Most Precious Blood Renovation Appeal

Currently approximately 28% of the total target of £250,000 have been raised for the renovation of Most Precious Blood Church in Borough, London., originally planned to be completed by July 2017.

Phase I of the plans, which will permit new floor tiling to be laid and the provision of easier access to the church, requires a sum of £80,000. The current total is £71,312. You can take advantage of the pre-Christmas spirit to donate to this fund by clicking here.


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Newly-redecorated chapel at St. Anselm’s, Pembury

Another post from Fr. Ed Tomlinson:

The beautification of the side chapel at St. Anselm’s, which we have dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, has been completed. And what a transformation we have witnessed. The wall having been plastered and painted and the new reredos placed over the altar. And, not shown in the picture above, a new curtain for the confessional has been lovingly made by some members of the congregation. Do click on the images to see enlarged versions.

newly-decorated-sacred-heart-chapelThe magnificent centre piece of this newly restored chapel is a reredos, donated to us from a parish in Surrey, dated 1900 and the creation of a member of the Arts and Crafts Movement: C. R. Ashbee.

The reredos is pictured in Alan Crawford’s book ‘C. R Ashbee: Architect, Designer and Romantic Socialist” where he writes the following:

(He created) A reredos…for St. Stephen’s Shottermill, in Surrey, in 1900. When it is open, this reredos reveals faintly Gothic cusping, and sparse vibrant figures carved in decorative low relief by Edward G. Bramwell; but its special feature is that Ashbee designed each of the panels to be about seven inches deep, so that when it is closed it looks like a big box, as his cabinets did, and it is held together by his usual massive hinges. If Ashbee had had a good deal of church work to do, this kind of treatment might have been interestingly developed; but as things turned out these were isolated examples.”

I am indebted to the parish of Shottermill for having bequeathed such a magnificent gift and to the priest friend, a skilled seeker of ecclesiastical furniture, who put me in touch with them. The former parish no longer need it having decided to turn a chapel into cafe space for missional work. I am also indebted to Pat who spent every evening this past week painting the church to ready it for Christmas. What a labour of love! And to the Hoare family for renovating the confessional curtain. How wonderful to witness continued progress in our parish.

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Pre-Christmas Joy at Pembury

Fr. Ed Tomlinson of St. Anselm’s, Pembury writes in his blog:

It was an action packed day in the parish yesterday as we anticipated the Christmas season in various ways in order to benefit the community. It began with the annual over 60’s pre-Christmas lunch, held for the first time in our new hall. Last year the lack of suitable kitchen meant we had to hold it in the Scout Hut! But this year the new kitchen was complete enough to rustle up turkey and all the trimmings for all. It is going to be a wonderful space when painted and finished. Here we see Sue, who masterminds the cooking each year, showing off the new ovens!

new-ovensAfter the lunch there was barely time to recover before we were summoned to carol singing at Tesco alongside friends from the Anglican and Baptist church. We sang for an hour and raised money for Pepenbury, the local home for people with severe learning difficulties and handicaps. It was notable how many smiles we raised as we sang with gusto and offered shoppers a mince pie and season’s greetings.

carol-singing-at-tescoHaving sung ourselves almost hoarse for an hour we then regrouped at Hazledene House, a local nursing home which houses many people with dementia. It was a very rewarding experience as faces lit up and the residents began to join in thanks to music and words firmly etched even into fractured memories. A few carols and a prayer on each floor- and a visit to one room- and we were done.

carol-singing-at-pepenbury-homeWhat a busy day but what a worthwhile one. A few of us then retired to the Black Horse for well deserved respite. And now it is time for the Rose Vestments and Gaudate as we return to our Advent celebrations.

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St Anselms’s, Greenville, SC, now celebrates a regular Sunday morning mass

On November 27th St. Anselm’s Ordinariate Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina, began a new chapter by offering its own Sunday Mass according to the Divine Worship form of the Roman Rite. Sung Mass is celebrated at 11:00am in the Chapel of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville. Mass is followed by Fellowship and Adult Faith Formation.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School, easily accessible from the Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson areas, is located on St. Joseph’s Drive at I-85, between Laurens and Ridge Road.


45 adults and children took part in this first Sunday Mass. Until now St Anselm’s had celebrted a midweek Mass on Wednesdays and a Sunday Evensong.

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Calgary mortgage signed !!

The capital campaign to raise the funds in order to purchase the church of St. John the Evangelist from the Anglican Diocese of Calgary has reached its initial target.

As reported in their bulletin for Gaudete Sunday:

“The Building Fund now stands at $714,370. We heard from the Anglican Diocese of Calgary this past week that the major repairs credited towards the purchase price is $31,207.53. This now means that we have over 43% of the total purchase price ($1,653,792.47). The mortgage has now been signed – thanks be to God!”

The stated goal of the campaign was to raise 600,000 Canadian dollars (including repairs) by December 2016 to coincide with the end of th 5-year lease. Actually, $714,370 + $31,207.53 has been raised.

Congratulations to all at St. John’s on this marvellous effort!


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Bishop Lopes interviewed for the National Catholic Register

Peter Jesserer Smith, of the Ordinariate Fellowship of St Alban in Rochester NY, has interviewed Bishop Steven Lopes for the National Catholic Register:

Bishop Steven Lopes on the Ordinariate’s Missal and the Gift of English Catholic Patrimony
by Peter Jesserer Smith, Wednesday Dec 7th, 2016

BALTIMORE — This Advent marks the first anniversary of Divine Worship: The Missal, the third form of the Roman rite, approved by Pope Francis for the personal ordinariates set up by Pope Benedict XVI to give Anglicans and the full English Christian patrimony a permanent home in the Catholic Church for all to enjoy.

Bishop Steven Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a non-territorial diocese covering North America, sat down for this exclusive interview with Register staff reporter Peter Jesserer Smith during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fall Assembly.

Bishop Lopes, who had been involved in the life of the ordinariates since his time at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith up to his ordination as bishop in February 2016, spoke about the impact of Divine Worship, the gift of the ordinariate’s English Catholic patrimony to the life of the Church — including his favorite prayer — and the new developments and opportunities that lie ahead for the ordinariate.

This Advent marks the first anniversary of Divine Worship: The Missal. What effect have you seen this missal have on the ordinariate and its parishes?

Bishop Lopes: I think the missal has been very significant in articulating the baseline of patrimony. Whereas we could identify bits and pieces of it before, this is the first time where it has all been collected into one place and codified in the basis of law, which I think is also very significant. Continue reading

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“From the Four Quarters” – Benet Biscop Oblates newsletter

Brother John-Pede Pauley OSB of Collegeville, the spiritual director of the Benet Biscop Chapter of Benedictine Oblates, which is attached to St. John’s Abbey and is mainly composed of Ordinariate members, has asked us to post the inaugural newsletter of the Chapter online. Just click here.

This newsletter offers the following:

  • A thoughtful reflection from the editor, Dr. Clint Brand (professor in the English Department of the University of St. Thomas, Houston; former member of Anglicane Traditiones; and parishioner of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham).
  • Fr. Jack Barker (priest of the Diocese of San Bernardino and former Episcopal priest) provides his first-hand account of events and discussions from the late 1970s — some of which have not yet been published — that give us a richer historical context for understanding how and why Anglicanorum coetibus came into being.
  • Turning to the area of music, Br. John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B. provides thoughts on how music from the Anglican choral repertoire can foster what he refers to as auditio divina (prayerful listening). He examines William Byrd’s Civitas Sancti Tui as an example.
  • Mr. Jason Edwards (parishioner of the Ordinariate parish of St. John the Baptist, Bridgeport, Pennsylvania) reflects on praying the Daily Office for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, which the oblates of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter were asked to, as it were, beta test prior to the hoped-for promulgation of the office.
  • Mother Winsome Durrant, SBVM (superior of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Old Oscott Hill, Birmingham, England) recounts the role faith played in the life of her community as they moved from being Anglican to Catholic, from Wantage to Birmingham, and from being Augustinian to Benedictine.
  • Fr. Michael Peterson, O.S.B. (oblate director of St. John’s Abbey) continues the theme of risk, so movingly exemplified in Mother Winsome’s account, as he reflects on Pope Francis’s call at last summer’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, to follow Jesus as “the Lord of risk.”
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