The growing district of Leaden, Essex, served, as to its Catholic population. from Colchester, has now a commodious place of worship in the church, dedicated to St. Teresa of Lisieux, which the Bishop of Brentwood opened last Sunday when he celebrated the first Mass in the presence of a congregation of about three hundred persons. The building stands in Clairmont Road.
In the course of an address, Mgr. Doubleday, who was assisted by the Rev. T. W. Clarke, rector at Colchester, emphasised that the new church, which, his lordship said, had attractive qualities and possessed certain aspects of beauty, was merely the case for the altar. The altar was the essential thing in a church.
The Bishop added a hope that in the near future the Lexden church would be the centre of a parish of its own.
Under the auspices of the Catholic Social Guild a social evening is being arranged for next Saturday, at Westminster Cathedral Hall. A whist drive and a dance are items in the programme.