Fr. Ousley reports the following good news on The Blessed John Henry Newman Fellowship, now of Strafford, Pennsylvania:
Blessed John Henry Newman Fellowship
The Sunday evening Fellowship Mass is now at six o’clock instead of five, and celebrated at Our Lady of the Assumption in Strafford (which is just west of Wayne on the Main Line). OLA is an Archdiocesan “ethnic” parish for Italians, located at the Strafford train station on Old Eagle School Road just above Lancaster. Fr Dennis Carbonaro, the Pastor, and the good people of the parish have made us wonderfully welcome, and are enthusiastic about the mission of the Ordinariate and of the Newman Fellowship. While Fr Carbonaro was away for our first Sunday, both of the other priests who live at OLA came to see if we needed any help setting up. Fr Woodeshick also stayed for Mass with us. We are most grateful to OLA for their generosity in taking us in and providing space for worship, fellowship and catechesis. As nice as the Latvian Lutheran Church was , it is much more comfortable spiritually to be in a Catholic Church, with our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament. At least through October, the schedule of Mass at 6, followed by supper and catechesis continues. If you hear of others who might be interested in an Ordinariate Mass on Sunday evening on the Main Line, please let them know we’re there!
As I mentioned last month, the formation process is drawing towards its conclusion, and we have set a date for the reception into the communion of the Catholic Church of those in the Fellowship who are prepared to make the commitment at this time. It is to take place on the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, November 2nd, at the six o’clock Mass. Monsignor Steenson has asked me to minister the sacraments of initiation (penance, confirmation, communion) on his behalf. I hope that others, especially from St Michael’s, will be able to attend to support the members of the Fellowship as they join us in the full communion with the See of Peter. This is something that they have longed for and prepared for for a long time. I’m sure it will bring them an unexpectedly abundant share of the same joy we experienced two years ago. For those needing to make their confessions before being received, we have scheduled time on Sunday, October 26th, after Mass. If another time is better, let me know, and we can set something else.
Blessed John Henry Newman’s Feast Day is October 9th. We have transferred the Fellowship’s Feast of Title to the following Sunday, observing it on October 12th (that’s today), at the usual six o’clock Mass.
I want to extend a special thanks to the folks that helped with the move from the Latvian Lutheran Church to Our Lady of the Assumption: the Livezeys (Lisa, William & Trevor) and Raynor Sherlock. David and Rita Moyer also came to help clean up the Lutheran space so it could be left in good shape. Thanks also goes to Fr Grogan and our friends at St Therese and Holy Cross for the long-term loan of a cart to store the hymnals and service booklets at OLA, as we do for St Michael’s at Holy Cross. They had an extra cart which they were willing to share – which saves the Fellowship a significant expense. I also want to express my thanks (and awe) to those who have been providing such splendid suppers every Sunday after Mass. This sustains everyone for the formation class which follows. All very impressive!