Darlington Mission’s Thanksgiving Pilgrimage to Rome

The Darlington Ordinariate Mission have just returned from a Pilgrimage to Rome in Easter Week, in thanksgiving for their Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church in Holy Week, 2012. The group of 50 pilgrims was led by Nicola Reeves under the spiritual care of the group’s pastor, Father Ian Grieves.

Pilgrimage Rome 2015 - serversThe pilgrims stayed at the Domus Carmelitana St Alberto and their time in Rome began, after travelling by coach past some of the outstanding sights of Rome, with Mass in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls. The Celebrant was Father Grieves and the Mass Setting was ‘The Sparrow Mass’ by Mozart.

The following day they were delighted to be able to attend the Papal Audience in St Peter’s Square, and from there they went on to the Basilica of St Mary Major for Mass. On this occasion the Mass setting was Palestrina’s ‘Missa Aeterna Christi Munera’.

On Easter Thursday, there was a morning of sightseeing, relaxation and shopping before they made a return visit to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls for Mass, where the choir sang Haydn’s ‘St Nicholas Mass’. The day concluded with a Pilgrimage Gourmet Dinner at the Ristorante Babette in the Via Margutta. A true ‘Babette’s Feast’ – in honour of the Pope’s favourite film!

Easter Friday, the final day of the Pilgrimage, began with Mass at St Joseph’s Altar in St Peter’s Basilica itself. On this occasion the Mass setting was the simple plainsong Missa de angelis and Byrd’s Ave verum corpus. Then, after a relaxed morning in Rome it was time to head back to the airport for the journey home after an all too short but superbly enjoyable Pilgrimage.Pilgrimage Rome 2015 - choir

The photographs show some of the servers processing into Mass at St Paul’s Outside the Walls and the choir of the Darlington Ordinariate after the Mass, robed traditionally as they are every Sunday.

The Group are based in the beautiful Church of St Osmund’s, Gainford, in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, with its exquisite painted roof reflecting the Litany of Loreto. where Fr Grieves celebrates the Sunday masses for both the local parish community and the Ordinariate. They have a vibrant social life and an excellent musical tradition, rich in Anglican patrimony, and have received 22 new members since entering into full communion. Visitors are always welcome, and forthcoming events include a May Festival on 9th May at noon.

The website of the group is http://www.darlingtonordinariate.weebly.com .

(from the UK Ordinariate’s website)

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Cardinal Collins celebrated an Ordinariate Use Mass in Toronto on Divine Mercy Sunday

On Sunday 12th April Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto visited the St. Thomas More Ordinariate community at Sacré-Coeur Church in Toronto to celebrate Solemn Pontifical Mass according to the Ordinariate Use “Divine Worship”.

A video of the Cardinal’s Mass and his sermon (unfortunately with a fairly poor audio track) is available by clicking here.

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Cardinal Nichols to preach at Warwick Street during Called to be Holy Novena

Fr. Mark Elliott Smith, Parish Priest of Warwick Street, has informed us:

For the second time this year Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster will be present at the central church of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London, on Ascension Sunday (17th May) within the Pentecost Novena, celebrated this year in the Ordinariate as the Called to be Holy Novena.

The Cardinal will preside at an Ordinariate Use Mass and preach. This follows his attendance in February at an Evensong and Benediction service during the visit to England of the North American and Australian Ordinaries.

Ascension Sunday 2015His visit and his offer to preach are particularly significant since the Called to be Holy initiative is a direct response to Cardinal Nichols’ address at the Ordinariate Festival in Westminster Cathedral Hall last September, where he asked:  “Does what you do, in pursuit of a proper distinctiveness, clearly lead to holiness? Is it in the service of sanctification? This is what counts.”

It is also important historically, as then-Bishop Vincent Nichols was part of Cardinal Hume’s small working party which in the early 1990’s met regularly with Anglicans contemplating entering into full communion with the See of Rome, led by Bishop Dr. Graham Leonard, in an attempt to work out a pastoral provision for corporate reunion.

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Bournemouth Mission party at Mgr Barnes’ home in Lymington

Monsignor Edwin Barnes writes:

Hospitality is one of those elements of the Patrimony which some say is Benedictine. The recital of the Daily Offices by the clergy, saying the entire psalter each month, is another. It would be a good exercise to try to discern just how much of what we take for granted in the Patrimony is in fact inherited from the Monastic formation of the Church in England. At any event, our Ordinariate Group responds to every chance of a party.

We’ve had a summer luncheon for our Ordinariate Group each year, and Fr Darryl was happy for us to continue the tradition this year. So on Sunday after Mass about forty of us (which included a few non-Ordinarians – Catholics who regularly support us and seem to enjoy worshiping with us at St Thomas More) came over to our house in Lymington.

Fr Daryll and head server Trevor

Fr Daryll and head server Trevor

Sadly a few were prevented from attending by illness or prior commitments, but it proved a very happy occasion; not least because in such a setting you can talk to people you would otherwise not know very well. The weather was much better than forecast, and some had brought their own garden chairs, so there was room for everyone.

Mgr Barnes' wife, Jane, serving in the conservatory

Mgr Barnes’ wife, Jane, serving in the conservatory

Once again, there was food and drink enough and Jane had provided two hot main dishes and any number of puddings, cheese &c. We filled not just the house and garden, but also the conservatory .The overwintering plants were pushed out to take their chance … fortunately we avoided any frosts before I could restore them to shelter.

Some guests took to the house

Some guests took to the house

If the Ordinariate is to flourish, it will have to make many more such occasions – we cannot rely on just one or two annual get-togethers in Westminster or Walsingham. Perhaps we need to start inviting other groups to join us across a region? I’d quite fancy a run down to Torquay, or up to Reading – and they’d enjoy Bournemouth, I think. We don’t always have to go to London to meet! What do you think?

Younger guests enjoying sausages

Younger guests enjoying sausages

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Monday May 4, 2015 – Solemn High Mass of the English Martyrs

St Gregory the Great Ordinariate Church in Stoneham, MA, invite visitors to join them as they honour the forty canonized Martyrs of England, commemorate the other 305 Catholics killed between 1534 and 1640, remember the 347 Protestants executed under Catholic Sovereigns during that period, humbly ask God’s Mercy and Pardon, and pray for Christian Unity.  Mass begins at 7 p.m. in the main church of St Patrick’s.


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23rd April 2015 – Happy St. George’s Day

flag-st-george-olw-mit-randToday we celebrate the Solemnity of St. George the Martyr, Patron of England.

Fr. Christopher Phillips writes today:

St. George was born in Cappadocia in what is now Turkey, of noble Christian parents. After his father died, he went with his mother to Palestine, which is where she had come from. Her family there was quite wealthy, and she had a large estate, which fell to her son George. He was strong and robust, and having embraced the profession of a soldier, was made a tribune in the army of the Emperor Diocletian. He showed himself to be an excellent soldier, very brave, and he received many honours and advancements in his military career. When Diocletian began persecuting the Christian religion, St. George gave up his commission and posts, and complained to the emperor himself of his severities and bloody edicts. He was immediately cast into prison, and put on trial, questioned and tortured with great cruelty; but nothing could shake his constancy. The next day he was led through the city and beheaded.

So why the legends, especially the story of St. George slaying the dragon? According to the story, a terrible dragon, which lived in a marshy swamp, had ravaged all the country round a city in Libya, called Selena. It would come near the city looking for something to eat, and when it breathed, it would spread sickness throughout all the people. The people decided to give the monster two sheep every day to satisfy its hunger, but, when they ran out of sheep, they would give the dragon a human victim, whom they would choose by lot. On one occasion the lot fell to the king’s little daughter. The king offered all his wealth to purchase a substitute, but the people had said that no substitutes would be allowed, and so the maiden, dressed as a bride, was led to the swamp. At that very time, St. George happened to ride by, and he asked the young girl what she was doing, but she warned him to leave her, because his own life was in danger. St. George stayed, however, and when the dragon appeared, St. George, making the sign of the cross, bravely attacked it and stabbed it with his lance, wounding it. Then asking the maiden for her belt, he bound it round the neck of the monster, and the princess was able to lead it without any struggle, back to the town. St. George told the people not to be afraid, but only be baptized, after which he cut off the dragon’s head and the townsfolk were all converted. The king would have given George half his kingdom, but the saint replied that he must ride on, bidding the king meanwhile take good care of God’s churches, honour the clergy, and have pity on the poor.

This legend was a great symbol of St. George who fought against the Emperor and against all those things that were trying to destroy the Church. The lesson is that good eventually will conquer evil, and all we need to do is put our fear aside, and live in the grace of our baptism.

O God, who makest us glad with the merits and intercession of Saint George thy Martyr: mercifully grant that we who by his aid implore thy bounty, may by the abundance of thy grace receive the same; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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Called to be Holy

(News  from the UK Ordinariate)

UntitledThe follow-up to last year’s celebrations of Called To Be One: Called To Be Holy is a direct response to the question posed by Cardinal Nichols in his address at the Festival in September: ‘Does what you do, in pursuit of a proper distinctiveness, clearly lead to holiness? Is it in the service of sanctification? This is what counts.’

Once again, Ordinariate groups will be hosting events in their own areas. The heart of the celebration will be a Novena from May 15 to 23 (Ascension to Pentecost); all Ordinariate members are encouraged to join in – and to invite family and friends to pray with them. Groups will soon be receiving copies of a booklet containing material for prayer and reflection drawn from writers in the English spiritual tradition, from the eighth century Dream Of The Rood to Michael Ramsey, 100th Archbishop of Canterbury. By now, many of us will have seen the accompanying prayer cards, illustrated with examples of Christian spiritual art through the ages.

Each group is asked to host a Day of Recollection, either during the week of the Novena or later in the year. We are asked to offer an invitation to other Christians to spend the day with us: our English spiritual heritage is one we can all share, in a powerful experience of praying together. Plenty of resources are available: a new DVD with a message from the Ordinary, a poster which can be personalised with details of local events, and materials for children’s activities.

Called to be Holy draws its inspiration from the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Benedict XVI Anglicanorum coetibus, published in November 2009, which specifically refers to ‘many elements of sanctification and of truth that are found outside the Catholic Church’s visible confines. These are gifts properly belonging to the Church of Christ; they are forces impelling towards Catholic unity. They are a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and a treasure to be shared’.

Called to be Holy is intended to contribute to the spiritual renewal of Catholic life in England by drawing on those elements of sanctification to be found in the riches of English spiritual writers, to make evident the truth and beauty contained in Catholic teaching and life in a way that will have a particular appeal to sensitivities fashioned by Anglican and English traditions, and as the specific gift the Ordinariate brings to the Catholic Church in England and to our common task of evangelisation.

There will be a Called to be Holy Novena from Friday 15th May to Saturday 23rd May, that is between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. Ordinariate Groups across the country will be hosting a day of recollection during the Novena; details of local events in May will be posted on the special Called to Be … website (http://www.calledtobe.org.uk/) as soon as they are available. It will be possible to join in a ‘virtual’ Novena by following the spiritual writings, prayers and reflections, which we also hope to publish on this Ordinariate Expats website.

It is hoped that this initiative by the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Called to be Holy, will appeal to members of our Ordinariate Groups, to our brothers and sisters in local Catholic Dioceses and Deaneries, and to our brothers and sisters in other Christian communities, as we all seek that constant renewal of our spiritual life in Christ which is the essential foundation to the task of offering the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of this land, once renowned as the Island of Saints and as Our Lady’s Dowry. 

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