Fr. Delphin, A.A., parish priest of the Sacred Heart, Newhaven, Sussex, welcomed Fr. Basil, AA., when the latter opened a garden fête held last week in aid of the Convent of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The fête was held in the convent grounds.
Victoria College, Westbury, Wilts., has been bought by the Holy Ghost Fathers, an eighteenth-century French missionary society. Vieturia College, a fine Georgian mansion, standing in 56 acres of land, was adapted as a college ten years ago and originally was the property of the late W. H. Laverton, a well-known West Country industrialist.
About 1300 had been raised by the three annual bazaars which have been held since 1935 in order to pay off the debt of 13,000 on the new Church of SS. John Fisher and Thomas More, at Hale, Torquay, the construction of which was made necessary by the new housing estates of Torquay.
This fact was revealed by the Rev. Myles MacSweeney, parish priest of Our Lady Help of Christians, St. Marychureh, Torquay, when presiding at the opening of a bazaar held on Friday last in the Priory grounds, St. Marychurch, Tor quay. The fête was opened by the Mayor of Torquay.
On Sunday last the opening of the new church at Petts Wood was celebrated by Solemn High Mass at 9 a.m., at which Archbishop Amigo, Bishop of Southwark, preached the sermon. Petts Wood for the present is being served from Holy Innocents, Orpington.
On Saturday last, July 22, the Rt. Rev. Dom Bruno Fehrenbacher, 0.5.13., Lord Abbot of 13uckfast, opened a fete at Totnee, which had to be held in the Territorial Drill Hall owing to rain.
Mgr, J. King, Bishop Auxiliary to Portsmouth. opened a garden fête of St. Colman's Church, Cosham, Portsmouth, in aid of the fund for building a new ball.
The annual garden fete. in aid of the funds of the parish of St. Saviour, Abbots Langley, was held recently in the grounds of the Salvatorian College.
A two-day fete was held last week in the Church Hall of the parish of St. George, Shoeburynese, in an effort to reduce the 12,500 debt on the new church. Mgr. Doubleday, Bishop of Brentwood, presided at the opening ceremony.
A successful garden fete was held recently at Wickford in aid of the funds for building a permanent church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wickford. The fête was opened by Captain P. Noonan, the Irish film star.
The Hon. Lady Cooper, daughter of the first Viscount Long of Wraxall, opened on Saturday last a bazaar in aid of the fund for reducing the 1800 debt on the new Church of St. Mary, Chippenharn, Wilts.
St. Chad's, Birmingham
The peal of bells of St. Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, are to be retuned in preparation for the centenary celebrations next year. They are probably the first peal of Catholic bells to be rung since the Reformation.
One of the bells was given by the Catholic Friendly Society of Birmingham, the oldest of all friendly societies, Catholic or non-Catholic, in the country.
A garden fete, to raise funds for the reduction of the debt on the new church hall of the parish of the Holy Ghost, Exmouth, was organised last week by the local branch of the Catholic Women's League. The Rev. J. P. O'Malley, parish priest, revealed that the parish still needed 1500 for this purpose, £600 having already been raised.
A garden fete at Billericay, Essex, was held last week in aid of the parish funds. The Rev. Hugh Verity, parish priest of St. John the Evangelist, Ingatestone, perf6rmed the opening ceremony, and the Rev. AIoysius Roche, parish priest of the Most Holy Redeemer, Billericay, presided.
The annual summer fair in connection with the parish of the English Martyrs, Cambridge, was held recently in the grounds of St. Edmund's House. The fair is held to help reduce the debt of 114,000 on the new school and Houghton Hall, for which £8,000 has already been collected. The fair was opened by Mrs Tufnell, wife of the Borough Member of Parliament.
Mass was celebrated on Sunday last at Anstey's Cafe, in the village of Cranfield, for the first time since the Reformation. Cranfield is a rapidly growing district, owing chiefly to the presence of the R.A.F. station,
In future Mass will be said there every fourth Sunday of the month by Fr. E. Golston, priest-in-charge of the mission at Woburn Sande,
As a result of the recent two-day fete In aid of the new church building fund of St. Osmund's, Castlenau, Barnes, the sum of 1294 was realised.
A site for a new church at Aberdovey. Merionetb, has been presented to the diocesan authorities of Menevia. This has been announced by the Rev. Basil Rowlands. parish priest of St. David's, Towyn, Merioneth, who also has said that the donor wishes to remain anonymous. The land is situated at the entrance to Aberdovey.
Sunderland, St. Benet's
On Tuesday last, July 25, St. Benet's, Sunderland, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of it opening. The jubilee celebrations were marked by Pontifical High Mass, sung by Mgr. McCormack, Bishop of ilexharn and Newcastle*