Booklets for those who care
A FIFTY-PAMPHLET library prepared by Third World Publications of Birmingham and an education kit of booklets, posters and project sheets from Christian Aid this month are both designed to make us aware of our responsibility for that half of the world which lives in poverty.
The TWP library is specially designed for display in churches and comes with "detailed instructions on how to build an attractive, low-cost display unit on which these materials can be exhibited" according to a spokesman.
The collection includes the writings of Archbishop Fielder Camara of Brazil and briefings from the Catholic Institute for International Relations.
A set of five booklets explaining the situation of the Third World countries and aid, written by Jonathan Power, a member of the Justice • and Peace Commission, and Alice Clark, accompany the Christian Aid kit. One booklet, "What we can DoT' quotes Fr Thomas Cullinan, OSB.
Fr Cullinan said: "If we idolise wealth, then we create poverty; if we idolise success, then we create the inadequate; if we idolise power, we create powerlessness . . .
"We need to free ourselves and our organisations from the very things that dominate our society acquisitiveness, consumerism and lack of concern for people." The authors point out that the West only 20 per cent of the world's population has more than 80 per cent of the world's income and 95 per cent of its scientific knowledge.
They said: "We must understand the sense of frustration in people from poor countries who observe us, even from a distance, in our comfortable homes, with cars. TV sets, washing machines frustration that comes from seeing how established we are, how well organised we are overseas, how we control the world's trading relationships and the world's monetary syster), how strong and omnipresent is our military power."
The library is available for 19.50, plus 87p postage, from: Third World Publications, 138 Stratford Road, Birmingham, B 1 I 1AG.
The Christian Aid booklets
cost 15p each, the posters 35p a set, briefings 20p, from: Christian Aid, P.O. Box No I, London, SWI W 911W.
Parish with history
THE oldest public Catholic Church in England, SS Peter and Paul, Wolverhampton, marks its 250th anniversary on Sunday with a Mass which will be said by Archbishop Dwyer of Birmingham, assisted by Bishop Cleary and Bishop Emery.
A special illustrated brochure on the history of the parish has been prepared and an exhibition covering the same subject put on in the church by the local schools.
According to the pamphlet. Giffard House, the chapel and priest's house was completed in 1733. It cost 11,069 2s 2+cl and took six years to build.
It also housed what must be the first meeting of the Bishops' Conference when, in 1825, the ci 'it English Catholic bishops ered there to visit Bishop M.Iiier. the man who carried the Church through the anxious period of Catholic Emancipation.
Wolverhampton was for centuries the hub around which many families lived who were "popishly affected" and who were persecuted for refusing to accept the Protestant religious settlement.
Frequently they had to suffer Fines and imprisonment for continuing to adhere to Rome, but many of them were gentry and therefore protected from the more severe persecutions of the Penal Code.
At one time, when the authorities were collecting cattle in lieu of fines, Walter Giffard. after whose family Giffard House was named, allowed his neighbours to put their cattle into his fields for protection.
About 2,000 people will attend the Mass at the Civic Hall but the parish is again being put in jeopardy by changes in society around it. It has become a parish without a local congregation, being in the centre of \ a town.
Few people live in the inner city any more, but have moved to the suburbs in recent years leaving the centre for shops and offices. The future of SS Peter and Paul, the mother parish for the diocese of Birmingham is
Catholic Lord Lieutenant
THE installation of one of the few Catholic Lords Lieutenant in the country almost coincided with the Church festivities commemorating St Hugh of Lincoln earlier this week.
The new Lord Lieutenant Of Lincolnshire is Mr Henry Nevile, an old Ampleforthian and brother of Miss Mildred Nevile, General Secretary of the Catholic Institute for International Relations.
Mr Nevile, who served in the Scots Guards during the last war, is a farmer and has been a magistrate for many years. He is 55, has five children, the youngest of whom is at A mpleforth. As Lord Lieutenant he represents the Queen in the county, and appoints the county magistrates. By tradition, the office, which goes back to Henry VIII, is held by the owner of a large estate.
On Sunday the new Lord
Lieutenant anended Mass at St Hugh's Catholic Church, Lincoln, before attending Anglican Evensong in Lincoln Cathedral. On Monday there was a procession and Sung Eucharist at the cathedral to mark the festival of St Hugh.