a Correspondent The first annual parade of Catholic Scouts from Brentwood Diocese, organised by the Brentwood Catholic Scout Guild, took place at Brentwood on Sunday last, October 23. Three hundred and seventy Rovers, Scouts, Wolf-Cubs and their officers assembled at St. Charles's School between 3 and 3.30.
The parade. led by the drum and bugle band, marched with colours flying to the Cathedral, which was crowded out with the Scouts and numerous parents and supporters who had accompanied the various Groups. After the hymn to St. George had been sung, Mgr. A, Doubleday, Bishop of Brentwood, addressed the Scouts.
He referred to the fact that in the Army and Navy in this country a soldier or sailor was free to practise his religion and was thought none the worse for being a Catholic. The same way in the Scout Movement; he felt that he could say truly that the better Catholic a boy was, the better Scout he would be.
He wished Scouting to flourish in his diocese, as it taught the boys to be ready to take up helpful duties at short notice in the way the Scouts of the country had helped in various ways in the recent terrible time of emergency. Once again he welcomed them and blessed them all.
Flag Carried by Scout Medallist The Bishop gave Benediction, assisted by the Very Rev. Canon Dacey, and the Revv. M. McKenna, P. Curran and Fr. Ferdinand, O.F.M. The service terminated with the singing of " God Bless Our Pope." The Scouts were then formed in lines in the Cathedral grounds, when all joined in the singing of the National Anthem. The Bishop then inspected all the Cubs, Scouts and Rovers and took the salute at the
march past. His Lordship's own Papal flag was borne by Rover John Thornhill, a holder of the Scout Medal for Gallantry, who belongs to the 46th West Ham Group attached to Custom House Parish.
The parade was organised by the Rev. A. C. O'Brien, Group-Scoutmaster of the 5th Grays Group, who is Chaplain General of Catholic Scouts in Essex. Group Chaplains and Priest Scouters accompanied their Groups.
The District Commissioner, and his assistant, marched in the parade, and accompanied the Bishop when he inspected the Scouts.
The Brentwood Catholic Scout Guild has only recently been formed, and the annual parade at Brentwood will in future yei•rs take place on the Sunday following the Feast of SS. John Fisher and Thomas More (July 9).