Cardinal Sarah in Canada

DSC03980A sizeable proportion of our parish headed down to Kingston, Ontario on Mar. 14 during a steady snowfall to hear Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, speak at the St. John Fisher dinner, an annual fundraiser for Catholic Christian Outreach.

Am I ever glad I went.

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On This Day…

Image result for Charles II of EnglandOn this day in 1672, Charles II of England issued his first declaration of indulgence,suspending Parliament’s legislation against Catholic and Protestant dissenters.

The Royal Declaration of Indulgence was Charles II’s attempt to extend religious liberty to Nonconformists and Roman Catholics in his realms, by suspending the execution of the Penal Laws that punished Recusants from the Church of England. Charles issued the Declaration on 15 March 1672.

It was highly controversial and Sir Orlando Bridgeman, son of a bishop, resigned as Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, because he refused to apply the Great Seal to it, regarding it as too generous to Catholics.

The Cavalier Parliament in 1673, compelled Charles to withdraw this declaration and implement, in its place, the first of the Test Acts (1673), which required anyone entering public service in England to deny the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation and take Anglican communion.  

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Charles A. Coulombe on the Ordinariates

Our own Charles A. Coulombe is interviewed on On the Menu on the Ordinariates for Anglicans in full communion with the Catholic Church.

He talks about the significant role they can play in evangelizazing the Anglosphere.

Also on how they bring together both recusant English Catholicism and Anglican patrimony.



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Crucified Star Wars Stormtrooper hangs in London Anglican church: Daily Mail


You can read about this abomination in a London Anglican church here.

I can’t believe the 50 or so London Anglo-Catholic parishes, only a few of which are in the pseudo-Ordinariate of ‘Alternative Episcopal Oversight’, would rather be in union with these people and under their new Female Archbishop, than in union with Rome. If they continue like this they should replace “Anglo-Catholic” with “Protestant-Lite”: After all are they not in a Protestant church?

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Fifth Sunday In Lent – Poem by John Keble

john-keble1The historic Muse, from age to age,
Through many a waste heart-sickening page
Hath traced the works of Man:
But a celestial call to-day
Stays her, like Moses, on her way,
The works of God to scan.

Far seen across the sandy wild,
Where, like a solitary child,
He thoughtless roamed and free,
One towering thorn was wrapt in flame –
Bright without blaze it went and came:
Who would not turn and see?


Along the mountain ledges green
The scattered sheep at will may glean
The Desert’s spicy stores:
The while, with undivided heart,
The shepherd talks with God apart,
And, as he talks, adores.

Ye too, who tend Christ’s wildering flock,
Well may ye gather round the rock
That once was Sion’s hill:
To watch the fire upon the mount
Still blazing, like the solar fount,
Yet unconsuming still.

Caught from that blaze by wrath Divine,
Lost branches of the once-loved vine,
Now withered, spent, and sere,
See Israel’s sons, like glowing brands,
Tossed wildly o’er a thousand lands
For twice a thousand year.

God will not quench nor slay them quite,
But lifts them like a beacon-light
The apostate Church to scare;
Or like pale ghosts that darkling roam,
Hovering around their ancient home,
But find no refuge there.

Ye blessed Angels! if of you
There be, who love the ways to view
Of Kings and Kingdoms here;
(And sure, ’tis worth an Angel’s gaze,
To see, throughout that dreary maze,
God teaching love and fear

Oh say, in all the bleak expanse
Is there a spot to win your glance,
So bright, so dark as this?
A hopeless faith, a homeless race,
Yet seeking the most holy place,
And owning the true bliss!

Salted with fire they seem, to show
How spirits lost in endless woe
May undecaying live.
Oh, sickening thought! yet hold it fast
Long as this glittering world shall last,
Or sin at heart survive.

And hark! amid the flashing fire,
Mingling with tones of fear and ire,
Soft Mercy’s undersong –
‘Tis Abraham’s God who speaks so loud,
His people’s cries have pierced the cloud,
He sees, He sees their wrong;

He is come down to break their chain;
Though nevermore on Sion’s fane
His visible ensign wave;
‘Tis Sion, wheresoe’er they dwell,
Who, with His own true Israel,
Shall own Him strong to save.

He shall redeem them one by one,
Where’er the world-encircling sun
Shall see them meekly kneel:
All that He asks on Israel’s part,
Is only that the captive heart
Its woe and burthen feel.

Gentiles! with fixed yet awful eye
Turn ye this page of mystery,
Nor slight the warning sound:
“Put off thy shoes from off thy feet –
The place where man his God shall meet,
Be sure, is holy ground.”

-John Keble

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Ordinary’s Homily (OLSC): 11/03/2018

“Most, if not all of us have moments when we are aware of God being close to us. Yet there are times, like the Israelites in the wilderness, when we doubt, become slack, can’t be bothered with Church and fall victim to the poisonous snakes of self-centredness….”

Audio and Text versions here.



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Who’s going to the Mar. 22 Chrism Mass?

Four of us from Ottawa will be heading down to Scranton, Pennsylvania on Mar. 22 for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter’s Chrism Mass.

Who is going to be there?  Should we have an Anglicanorum coetibus Society “salon” in the evening?


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