New Mass centre in Queensland, Australia

Every piece of news about the Australian Ordinariate which suggests that it is growing is very welcome. The Ordinariate website now announces that from 15th November a new Mass centre will open at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 44 Imperial Parade, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland (between Brisbane and Mullumbimby) at 5.30pm. Mass will then be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday evenings of each month.

St Joseph the Worker, Labrador, Queensland

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One Response to New Mass centre in Queensland, Australia

  1. Rev22:17 says:

    David,

    You wrote: Every piece of news about the Australian Ordinariate which suggests that it is growing is very welcome.

    Amen!

    One of the major reasons for establishing “ordinariates” rather than “dioceses” for Anglicans coming into the Catholic Church is that an “ordinariate” offers a lot of flexibility: an ordinariate can be as small as a central administration consisting of its “ordinary” and perhaps an administrative assistant serving a handful of congregations that receive most of their pastoral support from the respective local dioceses even though not canonically belonging thereto — and this appears to be a pretty good description of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.

    Of course, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross will grow considerably with the reception of the Church of the Torres Strait, most of the parishes of which are located in an area where there is very little Catholic presence. Alas, I have not seen any news of progress since the announcement that the Church of the Torres Strait would come into the full communion of the Catholic Church as part of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross several months ago — but still waters run deep, especially in the Catholic Church, so I’m guessing that things are happening. The catechetical formation for this reception undoubtedly is not easy, precisely because most of the Church of the Torres Strait are in an area with little Catholic presence so the local Roman Catholic diocese probably cannot provide “mentor clergy” or lay catechists to work with them. In any case, news of progress toward this reception, or even information about the structure and implementation of the programme of formation, certainly would be nice!

    Norm.

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