We have identified an increasing trend in the United Kingdom for an Ordinariate priest to be appointed priest-in-charge or parish administrator or parish priest of a diocesan parish, often taking with him a complete Ordinariate community. This is very different from the Ordinariate personal parish or quasi-parish.
In the latter situation the Ordinariate has a high degree of independence (more if the Ordinariate owns the church buildings than in a church-sharing constellation). The Ordinariate can develop a clear identity – liturgical, musical, spiritual, pastoral.
When the Ordinariate group forms only a part of a wider parish community (often the minority), it is quite difficult to develop and maintain the group’s distinctiveness and the risk of final total assimilation is much greater.
The Darlington Ordinariate Mission has always offered a fine example of a community which is proud of its heritage and has made a point of underlining its specialness. In this blog we have already reported on many elements of their distinctive identity:
- first of all the numerous social events organised by the Ordinariate group under their own logo, which are also excellent fundraisers. This month the group’s blog gives us another example of such an event:
GRATEFUL THANKS TO ALL WHO GAVE AND SUPPORTED OUR ST GEORGE’S DAY DINNER in the Village Hall. We made a profit of £1,365 for the Darlington Ordinariate. A FANTASTIC RESULT!
- an independent stewardship scheme. Again the group blog makes this clear:
PLEASE BE PART OF OUR PLANNED GIVING SCHEME
More information from Miss Nicola Reeves (0778 858 7474) & Mr Harry Alderson (01325 284186). The Darlington Ordinariate has large financial commitments and needs regular and sacrificial giving. WE HAVE TO BE FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT. PLEASE HELP US, AND CONSIDER GIVING BY STANDING ORDER. If you are a taxpayer, please sign up to our gift aid scheme and use the gift aid envelopes.
- initiating and sponsoring emblematic projects in the parish, like the Church music, forming the backbone of the choir, providing a new and better organ, etc. We have seen the Music Lists. Here is another recent example of two such projects from their blog:
Please support our ORDINARIATE FLOWER FUND AND ORDINARIATE ORGAN FUND – donations to Father Grieves at any time.
- having fixed times for Ordinariate-led liturgy – one of the Sunday Masses, two of the Easter Triduum services, Evensong, Lessons and Carols, etc. Even at parish events like the May Procession the Ordinariate carries a distinctive banner
- an Ordinariate pilgrimage of thanksgiving to Rome
- etc., etc.
If you can give other examples of maintaining, celebrating and sharing an Ordinariate community’s distinctive identity within a diocesan parish, we should be interested to report on them too.