MI CHRONICLE OFF to Rome this week on one of his frequent visits went Mr. Pat Keegan, one of England's best-known workers in the lay apostolate. He is attending a Directing Board meeting of Copecial, the co-ordinating body of the lay apostolate throughout the world. Main business of the meeting will be to plan the World Congress of the Lay Apostolate. expected to take place in 1966 after the Vatican Council.
Aim of the Congress will be to implement the Council decisions on the laity. Mr. Keegan is "very optimistic" about the outcome of the Council. "Up to now the work of the lay apostolate has been like pushing a loaded truck up a hill," he says. "Now, if the Council defines the theological principles of the role of the laity, we can go ahead positively and without the uncertainty that has always surrounded the task."
New cathedral CHU RC H authorities in Edinburgh arc wondering about the future of St. Mary's Cathedral, and some are now saying it will definitely have to be torn down to fit in with the extensive re-developments in the heart of the city.
One thing, however, seems certain, as far as public authorities are concerned anyway. and that is that any new building will have to he worthy both of the Church and Edinburgh as a Festival city.
St. Mary's is comparatively young as cathedrals go. It was built only 150 years ago this week and last Sunday Archbishop Gray opened the anniversary celebrations with Pontifical High Mass.
It stands in the St. James' Square area near the burnt-out shell of the Theatre Royal which has been bought by the Church. Discussions regarding its future between Church authorities and the development bodies are expected to come to a head soon.
I HEAR that the students of the Maria Assumpta Training College in Kensington, are hoping for a little peace and quiet, now that the extensions to the college are nearly completed.
For the past couple of years, workmen have been swarming all over the buildings, carrying out alterations. "In true building tradition," says Mother Mary Augustine, the Principal, "they never used an existing hole where another one could be made."
At one stage, the library roof fell in. And to cap it all. a television team, which was making a film dealing with the quiet of the cloisters, was driven from the building by the noise!
Maryport plea NEWS that Catholics and non-Catholics have joined together in a plea to retain the small convent at Maryport, Cumberland, must be heartening to the town's five Sisters of Charity who have received orders from their mother house to close the convent.
The townspeople have set up an eight-man committee to collect signatures for a petition which will he presented to the Mother-General of the Order. She will be asked to reverse her decision concerning the convent.
I gather the general feeling in Maryport is that the nuns would be a loss both as teachers and social workers. The 1,500 Catholics there fear that if the convent is closed the nuns will be moved.
Director's choice FATHER PATRICK CASSIDY telephoned the CATHOLIC HERALD last week to ask someone to come and judge a children's fancy dress parade at a garden fete.
One of our directors, relying on the help of his wife, made the journey to the Church of St. Michael and St. Martin, following somewhat diffidently in the illustrious footsteps of Archbishop Heenan, who had made a visitation to the same parish only two days previously. Canon McKenzie's parish at Hounslow is a perfect training ground for curates who want to be amateur plane spotters—the world's airlines, using every type of aircraft, land and take-off from nearby London Airport.
Keeping up with the scientific age, this is a model of modern parishes, beautifully laid out school, halls, grounds, etc.
But our director says that spotting planes is child's play compared with deciding the relative merits of a fantastic array of fancy dresses which ranged from Japanese kimonos to a whole team from 'Emergency— Ward Ten's'.
Wide readership IONCE heard it said that wherever there was an English speaking missioner there too was a copy of the CATHOLIC HERALD. And (he volume of letters now reaching the office from ridssioners all river the world thanking readers for sending the paper seents to confirm this view.
A letter reached me this week from St. PalirS Mission in Sarawak, a lonely outpost where Fr. G. Slowey sees the postman only once every six weeks. He writes: "Thank you Mrs. White. Manor Park, London, for sending it. Many more people than myself use it for bringing themselves up to dale with developments in the church."
World travellers NOW that hectic pilgrimages to Lourdes-and-back-in-aday are a reality I imagine our next aim will be to follow the steps (or flight) of Australian Catholics. This week 120 of them will leave London for their farms and businesses at home after finishing a twomonth world-pilgrimage.
During the pilgrimage which was arranged by the Catholic Travel Centre and Thos. Cook Ltd., and led by Bishop A. R. Thomas, they visited 15 major cities in 12 countries, had an audience with the Pope, and worked in a pilgrimage to Lourdes as well.
Before their departure some of them are going to squeeze in a four-day tour of Ireland, Newman loss Mn EMBERS of the Newman Association will no doubt he sorry to hear that Fr. Herbert Keldany, their Ecclesiastical Assistant for the past twelve years, is taking up a new post at the end of the summer. "I his means the Association will have to find a new editor for the Newman and also a national chaplain as Fr, Keldany held both these posts. Quiet and unassuming, but capable of working right round the clock, Fr. Keldany has characteristically asked the Newman to put off the large party they were planning for him. Instead. I hear, they are now having a collection among themselves to buy him a farewell present.
Guards' chapel LAST week the first ever Catholic marriage, with full nuptial Mass, took place in the Guards' Chapel at Wellington Barracks near Buckingham Palace.
The chapel was badly damaged during the war and rebuilt. When it was opened recently it was decided to make it nondemoninational. 1 understand it has been "designated for worship by personnel of the Household Brigade".
The first Catholic couple to be married there were Captain John Morrogh-Bernard of the Irish Guards and Miss Julia Calvert. The groom is the nephew of Mgr. Morrogh-Bernard Vicar-General of Westminster.
TBritish 12 metre yachts, Sovereign—owned by Anthony Boyden, and Kurrewa V which is on loan to Owen Aisher, from her two Australian owners, left this week for Newport. Rhode Island. There they will enter on the last stage of their trials to select a challenger for the America Cup on behalf of the Royal Thames Yacht Club.
If either of the two contestants wins the Cup for Britain. it will be due in large measure, not only to her owners, but to Lord Craigmyle. He has contributed a great deal of personal effort and money towards ensuring that both craft will have every possible chance of success.
Long before either of the current challengers was built, Lord Craigmyle had formed a syndicate to build a challenger, in which he invested nearly i200,0110 of his own money. That the syndicate eventually collapsed was not due to lack of enthusiasm on his part. He was also responsible for encouraging British interests to bring tank testing up to American standards. This week. he shipped his own yacht Nonage, and her large motor-yacht tender, to Newport with the challengers, to provide a pacemaker for the final trials.
last week ... four nuns crammed into a small black car. On the rear window someone had stuck a sticker, if read .. . "Satan must go . . .1"