The sixth new branch of the Legion of Mary to be opened within the last three months, has been established in the parish of St. Cecilia, Tuebrook, Liverpool. It has the title Our Mother of Mersey.
Dom Arthur Egerton, 0.S.B., rector of St. Anne's Church, Ormskirk, is leaving to go into semi-retirement at Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, and he will be succeeded by Dom John Coyle, 0.S.B., rector of Frizington.
Father Egerton has been at Ormskirk seventeen years. Fr. Coyle was formerly at Ormskirk in the early days of the ministry of Fr. Egerton in the parish.
Dom Placid Griffin, 0.S.B., is also leaving Ormskirk for Swansea, and the other assistant priest, Dom Hugh Bowler, 0.S.B., is leaving for Birtley.
They will be succeeded by Dom David Connelly, of Ashington, and Fr. Cunningham, of Douai College, Woolhampton.
Dom Gerard Spencer, 0.S.13., son of Mr. Henry Spencer of Ormskirk, has been appointed rector of Aberkenvig, South Wales, and Dom Leonard Bond, son of the late Mr. James Bond, of Scarisbrick, has been appointed Rector of Frizington, in succession to Dom John Coyle.
The first of what is hoped to be an annual series of swimming galas, under the auspices of St. Sylvester's School, Liverpool, will take place on Friday of next week in Burrough's Garden Baths.
Lancashire Education Committee have decided not to raise any objection to a proposal for enlarging the Sacred Heart School, Throstle Nest Avenue, Wigan, subject to the approval of the local committee. Accommodation for an additional one hundred children will be provided.
The Very Rev. Harold Whiteside, C.S.Sp., has been appointed Provincial of the Holy Ghost Fathers in succession to Fr. Coffey, C.S.Sp.
Fr. Whiteside is a native of St. Annes-onSea, Lancs. He was educated at St. Mary's Missionary College, Castlehead, Grange-over-Sands, and at the Order's missionary seminary, Chevitly, Paris. He has served for ten years in the missions at Gambia, West Africa.
The fiftieth anniversary of their wedding was celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. John Blanchard, of Litherland, Liverpool, on Saturday. Natives of lace Blundell, they were married in the parish church of their native village on September 26, 1886, by the late Fr. Morris.
Mr. Blanchard is a brother of the late Dean Blanchard, for many years parish priest of St. Charles', Liverpool. He is now 76 years of age, and his wife is 71 years. Six of their children are living.
During August the average attendance at the Bootle, Liverpool, elementary school was 94.4 per cent., the highest average for twenty years. The three highest attendances were recorded by Catholic schools, namely, St. Monica's 96.8 per cent.; St. Winefride's 95.8 per cent.; and St. Robert Bellarmine's 95.6 per cent. For the previous month St. Joan's school tied for first place.
Johnny McGrory (Glasgow) became the new featherweight champion of Great Britain last week by defeating Nel Tarleton (Liverpool), who first won the title five years ago, on points in a fifteen-rounds contest at the Liverpool Football Ground.
It was a great fight with little between the men, but in the seventh round Tarleton was down for eight seconds, and was undoubtedly saved by the bell
McGrory is a devout Catholic and on the morning of the fight attended Mass at a city church. The deposed champion, Tarleton, although not a Catholic, for years has given his services freely in support of Merseyside Catholic charities.
Plans are well advanced for the celebration in November next of the silver jubilee of the Liverpool Boys' Association, one of the concluding items of which will be a special service in the Pro-Cathedral, Copperas Hill, on Sunday, November 29, at which mgr. Downey is expected to preside.
Mr. E. Jeffreys Humble, the manager of the association, in speaking of the present position of the work for boys in Liverpool. said two or three years ago a survey was made, and it was found there was a great shortage of clubs for boys. Although there were just over a hundred clubs affiliated to the association, these did not by any means meet the need, and there was a forward movement for establishing new clubs.
Urged by the Pope's call to Catholic Social Action, on the occasion of the Lanes Council meeting of the Catholic Social Guild, a mass meeting of men is to be held in Wigan on Sunday, October 11. Representatives from all parts of Lanes are being urgently requested to attend. Mr. N. Hartt, of Manchester, will lecture on " The social question and the conversion of England," and Councillor P. Bartley will talk on " The Catholic layman and his Apostate."
Two retreats began on Saturday last in Loyola Hall, Rainhill, the week-end retreat given by Fr. John Luck, S.J., and the annual retreat of the Sacred Heart parish, Accrington, given by Fr. Clifford Powell, S.J., of the Holy Name, Man
chester. Altogether nine parishes were represented and there were nearly seventy retreatants.