TRADE UNION MASS
An evening Mass for Catholic delegates to this year's Trades Union Congress at Blackpool will be celebrated at 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 4, in the Sacred Heart Church, Talbot Road. Bishop Harris, auxiliary of Liverpool, will preach. Afterwards there will be a reception in the Sacred Heart School, next to the church.
Mr. E. McKie, national secretary of the Federation of Associations of Catholic Trade Unionists, which has made the arrangements, asks delegates who wish to become honorary members of the Blackpool Catholic Club to let him kpow as soon as possible. His address is 13 Durham Hill, Bromley, Kent.
A weekend school of which the theme is "The Things that Unite Us" is being held on September 3 and 4 at the Ecumenical Centre. 33 West Heath Road, Hampstead. The speakers will include Fr. Herbert Kildany, Anglican Bishop Leonard of Willesden, Mother Elizabeth Ash, and the Rev. Gordon Wakefield, Methodist. Fr. H. G. Tripp, parish priest of Our Lady Queen of Peace, East Sheen, Surrey, said last week that many parents who hoped to send their children to St. Mary Magdalen's primary school at Mortlake after the summer holidays had been disappointed. The school is "full to bursting", he said, and the local education authority had been unable to approve its extension.
HANDICAPPED PILGRIMS A film on the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust was presented by the Knights of St. Columba at Surbiton, Miss A. Heath, who had recorded a commentary, said the Trust now took 300 children with various degrees of physical and mental disability to Lourdes each year, compared with 40 ten years ago.
BACK FROM LOURDES
When the Ilexham and Newcastle diocesan pilgrimage returned from Lourdes, a special fork lift lorry was used to take crippled and sick pilgrims from the plane to the waiting ambulances. Bishop Cunningham led the pilgrimage, which numbered about 350. PUPILS GATHER round a pond at St. Francis College, Letchworth, for a first-hand lesson In science. Their school, run by the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, has just launched a building appeal for £33,000.
The funds will be used to expand the chemistry, physics and biology laboratories, redecorate common rooms and provide tennis courts. The school has 800 pupils, of all denominations.