UOW often, on a cold morning, has that ASthree-block walk to Sunday morning Mass seemed an almost impossible hardship? I mention this only because this week I heard of a young man who regularly walked 13 miles, starting at 7 a.m. in order to get to the 10 am. Mass.
His walking was done in Tanganyika; the young man is now Fr. Dominic Rugomalira. Er. Rugemalira (see picture), has been staying at llornehurch, Essex, for two weeks before returning to Rome for further study. His interest in Horrichurch? The parishioners of St. Mary's, Hornehurch, have adopted Ichwandimi, his home-town parish in Tanganyika and are helping to pay for a new church there for 500 people.
DIFFICULTIES about the proposed limited use of the vernacular in the liturgy have arisen among two very different elements of the Welsh Catholic community: a large number of cradle Catholics in the Cardiff archdiocese and the Menevia diocese, and several Welsh converts.
Among the former is a priest who would rather use Irish Gaelic if a vernacular must be used. Haveig spoken to a pretty representative number of Catholics in Wales, I find that most of them are quite "conservative" in the sense that they are evidently not at all keen on the various changes that have come upon us.
On the other hand many Welsh converts are "liberal" in a restricted sense. They are "liberal" in seeing much of great good in the relics of a non-Catholic piety that is slowly disappearing and have taken several steps to collect such relics, e.g. certain hymns, within a Catholic frame. But they are opposed to the extension of English speech in religious worship because such an extension would impair the conservation of the Welsh longue.
Several Welsh Catholics, including some children of Polish descent who speak Polish and Welsh but not English, have strong reasons for fighting any English speech intrusion. The new society for the preservation of the Welsh language, which has three priests on its committee, has made it clear that until now the use of Latin by Catholics in Wales has some insulating effect, Several Welsh converts argue that it is useless to talk about the readiness of the Church to meet the just needs of the people of Wales when it shows no interest in the natidnal language. Moreover, in sonic parishes a Welsh speaking family may insist on the natural right of the Catholic child to speak the language of the hearth though in such parishes the great majority of the people are English speaking. There are, even so, a growing number of Catholics who either desire to have some knowledge of Welsh or who speak enough to be able to pray the Mass in Welsh in such parts where a vernacular is used. A further consideration is that the Mass in Wales seems to be developing here and there in such a manner as to approach a ritual modification. The singing of several Welsh hymns during the earlier part of the Mass together with the singing of, say. the 0 Salutaris in Welsh dttring the communion has already been heard over the radio.
AT last week's annual general meeting of the St. Vincent de Paul in Birmingham Bro. "Bill" Barr, who recently resigned after 17 years as the Society's secretary, was presented with a scroll appointing him a Knight of St Gregory for his services to the SVP
and the Catholic Evidence Guild.
It is not generally known that Bro. Barr joined the army during the war as a Methodist minister and became a Catholic during his service. What could the Army do with a Protestant padre who was no longer a Protestant? The obvious solution was to send him home— he was discharged.
Eager to continue doing in the Church what he was accustomed to doing before his conversion he joined the SVP and the CFCs and his work in these organisations resulted in his Papal Knighthood.
ON Sunday, September 20. an appeal is to be launched throughout Britain on behalf of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Referring to the work done by this fend, Archbishop Heenan recently put his linger on one important point.
In a message to his clergy in connection with Battle of Britain Week, he wrote: "If war were to break out again, the whole community would honour the men of the Royal Air Force „ as the memory of the last war fades we become less inclined, to support war charities, "But the victims of the war and their depen dants are still with us. Every year new names are added to the casualty list through the perils of peace. The men of the RAF take great risks as they learn how to defend us."
WROM Southampton this week I received a set of stamps (which unfortuately do not lend themselves to reproduction) designed by a local artist and issued by the Maltese postal authorities to commemorate the first Europen Congress of Catholic doctors being held on the George Cross island.
These are the work of Emanuel Vincent Cremona, an artist of international repute who has decorated many churches recognised hy the Vatican with the knighthood of the Military Order of St. Sylvester — as well as being responsible for a score oil recent stamps.
Another set of striking Cremona compositions will he released on September 21 to celebrate the achievement of independence. These reflect the history, religien and importance of Malta in the world, in terms of a dove respectively linked with miniatures of the British Crown, the Pope's Tiara and the emblem of the United Nations.
These symbols are incorporated in a single design for one of the complete new series of 19 new Maltese stamps shortly to be brought into use. All from Cremona's studio, they illustrate Malta's history and development from Neolithic
to modern times,with the top value appropriately symbolising the long tradition of fervent adherence to the Catholic faith by the people of the island where St. Paul was ship wrecked over 1,900 years ago.
Ding Dong in Herts.
TN Knebworth, Herts., despite a few .fears to the contrary, people are able to tell the ding from the dong. What I mean to say is that they can tell the tone of the bell at Catholic St. Thomas More's from Anglican St. Martin's.
For a while it seemed that there may be problems — despite the difference in time of the summons to service — because both churches bought their bells from the same foundry.
As it turns out, and in the words of my informant, "the new Anglican hell is slightly higher pitched". Not that it would have caused any set-back to the ecumenical movement for Fr. George Davey (of St. Thomas More) told me: "There wasn't any conflict really. The Rev. Do'nald Howells (of St. Martin's) is a great friend of mane."
Men of the A.O.S.
DETER ANSON has written from a hos pital bed in Scotland to say "the CATHOLIC HERALD gave me unjustified publicity in its article on the Apostleship of the Sea. It was Arthur Gannon who MADE the organisation what it is today".
From 1924 until 1956 he lived for "the work" and nothing else. His servic,es to seafarers were rewarded with the K.C.S.G.
What Peter Anson writes is true, of coureeArthur Gannon did play an important part in the development of the Apostleship, particularly in the international build-up of the organisation in its earlier days. • But Mr. Anson should not be too humble about his own role. It was he who did so much of the ground work in this country, and it was he who played such an important role in drafting the constitution for approval in Rome. Honours shared, I would say!