FOTO Newsletter – Spring/Summer 2015

To read the latest issue of the newsletter of the Friends of the Ordinariate, click on the photo below:

FOTO Newsletter No 5 - Spring 2015

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8 Responses to FOTO Newsletter – Spring/Summer 2015

  1. adfagsdfgadfghda#@aod.com says:

    Hi,
    Is there a list of Ordinariate Use Masses? Could you please post one? I know there is info at the back of the Portal but it contains N.O. Masses. May we have a list of where and when Ordinariate Mass Use is celebrated? Thank you

  2. EPMS says:

    Presumably this publication is for a more restricted readership than the OCSP Ordinariate Observer which came out a few weeks ago, but even bearing that in mind the contrast in layout and content is striking. The OOLW may have only a provisional physical presence in Warwick Sq, but it is able to produce a newsletter which looks professional and has content of substance. The same is true, of course, of its website and the monthly Portal magazine. OCSP may have a $5 million dollar chancery but every aspect of its communication is woefully inadequate: the (two) websites with their outdated content and misinformation about local groups, the irregularly appearing and poorly laid-out newsletter which recycles previous puff pieces, the absence of anything like FOTO, let alone a publication designed to convince a wider Catholic audience of the credibility of its mission. SMH, as a young person might Tweet.

  3. EPMS says:

    Yes, how unfortunate that in a continent as large as North America no Catholic journalist of similar stature, or indeed any professional journalist at all, could be found to undertake such an important task at a formative time in Ordinariate history.

  4. FOTO Newsletter – very nice indeed. I am so dismayed at the lack of interest from Episcopalians and Continuing Anglicans in the Ordinariate. It seems only in the Free Republic of Texas does the (Anglican) Ordinariate grow. That’s the thing. Perhaps the hesitancy is because with all the “Anglican Patrimony” talk – at least in print – the failure to use the word “ANGLICAN” in the Ordinariate title shows that Rome does not want to invite anger from Canterbury, Toronto and New York. My question would be: “WHO CARES”? “SO WHAT?” These parts of the Anglican Communion are lost – in more ways than one. Unfortunately under the current Pontiff (the first Protestant Pope in my not so humble opinion) the Catholic Church will sadly ‘go along to get along’. I know certain known people on these sites will defend the Church to the last, right or wrong.

  5. EPMS says:

    I would be interested to see a breakdown of the attendees/members of the large Texas parishes Matthew refers to, ie how many came directly from TEC, how many from a “continuing” Anglican denomination, how many were received (from either) prior to the erection of the OCSP, how many are “cradle Catholics”, how many came from other denominations, or were unchurched. This would give an indication of where the OCSP could/should be looking for the growth which is apparently lacking at the moment.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      EPMS,

      You wrote: I would be interested to see a breakdown of the attendees/members of the large Texas parishes Matthew refers to, ie how many came directly from TEC, how many from a “continuing” Anglican denomination, how many were received (from either) prior to the erection of the OCSP, how many are “cradle Catholics”, how many came from other denominations, or were unchurched. This would give an indication of where the OCSP could/should be looking for the growth which is apparently lacking at the moment.

      Each of the parishes in Texas has a different history and a different profile of membership and regular attendance, so there is no “one size fits all” way to do this sort of analysis.

      Also, I’m not persuaded that your assertion that growth is “apparently lacking” is in any way warranted. Ordinariate congregations that receive new members into the full communion of the Catholic Church are not exactly broadcasting tweets or publishing notices to that effect. My guess is that some of the ordinariate’s congregations are growing faster than others, and that some are probably shrinking due to an abject lack of outreach.

      Norm.

      • EPMS says:

        Norm, you have made the point about “publishing notice” before but I have to disagree. i could provide dozens of links about receptions into Ordinariate parishes, including posts on this blog. The Toronto group has been posting for weeks that Cardinal Collins will be celebrating mass there next Sunday and receiving several new members.
        As to the different membership profiles of the larger parishes, we can’t know that until an analysis is in fact done.

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