The Catholic Women's League of St Dunstan's, Reynsham, Bristol, marked its silver jubilee this month with a concelebrated Thanksgiving Mass led by Bishop Mervyn Alexander of Clifton,
A paper chase by pupils of St Barnadette's Primary School, Lancaster, has raised £23 for Concern Universal's Burma-Bangladesh appeal.
From August 27 until September the Worth Abbey Lay Community will be open to anyone who wants to find out more about the cornmunit) by sharing its life. A programme or summer activities begins on July 21 with a seminar on Catholic social teaching with special reference to Peru. Speakers will include Fr Fabian Glencross, home on leave from Lima, Peru, From July 28 to 3() there will be a seminar on "Power Sharing in Industry" with David Marshall of the Industrial Common Ownership Movement and Michael Angerson oi Trylon Ltd, as speakers.
Our Lady of the Rosary in Stockwelli has signed a big contract to redecorate the church. The work starts on Monday 21st August and could take until Christmas, so prayers are requested that it will be ready for the 25th anniversary of the church on 8th December. The cost of the contract will be £26,110, but as yet no one has decided on the right colour scheme.
The Boy Singers of Our Lady of Grace, Chiswick, London, have begun their 1978 tour, which will include Cardiff. Skegness and Boston. Formed in 1968, they have developed into a group o125 singers able it) sing music for up to eight voices. The tour will end in Boston Parish Church on Sunday. Information can be obtained from: The Boy Singers of Our Lady of Grace, 247 High Road, Chiswick, London W4. "Should every young person give a year of service to the community?" will be the theme of a seminar organised by the Contmunity Service 'Volunteers, Youthaid and the National Association of Youth Clubs at the Conference Hall, IBA, 70 Brompton Road, London, SW), on September 13. Details from CSV 237, Pentonville Road, London, NI.
The Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship is holding a conference called "Vocation '78" at Harrogate, Yorkshire this week. More than 1,500 students are expected to attend and 50 speakers from industry. politics and the arts have been invited.
As a result of a donation from Dr R. M. C. Welldon, the Institute of Religion and Medicine has established a fund for an essay competition on topics related to the interests of the Institute. A prize of £20 will be awarded in 1978 and there is no specified topic on this occasion. The purpose is to encourage fresh thinking particularly among students and young professionals. Essays should be approximately five thousand words in length and a typewritten copy should be sent by 31st December 1978 to: Organising Secretary, Institute of Religion and Medicine, St Margaret's Vicarage, St Margaret's Road, Oxford 0X2 6RX.
The Catholic Police Guild will hold its annual dinner and dance on November 3 at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, London. WC2. Details from Catholic Police Guild, 42 Francis Street, London, SW I .
Fr Dries van Coillie, formerly a missionary in China, is to be the guest speaker at a conference called "Communism and Christianity Today and Tomorrow" at Upholland .7.!--,rthern Institute from October 27 to 29. Other speakers at the conference, which is organised by Aid to the Church in Need, will include Sir John Lawrence on Russia; Mr Christopher Cviic on Eastern Europe, and Fr Roger Charles on Marxism arid Christianity. Details from Aid to the Church in Need, 3_s North Street, Chichester, West Sussex. Bishop Guazzelli, Bishop in East London, has given permission for the Blessed Sacrament to be reserved in the newly created chapel at the house for homeless people run by Sr Mary Bernardine at the Old Fire Station In Poplar, East London. Fr Michael Kennedy celebrated Mass in the chapel on Tuesday, after which the Blessed Sacrament was reserved. A room in the home has been newly decorated for the chapel and a Madonna scultured in bronze resin donated by Miss Muriel Bailey.
John Patrick Plant, a teacher at St Bernard's Catholic School, Bethnal Green, East London, is retiring this week at the age of 61. Last week Mass was Said at the school by Bishop Guazzelli, Bishop in East London, who also presented Mr Plant with a Bens Meresti Medal. He has been a senior master and master-in-charge of the upper school. He is an active member of the National Union of Teachers, and was president of the East London branch in 1967. He is chairman of the Deanery Pastoral Council.
A series of Wednesday lunchtime dialogues has been organised at Southwark Anglican Cathedral. In July the theme is "Contradictions", and in August the dialogues will be informal talks about the Cathedral. The dialogues, every Wednesday from 1.10 to 1.35 p.m., are organised by Canon Peter Penwarden and Canon Gerald Parrott,
This year's national pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, to Mayo, which takes place on Sunday, will be a daylight pilgrimage in accordance with the wishes of the Archbishop Cunnane of Tuam. Masses will be celebrated in the Oratory on the summit of the mountain hourly from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Mass at 10 a.m. will be in Irish, Archbishop Cunnane will celebrate the midday Mass on the summit. A Mass for members of the Charismatic Renewal Movement will be at 1 p.m. While most pilgrims climb the Reek (as Croagh Patrick is called) on the last Sunday in July, the pilgrimage season lasts from June to September. Organised pilgrim groups, accompanied by a priest, may make arrangements to have Mass said in the Oratory by contacting Fr James Walsh, C.C., Lecanvey, Westport, Co Mayo.
The Churches' United Exhibition at Harrogate attracted some 8,000 visitors during the three-day Great Yorkshire Show, recently. This year's theme was the "World of Difference" between the Third World's lifestyle and ours. The Catholic stewards were Sister Lucy Ennis, together with Mrs Gabrielle ivlungovin, Mrs Rosemary White and Miss Bradley, from the parishes of St Aelred's and St Robert's, Harrogate.
Bishop Casey of Brentwood recently opened the new art and design block at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School in the London borough of Newham. The block, a two-storey building, consists of fully equipped housecraft, fine art, pottery and music units, and drama studio.
Caritas Ireland Relief Organisation urgently needs helpers for their Third World Endeavour Shope at 33 Harcourt Road and 19 Charlotte Street, Dublin, Any willing helpers :should contact Mrs E. Ducan. Telephone Dublin 689548 during office hours.
The Catholic Girl Guides of the dioceses of Armagh, Clogher, Cork, Derry, Down and Connor, Dublin, Ferns and Waterford came together in 1977 as the Catholic Guides of Ireland. The Association wishes to form a register of associate members and would be delighted to hear from all former Catholic Girl Guides who would be interested. Full information can be received by writing to Rita Daly, c/o 36/37 Harrington Street, Dublin 8.
Selwyn Tilled is hoping to pay tribute to Brother Bede who died recently (see obituary, page 6), by writing his biography. At one stage Brother Bede tried to publish his autobiography but it was not accepted for print. Mr Tillett wishes to appeal to readers who knew this remarkable man, and could supply stories of his life, to contact him at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.
Medieval street theatre will return to the City of London streets for the First time since the Middle Ages as part of the Cries of London Summer Fair to be held from today at All Hallows by the Tower Church, Byward Street, EC3, from 11.30 am to 5 pm during the City of London Festival. The Medieval Street Theatre will feature a group of professional actors performing two Mystery Plays on a moving lorry. The plays begin at 12 noon and end at 1.45 pm. All proceeds from the fair, including the Grand Draw for a holiday for two in Denmark will be divided equally between Help the Aged and All Hallows Church.
At the recent diamond jubilee celebrations of the Bird-in-Bush Welfare Centre, London SEI 5, the Honorary treasurer of the centre, Mrs M. E. Hodge, was presented with the Cross Pro Ecclesia by Bishop Charles Henderson, Auxiliary of Southwark, Mrs Hodge is also a past president of the UCM, Southwark Branch, and past honorary treasurer of the National Board of Catholic Women. The Julian Meetings will hold their annual retreat from September 15 to 17 at St Helena's Retreat House, Drayton Green, London, W13. The retreat will be led by Dom Benedict O'Donohoe and will cost 112.30. Details from Maureen Greatorex, 14 Priory Close, Royston, Hertfordshire.
Those interested in the work of L'Arche, which was featured last week in our "Way In" article should contact Tim Hollis, L'Arche UK, 14 London Road, Beccles, Suffolk.
Lt-Col John George Eric Vachell, RAMC (retd) of Pembroke Crescent, Hove, Sussex, who died in May, left £155,643 gross, £151,923 net. He left £3,000 each to St Peter's Catholic Church, Hove, and St George's Catholic Church, Hangleton, and £200 to the Cateman Association, Association, Hove Circle No 210.
Miss Mary Pinnington, of Lulworth Lodge, Palatine Road, Flirkdale, Southport, who died in April, left £36,309 gross, £35,808 net. She left £500 to St Joseph's Society of Foreign Missions, Mill Hill, and a further £400 for Masses; £500 to the Converts' Aid Society; £500 to Liverpool Catholic Children's Society, and £150 each to the Little Sisters of the Assumption, Liverpool and the Little Sisters of the Poor, Liverpool.