PRAYERS will be said at St Theodore's church, Hampton, this Sunday for parishioner Martin Cross, 34, a finalist in the world rowing championships in Vienna. Mr Cross, a teacher in a local school, was a member of the gold medal-winning British rowing team which took part in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
THREE enclosed nuns who made their first professions during the last war have celebrated their golden jubilees with prayers for peace. Srs Mary McPoland, Mary Clare Smyth and Mary Paul Kelly, members of the 16-strong community of Poor Clares in Darlington, Co Durham, renewed their vows at a recent mass of thanksgiving.
JOHN Shortt is to be the new Director of Stapleford House, the Association of Christian Teachers (ACT) conference and training centre in Nottinghamshire. Born and raised in Ireland, he has been a housemaster and maths teacher at Aylesbury Grammar School for the past 15 years.
CATHOLICS in Bar Hill, Cambridgeshire, have united with five other Christian denominations to build a new church and community centre. Nearly £60,000 has already been raised towards its cost, and a large crowd turned out recently to watch a cross being fixed to the bell tower.
THE Guild of Church Musicians is to revise the Archbishop's Certificate in church Music, responsibility for running of which was entrusted to the guild by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1961. Until 1987, only Anglicans were eligible to take the certificate, but the guild marked its 1988 centenary by opening its membership to Christians of all denominations.
VISION TV, the only Christian TV channel licensed by the new Independent Television Commission, has begun broadcasting on 2 new cable channels — Gateshead, Tyne and Wear and Norwich.
TV AM religious editor Rowanne Pasco has won a top award in America for her book Faith Alive, a popular presentation of Christianity. "I am absolutely delighted with this award," she said. "Faith Alive is now published .n six countries. This shows there is a growing interest in understanding religion."
THE Midland Bank have asked us to point out that they no longer own Northern Bank in Northern Ireland, which is the subject of a boycott by a Catholic campaign group (Catholic Herald, August 16).