Challenge to care
ACTRESS Thora Hird issued a "challenge to care" this week at the launch of the National Childrens Home fundraising fortnight. "We should never forget that our children are our future and they deserve the best," she said. "People in the church have always been very generous to NCH and we are hoping that this year will be no exception."
SPEAKING at the funeral of the latest victim of tit-for-tat sectarian murders in Northern Ireland, Mgr Thomas Bartley this week appealed for an end to "this barbarous campaign of senseless bloodletting". Representing the local bishop at the funeral of Kevin Flood at St Vincent de Paul Church, Ligoniel, Mgr Bartley said that the current campaign of murder " achieves nothing but plunges more and more families into grief. We have had more than enough of this headlong descent to barbarism".
RETIRING local NIP Sir Patrick Duffy was joined by Bishop Gerald Moverley of Hallam, and MPs Joe Ashton, Kevin McNamara, Geoffrey Lofthouse at a mass of thanksgiving for his years in the Commons on Thursday at St Joseph's Church, Handsworth, Sheffield. Catholic MP Sir Patrick has represented the Attercliffe division of Sheffield and is to stand down at the next general election, ST EDMUND'S parish at Beckenham in Kent celebrated its second ordination in as many months last Saturday when parishioner Gary Dyer received the sacrament of holy orders from Bishop Charles Henderson, auxiliary in Southwark. At the end of July the bishop had been at St Edmund's to ordain another local man, Martin Edwards who has now started work in a Tunbridge Wells parish.
SOME 45 per cent of married people under 35 questioned in a Reader's Digest survey on the family, published today, lived together before marriage. The poll reveals that only 20 per cent agree that a woman's place is in the home compared with 35 per cent in a similar survey carried out in 1982.
PUPILS at La Retraite High School in Balham, south London, have raised £1000 for the Body Shop's Romanian Appeal through a day of sponsored activities.
THE Knights of St Colomba have organised a conference for young Catholics at Westminster Cathedral which is taking place on Sunday. Cardinal Hume will attend the meeting.