care to give people the chance to hear what they have to say has been launched as part of the International Year of the Child. Initially it will cover the London boroughs north of the Thames with a telephone line available 24 hours a day for children or their friends to phone in. For further details contact Gwen James. 60 Carysfort Road, London. N8.
Fr Lucas Grollenbera, OP, the Dutch biblical scholar, .gave the annual lecture of the National Society in London last Tuesday. I he society is concerned with religious education and Fr Grollenberg is best known for his illustrated Bible Atlas and books on Jesus and Paul.
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The problems of teaching religious education to sixth-formers will be the theme of a weekend conference at the UphoIland Northern Institute, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, between March 16 and 18. The following weekend there will be a course for those interested in leading or being involved in groups. Details from the institute.
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The Walsingham Associadon is organising a national Novena to Our Lady of Walsingham from March 17 to 25. 'The intentions of the Novena include "thc return of England to the ancient Faith of Walsingham" and "financial aid to clear the large debts and complete the National Shrine."
A St Patrick's Day Market is to be held at Westminster Cathedral Conference Centre. London on March 17. It will attempt to present the positive side of life in Northern Ireland and the efforts of peace groups to bring reconciliation. There will be a sale of products made by Irish craftsmen, a display of books and posters, and music and slides.
St Margaret's Church, Westminster, which stands next to Westminster Abbey, is planning a week of special events from July 2 to 6 to help many of the thousands of tourists who come to the abbey. Many visitors come not simply to admire the fine building but also as pilgrims, and the project is designed to help them find a spiritual life in the abbey. St Vincent's Parish, Bramhall, Cheshire has just completed a very successful four week programme called "We the Parish". The people of the parish met once a week and discussed the memories they had of parish life. The series ended with a Mass and parish party, and according to the parish priest, Fr Denis Maher. "the event has helped to create a warm atmosphere, and involved many more people in the life of ihe parish."
An inaugural service and meeting of the North Lambeth and District Council of Churches will be held on March 19 at Christ Church and Upton Chapel at 7.30 pm. The churches which have agreed to take part are St George's Cathedral; Christ Church and Upton Chapel; the Anglican Parish of North Lambeth, Lambeth Methodist Mission; the Salvation Army Citadel; St John's Waterloo; the Emmanuel International Revival Church; St Patrick's, Cornwall Road and the Ransom Church of God Universal Fellowship.
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The Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire group of the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa has raised £1,400 for Mother Teresa's work. Most of the money came from a cheese and wine evening held in the Marist Hall, which was attended by Bishop Harris, who spoke on the spirit and work of Mother Teresa.
The Shropshire LIFE Group has just acquired the tenancy of a four bedroomed house on a Telford Development Corporation housing estate in Shropshire, it will provide accommodation for pregnant women and unsupported mothers. The group needs £1,500 to provide carpets, heating, and cooking and washing facilities, and would also be glad of offers of furniture. Details Alan Scott, Chairman of Shropshire LIFE Group. 10 Willowfield. Woodside, Telford. Shropshire.
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The Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Henderson, Auxiliary of Southwark, will take place from August 24 to September 1. Inclusive cost by sea is £137 and £169 by air. The Confederation for the . Advancement of State Education holds its annual conference at Bedford College of Higher Education oat April 21, and will discuss "Choice I n Education". Dr John RAE, headmaster of Westminster School, and Professor Gerald Fowler, MP for The Wrekin, are the speakers. Joyce Guthrie, 14 Slades Gardens, Enfield, Middlesex, will give further details.
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Mgr Michael Connelly, of the Catholic Child Welfare Council. will IN: the main speaker at the Southwark Diocesan Catholic Handicapped Children's Fellowship annual meeting on March 12 at Amigo Hall, St Goorge's Cathedral, St George's Riiod. Southwark. The meeting, which begins at 8 pm, will be prect.wied by a concelebrated Mass led by Bishop Henderson in the Cathedral at 7.30 pm. "Viva Francesco", a musical based on the early life of St Francis of Assisi will be performed at the Young Vic tomorrow at 7.45 pm. It was written by Andre Melly and Oscar Quitak, with music by Malcolm Hawkins. Tickets will cost 13 and £1.50, and proceeds will go to the International Year of the Child.
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A one-day course on "Religious Education" is to be held on Saturday, March 17, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Westminster Religious Education Centre in Kensington Square. It is for governors, teachers and all others who have responsibility for religous education in secondary schools, in eluding parents. The cost for the course. including refreshments, will be £3. Application forms are available from The Secretary. Education
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