Some news from Vancouver

The August edition of the newsletter “Update” from the Sodality of St. Edmund, King and Martyr, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, brings some news of the Fellowship of Our Lady of Walsingham in Vancouver.

This photo shows the Chapel of St. Thomas in the former convent (now parish offices) at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Maple Ridge, where the Fellowship regularly meets for Sung Mass at 9.15 on Sundays. The group pastor is Fr Michael Shier.  

St Thomas Chapel, Maple Ridge, VancouverSt Patrick's Church, Maple RidgeSt Patrick’s Church, Maple Ridge

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3 Responses to Some news from Vancouver

  1. EPMS says:

    Is this news? The service time in Maple Ridge has been available from the “Communities” page on the OCSP website since March. And the picture is singularly uninformative. My idea of news goes a little beyond this.

    • Sorry, EPMS. Real news is few and far between at the moment. Have added another pic for fun.

      Anyway, for me the noteworthy news is not so much the service time or the photos but rather that the Fellowship is meeting in its own chapel outside the church building, which was not obvious from the communities page of the CSP website. This is one way of ensuring a distinct identity for the Ordinariate group whilst being closely connected to the diocesan parish – a better solution that being swallowed up into the parish community.

      • Rev22:17 says:

        David,

        Anyway, for me the noteworthy news is not so much the service time or the photos but rather that the Fellowship is meeting in its own chapel outside the church building, which was not obvious from the communities page of the CSP website. This is one way of ensuring a distinct identity for the Ordinariate group whilst being closely connected to the diocesan parish – a better solution that being swallowed up into the parish community.

        Rather, it seems to be a question of “rightsizing” — the chapel is the right size for the sodality at the moment. There’s nothing worse than a congregation of twenty meeting in the main worship space of a huge cathedral that can seat a couple thousand! Whenever the sodality outgrows the present chapel, it will move into a larger space — either the church of the same parish or perhaps the church of a nearby parish, if a reasonable time slot is available, or perhaps to its own facility.

        Norm.

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