The Roman saint whom the Church honours as St. Philomena, and whose tomb was discovered in the Catacomb of Priscilla in the year 1802, is held in special veneration at St. Luke's, Pinner, where she has a shrine and whence her relics are carried, every year, in a procession which attracts much interest.
Last Sunday, when the fifth annual procession took place, beautiful weather favoured the processionists, several thousands in all. Again the preacher was Fr. C. C. Martindale, S.J., by now a familiar figure to Pinner's inhabitants. Father Martindale also carried the relic in the procession, in which a large contingent of members of the Grail, with their handsome standards, formed one of the most pictur esque features. Many Sisters of Charity and other religious assisted at the Benedic tion service, in the convent grounds, with which the afternoon's devotions closed.
The shrine at Pinner was founded by the late Mr, Joseph O'Malley Moore, of Dublin, in whose memory " Moore House " is to form a Catholic centre adjoining the church grounds. On Sunday this house was blessed by a Franciscan priest from Dublin, Fr, Augustine, O.M.Cap. Other clergy assisting in the pilgrimage included, besides Fr. Martindale, the parish priest, the Rev. John Caulfield: the Rev. John Mulcahy Marvin Park), and the Rev. Mathew Lypch (Uxbridge).
In the High Street a halt was made out side a group of shops. There, as the accompanying photograph shows, Fr. Martindale delivered his sermon to a crowded and attentive congregation. His address dealt with the martyrdom of St. Philomena.I A microphone enabled his words to rdach the outskirts of the crowd.