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BECAUSE with commendable humility, they wish to remain as anonymous as possible, I will not name the seven young people who were responsible for the idea and organisation of the truly remarkable "Hayes Workers' Week". Suffice it to say that this small group of seven lay people, backed to the hilt by their parish priest, have quite genuinely made Catho lichistrtyh. What ey
have done (a report
appears elsewhere in this paper) others will most certainly copy. Already, the "Week" has aroused interst not only in other parts of Britain, but in other parts of the world, too. If in every parish of Britain we had a group with similar initiative, drive and faith there would soon he no one in these islands left in ignorance of the Church's message nor who could with justification argue that we Catholics make our Christianity a thing of the church but never of the factory, office, or trade union branch.
\v HAT in particular struck me " about the whole programme for the "Week" was the conscientious care and efficiency shown at every stage of the proceedings and applied to every detail. Whether it was the lively, cyclostyled programme, the colourful costumes for the pageant, or the Press handouts, there was evidence of thought and planning above the average. Behind it all, of course, lay a lot of hard work. It must be at least seven months ago that two of the group travelled out to Gerrards Cross, where I was lecturing. to discuss their idea with me. More than five months ago, when I met one of them again for discussions, plans were already well advanced.
From the start they were prepared to "think big" and their audacity—based on a deep faith and much prayer—was surely the key to their success.
THE Jesuit Scholastics at Man' resit College did a grand job on the script. which I can recommend for the use of others planning similar pageants. My guess is that, in doing their researches for it, they probably learned quite a lot themselves about the period of the Roman slaves, the role of the Church in pre-Reformation days, the dissolution of the monasteries, the industrial revolution and the social message of the Popes in recent times. The "Week" will have been worthwhile if one of its consequences is that in due course a group of Jesuit priests emerges with an active interest in the social apostolate. Special congratulations to the organisers of the "W orker s' Week" for—among many other things — persuading the "Hayes Post" to publish a special four page supplement about the Church and the workers last week. Congratulations, too, to the enterprising editor of the "Hayes
Post" for having co-operated so generously and intelligently.
HAYES people must be deriving
some quiet fun from the sourgrapes attitude of the rival paper. Its contribution to the effort was to publish a petty attack upon something I had written about the "Week" in "Hibernia," the Irish monthly. I had mentioned the Kearley & Tonge grocery factory, which is just across the border into Southall, in which, I said, many Hayes workers are employed. But the printer's devil got to work and Kearley & Tonge became Kearley & Targe. In seizing upon this—among other things as an "error," the writer in the Hayes "News" (or his printer) made it "Karley & Tongue" of "Suthall".
No doubt there were red faces in that particular newspaper office. The organisers of the "Workers' Week," however, had achieved so much that they could afford to be charitable, even towards what was, in fact, a rather bitter piece of anti-Catholicism.
nNCE again readers of this column have given striking evidence of their generosity and have shown that they have their "eye on the ball-. From the Vatican Pavilion at the Brussels World Fair the Sword of the Spirit recently got a request for a supply of the pamphlet "God and the Russians". The point was that at the nearby Soviet pavilion thousands of people were receiving free propaganda material and some reply was needed.
Margaret Fecny, the Sword's secretary, at once sent off f50's worth without knowing just where the money for them was coming from. In our issue of May 16 I told the story.
Fly first post on the following Monday morning, readers had sent her, between them, just £50. As we go to press it was up to £100. Sums received ranged from postal orders or more. Now another big parcel of pamphlets is on its way over, for 3s. up to cheques for r how ifs done A FRIENDLY taxi driver told me ' the other day of how his last "fare" had been a T.V. star whose autograph he had obtained for his small son. He went on to tell me that on one occasion his taxi filled up with a party of Russians accompanied by a man from the Soviet Embassy. He asked for their autographs and they in return wrote down his boy's name and address, and asked if he was interested in foreign stamps.
"The result," he told me enthusiastically„ "is that my nipper has the best collection of Russian staplipes, s you goteavlel r I hs ae iwr . commemoration stamps, including one of the Sputnik, and a lot more besides. Letters come to him from Moscow, Leningrad and all over the shop. And he gets some smashing magazines and papers as well."