weekend of Oct. 23-25. Fr. H. 0. Waterhouse, Si., director of the Catholic Social Guild, will discuss new demands on the lay apostolate.
Dr. Paul Black, a nuclear physicist, and Mrs. Peggy Crane, disarmament secretary of the United Nations Association of Great Britain, will speak about disarmament, and Mr. James D. Halloran, secretary of the Government's Television Research Committee, about communication.
Anglican nun's talks
Sister Edna Mary, an Anglican nun from the Deaconess Community of Si. Andrew's, in Bayswater, London, will speak at the season's first Contact meeting which opens at 6 pan. tomorrow at the Convent of Our Ladv of Sion in Chepstow Villas. Sr. ,Edna Mary has been visiting Catholic convents on the Continent giving talks about the Church of England.
Eastern Christianity A series of 24 Thursday evening lectures on "The History and Spirit of Eastern Christianity", by Fr. Leo Caesar, Catholic chaplain of Cardiff University, began yesterday. Fr. Caesar, who has made a special study of Eastern Christianity, lectures in the University Chaplaincy Hall in Park Place, from 7.30 p.m. Discussions follow.
People can enrol at the lectures, which have been organised by the University College Department of Extra-Mural Studies.
Military Pilgrimage lunch The council of the United Services Catholic Association, representing Catholic sailors, soldiers and airmen, is giving a lunch in London on Oct. 8 to the committee of the International Military
Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Bishop G. W. Tickle, Bishop in Ordinary to the Forces, will preside. The Duke of Norfolk has been invited, and it is hoped that C.atholic representatives from NATO countries will he present. The lunch is at the Clifton-Ford Hotel in Welbeck Street.
Co. Durham C.Y.M.S. rally Fr. Bernard Bassett, S.J., is to address a big Catholic Young Men's Society rally at Birtley, Co. Durham, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 11, organised by the Hexham and Newcastle diocesan branch, in the Plaza Cinema. Mr. James Quinn, an outstanding speaker of the Scottish National Council of the Society, will also speak.
I/actors' Mass A large attendance of Catholic doctors, midwives, nurses and ancillary medical staffs is expected at Sunday Mass at 10.30 on Sept. 27, in St. John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, for the Feast Day of SS. Cosmas and Damian.
Mr. "Ossie" Wheatley, captain of the Glamorgan County Cricket Club—the first team to beat this year's Australian tourists — was married in St. David's Cathedral, Cardiff, last week, to Miss Christine Godwin, a television announcer on T.W.W. The Cathedral Administrator, Fr. B. Castile:el, officiated and celebrated the Nuptial Mass.
Tiles told date
More than 400 years of monastic history have been discloised during an excavation by 20 vol or leer diggers on a priory site at Sopwell, near St. Albans, Herts. The team, Which was led by Dr.
A. Johnson of St. Albans, traced the apse of a 12th century chapel and uncovered a SeglifliCC of floors, which could be dated by the riles used.
The priory was a house of Benedictine nuns, and the buildings were completely destroyed at the time of the dis.soIution of the monasteries. Finds by the diggers included a -long cross" penny of Henry V and pieces of early Delft.
Plans turned down
Macclesfield rural district council has refused planning permission for the proposed extension to St. Paurs Church, Poynton, on the grounds that the extensions would interfere with a road-widening scheme. The council suggested the extension could he built on another part of the site between the church and the presbytery.
Training Fund organiser
Fr. Thomas Abberton, V.F., parish priest of St Peter's Chains Parish, Doncaster, has succeeded Fr. Scannell as organiser of • the Leeds Diocesan Priests' Training Fund.