Great new issue of The Portal is out —including this article by Joanna Bogle

You can read The Portal, the monthly magazine of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham online via this link, or by pressing the button with The Portal Image on the right-hand side bar of our blog.

Many great articles, but I was especially struck by this one entitled Celebrate the Seasons! A plea from Joanna Bogle.

One of the most important things that the Ordinariate
must do is to celebrate the Church’s glorious round of feasts
and seasons – and celebrate in a way that will evangelise. When
Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the “Anglican patrimony” he gave voice
to something that is deeply embedded in Britain’s self-understanding.
People, including of course a great many non-churchgoers, feel
comfortable with things they associate with the annual cycle of the Church’s
calendar, celebrated and cherished over the past couple of centuries by the Anglican Church.

I say “the past couple of centuries” because a good
many things that we now regard as typically Anglican
were part of the great revival in the 19th century –
Harvest Thanksgiving, midnight Christmas services,
celebrations of patronal feasts in parish churches.
The CofE of Jane Austen’s day would not have seen
Jane and Elizabeth Bennett  celebrating the feast-day
of the parish church in Meryton, or gathering the
local children in a robed choir  to sing “We plough
the fields and scatter” at Michaelmas. The revival of a
sense of the Church’s  authentic traditions in England
in the Victorian era was a great achievement: and the
Ordinariate is a child of that development.
The 19th century movement, calling the Anglican
communion back into a sense of continuity with
the centuries of Christianity in England,  drew on a
renewed interest in all sorts of folk traditions and music:
the Victorians researched and wrote on this, and also
popularised all sorts of customs for Christmas (Tree,
Santa Claus, candlelit carols) and Easter (chocolate
eggs etc) that we now take for granted.
This heritage is something to which the Ordinariate
must pay great attention

Indeed!   Please go on over to The Portal to read the rest.

And please consider, dear Reader, what your role is in helping to re-discover, foster, maintain, promote and pass on these wonderful traditions!

1 thought on “Great new issue of The Portal is out —including this article by Joanna Bogle

  1. There’s unfortunate news regarding the Church of the Torres Strait on Page 18 of this month’s edition of The Portal. The item states that Bishop Nona announced that he would abandon this initiative and lead his people on a different path. I suspect that the difficulties of Catholic ministers reaching the congregations in the region to prepare the congregations and clergy of the Church of the Torres Strait for reception caused the process to lag, leading to frustration and, ultimately, to this decision. The article describes the difficulty in reaching one former congregation of the Church of the Torres Strait thusly.

    The journey to Duaun from the Australian Mainland involves two or three flights and a short sea passage by inflatable dinghy, so you can imagine that the cost is very high. Combine this cost with accommodation and the total is almost $2000, which is equivalent to a flight from Australia to Europe.

    The difficulty of reaching congregations on the other islands of the Torres Strait undoubtedly is similar, and there is virtually no Catholic presence in the region. What’s really sad is that neither the Vatican nor the Diocese of Cairns, which encompasses the region, mobilized the resources required to enable the reception to happen in a timely manner. This is a tragic loss. The reception of the Church of the Torres Strait would have strengthened the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross considerably.

    The article does state that a majority of the former parishioners of the Church of the Torres Strait on Duaun Island continued on course, have been received into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, and now constitute that ordinariate’s Parish of the Holy Cross. However, that congregation did not have resident clergy — and arrangements for its pastoral care will be somewhat difficult in the near term. The article states that “Fr Gordon Barnier of Cairns will visit Duaun every few weeks to offer the mass and undertake pastoral duties[]” and “Other Ordinariate priests may also visit until a more permanent arrangement can be found[]” with prayers that a member of that congregation may answer God’s call to seek ordination.



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