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Ordinariate to be given London Church

Posted by deal_ord on January 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Ordinariate to be given London base at Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street.


The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, has today announced that the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Gregory, Warwick Street, is being dedicated to the life of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The historic church, which is situated in Soho, previously served as the chapel of the Portuguese, and later Bavarian, embassies. In the nineteenth century the sanctuary was rebuilt by the architect, J. F. Bentley, who designed Westminster Cathedral. In his ‘Apologia’ Blessed John Henry Newman mentions a visit to the church as a young boy with his father. He converted from Anglicanism to the Catholic faith in 1845and is the patron of the Personal Ordinariate.

Speaking of the news, Monsignor Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate, said, “We are very grateful to Archbishop Vincent Nichols for this gesture of goodwill and support for the Ordinariate. The church is a beautiful example of ecclesiastical architecture in a very central part of London. We will be challenged to provide a strong Christian witness to those who frequent the surrounding area of Soho. It will also provide a fitting place for the liturgical and spiritual traditions of the Anglican tradition to flourish, in complete union with the Catholic Church. These demonstrate our fervent hope for the realisation of the ultimate goal of all ecumenical work, the restoration of full ecclesial communion”.

"The missionary work of the slum clergy of our Anglican forebears to the marginalised of our society must be at the heart of our mission. We relish the opportunity to engage in this important pastoral ministry, faithfully presenting the teaching of the Catholic Church as the means by which light of Jesus Christ can shine on the dark places of our world. Together with the recent formation of a religious community of former Anglican religious within the Ordinariate this is really good news as we begin 2013".

Ten former members of the Anglican Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage were received into the full communion of the Catholic Church on 1 January, the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, by Monsignor Newton at the Oxford Oratory. Together with two other sisters, who were already Catholics, they form a new religious community to be called the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monsignor Newton erected the community as a Public Association of the Faithful with the view to it being eventually granted the status of an Institute of Consecrated life.

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011 as a way for groups of Anglicans to enter into communion with the Catholic Church, whilst retaining aspects of their Anglican tradition, both to nourish the faith of the members of the Ordinariate, and as a treasure to be shared with the wider Church.


Anglican sisters join the Ordinariate

Posted by deal_ord on January 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Anglican Nuns Join Ordinariate

 

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 

Eleven former members of the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin, Wantage, have been received into the full communion of the Catholic Church by Monsignor Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The sisters, who will form a new community within the Personal Ordinariate, were received into the Catholic Church at a special Mass at the Oxford Oratory on New Years’ day.

The Provost of the Oxford Oratory, the Very Reverend Daniel Seward Cong. Orat., was invited to preach at the Mass, and has been assisting the Ordinariate in the preparation of the women for their reception.

During his sermon he said, “Today sisters, [...] you become one with St Gregory the Great, St Augustine of Canterbury, St Benedict, St Edward the Confessor and all those holy men and women who been signs through the ages of God’s providence”.

Speaking of the significance of the Wantage community, Fr Seward continued, “For 164 years you have been faithful in prayer, especially in the liturgical offices, in caring for the poor, the sick, the abandoned and the elderly, in educating the young, and in missionary work in India and Africa. [...] You have responded, generously and courageously to the Holy Father’s summons to unity and as such you put yourself at the service of Our Lord’s own prayer in the Cenacle that “they should all be one”.

The new sisters will be joined by Sister Carolyne Joseph, formerly of the Society of St Margaret, Walsingham, who was received into the Church on 1 January 2011.

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established in 2009 as a jurisdiction of the Catholic Church, allowing groups of Anglicans to enter into full communion whilst maintaining aspects of their heritage and traditions which are consonant with Catholic faith and practice.

Other Anglican religious to have joined the Personal Ordinariate include three sisters of the Society of Saint Margaret, Walsingham, and a member of the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, former Anglican bishop Robert Mercer.

Eleven former members of the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin, Wantage, have been received into the full communion of the Catholic Church by Monsignor Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The sisters, who will form a new community within the Personal Ordinariate, were received into the Catholic Church at a special Mass at the Oxford Oratory on New Years’ day.

The Provost of the Oxford Oratory, the Very Reverend Daniel Seward Cong. Orat., was invited to preach at the Mass, and has been assisting the Ordinariate in the preparation of the women for their reception.

During his sermon he said, “Today sisters, [...] you become one with St Gregory the Great, St Augustine of Canterbury, St Benedict, St Edward the Confessor and all those holy men and women who been signs through the ages of God’s providence”.

Speaking of the significance of the Wantage community, Fr Seward continued, “For 164 years you have been faithful in prayer, especially in the liturgical offices, in caring for the poor, the sick, the abandoned and the elderly, in educating the young, and in missionary work in India and Africa. [...] You have responded, generously and courageously to the Holy Father’s summons to unity and as such you put yourself at the service of Our Lord’s own prayer in the Cenacle that “they should all be one”.

The new sisters will be joined by Sister Carolyne Joseph, formerly of the Society of St Margaret, Walsingham, who was received into the Church on 1 January 2011.

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established in 2009 as a jurisdiction of the Catholic Church, allowing groups of Anglicans to enter into full communion whilst maintaining aspects of their heritage and traditions which are consonant with Catholic faith and practice.

Other Anglican religious to have joined the Personal Ordinariate include three sisters of the Society of Saint Margaret, Walsingham, and a member of the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, former Anglican bishop Robert Mercer.

 


Canons Celebrate Dedication of the Cathedral

Posted by deal_ord on November 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Canons celebrate the Dedication of the Cathedral

Each year 7th November marks the feast of The Dedication of the Cathedral Church of St George - and is rightly celebrated as a Solemnity at the Cathedral itself. On that day the Chapter of Canons, along with the Honorary Canons, attend the 12:30 pm Mass, robed in their canonical attire. This year, Canon John O’Toole, the Cathedral Dean, presided and preached at the Dedication Mass. He welcomed his brother Canons and in particular Canon Alan McLean as a new Honorary Canon and Canon Peter Stodart as a new Chapter Canon.

He spoke of how St George’s was opened in 1848 as a parish church and only later became a Cathedral. It took 46 years for it to be consecrated under Bishop John Butt in 1894, when the debts incurred by building such a large church had finally been paid. The original consecration took place on Wednesday, 7th November 1894, and so this year marked the 118th anniversary of that great event.

 

Canon John also mentioned that this year’s celebration was taking place in the year which marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council as well as the start of the Year of Faith. Vatican II stressed that the two central symbols in all Catholic churches are the ambo (or lectern) and the altar – the two tables of the Word of God and the Eucharistic Sacrifice. The Word which is spoken prepares us for the Bread which is broken. These are the ‘two tables’ that are so closely linked that together they form one joint act of worship.

 

Canon John spoke of how the name George means ‘tiller of the soil’ and of a tradition which speaks of St George as a farmer and not just as a soldier. He suggested that in this Year of Faith we might ‘till the soil’ of God’s word and turn it over by reflecting on it so that our faith, nurtured by Word and sacrament, might bear fruit in our life.

After the homily Canon Tom McHugh, Provost of the Chapter Canons, invited Canon Peter Stodart to make his profession of faith and then escorted him to join the other members of the Chapter Canons.


Change to Mass Times

Posted by deal_ord on August 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)


From Sunday 26th August the Mass times at St Andrew's and St John's wil change. The new arrangements are detailed below:


Saturday Vigil Mass at St John's will continue to be at 5.30pm

Sunday Mass at St Andrew's Sandwich, will be at 9am

Sunday Mass at St John's Mongeham, will be at 11am - this will be a united Diocesan and Ordinariate service.

Sunday Evening Prayer and Benediction at St John's will continue to be at 6pm.

Deal Ordinariate welcomes a new member

Posted by deal_ord on July 23, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dr Peter Giles was welcomed into the full communion of the Catholic Church as a member of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sunday 16th July at the Ordinariate Solemn Mass. He is pictured here with Ruth Cooke, his sponsor, and fr Christopher Lindlar, a priest of the Ordinariate and the Parish Administrator of St John's Church Mongeham. The mass included some of Peter's favourite hymns and some Byrd and Gibbons as a tribute to his work in the field of early music. There was the customary token of Anglican Patrimony in the shape of a glass of fizz afterwards.

Inauguration of Shrine to St Augustine, Ramsgate

Posted by deal_ord on May 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Inauguration of Saint Augustine's Shrine at Ramsgate


History was made on Sunday, 20th May 2012, when the official shrine of Saint Augustine at Pugin’s personal church in Ramsgate, was formally inaugurated by Archbishop Peter. The inauguration took place during Vespers (according to the Anglican patrimony), sung by the choir of the Ordinariate group at Deal, and Benediction.

 

Archbishop Peter told a packed St Augustine’s church: “St Augustine is the Apostle of England and the secondary patron of the Archdiocese of Southwark, so it seems fitting that we should have a shrine here, in St Augustine’s church, to honour that great saint and encourage devotion to him, and for pilgrims to learn more about the history of Christianity in England.”

 

Fr Marcus Holden the parish priest and custodian of St Augustine’s commented: “We are delighted that this year’s St Augustine’s week started with the inauguration of his Shrine. We hope that we will attract more visitors to come and enjoy visiting Pugin’s favourite church. We are still trying to rescue the church as a great work of architecture and there is still much to do, but the shrine gives the church a fitting spiritual significance and will help us to continue to restore the site.”

 

The shrine highlights the close bond between Rome and England as St Augustine was sent on his mission directly by Pope Gregory the Great. It is close to where Augustine landed in 597 AD to preach the Gospel to the Anglo-Saxons.

  

Please see the Gallery for pictures of this event


Visit of Mgr Keith Newton

Posted by deal_ord on April 23, 2012 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday 29th April, Mgr Keith Newton, ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be visiting St John's. He will preside and preach at the Parish Mass at 10am and the ordinariate Mass at 11.30, followed by a lunch party in the Godric Centre. All welcome!

Ordinariate celebrates first Chrism Mass

Posted by deal_ord on April 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Monday, April 02, 2012

On Monday the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham celebrated its’ first Chrism Mass at the beautiful London church of St James, Spanish Place (by kind permission of the Rector).

The Mass was celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio to the United Kingdom, His Excellency the Most Reverend Antonio Mennini, at the request of the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate, Monsignor Keith Newton.

Mgr Newton, who received the Renewal of Priestly Promises and preached at the Mass, said “The jurisdiction given to me, unlike that of Catholic diocesan bishops, is vicarious on behalf of the Roman Pontiff. It is therefore particularly appropriate that our Chrism Mass should be celebrated by the Holy Father’s representative to Great Britain particularly as at this time we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of full diplomatic relations between the British Government and the Holy See”.

Around sixty clergy, including five former Anglican bishops, concelebrated the Eucharistic Celebration, with hundreds of laity from groups across the United Kingdom.

Speaking of the Priesthood - which is one of the central themes of the Chrism Mass - Mgr Newton said, “No man possesses the priesthood just as no one possesses baptism or marriage. They are something shared. You cannot be married on your own and you cannot live the baptised life apart from other Christians. No, the priesthood possess us. It is a life. It is a particular way of living the Christian life. But it is not for ourselves but for Christ and his holy people. It is a life of sacrifice. Although much is written about priesthood, it is far too complex to be reduced to simple statements which we can easily understand because it is nothing less than a particular sharing in the eternal priesthood of Christ. That sharing is expressed visibly today as we gather round the altar to celebrate this Mass”.

This week sees the continuing growth of Pope Benedict’s offer to Anglicans, with over two hundred members of the Church of England and the Traditional Anglican Communion being received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

Mothering Sunday

Posted by deal_ord on March 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

There will be one Mass at St John's this week, as the Ordiniariate congregation will join the rest of the parish in the 10am celebration.

Evening Prayer and Benediction will be at 6pm as usual.

Benedict XVI creates 22 new cardinals

Posted by deal_ord on February 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By CINDY WOODEN on Monday, 20 February 2012


 

Benedict XVI presents a red biretta to Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

 

Pope Benedict XVI created 22 new cardinals from 13 countries on Saturday, placing red hats on their heads and calling them to lives of even greater love and service to the Church.

 

The churchmen who joined the College of Cardinals included Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and former archbishop of Baltimore and Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto.

 

In their first official act in their new role, the cardinals were asked to join their peers in giving the Pope their opinion, in writing, on the canonisation of seven new saints, including Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, an American Indian, and Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai, Hawaii.

 

The Pope announced at the consistory that the canonisation ceremony would be celebrated on October 21 at the Vatican.

 

Cardinal Collins said: “I am delighted that my first action as a cardinal was to join with the College of Cardinals in affirming the canonisation of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, who has been such an inspiration for the people of our First Nations and so many others in Canada and the United States.”

 

Cardinal Dolan also mentioned the consultation on the canonisation of Blessed Kateri, who was born in what is now New York state, and Mother Marianne, who served there before going to Hawaii.

 

“As grateful as I am for being a cardinal,” he told reporters later, “I really want to be a saint. I mean that, but I have a long way to go.”

 

St Peter’s Basilica was filled to overflowing for the ceremony, and several thousand people sat in a sunny St Peter’s Square watching on large video screens. Choirs from New York and from several Italian dioceses provided music for the service.

 

At the end of the ceremony, the College of Cardinals had 213 members, 125 of whom were under the age of 80 and, therefore, eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope.

 

The consistory took the form of a prayer service. After the Gospel reading, in what the Vatican described as an allocution, not a homily, the Pope told the cardinals that love and service, not an air of greatness, are to mark their lives as cardinals.

 

“Dominion and service, egoism and altruism, possession and gift, self-interest and gratuitousness: These profoundly contrasting approaches confront each other in every age and place,” Pope Benedict said, but the cardinals must model their lives on that of Jesus, loving others to the point of giving up his life for them.

 

Cardinal O’Brien told reporters afterward that the ceremony and the Pope’s remarks underlined that becoming a cardinal “is not a reward, it brings on greater responsibilities – something the Pope experiences every day”.

 

He said that when he knelt before the Pope, “I thanked him; I said I’d serve him completely with my whole heart.”

 

Cardinal Dolan, who delivered the main address on evangelisation at a meeting of the College of Cardinals the day before, said that when he knelt before the Pope, the Pope thanked him again for his presentation. “I said thank you, for this, I’m the one who is grateful,” he said.

 

“The Gospel and the homily were very sobering,” he said, because they recalled the words of Jesus that “we’re not in it for the prestige, we’re not in it for the honour, we’re not in it for the glory. We’re in it to serve.”

 

In all things, Pope Benedict had told them, “the new cardinals are entrusted with the service of love: love for God, love for his Church, an absolute and unconditional love for his brothers and sisters, even unto shedding their blood, if necessary,” a fact underlined by the red colour of the biretta – a three-cornered hat – and the red cardinal’s robes.

 

“He is servant inasmuch as he welcomes within himself the fate of the suffering and sin of all humanity. His service is realised in total faithfulness and complete responsibility toward mankind,” the Pope said.

 

“The free acceptance of his violent death becomes the price of freedom for many,” he told the new cardinals, praying that “Christ’s total gift of self on the cross” would be “the foundation, stimulus and strength” of their faith and that it would be reflected in their love and charity toward others.

 

During the ceremony, Pope Benedict placed rings on the fingers of the 22 new cardinals and assigned them a “titular church” in Rome, making them full members of the Rome clergy and closer collaborators of the Pope in governing the universal Church.

 

Cardinal O’Brien’s titular church is the historic Church of St Sebastian on the Palatine Hill. Cardinal Collins was assigned the Church of St Patrick in the Via Veneto neighbourhood, where an English-speaking congregation worships; and Cardinal Dolan became the titular cardinal of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Monte Mario neighbourhood.

 

The new cardinals, the Pope said, “will be called to consider and evaluate the events, the problems and the pastoral criteria which concern the mission of the entire church”.

 

The Pope asked the new cardinals “to serve the Church with love and vigour, with the transparency and wisdom of teachers, with the energy and strength of shepherds, with the fidelity and courage of martyrs”.

 

The Bible reading at the service was taken from the Gospel of Mark and recounted how the disciples were tempted by the idea of honour, but Jesus told them that greatness means becoming the servant of all.

 

“Serving God and others, self-giving: This is the logic which authentic faith imparts and develops in our daily lives and which is not the type of power and glory which belongs to this world,” the Pope told them.


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