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Apostolate of Friendship

SIR,-Mr. Casey suggests that the clergy should introduce lonely newcorners to other parishioners. but in large city parishes the overworked clergy find it difficult to remember their "regulars" and new faces may not register.

Surely this is the layman's task? I agree that many Catholic organisations are ineffectual, mere gossiping parties with little emphasis on any form of apostolatc.

Have the presidents of these organisations ever heard of the apostolate of friendship? Why don't they watch out for the newcomers and welcome instead of ignoring them? Why must "Catholic" be synonymous with "unfriendly"?

P. D. A.

Bristol.

SLR,-It is the duty of a person on moving into a new parish to make himself known to the clergy. A call at the Presbytery to have a talk with the priest should be made. or alternatively to put one's name and address through the door. A priest cannot be expected to memorise all new faces which appear in his parish, but a chat with him after Mass is all that is necessary if the alternative suggestion is used. The priest can then size up the new parishoner and introduce him to other people.

(Miss) Kathleen Travers.

6 Colthan Fields, Hales Road, Cheltenham, Glos.




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