People who took part in One World Weeks up and down the country will gather in Westminster Abbey on Saturday, December 2, for a final celebration to set the seal on what the organisers feel has been a "very heartening success". Among those attending will be Bishop Gerald Mahon, Bishop in Central London and the former president of the Justice and Peace Commission; Mgr John Coonan, of the Pontifical Mission Aid Societies; Mr Robin Hood, the head of CAFOD, and Mrs Norah Iverson, president of the Catholic Women's League.
Missionaries must recognise the need for consultation and guidance if they are to respond adequately to the problems of conscience and Christian concern which they face in many countries today. That was one of the conclusions at the annual conference of the Evangelical Missionary Alliance held at High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, last week. The conference considered the political and leadership tensions affecting overseas churches and missions.
A weekend conference is to be held at Spode House, Staffordshire, next May to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Fr Vincent McNabb, OP, who was the inspiration behind the Catholic Evidence Guild. Fr Brocard Sewell, 0 Carm, would like to hear from any readers who may have suggestions for the conference or who possess letters or other documents concerning Fr McNabb. Fr Sewell is at the Monastery, Cape! YFfin, Abergavenny, Gwent, NP7.
The Civil Service Catholic Guild is planning to hold a special weekend at Spode House, Staffordshire, between October 5 and 7 next year. Traditionally the "Spode Weekend" combines light-hearted with serious activities, and suggestions for topics for the next one would be welcomed by David Marsh, 16 Foulser Road, Tooting Bee, London, SW 17.
The Spastics Society have launched what is believed to be the only instant lottery to be run by a charity. Top prize is 11,000 with other prizes ranging from £100 to 50p. Tickets cost 25p each and will be available in Spastics Society shops and other shops and markets all over England and Wales. The lottery has been mounted to raise money for the society's nationwide campaign Lc "Save a Baby".
Fr Richard Lear (above), a Josephite Father, has recently returned home after a second tour of twoyears in Zaire. Ordained in 1970, he first went to Zaire in 1972. After two months holiday at his home in Newick, Sussex, Fr Lear will take up a teaching post at Barrow Hills School, Witley, near Guildford, the preparatory school for the Josephite St George's College at Addlestone.
The British Argentina Campaign is to hold a conference at the Student Union, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, on Saturday, December 2, to discuss the future policy of the campaign. It will include plenary and workshop sessions and promises to be "open and not delegate-based." Fee is £1 (wageless, 50p). Details from the SAC, 52 Acre Lane, London, SW2.
The writings of the novelist and playwright Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, who is in prison in Kenya, will bc discussed at a one day conference at the Africa Centre, 38 King Street, London, WC2, tomorrow. The conference has been arranged by the Ngug,i Defence Committee which is campaigning for his release.
Ten thousand pairs of wellington boots are urgently needed for refugees from Namibia to prevent infection during the November to March rains. Boots, especially for children, are wanted as well as money to buy new ones. The appeal is being co ordinated by the Namibia Support Committee, 188 North Gower Street, London, NWI (Tel: 01-388 5539), who will supply details of the nearest collection centre.
Dr Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, will report for duty at the city of Canterbury's cleansing depot at Kingsmead on Monday to show his support for the anti-litter campaign which the city is running. He will meet the men and women whose job it is to keep the streets clean and empty domestic dustbins.
A crucial conference which could decide the future of the Church of England's Men's Society will take place in Blackpool from December 8 to 10. The society is threatened with closure unless more people come forward to back it. Delegates are expected to re-affirm strongly their support for the society.
Interviews with several Christian soccer stars are included in the lates edition of Release Nationwide, a resource pack for local church magazines. The pack is produced by Release Publications, 142 Dantzic Street, Manchester, M4.
"Anti-Poverty Action" is the name of a new campign by Third World First. it calls on people to impose a 1 per cent "self-tax against poverty" and is designed to pay attention both to long-term needs for change arid immediate needs for help.
A new booklet, Programme or Short Courses, which summarises 119 courses, covering more than 40 subject areas, for teachers from April 1979, to March 1980, is being distributed to local education authorities and other bodies by the Department of Education and Science and the Welsh Office Education Department. It is available free from Teachers Branch (Short Courses), Department of Education and Science, Elizabeth House, York Road, London, SE1.
St Francis de Sales Church, Hampton Hill, Middlesex was the venue for the first of an official Remembrance Day Service, organis cd jointly by the local branch of the Royal British Legion and the borough council of Richmond irpon Thames. The service formed part of the usual Mass, and Fr Sean Fleury, the parish priest, said that while the service used to be held in the Anglican church, with the development of ecumenism, churches of different denominations were now used.
Mr Colin Mawby, the former Director of Music at Westminster Cathedral, is to conduct the New Westminster Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble in a programme of music at the church of Our Lady, Lisson Grove, London, NW8, on Sunday December 3, at 7.45 pm. The programme will include Bruckner's Mass in E minor. Tickets at £1.25 and 60p are available from 16 Stafford Mansions, Stafford Place, London, SW I.
For the first time in the history of the Knights of St Columbia, a full knighthood ceremony in the Plymouth diocese was held at Buckfast Abbey last Sunday. Twelve men were enrolled by the Provincial Grand Knight during the annual Memorial Mass for deceased brothers, which was celebrated by Lord Abbot Leo Smith of Buckfast, assisted by Fr J. Pack, Provincial Chaplain, and Fr A. Sacco, parish priest of Paignton.
The annual Mass of the West Surrey Catholic Teacher Association will be on Thursday, November 30 at 4.30 pm, at St Pius X Church, Merrow, Guildford. The principal celebrant will be the Mgr. Canon J. McConnor, Rector of St John's Seminary, Wonersh.
Third World First is organising a conference called "The Waste Makers" in Oxford from January 5 to 7. It will ask why land, capital and labour which could be used to help the poor are wasted under the present international economic system. Full details and application forms from Third World First (C), 232 Cowley Road, Oxford, 0X4.