Cleator VA,S'T CROWDS of Catholics from Manchester, Blackpool, Liverpool, and Leeds gathered at Woodend on Sunday to take part in the pilgrimage to the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Cleator. An eye-witness account of the ceremony will be broadcast in the North Regional programme this evening at 7.15 by Mr. W. S. Newell.
FIRST ORDINATION SINCE 1650.— St. Benedict's church, Hindley, was founded two hundred and eighty-seven years ago. On Tuesday of last week (SS. Peter and Paul's), what is believed to be the first ordination ceremony performed in the church took place when the Rev. John Dixon, a member of a well-known Hindley family, was ordained in the sacred priesthood by Mgr. Robert Dobson, V.G., Bishop of Cynopolis.
NEW CHURCH AT ROTHWELL.—On Saturday the Bishop of Leeds laid the foundation-stone of a new church to be built at Rothwell. Leeds, at a cost of £2,500. For nearly twenty years the faithful of Rothwell, Woodlesford and Oulton have heard Mass in a local dance hall, and the erection of a new church has been made possible by the gift of a site in Woodlesford Lane, Rothwell, by Major Calverley, of Bathford Manor, Somerset.
HELP FOR THE UNMARRIED MOTHER.—In the name of the " unwanted" Babe of Bethlehem and of " these unfortunate mothers and these innocent little children," the Bishop of Leeds broadcast an appeal on Sunday evening last in the North Regional programme, on behalf of St. Margaret's Rescue Home, Leeds. Explaining that the home was founded in 1910 by the Leeds Diocesan Rescue and Protection Society for the care of unmarried expectant mothers, be said that the aim of the Home is the rehabilitation of the mother and the unwanted child. " Because a girl has fallen is no reason why she should be condemned to future degradation. She must be given another chance in life."
BISHOP COWGILL MEMORIAL. — No more fitting memorial to the late Bishop Cowgill could be devised than the continuation and development of the charitable work which for more than half-a-century had been associated with his name, viz., the care and maintenance of the boys at St. Vincent's Home. Leeds. It is proposed to erect new homes at a cost of £8,000 to £10,000, and on Sunday last a letter from Bishop Poskitt was read at all the churches in the diocese.
A THOUSAND PILGRIMS set off for Lourdes on Monday, taking part in the Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes under the leadership of Archbishop Downey.
140,000 LEAFLETS have already been requested of the Rev. Organiser at Liverpool Cathedral Buildings, outlining the aims and objects of the League of Our Lady Immaculate. These leaflets have been issued in English, Italian, French and Dutch.
BISHOP OPENS NEW CHURCH. — The Bishop of Middlesbrough blessed and opened the new church dedicated to St. Augustine at Redcar last week.
Warrington TEN THOUSAND CHILDREN.—Over ten thousand children took part in Warrington's " Walking Day " last Friday, when six parishes were represented in the gay procession which wended its way from Bank Park through Warrington's streets.