The Rev. John O'Neill, parish priest of Our Lady Help of Christians, Kentish Town, was the recipient of a cheque and an address on the jubilee of his ordination.
The address was in the following terms: "On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, the parishioners and friends of Fr. John O'Neill, parish priest of Our Lady Help of Christians, Kentish Town, beg him to accept this small visible token of the deep appreciation and gratitude which fills their hearts. They esteem it a great honour and blessing that Divine Providence should have placed them under his fatherly care, and wish to place on record the splendid and edifying way in which he has fulfilled the High Office to which it pleased God to call him 25 years ago. These 25 years have been years of fruitful labour, undiminished zeal and selfless devotion in the service of God and for the salvation of souls.
" Particularly do they thank him for his unsparing efforts to provide that prime necessity, a Catholic education for their children, and for his manifest solicitude for the worthy adornment of the House of God, and his daily care that in it should be observed the glorious liturgy of the Church in all its fullness and splendaer.
" It is their dearest hope that he will, under God, continue to serve and guide them for many years to come.
" With the deepest feelings of sincere appreciation and gratitude they say to him, as one day God will assuredly say to him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant.'"
Salesian Schools' Sports
Wing-Commander A. Porri, R.A.F., Commander of the Farnborough Royal Air Force Station, presented the prizes at the annual athletic sports of the Salesian College, Farnborough, which were held in ideal weather in the beautiful college playing fields, on the feast of SS. Peter and Paul.
St. Hugh's House (captain, R. Jarvis), retained, with 269 points, the Inter-House Challenge Shield, which they won in 1937.
The Victors Ludorum were : Seniors, P. W. Kerry; Juniors, J. Spivey; Bantams, G. Purcell, and Imps, P. Tottle.
A magnificent silver cup presented by Mrs. P. W. Kerry for supremacy in track events was won by A. McDermott, whilst cups for the half-mile Senior and Junior and for the 440 yards Bantams were won by P. W. Kerry, J. Spivey and W. Tattle respectively.
There was keen rivalry between the four Houses at the annual sports at the Salesian College, Chertsey, and the Challenge Cups —both presented by Old Boys of the college—went to St. Dunstan's and St. Bede's respectively.
The Victor Ludorum of the Seniors was again N. Brent (St. Dunstan's) and of the Juniors, D. Rizzi (St. Bede's). whilst P. Hise and M. Dillon carried off the trophies of the smaller boys.
The Salesian School, Burwash, held its annual sports on Saturday, July 2, in the presence of an exceptionally large number of visitors.
In the first section the Victor Ludorum was John Rossiter. In this section, too, the following records were set up: Long jump, John Rossiter (15ft. 2lin.); high jump, Michael Beard (41t. 7in.); throwing cricket ball, Methven Wilson (74yds.); 100 yards, Liam Pickett ( I 1 secs.).
In the second section the Victor Ludorum was Ronald Cleaver.
By kind permission of Fr. Clement Mercer, S.D.S., the C.Y.M.S. sports will be held in the grounds of Breakspear College, Abbots Langley, on Sunday, August 28, at 3 p.m. There will be dancing in the C.Y.MS. ball at 7 p.m.