Page 7, 7th November 1941

7th November 1941
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Page 7, 7th November 1941 — PRESS SQUADS Australia's Catholic Paper Boys' Organisation

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Locations: Melbourne, Preston, Dublin


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PRESS SQUADS Australia's Catholic Paper Boys' Organisation

Best example in England of a persevering Catholic Press Apcotolate carried on by young People is that of the Bolton Catholic Workers' Group, which, ete. often stated in this paper, has since July, 1938, never ceased to canvass for, and deliver papers to, householders in this Lancashire town, in bad weather and good.

The Legion of Mary from its world headquarters in Dublin have now supplied particulars of L.O.M. " Press Squads " in Australia, doing similar work in advertising, canvassing and distributing Catholic papers. The first " Press Squad " in the Commonwealth, that at Preston, was founded in May, 1938. Recalling the campaign begun some years ago by the parish priest of a district in the Potteries, Staffordshire, who had his Catholic paper boys named " Our Lady's News Boys," supplying them with bags and sending them off on their weekly rounds on bicycles, the Australian " Press Squads " are equipped in the same way, and ride when engaged on deliveries.

WHY THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL " But," says our correspondent, " front the Legion of Mary point of view the Press Squads must not he mere distributing agencies for papers—they must be Praesidia of the Legion before all else. ln them boys must be helped towards the full Christian life of union with Christ through Mary, so that they, in their turn. rpay bring this life to others. Perhaps it Is just the above idealism which has made the work of the Australian Press Squads so extraordinarily successful," . This progress is best shown by figures. In the Preston parish referred to above, annual deliveries of papers prior to the establishment of the L.O.M. " Squad " were 5,600 ; now they arc 22,964. In Port Melbourne, where they were 4,500 annually, deliveries now amount to 31,425.

(In a recent account of the Legion in Malta we stated that the number of Fracsidle there was II. This should have read 24.)

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