DOMINICAN PRIORY STARTS "CHRIST THE WORKER" MASSES
By a Staff Reporter
I doubt whether I was persona grata when I called yesterday unexpectedly at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality, the Headquarters of the Apostolate of Christ the Worker, though I was never treated with greater courtesy and attention. As I could see for myself, the hon. secretary was up to her eyes in work endeavouring to mail off hundreds of copies of the new issue of the " Vine and the Branches," organ of the Apostolate. But she insisted that I should sit down and listen to her stofy.
To begin at the beginning, St. Joseph's, an unpretentious-looking house reminiscent of a tumble-down lodging-house, is situated at 129, Malden Road, quite near the Dominican Priory at Haverstock Hill. While its drab exterior is, as it should be, in keeping with that of the pitifully decadent buildings of the neighbourhood; in its interior there is animation, all the more cheerful when you hear the happy tones of the secretary's greeting along the passage. You would say there is something about the place which is startling, and ludicrously out of tune with the stolid misery of a London slum, but then you wouldn't know what a House of Hospitality is.
The charity practised at the House is hidden—that's also as it should be—but you get inklings of what Is going on if you search through the pages of the " Vine and the Branches." There was little " Lazarus." for instance, the old lady with sores on her hands and feet, who starved for days before timidly knocking at the door of the House during the black-out, who was in mortal fear of having so go to the " Institution," but whose body and soul were refreshed after a couple of days' stay at St. Joseph's. and who went bravely in the ambulance. She died, however. There are others, of course, who find solace and renewed hope at St. Joseph's, but then again, that is how it should be, otherwise there woulci be no need for St. Joseph's, for the Wigan House. for the Manchester house, or any other House of Hospitality.
2,000 SIGNATURES FOR CHRIST THE WORKER FEAST The secretary showed mc completed sheets bearingethe mimes of 2,000 people who will petition the Holy Father for the establishment of the Feast of Christ the Worker. That of Cardinal Hinsley heads the lists, and the K.S.C. of Ladywell have written in to say they hope to collect some 400 signatures besides. " A barrister here has workod especially hard to collect them," says the letter from the Ladywell K.S.C.
" Devotion to Christ the Worker is the first step towards the feast's establishment," the secretary told me, " and we are making a step in that direction by setting on foot a ' Christ the Worker Mass Calendar.' This scheme goes right back to Fr, Schuh the founder of the Apostolate of Christ the Worker, as we learn from his biography Soon, we hope, to be published in English. This scheme means that groups arrange for the celebration of two Masses each year, to he offered at stated times, for each of the six intentions Fr. Schuh had in mind, that is: in Reparation for Sins committed against Jesus Christ the Worker, for the Sanctification and Salvation of Workers and Em
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INTERVAL CLUB 15 YEARS OLD
On March 1, the Interval Club celebrated its 15th birthday—first with a sung Mass of thanksgiving at St, Patrick's, Soho Square, then with a birthday luncheon at which His Lordship Bishop Myers presided, following which was an entertainment provided by members of the club.
Ninety people sat down to lunch, and the guest of honour was Dame Irene Vanbrugh, who replied to Sir Thomas Moloney's toast of welcome to the visitors, saying: "1 think I had something to do with the birth of this bumptious child ' " because, when it was first thought of, the founders (Mrs. and Miss Molly 13alvaird-Hewitt) used often to discuss their project with her.
The running of the club, which is such a convenient and homely centre for prcifessional actors and actresses, and where there is a genuine Catholic atmosphere, has not been plain sailing. There have been many ups and downs to its career, and the present period is proving one of the most difficult, the membership being scattered all over the country. None the less, the fact that such a crowd of members can foregather and join together to celebrate its 15th birthday (though some travelled from such places as Sussex and Oxfordshire to do so) proves that the club is wanted by its members, and as a vital need of the smaller professional, the beginner, the " hard-up," and the " provincial " living in London; and very specially of the Catholic professional, the Interval Club should be helped in every possible way to carry on.
" Not Evacuees, but Welcome Strangers"
--SAYS NEW BISHOP Following a surprise visit on Wednesday of last week, the congregation of St. Edward's, Kettering, heard with gratified surprise on Friday evening that the new Bishop would make his first episcopal visitation there on Sunday.
The Bishop celebrated' Mass at 8 o'clock and preached at 11. After a short instruction 00 the Gospel for the day, he congratulated the parish on its " War Time Church " and noted with pleasure that night prayers were said there daily. He told them that he had chosen for his Menlo as Bishop of the diocese an old family motto of his own, " God will provide," and exhorted them to pray that good might come out of evil.
After the evening service an informal reception was held in the Old Church Hall when the people had an opportunity of meeting their new bishop. Fr. Hunting, the parish priest, in an address of welcome, asked for oheir love, fealty and co-operalion and more especially their prayers. " For a Bishop's job," hc said. " is a very tough one, and not all marching about in a mitre." A number of evacuees were also presented to the Bishop—a term, by the way, to which he expressed dislike, saying that he would rather hear them (and himself also) referred to as " welcome strangers."
Grand Piano for Notts Priest
At the Cathedral Hall, Nottingham, last week, a grand piano was presented to the Rev. Cohn Mitchell, the priest-musician, who recently became the parish priest of Earl Shilton, Leicestershire. It was made on behalf of the priests and people of the parish of St. Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, by the Administrator the Rev. Edward Ellis.
Over thirty churches and convents have been damaged in the, recent raids over Merseyside, and in addition, many presbyteries and other church buildings and schools have suffered. players, for Trade Unions and Manual Labour, for the Victims of labour and Deceased Members. for Promoters and Benefactors of the Apostolate, and for the Increase of Apostles among the Workers.
" The first Christ the Worker Mass Circle has been formed at St. Dominic's. Haverstock Hill, and Stratford, Barkingside and Edmonton will follow soon. A young Scottish gunner has promised to Start one in his camp."
The significance of this first and practical step towards an end all Catholic workers have in view will he seen at once, and the popularity of such Mass Circles is sure to grow once the scheme becomes known. The secretary has attractive posters suitable for setting up in church-porches, and which explain the scheme and set out the calendar in full detail, and which are ready for sending off to all who are able to set up Mass
Circles in their respective districts. It is intended to send out petition forms for the collection of signatures for the establishment of the Feast to all those who set up Mass Circles. " With the inauguration of these Mass Circles," said the secretary, " we shall intensify the campaign for the Feast by trying first of all to spread devotion to Christ the Worker in the Mass."
FIRST THINGS FIRST Meanwhile almost every day there continue to arrive at St. Joseph's further petitions for the establishment of the Feast, but it is clear, as the secretary pointed out, that all Catholics of good-will must make the Mass the first foundation of their Christian social effort before we ran expect a return to the notion and practice of the dignity of work. The establishment of Mass Circles is thus a necessary beginning along the road leading to this final aim. as well as to the establishment of the Feast of Christ the Worker.
A Catholic Worker Week-end will be held at St. Joseph's on Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, Mord 23, and invitations are being sent to Catholic members of Trade Unions and Guilds, such as the Transport Guild, to meet at 6 p.m. on the first day to discuss their problems with the special possibilities and difficulties Union membership offers to them, On Sunday there will be a discussion at 3 p.m. on the means of closer spiritual and practical co-operation between Trade Unionists and Guild members and the "Catholic Worker" and the Apoetolate of Christ the Worker.
Readers who wish to support a petition to the Pope for the institution of a Feast of Christ the Worker are asked to send their names either to the " embolic Herald," Newspaper House, High Wycombe, Bucks, or to the HeadqUarters of the Apostolate of Christ the Worker, 129. Maiden Road, London, N.W.5.
"GAS ATTACKS CAUSE PANIC"
Need to Remain Calm
" The greatest danger arising from the use of poisonous gases in warfare is the panic and confusion which it aims at causing among the civilian population. In this matter pharmacists can perform national service by warning their customers against this now. The pathological effects are likely to be small compared with the military effect of surprise, and the best defence is elementary common sense and constant readiness on the part of everybody. During an attack it is essential to remain quiet and calm, as any poisonous effects can only be aggravated by undue exercise."
Mr. T. McLachlan, F.I.C., gave this advice to a meeting of the London branch of the Catholic Pharmaceutical Guild, held at St. Joseph's Retreat, Highgate Hill, on Sunday, March 2, when a hop, part of his talk was devoted to a desaptiorT of the I pathological effects of the various gases, as a matter of particular interest to pharmacists.
Mr. A. J. McCabe was re-elected master of the London branch of the Guild for another year. The vice-master, Mrs. M. M. Nurse, and the hon. secretary, Mr. C. E. Macbeth, were also re-elected. Before the close of the meeting Mr. McCabe announced the gift to the branch of a first-class relic of St. Getnnta Galgani, patroness of the Guild, from Fr_ Arthur, C.F., chaplain, and expressed the grateful thanks of the meeting. In reply, Fr. Arthur said that be hoped it would be possible in more settled times to present every branch of the Guild with its own relic,
The hon. secretary, in his annual report, drew attention to the drop in London membership, and said that every individual member would have to do his utmost to recover the losses and work for an increased memhership, especially in view of the projected action against immoral products. The enemy was of " the kind which is not cast out but by prayer and fasting." (Matth. xvii., 18-20.)
Several members expressed their appreciation of the CATliOLIC HERALD in drawing attention to the " birth control " racket.
Westminster C.E.G. Resumes Training Classes
Westminster C.E.G. training classes, which had been abandoned on account of the raids, are now being resumed at the Convent of the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul, Carlisle Place, near Westminster Cathedral, at 3 p.m., on Saturdays. Beginners can be coached at other times by special arrangement.
Had it not been for the raids, Evidence Guild members would have continued to speak in Hyde Park, which they had done from the beginning of the war till the persistent attacks made it impossible to continue the meetings. The Guild now appeals for funds to help on its work of keeping the truths of religion before those who would otherwise never hear them.
The address of the acting hon. secretary is St. Peter's hail, Cathedral Precincts, Westminster, S.W.I.
Dr. Downey on Liverpool Shelters
Whilst the supervision and betterment of air-raid shelters is primarily a matter for the civic authorities Dr. Downey, Archbishop of Liverpool, feels that much can be done to improve existing conditions by the quiet unobtrusive work of the clergy and the members of Catholic organisations, He has been assured by those who have had experience of the shelters that the clergy would be welcome, and already much good work has been done by priests and by individual Catholic laymen and women.
Bristol Children Now at Exmouth
Children evacuated recently from Bristol include Catholics who have been sent to Exmouth and Exeter, and they were seen off to their destinations by Mgr. Long, in representation of the Bishop of Clifton, and by Canon Dillon. The Bishop himself had visited Exmouth in advance to arrange billets.
"Rerum Novarum " Sales now 150,000 The 150,000th copy of the C.T.S. pamphlet " Rerum Novarum." first published in 1909 for the C.S.G., is expected to be sold during the course of this year, the Jubilee Year of the famous encyclical.