Australia-Wide – August 2014

The August edition of “Australia-Wide”, the newsletter of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, has appeared online. You can read it by clicking on the banner heading below:

Australia-Wide - August 2014I would suggest that there are two significant pieces of news:

  • the first is that the Ordinariate Parish of St. Edmund Campion, located at St. Patrick’s Church in Mentone, Victoria, will be celebrating an “Ordinariate Festival” on Sunday 31st August 2014 in the presence of the Ordinary, Msgr. Harry Entwistle. A service of Evensong and Benediction will take place at 4 pm followed by Mass at 5 pm. I imagine that this Festival will be on slightly smaller scale than the similarly named event to be celebrated in London, England, from 19th to 21st September but we wish the Festival a huge success.
  • and the second is the official establishment of a Support Network  – hopefully we can obtain some more information soon about this organisation.
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6 Responses to Australia-Wide – August 2014

  1. EPMS says:

    Well, news of the Canadian branch of the OCSP may be hard to come by in Canada, but there is plenty of news about it in Australia Wide. Ms Frank has something to say about the importance of communication.

  2. Paul Nicholls ofs says:

    You would think with the far flung communities in the Canadian Deanery and the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, that a greater effort would be forthcoming from the Dean and the Ordinary to improve communication or undertake a similar initiative as the Australian Ordinary.

    Sorry to be critical, but I am frustrated with the situation here to the point that I have left my Ordinariate community and am attending Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form at another Roman Catholic parish. There are also a number of other reasons for me doing so. Those who wish to criticize me in saying the above, feel free to do so, but for me, personally the Ordinariate here in Canada has not been a success story.

    Whether I come back or not, is dependent on something being done about the situation here. I have a lot of positive suggestions that I have made in the past to build up the Ordinariate communities here, but they have fallen on deaf ears.

    The UK or Australian Ordinariates are doing a good job in building up and creating some sense of cohesion between the various communities. So, why is more not happening here? Am I the only one harbouring these opinions. No, other Ordinariate members here have expressed the same opinions, but choose not to voice them publicly. Maybe, it’s about time they spoke up.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Paul,

      You wrote: Sorry to be critical, but I am frustrated with the situation here to the point that I have left my Ordinariate community and am attending Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form at another Roman Catholic parish. There are also a number of other reasons for me doing so. Those who wish to criticize me in saying the above, feel free to do so, but for me, personally the Ordinariate here in Canada has not been a success story.

      I, for one, would like to know more about the sources of your frustration, if you care to share them.

      But I also have one very important question. Does the situation at the St. Thomas More Community in downtown Toronto seem to be the same as the Oshawa community, or are there discernible differences?

      Norm.

  3. EPMS says:

    Is the OOLSC entirely, or almost entirely, composed of former TAC clergy and laity? This might create greater collegiality than the OCSP can muster. Certainly it cannot have many more resources available to it than the OCSP, yet its web presence is considerably more sophisticated and up to date. Someone there recognises that getting the word out is Job One, not some afterthought. OCSP has no newsletter, the most recent news item on the website is months old, and the Ordinary’s blog entries are sporadic. At the Deanery level there have been one or two issues of a newsletter, available to members only, and a brief attempt at blogging by the Dean. The parish newsletters which exist are generally pretty light on news, as such. My general impression is that there is some suspicion about revealing information to “outsiders”. The so-called news item about the Maple Ridge group is emblematic: the bare announcement that there is a service, and the picture of the empty sanctuary. Mrs Gyapong mentioned BTW recently that there is a regular Evensong at her parish with a post-service reception to which inquirers are invited. Had we heard of this before, or seen any pictures? Did we get any follow-up on the Ordinariate mass in Frederiction, NB? Of course a personal blog should not have to function as a default news source, but we are left in the position of knowing considerably more about a holy door in Quebec than we do about anything going on in the Deanery of St John the Baptist, and I agree, it’s frustrating.

    • EPMS says:

      Just noticed first issue of a newsletter, dated July 2014, on the OCSP website.

      • Rev22:17 says:

        EPMS,

        You wrote: Just noticed first issue of a newsletter, dated July 2014, on the OCSP website.

        Thanks for pointing out this newsletter! There is a considerable amount of information of which I was previously unaware, including identification of several ordinariate clergy whose names I had not previously seen — one of whom is a military chaplain!

        Norm.

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