The Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Heim, was on Saturday afternoon welcomed to the Crypt Chapel of the Houses of Parliament by the Earl of Lauderdale. The Archbishop had come to join some 150 members of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary in their day of prayer for "those who govern everywhere."
The fourteenth century crypt chapel, which is all that survived of the chapel of St. Stephen when the Palace of Westminster was burnt down last century, is reserved to peers and Members of Parliament for christenings and other personal occasions. This is the first time on record that outsiders have been granted the use of it. Permission to do so was due to the good offices of the Earl of Lauderdale, a member of the Ecumenical Society and a prominent Anglican layman, who approached Black Rod and the five separate officials who control the chapels royal of which the crypt is one.
Among those who attended were Bishop Trevor Huddleston, Anglican Bishop of Stepney, Bishop Alan Clark, chairman of thd Catholic Ecumenical Commission of England and Wales and cochairman of the Anglican/Catholic Theological Commission, Bishop Mahon, chairman of the Commission for Justice and Peace, the Greek Orthodox Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, Archdeacon Timms, the Abbot of Ealing, Prebendary Henry Cooper, the Archbishop of Canterbury's adviser on Roman Catholic relations, the Rev. Robert Beattie, Methodist minister and Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, United Reformed Church and other clerical and lay members of the society.
Introducing the gathering as "good friends of Christ and his holy Mother," the Earl of Lauderdale explained the suitability of the chapel for this occasion: it was anciently dedicated to our Lady and was associated with "those who govern." The gathering was the guest of both Houses.
The Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons,
Canon David Edwards, then presided a service of prayer and meditation, which concluded with the recitation of the Magnificat.
Athlete's golden win
Ian Thompson, who won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Gaines for the second fastest marathon in history, is a student at Trinity and All Saints Catholic College of Education, Leeds.
After working as an insurance agent Ian, who is 24 and comes from 1.uton, started a one-year postgraduate course at the College in September 1973. He is studying SPanish.
Ile trained for the 26-mile marathon by running across Ilkley Moor according to the college's department of physical education. A spokesman said that Ian is "a warm, quiet. friendly modest man. who doesn't allow his athletics to interfere with academic work."
Another medallist at the Commonwealth Games, Mr. John Wilson, teaches games and geography at St. Benedict's Public Day School in Ealing. West London. He was a member of the British relay team which won a silver medal in New Zealand.
Top 'Army' man retires
Commissioner Kaare Westergaard, head of the Salvation Army's Evangelical work in England, Ireland and Wales retired last week, and the occasion was marked by a public meeting at Regent flail, Oxford Street, London.
The son of Danish Salvation Army officers, he was born in Norway and spent his boyhood and early manhood in Scandinavia. In 1924 he entered the Salvation Army International Training College in London. First he was appointed to the Reykjavik Corps in Iceland, but then he returned to Britain.
He became the National Youth Secretary for England and Wales, and later the International Youth Secretary, overseeing and co-ordinating Army youth work throughout the world.
In 1954 he was appointed to Melbourne as second-incommand of the Salvation Army in Southern Australia. Three years later he returned to
Englatid as Principal of the Army s International Training College in London. Subsequent appointments took him to Norway to command the Army's work there and to the Netherlands in a similar role. The climax of his Army service was the command of the British Territory.
A close friend and colleague said: "Possessed of many gifts, the Commissioner has contributed much to the Army in the realm of poetry and drama. His English-born wife, too, is a noted poet. The secret of his massive popularity is that he loves people. Because of this he always remembers names, faces and places.
"His integrity and dynamic leadership have enabled him to make a great mark in the Salvation Army world, hut particularly in Britain. Friends often say that he loves Britain more than the British themselves, and as though to prove them right he will live here in his retirement."
Steve Johnson (above), a member of the Catenian Association and former Campion House, Osterley, student, has recently been appointed to a full time trade union post with the National and Local Government Officers Association. This Is the biggest white collar union in the country with over half a million members. (NALGO represents Health Service, Local Government, New Towns, Water, Electricity, Gas, Transport and Universities workers).
As a national negotiator he will deal mainly with nurses and midwives, biochemists and physicists and some National Health Service reorganisation matters. He is well known in political and trade union circles and television viewers may recognise him from the interview by Michael Delahrtye on "Look North" with a hospital consultant talking about the development of a private hospital.
NALGO Conference goers will remember him as the delegate for the Manchester Regional
Hospleil Board Brench (Manchester HRH was hi. former employer) wh_o helped bring about rsrALGo,s tougher line on private medicine, echoes of which were heard at TUC Congress at Blackpool. He also spoke on the dangers of Common Market membership and other developments which may have an adverse effect on the future of the Health Service a future he fears will be far removed from the original conceptions of the Service, which were the duty of the State to create a comprehensive framework of mutual help within which everyone has an equal right to benefit and an equal duty to participate.
Catholic nurses may well find in him someone who has an understanding of their particular problems.
The first baby "Let Live" can claim to have directly saved from abortion was born last Christmas Eve, a year after Dr. Mary Belton, of London, founded the organisation.
"Let I.ive" is an organisation which exists to help pregnant girls and reports in its current newsletter that the mother of the first baby saved had already booked an abortion, which had been strongly recommended by her doctor. She is now sincerely glad she did not go through with It.
The organisation is currently negotiating with Southwark County Council to rent or buy flatlets for single mothers and the Newsletter said St, Vincent's Housing Association in London has also promised to help with this problem.
In addition to the London telephone answering service on 01-231 0271, telephone services are now operating in Sunderland, Co. Durham, Sutton, Surrey, Plymouth, Devon, Hartlepool, Co. Durham, Chippcnham, Wiltshire and Guildford, Surrey. Groups in Liverpool and North East London may soon be in a position to join the list.
In the experience of "Let Live," a considerable percentage of young Unmarried girls who become pregnant have themselves been abandoned as children. But "whatever the particular situation, those who have taken the step of welcomirtg one of these girls into the family have found that they have not, after all, admitted an alien influence, bound to cause trouble."
Anyone wishing to offer a home in this way should write to: Mrs. Janet Baker, 36A Kyverdalc Road, London, N.16 The New Westminster Chorus' rehearser every Friday evening between 6.30 and 8.30 p.m., in Westminster Cathedral Song School, next to the Cathedral Hall in Ambrosden Avenue. Readers may like to know that there are vacancies for new members, and that applications may be made (at rehearsals or in writinf) to Mr. Colin Mawhy, 45 Francis Street, London, S.W.1.
Tribute to Fr. Scoles
Fr. James Scoles, Si., now retired and living at the Presbytery, 9 Edge Hill, S.W.19 this year attains a remarkable double Jubilee. Last September 8 he celebrated 70 years as a member of the Society of Jesus and for 50 years he has been a member of the Wimbledon Jesuit staff and community.
He taught Biology, Physics and Chemistry in the College from 1923 to 1963 when he reluctantly accepted retirement from teaching but continued to act as Bursar for the College and Community till the Community moved down the Hill to No. 9. He continues in good health apart from arthritis.
The Old Wimbledonians' Association Committee in cooperation with the Parents' Association have thought that this double jubilee should not go unnoticed and propose, since Fr. Scoles will not accept anything personal to himself, that it would be suitable to raise some money to found a section of the school library to be called The James Scoles Science Library.
It is thought that many Old Wimbledonians even if they have not met or known Fr. Scoles would like to contribute, for so extended a period of service to the Catholic community and the well-being of generations of boys should be suitably recognised by those who have inherited something from the past which has made the college rightly highly regarded in SW London. On the science side much of this good work is due to Fr. Scoles.
Contributions however small will be gratefully received. The target is to raise up to £1,000 to be placed in a special fund and kept for the library section. Donations may be sent direct to the Head Master at the College or to the Treasurer of the Old Wimbledonians' Association.