The Benedictine parish of St Mary's, Warrington celebrated its centenary this week with a special Mass concelebrated by Cardinal Hume and Archbishop Worlock of Liverpool. In his sermon the Cardinal said: "What Warrington has done for the Benedictine Fathers at Ampleforth is in itself a glorious chapter in the history of the monastic community." Earlier in the day the Cardinal spoke at an ecumenical service held on Warrington town hall lawn.
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St Mary's Catholic Cathedral and St Nicholas's Anglican Cathedral, Newcastle. are organising a joint buffet dance to raise funds for the Newcastle Christian Festival, to be held at the Guildhall, Newcastle upon Tyne, on November 17. Further details are available from Mr A. Hodgson, The Presbytery, St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne.
* * * The Society of St Vincent de Paul in Scotland has launched a "Mass in Every Parish" campaign to encourage people to pray for the beatification of Frederic Ozanam, the SVP's founder. Prayers are especially sought for the sick and incurable and their relatives, and friends are invited to take part and make use of the prayer leaflets which are being distributed.
Under the leadership of their Superior, Canon David Jowitt of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, 2$ members of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd held their annual General Chapter at Worth Abbey last week. Founded in Cambridge in 1913 by four chaplains of colleges in the university, the Oratory of the Good Shepherd is a dispersed Society of Anglican clergy and laymen living under a Rule.
A public appeal has been launched to publish a new weekly paper to represent the whole of the Church of England. The paper, to be called Christian World, will be owned by a charitable trust. Distinguished Church leaders, including Bishop Michael Marshall of Woolwich, have agreed to become trustees. Art advisory committee includes Canon Michael Green, Rector of St Aldate's, Oxford, and Professor John Macquarrie, Lady Margaret Professor of Christ Church, Oxford.
A vigil or clergy and religious is to take place outside the Chilean Embassy in Devonshire Street at 3 pm on Sunday, September I I, to mark the fourth anniversary of the military coup in Chile. The vigil, sponsored by Bishop Colin Winter, Walter Martin, Mgr Bruce Kent, Dr Una Kroll, the Rev Paul Oestreicher, the Rev. James Wilkie, the Rev Graeme Jackson, and the Rev David Haslam, is being held to support the brave stand of the Churches in Chile in face of brutal oppression.
* * * Demand for places in Catholic secondary schools in Scotland is booming. The recently-opened Cardinal Newman High School in Lanarkshire has 700 more pupils than expected, and a number of other schools have had large intakes this year. One thousand pupils have been accommodated at the school, but 1,700 were enrolled. Classrooms for 500 first and second year pupils have had to be found in a nearby disused school. The highest enrolments of all schools in the Strathclyde area were at three Catholic secondary schools — Our Lady's High School, Motherwell; St Bride's High School, East Kande, and Holyrood Secondary School, Glasgow. Their total intake was 7,000.
Providence Row will hold a sponsored charity walk around the Roman gates of the Cily. of London on October 8 between 12 noon and 5 p.m. The society which provides a night refuge and home hopes to raise money towards the £10,000 needed to furnish and equip its new women's hostel. Further details from: Providence Row Sponsored Walk Secretary', 50 Crispin Street, London, El.
Motherwell Christian Aid Committee have designed a Christian Aid tie which they hope to sell to raise money for the Third World and to publicise Christian Aid. Woven, not printed, the ties are dark blue
ith a diagonal gold stripe. In be-Ivo:en the stripes they carry the Christian Aid motif of a thin man superimposed on a globe and the slcocrs "c" and "a" monogrammed. The ties cost £2, including postage, and can be obtained from Mr John Taggart, 83 Catherine Street, Mothei \veil, Lanarkshire.
Twelve British Spiritans a ere among the 140 who gathered at the small Spanish village of Castrillo de la Vega recently to discuss and share new ways of serving and living among the poor and the abandoned. The meeting was inspired by Fr Francis Timmermans, Superior General of the Holy Ghost Fathers and more than 30 young people from Madrid came to share in the final weekend of the meeting.
Speakers from the Catholic Enquiry Centre, London, are to present programmes on Capital Radio in October to tell nonCatholics about C'atholicism and what it means, Fr Brendan Howling, Director of the centre, said that he welcomed the opportunity to reach 300,000 listeners in London, the majority of e horn will not he Catholics, as part of the centre's mission to persuade people to apply for the course of booklets on the Faith provided by the centre. There arc plans to extend the scheme to 60 local radio stations, as well as national programmes, over the next six months.
The call of God to the monastic life, priesthood. marriage and specific kinds of .work will be discussed at the Benedictine Priory of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Priory Close, London, N14, from October 28 to 30. Talks include one on the meaning of monastic life, and participants will share in the community's prayer life.
The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom, the Catholic Church extension society, will hold its annual Novena on September 10 HI. Last year more than £11,000 was donated to the Novena Fund which enabled the guild to make record grants of LI 8,000 to the Home Mission. Everyone is invited to take part in the Novena, either be joining the walkers in their daily Novena prayers at Walsinghare or in a variety of other ways. Details from The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom, 31 Southdown Road, London, SW20.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul will hold its annual meeting at the University of East Anglia and St John's Cathedral, Norwich, from September 16 to 19. The programme includes a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham. Bishop Clark of East Anglia will be among those present.
The Manchester Notre Dame Association will hold a commemorative banquet on September 17 at the Midland Hotel, Manchester. This will also mark the retirement of Sr Marie-Therese, the present headmistress of Notre Dame High School for Girls. The school, which was established in 1851. becomes a co-educational comprehensive school next month. Further information from the association's secretary, Mrs Moy (061-740 8462).
The fifth interdenominational service for people with speech disorders will he held at All Souls, Langham Place, London, WI, on Sunday, October 30, at 3 pm. Those with speech defects are welcome to the service, together with their relatives, friends, doctors and speech therapists.
Mr Mateusz Bronislaw Grabowski, of Sloane Avenue, London, SW], late pharmacist and company director, who died in December last, left £216,747 gross, £185,309 net. He left £500 each to the Marian Fathers, Fawley, Hampshire, and the Holy Family Convent, Pitsford, Northampton.
* * * Next week from September 5 to 8 the Annual Conference of the Catholic Nurses' Guild will take place at Christ College, Wootton, Liverpool. The theme of the conference is "The Catholic Nurse in the World Today".
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The Catholic Union of Great Britain should ask the Episcopal Conferences of England, Scotland and Wales for explicit recognition of their role as advisers to the bishop's on political developments and their implications. This is one of the major recommendations of a report published this week by the union's review committee.