XAVERIAN BROTHERS from houses throughout the English Province will take part this summer in a new form of retreat which stresses the importance of the liturgy as a means for strengthening and deepening spiritual life. It will be held at the Xaverian College, Manchester, from Aug. 6 to 20.
Archbishop Cardinale, the Apostolic Delegate, writes in a foreword to the programme: "It is because it is clear that the proposed programme of the Brothers, starting as it does from the liturgy, the primary and indispensable source of holiness, will lead to a greater fidelity to Christ and a more generous service of the world that I welcome it most warmly."
Brother Plunkett, C.F.X., the organiser, said: "The course has two specific aims. The first is to give an insight into the power of the liturgy to revitalise religious life at personal and community level. The second is to provide an opportunity and an atmosphere for the renewal of dedication to God and the Congregation."
The course will be under the direction of Fr. Augustine Lane, C.P.; Fr. Michael Myerscough, C.P., and Brother Climacus. The guest speakers will include Mr. Andrew McAlpine, H.M. Inspector of Factories, who will describe conditions in modem factories with special reference to the Papal Encyclicals and the place of religion in the workshop.
APILGRIMAGE across the Channel to Mont St. Michel to celebrate the abbey's millenary during the first weekend in October will be led by Bishop Worlock of Portsmouth, the Anglican Bishop of Winchester, Dr. Faulkner Allison, and Dr. George McLeod, of the lona Community.
They will go on the invitation of the Diocesan Authorities of Coutances, which once had jurisdiction over the Channel Islands, now within the Diocese of Portsmouth.
Bishop Warlock said last week: "I am happy to recommend this pilgrimage which should do much to further the friendship already existing among Christians." The headquarters of the organisers are at 43-44 Buckingham Gate, London, S.W.1.
Seminarians at youth course
THIRTY senior theological students from St. Cuthbert's College, Ushaw, have this week been attending a course at Lakeside House, Keswick, on the understanding of young people and the work of the youth service. It was sponsored by the National Council for Catholic Youth Clubs.
The students heard speakers from industry and the social services and saw films dealing with the development of personal relationships. The main aim was an approach to the training of priests for their pastoral work among young people.
Most of the programme was devoted to contact with young people through discussion in three groups of ten, each staffed by a priest and a professional youth worker.
The directors were Mr. C. A. James, general secretary of the council, and Fr. J. Loftus of St. Cuthbert's.
School religious teaching opposed
STRONG criticism of the practice of teaching religion and of having religious assemblies daily in publiclymaintained schools is voiced in Sigma, the magazine of the Northern Counties College, Newcastle upon Tyne. The writer is Mr. William Mcllroy, general secretary of the National Secular Society.
He says that in a country "where the majority are indifferent to religion" it is not surprising that teachers are not all practising Christians. Some are "quite hostile" towards Christianity and consider it offensive that they should have to keep "a captive audience of children under control during the religious part of an assembly".
Mr. Mcllroy says the standard of religious teaching in schools is generally poor, and the children are apathetic towards the lessons.
"Conformity and hypocrisy" are induced by the fact that in many schools a teacher who refused to share in taking religious classes or assemblies would cause a great deal of inconvenience and extra work to colleagues.
New chaplain and chaplaincy
LONDON UNIVERSITY is to have a new Catholic chaplaincy with Mgr. Bruce Kent as the new chaplain. The £100,000 chaplaincy will be situated in Gower Street, in a property bought by the Diocese of Westminster from the Sisters of Charity. It will have a number of rooms for students as well as a chapel, library. reading rooms and social centre.
Mgr. Kent will be replaced as chairman of the Westminster Schools' Commission by Fr. Herbert Veal, headmaster of Westminster Cathedral Choir School. The transfer takes place next month, when the chaplaincy opens.
Concelebrated Mass for consecration
ARCHBISHOP COWDEROY of Southwark and 12 Franciscan friars concelebrated Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Seven Dolours, Peckham, last week, when the Archbishop consecrated the church in the year of its centenary.
The main reason for the delay in its consecration, apart from the years spent in clearing the original debt, was the hope that one day it might be lengthened as Pugin originally designed it, This became unrealistic because of the cost, and through encroaching buildings and loss of land.
Then the church was bombed several times during the last war, but for the last few years a centenary appeal fund has been so successful that at Last it was ready for consecration. Cardinal Heenan will attend the three days' centenary ceremony in October.
One of the highlights of the appeal was a celebrity concert at Drury Lane on May 22, at which the guests of honour were Lord Eldon, Lord-inWaiting to the Queen, and Lady Eldon. It was probably the only occasion on which 20 friars in habits have occupied boxes in a theatre.
`All that a film should be'
"NO ONE concerned with the wellbeing of young people can afford to miss this film, nor fail to recommend it to their friends." This is what Fr. Adrian Arrowsmith, Youth Director of the Westminster Archdiocese, says of I Was Happy Were in a special message to the youth clubs in the archdiocese.
"This film," says Fr. Arrowsmith. "is all that a film or play should be100 per cent entertainment. It's no wonder that at the San Sebastian International Film Festival it won the Grand Golden Shell for the best film, and the rare award from the International Office of Catholic Cinema."
Fr. Arrowsmith continues: "I do not believe that films and plays should be made just for messages, but must be wholly entertainment. I Was Happy Here is certainly that, and urgently cries for help for those who are trying to alter the sad situation of a girl or boy in the bed-sitter."
Headache follows facelift
THE oldest Catholic Church in London, St. Etheldreda's, Ely Place, Holburn, has had a facelift and has a headache. The facelift, completed this week in time for the feast of SS. Peter and Paul, was the installation in the crypt of a new alter where the priest can say Mass either facing the people or with his back to them.
In addition, the floor of the crypt is to be retiled and the tabernacle has had its own niche made to one side of the altar. The old altar and superfluous statuary have been removed.
The headache will be the bill of £2,000 to £3,000 which Fr. Francis O'Malley, LC., the parish priest, has to meet for the alterations. Although the church attracts a steady stream of lunchtime worshippers during the week these have their obligations to their own parishes and the Sunday congregation is about 50.
New parish at Highcliffe MGR. S. J. Mullarkey, Vicar General of the Portsmouth diocese, said last week that if the chapel of Highcliffe Castle, Hants, is no longer available after the castle's sale by the Claretian Missionary Seminary, a new church may be built and a new parish set up.
About 300 attended the four Sunday Masses, with an additional 100 in the summer. The chapel is regarded u a Mass Centre, as Highcliffe is at present split between the New Milton and Christchurch parishes.
The Claretian Order which has put the castle and grounds up for sale, is moving the 20 students to a central seminary at Oxford.