The Parish of Gippsland in New South Wales with its pastor, Fr. Ken Clark, and its solitary religious, Sister Barbara, is a small, far-flung community covering hundreds of kilometres. Its website states:
The Gippsland Ordinariate Parish
We are Catholics centred in, and around, Maffra, Sale, Yarram (1hr 20min drive from Maffra), Mirboo North (1hr 15min drive), and Heyfield; and we worship every Sunday at St Michael’s, Heyfield.
Fr Ken Clark lives in Maffra, where he and his wife, Carmel, manage the Maffra Motor Inn, as a way of financing the ministry. Fr Ken was ordained by Bp Christopher Prowse in Sale Cathedral on the 19th October 2013. Carmel and Sr Barbara, are members of the local Catholic cenacle which meets in Maffra whose apostolate is praying for priests and vocations.
Now, Fr. Ken reports on his blog that a new chapel or oratory has been established in their motel:
New Adoration Chapel in Maffra
The Gippsland Ordinariate Adoration Chapel is now a reality. The Sacrifice of the Mass was offered on 7 February, in honour of Our Lady. This chapel is located in one of the rooms in the motel that my wife and I manage, the Maffra Motor Inn.
Here in our chapel, in the midst of the exquisitely ordinary and perfectly mundane day to day of the running of the Motel, we are learning to create a haven of quietness, and holiness; one where our Lord dwells. The Chapel is one where we meet Christ, one on one; we can sit, be quiet in the stillness that is God; we can listen, and know God. We take time out of our lives to spend time in eternity.
The Chapel houses eight people comfortably, and is open from 7.30am – 9.00pm every day of the year. Anyone may visit, and this Chapel has the support of the Ordinary, Monsignor Harry Entwistle, who has granted a faculty for the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament and the utilisation of the Chapel for worship and adoration.
The Cenacle of the Marian Movement for Priests, Maffra, has asked to use the Chapel for some of their prayer meetings, and it is good to have dedicated prayerful support for our priests.
During Lent on Thursday evenings there will be a Holy Hour of Reparation at 8.00pm, followed by Evening Prayer, and Rosary. Feel free to visit often and stay as long as you like.
Have you thought about adding a Holy Hour of Reparation to your Lenten discipline? In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus asked his disciples, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” The Holy Hour is prayed before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration and praise.
Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Saviour who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 2628)