THE non-English Londoner must be finding it increasingly difficult to feel far away from home. So many centres, hostels and associations ititons in the city exist just to remind him And, too. I know that the many German Catholc girls working in London (and their employers), will be interested in the beautiful centre for them in Kilburn.
Here the girls can meet each other. catch up on news from home, play records, throw parties, dance, and get friendly down-to-earth advice from Miss Ursula Quehl, I spent a very pleasant hour at St. Lioba's House, 40 Exeter Road, chatting with Miss Quehl one morning last week. She told me the centreco-sponsored by Germany's Caritas movement and the International Catholic Girls Society— takes the girls on several tours during the year. Last week they visited the Royal Mint. At other times they visit large firms, factories, cities and towns outside London.
Each month Miss QuehI and her assistants send a stencilled letter to 1,500 German girls throughout England. It contains spiritual advice by Fr. Felix Leushacke of the German Church and notes of coming activities,
THEN there is the Society of St. David which was formed in London three weeks ago for Welsh Catholics. Up to now. Welsh people in London have attended an annual St. David's Day Mass, and since this year's will he the tenth, the organisers decide it appropriate to start the society in conjunction with it.
On March I at 8 p.m. in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Horseferry Road, Struiton Ground (off Victoria Street near St. James Station) the Society will have its first Mass. Fr. Aloysius, O.F.M. Cap., the preacher, is also one of the society's chaplains. Welsh visitors and Welsh residents can contact the society secretary at 69, Huntingdon Road, N.2.
The English Lontione,rs are not forgotten either. St. George's Day is April 23, and the president of the Royal Society of St. George. the Duke of Westminster, has appealed for cooperation in this year's observance. More directly of interest is the fact that in his letter. the Duke sees the need to 're-dedicate ourselves to the high principles' of patriotism. integrity and service I 7 one another. "Some may say," the Duke's letter continues, "this is a call which should come front the Churches. That no doubt is true, but it also demands action on the part of every man and woman in every walk of life who is proud not only of being English, but of being British."
I-X. A FIELD communion set which once belonged to Canon Francis Gleeson, a famed chaplain with the Irish troops in
France during the Frst. World War, is back in Ireland.
The above picture is from a well-known Caton Woodville painting in which Fr. Gleeson celebrates Mass with the Dublin Fusiliers in a ruined church.
Fr. Gleeson served in Flanders and France, and after the war was the Dublin Command chaplain of the Free State Army. He was later a parish priest in Wicklow, then Dublin, where he died in 1959.
The communion set was seen in England at an auction sale by Mator Henry Harris, founder member of the Military Historical Society in Ireland. In view of the original ownership, and as a safeguard against abuse, Major Harris acquired the set and presented it to Fr. Patrick puffy, head chaplain of the Irish Department of Defence. The set will he used by any Irish Army Chaplain who accompanies troops abroad on United Nations peace-keeping duties.
PrWO Catholic politicians are in the news this week. Mrs. Shirley Williams, M.P. for Hitchin, Herts., has been elected chairman of the Labour Committee for Europe—which gave powerful support for Britain to join the Common Market two years ago.
Aspiring Member is Mr. Robin McEwen who is standing as Tory candidate in the Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency. Some political commentators feel that Mr. McFwen's religion will weigh heavily against him. The Borderers date their anti-Catholicism back to John Knox.
Should this be so, and an estimate or a 10 per cent loss of Tory votes because of the religion question be accurate, Mr. MeEwen may see the slim Tory margin vanish and the seat go to the Liberals.
D0 your interests include children. advertising, broadcasting, social studies or silver'? • The World Children's Day will be marked in the United Kingdom on June 2. Sponsors are the UK Committee of UNICEF and the Save the Children Fund. founder member of the international Union for Child Welfare. • The Incorporated Advertising Managers' Association will have Fr. Agnellus Andrew, 0.E.M., BBC director of Catholic broadcasting, as guest speaker at its I p.m. luncheon in the Europa Hotel on March 1. • The 13th social study summer school will be held at the Dominican College, Portsteware Co. Derry, during the week of July 31, Theme: The layman in the Church. • The first exhibition of modern British silver is set for March 8 to 27 at the Design Centre, 28, Ilea/market.
WORD came to me this week that a Catholic parish in Chicago's slumland has begun the same experiment that has made Protestants and Anglicans famous in Woolwich, Notting Hill and East Harlem, New York—namely forming a "group ministry" where all the clergymen have an equal say and no boss.
The reason: To enable young priests to apply their knowledge or sociology while it is still fresh, instead of perhaps waiting 20 or 30 years until they become parish priests who may not themselves appreciate suggestions from young curates. Under the group scheme each priest is on an equal footing.
Fr. Owen McAteer, a member of the group at St. Agatha's in the Negro slum called Lawndale. says that sometimes the three priests disagree on one matter or another and "there have been some rough moments" in sorting out their differences.
But all of them have backed one plan they consider essential to the life of the area: enlisting lay help and co-operating with local Protestant churches to provide community education and welfare services.
Within the parish there are 50,000 people, half of them under 20 and nearly half on the dole. Only 400 are Mass-going Catholics. '11 he parish has organised lay people to tutor 400 children in their school work. and itserecreational facilities draw another 400. "But all this is just a bandage on a cancer," says Fr. McAteer looking over his problems arid the residents' feeling that they can do nothing to solve them.
Now St. Agatha's and other churches are trying to bring in a professional community organiser to encourage and develop "grass roots" action among the people living there.
ARCHBISHOP BECK visited the Loud water (Bucks.) studio on Wednesday this week of Patrick Reyntions who is making the glass panels for the giant lantern tower which will crown Liverpool's Christ the King Cathedral. Work is at the halfway stage in the specially designed studio necessary to cope with the colossal scale of the project.
Reyntioes, a 39-year-old Catholic, jointly designed the panels with John Piper. Much of the ingenious equipment necessary for manufacture has heen invented by David Kirby.
Reyntions made the baptistery window in Coventry Cathedral which Piper designed, and the result impressed Liverpool Cathedral architect Mr. Frederick Gibbard so much he asked them to design and make all the glass for Liverpool. For statistics collectors, about 25,000 pieces of one-inch thick dalle de verre (plate glass) in 300 colours will he used in the 16-sided lantern tower. Each side measures 66 feet by 12 feet wide.
Garbs bring barbs
URSIILINE SISTERS, whose garb has been the subect of much comment of late, think that "With everything there is to do in the world, it's a shame there should be a 'crisis' over an experiment with modern habits for Sisters".. For the past six weeks, Sisters Stephen and Immaculate, who teach in Oklahoma City's Bishop McGuinness High School, have been wearing a simple skirt and blouse, with insignia, instead of the traditional Ursuline habit.
The new garb has attracted world-wide attention and set off intense discussion in Catholic circlee on modernisation of religieus habits.
However, a mall member at the school where the Ursulines teach said that the new attire is now taken for granted arid there is no longer any talk about it, Sistser Stephen arid immaculata received more than 300 letters runnine two to one in favour of the change. Sister Stephen said: "I would say that those against this habit are a minority and many of them very unreasonable. When you hear a woman say she might as well stop going to Mass if the Church is coming to this, you wonder where logic has gone."