Reports from Armand Britain
WEARS that Brentwood Cathedral would be demolished under the Essex County Council million redevelopment plan for the town were removed at a special meeting of the council last week. A member of the town planning consultants commissioned to prepare the plan quickly made it clear that it had been amended.
He said: 'The original plan involved a ring road around the town which took a line through the site where the Catholic cathedral stands." They had been asked to reconsider the plan because of this and had now extended the ring road to the boundary of school playing fields.
Brentwood Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart and Si. Helen, in Ingrave Road, was built about 100 years ago. It is in the Gothic style.
ST. PATRICK'S, THORNABY.— St. Patricks Secondary School. Thornaby-on-Tees, was dedicated and officially opened on Wednesday by Bishop Brunner of Middlesbrough. Bishop Wheeler. coadjutor of Middlesbrough, gave an address and the Major of Thornaby, COuneillor W. S. Wood moved a vote of thanks. A two form entry mixed school for 30(1 aged 11 to 16, it took its first pupils last September PRIZE TRIP. -Ludeck Lasocka 14, a pupil of the Salesian College, Battersea, returns on Sunday from a 15-day trip to Kenya and Tanganyika which was one of the first prizes in the Tri-ang Magazine competition. He and his mother, Mrs. Tamara Lasocka (the prize included one parent in the trip) have been visiting national parks and game reserves.
ESSAY WINNERS.—Three out of the four prizes in the Catholic Association's essay compethion in connection with the Schools Pilgrimage to Lourdes were won by girls. More than 900 children and teachers are making the pilgrimage, from April 21 to 29.
The winners were: Group A (under 13): Yvonne Rutland. Burtigreave Convent High School, Sheffield, and Kathleen Griffin, Tower Hill School, Chamber Street, London. Group B (13 to 16): Thomas C. Gibbons, Denby Hall, Middloharn, Leyhurn, Yorks, and Maria Adams, Convent of Jesus and ,Mary, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. No prizes were awarded in Group C (over 16) as there were insufficient entries.
BERKELEY MASS.—Wesinti nst or Catholic Choir is today, St. Joseph's Day, giving the first performance of a Mass by Lennox Berkeley at Capitular High Mass, under their director Cohn Mawby. The Mass, which is for five unaccompanied voices. was commissioned by Cardinal Heenan.
NEW CHESHIRE SCHOOL. — The first Catholic school to be built at Northwidh, Cheshire, for exactly 100 years, St. Nichdlas' Secondary Modern School, Hartford Manor Estate, is nearing completion and will open in the autumn. Serving a hig area of mid-Cheshire, the school, which cost £160,000, will at first take 200 pupils but will later be extended from two form to three form entry.
Mr. Michael D. O'Connor, aged 33, at present deputy headmaster of a Sussex secondary modern school, has been appointed headmaster. He is a keen athlete and played rugby for Sussex.
PREMIER OPENS SCHOOL. Mr. Wilson, the Prime Minister, will open tbe new Si. Kevin'e Comprehensive School, Northwood, Kirkby, near Liverpool, on May 15, It is the
first Catholic Complehtaisive school for boys in Britain. After Mr. Wilson has unveiled a commemorative plaque before 900 guests. Archbishop Beek of Liverpool will bless the school.
St. Kevin's — formerly a secondary modern school — opened its present £750,000 'building in 1959 but was completed only last year. There are now 1,700 boys, but hy September the number is expeottx1 to rise to over 2,000
CATECHETICAL COURSE. — I Owing to the urgent need for lay catechists in the Menevia diocese, mainly for the religious instruction of the 3,000 Welsh Catholic children who cannot attend Catholic schools. Bishop Petit has asked Sister Margaret, of the Daughters of the Holy Ghost, Bedford. to give a C,atechist training course to prospective lay catechists in his diocese. Sister Margaret is a recognised authority on cateehetica I teaching methods. The course, which will last six months, begins in the autumn.
MR. J. T. LUCAS, of Birmingham, a Catenian and member of the SVP, has been elected president of the Midland Federation of Building Trades Employers. Ilis sister is Superior of the Little Sisters of the Assumption in Birmingham.
IRELAND WEEK, — The Mayor iii. Westminster, Councillor B. 1.1t7gerald-Moore. opened London's Ireland Week on Monday at the Irish Exports Centre in Regent's Street. Some 60 stores, shops and travel offices in the West End are holding special displays of Irish goods.
CHESHIRE HOME. — The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Mr. Duncan M. Wcatherstone. cut the first sod at the weekend for MI extension to Mayfield House, I'dintturgh, — Scotland's first Cheshire Home. The extension will provide a new dining room and a day room. and accommodation for a further five residents. bringing the total to 29, Some £15,000 of the £25,000 cost has still to he raised.
REQUIEM MASS.— A Requiem Mass will be offered tomorrow in St. George's Cathedral. Soutlevark, for Mr. Reginald Fincham, who worked for the Southwark Catholic Children's Society for nearly so years.
KEN'NEDY FILM. — Cardinal Heenan will attend the London Wexford Association's showing of the film of President Kennedy's 1963 tour of Ireland at the Porchester Hall, Queensway, next Thursday. The Irish and American Embassies are sending representatives. The proceeds will go to the Kennedy Memorial Fund to build a hall at the Irish Centre, Camden Town.
NO HOSTEL. — Salford Council has refused an application by the Legion of Mary in Manchester for planning permission to open another hostel for demitutes in the Higher Broughton area, on the grounds rhai such a hostel in a largehy residential area would he undesirable. The Legionaries have been told that the council would hc willing to consider en application to build a hostel On the outskirts of the city.