From a Special Correspondent
The year 1949 will be a year rich in Catholic centenaries. That of the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London, has already been noted, and delightfully commemorated, by Fr. Bernard Basset's charming brochure. A tragic centenary is that of the death of Fr. Dominic Barberi, C.F., who received Cardinal Newman into the Chusch in 1845 ; in 1849 he was taken ill at Pangbourne. Berks, and was taken to Reading, where he died in what was then the Railway Hotel. Its identity with the house which is now called the "Duke of Edinburgh in the Caversham Road was established some years ago by Fr. (now Canon) R. E. Scantlehury, now parish priest of Ventn or.
In the Archdiocese of WESTMINSTER (erected 1850), 1949 is centenary year at Barnet and Hendon. In the BIRMINGHAM archdiocese 1949 will be the centenary year of St. Anne's, Alcester Street, the parish at Dorchester. near Oxford, Rugeley, Staffs, and the present church at Wappenbury, near Leamington. In the BRENTWOOD diocese the parish of Our Lady and St. George, Shernhall Street, Walthanstow, began also in 1849. CLIFTON has two centenaries, that of the parish of Bridgwater, and the consecration of Woodchester Priory.
HEXHAM diocese will have a bicentenary, at Bellingham, Northumberland, founded in 1749, and Morpeth will keep the centenary of its
present church. In the same diocese St. Bede's. South Shields, Wolsinghem, in County Durham, keep centenaries.
In the LIVERPOOL archdioceae, Holy Cross, St. Alban's, and St. Augustine's all date from 1849; Orrell will be keeping its 250th anniversary, having been founded in 1699, while at Widnes St. Bede's the present church dates from 1849, and and the parish from 1750.
In MENEVIA. Si.Beuno's Jesuit College, St. Asaph, was founded during 1848 and 1849, and in Middlesbrough diocese the parish of Wycliffe, whence came the " reformer " of that name. near Barnard Castle, dates its church from 1849, and its parish from 100 years earlier.
In MIDDLESBROUGH diocese St. George's, York, is 100 years old in 1949. There will be three centenaries in the SALFORD diocese, at St. Anne's. Blackburn; at St. Mary's, 13urnley; and at St. Anne's, Higher Openshaw, Manchester. In SOUTHWARK diocese Mortlake parish began in 1849. _