The White Fathers at Heston are celebrating next Sunday the feast of their heroic negro Christians, the Martyrs of Uganda. These martyrs suffered in the persecution which raged in that country in 1885-87 and threatened to destroy the work of the missionaries who had been only seven years in this particular field. Today, thanks in large measure, under God, to the sacrifice made by these neophytes, the Church has in Uganda one of its most flourishing mission centres in Central Africa. The Bishep of Lamus, Mete Myers, is to preside and preach at Sunday's celebration.
Father Joseph Gill, spoke at the
last meeting of the Harpenden Discussion Circle on "The Philosophy of Communism." He pointed out how the materialism of Marx's teaching, and its denial of natural rights of man —such as that to private property, to the integrity of the family, etc.— rendered Communism irreconcilable with Catholic teaching. The interest in the subject was shown by the fact that members of the crowded audience came from as far afield as Luton, Leighton Buzzard and beyond St. Albans.
The Salesian Fathers at St. Joseph's school, Burwash, Sussex, held •ther annual outdoor May procession last Sunday, when the beautiful weather made the function additionally attractive, " Divorce and Disintegration " was the subject of an address, last week, by Dr. W. J. O'Donovan, at a gathering in Retford Town Hall under the auspices of the Knights of St. Columba. Catholic Action's lay president strongly criticised the provisions of the Marriage Bill now before Parliament and showed how these could be abused. The Bill, he said, was an unpleasant Bill, and passage into law would affect the lives of many children.
The Coventry branch of the Birmingham diocesan Catholic Evidence Guild has been revived and meets regularly, for study purposes, in St. Gsburg's Hall on Sunday afternoons. Former members are urged to rejoin and new members also will be welcorned. The branch is at present under the direction of Mr. Unit, of the Birmingham Guild.
Plans have been passed by the Corby and District Town Planning Committee at Kettering for the church to be built in Occupation Road, Corby, Northants. This rapidly developing industrial centre has many Catholic residents, for whom Mass has been provided for several years past by the Rev. R, E. Underwood. The new church will be a spacious and substantial structure, brickbuilt.
A presentation Was made, last week, to the Rev. Laurence Killeen, as a parting gift from the parishioners of St. Joseph's, Wol verhampton. Father Killeen recently left the parish, to take up other work, after about eight years' service as rector. During that time he built at St. Joseph's a new presbytery, schools, and a church hall, while despite financial difficulties experienced in the parish he reduced the capital debt by £600.