Catholic Graduate Society, Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM ORATORIAN ON " NEWMAN AT OXFORD" The Birmingham Catholic Graduate Society held is monthly meeting at St. Philip's Grammar School, Edgbaston, on Friday, January 20, when Father Stephen Dessain, of the Birmingham Oratory, gave a talk on " Newman at Oxford."
Father Stephen sketched vividly the career of Newman at Oxford, then his life at Littlemore, showing the influences from within and without which finally led him to become a niernber of the Church and of the community to which Father Stephen himself belongs .
BIG CROWD EXPECTED FOR DR. AVERY Catholic Truth Society members and others are looking forward to a stimulating address which is to be given by the Rev, Dr. Avery, of Newcastle, in Edinburgh, on Monday. January 30, in Lauriston Hall, under the auspices of the Society.
Dr. Avery's subject will be " The Church and the Civil Authority." In view of the very strained relations between these two in Germany to-day and the fact that the lecturer has recently studied the conditions prevailing there, his address should prove of more than usual Interest.
Dr. Avery gave a rousing address in an Edinburgh hall to a crowded and appreciative audience some years ago. Hie subject then was, "Wanted, a World Leader, Why not the Pope?"
The Guild of St. Francis de Sales
PLAN TO HELP YOUNG CATHOLIC WRITERS
The Committee of the Guild of St. Francis de Sales is now actively condering methods of increasing the usefulness of the Guild to Catholic writers. It is recognised that while some of our members are experienced authors and journalists, there are a number who would like opportunities of improvement by meetings and discussions with each other. There are various organisations doing this work for writers generally, and it has now been decided to start a circle for young Catholic writers.
It is proposed to hold a reception in honour of Mgr. David Mathew, a member of our Council, who was recently named by the Holy Father as Bishop Auxiliary in the Westminster diocese, with the title of Bishop of Aelia, at the Cathedral Hall, Westminster, on Friday, February 3. This will afford an excellent opportunity for members to gather together and discuss what we believe is going to be a very busy and useful year.
The annual meeting of the Guild will he held at the Westminster Cathedral Hall on Friday, February 3, at 4.30 The Australian National Secretariete of Catholic Action has made inquiries about the Guild and is contemplating forming a similar organisation in Australia.
Relations have also been established with the Catholic Writers' Guild of America. The total membership of the Guild is now 210, Further particulars may be obtained from the hon. secretary, George Barnard, 184, Strand. London.
Southwo..k Rescue Society
PARTY VISIT SCHOOLS AT ORPINGTON On Saturday last a party numbering thirty-two, organised by the Catholic Association, visited the Southwark Catholic Rescue Society's Schools at Orpington. Some of the children acted as guides and the visitors were shown the boys' and girls' schools and the nurseries. They were delighted by the natural candour and friendliness and the obvious happiness of the Children and greatly admired all that was being done to provide for their education and well being.
The Catholic Association are organising a party to visit the Southwark Rescue Society's training farm at Bletchingley to-morrow (Saturday).
On Friday next, February 3, at St. Mary's Hall, Clapham, the Lensbury Britannic Players arc performing Quintero's play, "A hundred years' old," In aid of the Southwark Catholic Rescue Society. Tickets may be obtained from the Secretary, the Rev. J. F. Healy, of the Southwark Rescue Society, 59, Westminster Bridge Road, S.E.1.
Society of Our Lady of Good Counsel
MGR. KNOX AND HILAIRE BELLOC TO LECTURE The Society of Our Lady, of Good Counsel, which exists to provide free legal advice and help for poor persons without distinction of race or religion, has arranged two lectures for the near future in aid of the general fund.
Mr Hilaire Belloc is to lecture on the "Nature of English Verse," and Mgr. Ronald Knox "French Without Tears."
HAS NOW BEEN FORMED The trainers of bears and the keepers of seals, acrobats and tumblers, lion tamers and horse riders sat down to tea last Friday with Fr. Cyprian Rice, 0.P., and Miss Daphne de Trafford, organisers of the Catholic Circus Guild.
They sat at a long white table in a room behind the circus ring at Agricultural Hall. The tea was arranged by Fr. Rice as some expression of gratitude for the help the circus people had given him in arranging the service for the circus an Sunday, January 15. Copies of the CATHOLIE HERALD with the pictures and report of this service were eagerly read during tea.
The Catholic Circus Guild has now been definitely formed. Its objects are: 1. To promote a sense of spiritual brotherhood among Catholic artistes of the circus.
2. To foster among the Catholic publie a love for circus folk and a willingsneersvsice.to promote their welfare— spiritual and temporal, by friendly
The members of the Guild will be professionals of the circus or associates. The subscription is Is. yearly.
The proposed prayer for artistes is:
If offer Thee, my God, to-day, my body and soul, to show forth Thy glory through skill and strength.
Bless this company and help us to mount ever higher in balanced wisdom and grace.
Founder members may join the Guild at once by sending half a crown to Fr. Rice. This subscription entitles such members to two free seats for the Agricultural Hall Circus, on a day to be appointed by the theatre.