The Ordinariate Observer No. 3 – March 2015

The third issue of The Ordinariate Observer is available online. To access it, just click on the banner heading below:

The Ordinariate Observer - March 2015

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Brief comment from the Saint Agatha’s blogger

The new blogger of the Portsmouth Ordinariate mission wrote of his recent visit to Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Gregory, Warwick Street:

I passed by Our Lady, Warwick Street. Being the Principal Church of the Ordinariate I was expecting to see Portal magazines, English hymnals, glittering shrines to Our Lady of Walsingham and John Henry Newman as well as a list of where the UK Ordinariate groups are based. Sadly I did not.


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Gippsland Ordinariate Parish has a new Oratory in Maffra

The Parish of Gippsland in New South Wales with its pastor, Fr. Ken Clark, and its solitary religious, Sister Barbara, is a small, far-flung community covering hundreds of kilometres. Its website states: 

The Gippsland Ordinariate Parish

We are Catholics centred in, and around, Maffra, Sale, Yarram (1hr 20min drive from Maffra), Mirboo North (1hr 15min drive), and Heyfield; and we worship every Sunday at St Michael’s, Heyfield.

Fr Ken Clark lives in Maffra, where he and his wife, Carmel, manage the Maffra Motor Inn, as a way of financing the ministry. Fr Ken was ordained by Bp Christopher Prowse in Sale Cathedral on the 19th October 2013. Carmel and Sr Barbara, are members of the local Catholic cenacle which meets in Maffra whose apostolate is praying for priests and vocations.

Now, Fr. Ken reports on his blog that a new chapel or oratory has been established in their motel:

New Adoration Chapel in Maffra

The Gippsland Ordinariate Adoration Chapel is now a reality. The Sacrifice of the Mass was offered on 7 February, in honour of Our Lady. This chapel is located in one of the rooms in the motel that my wife and I manage, the Maffra Motor Inn.

chapel in MaffraHere in our chapel, in the midst of the exquisitely ordinary and perfectly mundane day to day of the running of the Motel, we are learning to create a haven of quietness, and holiness; one where our Lord dwells. The Chapel is one where we meet Christ, one on one; we can sit, be quiet in the stillness that is God; we can listen, and know God. We take time out of our lives to spend time in eternity.

The Chapel houses eight people comfortably, and is open from 7.30am – 9.00pm every day of the year. Anyone may visit, and this Chapel has the support of the Ordinary, Monsignor Harry Entwistle, who has granted a faculty for the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament and the utilisation of the Chapel for worship and adoration.

The Cenacle of the Marian Movement for Priests, Maffra, has asked to use the Chapel for some of their prayer meetings, and it is good to have dedicated prayerful support for our priests.

During Lent on Thursday evenings there will be a Holy Hour of Reparation at 8.00pm, followed by Evening Prayer, and Rosary. Feel free to visit often and stay as long as you like.

Have you thought about adding a Holy Hour of Reparation to your Lenten discipline? In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus asked his disciples, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” The Holy Hour is prayed before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration and praise.

Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Saviour who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 2628)

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Interregnum at St. Alban’s Fellowship, Rochester, NY

Logo St Alban's RochesterSince the retirement of Fr. John Cornelius, the Ordinariate Fellowship of St. Alban in Rochester has been without a pastor for four months now. Although St. Thomas the Apostle Church was officially designated as temporary mass site for the interregnum, the group has still had a full, mainly lay-led, schedule.

Some examples of the various events are:

  • Evensong on Nov 23, Dec 28, Feb 8
  • Lessons and Carols on Jan 11
  • Attendance at the reception and confirmation of a Group member in Auburn
  • Attendance at an Extraordinary Form Mass in East Bloomfield
  • Ordinariate Mass with guest celebrant, Fr. Jason Catania from Kitchener, ON
  • Pub night on Dec 4
  • Christmas Party on Dec 28
  • Barbecue on Feb 28
  • Visit from Evan Simington, who is preparing for the priesthood in the Ordinariate, from April 10 – 13

Now the Fellowship have noted on their website that a priest has offered to celebrate several of the Easter Triduum services with them, which is a wonderful piece of news:

Holy Week and Easter at St. Alban’s

The St. Alban fellowship will celebrate Holy Week and Easter services this year.

We are pleased to announce that the new judicial vicar for the Ordinariate, Fr. Becket Soule OP, will be paying us a visit during Holy Week, and saying the services for us. This is a wonderful opportunity for our group. Fr. Soule is a professor at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he holds the Bishop James A. Griffin Chair of Canon Law. He is also a Dominican. His visit will be from March 31 to April 6.

Importantly, many of the services we will be using are newly approved Ordinariate Holy Week services, drawing from the same well of sources as our office and Mass.

We will have the following services at Good Shepherd Church:

Wednesday, 1 April
7:30 pm Tenebrae
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Confessions

Friday, 3 April [Good Friday]
12:00 noon Celebration of the Passion, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion
1:30 pm (or at the conclusion of the service) – 2:00 pm Confessions

Saturday, 4 April [Holy Saturday]
10:00 am Morning Prayer [and Blessing of Easter Baskets]
10:30 am – 11:00 am Confessions

Sunday, 5 April [Easter Day]
3:00 pm Mass

Note: The Tenebrae ceremony is the gradual extinguishing of candles upon a stand in the sanctuary called a hearse. Eventually, the Roman Rite settled on fifteen candles, one of which is extinguished after each of the nine psalms of Matins and the five of Lauds, gradually reducing the lighting throughout the service. The six altar candles are put out during the Benedictus, and then any remaining lights in the church. The last candle is hidden beneath the altar, ending the service in total darkness. The strepitus (Latin for “great noise”), made by slamming a book shut, banging a hymnal or breviary against the pew, or stomping on the floor, symbolizes the earthquake that followed Christ’s death, although it may have originated as a simple signal to depart. After the candle has been shown to the people, it is extinguished, and then put “on the credence table,” or simply taken to the sacristy. All rise and then leave in silence.(Adrian Fortescue, The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, 1917, page 288).

We congratulate the Fellowship of St. Alban on their initiative and perseverance during this Interregnum and hope and pray that it will not be long before they are able to welcome their new permanent pastor.

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The Ordinariate and Devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham

In a recent interview with Catherine Utley, the former communications director of the Ordinariate, the newly-appointed rector of the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, Mgr. John Armitage, said the following:

“… part of the strong history of the Catholic Church in this country is the Church pre-Reformation and Walsingham sits at the centre of that history, and I think what’s happened over the years is that that period of our Catholic story has not been as strong in the consciousness of Catholics in England …

OLW from RC shrine with costly crown with jewels kleinI think that, just by its very name, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham brings the knowledge of Walsingham to a much higher plane among Catholics. I was delighted when I heard that it was going to take the title ‘of Our Lady of Walsingham’ because I think that just having the title can – and does – help. Obviously, among Catholics of the Ordinariate, devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham has been there as very much part of their history and so this devotion of Ordinariate members can strengthen the general understanding because, although Walsingham is the National Shrine, the majority of people would probably not appreciate that it’s the National Shrine. They may know that it’s the National Shrine, but they may not know why it’s the National Shrine and so I think that the Ordinariate can make a big contribution and I am very grateful, as the new Rector, for the great devotion of the members of the Ordinariate to this great pilgrim site in honour of the Mother of God. …

The message of Walsingham is very clear. It’s around the Annunciation. Our Lady said ‘come and remember what happened in Nazareth and remember the Annunciation’. The whole event of the Annunciation is: the word became flesh and lived among us and that is not a ‘niche story’, so to speak. People can’t say: ‘I’m not into Walsingham’. That’s not what it’s about. Our Lady is pointing, not to herself, but, as always, to her son. …

The fact that Our Lady took the trouble to appear to Richeldis in this part of our country is such a great honour and all the great titles that flow from that – of Walsingham being ‘England’s Nazareth’, of England becoming ‘Mary’s dowry’ – have their roots in Walsingham. Come to Walsingham!”

To demonstrate and to promote the Ordinariate’s close relationship with Walsingham and the Shrine, the Coventry Ordinariate Mission has recently founded a branch of the Walsingham Association in Coventry (which is open not only to the Ordinariate but to all local Catholics), and a second Ordinariate group is known to be on the verge of founding a branch of the Association in their area too.

So what is the Walsingham Association and why might it be something for each of us?

On the Association’s website you can read:

walsingham_association logoThe Walsingham Association exists primarily to spread devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham and encourage pilgrimage to her Shrine. Founded in 1933, the Association now has some 50 branches throughout the UK, which new members are most welcome to join, or you may become one of the many individual members of the Association.

Membership is open to all who have a devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham and offers the following:

Spiritual Benefits

  • Members share in Daily Masses at the Shrine
  • Members share in Special Masses offered for them and their families at the Shrine each quarter
  • Members unite in the daily prayers of all members throughout the year
  • Members of branches of the Association share in the various local spiritual activities
  • Deceased members share in a Mass said each year in November in Walsingham

Other Benefits

  • Members receive quarterly newsletters
  • Members may participate in local, regional and national events such as the Annual Retreat, Pilgrimages, etc.
  • Members receive a Membership Certificate and Prayer Card

Where it is practical to form a branch of the Walsingham Association, we Ordinaraite Catholics should seriously consider doing so. And those who live some distance from groups, especially those living on the Continent or elsewhere overseas, might want to take up individual membership.

Membership forms are available here

The appropriate form should be printed out and sent to:

The National Secretary
The Walsingham Association
The Pilgrim Bureau
Friday Market Place
Norfolk NR22 6EG

Good luck!

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Mgr Barnes encourages those on the brink

Nicodemus, a Ruler of the Jews

St-Anne-Brockenhurst-image-3_mediumSt Anne’s, Brockenhurst, is one of the prettiest Catholic churches in our neighbourhood. Last evening I celebrated their Mass. They have a liturgy of the word and distribution of Holy Communion (what is curiously called a “eucharistic service”) on Wednesday, a Mass on Sunday evening – and that is all. If there were more priests available, it would be a thriving church. Many would love to have a daily Mass. There is a lively community in Brockenhurst, and there is great lay enthusiasm at St Anne’s. What is more they SING; not just hymns, but also the responses to the Sursum, the Sanctus, the Acclamation. Anglo-Catholics would feel very much at home there.

Many Anglican clergy friends of mine are waiting on the brink of joining the Ordinariate; they just want to get this particular job done, complete this child’s education, wait to see just what it will be like when there is a lady Bishop in the diocese, get another year or two onto their Pension provision.

I just fear they might leave it too long. There are so many disillusioned lay people in the Church of England, hoping that some Anglican priest might give them a lead. There are so many Catholic laity, waiting in the hope that their church will not be closed for the shortage of priests. There are Catholic Bishops and our Ordinary involved in a juggling match, trying to ensure the best use of a reducing number of clergy. And still Anglican clerics, entirely catholic at heart, hang on for another year or two, ‘until’. If only we could somehow let them see what a joy it is to be in Communion with the See of Peter. The welcome that awaits them is wonderful. Well the Lord is very patient.

Yesterday’s Mass readings were about Nicodemus. Poor timid Nicodemus, who could only approach Jesus by night (for he was a Leader of the Pharisees – what would people think?). Later, he dared speak up a little (“You can’t condemn a man without giving him a hearing” he said) – and he was berated for his speaking out. Eventually, he came into the light; and outdid the Apostles by joining with Joseph of Arimathea in taking care of the Body of Jesus and giving it decent burial, without bothering what his old friends might say.

I hope there are many who, from timid beginnings, are getting ready to declare themselves and join the Roman Catholic Church – whether through the Ordinariate, or by the circuitous route of offering for the diocesan priesthood. Whichever you decide, once the decision is made, you will not regret it.

(from Antique Richborough, 16 March 2015)

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17th March 2015 – Happy Saint Patrick’s Day



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