CATHOLIC RALLY.—The Archbishop of Liverpool will give three addresses on Sunday next at the annual Barton Catholic Rally.
PARISH CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS.—Celebrations to mark the centenary of the foundations of St. Werburgh's church, Birkenhead, have been fixed for Sunday, August 15, when a Pontifical High Mass of thanksgiving will be sung by the Bishop of Shrewsbury, Mgr. A. Moriarty.
ST. BEDE'S EXTENSION.—St. Bede's Grammar School, Bradford, which was founded in 1900 by the present Archbishop of Westminster, Mgr. Arthur Hinsley, begins a fresh chapter in its history tomorrow (Saturday), when thc Bishop will lay the foundation-stone of the extension to the school.
ST. WERBURGH'S PAGEANT.— Tableaux representing the translation of the relics of St. Werburgh in 907 A.D., and the foundation of St. Werburgh's Abbey by Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, in 1003 A.D., will be features of Chester's historical pageant which will be held in the college grounds from July 5-10. St. Werburgh is the patroness of Chester.
PILGRIMAGE.—The annual pilgrimage to St. Winefride's Well at Holywell takes place on Sunday in honour of the feast and amongst those attending will be the Bishop of Menevia (Mgr. M. McGrath).
LANDS CATHOLICS VISIT DUBLIN. —On Sunday a party of 900 Catholics from Wigan, Preston, etc., made a day's excursion to Dublin, when they were received by the Lord Mayor and shown round the city.
" BASQUE CHILDREN " FLAG DAY will be held in Leeds on Saturday, July 10. It has been arranged by the Bishop of Leeds to augment the funds needed for the welfare of the refugees who will be housed in Leeds Homes.
300 TROOPS IN CATHOLIC CHURCH PARADE.—Headed by a military band, over 300 Catholic troops paraded in full dress uniform at St. Augustine's church, Leeds, for Mass on Sunday last. They are part of the 3,000 regulars assembled at Roundhay Park, Leeds, in preparation for the tattoo which begins on July 1. The regiments represented were the Royal Hussars, the Royal Engineers, the Royal Ulster Rifles, the Scottish Borderers, and the Royal Corps of Signals. This was the first military parade to a Catholic church in Leeds since the war.
Liverpool PAPAL MEDAL FOR TEACHER.— In recognition of her scholastic work and devotion to the church, Miss M. E. Hutchinson was recently presented with the Papal medal Bene Merenti. The presentation was made by Mgr. J. Redmond (Chancellor). Miss Hutchinson retired last September after 41 years' service as a teacher in St. Brigid's Infants' school, Liverpool.
34 UNEMPLOYED IN RETREAT.— Thirty-four unemployed men from Preston, St. Helens, Salford and Widnes attended a three days retreat from Tuesday to Thursday of last week in Loyola Hall, Rainhill Manchester £30,000 HOSPITAL SCHEME COMPLETED.—The Bishop of Salford will bless and open the new wing of St. Joseph's Hospital, Manchester, on Wednesday. This event will complete nine years' work on the part of the Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, who run the hospitaL The new wing constitutes four storeys of nineteen private rooms, eight nurses' rooms, a laboratory. X-ray theatre, and has cost approximately £10,000. The total scheme of rebuilding and extending the hospital, commenced in 1928, has cost over £30,000.
C.W.L. PILGRIMAGE. — Over 200 members of the Catholic Women's League in the West Riding area are expected to take part in the annual pilgrimage on Tuesday next, Feast of SS. Peter and Paul, to the wayside shrine at Ripon, erected as a memorial to the soldiers of Ripon Camp who fell in the war.
X-RAY THEATRE.—An X-ray theatre, costing over £4,000, was opened last week in the Providence Hospital, St. Helens, at the conclusion of the annual meeting. The equipment is the most up-to-date in the country. The chairman announced steady progress in the work of the hospital. It was the most economically run in the country, costing about £1,000 per month. Weekly subscriptions totalled £6,057, and donations included £400 from the Flower Day and £400 from the St. Helens Carnival Committee.