CATHOLICS in the Bexley deanery have st. -ceeded in raising more than i5,000 for a community project in Jauarete in the Amazon. It took them just six, months half the time originally anticipated. The money will provide 25 head of cattle and various items of agricultural equipment which will be divided equally between five villages.
TWO NEW works, a hymn and a pop record, have been written in anticipation of Pope John Paul's visit to Britain next year. "A welcome to Pope John Paul H" had its first performance recently at the Sacred Heart church, Bournemouth. The words are by Fr Brian Foley, with music by Michael Dawney. The pop ballad "Pope John Paul" was issued this month by Recorded Delivery Records, performed by 22 year old singer John Kristian. It is distributed through RCA.
WORTH Abbey Lay Community have contributed financially to the production of a new handbook for the parents of handicapped children Coping WO Mental Handicap in MidSussex was compiled by a team of four people chaired by Mr Peter Gilbert, a senior, social worker and a member of Worth Abbey Lay Community, who was recently appointed as Team Leader of a hospital and community mental handicap team. Several of the lay community work in the mental health field.
F011 R men walked from Walsingham to Lourdes, arriving just in time for the Eucharistic Congress. The 800 miles trek took 22 days, and was a sponsored walk to raise money for the new chapel of Our Lady of Reconciliation at the Slipper Chapel, Walsingham. The cost of the trip was met largely by NItmcunia Travel with the help of other businessmen and Friends of Our Lady of Walsingham.
MR KEVIN McNamara, Labour MP for Hull Central, may be "sacked" by his constituency party this week. He appears before a reselection committee today. Though he is widely respected as an MP, he has angered some sections of the party by sending his two sons, Julian and Edwin, to Ampleforth public school, to study music.
PAPERS on marriage nullity claims were discussed by the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland when it met for its annual conference at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds, this month. More than 70 members of the society participated. Other papers included studies of the future prospects for Catholic and Anglican unity, and the New Code of Canon Law. Representatives attended from Canon Law societies in the United States, Canada, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
THE FIRST ever international meeting of delegates from the Order of the Sisters of Mercy opens on Sunday in St Patrick's college, Drumcondra, Dublin. Known as "Trocaire '81" this convention of 110 Sisters from every continent, will consider, through prayer, discussion, reflection and sharing of experiences, how "to fashion a future, global in vision, rooted in mercy". The delgates represent some 25,000 Sisters of Mercy working in all parts of the world in teaching, nursing, and social work of every kind. The meeting will last six days.