Divine Worship: the Missal to be published in November

This week the Catholic Truth Society announced the publication in November of Divine Worship: The Missal. These texts for the celebration of Mass have been approved and promulgated by the Holy See for use in the Personal Ordinariates established under the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus.

divine worship missalWith high quality leather binding, gilding, Florentine blocking, ribbons and beautifully illustrated, this Missal will foster the noble and worthy celebration of the sacred liturgy in the Ordinariates worldwide, and provide an essential study text for all who love the Church’s worship. The Missal includes the Order of Mass, Proper of Time and Sanctoral cycle with votive, ritual and Masses for the dead with all the main liturgical texts set to music.

It can be pre-ordered from CTS Online at a price of £300.

(Ordinariate Groups in the UK are asked to contact Mgr Keith Newton’s secretary – secretary@ordinariate.org.uk – for further information about a special purchase order.)

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Clergy moves in Britain

As the September 3rd newsletter reports. a number of Ordinariate clergy are moving this September. Probably the most significant move is that of Father Simon Chinery to Hemel Fr Simon ChineryHempstead, where the Ordinariate group has been without a pastor for quite a long time now and has been served for Sunday Masses and the Easter Triduum by a team of flying priests from all over the region, including the Expats spiritual director, Fr. Scott Anderson. Father Chinery leaves a diocesan parish in Saltash in the Diocese of Plymouth, where he had had no Ordinariate group, and will commence work in Hemel Hempstead on 10th October.

Two other priests who are moving within the Diocese of Brentwood in order better to serve their Ordinariate groups are:

Fr David WallerFather David Waller, who has been priest-in-charge of St John the Baptist in Ilford (in the East of Greater London) and pastor of the Ordinariate group in Walthamstow, some fifteen miles away,  is now to take over the parish of Christ the King in Chingford, which is much more convenient, being only two miles from Walthamstow.

Fr Jeff Woolnough and Fr Lee Bennett

Fr Jeff Woolnough and Fr Lee Bennett

Father Lee Bennett moves from Holy Family, Benfleet, to take over the Parish of Sacred Heart and St. John Fisher, Southend-on–Sea, in September. The Benfleet and Hockley Ordinariate Groups merged at the beginning of this month to form one Southend Area Mission, based at St John Fisher Church, Prittlewell, Southend. The Mission will be served by Fr Bennett and Fr Jeff Woolnough, priest-in-charge of St Peter’s, Eastwood, Leigh on Sea. They will be assisted by Fr Bob White (retired), Deacon Richard Cerson and Michael Halsall, who is to be ordained transitional Deacon by Bishop Alan Williams, Bishop of Brentwood, on Wednesday 30th September at St John Fisher’s at 7.30pm.

For more information visit: http://www.southendordinariate.org.uk

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Cardiff’s statue of Our Lady of Walsingham has arrived and is magnificent

The Ordinariate newsletter informs us that:

The Ordinariate Group in south Wales commissioned a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham to adorn the altar of their chapel in St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff.

The statue has been hand-carved in lindenwood by Mr Josef Albl of Oberammergau in Bavaria and will go in the gap in the centre of the reredos.

Fr Bernard Sixtus, the Group Pastor, now reports that “the Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham has ARRIVED!!! We received the finished statue from Mr Albl! Our new statue will be blessed by our Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, on Sunday 18th October at 1pm during the Ordinariate Mass in the Cathedral.”

It certainly looks quite magnificent as you can see from the photograph.

OLW statue by Albl

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September edition of the Newsletter of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

For some months the position of Communications Director in the UK Ordinariate has been vacant since the departure of Catherine Utley, so the Ordinariate newsletter has appeared only sporadically. We are now informed that Fr. Simon Chinery, the new pastor of the Hemel Hempstead Ordinariate group, has also been appointed Communications Director. This welcome news is accompanied by the publication of a new edition of the newsletter, which you can read by clicking on the banner heading below:

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From the St. Thomas More, Scranton, September newsletter

Father Eric Bergman writes:

Dear Members and Friends,

I wrote to you last month about the establishment in the coming year of our parish school and mentioned in passing the coffee shop and gift store in the old Guild Building that will help fund this initiative. We’re asked quite often when exactly the stores will finally open, and just last week we got our answer.

Having been beset by construction delays we could not commit firmly even to an opening month, let alone a day. However, it now appears that the stores will be ready to open in the first half of November, just in time for us to be part of the Christmas shopping rush. This month also happens to coincide with our reception into the Church ten years ago on the Solemnity of All Saints, so our tenth anniversary as Catholics will be cause for celebration in more ways than one. Please continue to pray that the schedule we have received from the contractors will come to fruition and downtown Scranton will soon once again have a store for Catholic books and religious goods.

Even as we look to a promising future we have many people to thank for the successes of the past month or so. You’ll read elsewhere in this newsletter about the completion of the St Thomas More ramp Sept 2015handicap access ramp into the nave, and I thank all who contributed to make this possible. Our carpenters, who also helped refurbish the Convent Chapel, outdid themselves in making it fit in with the décor of the church, but they experienced cost overruns in making it totally compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was my decision to delay its construction no longer, despite the fact we don’t have the money on hand to pay for it, because I thought it too important to put off. This decision has been vindicated at least in part by the number of people who have come to Mass since its construction who could not have worshiped with us otherwise. I’m truly amazed by how many. My hope, of course, is that the other part of my decision will be vindicated by contributions to make up for the $2,000 we still owe our kind carpenters, who have made our church so much more accessible. Please give as you are able and as the Lord leads you.

Thank you, also, for the contributions you made by which we will be able to take down the house at 1622 Church Avenue. Last Sunday we received the money to put us over the top of the $4,400 challenge grant, but this is by no means the last money we’ll need to raise to make the Jerry McGreevy Memorial Park a reality. Over the winter we’ll find out what the City of Scranton requires of us, since the park will abut a parking lot. Once we know we will draw up plans for sidewalks and a fence to encircle the entirety of the two lots we’re making into one. As we find out how much that will cost we will inform the parish and come up with ways to have it ready before the 2016-17 school year begins, since we intend to use the park as our school playground. This option will be a much safer and grassier one than that used until 1984, when St. Joseph School was open on this campus; the Ferdinand Street parking lot doubled as the schoolyard. We are grateful the children of the parish will have green space in Providence.

We owe an additional thank you to the households who have already donated the Divine Worship Missals that we will begin using on the altar beginning the first Sunday of Advent later this year. David Kern donated the one we’ll use in the church, Bootsie and Jack Schofield the one for the chapel, and Anne Marie and Paul SuPrise a third. This third missal we will give to Msgr. Dale Rupert in gratitude for his ten years of service to our community. Msgr. Rupert, as you know, still fills in for me when I must be away, as well as most Sunday evenings when I say Mass in Bath. He has been a tireless supporter of our work, and he took such an interest in our liturgy that he studied and wrote term papers about our form of the one, holy Mass while a student at Mundelein in Chicago. To my
shame our parish has never formally given him a gift, and we hope that this offering will begin to make up for my inexcusable oversight and demonstrate our gratitude for all he’s done on our behalf. There is one more opportunity if you, too, would like to give a Divine Worship Missal: Blessed John Henry Newman Society, our Bath mission, needs one, as well. Contact our Parish Office if you’d like to make this donation. We are grateful to all these servants of our parish, and I ask you to keep them in your prayers. …

The Rev. Eric L. Bergman

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September 1st – Titular Solemnity of Our Lady of the Southern Cross

On today’s feast of Our Lady of the Southern Cross:

Southern CrossIn southern heavens is found a constellation call Crux.  Every Australian who has gazed upon the night sky has seen the Southern Cross and knows it well.

Pope Saint John Paul II, in address to the Aboriginal people of Australia in 1986, said… “It is a great joy for me to be here today in Alice Springs and to meet so many of you, the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders of Australia. I want to tell you right away how much the Church esteems and loves you, and how much she wishes to assist you in your spiritual and material needs.

As the human family spread over the face of the earth, your people settled and lived in this big country that stood apart from all the others. Other people did not even know this land was here; they only knew that somewhere in the southern oceans of the world there was “The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit”.

As well as adorning the Australian National Flag, the Southern Cross is an important symbolic and spiritual symbol for all Australians.  The tradition of Our Lady of the Southern Cross finds an inspiration in this cross of stars.

our-lady-of-the-southern-crossIn 2010 Paul Newton, an Australian portrait artist, was commissioned by His Eminence George Cardinal Pell to paint 32 works for the chapel of Domus Australia, the new Australian pilgrim centre in Rome, which was opened by Benedict XVI in 2011.  Pride of place in the chapel is given to a picture of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.  This picture is a similar picture to the one Newton painted for World Youth Day 2008 which now hangs in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.

Under the Patronage of Our Lady of the Southern Cross and with her prayers the Personal Ordinariate in Australia shall shine like the stars in heaven.

(taken from the website of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross)

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Cycle of Prayer for September 2015

cycle_of_prayer_button_webIf you already belong to our praying community who use the Ordinariate Expats Cycle of Prayer daily for your personal or community prayers or if you are interested in joining our steadily expanding throng, here is the Cycle of Prayer for September – just click on the link below.

Ordinariate Expats Cycle of Prayer – 201509

This month our prayers for the Ordinariates in Australia and the UK are on their Festivals (the Titular Solemnity of Our Lady of the Southern Cross – September 1st – and the Ordinariate Festival in Westminster – September 19th).

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