Father Butler is to be congratulated on the success and completion of his labours in raising the capacious and commodious new Church of St. Paul. The massive masonry of the walls and foundations, the wide span of the roof and the long drawn narrow lancet windows, which alone admit light to the interior, combine to produce a soothing effect on the visitor who has the privilege of being conducted over the building by its genial and zealous originator. The finishing touches to the interior are now being given, and preparations for the opening day proceed apace. When all is in readiness the Church will certainly present a spectacle of which Father Butler and his people may feel justly proud. The following arrangements have been made for the day.
Tuesday the 29th August has been fixed for the solemn opening. On that date, at 10 oíclock a.m., an open-air procession headed by St. Paulís Brass Band will start from Bute Terrace. The Hibernian Society dressed in their handsome regalia, the children, attired as for a Corpus Christi procession, with religious banners, many of them new for the occasion, will march through Bute Street and Herbert Street into Tyndall Street. The Hibernians, arrived at the Church, will form the Cardinalís Guard of Honour. The Brothers of St. Vincent of Paul and the Brothers of the Third Order of St. Francis will have special seats assigned to them in Church. The Bishop of the Diocese, the Right Rev. J.C. Hedley, O.S.B., will celebrate Pontifical High Mass at 11a.m., during which His Eminence Cardinal Vaughan, Archbishop of Westminster and primate of England, will preach. The music of the Mass will befit the occasion, and the Choir will be under the conductorship of the Very Rev. Mgr. Williams, V.G.
Reproduced from St. Peterís Chair, Vol. VI. - No. 68, Cardiff, August, 1893.