Nottingham Catholk Council are planning to launch a Catholic Magazine. Thirteen parishes will support the venture and it is hoped to include news of the activities of all the Catholic societies operating in the city and district. It is to he directed by Fr. J. Dockery, 0.F.M., of St. Edward's, Nottingham, and the first issue is planned for Easter.
St. Augusfine'a, Nottingham, branch of the Union of Catholic Mothers gave a Christmas party to the children of its members in the Parochial Youth Hall last week. A hundred women and children were present Fr. J. Ryland Whitaker, SJ., M.C., F.R.C.P.E., chaplain to the University of Liverpool Catholic Society, and the Catholic Pharmaceutical Guild, has been presented with a briefcase by the Catholic Society, and a silver chalice and suitcase by the chemists' organisetion on leaving Liverpool to take charge of Glasgow University Chaplaincy.
The Christmas Party at the Interval Club " came of age " this year—it was the twenty-first venture of the kind and as happily successful as on previous occasions. The main item on the programme was a modern nativity play, And this shall be a Sign, which draws attention to the plight of the homeless in Europe at this ime. The play was written by an actor-airman. A cabaret entei tainment completed the programme.
In the link Chapel of the Most Blessed Trinity on the old Pilgrims Way, Odor& Kent, midnight mass was celebrated this year for the first time since the reformation. The Crib was again built on the little altar, which had been in the Stable Chapel of Shoreham, Kent, until Christmas, 1944, when it was brought to Otford. It was decorated with ivy that was growing on the grounds of the old Archbishop's Palace, and near to St Thomas' Well.
The Rev. Leo. Barry, of St. Joseph's Foreign Missionary Society, Mill Hill, arrived at Southampton on November 7, from Sarawak Borneo. Due, however, to an accident on the repatriation ship, he has, up to the present, been in hospital. His home address is St. Joseph's, 115 Northfield Road. Ringwood.
The Very Rev. Canon Francis Busch, of St. Michael's, Hathersage, Derbyshire, celebrates his 96th birthday today, Friday, January 4. Although, owing to his extreme age, Canon•Busch is unable to get about the parish which is adniinistered for him by an assistant priest, Fr. L. Connell, he is still the parish priest of Hather,,age, where he has been since 1906. Canon Busch has worked without a break in the Nottingham diocese since his ordination on September 24, 1887. He has been a Canon since 1925, but resigned his scat on the Nottingham Chapter last summer.
Toys made by German prisoners-ofwar in the Wollaton Park Camp, Nottingham, were amongst those distributed by Mgr. Ellis, the Bishop of Nottingham last week to the girls at Nazareth House, Old Lenton, Nottingham, at the annual Christmas party.
Greater crowds than have ever been seen before gathered at church doors on Christmas Eve for Midnight Mass. At the Holy Name, Newcastle, the queue was hundreds of yards long and at St. Mary's, Sunderland, the church doors had to be closed half-an-hour before Mass began because.the church was full.
Pilgrims and visitors to the internationally known shrine of Ste. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec, this year totalled 314.625, (Sr an increase of 33.8 per cent, over the 1944 figures. This year's visitors brought the total to 17,692,626 since the shrine opened in 1658.