6th to 14th May – “Called to be Catholic” Novena (incl. explanatory leaflet)

Called to be Catholic novena heading

We have been informed by Father Christopher Lindlar in the UK that the prayer material for this year’s Ascensiontide Novena will be published day by day on the “Called to be” website (http://www.calledtobe.org.uk/ctbc-novena.html), which is also accessible via the website of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (http://www.ordinariate.org.uk/) under the tab “Events”. Unlike last year the material will not be published in advance in the form of a booklet.

Despite this small inconvenience we do hope that as many as possible will join us in praying this Novena on the sacraments in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Click here to download the explanatory leaflet which we have now received from Antonia Lynn.

The Novena runs from Friday 6th May to Saturday 14th May, even for those for whom Ascension Day is transferred to the following Sunday.

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New Chapel of Our Lady of Walsingham opens soon in Retreat Centre in Orange County, California

We are grateful to EPMS, who has drawn our attention to the following great news:

Walsingham Way

The Santiago Retreat Center in Silverado, California, is a Catholic-Christian retreat center in the Cleveland National Forest with hundreds of acres of untouched California landscape which provides a beautiful rustic venue for private events, retreats, summer camps, Stations of the Cross, outdoor education, conferences, and other activities. Santiago Retreat Center also conducts exciting Catholic camps for youth, including a Vacation Bible Camp; Girls Summer Camp; Camp El Camino; and Family Camp as well as organized group hikes on Good Friday to walk the Stations of the Cross.

santiago retreat centerWhen the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter began in 2012, a partnership began with Santiago Retreat Center due to their similar commitment to evangelism and cultural renewal.

Starting in the Summer of 2016, renovation work will begin to expand the current Rosary Chapel at Santiago Retreat Center in both size and beauty. The goal is to comfortably seat one hundred people whilst having the ability to hold a solemn high mass, for the Annual Pilgrimages, and to orient the chapel in a neo-gothic interior that blends elements of traditional English Catholic spirituality with a Spanish mission exterior as a nod to the Spanish Franciscans who named Santiago Canyon on July 25, 1769, during the Portola Expedition.

The completed chapel will be consecrated by Bp. Steven Lopes and named the Chapel of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Walsingham - RC statue_our_lady (portable with flowers)Our Lady of Walsingham is the English-speaking world’s apparition, in a way like Lourdes is for the French or Guadalupe is for the Spanish. At the heart of it is the conversion of England (Mary’s Dowry) and, by virtue, the English-speaking world. We pray for the conversion of America, and California in particular, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title Our Lady of Walsingham.

The chapel will ultimately provide Sunday and weekday masses to serve the English speakers who camp and retreat at Santiago Retreat Center. In addition, an annual Pilgrimage and Festival for Our Lady of Walsingham in May will be planned. Masses are currently in the Roman Rite but will switch to the Anglican Use in July 2016.

As the Chapel of Our Lady of Walsingham it is under the oversight of Blessed John Henry Newman Ordinariate parish, the Blessed Sacrament will be perpetually reserved and normal parish functions will occur under the direction of Ordinariate priests. The drive to the chapel from the parish’s regular place of worship at Queen of Life Chapel, Irvine, is only some 25 minutes by car.


Sundays coming soon
Mondays & Thursdays 11:30AM

The Chapel of Our Lady of Walsingham, Santiago Retreat Center, 27100 Baker Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676

Irvine to Santiago Retreat Center

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The Portal – May 2016

To access this month’s edition of The Portal Magazine, just click on the front page picture below and then on the tab “Read The Portal”.The Portal - May 2016In this issue:
. . . Joanna Bogle on the Ordinariate and women
. . . Mgr Keith Newton and Snapdragon on ‘The Joy of Love’
. . . Antonia Lynn on A Church in motion
. . . Jackie Ottaway and Ronald Crane meet Fr David Waller to find out about         the Ordinariate Deans
. . . Donato Talo on Visiting the sick
. . . more Thoughts on Newman from Fr Stephen Morgan
. . . Fr Julian Green looks at Holy Days of Obligation
. . . Fr Mark Woodruff continues ‘Patrimony – Use – Rite – Church’
. . . Geoffrey Kirk asks ‘How magisterial can you get?’
. . . and much more.

You will also find all previous issues of THE PORTAL on the Archive Page.

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Some background on the word “lovingkindness”

Out of the Anglican patrimony: what on earth is “lovingkindness”?
from the Modern Medievalism blog

When speaking of the Anglican Use and Personal Ordinariates, we must inevitably come to terms with defining what, exactly, that nebulous expression “Anglican patrimony” is. While I personally like to lump in the pre- Reformation customs and devotions of the English church, the phrase more often refers to those various customs of the post-Reformation Anglican churches which, being in no way contrary to the Catholic faith, are “baptized” and integrated into the life of the Church. A few examples off the top of my head would include Evensong (a sort of conjoined Vespers and Compline), the singing of psalms to harmonized “Anglican chant”, and the common praying of the Collect for Purity at the beginning of Mass (a prayer which, before Cranmer, was a private devotion for the priest out of the Sarum Missal while preparing for Mass).

The Introit given for this past Sunday in the Ordinariate’s Divine Worship Missal gave me another one to add to the list: “lovingkindness”. The Latin original (used for the 2nd Sunday after Easter in the Extraordinary Form, not the 3rd) begins with Psalm 32(33):5..

Misericordia Domini plena est terra, alleluia
(in most translations: “The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord, alleluia”)

This is in accord with the Douai-Reims Bible, which usually translates the Vulgate’s misericordia as “mercy”. The Divine Worship Missal, on the other hand, renders it as:

The lovingkindness of the LORD filleth the whole world, alleluia.

What on earth is “lovingkindness”, and how did we get to that from “mercy”? From what I can tell, “lovingkindness” was coined by Myles Coverdale (1488-1569). First, some background:

One of the early English Protestants, Coverdale’s greatest contribution was in his efforts to translate the Bible into English. While the King James Version later eclipsed most of his Biblical work, Coverdale’s translations of the Psalms persisted within the Book of Common Prayer all the way up to the 20th century. Most choral Evensongs sung in the great English cathedrals, therefore, sing the Coverdale psalms. It’s sad to say that, like Cranmer, he became a traitor to the Roman faith for which he was ordained, preaching against the Real Presence and dying effectively as a Puritan. There is a delicious irony, then, that Anglican Use and Ordinariate priests around the world regularly pray Coverdale’s finest translation of all: his superb rendition of the Roman Canon, made back when he was still an Augustinian canon (or at least, so attributed; there seems to be a bit of debate on the matter). I’ve never seen another version in any Latin Mass hand missal that matches its perfect balance of beauty and accuracy.

Returning to Coverdale’s unique word: as I’m no Biblical scholar, I don’t know exactly what led him to develop the term since he was not a scholar of Hebrew (and thus still drew from the Latin Vulgate, as well as Luther’s German Bible). In the Hebrew Old Testament, chesed is said to mean “to bend or incline oneself” or “to be merciful”. We can easily picture this in God descending from the heavenly to the earthly plane, whether in the Incarnation two thousand years ago or the Eucharist upon our altars every day. We can also see it in the act of a superior bending the knee to wash a subordinate’s feet, from the Last Supper on the night the Lord was betrayed, to the medieval king’s re-enactment of the Mandatum by washing the feet of beggars on Maundy Thursday.

Kings and vagabonds

Lovingkindness is kindness proceeding from love. Mercy is certainly an appropriate word, but one that I feel doesn’t have quite the same “punch” in our English language; and, I daresay, one that’s almost been debased by so many Church leaders; compared to that word which makes you stop and think for a moment at how odd it is.

“Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.”

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”

“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

“But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”

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A special hassock for St. Anselm’s, Pembury

On a lighter note, Fr, Ed Tomlinson has reported the following:

HM the kneeler

April 27, 2016

This evening a new hassock arrived in church thanks to the hard work of a parishioner. It is the first of two, the other is being made by another parishioner. As you can see it marks the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. Now that is a good bit of English patrimony!

Pembury - Queen 90th hassock

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Monsignor Edwin Barnes comments on the most recent meeting of the Malines Conversations Goup

Following on from our own post on the meeting of the Malines Conversations Group in 2014, Monsignor Edwin Barnes has written the following on the most recent meeting of the group held in April this year:

After Malines

York Diocese decided to have a little revival of the Malines link back in the 1980’s; I’m not sure of the date, maybe it was 1981, just sixty years after the original conversations had been started by Cardinal Mercier and Lord Halifax. Whenever it was, I was there because many of us who went were chosen because we were elected representatives of the diocese on General Synod.

Now there is another revival of Malines: Vatican Radio News tells us

“Catholic and Anglican theologians have been meeting together near Rome to discuss ordination rites within the two communions, as well as the significant ecumenical implications of Pope Francis’ recent document ‘Amoris Laetitia’. A meeting of the Malines Conversation group took place from April 17th to 22nd at Rocca di Papa, south of Rome, culminating in an ecumenical evensong celebrated by Archbishop Arthur Roche of the Congregation for Divine Worship.”

On that visit from York diocese we met many leading Belgian Catholics. Chief among them was Cardinal Godfried Danneels, at that time Archbishop of Mechlen Brussels; and he has been chairing this new meeting together with Lord Williams of Oystermouth – better remembered as Rowan Williams, one-time Archbishop of Canterbury.

Curiously, there appears to be no-one there from the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. I say “curiously” because the erection of the Ordinariates seems to me to be one of the fruits, indeed perhaps a very rare and precious fruit, of the otherwise rather fruitless ARCIC conversations of the last forty-seven years (Really. I have checked – amazingly that is how long ARCIC has existed).

There was a comparable lack of imagination when the Holy Father convened the consultation on the Family. At that time others said how contributions from married clergy might have informed the discussions. Now a similar opportunity has been missed with the Malines revival. It almost looks (surely this cannot be so?) as though the Ordinariates were seen as an embarrassment, to be hidden away from polite ecumenical discourse. From our perspective as members and so insiders, the Ordinariates are a great step forward in ecumenism. When will official Rome and Canterbury also share that opinion?

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Cycle of Prayer for May 2016

cycle_of_prayer_button_webWe invite you to join our international praying community again this month by using the intentions from our Cycle of Prayer in your personal prayers (just click on the link below). The Pope’s Prayer Intentions and a prayer for the gifts of the Spirit by St. Alphonsus Liguori are included on the second page.

Ordinariate Expats Cycle of Prayer – 201605

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