I am writing these notes while the novena in honour of Our Holy Patroness is in progress.
There are not many who find it possible to assist at the Mass each day in the Martyrs' Chapel in Tyburn Convent, but we have abundant evidence in the office that the Novena is being well kept all over the Kingdom; and not only in our own country, but wherever there are Ransomers, and these are scattered all over the world.
ant looking forward to seeing a good muster in Westminster Cathedral on the eve of the feast-the day on which these notes appear.
The Cardinal Archbishop is honouring the Guild by giving Benediction, and every London Ransomer should make a point of " being there," not only to honour Our Lady of Ransom but also to show Hjs Eminence how much we appreciate his kindness.
It is also an opportunity to introduce friends to the Guild and induce them tla become Ransomers.
I am wondering whether ten o'clock is the best time for Novena Masses at Tyburn.
If anyone has any view on the subject I wish he would let me know them so that we may benefit by them another year.
It is difficult to find a suitable time-it is impossible to find one to suit business people, of course, as they cannot spare any time in the morning to go round by the Marble Arch and hear Mass.
But there must be others who have spare time and could come if we could find a suitable time for them.
By the way, I am often asked the question: where is the site of the Tyburn Gallows where so many of our martyrs gave their lives for the Faith?
The authorities have marked what is supposed to be the exact spot by a solid triangle of metal in the road.
If you stand on the refuge in the middle of Edgware Road, facing the Park, and look down on the road you will see it, a little to the right about three yards from you.
Boys Town I was one of the audience invited by the CATHOLIC HERALD to see the preview of a film called Boys Town, which is having its premiere at the Empire, London, today.
It is a wonderful film, beautifully acted, showing what can be done for young rips of boys, who would normally be sent to reformatories, by a man who goes the right way to work.
The film is actually a portrayal of the work of Fr, Flanagan in America.
Mr. Spencer Tracy excels himself in the role of this very lovable and capable priest, and the boys, headed by Mickey Rooney, are wonderfully natural.
The spontaneous applause at the end showed how thoroughly the audience enjoyed the film. It should be seen by everyone, even those who have hitherto been cinema haters.
JOHN H. FILMER.