Three Mass centres have been formed in the country parts in the neighbourhood of Colchester, to which children from Stratford parish have been evacuated. Many residents who have hitherto been unable to hear Mass on account of distance from a church arc thus able to be present at the Holy Sacrifice. Out of evil cometh good.
Because of the evacuation of school children from the East End attendance at Mass at the church of Our Lam, of the Annunciation has increased to such an extent that the number of Masses on Sunday has been increased from two to four.
The children evacuated to Kings Lynn are from the schools of Our Lady of the Assumption, Bethnal Green; St. Mary, Moorfields; anti St. Joseph, Bunhill Row. From these parishes also priests have gone to assist the clergy at Kings Lynn.
Evacuation and growth of the Catholic population at Rushden. Northants, was responsible for overflow Masses at St. Peter's recently when the devout were forced to hear Mass " without the walls" kneeling on the lawn; and that despite the fact that. Mass was being celebrated in the Guild room which accommodates more than the chitreh itself. The parish priest at Rushrien is the Rev. Edmond 0. Gorman.
West Blatchington, Sussex
A plot of land on which it is hoped to erect a Chapel of Ease to St. Peter's, Hove, has recently been acquired, at the junction of two important roads, Holmes Avenue and Nevill Avenue, West Blatchington. While the district which will he served by the new chapel is nearer Brighton, St. Peter's, Hove, is helping the local Catholics to raise the necessary funds.
The building of the great Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool will continue as far as possible according to plan. Most of the men working on the Cathedral are over military age so that future progress depends almost entirely on the ability to obtain supplies of building material.
A new mass centre in the. little Hertfordshire village of Walkern was opened recently by a priest from St. Edmund's College, Ware, in a private residence. to meet the needs of evacuated children.
Two hundred Glasgow children, evacuees. and about fifty adults were the congregation for the first Mass to be Said since the Reformation in the historic little village of Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire. The Mass was said by Canon Aloysitis Reifenrath, of Johnstone, in the Templars' Hall recently.
Archbishop Amigo. Bishop of Southwark, was to have presided at Mass at the new church in Petts Wood, Kent, in celetration of the opening of this church last month.
At the last moment, however, he had to cancel his engagement because of the pressure of work arising through the outbreak of war.
The Rev. Lawrence Bovington, rector of Holy Innocents Church, Orpington, who informed the Petts Wood congregation of the Archbishon's cancellation, said that the Archbishop would remember the people of Petts Wood in his prayers.