Beginning with an 8.30 a.m. Ordinariate use Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Washington DC, this coming Sunday, September 7, the former Ordinariate parish of St Luke’s Bladensburg, Maryland, officially relocates to the Shaw district of Washington DC and is renamed “St. Luke’s at Immaculate Conception”.
Steve Cavanaugh on his “The Anglican Use of the Roman Rite” website points us to the following article on PRWeb:
“St. Luke’s Bladensburg, Former Episcopal Church, Now Catholic, Moving to Nation’s Capital
Renamed St. Luke’s at Immaculate Conception, was first Episcopal parish to join U.S. Ordinariate; Masses begin September 7th
Washington, DC (PRWeb) September 03, 2014
St. Luke’s Bladensburg, the Episcopal congregation that made headlines in 2011 as the first U.S. parish to join the Roman Catholic Church under a new, expedited process, is moving to Washington, DC on September, 7, 2014. Their new home is Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1315 8th St, NW, in the diverse Shaw neighborhood two blocks from the Walter Washington DC Convention Center. The congregation will now be known as Saint Luke’s at Immaculate Conception.
The move accommodates its present parishioners from DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia in a more centralized location, and hopes to attract new members who can now easily reach St. Luke’s by Metrobus and Metrorail Green and Yellow lines at the Mt. Vernon Sq. 7th St/Convention Center.
For its inaugural Mass at Immaculate Conception (8:30 am on Sunday, Sept. 7), St Luke’s is honored to host Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, as celebrant and preacher. (Steenson, who previously served in the Episcopal Church as Bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as the first Ordinary of the US Ordinariate on January 1, 2012).
The Ordinariate Use Mass, celebrated at 8:30 am each Sunday through Friday, is in addition to Immaculate Conception’s weekly Sunday 11:00 am Choral Mass and 6:00 pm Latin Chanted (Novus Ordo) Mass, as well as their weekday Masses at 12:15 pm.
Episcopalians and Anglicans will feel particularly comfortable with the Ordinariate Use Mass; St. Luke’s is in communion with the Holy See and fully upholds the teachings of the Catholic Church, but celebrates the liturgy according to an approved translation of the Latin Rite which beautifully integrates familiar, traditional-language prayers from the Book of Common Prayer.
Immaculate Conception, the ‘oldest daughter’ of St. Patrick’s Church—the first Catholic parish in Washington, DC— is currently commemorating its 150th year of service to the
Shaw community. The buildings and parish property were placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior in September 2003.
“Immaculate Conception Church and its grounds are exquisite, and really display both the interior and exterior beauty of the Church,” said The Rev. Mark Lewis, Administrator of St Luke’s. “The 8:30 am weekday Ordinariate Mass is a great way to start the day before work, after getting the children to school, and other daily activities.”
This week, St. Luke’s also announced the beginning of a new initiative to build on its existing tradition of Sacred Music. Named in honor of Saint Benedict and the Benedictine tradition of Gregorian chant, and with a nod of gratitude to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (who founded the Ordinariates), the women of The St. Benet Schola will provide the chant at the 8:30 am Sunday Mass at Immaculate Conception. The group will draw on the Anglican plainsong tradition, while at the same time emphasizing the universal, Catholic nature of worship, by singing the ancient chants and texts of the Sacred Liturgy.
“We are excited about the future of St. Luke’s and its evangelism to non-Christians and bringing relapsed Catholics home to Rome,” said Fr. Lewis. “By moving our services to Immaculate Conception, the Ordinariate will be located in the heart of the DC Metro area. We are truly blessed and grateful to the Archdiocese of Washington and Monsignor Watkins for this opportunity.” …”
P.S. The new St. Luke’s website is up and running although it is still in construction.