Page 2, 21st May 1943

21st May 1943
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Stn,-Please permit me to think you, and through you the many readers who have answered my appeal for Catholic literature. The results have been most encouraging; papers, Met week's edition, arrived by the score. Your words, " Even the troops fike fresh news," were taken literally and only a very few copies of older editions were received. The most gratifying feature of all was the very large consignment of Catholic magazines I Messengers, Dowry of Mary, Inteldist, Catholic Piresqle, etc., etc. We have received during the past week Well over one thousand copies of such magazines. I want to thrink one and all for their kind help and promise of future support in this little scheme.

Already I have devised a group of Catholic men and women of the Forces who are going to handle the redistribution of the Catholic literature. I would like to thank ell who have written personal notes to me; I could not attempt to answer indeedual letters; they are so many. I do, however, assure your readers that special prayers will be said for them by Catholic troops in the area. May I offer one or two suggestions that I think will help this little scheme, "Catholic reading for the men and women of the Forces." It will help OS considerably if newspapers reached us by the Wednesday post of each week so that overlapping of news can he avoided. Again, newspapers could be sent for Id. stamp only ; quite a number received bore a 24d. stamp. Magazines, etc., could be sent at any time; these will be handled separately. As the Chaplains gather here for their monthly conference, the magezines will he at their disposal : so such Catholic literature avill find its way so many camps. Maybe some of your readers will form small groups of Catholic men and women to collect such literature as will be "suitable for the Faeces. and pooled books. etc., could be sent in bulk, thus postage, etc., would he saved. 1 am not sure whether G.P.O. send parcels of books addressed to the Forces free or cest An enquiry may be worth while. Again, Mank thanks to you, the Editor. to the humble laybrother. the Old Bachetor, the Mother Superior, and to the dear lady about to be received into the Church.

G. HILTON, S.C.F., R.C. (Rev.) Colchester Garrison.

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