Saint Anselm’s Pastoral Provision community in Corpus Christi is also now part of the Ordinariate

May we call your attention to this website: http://stanselmcc.org/ , where it states:

By the Grace of God we are a community of faithful Catholics bringing the riches of the Anglican tradition into the Roman Catholic Church as envisioned by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus. Formerly a community of the Diocese of Corpus Christi (Texas), we are now part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, the structure established in the United States and Canada for Episcopalians, Anglicans, and other Protestants wishing to enter into communion with Rome.

Our Pastor, Fr. John Vidal, who was ordained a Catholic priest in June of 2012, moved to Corpus Christi in October of 2013 to lead the small “Anglican Use” community that was established in the 1990’s in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Under Fr. John’s leadership the community petitioned to become a member of the Ordinariate and moved to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel on the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, where Fr. Vidal is currently serving as the Catholic Chaplain (civilian). In his capacity as NASCC Catholic Chaplain, Fr. Vidal also pastors the Catholic faithful on the Air Station under the authority of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel celebrates two Catholic Masses on Sundays. The 9:00 AM Mass uses the Roman Missal 3rd Edition. The 11:00 AM Mass is the St. Anselm of Canterbury Community Mass, using the authorized Divine Worship Liturgy, formerly known as the “Anglican Use” liturgy. The Divine Worship Liturgy is the authorized liturgy for use by the Ordinariates which preserves the Catholic traditions of the Anglican Patrimony.

You don’t have to have had any association with Anglicanism to attend the 11:00 Mass; all are welcome. However, access to the Naval Air Station is necessary and arrangements have to be made for an escort for anyone who does not have authorized credentials that allow access. If you would like to attend the 11:00 AM Ordinariate Mass, please contact Fr. John to make the necessary arrangements with the security department.

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4 Responses to Saint Anselm’s Pastoral Provision community in Corpus Christi is also now part of the Ordinariate

  1. Viola Hayhurst says:

    Seriously could not a more appropriate location have been found than on a military base? I cannot fathom anyone having to undergo a security clearance in order to attend an Ordinariate service in the United States!

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Viola,

      You wrote: I cannot fathom anyone having to undergo a security clearance in order to attend an Ordinariate service in the United States!

      An escort to/from the chapel is not the same as a security clearance. One does NOT need a security clearance to attend religious services at a base chapel. In fact, there are many enlisted members of the armed forces who do not hold security clearances.

      Norm.

      • Viola F. Hayhurst says:

        However on every US military base that I have known if your name is submitted for escort, your identity is indeed checked and to not do so is a violation of duty and places the base in potential danger. And curious as well about this dual appointment – if the pastor is assigned elsewhere by his command, what happens to his community — who obviously would not be following him to his new location ?

  2. Matthew the Wayfarer says:

    This Anglican Use group has been a ghetto disappointment from the beginning. They have never sought growth or tried to establish anything like Our Lady of the Atonement or Our Lady of Walsingham. Hopefully Fr. Vidal can turn things around.
    Agree with Viola Hayhurst’s comment. As a vet I’m not anti military but an escort for access is ridiculous.

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