Catholic Herald Reporter
OVER the past seven years. more than 40.000 laymen of the Church of England have visited 400.000 homes secured pledges from 300,000 families for contributions to parish funds. Much of the credit goes to the five year old Christian Stewardship Movement. aimed at replacing professional fund-raisers by an increased sense of "sacrificial. planned, and systematic giving" within the parochial community.
The topic was discussed this week at the spring session of the Church Assembly. The intention is that the campaigns should stimulate new spiritual energies as well as a growth of Church funds. Anglican clergy are divided in their views. and there arc those who fear that stewardship campaigns seem to offer salvation for sale. Others. however, strongly assert that the overall effect has been to create a new lay zeal.
On a different level. Canon Tom Pugh, senior chaplain of Butlin's Holiday Camps, urged Church people to be aware of their collective responsibility in the present unemployment situation.
Calling for a Royal Commission on unemployment. the Canon suggested that unemployment pay should be received from the wages office of a man's former employers, and not from an unemployment exchange. Getting one's cards and taking them to a labour exchange, he said, had a serious implication psychologically.
Redundancy, the Caron continued, cuts a man off from welfare societies, clubs and other organisations associated with his firm. It leaves him with an awful feeling of loneliness and finality.
Part-time teachers called in
Catholic Herald Correspondent
MANCHESTER'S Catholic schools are having to employ part-time teachers to help overcome a staff shortage. In a statement to the CATHOLIC HERALD, Mr. J. K. Elliot, the city's Chief Education Officer, said that the schools had at present 48 part-rime teachers— "employed in primary and secondary schools for specialist subjects. remedial work, absences of staff and, when possible, to reduce the size of classes".
Some convent schools in the Manchester area arc employing men teachers because of the short age of qualified women in certain subjects, and others are experienc ing difficulty in filling vacant posts.
A spokesman for the Manchester Education Department has been reported as saying, "We have no particular problems in secondary schools when part-time teachers are wanted, but we do need more in primary schools, particularly in the infant sections". The Department now employs a total of 246 parttime teachers. Times are arranged to suit applicants, many of whom are married women.
City in mourning
Stores will dim their neon lights, flags will fly at half-mast and crosses will be erected at the approaches to Adelaide, Australia. from Good Friday to Easter, in response to an appeal from a civic group that also sponsors a "Christ in Christmas" observance,
Following consultations with the Westminster Diocesan Education Commission and the London County Council. the governors of the Oratory School, London. have agreed that the school be reclassified as a Grammar School.