I have been a fan of Barbara Nicolosi’s for a long time. I first encountered her after she had founded Act One, a program to help Christian writers hone the necessary skills to make it in Hollywood. She found the state of so-called Christian movies so abysmal artistically –didactic, preachy, stereotypical characters, and lack of basic concepts of story-telling–that she tried to remedy it. She’s still involved as one of the faculty members and also teaches at a university in Southern California.
Though I have never met her personally, we are Facebook friends, and she always has interesting posts and comments. So, on Sunday, this one particularly caught my interest, since it’s about one of our Ordinariate communities. She gave me permission to re-post this from Facebook:
ATTN: Los Angeles Catholics
The baby parish of Our Lady of Grace is part of the Anglican Ordinariate. They are a group of Anglicans who petitioned to be reunited to the Catholic Church and have recently had their pastor, Fr. Aaron Bayles ordained as a Catholic priest. The liturgy is lovely – basically follows the Latin Rite but using some of the splendidly rich prayers from the Book of Common Prayer. They also have wonderful music – robust, lyrical hymns rich in theological imagery – nothing like what I hear at most Evangelical praise and worship sessions, and far better than what passes for hymnody at regular Catholic parishes these days.
All we need is more people to come! The parish currently is using the cafeteria at La Salle High School, but, hopefully, we will be moving to a real church soon. Meanwhile, they have built a lovely altar and the spirit of the people is very reverent.
Mass starts at 11:00 a.m. with Confession available at 10:30 a.m.