Funds Needed for Training Them
Anxiety of the Hierarchy as to the
supply of future priests is augmented this year by the need of • increased funds to meet the high expenditure of the training of those already in the Seminaries. The annual appeal for the Westminster Diocese is being made on Sunday. November 23, " and," states Canon B. Longstatl, Hon, Secretary and Treasurer for the Westminster becciciiastical Education Fund, " it will probably be more difficult than ever to raise sufficient money to meet all the Cardinal's needs, as so many parishes have heavier expenses to meet out of reduced incomes.
"The publicity given to this Fund in f940 by the Clergy was wonderfully responded to by the Laity. This is shown by the fact that, although the total decrease for the )3ear, compared with 1939, was £3,112, The parish contributions dropped by only £671, and this, too, when many congregations had been halved—a truly remarkable achievement. Incidentally, twenty-eight London and twenty-seven country parishes actually sent in more than the previous year." adds Canon Longstaff,
The clergy gave £375 less hist year, but in 1939 one priest gave £200; another £100, a third £25, and a fourth £21. The Convents subscribed £285 less, but in the previous year two of • them were able to send £100 each, and a number had temporarily left the Diocese by 1940. Also, the total in 1939 included a £1,500 legacy which was not repeated in 1940.
Taking these non-current gifts of 1939 into consideration, together with the War conditions of F3 year ago, the amount collected in 1940 caused a very agreeable surprise to the Cardinal and the Diocese, although it was not sufficient to meet all needs.
THANKS TO PARISH PRIESTS
Canon Longstaif goes on to say that in the past 11 years £47,995 has passed through his Bank for the Fund, excluding sums sent direct to Archbishop's House, and that out of this no less than £29,732 came from parish collections, showing that the sustained efforts of the parochial clergy have had good results. " Experience has shown," he adds, " that the use of subscription envelopes has been a great incentive to many to give a minimum of 5s., so I am sending all parish priests a number of these envelopes this year."
Canon Langstaff further points out that those people liable for Income Tax (at the full standard rate of tOs. in the £) and willing to sign a written undertaking to pay a fixed sum of not less than 10s. yearly for seven years to the Fund, can have the Tax paid by them on their subscription reclaimed by the Fund from the Revenue Authorities. Forms of Agreement can be obtained from Canon Longstaff at 1, Kirkwick Avenue, Harpenden, Herts, No Annual Report for the Fund will be
printed this year. The total receipts for 1940 amounted to £4,743 14s. 3d.