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An anonymous non-Catholic friend has presented the Rev, Cyril Horspool, parish priest of St. Joseph's, Staveley, with a set of carved oak communion rails.
The gift. was intended to harmonise with the carved oak pulpit, Gothic in style, which was recently installed In the church.
Muswell Hill, London
£70 was raised by a bazaar held at St. Martin's Convent, Muswell Hill, towards the reduction of the large outstanding debt on the new Church of Our Lady of Muswell, which was opened recently by Cardinal Hinsley. The well-known screen actress, Miss Una O'Connor, visited the bazaar and appealed for support in a witty speech. The bazaar was organised by the parishioners; the Rev. T. B. Clayton is the parish priest.
The building fund for the new church at Crosstlats was considerably augmented by the proceeds of a very successful dance held last week by the parishioners of the Church of the Sacred Heart, Bingley, Yorks.
The new Church of St. Ambrose. Adswood, Stockport, was solemnly opened on Sunday last, January 1, by Mgr. Ambrose Moriaty, Bishop of Shrewsbury.
The new church, which has cost £10,000, and seats some 350 persons in the nave, is a striking blend of modern and traditional styles. The church level is above the road, and underneath. with separate entrances, is a spacious and well-appointed parish hall.
The new parish of St. Ambrose has been made necessary by the rehousing estate of the city of Stockport, and the first parish priest is the Rev. Andrew V. Campbell.
Deserving a mention surely in this column is the gift recently presented to Mgr. Canon John Lyons, of Corpus Christi, Weston Super Mare. which enables the pastor, if not the church, to move on much faster.
Canon Lyons, who formerly depended much on the bicycle for travelling round his parish, found himself unable to use the means of locomotion after recovering from a recent illness.
Last week, however, Colonel G. Flemming, at the Catholic Young Men's Club, on behalf of friends from all three. churches-St. Joseph's, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Corpus Christi-presented Mgr. Lyons with a 10 h.p. car.
Over £100 was raised by a Christmas Bazaar at Acton, London, to reduce the outstanding debt. on the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The Rev. John Caulfield, parish priest of Pinner, Middlesex, turned the first sod on the site of the new Church of St. John Fisher at Imperial Drive, North Harrow, which is within the present confines of the Pinner parish, on Tuesday, January 3. The new church is being erected there to meet the growing demand in this part of Middlesex for a local church. The foundation stone of the new church, which is to seat 250, will be laid on January 21