Lay Folks Weeks in Australia
AT the invitation of Cardinal Gilroy, of Sydney, Fr. Clifford Howell, S.J., will sail on December 3 for Australia in order to be a guest speaker at the Australian National Liturgical Week to be held in Sydney during January, 1958.
1 he subject for the Week is "The Living Parish." It is expected that about 10 Bishops will attend. besides many hundreds of clergy.
Fr. Howell is also to give his "Lay Folks Weeks" in a number of parishes of the great centres of population Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Brisbane.
A Lay Folks Week is a liturgical type of parish mission which Fr. Howell devised some ycars ago and which has been in continual demand ever since, both here and in the United States. Its purpose is to impart the teachings of the Encyclicals Mystici Corporis, and Mediator Dei, by a technique involving active participation of the people in corporate worship. Instruction on the Mass and the Sacraments is given by means of material selected frosts the liturgy and put together so as to exploit its moral and didactic value.
In addition, Fr. Howell is to speak at the annual conference of the University Catholic Federation of Australia. in Perth, and to organise its celebration of Mass and Co top] ne.