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On Saturday Bishop Grimes ar rived in Akaroa, when he was met and welcomed by Bey. Father Bonetto and the Sisters of Mercy. On Sunday morning be administered the Sacrament of Confirmation. Tbere was a very large congregation, -the seats being crowded, and a number of additional forms had to be put into requi sition. There were thirty candidates in all- Mrs J, G. Lelievre acted as sponsor for the girls and Mr M. Kearney for the boys. i Bishop Grimes said be was glad to see bis Akaroa people once more. He alluded to' the sad events which had occurred since his last visit. A cruel European war was raging, which

meant the lo?s of a number of lives. Pprhapa there never bad been such slaughter on the earth, and those men who foil in the war deserved the pity and prayers of all. Pope Pm** X had also passed away, bis end being hastened by tbe war. It was a great loss, as be bad hfon a man of such high ideals. However, a suc-cess-or had been appointed, the erstwhile Bishop of Bologna, who had assumed tbe title of Benedict XV, and there was no doubt he would carry on the great work ably and well. Bishop Grimes then addressed the candidates, and asked tbem a number of questions. He explained to tbem what a great gift tbey received at Confirmation, and the full meaning of the solemn ceremony of layiDg on of haDds, which he was about to carry out. He then asked tbem to receive the great gift in an appropriate man ner. Anyone could be bumble, and they should one nnd all take this gift, in "great humility of spirit. He also asked th" candidates to attend the sar-rampnf.'-* regularly,

Tbe following in a list of candidates:—David Barwick, Arthur West* lake, Denis Narbey, Christian Mora, John Shepherd, Oliver Walker, Wil Ham Shepherd, Leslie Maher, Leo Kotlowski, Milton Glynan, Patrick O'Reilly, Clifford Glynan, Laurence Curry, Milton Curry. Lester Brocherie, William Maber, Grace Weir, Rachel Kotlowski, Florence Mora, Bernie Dierck, Katbie Mora, Eileen Sbep herd, Frances Glynan, May Lelievre, Louise Curry, Dulcie Brocherie, Monica Kotlowski, Winnie Cunning ham, Noeline Cunningham, Winnie Shepherd At tbe conclupion of tbe Confir mation service, Birbop Grimes gave tbe people of Akaroa tbe blessing of Ibe pope, which be bad asked him to extend to all bis dioceFG. As this was the first time be had been in Akaroa since his last audience with the Pope, he delivered tbe blessing then. MIS3ION SERVICES. Tbe Rev Father Taylor has been conducting a mission at Akaroa during tha last week. The mission cpened on Wednesday evening, when, taking as the text of bis address, "What shall it profit a man if be gain tbe whole world and suffer tbe loss of bis own soul," be preached an able and stir ring sermon. Every night be has had large numbers to bear him. On Sun day night a very large number attended. Bisb'op Grimes gaves a short address. A large number also attended Mass at 7.80 a.m. yesterday. The attendance throughout tbe mission has been very gratifying indeed. CONCERT AT AKAROA. There was a very large attendance at the Oddfellows' Hall, Akaroa, last evening, when a concert of welcome was tendered to Bishop Grimes. The Mayor was-on tbe stage, with Bishop Grimes ; and Fathers Bonettq, and Taylor.

* The following programme was gone through:—Piologue, Les. Maher; welcome song, school children; ad dress, Edie Daly ; orchestra, 5 violins, piano trio; song—"Go to Sea," Mr Joe Armstrong, laughing chorus, junior boys, Pride of Battery "B," Katbie Mora; song—"Sons of the Sea," Mr T. McGuire; violin solo (selected), Mr Donnell, song—"Tbe Fireman," Mr T. McGuire ; laughable dialogue—" Done Brown *'—Charac ters : Jean Skinflint (miserly), Nora Lelievre; Mary (servant), Greta Dierck; Trustall (good all round), Oliver Walker , Putoff (debtor), Edwin Glynan; Hardup (wants £500 on necklet), Leo Kotlowski; Josiab JiDks (lawyer), Les Maher; Mrs Wheedler and Mrs Brown (cohspirators), Winnie Lelievre and Ronnie Kotlowski, Chorus—" Zealandia," troupe; or chestra, 5 violins, piano trio, song— "Sons of New Zealand," Mr Tom McGuire; "Phil's Complaint," Milton Glynan ; Gipsy song and dance, six young ladies, song—"Lads in Navy Blue," Mr Joe Armstrong; action song—"The British Flag," pupils; "Stage Struck" (in three scenes), characters: Frederick (stage struck), Tom McGuire ; Mr Walker (merchant) Hugh Lelievre ; Mrs Cowslip (country aunt), Ethel Lelievre ; Cora (her neice), Nora Lelievre, "God Save the King."

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ST, PATRICK'S CHURCH, AKAROA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4427, 8 September 1914

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ST, PATRICK'S CHURCH, AKAROA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4427, 8 September 1914

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