THE CATHOLIC CHILDREN'S
Society (Westminster) received a £10,000 grant last month through the Coppings and Lord Ashdown Trust to finance a playgroup for 20 Bosnian children in a B & B hotel in Maida Vale for the forthcoming year.
THE LEPROSY MISSION may expand its work in China thanks to a £10,000 grant from a Hong Kong-based philanthropist, it was announced this week. The grant will go towards an evaluation study, to be completed by the end of the year, which will determine how much work the charity must undertake in the country.
Family support MORE THAN 20 Church leaders from the Catholic dioce
ses of Brugge and Nottingham and the Anglican diocese of Lincoln issued an appeal last weekend for more support to be given to families in a society that faces the "tremendous social and economic pressures" of today. The statement was released at the end of a threeday "Bishops' Consultation 94" held in Nottingham on 3-5 June.
LORD CRAIGMYLE, THE Scottish Peer who heads the Knights of Malta, will preside over the Catholic Union annual Garden Party on 11 June at Fawley Court, the Retreat Centre of the Polish Marian Fathers in Henleyon-Thames. Present at the event will be Philip Daniel for the Issues Committee and Dr Ian Jessiman for the Guild of Catholic Doctors.
THE SALFORD DIOCESE HAS held a special day to examine the role of lay people in the Church today. Bishop Patrick Kelly was on hand during the 4 June event, which attracted more than 200 people from the 210 parishes and 16 deaneries that make up the diocese. A report on the conference will be prepared for distribution to parishes and organisations as part of the second stage of the consultation.
MORE THAN 1,000 people will join Bishop Alan Clark of East Anglia on his last diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, on 12 June. The day will start at noon with the Angelus and will include a procession from the village to the Slipper Chapel.