Fifty handicapped boys desperately need accommodation with meals provided for a two-week holiday in August. Any schools, communities, etc, preferably in the Midlands where such facilities might be available should contact Mr Eric Faux, chairman of the Birmingham Diocesan Catholic Handicapped Children's Fellowship, 14 Weston Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B19. The holiday is essential to give the children's parents a break. Mr Faux says.
Fr Gerry Hughes, Si, Fr Patrick Purnell, SJ, and Bro Alan Harrison, SJ, are among nine Jesuits who will be guiding retreats using the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius in July and August at St Benno's, St Asaph, Clwyd, North Wales. Information about the retreats can be had from the Retreat Secretary, at that address.
Dr Jack Dominian, head of the Marriage Research Centre at the Central Middlesex Hospital, will be questioned about sexuality by Canon Douglas Rhymes at a lunch-time dialogue in Southwark Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday, February 14. "Ehree unorthodox ways of understanding Jesus will be examined in "Who Do Men Say That I Am?", the title of the 1979 series of Worth Lectures. Rabbi Lionel Blue, a Jewish scholar, will talk on "Jesus: Jew, not Christian", on January 12; Prof David McLellan, an expert on Marx. on "Jesus and Marxism" on February 9; and Ronald Eyre, a BBC producer, on "The Long Search for Jesus (Without a Church?)" on March 9. The lectures are at Worth Abbey, Crawley, Sussex, which can provide full details. Anyone wishing to go to a Euroforum for youth leaders in Oberwesel, West Germany, from May 24-27 should contact the Catholic Youth Service Council immediately since there are no more than 15 places available for young leaders aged 18-30. No programme details are available yet, but previous conferences have been very successful. Write to CYC, 41 Cromwell goad, London, SW7. Bishop James O'Brien, Bishop in Hertfordshire, Dr Eric Kemp, Analican Bishop of Chichester. and Dr Kenneth Greet, secretary of the Methodist Conference, will take part in an Epiphany Service at 6 pot tonight at Wesley's Chapel, London. The service has been organised by the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Bishop Geoffrey Burke, Auxiliary Bishop of Salford, will celebrate Mass and preach in Salford Cathedral, at 7.30 on Tuesday night to mark the start of Thirty Days of Prayer for Peace in Northern Ireland. Parishes in the diocese will also be holding services for justice and peace on the same day and other Churches are also observing the period.
Fr Dennis Corbishley, secretary of the Ecumenical Commission, will preach at a Service for Christian Unity at the Salvation Army Citadel, next to St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham, on January 22, at 8 pm. The service is the central act of worship planned for the city in the Week of Christian Unity.
Kolaliah is the name of a Christian Youth Singing Group which is very happy to perform at events at local churches in the Midlands. Contact Carol Hartwell, 11 Harvington Walk, Rowley Regis, Warley, West Midlands. * * * Anyone in the Birmingham area who wants posters, leaflets, church magazines or letterheads printed at a reasonable price and who likes a personal service could do worse thanb go to Centreprint. It is a nonprofit making firm sponsored by the Anglican diocese and works from Kent House, Kent Street, Birmingham.
A Maundy Thursday Youth *Valk will start from St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, and travel round the city centre churches on April 12. It starts at 2.30 pm.
The Birmingham Council of Christian Education has organised a workshop for those working with children in the Church. It will take place at Central Hall, Corporation Street, on January 27, front 10.30 to 3.30, and will include sessions on music. drama, story telling, model making, audio-visual aids and the use of scrap materials. The fee is 50p. Full detrails from the BCCE, 7 Carrs Lane, Birmingham.
A conference on "The Christian's Vocation to be Just" will take place on March 2-3 at the Fr Bernard Delany Ecumenical Centre, Eroddle Crook, Armathwaite, Cumbria. It will be led by Fr Oliver McTernon, a London priest; Dr Van den Dungen, of the Peace Department of Bradford University, and David Nugent, a member of the community.
Bishop Colin Winter, Anglican Bishop-in-exile of Damaraland, Namibia, will speak about the liberation struggle in Namibia at Kingsway Hall, Kingsway, London, WC2, on Friday, January 19, at 8 pm.
Christian Socialism will be the theme of a meeting organised by the Christian Socialist Movement to he held at St Matthew's Church Hall, St Mary's Road, Southampton, on January 19 at 7.30 pm. The Rev David Mason, a Methodist Minister and prospective Labour Parliamentary candidate for Reading North, will be among the speakers.
More than 15,000 copies of the British Council of Churches new publication, "Vision", have been distributed to each church affiliated to local councils of churches throughout the country. Details of the new publication from Michael Meech, 125 Meadowview Road, West Ewell. Epsom.
A series of short courses covering such topics as the European Community in the world today and "making life sacramental" have been organised by Woodbrooke, the Quaker Foundation. Details from Chris Lawson, Tutor for Short Courses, Woodbroke Extra Mural Services, 1046 Bristol Road, Birmingham.
The sixth-formers of Heathfield House Girls' High School, Cardiff, have raised £300 since October for their Lourdes fund. The money will be used to subsidise six of the girls going to Lourdes as helpers -three with the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage at Easter and three with the Welsh National Pilgrimage in May. Hubert J. Richards, a biblical scholar and writer of many popular Gospel songs, will be the speaker at a study day organised by the Catholic Renewal Movement for Saturday, January 27, at St Aloysius Church, Phoenix Road, Somers Town, London, NW1. The theme will be "The Church We Must Become." Cost is £1.50, and details are available from Mrs Norah Sidford, 57 Holden Road, North Finchley, London, N12.
The Young Men's Christian Association is running a course on "The Youth Worker as Trainer", an in-service course for fult-time workers involved in trainine others for leadership, at Wimmeoon YMCA between April 2 and 6. Fee £35. Details from YMCA National College, 642 Forest Road, London, El 7,
Kitchen staff at St Anthony's School, Middlesbrough, raised £702 during the past year through pay deductions, coffee evenings and fairs for the Cleveland scanner machine fund.
A Pilgrim's Alphabet, giving down-to-earth advice on the spiritual life, has been produced by the Church of England's Children's Society. It has been warmly coin mended by Dr Stuart Blanch, Arch
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A course on "Working with Small Groups", organised by The Grail, will take place at Waxwall Farm house, Pinner, Middlesex, from February 23 25. Information from The Grail at that address.