(The first three reports are taken from the Ordinariate facebook page)
Fr David Mawson writes:
“The Shrewsbury Group held a ‘Called To Be One Day’ exploration meeting at St Winfride’s Catholic Church in Shrewsbury which is part of the Shrewsbury Cathedral parish. Led by Father David Mawson it was attended by about 15 people – roughly half of whom were Catholics from the Cathedral parish and half Anglicans. After an introduction about the background to the Ordinariate and a clarification of terminology which might be found confusing the DVD was shown. Father David shared his own story and a discussion followed which was found very helpful by all involved. Many misunderstandings seem to have been resolved and misconceptions corrected. Refreshments were followed by Evening Prayer in the Anglican tradition. An encouraging exercise which may well bear useful fruit.”
Fr Ivan Dominic Aquilina writes:
“Around twenty people gathered for our event in Westerham Catholic Church organised by the Sevenoaks Ordinariate Group. We started by prayers from our devotional patrimony and followed with the DVD done for the occasion. Two members of the group gave their testimony about why they did the journey into the Catholic Church. Both said that it was one of the best things they did in their life and expressed their joy in doing so. The testimony of these two members was truly moving. The event ended with opportunity for comments and questions and the Angelus followed by a prayer to Blessed John Henry Newman. Tea and cake was enjoyed by all. As a follow-up we are going to organise the “Why course”. There are potential candidates as a result considering their reception in the Catholic Church.
Father David Elliott writes:
“At Reading we had a very successful Evensong and Benediction service at St James’ by the Forbury. A good number of local Anglicans and Catholics attended as well as one or two from other denominations. The sermon focused on how we can work together more as Catholics and Anglicans in Reading to influence the area in which we live, create a sense of unity as regards national debates, and pray more together for current international situations such as the catastrophe in Iraq at this time. The choir sang Walmisley’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D minor, ‘O thou the Central Orb’ by Charles Wood, and Herbert Howells’ ‘Salve Regina’.”
Jackie Brooks writes:
“Our preparations for “The Day” consisted of organizing with the John Fisher School – over a long period of time – for their choir to sing BCP Evensong and Benediction for us (they had not done this before so it was quite unfamiliar to them). Printing the necessary service books for the congregation, and the suggested Mass Cards to be given out. Making arrangements for the Lunch. Arranging for a speaker and introduction for the DVD.
Advertising was mainly with the posters supplied. The Croydon Visitors Centre were eager to take an A3 poster and the threefold leaflets. It was difficult to persuade others to put up posters. Some were taken to the local hospital by one of our group. The local paper put a piece in their paper on the 5th September.
There was a pleasing turnout (over 70) of interested people who shared fully in the day. There was a very motivated question time with interesting and sensible questions (which Mgr. Keith was able to answer).
Mgr. Keith sang Evensong and Benediction with the choir which numbered around 30 – 35 boys and of course their parents and relations came to hear them making our numbers up to well over 100 and many joined us for some refreshments afterwards.
In all it was a very pleasant day which everybody seemed to enjoy and appreciate. (Hard work but hopefully worth it!!)”
The Black Country (Wombourne)
Fr John Lungley writes:
“The Black Country Group, at the prompting of its pastor, decided to organise a modest event suited to its size. A small church and hall were selected as more appropriate and less intimidating than Our Lady’s, Cannock Road, where we meet for the monthly mass. The three Ordinariate groups in the Birmingham Archdiocese, Black Country, Coventry and North Birmingham, placed a joint advert in the Diocesan monthly newspaper, which certainly provoked some attention. Some forty people attended, of whom several were former converts from Anglicanism. The video, despite technical imperfections, was very useful. Unfortunately the power supply of the computer failed half way through, but the interview with the Ordinary provided more than enough material for questions. These had to be curtailed to make time for tea before Benediction in church. The local diocesan church choir sang Elgar’s Ave Verum and led the singing having carefully learnt Blessed & Praised be Jesus Christ etc. from the Anglo-Catholic repertoire. Thank you, Saint Bernadette’s, Wombourne!
Some expressed interest in a follow-up event, which has yet to be decided.
As we are a very small group, our initial reaction to the Called to be One project was not very favourable, but eventually we decided to go ahead not to let the side down, although only six members were able to offer practical support. As it turned out, we would say that the Called to be One project was worth doing and more enjoyable than we feared, but still hard work!”