Page 3, 19th August 1977

19th August 1977
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Page 3, 19th August 1977 — Messages of support and encouragement were sent to Archbishop Pedro

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Messages of support and encouragement were sent to Archbishop Pedro

Romero of San Salvador and to the Justice and Peace Commission of El Salvador by those taking part in the seminar on world poverty held at Worth Abbey Lay Community Centre last weekend. The principal speaker was Miss Ann Forbes, a development economist and the chairman of the Justice and Peace Commission in England and Wales. Mr Reuben Zamora, a member of the Justice and Peace Commission in El Salvador, who has recently been imprisoned, tortured and finally expelled from the country, gave an account of the economic and political situation there,

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The Catholic Record Society held its conference and annual meeting at St Anne's College, Oxford, last week, Its aim is to promote scholarly research into Catholic recusant history through the examination of source material in the Public ,Record Office, county archives and private papers, and to publish such material. Papers given at the conference included one by Professor Abercrombie on Charles Butler, a prominent 18 century Catholic barrister and another on Newman and the Irish Catholic University. Those interested in the Society should contact the hon secretary, Miss Rosemary Rendel, 5/74 Lennox Gardens, London, SW1.

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Gus John will be a speaker at two conferences on "The Church and the Black Community". The first, at Westminster Conference Centre next Thursday and Friday, will examine the situation of black people in school, home and the Church. The second will be at St Anselm's Parish, Southall on September 2 and 3, and will consider cultural and religious differences in a pastoral setting. Other speakers include Michael Hollings and Austin Smith, who has a deep experience of community problems in Liverpool. For further details contact Fr Frank Leonard or Sr Monica Tywang at St Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, London, W2 (Tel: 229 0994).

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More than 400 people of all ages attended the second Ampleforth Charismatic Conference which ended last week. The theme of the conference was "The Living Word". Bishop McClean was principal concelebrant at the concluding Mass held in the Ampleforth Abbey Church.

The Sisters of the Society of Helpers have recently completed the first stage in reviewing their rule. More than 20 sisters from all over the British province met in Newmains to discuss the main aspects of their life and work. They will meet again in October to finalise the British province's contribution to the international meeting of the society due to take place next year in Pans. The British representatives will be Sr Margaret McKeown, the Provincial Superior; Sr Rena Boyd, Superior of the Stonebridge community in London, and Sr Maureen McCollum, Superior of the Portsmouth community.

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West Indians and their families from all over Britain will pray, sing and dance at a special Caribbean Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, August 27. at 6 pm. Atthe invitation of Cardinal Hume, the West Indian community will come together to pray for a peaceful carnival. Music will be provided by steel band, and school children and others will do liturgical dancing, Caribbean hymns will be sung. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr Clyde Harvey of Trinidad.

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Renewal and reconciliation ceremonies for peace in Ireland will be held in the Westminster Cathedral Conference Centre this Sunday at 3 pm. The ceremonies have been arranged by the Christian Consultative Council ,of Dublin, with the help of London-based Charismatic and Marian groups. After Mass of the Holy Spirit there will be a procession through the piazza with the Irish/Lithuanian gift statue of Our Lady.

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The parishioners of St Joseph's, Bromley, Kent, have reduced their parish debt by £12,000, it was revealed at the weekend. Mgr Patrick Daly, the parish priest, has thanked all his parishioners for their splendid work,

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On average, 30 women a week have approached the Merseyside branch of Lifeline Pregnancy Care for help, according to figures revealed in Lifeline Merseyside's first annual report which has just been published. The report outlines the type of help sought and the availability and type of help given. It also highlights the financial difficulties faced by the Lifeline operation in Liverpool. Over the last financial year expenditure exceeded income by 11,319.

Five student teachers are walking more than 120 miles in aid of the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust this week. Christine Donovan, Anne O'Sullivan, Mary here, Jane Byrne and Cathy Johnson set off from Winchester Cathedral lust Monday morning and hope to reach Canterbury Cathedral next Monday at about 4 pm.

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Bishop Francis Thomson of Motherwell will join nine of his clergy and 22 priests from the Glasgow archdiocese on a "refresher" course in Rome next month. They will stay at the Scots College for four weeks and attend lectures in subjects such as Sacred Scripture, Theology and Canon Law given by professors from the Gregorian University and other top Roman colleges. They will also attend a general audience with Pope Paul.

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Ten adults and 17 children from the Catholic parish of St John the Evangelist, North Islington, London, spent last week on holiday at the Worth Abbey Lay Community Centre. Mrs Margaret Tucker, who runs a weekly meeting in the parish for the Single Parent Group, led the party. Mrs Theresa Nunn and Mr Richard Jally, together with' other members of the lay community, organised the holiday.

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"Half Way up Mount Tabor" a word, visual and musical sequence about the Transfiguration of Jesus will he presented at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London, next Friday, at 6.30 pm. The event is sponsored by the London Ecumenical Centre and will include an interview with Donald Swann and Sydney Carter which was recorded on Mount Tabor itself.

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"Interchurch Families: A Sign of Christian Unity" is the theme of a one-day conference next month organised by the Association of Interchurch Families. Speakers will include Fr John Coventry, SJ, Master of St Edmund's Hall, Cambridge,. and the meeting will be held at St Mary's College, Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne. Details from John and Linda Guilfoyle, 43 Beach Avenue, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear.

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