Mr Frank Field, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group and well known for his work for welfare rights, will talk on "The Church and Family Policy" at St Aloysius Church, Phoenix Road, London, NI on October 27 at 8 pm. The meeting is organised by the Catholic Renewal Movement.
St Luke's Anglican Church, Clapham, London, SW, is holding a major festival from October 15 to 22 with events including a concert by Jake Thackray, a production of T. S. Elliot's "Murder in the Cathedral", a barn dance and local art exhibition. Tickets and details from Festival Box Office, 192 Ramsden Road, London, SW12.
This year's Week of Prayer for World Peace will be held from October 22 to 29. An interFaith inaugural service will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on October 21 at 4 pm. Mgr. Bruce Kent, chaplain to Pax Christi, will preach. An exhibition of the treasures of Westminster Abbey is on display in the Norman Undercroft in the Abbey Cloisters. The exhibition includes famous effigies in wood and wax of Edward Ill and Charles II, together with items from the funeral armour of Henry V. historic seals, illuminated manuscripts and jewels.
A new International Lutheran Study Centre is to open at Si Pancras, London, tomorrow. The building. which cost £800,000, will accommodate 85 students, mostly from Third World countries. The building will be officially opened by Josiah M. Kibira of 'Tanzania, President of the Lutheran World Federation.
A "Monastic Weekend" is plann• ed for October 20-22 at the Priory of Our Lady Queen of Peace, London, N14. It begins at 5 pm on Friday for Vespers at 5.30 pm. Compline, at 8.20 pm. is followed by the first session, given by Dom Placid, on "Prayer and Community". Other sessions during the weekend will be on "Monastic Prayer" and "The Eucharist". The cost of the weekend is £5.50, and early booking is advised.
The priory community are also thinking of arranging days for young people of about 17 to 30 who would like an opportunity to follow closely an ordinary Monastic day. The days would include following the monastic office and work, and aim to help those who feel a need for a link with the Monastery on a more regular basis.
A memorial service for Anion Wallich-Clifford, thd founder of the Simon Community, who died in July, is to he held at Westminster Cathedral next Friday at 2.30 pm.
East London, will preside at the concelebrated Mass. Lord Longford and Sally Trench will be among those who will deliver a series of readings exemplifying Mr Wallich Clifford's life and beliefs.
Past pupils of Sc Leonard's• School, Hastings, East Sussex, are invited to a reunion at the Convent of the Holy Child on Sunday, October 22, starting at 11 am. Those wishing to go should contact Sr M. A. Hayward, Convent of the Holy Child. St John's Dunclutha Road, Hastings, by October 16.
Cardinal Hume will olTiciallv oven the new all-purpose £160,000 hall of St Catherine's Girls' Grammar School, Twickenham, Middlesex. on November 10, at which there will also be the school's annual prizegiv ing, and the local commemoration of the bicentenary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy of St Catherine's Convent, who help staff the school. and other schools in the borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Three new colouring books for children have just been published by the Bible Society. They consist of a number of drawings for colouring, opposite which is a short, simple, adapted version of the appropriate story from the Good News Bible. They are available from bookshops at a cost of 20p each.
* * * "Children and Peace" is the theme of a weekend, conference organised by Pax Christi at Loyola Hall, Warrington Road, Prescot. Mer seyside, from October 27 to 29. Details from Pax Christi. Blackfriars Hall, Southampton Road, London, NW5. A course on "Living Liturgy" will be held at the Gran Centre, 125 Waxwell Lane. Pinner, Middlesex, from October 13 to 15. Course tutors include Fr Michael Shaw, of the St Thomas More Centre for Pastoral Liturgy, and Mr John Ainslie, secretary to the Society of St Gregory.
"Whose Harvest?" and "Happiness is Fair Shares" are the titles of two suggested harvest assemblies produced by Christian Aid for use in secondary and junior scnools. Both are available free from Films and • Publications, Christian Aid, PO Box 1, London, SW9. There is also a full colour poster depicting the coffee bean harvest in El Salvador price 35p post free.
The Highgate Counselling Centre, a long-established counselling service in North London, is appealing for books to help raise money for a new, well equipped centre. Anyone who can provide books for the centre's Book Mart on October 7 at Broadway Church Hall, Muswell Hill, London, NIO. They can be collected on ringing Jillian Tallon (01-883 2201) or Denis Duncan (01883 1831). St Margaret's Catholic Church, Twickenham, with two Anglican and one Methodist church in the town, are jointly staging an autumn market at All Hallows Church Hall, Twickenham, on Saturday, October 14, for the Save the Children Fund's local committee. The organiser is Mrs Maggie Bates, widow of the actor Michael Bates, who died earlier this year. The four churches have. in the past 14 years, raised more than £17,000.
The Duchess of Kent has agreed to become the patron of Northern Lights, the national estival to be held by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies in Blackpool in May next year. Part of the proceeds will be going to the Royal National Life Boat Association.
A booklet describing the unequal distribution of wealth, resources and power in the world is still available from the Leeds Justice and Peace Commission, 232 Burley Road, Leeds'. 4, price 35p. It attempts to relate the lifestyle of the rich world to the poverty of the Third World, and has useful address lists, reading list and questions for discussion.
Six tape / slide programmes have been prepared by the Disabled Living Foundation to help those who have had strokes together with their relatives and professional people con cerned with their care ant. rehabilitation. Each programme lasts about 35 minutes and covers some area of daily living. They can be obtained on hire or by purchase from the Graves Medical Audio-Visual Library, PO Box 99, Chelmsford, Essex.
The Matron of the second St Ann's Hospice being built at Little Hulton, Worsley, Manchester, is to be Mrs Jean Hilda Gibbs, SRN, whose preseni post is in 'the Orthopaedic and Departments Unit of Salford Royal hospital. She is a member of Memoiral Road Methodist Church. Worsley.
A special day of prayer to mark the 390th anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed William Way was held at St Agatha's Church, Kingston upon Thames. Mgr. Anthony Stark, Master of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom, preached at a concelebrated Mass at mid day. and Fr John Cremin preached at the parish Mass.