Tri-City Ordinariate community gets new pastor

Fr Jason CataniaThe 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.

St Mary Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Church, Kitchener

St Mary Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Church, Kitchener

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)..

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10 Responses to Tri-City Ordinariate community gets new pastor

  1. Rev22:17 says:

    David,

    This is great news for the Sodality of St. Edmund, King and Martyr!

    In a related item, the parish staff page of the web site of Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore, Maryland, now lists Fr. Albert Scharbach as that community’s administrator. He appears to be quite young in the photo.

    Unfortunately, the directory of communities on the ordinariate’s web site does not yet reflect this change. Here, I agree completely with the assessment of EPMS: the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter really does need to get its act together with respect to keeping its web site up to date.

    Norm.

  2. EPMS says:

    It is interesting that Fr Catania chose Canada, despite his previous connection with upstate New York. He and Fr Cornelius overlapped in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany a few years back.

  3. godfrey1099 says:

    Meanwhile, it seems there is a steady trickle of Anglican priests preparing for Catholic ordination via OCSP. There is simply much more going on than we will ever know.
    Fr Liias writes: “[On Third Sunday of Advent] I travel to Tucson Arizona to rejoice with another old and dear friend, Ken Wolfe, a seminary classmate who – having just received his rescript from the Holy Father – will soon be ordained into the priesthood of the Ordinariate.”
    http://www.saintgregoryordinariate.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JWL_AdventSchedule.pdf
    “Ken’s career includes practice of law, Special Agent with the FBI, and a priest in The Episcopal Church for 32 years. In 2012, Ken and his wife, Shelley, were received into the Catholic Church.”
    http://www.stmarktucson.org/eventCalendar.aspx?parentnavigationid=33743

    • EPMS says:

      Further to godfrey1099’s remark that “there is more going on than we will ever know”, I couldn’t agree more, since we know next to nothing from official sources and have to roam the internet checking out blogs and newsletters, where items of news already familiar to locals are alluded to with tantalising brevity and a coherent overview remains elusive.

      • Rev22:17 says:

        EPMS,

        You wrote: Further to godfrey1099’s remark that “there is more going on than we will ever know”, I couldn’t agree more, since we know next to nothing from official sources and have to roam the internet checking out blogs and newsletters, where items of news already familiar to locals are alluded to with tantalising brevity and a coherent overview remains elusive.

        Yes. It appears that the meager administrative staff of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (OCSP) is so busy processing applications, rescripts, administration and parish visits related to development of the ordinariate’s communities, and other administrative matters that they don’t have time to update the information about the ordinariate’s communities on the OCSP’s web site. This is a good situation in a way, but it means that information is not as readily available as we might like.

        But this is not news. I have been pointing out for quite a while that the ordinariates have to maintain absolute confidentiality with respect to all applicants from Anglican bodies, at least until their receptions into the full communion of the Catholic Church, because public disclosure of inquiries and applications could compromise their present positions. Thus, we have not had current information on any of the ordinariates from the beginning.

        I also would like to see some more details on the program for the reception of the Church of the Torres Strait into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, but that information also has not been forthcoming. This reception has some significant challenges because the local Roman Catholic diocese has very little presence in that region.

        Norm.

  4. David Miller says:

    I am a member of Mt Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore. I can honestly say Monsignor Steenson could not have made a better choice. I was on the vestry at Mt Calvary when we left ECUSA and came to the Ordinariate. He will be just the leader they need in their early days. God bless The Sodality of St Edmund King and Martyr.

  5. EPMS says:

    Is there an Ordinariate group in Tucson?

    • Rev22:17 says:

      EPMS,

      You asked: Is there an Ordinariate group in Tucson?

      It appears more likely that there is an ordinariate-bound group in Tucson that will become an official ordinariate group after the imminent ordination.

      Norm.

      • EPMS says:

        Norm, the once and future Fr Wolfe in Tucson was received into the Church in 2012 so I doubt that the need for confidentiality around his upcoming ordination was paramount.

      • Rev22:17 says:

        EPMS,

        You wrote: Norm, the once and future Fr Wolfe in Tucson was received into the Church in 2012 so I doubt that the need for confidentiality around his upcoming ordination was paramount.

        If some irregularity were to result in denial of a rescript after a public announcement of his intent to proceed to ordination, that fact would be personally embarrassing. Thus, it’s more prudent to delay any public announcement until the pope grants the rescript.

        Norm.

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