Celebrations of the centenary of the founding of St. Mary's Church, Derby, were held last week.
An address was to have been given by the Bishop of Nottingham (the Rt. Rev. John F. McNulty), but he was prevented from attending by indisposition.
Councillor J. E. Felix, speaking at the second day's opening ceremony of the twoday fete which was part of the centenary celebrations, emphasised that Catholics were determined to maintain Catholic schools for their children and to fight for " fair legislation " for their schools.
"Sometimes," he said, "I feel that the day is not far distant when we shall get this legislation, but there are times when I think it is a long way off. But we have the spirit and a tradition of determination to fight on until, as tax-paying and ratepaying citizens, justice and fairness is meted out to us."
WATFORD CARMEL Foundation Ceremony
Crowds were attracted to Watford on July I for the ceremony of the foundation of a Carmelite Convent.
The Bishop of Lamus officiated, assisted by Canon Hall and the Rev. Henry Blake,
An eloquent sermon by the Rev. Vernon Johnson explained the important work done by Carmel,
The house occupied by the nuns was formerly the property of John Oxenham.
Retreats for Business Girls
For girls in business the Children of Mary are organising retreats during the weekend, July 29—August 2 at the following convents:— The Ladies of Mary at Croydon and Sanderstead; La Retraite, Clapham Park; Marist Convent, Peckham; Notre Dame, Clapham; St Andrew's, Streatham; Sacred Heart, Honor Oak; and the Ursulines at Greenwich and Wimbledon.
Information and cards of admission may be obtained from Miss G. Dawson, 13, Knatchbull Road, S.E.5, or from Miss A M. Upton, I, Upstall Street, S.E.5.
Society of Our Lady of Lourdes
At the annual meeting of the Society of Our Lady of Lourdes, on Tuesday, July 19, the secretary will report that the membership of the Society is now 19,000.
Tribute will be paid to the late Lady Rankeillour for her work as vice-chairman of the Society.
Cosham Priest's Jubilee
Catholics of Cosham made a presentation to the Rev. F. E. Stanford, the first Catholic rector of Cosham, who completed his jubilee in the priesthood on the feast of SS. Peter and Pau!.
The presentation was made by Mgr. Canon J. H. King, Auxiliary Catholic Bishop-elect of Portsmouth,
Hersden Church Fete
The delightful grounds of St. Mary's College, Grove Ferry. kindly lent by the Marist Brothers, provided an ideal setting for the fete which was held in aid of the Hersden Church funds.
The event proved an outstanding success, the nett profit being £46 9s. 5d.