SIR,—May we ask the help of your readers in the building of a church at the Naval base at Singapore? The base is in an isolated situation, with the nearest church eight miles away.
A year ago the Admiralty allocated a better site and gave a donation of £20, and during the last six years 1350 have been collected or promised locally towards the necessary £2,000. A large church would be required, since even at present there are more than five hundred Catholics among the Asiatic workmen and their families. Because of the difficulty of languages the Vicar-General from Singapore has for years tended to and organised this " foreign mission" congregation.
The matter has been discussed between His Excellency the Bishop in Singapore and myself for the hot three years. His proposal is to build a church that can be extended as the Fleet requires it. The matter is now urgent. Because of the wandering habits of H.M. ships it would be better if those kind enough to help the Fleet in this matter send any offerings not to me but to: The Rev, Fr. M. Olcomendy, Vicar-General, Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, 50, Ophlr Road, Singapore, Straits Settlements.
W. S. DRISCOLL, R.C. Chaplain.
British China Fleet.