Pope Francis meets with Bishops of the CEEC and Emiliana Palmer

Hattip to Deborah Gyapong for making us aware of this video of a recent meeting Pope Francis had with bishops of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) and Emiliana Palmer, the widow of CEEC Bishop Tony Palmer. The Pope’s theme is “caminare”, as it was in his first homily as Pope in the Sistine Chapel. Walking the walk and walking together.

It’s a pity about the poor sound quality but it is worth listening closely.

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Farewell Father John Cornelius

Andrew, for the FSA, has pointed us to this report on the “Cleansing Fire” blog:

Fr. Cornelius 1Father Cornelius of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter celebrated his last Mass with the Fellowship of Saint Alban on November 16. Father is retiring and with his wife and family moving to Texas.

Born and bred in Bolivar, New York, Fr. Cornelius went to Allegany College, SUNY at Fredonia, then into the U.S. Navy. After receiving his Masters of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Seminary at Northwestern University, he served as an Episcopal priest for 20 some years in Florida, New York State, Rhode Island and Texas. Following his reception into the Catholic Church with his wife Sharyl, he was subsequently ordained deacon and priest in 2012 and 2013. He has been serving as a Catholic priest in the Southern Tier of New York state, as well as for the Ordinariate. The Fellowship of St. Alban was blessed to have him as its priest. He and Sharyl have three adult daughters.

Fr. Cornelius 2Father Cornelius has been with the Fellowship since its inception in 2011.

The Fellowship is awaiting the appointment of a new pastor.

Fr. Cornelius 3

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Ordinariates plan Advent or Epiphany Lessons and Carols

(updated list)

Oxford Ordinariate Mission:

Saturday 29 November
4.00 p.m.: Advent Lessons and Carols
(Ockeghem – Alma Redemptoris
Gibbons – This is the Record of John
J.S. Bach – Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Guerrero – Veni Domine
Howells – A Spotless Rose)

Ipswich Ordinariate Group:

Sunday 30th November 2014.
4.00 p.m.: Advent service of Carols, Hymns and Readings, followed by tea and mince pies.
St Mary’s Catholic Church. Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. IP4 4BD
All are welcome to join us.

St. Luke’s, Washington DC:

StLukes Lessons_and_Carols
Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston TX:

Sunday December 14
4.00 p.m.: Advent Lessons and Carols

Bournemouth Ordinariate Mission:

“And the Bournemouth Mission has its Service of Lessons & Carols at 2.30pm in St Thomas More, Exton Road, Iford, after a Bring and Share luncheon on Sunday December 21st – Advent IV. Just ring please if you want to join us for lunch: 01590 610133. First Mass of Christmas: 10pm Dec 24.” (writes Mgr. Edwin Barnes)

St. Thomas More (at Sacré Coeur Church), Toronto:

Tuesday, December 23
7.00 p.m.:  Lessons and Carols with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

St. Thomas More, Scranton PA:

Sunday January 4
5:00 p.m.: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (followed by Three Kings supper)

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The OLW Ordinariate has now published a relatively complete list of Advent and Epiphany carol services. You can read this list by clicking on the banner headline:

OLW Newsletter 20141120 heading

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News Bulletin from St. Thomas More, Toronto

Fr. John Hodgins has posted the following:

Bulletin News for Christ the King
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
A Quasi (mission) Parish of
The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

Fr. John Hodgins, Parish Administrator
Peter Mahon, Music Director

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
King of the Universe

November 23, 2014

* VISIT – Msgr. Steenson was pleased to join us on Nov. 9 as we celebrated the erection of the Quasi (mission) Parish of St. Thomas More, Toronto. He gave us his pontifical blessing and at the reception complimented our choir as one of the best in North America. He later met with those who are considering vocations in the Ordinariate.

* MEETINGS – Later, Msgr. Steenson along with Cardinal Collins, other Catholic bishops and Fr. Hodgins attended the 50th anniversary celebration of the Vatican II Declaration on Ecumenism at St. James’ Anglican Cathedral. On Monday he attended meetings of ARC, the Anglican – Catholic dialogue and the CCCB in Mississauga.

* WHO ARE WE? – A working group of the Ordinariate is developing a Proto-Catechesis to assist people who are exploring our part of the Catholic Church, its history and patrimony. This will be published online in an exciting format early in the new year. We will offer a Lenten study programme based on the Proto-Catechesis.

Advent/ Christmas/ Epiphany Liturgies

Tuesday, December 23
7:00 p.m.
Lessons and Carols with
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesday, December 24
4:00 p.m.
(Note the earlier time.)
Sung Mass of the Nativity of Our Lord

Wednesday December 31
5:00 p.m.
Sung Mass of Mary, Mother of God

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Articles from “Anglican Embers” go online

Steve Cavanaugh of the Anglican Use Society (blogmaster of “The Anglican Use of the Roman Rite, despite a recent longer hiatus one of the best sources of AU news worldwide) has kindly informed us by eMail that he has begun to put articles from the Anglican Use Society’s journal “Anglican Embers” online. Click here to access the appropriate page of the AUS website.

This is a very useful service provided by Steve Cavanaugh, for which we should like to thank him most sincerely. We can now read or reread articles from the thirty-eight issues of Anglican Embers published so far, an important Anglican Use archive.

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Pastoral Provision communities are officially permitted to use “Divine Worship”

Fr. Christopher Phillips has written:

Word from Cardinal Müller…

A letter was sent to us from Bishop Kevin Vann, Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision, informing us that His Eminence, Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has communicated that “the Congregation grants permission for the parishes of the Pastoral Provision to use Divine Worship: Occasional Services. It is envisioned that the Divine Worship Missal for the celebration of Mass will be complete and promulgated… and you may expect that a similar permission will be granted to the Pastoral Provision parishes for the Missal as well.”

The Occasional Services include the Rites of Baptism and Holy Matrimony, as well as Burial of the Dead. The Vatican has entrusted the preparation and printing of the ritual books to the Catholic Truth Society in London (www.ctsbooks.org). The latest word is that the Missal will be ready sometime in 2015, perhaps in the first quarter.

The material contained in Divine Worship is a revision of the Book of Divine Worship (which we now use), and is the product of many months of work by the interdicasterial commission whose task it was to identify Anglican liturgical patrimony, incorporating it into Catholic worship. We are grateful to His Eminence and the Congregation for providing us with the liturgical textual continuity which has been the hallmark of our parish worship for some thirty years.

We will begin incorporating the Occasional Services during the Advent Season. As the date for the new Missal’s official promulgation approaches, we will highlight some of the changes in the bulletin to prepare the congregation. The alterations, many of which had been requested originally in 1983, are worthy additions and we look forward to incorporating them in our parish worship.

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Anglicanorum Coetibus cited (confusingly) as precedent for new Vatican ruling on ordaining married men for the Eastern Catholic Churches

The Vatican Congregation for the Eastern Catholic Churches has issued a new ruling  generally permitting the ordination of married men outside of the traditional lands from which these churches originated – hitherto, for example in the USA, this was prohibited.

In the official letter of the Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, which was officially approved by Pope Francis, the situation of the Personal Ordinariates is surprisingly cited as a precedent. This is particularly confusing, since AC specifically states that the celibate priesthood is the norm for the Ordinariates and that ordination of married men is only to be permitted on a case by case basis, which was in fact more or less the situation of the Eastern Churches in the West before this letter was written!

Is this a case of clumsiness and very bad research on the part of the said Congregation? Or is it perhaps an indication that the Vatican is willing to be very generous in its case-by-case rulings for ordaining married men (who were not Anglican clerics) in the Ordinariates too? This would indeed be a very significant move and would represent an important further recognition of Anglican patrimony.

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