Page 4, 29th May 1959

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AS I flew back this week from a day in Holland, I thought how very Bohemian British celebrations are as compared with those in Holland. The day in honour of Fr. "Teddy" (to whose silver jubilee I referred last week) had to be experienced to be believed. From 11 o'clock in the morning, when a beautifully conducted High Mass was sung in the presence of Bishop Scanlan of Motherwell with Canon Bartlett of Westminster Cathedral as deacon. to late into the night, when celebrations were of a more secular nature on the scale of Dutch banquets, one function followed another. The High Mass, in the massive chapel of the Hogevelde seminary, had a polyglot touch all its own, with the sub' deacon following the Latin chant with the Dutch version, while Canon Bartlett did the same for the Gospel in English. I think the Dutch must have a specially good ear for English, since one could hardly tell that the students were Dutchmen in a "Great Academies" scene (to use a Stonyhurst word) from "Midsummer Night's Dream" Hundreds of telegrams poured in, many from Britain, including a letter from Cardinal Godfrey, and the reading of them seemed to punctuate the rather tiring but truly splendid day. I feel sure that no other correspondent of this paper, to whatever glory he may attain, will ever experience a day like that, Beet wishes again from all of us to de weleerwaarde zeergeleferde Heer Th. H. L. Zwartkruis, Lit. Drs.—in other words, Fr. "Teddy".

1, Elwes Way MoR. VAL ELWES' retirement this term from the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy is bound to Cause a great sense of loss. What good fortune has attended Oxford with its succession of chaplains, Mgr. Barnes, Mgr. Knox, and Mgr. Elwes. All very different, yet each an outstanding personality whose memory will not be forgotten. Under Mgr. Elwes the chaplaincy and its pastoral work have transformed themselves owing to the vast increase in the number of Catholics. This has meant heavy administrative and building work, most successfully accomplished, yet I imagine that Mgr, Elwes will be best remembered for his personal charm, his constant accessibility to any and every caller, in fact his utter giving himself over to his unique flock. These are easy things to say, but I imagine what they have meant in practice over 13 years. Mgr. Elwes will be 61 in July—and a very young 61. Resident at 1 Elwes Way, as parish priest of Great Billing, Northants. his energy. even if fully expanded. will doubtless give him some welcome repose.

'Unity' Church

my picture this week is of the ' outside of the Catholic church Jo the village of Dettenheine in Bavaria, which has become wellknown all over Germany, attracting many visitors, including Dr. Adenauer. The main reason is that this little Catholic church was built with the help of Protestant volunteers as well as Catholic. The village, in fact, is largely Protestant. My correspondent from Dettenbeim writes as follows: "A new priest, a sort of Don Camillo, having to cater for many Catholic refugees, began to turn our old barn into a church. The whole village were soon helping him, The Protestant farmers were busy transporting stones and wood with their tractors. The Protestant mayor gave us all the wood, Everyone helped, whatever their religious faith. The parish priest, Fr. Sohneid, dressed like an ordinary workman, drove a tractor, and acted as mason. carpenter. and jack of all trades." Needless to say, the spirit of this "Christian Unity" church is reflected in a keen liturgical spirit: "The vernacular is widely used, with the Latin answers loud and strong and German hymns during Mass." Surely, there is a lesson or two in this imaginative and generous undertaking by a whole village, most of which is not Catholic.

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