Dioceses issue instructions B'SHOPS and priests in England and Wales are responding to the Pope's call for the observing of a special novena this year in preparation for the Feast of Our. Lady's Assumption on August 15. The Holy Father, in his recent Encyclical, called for prayer to enlist the powerful help of Mary in the face of new dangers which threaten the Church and the peace of peoples.
The novena will start on Wednesday, August 6.
Here is what has been arranged in some of the dioceses: WESTMINSTER: Permissiop is given to priests to celebrate evening Mass daily during the novena, or to give Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
BRENTWOOD: The collect pro puce to be said at Mass: the Metnorare after the Leonine prayers. Exposition daily, or evening Mass if practicable. BIRMINGHAM: Permission lor daily evening Mass, with Exposition on Sunday. August 10.
CARDIFF: Daily evening devotions with the recitation of the Rosary: evening Mass on the Feast itself; the collect pro pace daily during the novena, and the Mentorare after Mass.
HEXHAM AND NEWCASTLE: Special permission for daily Bene• diction. People in this diocese arc being asked to go to Mass daily and to receive Holy Communion for the Pope's intention.
MENEVIA: Priests are being asked to make their own arrangements. and they are permitted to celebrate evening Mate. if practicable.
SHREWSBURY: This Sunday. August 3, people will not receive the usual instruction. but will 11,. reminded (says the Bishop's tettei to his clergy) " of the powerful intercession of the Mother of God throughout history, and be urged to attend the novena "; there will be daily evening Mass: the Collect pro pace will be recited during the Mass daily; there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in all churches on Sunday. August 10.
In many of the other dioceses the Bishops are sending letters to the clergy asking for their cooperation in the observance of this special novena.
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morning" and also suggested that viewers might "have a party in their home. have a few sandwiches, let people watch television. discuss the religious programme afterwards."
Mr. Tom Singleton reports that A.B.C. have received hundreds of letters in response to the distribution of the booklet. Many of them make suggestions for the improvement of religious television. Some have come from Catholic discussion groups who promise to send in their findings.
Nonconformist ministers in par ticular have taken up the sugeest ion made by Mr. Moore ad have written asking how they may be trained and who will teach them television techniques. A.B.C. will shortly discuss what action should be taken in response to this.
The largest number of replies have come from nonconformists Catholics come second and Anglicans a poor third.
Letters have also come from industrial enterprises who received the booklet, For example. the managing director of a steel works asked to he kept informed of future plans.
Fr. Michael Hollings welcomed A.B.C.'s initiatilSe when 1 discussed it with him. In the Network Three "Christian Outlook" programme of July 2. he had outlined Miranda Prorrus, the Holy Father's encyclical on the cinema, sound broadcasting and television.
Fr. Hollings particularly directed my Attention to the televised Mass which will come from St. James's School on the morning of August 3.
This will come fsom the school hall which. though empty when the programme begins. will be set up specially for television purpOses by the children. in front of the cameras. They will bring in and assemble the altar which they have made themselves. The children will sing the opening psalm in English, two boys will read the Epistle and Gospel. During Communion the children will sing "The Lord is my Shepherd" in the Cielincau version.
More than 100 children will come back from their holidays that Bank Holiday week-end in order to take
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many viewers would write and give their views on this experimental transmission of the Mass. A.T.V., who are responsible for it. are interested to have viewers' re acTtiohnes.
Reverend P. E. MortonGeorge. Chairman of the Methodists' television committee., told me that this "body had been set up at the 1957 Methodist Conference. The committee submitted its first report to the conference held a few weeks ago.
The report. which urged that the opportunities provided by television should be used in the service of religion in every possible way, was unanimously adopted by conference. It recommended the use of television in evening services and also the training of candidates in the ministry in television techniques. Mirandaues. Prorsus the Holy Father advocated the establishing of .training centres and courses of study and exalted those Catholics who are well qualified to turn their attention "to this new form of art." "The priest." he said. "must learn to make a proper use of these modern aids when this is demanded of him by the nature of the ministry entrusted to him on the prudent iudwrient of 'Ecclesiastical Author