Work in connection with the new aisle which is oeing added to the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Wunstead, Essex, in completion of the original plans, is now nearly finished. •
The war has held up operations to some extent, but Canon B. E. Booker has already announced the Feast of the immaculate Conception, December 8, as the probable opening date. In the meantime, he is endeavouring to raise sufficient money to furnish the interior of the aisle by that date.
An anonymous donor nas promised E500 if the three days' bazaar held in aid of the fund for the restoration of St. Chad's Cathedral, last week-end, realises u.00
The Administrator, the Very Rev. Canon J. Roskell, has to collect in all £5,000 for the renovations needed for the centenary celebrations in 1941. Bishop Bernard Griffin opened the bazaar on the third day, Saturday, November 25.
Holy Cross, Hucknall, Notts., where Mgr. John McNulty, Bishop of Nottingham, made a Canonical Visitation on Sunday last, celebrated on that day its Diamond Jubilee.
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of Mr W. 1'. Horspool, of Leicester. a hand-carved oaken pulpit was erected and dedicated to his ineniary In the Church ol' Jesus and Mary at Swadlincote, Burton-on-Trent. The Rev. Joseph Degon the parish priest, blessed the new pulpit, and the Rev Cyril tiorspool, son of the late Mr Horspool, preached the that sermon from it to a large congregation.
The G. K. Chesterton Memorial Church at Beaconsfield will be opened on Sunday week, December 10, the Sunday within the Octave of the Immaculate Conception. The ceremonies will begin at 11 o'clock with the blessing of the church. High Mass and Benediction will follow. Fr. Vernon Johnson will preach the special sermon.
Archbishop Amigo, Bishop of Southwark, made his visitation of St. Andrew's Church last week and congratulated the congregation on their efforts to reduce the debt. The music of the Mass was beautifully rendered by pupils of St. Dominic's School, St. Leonards-on-Sea, under the direction of Mr Albert H. Groves.
In connection with the centenary of St. Augustine's, Preston, which a to be celebrated next July, a two days sale of work was opened on Friday by the Mayor, Alderman W. E. Morris. The Mayoress also attended.
St. Leonard's, New Silksworth, Co. Durham, new church hall and institute was opened last week by I he Rev. W. J. O'Donnell, parish priest. Built almost entirely by voluntary labour, the hall is fire-proof and contains a dance floor.
Thirty-four years after leaving Staveley, Derbyshire, the Very Rev. Canon William Winder, of St. Mary the Crowned, Glossop, returned to his old parish last week to open a bazaar in aid of a repair fund for St. Joseph's Schools. In welcoming the Canon, the present parish priest, the Rev. James F. Quinn, recalled that Canon Winder, who was parish priest of Staveley from 1890 to 1905. was responsible for the first church in the parish. Over #100 was raised by the bazaar.
On November 22, the Feast of St. Cecilia, Patroness of Music, a new pipeless Compton Electrone organ was blessed and dedicated to the service of the Shrine of St. John Bosco at Shrigley Hall, the Salesian Missionary College. near Macclesfield.
The blessing was performed by Canon Kelly, of St. Alban's, Macclesfield, and Fr. S. Roffinelia, S.C., gave a recital on the new instrument after the ceremony.
Dr. T. E. Flynn, Bishop of Lancaster, opened a two-day bazaar on Friday last, held to help reduce the debt ef f8.000 on the Church and Schools of St. Wulstan, Fleetwood. The Bishop, in urging all present to do their utmost, specially commended the efforts of the Rev. J. J. Bibby, the rector.