By a Cll. Reporter Best appreciation I have heard from a non-Catholic of the true ideal of a youth club came on Sunday Irons Ms s Newell, an Anglican, who is Deputy-Organising Secretary of the National Association of Girls' Clubs. Speaking at the first session of this year's Vauxhall Youth Leaders' course, Archbishop Amigo presiding, she said: " Much invaluable work can be done by specifically Christian clubs, particularly if their members are going out as—shall we say?—nessionaries into what is, in effect, a pagan world, bearing witness to their faith by their lives at work and at home."
Though she felt that undenominational clubs are needed as well as denominational ones, because many young people will not come to the latter, she urged that even when a club is not a religious one, its leader, in order to•he successful, must be imbued with religious faith.
Miss Sewell spoke on the fundamentals of club leadership, and said that a leader's aim should be to train the young to be good members of a community larger than the club, that is, the family, the borough or town, and the country.
It was Archbishop Amigo's firm visit to the Vauxhell course, and he felt it was his duty as a diocesan Bishop to preside and thus show how much the Church valued what was being, done by Catholics in the interests of youth, He felt gratified that it was young priests who were particularly prominent in this work. " I admire you for your sacrifice in coming here on Sunday afternoons. God bless you and also these courses you are taking up," he said.
Particularly forceful were the remarks of the Rev. T. Fitzgerald, Chairman of the Westminster Catholic Youth Association, who speaking on the need of Christian doctrine being taught through the Catholic clubs, said that when people objected that " you don't need a religious basis to spiritual formation," he reminded them that "Iots of people are living to-day on the capital acquired in the last 2,000 years. Bat capital gets edien up."
A Catholic youth movement therefore, he went on, should be preservative as well as creative. " You can't pteserve semr youth unless you give them Christian doctrine," he remarked. The point was how to get Christian doctrine into a club without emptying it 1
Fr, Fitzgerald felt that one must have an Slite to give tone to the club. " All revolutions are made by minori ties—by an elite," he remarked. But first one must procure a club leader who will " mug up his stuff on Christian doctrine," said Fr. Fitzgerald. He revealed that among Catholic youth in Westminster there was a remarkably strong insistence that they be given religious instruction. " They are clamouring for discussion groups and lectures," be said.
Success of a Dartford Girls' Club •
Recent remarkable successes by the St. Agnes' Catholic Cirls' ChM, Dartford, include the attaining of first place in all sections for which the girls entered in a musical and drama festival, namely, in the girls' choirs, in the choral speaking (open to boys and girls), and in the elocution competition (open to boys and girls). In the drama festival they were opposed by eleven other clubs, all non-Catholic. and again they were placed first by the Adjudicator, the play being " Dark Betrothal," by T. B. Morris.
The girls, who are at work all day, have had only the evenings in which to practise and rehearse. The club belongs to the Dartford and District Youth Committee, a group of clubs and similar organisations cif Crayford. Dartford and the Dartford rural areas.