ONGRATULATIONS on your 'agreed in principle not to limit leader "Church and Housing". the thffiking of Brentwood Diocesan Branch Committee of the Catholic Social Guild has much in common with your approach.
Discussion groups at our midOctober study day on THE MESSAGE OF POPE JOHN revealed that the No. 1 problem in our diocese was housing. Since then our committee have been actively considering how best to deal with thie situation.
It did not take us long to reach the conclusion that we knew very little about it. Accordingly. and especially in view of Pope Johe's suggestion in Mater et Magistra that the reduction of social principles into practice requires, first, a knowledge of the concrete situation (para. 236). we have draw mup a questionnaire for completion by diocesan societies. The problem and its solution appears to be dependent, basically, on the answers to three questions:
(I) Who are the people who need help and. what kind of help is needed? (2) Who arc the people who can and will provide the help?
1.3) What sort of organisation is needed to bring these two groups together?
The questionnaire is intended to supply the answer to (I). Experts (including the Catholic Housing Aid Society) are being and will be consulted on (2) and (3).
Our committee have already
help or helpers to Catholics. We are particularly glad, therefore. to read your suggestion of interChurch collaboration in this field.
Meetings have, and arc being arranged in various parts of the diocese to discuss the local housing situation and possible solutions. The first of these will be at St. Bernard's Convent. Westeliff-onSea, on Sunday, 12th January, 1964.
Frank Dineen, Secretary.
St. Cieorge's College, Wcybridge, is to celebrate the centenary of, its foundation in 1969. To mark the event, a Centenary Development Fund has been launched. its target is £100.000. Its object includes: new art and music schools, a new gymnasium. a new library, the reconstruction of the present assembly hall. Brochures have already been sent to the present parents. old boys and many friends of St. George's. But I would be glad if you would draw attention to this appeal so that those who have not been notified can contact the Headmaster, St. George's College, Weybridge.
Brian Murtough St. Atibyns, Woburn Hill, Weybridge, Surrey.