BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT LORD LONGFORD. the Catholic peer who was until recently Leader of the House of Lords. will be among celebrities and a group of actors staging a religious play to support "God Can" Week at Tunbridge Wens, Kent. at the end of the month---a campaign by Catholics to fill churches of any denomination.
The other celebrities are Monica Baldwin, the authoress: Joan Turner, the TV singer: Capt. Joy Webb, of the Salvation Army Joy Strings: the actors Andrew Cruickshank and Derek Nimmo, and Patrick O'Donovan, of the Observer.
The actors are rehearsing, at Eastbourne, "The Royal Road" (The Life of Christ), by Alan Rye, who is a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory.
They will perform a scene from the play depicting the Passion and Mr. Rye will read selected passages. The show was staged at the Criterion 'I heatre. Eastbourne.
ACT OF FAITH All these well-known people win appear on separate nights during the week-long campaign that St. Augustine's Catholic Church is running to get uncommitted Christiane back to church—Anglican or Nonconformist.
In theparish's biggest act of faith the Catholics have hired the largest hall in Tunbridge Wells, the 1,400-seat Assembly Hall, from March 24-31.
The campaign, a is a difference, Is being
organised by Fr. Anthony Sacre and Fr. Michael Kirkham, of the Catholic Missionary Society, Hampstead, London.
Last week, 200 parishioners began visiting every house in the town within three weeks to invite 20,000 people to attend.
A special Mass was said for them last Sunday in the chapel of the Sacred Heart Convent at Tunbridge Wells, concelebrated by all four priests of St. Augustine's Church -Fr. William Howell, the parish priest, Fr. Geoffrey Nixon, Fr, Michael Bunce and Fr. Michael Murphy.
Last week posters which had everyone guessing because of their simplicity—they just said GOD CAN in bold blue letters —appeared, and the first of the Press advertisements appeared last Friday.