THE MISSIONS OF BLACKWOOI) AND ABERTILLERY, MONMOUTHSHIRE.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TABLET.
SIR,-01H of the seven missions under our charge two are still destitute of chapel or school building.
At Blackwood, eight miles distant from Pontypool, the school has hitherto been held in a rented house, low and damp and very un-suitable for the purpose, but the only attainable building in the village. In the same house Mass has been said on Sundays for some years, the congregation consisting of the poorest class of Catholics, many of whom have to walk a long distance to be present there, but wet or fair, winter or summer, the poor low room with its flagged floor has always been well filled with devout worshippers. Now, however, we have had notice to quit this our shelter in the wilderness ; there is no other open to us, and we must either build a small school-chapel or leave our faithful people without Mass or Sacraments, and their children to be swept off THE STUDY OF SOCIOLOGY.
(5-) T into the Board-school and brought up as heathens. The second mission is at Abertillery, a large straggling village scattered over one of the remotest and wildest districts of the county, the inhabitants of which are proverbial, even in a mining district, for their ignorance and brutality.
Mingled here and there among the Welsh Viand English population are many Irish families whom we found fast sinking into the normal condition of degradation around them, or, as is so often the case, where no religious influence is brought to bear upon them, outdoing their neighbours in evil. In order to try and save these poor people we hired a club room adjoining a public-house, the last place we should have chosen but the only one to be had, and there the Holy Sacrifice is offered once every month and some instruction given. The incon-veniences of this arrangement are many and great, and to obviate them we are anxious to build a small chapel of the plainest and simplest kind, where at least we can be free from unholy association during the celebration of the divine mysteries, and can administer the Sacraments and instruct our people without interruption or disturbance. To ac-complish our object in these two missions a sum of at least 660o is re-quired, and to obtain this we must appeal to the charity and generosity of those to whom God has given means to help these poor sheep in the wilderness. The Good Shepherd will surely bless and reward those who assist Him in His search and care for those who are wandering far away on these distant mountains, and who for His dear sake aid us in finding for them a safe fold and green pasture.
Your readers have been very good to us in our late time of struggle and distress, the effects of which will cripple us for many months to come, and we trust they will not refuse the alms we now plead for in the name of our scattered flock.
Subscriptions may be sent to me, or to the Bishop of the Diocese, the Right Rev. Dr. Brown, Bullingham, near Hereford.—I remain, dear sir, truly yours, F. ELZEAR TORREGIANI, O.S.F. S. Alban's Monastery, Pontypool, Mon.
P.S.—I may add that our Brother Francis Gatti is duly authorised to collect alms for this object.
A CURIOUS COINCIDENCE.
To THE EDITOR OF THE TABLET.
Sin,—Fr. John Gerard, in his autobiography, published by F. Morris, speaking of Fr. Parsons' Christian Directory, says, "the heretics themselves have known how to appreciate it, as appears from a recent edition thereof published by one of their ministers, who sought to obtain the glory of so important a work." This would be written some time between 1600 and 1636. I have a book dated 1701, at the end of which is a list of " books printed for R. Sare, at Gray's-Inn Gate, in Holborn." Among such books figures—"Parsons' Christian Directory, being a treatise of holy resolution ; in two parts ; put into modern English, &c., by a divine of the Church of England." Now the words " put into modern English" show that the work meant is one of some age at that time. In 1701 Fr. Parsons' work would be about 130 years Old. If the work of 1701 be an "adaptation," either immediately or mediately from that of Fr. Parsons, the title is certainly '" adapted" most ingeniously, and might mislead many a purchaser if not read with the words following, " by a divine of the Church of England." I have not the work of 1701, but some of your readers can doubtless inform me whether there is, in what I have quoted, a mere coincidence or theft of title, or whether the whole work is a plagiarism.—Your obedient servant, INQUIRER. August r, 1875.
NEW CHURCH FOR HOMERTON.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TABLET.
SIR,—Encouraged by the favourable mention in his Eminence's Pas-toral, and the real necessity of the case, I have actually undertaken to build our new church at Homerton without further delay. Five thou-nand pounds will complete it and clear off all debt, and I promise, after that sum has been gained, to cease from importuning your readers. Out of that sum two hundred and seventy pounds have at present been pro-mised me ! I am determined, however, to go forward. If we do not build now our children will be crippled for school room, and the general progress of the mission brought to a stand-still. I cannot believe that I shall be refused the necessary help for completing a work so desirable at so small a cost. I implore therefore once again your .good Catholic readers to give me their generous aid that a work under-taken for the glory of God and of His Immaculate Mother may not be hindered any longer for want of funds.
Let me remind them, moreover, that at the feet of Our Lady's statue will be placed the names of all benefactors, for a perpetual memory, .with the certain confidence that she will abundantly repay those whohelped to build her shrine.—Believe me, your obedient servant, GEORGE AKERS.
BLESSED BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE CRECHE.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TABLET.
SIR,—May I ask you to insert the following statement in your paper, on behalf of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent of Paul, at the Creche, 4, Bulstrode-street, Manchester-square, London ?
I have to make known to kind friends, hoping to meet with the support so much required just now, a misfortune which has come upon the convent. I had no reason to suppose until lately but that the kind gifts received during the year would carry the work on comfort-ably to the end of it, but it has pleased God to send a heavy trial in the shape of an outbreak of scarlatina among the young girls of the home. 'The medical officer has advised all the usual precautions to be taken against the spread of this terrible illness. The seven or eight girls attacked with it have been sent to the hospital ; the infants are not to be admitted at the Creche for at least one month. The day school and night class were fortunately dispersed for the summer holidays before the outbreak of the disease, but the forty girls who are boarded and lodged at the home are in imminent danger unless we can carry out the sanitary suggestions of the medical officer ; these are, to clear the house of inmates for one month, to paint, paper, and whitewash all the different parts of the house, to hire a house in the country in which to establish the girls who are in health, and to purify the beqding, clothes, &c., all over the house. The convalescent girls wilt have to be separately cared for, when discharged from the holpito 1. Wall small means these precautions are all bur impossible but the diffi-culty must be met, and therefore with full confidenc hat Our Lord will inspire many to came forward to ?help us I lan. earnest appeal for timely pecuniary aid to me ' this great m' ri rtue. The expenses will be controlled as much possible, but with every view to economy this must cost money,, hope that kind friends will come forward to assist for the sake of the poor in this trial. It cannot be met by dispersing these girls to their own homes, for alas ! they are destitute. Some are orphans, some are the children of parents so poor that they could not receive them back withont endangering the health, nay perhaps the lives, of many in the crowded rooms and houses in which they live, and some arkthe children of poor parents who live at a great distance, and some kfortunately are the children of bad parents ' • in no case can these pool; children look for help or care but in the happy home afforded them by the kind and zealous Sisters of Charity. The case therefore is one of great need and great urgency, and I feel sure in making qiis appeal in behalf of the Sisters of Charity and their helpless charges that many hearts will melt, and for the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will, send small gifts for the benefit of those who are now placed in such a painful and anxious position.
Gifts, however small, will be gratefully received, and may be sent to Sister Joseph Costello, 4, Bulstrode-street, Manchester-square, London ; and to the Lady Petre, Thorndon Hall, Brentwood, Essex.
—I am, Sir, yours truly, MARY TERESA PETRE. Thorndon Hall, Brentwood, 4th August, s875.
THE MISSION TO THE BLACKS. TO THE EDITOR OF THE TABLET.
SIR,—The reply of the Very Rev. P. Benoit in your issue of the 3rd inst. accomplishes the purpose of my letter of May 27th by putting now the mission of St. Joseph's properly before us. We shall welcome with pleasure the missionaries his society shall send among us, and do all in our power to aid and encourage them and further their work.
This fiold is a large and important one, as in the city we have some-what over 14,000 negroes, and several thousands more in the copntry immediately circumjacent and in the countries adjoining.
The Rev. Fathers Wessels and Berger, of the Order of St. Benedict, have already entered upon the work among them ; the first in Savan-nah, where he has a chapel of wood, built by the negroes themselves, very comfortably and prettily furnished, and the germ of a Sisterhood consisting already of nine novices ; the latter has a chapel at the Isle of Hope, a watering-place about nine miles from the city.
The city of Savannah and the State of Georgia offer peculiar induce-ments for the basis of missions, not only to the negroes, but to the whites also, as the Catholics have already a good position in them both. In Savannah nearly one-third of the whole population is Catholic, and out of 15,000 whites we may count on nearly 7,000 of them.
Our energetic Bishop, the Right Rev. Wm. H. Gross, is building a Cathedral, 200 feet inside by 100 across in the transept, that will, when finished, cost about 300,000 dollars—say about ,Z55,000 steiling. The corner-stone was laid eighteen months ago. There is no debt on it so far, and we hope to be in it within a year. It will be the largest church building south of Philadelphia, and may be completed in five years, towers and all.
Eighteen months ago the same Bishop laid the corner-stone of Pio Nono College at Macow, in the centre of the State. In one year there-after it was opened for instruction, and now is in a flourishing progress, with sixty-four scholars.
Hence, with so many calls at home upon the limited means left by the late civil war, the Rev. Father cannot reasonably expect contribu-tions in London. But we hope the people these, and throughout Great Britain and on the Continent, will liberally sustain him and his there, and we will do our duty when his missionaries shall come among us.
The work not only has an immediate merit in Christianizing the poor blacks now living, but a prospective one, in the evangelization of Africa by negro missionaries, the result of present labours, who, better than the white man, can endure and resist its malarious diseases.
In conclusion, correcting a typographical error, permit me to sub- scribe myself,—Your obedient servant, HENRY C. WAYNE. Savannah, Georgia, July 20th, 1875.
N.B.— Spell it with a double "U" and not with a " B," or, as Mr. Weller Senior would say, with a " We."
OPENING OF THE NEW CHURCH AT HAVANT. TO THE EDITOR OF THE TABLET.
SIR,—Will you allow me to call your readers' attention to the an-nouncement of the opening of the new church at Havant, and at the same time to ask the clergy who wish to attend to bring with them cassock, surplice, and biretta?
As the number to be admitted is limited no one should put off ob-taining their tickets until the day in question. Havant is the junction of several lines of railways, and there are frequent and convenient trains during the day.—I am, truly yours, E. REARDON.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TABLET.
SIR,—Will you kindly permit me through your columns to inform our friends who are qualified for the Parliamentary franchise that their claims will be attended to by any of the Catholic Registration Societies recently established in the Metropolitan Boroughs, if application be made to the secretary of their Mission Registration Committee before the 25th inst. ?—I am, Sir, your obedient servant, HERNE MUGFORD, Organizing Registrar to the Catholic Union of Great Britain.
to, Duke-street, St. James, S.W., Aug. 4, 1875.