In his blog “Antique Richborough” Mgr. Edwin Barnes has posted the following:
Into the future
The Bournemouth Ordinariate Mission met after Mass on Sunday to talk through the proposed move from the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace to the Church of St. Thomas More, Iford. On the face of it, it is a simple matter. It also makes a great deal of sense for the long term: the two pastors working together at present are both in their late seventies whereas there is a much younger priest of the Ordinariate who has taken over as parish priest at St Thomas More. Just a move down the road of about a mile or so. But many of us (myself included) are by nature resistant to change, and these are some of the considerations we discussed.
There have been some good friendships made at Our Lady Queen of Peace – not only Fr. Gerry, who has been a great support to us, but many of his laity. Some of them have joined us either week by week or on occasion; as one older lady said, “We think you have been very brave, and we want to support you”. Now several of those who live near the church will not be able to get to Mass with us, and we shall miss them.
Then, there is the time of worship. We have been able to celebrate Mass every Sunday at 9.30 am, and go to the Hall afterwards. Compared with many groups we have been spoiled: but we’ve discovered that meeting after Mass for coffee and instruction has been a key to deepening our fellowship and strengthening our mission. At the new site there is already a 9.30 Mass, so realistically ours will have to begin at or after 11.15. We shall see if it is possible to have a period of instruction before Mass begins – but certainly the dynamics of the Mission will be different.
We hope we will continue with a 10.30 Wednesday Mass (preceded in Lent by Stations of the Cross): and we may well find it easier to have Ordinariate celebrations at great Festivals. Because it takes a good deal of planning (not least in discussion with Fr Darryl and his Council at St Thomas’) we expect the move will not happen until Pentecost at the earliest. But it is not down to us; that is for our Ordinary to decide. After the move, who knows?
Because of the forthcoming upheaval we have deliberately deferred introducing the Ordinariate Rite. Now it should prove possible for us to celebrate that distinctive Rite regularly – indeed, we have received such encouragement from Mgr Keith, our Ordinary, and from Cardinal Müller that we really have to try it. The Prefect of the CDF has said:
“… the celebration according to the approved Divine Worship [or Ordinariate Use] texts is both essential to the formation of the identity of the ordinariate as well as being a tool for evangelisation”.
Undoubtedly it will take some getting used to, for priests and people. The ‘Tudor’ language is not something many of us have come across when we belonged to the Church of England. Among English Anglo-Catholics it has hardly been heard for a generation and more, and indeed the whole of the Book of Common Prayer of 1662 has been pretty much a closed book for most of us. In its new form as a Rite especially created for us in the Ordinariate we would be churlish to ignore it, however difficult we might find it at first. I hope Cardinal Müller is proved right when he sees this as an instrument of evangelisation and of unity.