On Sunday, December 18. Mgr. Hinsley, Archbishop of Westminster, solemnly opened the new Church of S.S. Mary and Joseph, Boxmoor, Herts. The parish priest is the Rev. W. G. Wall.
Plans for the new permanent church dedicated to St. Joseph at Upminster have now been passed by the Hornchurch U.D.C. The Rev. M. J. Healy, the parish priest, is now awaiting estimates from contractors, and it is hoped that a start will be made early in the New Year,
Mgr. J. F. McNulty, Bishop of Nottingham, recently blessed and optned a new Catholic chapel in Lincoln Prison. After the blessing the Bishop gave a short address; he was assisted by Dean Peter Taylor.
Naval men have been living up to their reputation as handy men at Portland, where a number of them have been helping in their spare time to re-decorate the Church of Our Lady and St. Andrew, in the Grove.
The Rev. W. Carter, parish priest, has had a band .of voluntary workers— civilians, sailors, and soldiers—helping him to keep the interior of his church in good order, and they have made a splendid job of it. The work has taken about six weeks.
Forest Hill, London
It is only on rare occasions that the Catholics of Forest Hill, London, organise a bazaar on behalf of the funds of the church, St. William of York, Brockley Park, and it was probably for this reason that one held recently at Dalmain Road School was so well supported.
The proceeds will go towards the reduction of a debt of about £1,000 on the church, which was considerably extended some four or five years ago.
The opening ceremony was performed by Canon W. H. Monk. The Rev. N. Gillet is the parish priest.
Northampton Catholic Amateur Dramatic Society recently gave a comedy, Letitia Meets the Family, at Kettering Co-operative and Lahour Institute in aid of the building fund for the new church at Kettering. The rector of the parish of St. Edward is the Rev. F. W. Lockoyer.
£72 was the total of the gross proceeds of a two-days' bazaar held at St. Andrew's Church Hall, Thornton Heath, recently.
Proceeds will go to reduce the debt on the ball. The bazaar, which had no official opening ceremonies, was organised by the entertainments committee of the church.
Enthusiastic applause greeted the announcement, made by the Rev. P. J. Ryan, the parish priest, at the annual reunion of the Church of the Sacred Heart, Tunstall, in Tunstall Town Hall last week, that the proceeds would liquidate the remaining financial liabilities on the church and presbytery, and leave the parish entirely free of debt.
Tunstall has now to face its share of the £40,000 school to be erected at Burslem.
Alderman William Collier, J.P., of Kenyon, who was the first Grand Knight of Leigh Knights of St. Columba (Council 54), supported by Mrs Collier, opened the annual Christmas Fair, which realised over 1100, In the pariah hall of the Sacred Heart Church, Leigh.
The Rev. E. P. Hothersall, parish priest, announced that the senior school which was to be built would place another debt of £2,500 on the parish, and also on Our Lady of the Rosary and Twelve Apostles parishes.
Canon William Dennctt, rector of St. George's, Maghull, recently opened a new parish hall at Maghull, which has cost. between £2,000 and £3,000.
Canon Dennett was presented with a cheque for 120 as a donation from the parishoners to the new senior school which was being erected in Orrnskirk as part of the total of IWO which the parish of St. George's is to raise.
Of this sum £240 has already been provided.
A very successful entertainment in aid of the funds of the church at Saltburn, Yorks, given last Thursday, was attended by dignitaries of the local clergy and civic representatives, The parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Saltburn, is the Rev. C. F. Farrar.