On Sunday last a temporary church was opened by Dr. Downey, Archbishop of Liverpool, In St. Columba's parish, Huyton Farm, Liverpool, with accommodation for 500 people. The present Catholic population of the Woolforth Heath and Longview estates, which the new church is to serve, is about 800, and it is expected to increase to 2,000 or 3,000 by the end of the year, as 1,500 houses have yet to be occupied. Plans are already being prepared for a permanent church to hold 900 people, and when this is finished the present temporary building will be used as part of an infants' school.
The new temporary Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sheepridge, was used for the first time last week, when the Rev. P. J. Russet] celebrated the opening Mass.
In future Mass Will be said daily in the new church, and there will be two Masses on Sundays and Holidays of Obligation. Mass has hitherto been said in the Church of England schools.
Mgr. Provost G. S. Knuckey, V.G,, parish priest of the English Martyrs, Preston, formally opened last week the new assembly hall attached to St. Joseph's, Preston. The Rev. H. Parker, parish priest of St. Joseph's, explained that the hall was converted from an old boiler house attached to a mill. The hall, which will seat 700, has a large stage beautifully decorated, and a maple floor,
As a memorial to the late Rev. Charles Cossins, whose obituary appeared in the CATHOLIC HERALD last week, it has been decided to complete the window behind the high altar of the Church of St. Augustine, Nottingham, which he built.
The first donations towards the memorial fund have already been received by the parish priest, Canon Parmentier.
Hyson Green, Nottingham
Mgr. J. H. McNulty, Bishop of Nottingham, opened on Wednesday last a memorial chapel to the late Provost McIlroy at St. Mary's, Hyson Green, Nottingham.
The new Church of the Most Sacred Heart, Ruislip, Middlesex, was consecrated yesterday by Mgr. Myers, Bishop Auxiliary of Westminster. On Sunday next Cardinal Hinsley will formally open the new church and preach a special sermon of thanksgiving.
The church building fund at Swadlincote, Burton-on-Trent, has now reached the figure of £900. When it reaches 11,000 the building of the new church will begin. The fund recently benefited by an excellent entertainment given in the parish hall.
Work has begun on the preparations for the centenary celebrations of St. Mary's Church, Derby, which occurs on October 9. On the centenary day there will be a Solemn High Mass at which the clergy of the diocese of Nottingham will attend.
On Sunday, October 15, Mgr. Godfrey, Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain, will sing Pontifical High Mass, and Mgr. J. H. McNulty, Bishop of Nottingham, will preach. The preparations include work on the interior and exterior of the church, on the organ and on the schools. 11,500 is needed to complete the work.
The Church of St. Edward the Confessor, in Avenue Victoria, Scarborough, celebrated last week the silver Jubilee of its opening in 1914.
The Rev. John Simon, parish priest of the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Sleaford, Lines, presided at a supper held to celebrate the golden jubilee of the church.
Among the 50 guests present was Mr Joseph Ellis, an original member of the parish, who was present at the opening of the church 50 years ago.
Negotiations are on foot for the acquisition of a site for a chapel of ease in the EaSt Grinstead parish to serve Lingfield, which at present is under the care of the Southwark Travelling Mission. The site proposed is Holly Cottage, In Vicarage Road.
Permission is being sought from the Godstone Rural District Council to erect a temporary church and hall (one building), to be replaced at a later date by a permanent church.