City still has school places problem
MAK ES1-1 I FT measures will temporarily overcome the shortage of Catholic grammar school places in Manchester this autumn hut there will still be a deficiency of Catholic technical school places says a report submitted to Manchester Education Committee.
The report, by the city's chief education officer, says that of Catholic children who have passed their 11-plits examination, 97 boys and 84 girls cannot be accommodated in the five existing direct grant grammar schools. This is worse than last year, when 95 boys and 74 girls were affected.
In technical places 114 boys Slid 118 girls cannot be accommodated in Catholic schools this year. Last year's figures were 75 boys and 82 girls.
A new grammar technical school, St. Augustines, Wythenshaw, will open in September. Planned as a three-form entry, it will accommodate four forms to case the burden. BLit because it takes boys from Stockport and Cheshire, it can offer only 25 grammar and 25 technical places to Manchester students. These boys will later be transferred.
Further temporary measures will include using space at other schools, including secondary modern schools. Later these students too, will be transferred. However the difficulty still remains of finding Catholic accommodation for boy technical students. and for girl students.
The Education Committee has pointed out that there is, however, "no overall deficiency of grammar or technical places m Manchester".
£60,000 Padgatc church opened
More than 600 atteuded Mass celebrated by Archbishop Beck of Liverpool laiA scek in St. Oswald's, Padgate, Warrington. after he had opened and blessed the church. It cost 160,000 and took 22 months to build.
The church is of striking modern design. Its main features are a 40 ft. Cross and a cruciform wooden roof, with a tower more than 70 ft. high. It seats 450 people.
Bro. Gregory O'Connor, who has taught for a year at Austin Friars, the Augustinians' grammar school in Carlisle, was ordained recently at the school by Bishop Foley of Lancaster. It was only the second ordination at the school. the last one being 10 years ago. Fr. O'Connor's parents live in Terenure, FATHER'S SLRPRISE Entering what he thought teat; an empty parish hall on Saturday Evening, Fr, Patrick Bailey, parish priest of Corpus Christi, Brixton Hill. found himself the guest of his parishioners to celebrate his silver jubilee in the priesthood. He was presented with a "Jubilee Book" containing 900 signatures. an easy chit,
TV set and a cheque for 1.309.
To ease congestion at Sunday morning Masses at St. Joseph's, Matlock, Derbyshire, where the Catholic population has doubled in 20 years, evening Masses arc to be celebrated by Fr. Willstan Probert, a member of the Benedictine community at St. Benet's, Alderwasley Hall, Whatstandwell, a preparatory school for Ampleforth.
RECCLES I ETE Fr. Peter Beeeley, 0.5.8., who is temporarily in charge of St. Benet's Church at Beccles, Suffolk, was welcomed by the Anecan Rector and Rural Dean. the Rev. Malcolm D. Sutton. when he and many of his parishioners attended the annual Anglican church fete in the rectory garden last Saturday, 'I his was the first time St. Benet% had been represented.
£50,000 TAX SAVED
Since the covenant scheme was launched in the Shrewsbury diocese four years ago, tax repayments have amounted to just over £50.000, including £20,000 during the last financial year. More than 31.000 covenants have been signed and the organisers hope to reach 35,000 before the end of the present tax year.
SCHOOL SIZE RAISED
It is proposed to build a new Catholic aided primary school for 200 pupils at Lowestoft, Suffolk. Originally, the number was to be 160, but the increase is planned to meet the anticipated birth rate increase. Most of the pupils arc now attending St. Mary's Convent and other Catholic schools in the area, M.C.T.A. JUBILEE
The Metropolitan Catholic Teachers' Association will mark its diamond jubilee on June 17 at St. Mary's College, Strawberry Hill. Mgr. Provost Hubert Gibney, Vicar General of the Southwark diocese, will celebrate Pontifical High Mass. Cardinal Heenan has sent a message of greetings.
TO FEED TIIE MINDS Feed the Mind banners will be on display in Portsmouth and Exeter Anglican Cathedrals for a week from Sunday in aid of the campaign inaugurated in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, to provide reading .matter for the millions in developing countries who are reading for the first time.
GIFT TO CANON
Canon Edmund Grady. of St. Joseph's Church, Bromley, has been presented with a cheque for £750 by his parishioners to mark his 25 years in the parish.
Sr. Margaret Mary and Si. Mary Colette, who arc twins, last Saturday celebrated their golden jubilee in the Order of Mercy. Three of their brothers, all priests, and one of their sisters had joined them from across the Atlantic.
The anniversary was celebrated with Solemn High Mass at St. John's Convent, Alton. Staffs., where Sr. Margaret Mary has been since she was professed. and at the Mercy Convent. Wolverhampton, where Sr. Mary Colette has been since 1948. Another brother and sister who were unable to travel will join them all in a celebration in Wateiford, their home town.
The appointment of Mr. P. W. Sutcliffe as deputy headmaster of St. Joseph's School, Derby. from September 3 has been confirmed by Derby education committee. From 1957 to 1963 he was headmaster of Rhodesdale Primary School, Zambia.
Four Rhodesian journalists who recently toured England as guests of the Commonwealth Relations Office included Mr. P. Chidyausiku, editor of the Rhodesian Catholic monthly paper Moto.
Sir Diarmaid Conroy. Q.C., has been appointed president of the Industrial Tribunals for England and Wales. Sir Diarmaid, 51, has specialised in law and legal administration since 1946, and was Chief Justice. Northern Rhodesia, from 1961 until early this year.
LITTLE SISTERS' MASS Bishop Petit of Menevia celebrated a special Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, Wrexham, last week, to mark the centenary or the foundation of the Little Sisters of the Assumption. Priests and nuns from all over the diocese were present.
FR. B1DONE HOMES Cardinal Heenau visited the old people of Fr. Bidone's Homes at Kingston-on-Thames last week. He went round to St. Mary's nursing home, run by the Sons of Divine Providence, and spoke to each of the 16 patients.
MONK WITH ANGLICANS
For the second time this year, Dom Cuthbert McCann, a monk of Downside Abbey, preached on Sunday in an Anglican church. He gave the sermon at St. Mary's Church at Bathwick on the Patronal Feast of the church. On Low Sunday he preached in the chapel of Exeter College, his own college.
The film "Unity through Youth" concerning work in a Preston, Lancashire parish which was the subject of a news story in last week's CATHOLIC HERALD was made by 30-year-old Toni Newton with the assistance of a local journalist and photographer. The fact that Mr. Newton was in charge of the project was not made clear in our published story.