The Sodality of St Edmund, King and Martyr, located in the “Tri-City” of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge, Ontario, has joyfully announced the good news that they are now to have their own full-time priest.
Father Jason Catania, formerly rector and then priest administrator of Mount Calvary Church, Baltimore, MD, until earlier this year, is arriving tomorrow, December 5th.
He will be residing in the Rectory of St. Mary Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, Kitchener, Ontario. His first Mass with the Sodality will be this Sunday, at St. Mary’s – Advent II, at 5:00 p.m. The initial plan is to have a 5:00 p.m. Mass every Sunday at St. Mary’s.
The group thanks Father George Nowak CR, a Resurrection Father (not to be confused with the Anglican Mirfield Community of the Resurrection, which also uses the initials “CR”), the Pastor of St. Mary’s, for offering accommodation for Father Catania and the use of his church, where St Edmund’s has often been invited to celebrate Mass and other liturgies before. It was at St. Mary’s that the Sodality were officially admitted into the Ordinariate by Msgr. Steenson at a mass, of which there is a video below.
Thanks are also due to Bishop Douglas Crosby of Hamilton, and to his Chancellor, Monsignor Murray Kroetsch, for their assistance in getting the Sodality to this stage.
The Sodality of St Edmund was received into the Catholic Church on January 1, 2012. This is indeed the same day that the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter itself was established, but the Sodality was first admitted into the diocese of Hamilton. From that day on until today a regular Anglican Use Mass has been celebrated for the Sodality at St. Patrick’s Church in Cambridge by Father Bill Foote, Pastor of that diocesan parish, who has acted as St. Edmund’s Chaplain for almost 3 years now. Special thanks go out to Father Bill for all his support.
(adapted from an email from Gary S. Freeman)
P.S. We wish Father Catania and the Sodality of St Edmund, King and Martyr, very good luck and abundant blessings as they begin their journey together.
Here is the video of Msgr. Steenson’s mass held on May 29, 2013, at St Mary Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows (the password is: freeman)..