The Church of St. Teresa of Lisieux, at Princes Risborough, which celebrated its first anniversary on Whit-Monday, is beginning to become known locally as a " miracle " church.
Two or three years ago the Catholics of the district 'net for Mass in an old tin Army hut; they have now one of the finest examples of modern Byzantine architecture for many miles around. Most of the credit for this is given by Fr. Francis Dreves,S.S.J., to St. Teresa, but many protest that Fr. Dreves' own energy and faith are no small part of the wonder. Fr. Droves has asked the Bishop of Northampton on visitation on Whit-Monday to " come back in October for the consecration."
Jr that is to take place 12,500 must be found.
The extension which has almost cornpletely transformed the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary of the Angels, Worthing, was seen by an admiring congregation for the first time last week. .
The extensions, which have taken six months to complete, will be opened officially by Archbishop Amigo, Bishop of Southwark.
Durran Hill, Carlisle
Dean James Fleming, V.F., of Carlisle, described the May Procession which took place at Durran Hill, Carlisle, recently as the "ftrst since the Reformation."
The statue of Our Lady was carried and later crowned.
The remark reminds us that there are still districts in which the church has yet to come outside.
The second annual garden fete and fun fair in connection with St. George's, Maghull, was held in the church grounds, Station Road, recently. The proceeds are in aid of the Senior School Building Fund.
Canon W. Dennet, VP'., thanking the organisers and defining the object of the fete, recalled the great progress made in the last ten years. " Ten years ago they had no church in Maghull, no tennis courts and no hall. They built a kind of temporary wooden hut which had served its purpose up to last year. At last year's fete there was no question of building a new hall. It had hardly been thought of, but since then, in the space of five months they had completed the beautiful new hall they now had, and had added a second tennis court."
The Abbot of Ampleforth (the Right Rev. Herbert Byrne) performed his first public ceremony since his election as Abbot, when he opened a bazaar at St Benediet's School, Ampleforth, yesterday in aid of funds for a new church. The Abbot compared the growth of the Roman Catholic congregation at Ampleforth and the necessity of a new church to a growing boy and new clothes. It was, he said, a need which must be met.
The new church at Iford, dedicated to St. Thomas More, and to be served from the Church of Corpus Christi, Boscombe, Bournemouth, has cost some 19,000. It was opened by Mgr. William Cotter, Bishop of Portsmouth, last week. The foundation stone was laid as recently as January this year.
The new Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lourdes Avenue, Cardonald, which is rapidly approaching completion will be officially opened by Archbishop Mackintosh at the beginning of September. The new church has cost 111,000 and has seating accommodation for 800,
On Tuesday, June 20, Mgr. IL S. Poskitt, Bishop of Leeds, will lay the foundation stone of a new church to be dedicated to St. Patrick, in the recently formed parish on the new City Housing Estate at Firth Park, Sheffield.
The present parish priest is the Rev. Bernard Ford, who celebrated his sacerdotal jubilee this month.
Cardinal Ilinsley has unveiled a beautiful life-size painting of St. Joseph on the altar of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Dominic, at Sidney Road, Homerton, In London's East End.
The rector of the Church is Fr. Alphonsus Arendzen, and the painting is the work of his brother, Fr. Leo A. Arendzen, of Grantham, Lincs. The Arendzens are sons of the late P. J. Arendzen, the great Dutch etcher.
The new church of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Han dsworth, Birmingham, built in the neo-Romanesque style, is to be officially opened on Wednesday, July 26, by His Grace the Archbishop.
Mgr. Griffin, Bishop Auxiliary of Birmingham, will pontificate at the Mass of Thanksgiving following the opening.