News from Orange County

Thanks to the continued assiduous research of our loyal commenter “EPMS” we have rediscovered Blessed John Henry Newman in Orange County through their eNewsletter “Kindly Light”, which led to finding the new internet address and the facebook page of this community.

Queen of Life chapel, IrvineOn Divine Mercy Sunday this year (12th April) Blessed John Henry Newman Ordinariare Church moved home for the second time to Irvine, CA. This time they are using a private Catholic Chapel (Queen of Life Chapel) belonging to the Busch Group law firm, where the Mass is celebrated regularly during the week, but where Sunday was completely free, so that Newman are not sharing with another community and could choose Mass times which suited them best. Mass is now celebrated at 9.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. with Adult Forum and Sunday School between the Masses.

Here are some photos of their Rogation Day procession this past Sunday (Mother’s Day), where they “beat the bounds” of their new home area (a short video can be viewed on the facebook page):

Rogation Sunday may 10 2015Rogation Sunday may 10 2015 - 2Rogation Sunday may 10 2015 - 3and here is this month’s “Kindly Light”, giving us some interesting insights into clergy movements in California:

MAY 2015 – NEW HORIZONS

Dear Blessed John’s,

It has been a long time since I have given a written update on our parish life! What a year this has been and God has been good, as ever. We have completed our third week in our new location, the Queen of Life Chapel in Irvine. It is a good central Orange County location, has easy freeway access, pleasantly beautiful, and may be used any time on Sundays with plenty of parking! What a blessing from God and an answer to immediate prayer. Special thanks goes to Tim Busch and his hospitable staff for welcoming us there and for allowing us this special chapel to grow in. We are especially grateful to both Fr. Jim Reis and Fr. Ric Sera and the staff at St. Mary’s, Fullerton for hosting us for the past year and a half! And finally, gratitude must be given publicly to both the Bishop of Orange, Bishop Kevin Vann, and our Ordinary, Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, for their support of us. Without all these people believing in us and our mission, we would not exist!

Queen of Life ChapelOur time in Fullerton was a blessing and we grew out of the classroom; since moving to Irvine, we only continue to grow! This year we anticipate the ordination of Glenn Baaten to the sacred priesthood of the Catholic Church – our first ordinand from our parish! We look forward to many more, especially as we are asked to pray for vocations. Glenn was a former Anglican priest and will be sent to our Ordinariate community of St. Augustine’s in Carlsbad to relieve Fr. George Ortiz-Guzman, who will serve as a hospital chaplain in San Diego. As such, Glenn will wrap up leading Adult Forum this month and will begin attending St. Augustine’s regularly to integrate into that parish. We will miss you, Glenn and Cathy!

We will, however, be welcoming Fr. Jack Barker, who will be assisting with us starting July 1. He is retiring as pastor from St. Martha’s, Murrieta in June. For those who may not know, Fr. Barker was one of the very first former-Anglican priests to be ordained a Catholic priest when the Anglican Use first began. He will be offering the daily masses at 11:50 at our chapel, as well as assisting on Sundays. (Starting in July, the Wednesday mass will be an Anglican Use Low Mass!) Fr. Barker will also be spending his time writing a history of the Anglican Use and Ordinariate within the Catholic Church.

To update our many new visitors and members, Bl. John’s not only exists to preserve the Anglican patrimony within the Catholic Church, but our mission is to evangelize in partnership with the wider diocese in our unique way. Several have come into full communion with the Church through us who would not otherwise have done so for a variety of reasons; while we are not baptizing, receiving, or confirming nearly the vast amount of people that an average diocesan parish does, we are reaching those who were not by the “standard” means. This purpose and mission must always continually guide all we do. For the salvation of souls!

Newman once wrote that growth is the only evidence of life. This is not merely numerical growth, but growth of individuals and as a community in all respects: heart, mind and soul. To our long-time members: thank you for all you do to help us grow! Thank you for your support, your friendship and your care. To our members who joined us this year and our visitors who are considering making Bl. John’s your parish: welcome home! Pray for us and help us grow ever into better missionaries for Christ and His Church as we try our best to be a living witness to Our Lord’s High Priestly Prayer:

“I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me. I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” – John 17:20-26 RSVCE

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us. Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

Yours sincerely,
Father Bartus

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4 Responses to News from Orange County

  1. John Bruce says:

    The characterization of Mr Baaten as a “former Anglican priest” isn’t entirely ingenuous. The story is more fully covered at http://stmarycoldcase.blogspot.com/2015/05/more-personnel-puzzles.html

  2. Robin Haig says:

    We visited this beautiful Chapel in December 2015 and attended the service of lessons and carols. We had come to visit our daughter who lives in Orange County from England and were very pleased to locate the church and to meet Fr Bartus and some of the parishioners. Thanks to all at this church.

  3. EPMS says:

    The Bl John Henry Newman Facebook page has just announced that Mr Baaten will be ordained to the priesthood June 24, 2016. It also says that the congregation will be opening a new chapel of Our Lady of Walsingham at the Santiago Retreat Center.

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