ARECENT reference in this column to convert classes has brought me a letter from Ilford describing in detail the hard work of the Legion of Mary before the present successful series of lectures was staged. It is perhaps too early to claim success, but after four weekly talks the attendance figures are most impressive, for 110 each week have attended the lectures. of whom 90 at least were non-Catholics.
MY Ilford correspondent writes: We began our preparations three months prior to the first talk by asking a number of Contemplative Houses for their prayers,and by visiting the sick of our parish and inviting them to offer up their sufferings. Later we distributed 2,000 leaflets to the Catholics of the parish with the request that they would pray for the conversion of England. We next distributed 20,000 leaflets addressed to non-Catholics to all the houses in the district. These leaflets had a list of titles of all the talks in the series. 150 posters were displayed on hoardings and in private houses. The talks were immediately preceded by a special week of prayer in the parish.
" This is the Faith"
wHILE on the subject of convert classes, may I remind you of Fr. Francis Ripley's book " This is the Faith " (Birchley Hall Press, 10s. od.). After many years of experiences as a lecturer at convert classes, Fr. Ripley has published his notes. He gives us the catechism questions. his comments and explanations and much very useful information about the practice of the faith.
Minster Abbey Christmas Cards
QT. Mildred was abbess of Minster
in the isle of Thanet from tem to 725 A.D. Her abbey flourished during the Middle ages, was lost at the Reformation and came back to Benedictine hands in 1937. Part of the medieval building remains. To support this venerable foundation the community sponsors some excellent Christmas cards at half-a-crown a set. Order these cards from Minster Abbey. Nr. Ramsgate, Kent.
Stella Mans Up •
A SEE that Stella Mans has now raised its price to threepence, the first rise since 1918. Fortunately
the circulation is up to 15.000 and the Editor hopes to weather the present storm. Stella Mans deserves universal support. It provides the foundation for many parish magazines, sponsors Pantomimes. Papist Pie and other valuable by-products and-is the official organ for C.ampion House, Osterley. ehich has given nearly six hundred priests to the Church.
THE Christmas Stamps which are
to finance the Christmas Posters are now to be had in every part of the country and are selling very well. Forty thousand booklets have been distributed and more may be had. The Knights of St. Columba can provide booklets and information. The posters are due to appear on the first Sunday of Advent.
Election Joke •
A MONG the many election jokes ' in the Daily Press, I liked the one with a theological background about the Nonconformist minister who decided to stand as a radical candidate many years ago. Calling On two of his flock he told them of his decision and asked for their help. " Mr. Harrison." they said, " we'll pray for your success but we cannot vote for you: we always vote Tory."