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tion of coming over to Protest- Worcestershire, M.
49 The number of the Priests offi
ciating at the above Chapels, is GREAT BRITAIN.
about 425. It appears from the “Laity's We subjoin a list of the Chapels Directory” for 1827, published in Lancashire. by Keating and Brown " with the Alston Lane, Preston. Authority of the Vicars Apostolic
Appleton, Warrington, in England,” that there are in
Ashton-in-the-Willows, Wigan. Great Britain 403 Roman Catholic
Ashton, Under-line. Chapels. Of these there are only
Aughton, Ormskirk. 4 in Wales, and but two in Scot
Bedford Leigh, Warrington. land. The English Chapels are
Birchley Hall, Wigan. classed as follows:
Blackbrook, St. Helen's, Prescot. [The Districts in which the Coun
Blackburn. ties are situated, are thus desig
Bollon-le-Moors. nated: L. for London, M. For
Brindle, Preston. Midland, N. for Northern, w. for
Bruin, Wigan. Western.]
Brown Edge, Preston.
Chapels. Burscough Hall, Ormskirk. London and the Vicinity ..25
Clayton Green, Preston. Berks, L.
Clitheroe. Bucks, L.
Cottam, Preston. Cambridgeshire, M.
Croston, Chorley. Cheshire, N.
7 Crosby, Liverpool. Cornwall, W.
2 Crosby Marsh, Ditto. Cumberland, N.
4 Euxton, Chorley. Derbyshire, M.
8 Fernyhalgh, Preston, Devonshire, w.
8 Formby, Liverpool. Dorsetshire, w.
Garstang: Durham, N.
15 Garswood, Warrington. Essex, L.
Gillmoss, Liverpool. Gloucestershire, w.
Goosnargh, Preston. Hants, L.
14 Great Eccleston, Ditto. Herts, L.
1 Hindley, Wigan. Herefordshire, W. 4 Hornby, Lancaster, Kent, L.
6 Ince Blundell, Liverpool. Lancashire, N.
81 Lancaster. Leicestershire, M.
7 Lea, Preston. Lincolnshire, M.
12 Lea House, Ditto. Monmouthsbire, W. 5
Leagrim, Chipping, Ditto, Norfolk, M.
Liverpool, St. Edinund's. Notts, M.
St. Nicholas's Norths, M.
St. Mary's. Northumberland, N. 20
St. Anthony's. Oxon, M.
St. Patrick's. Shropshire, M.
8 Lydiate, Ormskirk. Somersetshire, W.
8 Lytham, Kirkham. Staffordshire, M.
Manchester, St. Augustine's. Suffolk, M.
St. Mary's. Surry, L.
Rook-street Chapel Sussex, L.
7 Netherton, Liverpool. Warwickshire, M. 12 New House, Preston. Westmoreland, N.
Ormskirk. Wilts, W.
3 Orrell Mount, Wigan.
Pleasington, Blackburn. two Sundays every year, for the Portico, Prescot.
Benefactors of this Chapel, and Poulton-in-the-Fylde, Preston. likewise four masses in the year Preston, 2 Chapels.
for all who lie in the buryingStid Lodge, Ribchester.
ground belonging to it.” Rochdale cum Bury.
Stratford, Essex, S. S. Patrick Scorton, Garstang.
and Vincent de Paul. To this Southbank, Samlesbury, Preston. Chapel there are two large Schools, Scarisbrick Hall, Orinskirk. in which the children of the congreSerenus Place, Orrell, Wigan. gation, that is, of 3000 poor Irish, South Hill, Chorley.
receive education and clothing.” Southerorth Hall, Warrington. "East-Lane, Bermondsey. There Standish Hall, Wigan.
are here near 5000 Catholics, alStonyhurst, Blackburn.
most all Irish labourers and me. St. Helen's, Prescot,
chanics,--However consoling to Thurnham, Lancaster.
the managers of these Schools, Toroneley, Burnley,
(the Schools of the congregation) Trafford Hall, Manchester. the reflection that they have done Ulverston.
so much good, yet it grieves them Weld Bank, Chorley.
to see nearly Soo Children deprived Westby Hall, Kirkham,
of Catholic Instruction, some of Wigan, St. John's,
whom go to Protestant and other St. Mary's.
dissenting schools, to the maniWilloros, Kirkham.
fest danger of being perverted Woolston, Warrington.
in their religion: there are others Woolton, Liverpool.
in worklouses, who are compelled Wrightington Hall, Warrington. to learn the Protestant catechism, Warrington.
and attend that form of worship Yealand, Burton-in-Kendal.
every Sunday, or be excluded al
together; whilst many who freThe following notices from the quent no school, must of necessity Directory may be new and inter- continue in ignorance of their duty esting to some of our readers. towards God and to man. The
London Road, St. George's Catholic public are respectfully Fields. The Chaplains of this solicited to support and patronise Chapel are obliged to attend at these charities, so deserving of Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospitals; public attention. Charity covereth the King's Bench, the Surrey, Mar- a multitude of sins." shalsea, and the Clink prisons; at Northampton and Weedon.many large Workhouses, and upon The late Rev. Vicar Ap. on surveya congregation consisting of about
ing the wants of the Midland Dis7000 persons.”
trict, found no part of his exten. “Hampstead, St. Mary's, Holly sive charge so destitute of places Place. This Chapel was solemnly of worship, as that which extends blessed, under the invocation and to the East of Warwick, through in Honour of the Blessed Virgin Northamptonshire, onward to the Mary, by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Poynter, Coast: and accordingly he judged on Saturday 17th Augt. 1816, and it essential to the interests of reli. opened by a solemn High Mass, gion, to establish a regular mission on the day following, being the at Northampton.—The number of Sunday within the Octave of the Catholics in that town, their disAssumption of the B. V. M. who tance from a Catholic Chapel, is known in ancient times, to have (about 14 miles,) and that Chapel been the patroness of this place. not in the district, and not a public -God be praised.”
one; the Vicinity of Weedon Bar. “New Chapel, Wade-Street, racks, where there are sometimes Poplar. A.B. The Rev. B. Barber stationed 300 Irish Catholic sol. engages to offer up the Masses of diers, who at the distance of 20
miles from any Chapel, find themselves in a state of complete spiritual destitution: the fact 100, that there is not a single public Chapel in the whole country, are considerations which appear amply to justify the general measure, as well as the preference in particular of the town of Northampton."
“ Bloruich, near Walsall, Staffordshire.-N. B. At this Chapel there is a society for the dead, with a perpetual obligation Mass each month for the members of the society, established with the approbation of the Vicar Apostolic of the Midland District. For particulars apply to the Chaplain at the Chapel."
“Walsall, St. Mary's Chapel. This Chapel, which was formerly an Assembly-room, was hired by the Catholics of this town as a resource. In consequence of the very great increase of the congregation, of which the far greater proportion are converts, it has been found necessary to erect a new Chapel, with a house for the pastor. - The Reverend pastor and his flock take this opportunity of returning their most grateful thanks for the very liberal contributions which they have receiv. ed, and of assuring their benefactors, that they will be constantly remembered at the holy Altar, as well as in their private devotions. At the same time they humbly solicit the charitable donations of their Catholic Brethren, considerable sum is yet wanted, to complete an undertaking begun solely for the glory of Almighty God and the propagation of the true faith."
'Leamington Priors. Warwickshire. The Chaplain has been nearly five years in Leamington, labouring to found a Chapel, during which time the congregation, both resident and visiting, have encreased to more than double the number.-A Mass is offered up on every Thursday at 8 o'Clock in the morning, for the benefactors of the Chapel both living and dead."
6CRIPTURE READERS' SOCIETY.
In the year 1822 a Meeting was held in Dublin, at the suggestion of an individual, whose mind had been deeply impressed with the necessity of using further exertions than had been before attempted, for improving the moral condition of the Irish peasantry.
At that Meeting the following resolution was unanimously adopted, which has been the basis of all the subsequent proceedings of this Society:
“Resolved-That further measures than any which have yet been adopted appear desirable, with a view to introduce the knowledge and practice of the Christian Reli. gion amongst the peasantry of Ireland, of the absence of which the recent occurrences in the South afford so melancholy a proof.”
At the same Meeting, a committee was appointed to devise and carry into execution, the best means for effectuating the object of the above resolution. The individuals so appointed, together with those since added, were as follow :
EARL OF RODEN, EARL OF GOSFORD, VISCOUNT POWERSCOURT, VISCOUNT LORTON, RT. HON. ST. GEORGE DALY, HON. JUDGE JOHNSON, HON. JUDGE VANDELEUR, Hon. & REV. EDW. WINGFIELD, HON. JAMES HEWITT, MR. SERJEANT LEFROY, REV. DR. TRUELL, REV. DR. SINGER, F. T.C.D. REV. JOHN BEASLEY, REV. DENNIS BROWNE, REV. JOHN DARBY, REV. JAMES DUNN, REV. GORMAN GREGG, REV. HENRY IRWIN, JOHN BELLETT, WM. BROOKE, ARTHUR GUINNESS, BENJAMIN GUINNESS, JOHN DAVID LATOUCHE, JAMES W. J. LENDRICK, HENRY J. MONCK MASON, THOMAS PARNELL, JOHN SMITH,
JOHN SYNGE, and
From these a Managing Committee was selected, to whose control a sum of nearly £4,000, then raised by subscription, was trusted, and who have since conducted the business of the Institution.
The committee determined to confine their exertions to the single object of employing pious men, of humble rank and approved character and competency, to read the Scriptures among the poor, from house to house ; each reader to labor within an assigned district, and to be placed under the controul of a local superintendent, to whom the committee could confide this important trust.”
We regret that our limits will not allow us to insert the rules referred to, and which form a principal part of the statement.
"Two principles will be found to pervade the rules upon which the committee have invariably acted: -Ist, To permit no book to be used in their service except the Holy Scriptures; and 2dlv, To appoint no person to the oilice of reader, however distinguished by their natural abilities, by knowledge of the letter of the Bible, by controversial skill, by persecutions suffered for the name of religion, or by any other recommend. ation, unless, upon careful enquiry into his life and habits, and a strict personal examination, they have reason to be satisfied that he is vitally influenced by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. To their in. flexible adherence to these principles, during nearly five years, the committee attribute, under God, their great success; and to these they are resolved to adhere, however tempted by the prospect of the more extended and rapid effects which might be expected to result from a less strict and exclusive system.
The committee have abstained from any appeal to the public, while their plan might be considered as a mere experiment, and
so long as the funds placed in their hands were adequate to meet the increasing expenses of the Institution.
But now, when those funds are reduced to little more than one year's probable expenditure, and, when each successive week supplies new evidence of the efficacy of their plan-now, when the call for readers is urged upon them from every part of the country, and they are invited to enlarge the field of their operations to an extent which would require no ordinary means for its due cultivation; the committee feel that they owe it to the numbers in Great Britain and Ireland, who are ready to aid and encourage thein-and to the far greater numbers in Ireland, who are, as “a people, prepared for the Lord,” ready to receive the joyful sound of the Gospel, to come forward, and with humble gratitude make known the principles on which they have acted, and the success with which they have been blessed.
The average expense of each reader, including salary and inci. dental expenses, amounts to thirty-five pounds a year. In several instances, funds have been contributed by individuals, to support readers in particular specified districts; in which case, the committee have felt themselves bound, in the local appointment of readcrs, to give a preference to such places. The general income of the Institution (which has arisen exclusively from the contributions of private individuals) has been employed to maintain read. ers in other parts of Ireland,
The committee have expended, in prosecution of their object, considerably inore than the sum originally subscribed; and the future existence of the Institution must depend upon the Christian bene. volence of the friends of religion.
Subscriptions and donations are therefore earnestly solicited, and will be received by any of the members of the committee, or by the Assistant Secretary, or at the
Bank of the Treasurers, Messrs. took place at the commencement Latouche, & Co.
of the Scripture Readers' Society : (Signed by Order.)
-Shortly after its commencement, EDWARD CRONIN, Mr. _-, of A--, applied for a
Assistant Secretary." Scripture Reader to be sent to his Scripture Readers' Committee House, 13, parish His wish was instantly
Lower Pembroke-street, Feb. 16, 1827." complied with, and a reader came. We have great pleasure in giv- Directly this was known to the ing insertion to the above “State- Roman Catholic priést; he warned ment,” which we have lately re- his people, from the altar, not to ceived from a valued correspond- have any thing to do with this ent, the Rev. W. Carus Wilson,
He also selected from who acts as Secretary and Trea- among his congregation a man burer to the Scripture Readers' named Q_-n, a very shrewd and Society for the North West of intelligent person, and a staunch England. Several towns, it ap- and rigid Romanist. For three pears, and private individuals in long years Q-n opposed the England are undertaking to sup- readers, whoever of thein happort a reader who is named after pened to be at A- ; but be Isis supporters, and will regularly hold the power of God! One remit to them his Journals. Thus, morning, on coming to the conthere is the Bristol, the Bath, the test, he said—“I have done. For Lonsdale, the Kilvington reader. these last three months I have Our Friend suggests whether it fought against my conviction. I might not be practicable to raise was constrained to search the support for a reader in our neigh. Scriptures to answer, and, as I bourhood, begging us to remitto vainly supposed, to refute your him what sums we may be able to arguments; and in that Volume I raise, either for this purpose, or have learned that my own princifor the general purposes of the ples are built on sand. The deSociety. We can only express fection of the champion was known our readiness to receive any dona- very soon to the priest; and when tions which may be forwarded to at last, after many struggles, he our publishers at Preston, and joined avowedly ihe Church of shall truly rejoice if we can in any England, he was denounced froin way aid the exertions of a Society the altar. The next week twelve which, as our correspondent states, of the congregation questioned
has, under the divine blessing, him (Q--1) on his conduct, and been one of the principal ineans of he stated his reasons fairly and awakening that spirit of inquiry candidly. The consequence was, wbich is now so happily prevalent that the next Sunday those twelve in Ireland.” We subjoin the fol- men also left ; and I saw a letter lowing as a specimen, and shall the other day from Mr. M—be glad from time to time to give Mr. G--, in which he says, that publicity to other facts connected these thirteen, the first fruits, with the progress of the Reform- are now increased to upwards of a ation.—“A singular circumstance hundred.”
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS, &c.
"D." on “the Divine Prerogative," will appear in our next, and we beg a continu.
ance of his favors. We have received the Circular to which our correspondent refers, and hope to make
use of it in our next. We regret that the parcel has not arrived, containing the second Letter on the pro.
per spirit of Controversy." We hope it may reach us in time for our third number. We may possibly feel it our duty to take some notice of Mr. Halley's relapse, and of
" the Act of Contrilion," in a future number. The first of a series of Provincial Letters to Roman Catholics, is received. No. 1,
addressed to the Rev. Mr. Sharples of Blackburn, will be inserted in our next. We thank St. Dominic for his literary notice, of which he will see we have been able to
avail ourselves, and we shall feel obliged for any future communication.