THE result of the CATHOIiC .HERALD'S Supply Priests Bureau, which operated with the Bishops' approval in 1964, has been so encouraging that the scheme will now become a permanent feature of this paper's service to the clergy. Despite the fact that, initially, the idea was slow to catch on, wehelped more than 50 parishes to find supplies last year. British curates, Continental religious, and even a priest from Australia came to the rescue of their fellow priests—many of whom would otherwise have had no holiday at all—and ensured "a change of parish air for themselves". It is significant, I think, that Westminster Archdiocese sent us every single request they received from priests looking for supplies. This helped a great deal. But the result could have been even better if other dioceses had done likewise. and we are depending on their help for bigger and better results this year.
r SPOKE this week to a young London -11Catholic who has a very important and challenging task ahead of him in 1965. His aim is to get London's boys and girls out into the country, away from coffee bars and city streets as often as possible. He is 22-year-old Mr. Peter Hudson of Winchmore EMI, Nil, ‘I hu has been appointed National Field Officer of the Youth Hostels Association. His appointment is a direct result of the Albermarle Report—an investigation of Britain's youth problems commissioned by the Ministry of Education. Mr. Hudson is very young to have this job. The Association was looking for someone aged between 25 and 45 but he got it as a result of his recent experience ,in Northern Rhodesia where as a police inspector (he was very young for that too) he was in charge of about 20 African constables and made frequent forays into the bush. When he lived in Woodgreen, London N.22, he led a now extinct Catholic youth club with about 200 members. , His new job will keep him busy visiting schools and local authorities all over the South of England. Starting in London he aims to visit all the schools in the city, including the Catholic ones, before moving in an ever widening circle into the country. He will give illustrated talks on youth hostelling and adventure holidays in an effort to encourage young people to "get away from it all by getting out into the country".
MY colleague "Prompter" whose weekly theatrical criticisms can have left no doubt in the minds of our readers that the British theatre has been going through a somewhat "dull" period, came into the office one day this week in jubilant mood. He had just heard that actor Albert Finney was to join the ranks of the National Theatre for at least a year. Mr. Finney, he reminds me, established himself as one of the outstanding young men in the acting profession in his performances in Billy Liar, Luther, and on the screen' in Saturday night and Sunday Morning and Tom Prompter commented: "Albert Finney will bring to the National a new face and• a youthful vigour that will represent a dangerous challenge to some of our more widely-known and accepted big names," This move to the National, he is sure, will be another step hi Mr. Finney's inevitable progress towards the day when he will he on a New Year's Honour List as the latest theatrical Knight.
SPEAKING of the New Year's Honours see at a quick glance that quite a few Catholics feature in Mr. Wilson's list which has been widely praised for its accent on rewarding talent hand creativeness. One of them is Mr. George John Malcolm, for 13 years Organist and Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. At 47 Mr. Malcolm is recognised as one of the outstanding musicians of our day. He has been awarded a C.B.E.
An accomplished harpsichordist and pianist he has also conducted several orchestras, includ
ing the London Philharmonic, the B.B.C.Scottish, and the English Chamber Orchestra, lie is a well known member of the Amadeus String Quartet and has toured with them in Europe. While at Westminster Cathedral he built up such a brilliant choir that Benjamin Britten composed a special sung Mass for it. His Missa Brevis is dedicated to Mr. Malcolm, and the choirboys.
THE number of enquiries reaching the office about the special "Church in Europe" map, published in last week's CATHOLIC, HERALD, prompts me to tell you that a beautifully finished copy of this map is also available. Printed on cartridge paper it is very suitable for framing, costs only 3s., and could he very useful in classrooms °Pin the home. Incidentally, the credit for this map must go to the Benedictine Nuns at Cockfostcrs. The whole community, from the postulants to 81year-old Donna Brigid, worked night and day to produce it, But I would still like to extend a special word of thanks to Dome Regina, without whose artistic talents the job could never have been done at all.
MRS. MAISIE SHEED, who celebrates her 76th birthday next Monday, never ceases to amaze me. Just back from a long tour of Australia, she is off again to America on January 22. Wilh 13 books to her credit—she published her autobiography in September—Mrs. Sliced is still very active in housing homeless families and works tirelessly for countless societies and charities. Last week in London she delighted Anglican and Catholic clergy and lay people with a talk on the prospects of Christian unity under the theme "Religion—uniting and dividing". Her summing up of these prospects struck me as particularly astute. "We must," she said, "stress the 75 per cent on which we agree with other denominations, and try our best to understand the 25 per cent dividing us. This will lead in time to a 'union of hearts' and eventually to a 'union of minds'." Mrs. Sheet] was speaking to the members of the Men and Women of Today club which has never missed a monthly meeting, barring the war years, since it was founded in 1936 in London by Miss Louise Coury. Her aim in founding it was to encourage friendship between Catholics and other churches by helping them meet outstanding authors at their monthly meetings.
FULL marks for speed and initiative must be given to the Daily Mirror newspaper group. They have just brought out a picture record of the Pope's trip to India, as far as I know the first on the market. In 31 black and white and four colouredpictures they illustrate what many may regard as the highlights of the visit. But I have one small carping point to make. The Pope's message to the world after his visit, and indeed the main point in his Christmas broadcast was that his visit had brought him into contact with the poverty of some of the peoples of;hoer ‘thisrldr.eason I would have. 6a d would atvhce Pope Paul's Journey to India os contained a little less of the pomp and ceremony and a little more which was representative of the (and it is one with which other m y afsapveoc of h ut ri te picturei s visit. readers of the CAITtOIL IC HERALD will be familiar, as we published it) is that of the Pope taking breakfast with Bombay orphans. This, to my mind, is something that worthily records the admittedly less glamorous part of the visit, but that aspect which will be inscribed in the memory of the people.
TT started off as a joke in my commuter-line -Icompartment on New Year's Eve when someone said: "Making any resolutions this year?" What followed was predictable (with the delays on the Southern one gets to know one's travelling companions very well) except for one of the two men who get on at Blackheath. "My resolution," he said, "is never 'to offer my seat again to a woman." In our fairly gentlemanly little group you could almost hear the eyebrows going up. But our Blackheath friend defended his decision. His main argument was that good manners should breed good manners and that a professed scat should at least receive a "thank you" in response.
In the five days since, Whitefriars has clocked up a lot of time standing in trains, holding open doors, picking up dropped parcels, and generally being the perfect gent. his score --28 gentlemanly acts and eight lady-like acknowledgements. His hope for 1965? That the government will' appoint yet another member to ministerial office —"with special responsibility for fostering some of that old world courtesy that once smoothed our daily contact, one with another".
WHITEFRIARS offers his apologies to Dr. Kevin McDonnell, chairman of the National Council of the Lay Apostolate, When drawing attention last week to the tact that Dr. McDonnell was the first lay. man to feature with the Archbishop in the Westminster Year Book, .1 inadvertently misspelled his name.
Not only did I make him Mac but I also made him Donald. To have done this to an Irishman would have been tantamount to risking one's lite-ebut to do it to an Anglo-Irishman (Mr, McDonnell's parents are from Mayn) I believe is even worse.