Blessed John’s is reaching out in many directions

A study of the website of Blessed John Henry Newman Ordinariate Church in Irvine, California, especially the recent changes and additions to the site, show how this community which was built from scratch only four years ago is now putting into practice a wide-ranging evangelisation and mission initiative. This outreach extends to children (in formal education but also in home schooling) then to young adults (specially targetted at the lapsed and the non-Catholic) and subsequently to the whole community of Catholic faithful (within and outside the Ordinariate). It ranges from the now stable Sunday congregation (using the Divine Worship Missal) to daily massgoers (celebrating in the Ordinary Form). Geographically it is spreading from the home base in the Queen of Life Chapel to the new chapel-of-ease (the Chapel of Our Lady of Walsingham in the Santiago Retreat Center in Silverado) to a new place of worship in Pasadena and most recently to an exploratory group in Riverside.

Here are some extracts from the website to demonstrate this major project:

Newman Academy is a co-ed Catholic parochial day school planned to serve Orange County. We will start with a K-3 and 60 students and add grades as we grow. The academics are based on the seven liberal arts and the spirituality is firmly within the Catholic faith. Faculty and staff will annually promise fidelity to the Magisterium, daily Morning Prayer and Mass according the Ordinariate’s liturgy will be offered, the academic standards will be high, and character formation will be higher. And yet Newman will not form isolated students but well-prepared and well-rounded students who will make a change in society due to the formation they themselves have received.

Newman Hall: We also hope to develop a separate but compatible home school co-op called Newman Hall, which will feature home-based educational materials and a local network connecting into the school and parish.

Kings Cross is a Catholic, monthly Bible study central to the campuses of Orange County. We exist to introduce college students to Jesus Christ and His Church and call them to walk with Him for a lifetime. KX meets every third Monday from September through May in the Queen of Life Chapel in Irvine. Starting in Fall 2016, both non-Catholic and fallen away Catholic young adults are invited to enroll in our inquirers/initiation class each fall; non-Catholics will be eligible to be confirmed at Easter. The final event in May will be a mass honoring those Catholics who have returned to the Church through Confession as well as those who became Catholic at Easter, for both have chosen to personally fulfill Christ’s prayer: “that they all may be one” (Jn. 17:21). KX begins with worship, a talk drawn from a passage of Scripture, followed by more worship and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Sacrament of Penance is available during this time as well. Here are a selection of songs currently sung at KX led by the Adore band.

Theology on Tap Orange County meets at Valiant Brewing in Orange and is an outreach of Blessed John Henry Newman parish in Irvine. You can access the archive by clicking here.

Theology on Perk, a time for more in-depth discussion, meets at Bl. John’s itself. a video of a talk on Exorcism is available here. (It is amazing to see just how many young people there are in the video and on the photo of Theology on Tap. – Ed)

Evangelium is a course used for adult catechesis (RCIA) especially designed by Catholic converts for people with a basic understanding of Christianity who wish to go deeper. All teaching is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is for non-Catholics who are wanting to explore Catholicism, for fallen-away Catholics who wish to revive their faith, and for Catholics who simply wish to go deeper. Non-Catholics who complete this course are eligible for confirmation at the Easter Vigil.

Home Base: Bl. John’s meets in the Queen of Life Chapel, 2532 Dupont Drive, Irvine CA 92612.

Mass Schedule: SUNDAYS – Low Mass 9am, Sung Mass (Anglican Use of the Roman Rite); MONDAYS-FRIDAYS – 11:50am (Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite)

Tallis Chapel Society is the professional choir of Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church specializing in English Choral music. You can listen to the Advent Lessons and Carols 2015 by clicking here.

Walsingham Chapel: The renovation and expansion of the Rosary Chapel at the Santiago Retreat Center and its transformation into the Chapel of Our Lady of Walsingham will begin Summer 2016 to better serve those who camp and retreat each week. Divine Worship Mass is celebrated from Monday to Friday at 11:30am.

Pasadena Ordinariate Group is a new parish-in-formation for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter serving the San Gabriel Valley of California and neighboring Los Angeles. Regular Anglican Use Evensong on Sundays will begin soon.

Riverside Ordinariate Group is in the exploration phase at this point. The goal is to measure serious interest and commitment in starting a new parish for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter serving the Inland Empire.

We shall be following all these developments at Blessed John’s with considerable interest and with our prayers.

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3 Responses to Blessed John’s is reaching out in many directions

  1. Rev22:17 says:


    The community has what appears to be a very well designed web site, making it easy to find information about its liturgical schedule and all of its outreach and ministerial programs. This level of accessibility and the high level of outreach and mission obviously bode very well for the growth of the ordinariate and the Blessed John Henry Newman community. I’m reminded of a comment by Fr. Christopher Phillips, Pastor of the Parish of Our Lady of the Atonement, a while ago: he said that, when he came to the Catholic Church with about a dozen parishioners, a mentor advised him to maintain a schedule characteristic of a much larger organization because people cannot come to events that do not exist — and we see how that parish grew! Hopefully this community will grow in a similar manner. The news of new communities in formation in Pasadena (Diocese of Orange) and Riverside (Diocese of San Bernardino) also is most welcome and encouraging.

    But actually, the most significant item here is the congregation’s programs to reach out to young adults — a demographic that far too many Roman Catholic parishes and even dioceses have long neglected, with the tragic consequence that young adults in need of pastoral services find their way to other denominations that willingly provide them. Outreach to this group is crucial to secure the future of every ordinariate community!

    Any new community obviously needs some amount of time to organize itself before this level of outreach becomes possible, and some congregations obviously will put this type of programming into place more quickly than others. Nevertheless, all ordinariate congregations should be moving in this direction.


  2. Greg K Herr says:

    You might add to that the Ordinariate Benedictine Oblate candidates, now into their 8th month of formation and monthly Evening Prayer; as well as a small group for marrieds (CFM–Christian Family Movement) being coordinated with another diocesan parish in Orange County.

  3. EPMS says:

    The Pasadena Ordinariate Group ill be moving to a weekly mass beginning next month Apparently there is a local candidate for ordination.

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