best to prepare young people for student life in colleges of further and higher education and how to provide pastoral care for them will be held tomorrow at Maria Fidelis School, Phoenix Road, London, NW1, starting at 10 am. The course is designed to bring together headmasters, school chaplains, religious education and career teachers, and college lecturers. Details from the Secretary. Diocese of Westminster Education Committee, 33 Wilfred Street, London, SW I.
A Russian Orthodox Liturgy is to be sung at Westminster Cathedral on November 30, at 8 pm, when Clive Wearing will conduct the Europa Singers of London and the London Concord Singers in a performance of John Tavener's "Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom", Op 32. The English version of the work was cornissioned by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, who will attend the performance together with Cardinal Hume. Tickets from the Booking Office, 42 Francis Street, London, SW1.
Fr Jim Brand will be the speaker at the Worth Abbey Day of Renewal to be held on Saturday, January 13. The day will last from I I to 4.30. There is no need to book in advance, but participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.
The pupils of St Aloysius' Junior School have raised more than £400 by their Sponsored Spelling in aid of CAFOD. A cheque for this amount was presented to Fr A. Grimshaw of CAFOD at the school on Wednesday.
A "Handwriter of the Year" competition is being launched by the Knights of St Columba to promote handwriting skills in Catholic schools and families. Prizes in the competition have been donated by the Sheaffer Pen company and John Dickinson & Company stationery department, and one of the country's leading handwriting experts, Mr Reginald Phillips, will judge the entries. A silver trophy (above) will be presented to the head teacher of the school whose pupil receives the title "Handwriter of the Year". Rules and details can be obtained from David Smith. Grand Knight KSC, 2 Fawsley Garth, Peterborough PE3 7JD, with a stamped addressed envelope.
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Third World First, a group which
exists to promote awareness of world poverty, will hold its regional con ference at University College, London, on November 25, from 10.30 to 5 pm.
The Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has produced a new leaflet for use in churches with the theme "I was hungry but you would would not feed me". The leaflet, which includes statements from the Vatican, the Anglican Lambeth Conference and the Church of Scotland, asks churchgoers to consider the effects or arms sales to countries too poor to buy much-needed medical or agricultural equipment. It is available at 75p for 100 plus 20p post from CAAT, 5 Caledonian Road, London, NI.
Schools in the Leeds diocese are invited to join in a special schools' event for Peace Sunday 1979. Entries from pupils in the 8 to 11 and 12 to 14 age groups can take the form of posters, slogans or collages; those from the 15 to 18, essays, posters or slogans. Teachers may submit a lesson plan or study unit. The theme for all entries is "To Reach Peace, Teach Peace", and the closing date for entries is February 28. Full details from Justice and Peace Commission, 232 Burley Road, Leeds 4.
Three Advent Days of Prayer have been arranged for the Coworkers of Mother Teresa in the London area. The first one will be at Damascus House on November 26 (contact Ann Wurr on 01-346 7823), the second at The Priory of Christ the King, N14 on December 10 (contact Mrs Haines on 01-449 5 804) and the third at the Catechetical Centre, Tooting Bec, SW17, also on December 10 (contact Miss .1. Powell, 20 Virginia Road, Thornton Heath).