Ecumenical plans for a disused Anglican church
BY RODGER TELLING
Westminster Passion play makes history
HISI ORY will be made by the presentation of a play in Westminster Cathedral during Passion Week this year. flounced this week.
Cardinal Heenan has given his approval to a production selected by Mgr. Tomlinson, Administrator called "The Awakening".
The author, Terence Cooling, has cleverly linked the Pop-Age with the mystery of the Crucifixion. The dialogue raises many modern problems and answers them with the eternal truths of the Christian faith.
Members of the Catholic Stage Guild who have accepted parts include Margaretta Scott, Mary O'Farrell, Marie Ney, Louise Lister, Ernest Milton, William Sherwood, Cyril Conway, Aidan Day, Michael Kilgariff, Tony Viccars.
The Westminster Catholic Youth Club, the Catholic Police Guild, the Stage Crew. Brentwood Catholic Drama League are also participating. Alan Rye is the producer, and the Cathedral is financing the production by asking for interested people to become patrons, with specially reserved seats. Otherwise admission will be by programme.
Helping a city's down-and-outs
WITH as many as 400 men sleeping rough in Manchester, the Legion of Mary is hoping to join with other religious organisations in the city in a co-ordinated scheme to help them.
The Legion's second hostel will open in Manchester within the next few weeks to help accommodate the men. The Morning Star Hostel, in Nelson Street, has housed about 2,000 men since it opened just over two years ago.
But many are turned away every night as the hostel is full. The new hostel is near the centre of the city.
Mr. Eddie Mann, president of the Morning Star Hostel, said this week: "Much more is needed than just bed and breakfast for these men. We hope we can sort something out with other religious bodies in the city." A DISUSED Anglican parish church — which has been described by John Betjeman as "one of the finest churches in England"—may be used as a centre for ecumenical studies, interdenominational services and the arts in the near future.
A scheme is being drawn up by Canon Peter Hamilton, industrial and community adviser to the Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, which would adapt the church---All Saints, Newcastleon-Tyne—for these uses.
It is hoped that Anglicans, Catholics. the Free Churches and members of the Jewish community will be able to cooperate in running the scheme, though final approval has yet to be sought from Dr. Hugh Ashdown, Anglican Bishop of Newcastle.
Canon Hamilton, formerly religious broadcasting organiser for the BBC's North region, said this week that Bishop Cunningham of Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Diocese, had not yet been approached on the matter as the scheme was still in its formulative stages.
It would be a little premature to start talks with the Catholic authorities or any of the other Churches, as there is also a legal matter to be gone into connected with using the church for the purposes envisaged instead of as a parish church," he said.
Canon Hamilton's idea is that the ancient church—which no longer has a parish—should become a centre for the free exchange of ideas, attracting people who may not be churchgoers but who hold Christian traditions and values.
All Saints has recently been restored—at a cost of about 07.000—after eight years of neglect. It has an elliptical nave, 86ft by 72ft, with a horseshoe gallery which would suit the purposes of the scheme.
As a parish, All Saints is one of Newcastle's oldest. The present building dates from about 1786. It was design::d by a local architect, David Stephenson, who went to work on the church after he found it was nearing the point of collapse. FIRST INDUCTION. — The first induction of a parish priest in the recently-formed diocese of Arundel and Brighton will take place on Sunday, January 23, when Bishop Cashman will induct Fr. Gerald O'Sullivan to the Holy Family Church, Reigate, Surrey.
VISMNG AFRICA. — Mr. John M. Todd, the author, who is a director of Darton Longman and Todd Ltd., is to visit Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and East Africa during February and March. He will take with him some proofs of the Jerusalem Bible, which h:s firm is to publish in the autumn.
TWO CHAPLAINS? — Manchester Regional Hospital Board is hoping the Ministry of Health 1.1 allow two full-time chaplains at Crumpsall Hospital, Manchester. According to Ministry rules, a hospital is entitled to only one full-time chaplain if it has 750 patents. Crumpsall has just over 1.000 beds.
FOR MISSIONS,—An appeal for Catholic literature and religious Christmas cards for foreign miss ons is being made by Miss Mary Conway, of 14 Castle Street, Cork. Those wanting to help will, on sending stamped addressed envelopes to Miss Conway, rece've addresses of missionaries to whom the literature and cards can be sent.
ST. MARY'S HALL. — Richmond upon Thames borough council has agreed to plans, subm•tted by Sir Albert Richardson and Partners, for a sports hall and centre for physical training and recreation at St. Mary's Teachers' Training College, Strawberry H ill.
REMARKABLE. — Twenty Ordinary level G.C.E. class certificates were won by scholars of St. Mary Secondary Modern School, Sunderland, which the headmaster, Mr, W. Conlon, described in his annual report as a remarkable achievement for a non-selective school with inadequate facilities.
SUPPORT FOR GROI1P.—A support group for the Sue Ryder Forgotten Allies Trust is to be formed in Stockport, Cheshire. Mrs. M. Land, of Heaton Norris, recently met Miss Sue Ryder following her organising of a special two shilling lunch for shoppers in St. Joseph's School, Stockport. Proceeds went to the Trust. A Sue Ryder shop was opened in the town recently.
FOR A HOSPITAL. — Two television sets have been presented to St. Michael's Hospital, Hayle, Cornwall, by Cambourne Boys' Brigade and the 1st and 2nd Scout Groups, who raised the money with a harvest fair in the autumn.
NEW CHAPEL. — A new chapel at Ilenesy House, run by St. Joseph's Catholic Mission for the Deaf in Manchester, is almost ready for occupation. The altar has been given by St. Wilfred's Church, Northwich, vestments by Canon Lynch, of St. Ann's, Stretford, albs by Canon F. Buckley, and other altar requirements by Fr. Larkin, of St. Mary's, Manchester. The altar and colou-ed window glass were fitted by the Sister Superior's brother, Mr. Thomas Savage.