to a conclusion the three weekends of continuous prayers for vocations which had been conducted by Marriage Encounter members throughout the country. Fr Theo Voorpostel, 0. Carm, and Malcolm and Mary Smith have been elected as an executive council for the organisation in England.
A floral festivid was held at the Holy Trinity Church, Dockhead, Bermondsey, London, SEI, last weekend. It ended on Sunday with a concelebrated Mass at 6 pm.
* * * The parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary, Stockwell, south-west London, celebrated their patronal feast last Sunday by a five-hour exposition of the Blessed Sacrament accompanied by the recitation of the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary.
* * * Archbishop Bowen of Southwark will say Mass for the late Archbishop Cyril Cowderoy, on the anniversary of his death on Monday at 7.30 in St George's Cathedral.
All parishioners and those who worship regularly at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, are invited to a meeting at Amigo Hall, SEI, to discuss the future growth of the pastoral and social life of their parish.
St John and Elizabeth's, the private hospital run by the Sisters of Mercy in St John's Wood, London, is financially healthier than it has ever been. Legacies of £136,509 wiped out the hospital's accumulated deposit, and expenditure for the last financial year shows a surplus of £22,525.
The Justice and Peace Group of St Clare's, Brookfield. Middlesbrough, raised £150 at a "Christmas Fayre" on September 29 in St Margaret's Church Hall, Brookfield. The money will go to various charities they have undertaken to help. Previously they raised £30 on a two-day fast.
* * * Miss Constance Lilian Le Mesurier, late of Ashburton Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside, who died in June leaving £24,773 gross, £23,503 net, left £1,000 to the Catholic Church of the Holy Name, Beresford Road, Birkenhead, for general purposes.
Mrs Norah Kathleen Mapowder, of Summerhill Terrace, St George, Bristol who also ditd in June, left £38,076 gross, £37,531 net. She left £1,000 to the Convent of the Sisters of Charity, Knowle, Bristol.
Mr Albert Henri Macs, of Highgate, Heaton, Bradford, Yorkshire, wool merchant, who died in April, leaving £242,546 gross, £236,993 net, left £1,000 each to the priest in charge of St Cuthbert's Catholic Church, Heaton, and the Church of Notre Dame de France, London, for charitable purposes.
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The Blessed Robert Johnson Catholic College, in Telford, Shropshire, has thanked all those who contributed to its annual sponsored walk for charity and the summer fete and draw. The walk raised £1,700, and the fete and draw another £600. The Guild of Catholic Professional Social Workers will he holding a spiritual weekend from October 28 to October 30 al St Paul's Retreat House, Myddleton Lodge, Ilkley, Yorkshire. It will have as its theme i'By Your Cross and Resurrection You have set us free" and will be directed by Fr John McDonald, a qualified social worker who has worked with the Crusade of Rescue for many years.
* * * The Union of Catholic Mothers Lourdes Pilgrimage leaves London today. UCM branches throughout the country have been collecting for the past few months to finance the chartering of two "jumbulances" and meet other travel expenses involved in bringing 24 handicapped people to Lourdes. The handicapped will be looked after by UCM doctors, nurses and helpers. The spiritual directors are Frs Kevin Mullen and William Barry.
Miss Susan Gray of the parish of St Francis de Sales and St Gertrude, Larkhall Lane, Clapham, South London, and Mr John Murray, of St Aloysius, Somers Town, North London, married last week during u pilgrimage to Lourdes. Fr J. D. O'Neill, parish priest of Our Ludy of the Rosary, Marylebone, London, NW. and leader of the pilgrimage, carried out the ceremony at the Sacra Coeur Church, where St Bernadette was baptised. The bride, who was received into the Catholic Church last month, was for some years an Anglican nun. She met Mr Murray at an ecumenical prayer meeting.
The Christian Life Movement will hold its winter course at All Saints, London Colney, Hertfordshire, from December 28, to January 1. The course will include meditations on the relationship between Christ and Peter, relationship with Christ and the Church, and a talk by Bishop James O'Brien on the future needs of the Church.
The European Methodist Youth Council took place at Kelston Park, Bath, this week. The meeting of 40 youth leaders and young people from 16 European countries, including Eastern Europe, divided into commissions to discuss four major concerns: the European Voluntary Service Movement, the Young Methodists Evangelical Campaign, the relationship between Church and Society, and patterns of worship.
The Friends of St George's Cathedral, Southwark held their annual dinner last Saturday. It was originally planned for St George's Day, April 23, but had to be postponed because of Archbishop Bowen's installation. Those interested in membership should contact Canon Clements.
A series of talks entitled "Communion and Intercommunion" will begin at Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday, October 12 at 6.30. The first talk will be given by Fr Herbert Keldany and will cover the Catholic theology of the Eucharist. Subsequent speakers will include Canon Richard Stewart, Archimandrite Meletios, the Rev. John Richardson, the Rev. Christopher Hill, Mr David Murphy and Bishop Christopher Butler, Auxiliary of Westminster.
Pax Christi is organising a weekend conference called "Training for Peace" to instruct its members in the mechanics of giving talks, preparing written material and organising group action. The conference will be held from October 21 to 23 at Emmaus House, La Retraitc, Clifton Hill, Bristol.
The annual general meeting of the Order of Christian Unity will take place on Saturday, October 29, in the Bramwell Booth Memorial Hall, 39 Victoria Street, London, SWl.
A Christian centre which has just opened in Dorking, Surrey, will be run by a multi-church management policy committee of Anglicans, Methodists and Catholics. The centre will organise play-groups, lectures, and a special counselling service for visiting Christians. Further details from Robin Mitchell, 17 Tollgate Road, Dorking, Surrey.
On Saturday, October 22, a Choirs Festival is to be held in St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds when about 400 choristers from more than 30 choirs arc expected to attend. The final rehearsal of a pre-arranged programme will take place in the afternoon followed by Solemn High Mass at 6 pm in the presence of Bishop Gordon Wheeler. The organist will be Mr Ben Harrison and the conductor Mr Bill Dibley, director of music at the Cathedral.
The St Thomas More Centre for Pastoral Liturgy has arranged an autumn Workshop Course for teachers, catechists, and all who arc involved in the celebration of the liturgy with children. It will begin on Tuesday, October 18. Details from the Centre at 9/11 Henry Road, Manor House, London N.4.
The Young Christian Workers will be running a national training course for priests and sisters at Harborne Hall, Birmingham, from November 7 to November 13. Total cost of the course is £35 and the non-returnable deposit of £7 should be sent to: Fr Charles Walker, National YCW Chaplain, 106 Clapham Road, London, SW9.
The Catholic Student Council will hold its regional conference at the Birmingham University Catholic Chaplaincy from October 28 to 30. The weekend will be made up of talks, discussions, worship and social events, on the theme on "Love: Putting the Theory into Practice." For further information contact Debbie Reynish at the Catholic Chaplaincy, Harrison's Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Birmingham's first United Christian Book Fair will be held in St Martin's Hall, in The Bull Ring, on October 17 and 18. The fair, which has been organised by the St Paul's Bookshop, Mowbrays, the Christian Literature Crusade and the Book Room, will be opened by Bishop Laurence Brown the retiring Anglican Bishop of Birmingham, and will be closed by Bishop MeCartie, the new Auxiliary of Birmirigharn. It will be part of the "Christian Book Week" which will be held throughout the country from October 16 to 23.