The extension to the Church of SS. Sebastian and Pancras, Kingsbury, Middlesex, have, with the completion of the new sanctuary, been concluded.
What was formerly the whole church is now only a small side aisle of the imposing new structure.
The Catholic population of Nottingham has increased from 60,033 to 63,678 in the year 1937-1938. Easter duties, marriages and births have ice-eased proportionately.
At St. Peter's Church, Broad Street, Birmingham, there are " twice nightly" services on Tuesday.
When the Rev, R O'Reilly, the parish priest, instituted the devotion tn Our Lady of Perpetual Succour his object was to clear the long-standing and heavy debt by the help of prayer.
He has more than succeeded. The devotions held on a Tuesday evening are now so well attended that he has been forced to a " twice nightly."
About 130 VettEil raised at a concert given in the New Regal Cinema, Loftus. by Frank E. Franks and some members of his "Dick Whittington " pantomime company from Stockton.
The proceeds are to be devoted to the renovation and improvement of St. Joseph's Church, Loftus.
Old Swan, Liverpool
Sir Gilbert Giles Scott has been appointed consulting architect, and his brother, Mr Adrian Scott, architect, totthe £12,000 extension which is to be built to St. Oswald's Church, Old Swan.
The work is to begin shortly, and will be completed in 1942, when the centenary of the opening of the church will be celebrated.
The rebuilding in the district and the completion of the Corporation tenements have rendered the extension imperative.
In the newly-constituted parish of St. Nicholas, Gipton, Leeds, Mass is said in a local hotel; but the Rev. Francis Holdwright has taken up residence at Foundry Lane, and plans are in hand for building a church in a site at the junction of Foundry Lane, Oakwood Lane, and Wykebeck Valley Lane.
The site on which the church is to be erected is nearly ten acres in extent and will provide acemmodation for schools as well as a church.
Large numbers of Catholics from Poole and Bournemouth attended the ball held recently in the Bournemouth Pavilion .1n aid of the fund for the restoration of St. Mary's, Poole, which celebrates its centenary in July this year.
St. Mary's, where the Rev. Patrick D. Leahy is parish priest, was opened in 1839. The dance was organised by K.S.C.
At a recent meeting of the Birkenhead Public Assistance Committee the institution sub-committee recommended the inclusion of £165 in the estimates for the ensuing financial year for carrying out, alterations to a committee room in Tranmere Institution to be used for Catholic worship, It was pointed out that no provision had been made for an altar.
The chairman of the main committee, Alderman A. W. Baker, mentioned that for many years the Catholic inmates had attended service in the dining room of the institution and a more unsuitable place could not be imagined.
With how great difficulty the Church does ,nove on is illustrated by the following news item: In his annual report on parish affairs from the pulpit, Fr. R. Riley, S.J., rector of St. Mary's, Lowe House, St. Helens, stated that during 1938 1500 interest on the church debt and £1,276 17s, of the capital had been paid, leaving the. debt just over £18,000. A further debt of £7,000 has to be incurred this year for the erection of a new senior school under the Hadow reorganisation scheme.
Elsecar and Hoyland, Yorks.
A former chapel at Elsecar and Hoyland, Yorkshire, surrendered for a consideration sonic years ago to the L.M.S. Railway, has been acquired for Gospel work.
The railway company seem to have made but scant use of the chapel.
Its present opening le due to an Evangelistic campaign recently conducted in the district.
The "church" has moved on.