New Zealand Tablet, Volume I, Issue 5, 31 May 1873, Page 6
Arrangements have been made for establishing a CathoJw school at the Arrow. It is expected to opi n in a fortnight, and there are nh-eady 25 intending pupils. Arrangements are also being made for the erection of a church in this rising district, and the efforts of the people towards providing school and church accommodation are most, spin ed. Prepaiutions ire beinng made for the erection of a church at Lawrence a site is being excavated, and stone is beinir quarried. The number of Catholics in the tfokatip electoral district is 656; in the Matatirn district, 344; Waknia, 223 Riverton, 204; Inrercargill, 254 Wallace, 129. We give the numbers of Catholic*' in a few of the Canterbury districts Shuids road, 200 Rangiora, 300 Bracebridge, 210 and Leeston, 300, bring over 1000, to whom thei c is but one priest.
An Auckland correspondent informs us that the New ZeaIjAXD Tablet has been spoken of in the Auckland churches with an earnest recommendation of it from the Bight Rev. Dr Croke, Bishop of Auok.
land, to the Catholic people, and that it was mentioned the Bishop wou.d feel most happy to learn it has been largely subscribed to. Otra Wellington correspondent writes The Appendix to the report of the Education Board says 20 Catho'ic children are attending the schools of the Board, whereas, since our own school at Te Aro lias been opened, only two Catholic children have attended the other schools. Our boys' school is finally placed under the Education .Board, but the Reverend Mother refuses to place the Convent School under its management. The Rev. Father Cummins is now making some arrangement in regard to the other female schools." We learn that Father Nivard, 0.8. F., the much-respected Priest at the Thames, will probably leave that district soon, as it is understood to be the intention of his superior general at Rome to send him on missionary labor into the Province of Shang Tung, China. A Thames correspondent writes to us:— "The absence of a paper to refill c the calumnies and baseless charges that are being continually hurled against our old Church in this country has been sadly felt, and the news of the establishment of such a paper in this Colony will be gladly welcomed by all Catholics who have the welfare of their •aith at heart. Your remarks in the article, 'Our Objects and Principles,' about the character of the Press, I regret to say, are also applicable to this part of the Colony. Lan proud to learn of the rapid strides of Catholicism in Otago. T was one of the 20 or 30 Catholics, tlie number then in Dunedin, who many years ago commenced the building of the Church upon Be.ll Hill. When the usetiilness of the labli t will be known, I trust it will meet here with that support which it unquestionably merits. Ouu Wellington correspondent, writing of the Catholic Youn^ Men s Society of chat city, says: -This Society has long been established, but in 1871 it was revived and organised in a permanent manner under the able presidency of the Rev. Father Cummins. The members meet regularly every Thursday eveuiug, and, after having ofiered up short prayers, they observe the following order The first Thursday in every month is devoted to declamation and as every member is liable to be called upon, each must come with a piece com mitled to memory. The second Thursday is devoted to reading analysis and history, profane or ecclesiastical the third to reading aud general criticism of original composition the fourth to natural philosophy, or other useful branches. If desired by the members, the first quarter of an hour is sometimes devoted by the president to Christian doctrine. Much real good is to be acquired by becoming a member. A meeting is held on the first Sunday of each quarter, when members wearing a blue badge with a gold cross receive the Holy Oommuniou, seats in the Cathedral being vacated on these occasions especially for them. As many as 65 have attended Holy Communion, but the average number is about 40. The Society is under the special care and direction of the Rev. Father Cummins, assisted by a council of 12, elected annually by the geueral body. Every applicant for admission is to be proposed by ore who is already a member. The president must feel satisfied that the person proposed is of a good moral character, aud that lie has approached the Holy Sacrament of Penance and Eucharist at least once within the previous six mouths Especially belonging to this Society is a library containing upwards of 700 volumes of the best Catholic literature, and a reading room open to members every evening, where all the Catholic newspapers are filed Occasionally the young men give entertainments for the promotion of some benevolent object.