Front a Special Correspondent In spite of the bad weather a congregation of some hundred Catholics attended the stone-laying ceremony by Mgr. Youens, Bishop of Northampton, of the new church at Kettering last week.
The new church, which is being built at a cost of £7,000 to seat 380 people, is situated on a site next to the old church which it will replace. It is expected to be ready for use by the New Year.
In his address after the laying of the stone Mgr. Youens expressed his joy at laying the foundation stone of a new church. :le was always glad to see progress, and this church marked a great progress in that the old one had become far too small for their growing needs. The parish priest, the Rev. William H. Hunting, would have to shoulder a great burden and make many sacrifices, and the Bishop called on the people of Kettering to help him.
WELCOMED BY NON-CATHOLICS
He was glad that the non-Catholics of Kettering regarded the building of this church as a very good thing.
The officiating clergy were :
The Rev. .7. Rudderhatu, Peterborough (deacon), the Rev. G Langley, Kettering (subdeacon), the Rev. W. II. Hunting, Kettering (M.C.), the Rev. W. Burrows, Swaftham, and the Rev. A. Brewer, Fakenhatn (cantors).
Other clergy present were Mgr. Tanks, the Very Rev. Canon Cosser (Wellingborough), the Very Rev. Fr. Henry St. John (Laxton), the Rev. J. Gaffney (Northampton), the Rev. R. Si, Underwood (Corby), the Rev. P. Thomas (Dm:entry), the Rev. I. Goodwin (Market Harborough). the Rev. A. Mullett (Great Billing), the Rev. A. A. Tomlinson (Huntingdon), the Rev. E. 11. Stokes (King's Lynn), the Rev. E. Payne (Peterborough), the Rev. E. O'GOrman (Rushden).
the Rev. J. Ketterer (18'yrnondharn) and the Rev. II, J. Macklin (Kettering).