Reference to the Liverpool civic authorities' plan for the lap-out and re-building of the Brownlow Hill area—which includes the site of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King — was made by Archbishop Downey, on Friday last, when he presided at the annual meeting of the Metropolitan Cathedral Building Fund Committee.
Dr. Downey told his audience that the suggested approach to the Cathedral, recently presented by Alderman Shennatl. includes a great roadway leading from the south side of Little Street Station direct to the north of the Cathedral.
" The greater part of Brownlow Hill disappears as a thoroughfare and a magnificent open space, triangular in shape with the base situated along and beyond the whole length of the Cathedral, extends to an apex just above Clarence Street," said the Archbishop. " There will be an uninterrupted vista right from the end of St. George's Hall, culminating in the soaring dome of our Cathedral Church."
Another great open space. crescent shape on the. south side, would enable Sir Edwin Lutyens' masterpiece to be viewed from every angle as it towered aloft in isolated splendour.
"We are deeply grateful to Alderman Shennan for his masterly appreciation of the work to which we have set our hands," continued Dr. Downey. " We are encouraged to go forward with renewed vigour in the knowledge that pot only are we raising to Christ our King the grandest temple that human hands can fashion, but we are also co-operating with our civic leaders in making possible at least one superlatively. fine portion of the reconstructed Liverpool of the future."
The chapel of the Crucifixion is being used as a public air-raid shelter, and the K.S.C. Service Hostel, in one of the Cathedral buildings, provides accommodation for 250 men every night. Meals served number 475,916, and beverages 81'8,331.
Colonel Sir John J. Shute, D.S.O., M.P., announced that after paying all expenses in connection with the Cathedral the sum of £15.325 16s. 7d. had been carried forward to the balance sheet. This was £3,768 more than the total gross receipts fog the previous year. The largest individual source of income is the Golden Book with £4,612 Rs. 6d. for the year. Fr. Turner's Patrons and Builders Scheme, which brought in £2,232 I5s. 10d., promises to be a great permanent source of income for thc future.
Clearing Slough's Heavy Debt
The concerted efforts of over 3.000 parishioners to disburse what he regarded as a heavy debt on St. Ethelbert's Schools, Slough, was commented on by Bishop Parker, of Northampton, opening. before a record.crowd, a sale of work, in aid of St. Ethelbert's Schools, at St. Ethelbert's Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Bishop Parker paid tribute to the Union of Catholic Mothers, by whose efforts the fair was organised. It is, he said, only natural for them to do all in their power to further educational facilities to meet the need of the growing population.
On Sunday the Bishop celebrated Mass at Rochfords Hall, Upton Lea, and was the first Bishop ever to say Mass there.
ANERLEY CHURCH HAS NEW ALTAR OF ST. ANTHONY
On Sunday, October 18, a new altar and shrine to St. Anthony of Padua was blessed and dedicated in his church at Anerley. The ceremony was carried out by the Very Rev. Canon McLaughlin, of Croydon, the special preacher being Fr. Martin, 0.S.F.C.. of Oxford.
The design for the altar and new fittings Was made by Mr. Henry Farmer, of the Art and Book Co., of Westfninstet, and incorporates part of the old altar that served as the High Altar, until the new church was opened. The scheme, which has a Franciscan simplicity, is carried out in grey, dull red and cream silver.
For reasons of sentiment the frontal of the old altar was retained, but this has been treated 'with a grey sanded effect to harmonise with the new work. All the painting was executed by the designer.
Hampstead Parishioners at Lantern Lecture on Mass Under the auspices of St. Mary's Parochial Council of .Catholic Action, Hampstead, an illustrated lecture on the Mass was given to a crowded audience at Stanfield House on Thursday, October 22, by 'Rev. J. Geraerts, D.C.L., parish priest of St. Mary's. The pictures were taken at an Abbey in Belgium.
In the course of the lecture Fr. Geraerts drew attention to the fact that certain vestments now in use had a very practical origin in the early days of the Church, and have survived in the ritual to the present day.
A cheque for £211 was presented by Fr. F. McGuinness on behalf of the congregation of St. Joseph's, Preston, on Monday night to Fr. John Armour, now parish priest of Our Lady and St. Charles, Keswick.