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£150,000 towards £4,500,000

CARDINAL GRIFFIN announces to his priests and people that for the second year in succession the Westminster diocese's "share-the-load" plan for the schools has reached its target of £150,000.

"1 am more grateful than I can adequately say," says His Eminence.

Some parishes failed to reach their individual target—hut others exceeded it.

More than 70 parishes set to collect about £20, £30, £40, £50—and a few even more—extra every week sent the full sum.

Westminster Cathedral raised £4,000. The London Oratory and the West End parish of St. James', Spanish Place, sent £3,000 each. Nine other parishes each contributed £2,000 or more each.

"A year of great achievement," the Cardinal comments. "The terrible responsibility of raising £4.500.000 for schools rests with us. It is going to take us 30 years to raise this sum, but at least we are on the way."

And the schools are going up. Last year the Cardinal opened five new primary schools and a new secondary modern school, and blessed a former non-Catholic school bought by the diocese.

Three other schools have been completed this year. eight others are being built. and three more are about to be started.




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