Dr Timothy Graham of Guildford has informed us that a group of local ex-Anglicans have realised that there just might be a quorum for an Ordinariate group in the Guildford area. He writes: “Presently some of us travel quite a distance to Ordinariate groups, some of us worship at local Catholic parishes”.
It has therefore been decided to offer an Ordinariate Use Mass in Guildford in the hope of finding sufficient people interested to form a group and organise worship on a regular basis. This Mass will take place on Saturday 28th November at 3.00 p.m. at the Catholic Church of St Edward the Confessor at Sutton Park to the north-east of Guildford City centre. The celebrant will be Father John Maunder of St. Agatha’s in Portsmouth.
After Mass there will be refreshments and Father John will give a talk on the Ordinariate. As the St. Agatha’s blogger writes, this is “an ideal opportunity for any and all to come and see what the Ordinariate is all about and to experience its beautiful liturgy”.
St. Edward the Confessor Church, where the Mass is being celebrated by kind permission of the parish priest, is a one-hundred-and-forty year old church, built in the Early English Gothic style which is much more reminiscent of mediaeval pre-Reformation churches than most Gothic Revival Roman Catholic churches. Not only is it in a beautiful rural location but it has its own churchyard with lych gate. (The parish priest 100 years ago was Fr. Arthur Hinsley, later Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.)
The Guildford Ordinariate Exploratory Group’s blog/website can be accessed online at http://guildfordordinariate.wordpress.com (the www on the poster is unfortunately incorrect). You must then scroll down from the beautiful home page picture in order to read the text.