CHARITIES, before being entitled to Selective Employment Tax refunds, will have to submit evidence that they are, in fact, charities.
Announcing this last week, the Churches Main Committee said institutions will have to obtain a certificate from the Charity Commissioners or Secretary of State for Education and Science (if an educational body) that they are registered under the Charities Act, 1960.
Arrangements are being made by the churches to apply for the certificates, and the Main Committee says applications and enquiries should not be made by local churches to the Commissioners or the Ministry until the committee issues further information.
The Churches Main Committee, which acts at Government level for all denominations in secular matters, says all inquiries should be addressed to "the headquarters of the denomination concerned."
Circulars will shortly be issued by the Churches explaining the procedure.
Charities operating in Scotland, where there is no registration, will have to obtain a certificate of status from the Secretary of State for Scotland, and details of the procedure will be arranged between the Scottish Churches and the Home and Health Department.
Warrior Bishop commemorated
BISHOP ODO of Bayeux in 1066 defended his home, Pevensey Castle in Sussex, on behalf of Robert against William Rufus, two of William the Conqueror's sons. Odo himself was the Conqueror's half-brother.
Odo's successor, Bishop Jacquemin of Bayeux, will be at the site of Pevensey Castle on July 31. But instead of putting up an armed defence, Bishop Jacquemin will be celebrating solemn pontifical Mass, at 6.30 p.m., as part of t h e ninth centenary commemorations of the Conquest.
At the Mass, besides members of the Hierarchy, will be representatives of the Church of England and the Free Churches. The Bishops present will include Archbishop Cardinale, the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Cowderoy of Southwark, and Bishop Cashman of Brighton and Arundel.
Representing the Church of England will be Assistant Bishop Newham Davies of Chichester, and the Rev. Dr. Donald Boys, of Eastbourne. will represent the Fr e e Churches.
The Vicar of Pevensey, the Rev. John Robertson, has lent his church as a sacristy. The students of St. John's Seminary, Wonersh, will sing the Mass.
New find at A.D. 674 abbey
AA FOUR-WEEKS' dig at the church of St. Peter's, Monkwearrnouth, Sunderland which dates back to 674—by Miss Rosemary Cramp, senior lecturer in archaeology at Durham University and her party, ended last week.
One of the most important discoveries was an oval plaster floor which Miss Cramp considers unique, and may be a shrine. Next month Miss Cramp will resume digging at St. Paul's, Jarrow, sister monastery of St. Peter's, where they Left off last year.
Helpers wanted for Lourdes
EACH year in the autumn, the Mission for the Relief of Suffering, founded by Group Captain Cheshire and Sue Ryder, organise a pilgrimage to Lourdes for sick people.
This year the pilgrimage will take place from September 23rd-27th.
The organisers are anxious to hear from nurses, doctors and lay helpers who would be willing to give their services.
Miss C. T. Short is the pilgrimage secretary and her address is 15 Chichester Avenue, Ruislip, Middlesex.
Kent born man Suva Archbishop KENT born Mgr. Victor Frederick Foley, 57, has been appointed Archbishop of Suva.
Since 1944 — eight years after his ordination—he has been Bishop of Fiji.
Archbishop Foley has a brother and two sisters. His brother, Dennis, in 1950 cycled across Europe to Rome to meet him when presenting a whale's tooth to the Pope. The Archbishop mentioned to His Holiness that his brother was in the corridor outside. "Bring him in," said the Pope and the two brothers had a private audience.
One of his sisters, Mother Mary Claire, was two years ago appointed R ev e r en d Mother of the Holy Child Convent at Combe Bank, Sundridge, near Sevenoaks.
Archbishop Foley has been attending the meetings of the Ecumenical Council in Rome and always manages to spend a few weeks with his elder sister, Mrs. John Morecroft in Pelts Wood, Kent.
Converted church suits liturgy
PARISHIONERS of St. Matthew's, Allerto n, Bradford are finding that the Baptist church they bought to replace the Army but which served as their church since 1959 is. well suited to the demands of the liturgy.
To preserve a very fine organ, the sanctuary has been placed midway along the north-cast wall so that the nave is twice as wide as it is long. The altar is built away from the wall, and the congregation of 350 is grouped around it. Part of the traditional Baptist gallery has been retained.
Bishop Wheeler will bless and open the church on the Feast of St. Matthew, Sept. 21.
Vatican envoy at Vigils
FR. GODFREY POAGE, C.P. will represent the Holy See at the series of "AII Night Vigils for More Vocations" which the Passionist Fathers are organising. The Vigils which will take place between August 20-28 are to be held at the shrine of BI. Dominic Barbed, Apostle of Christian Unity, at the order's monastery, St. Anne's, at Sutton, St. Helens, Lancashire. In conjunction with the Vigils a Vocations Office has been opened to help and advise anyone who is interested in a particular vocation.