The Ordinariate in Bethlehem

Bethlehem city in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania will soon be home to a renewed Ordinariate mission. In their recent newsletter St. Thomas More Parish of Scranton, PA announced:

Holy Ghost Parish Church, Bethlehem, PA

New Name, Location, & Priest for Mission Congregation

We are pleased to announce that Bishops Lopes and Schlert (of our Ordinariate and the Diocese of Allentown, respectively) have identified a new home for the congregation: the stunningly beautiful Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Bethlehem; moreover, worship will recommence with the Bishop’s visit at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, and will proceed thereafter every week at that time.

What’s more, by that time the group will have prayerfully selected a new name for itself, and will also be under the new leadership of the newly ordained Fr. Matthew Hummel. Fr. Hummel hails from our sister Parish to the south, St. John the Baptist, Bridgeport (PA), from which he will travel north to minister to the mission congregation in Bethlehem. All of these developments portend an exciting future for our outpost in the Lehigh Valley!

Ordinariate News: Seventh Sunday after Trinity

In this fourth issue, we include, in addition to excerpts, a homily, and parish profile, the first ministry profile, highlighting one that exemplifies the sort of impact an Ordinariate group can have in its larger community. Despite the sad events surrounding this week, happy Sunday! As Fr. Erdman remarks in his homily, God’s Holy Wisdom cannot remain covered or hidden.

Has your parish not appeared? Is there a ministry or good event you think should have appeared but hasn’t? We haven’t heard from you! We are eager to highlight good work around the Ordinariate. Send an email to ordinariatenewsletter@outlook.com using the form below (and do the same if you’d like to receive the newsletter by email).

Please feel free to print and distribute this newsletter. In addition, please consider donating $2 to the Seminarian fund if you’ve enjoyed reading it! Until next Sunday.

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Ordinariate News: 6th Sunday after Trinity

In this third issue, we cover Bishop Lopes’ visit to St. Barnabas, the commemoration of St. Bonosa at Our Lady and St. John’s, and more. In the coming weeks, we hope to have more on different initiatives from around the Ordinariate. Happy Sunday!

We need volunteers! Are you willing to write a brief profile of your community, or report on good news in your parish? Would you consider writing about your parish’s unique ministries or liturgical notes? Do you want to sign up to receive the newsletter by email? Send us an email at ordinariatenewsletter@outlook.com. And please feel free to print and distribute this newsletter.

Please consider donating $2 to the Seminarian fund if you’ve enjoyed reading it! Until next Sunday.

The file was updated with some minor corrections Monday morning. And more Monday afternoon: a reader pointed out that Bishop Lopes’ reception was probably in the “Parish house”, not the “Pariah house”! Thank you for bearing with us as we get this off the ground, and thank you for all corrections.

Ordinariate News: 5th Sunday after Trinity

This is the second issue of the Ordinariate Newsletter, covering good news in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. This past week has been important in many communities, whose new pastors started last Sunday. In addition, there are many exciting things happening this weekend: Bp. Lopes is celebrating Pontifical Mass at St. Barnabas, OLSJ is celebrating the transferred feast of the virgin martyr, St. Bonosa, whose relics are at their parish–but reports on that (and more) will come next Sunday.

We need volunteers! Are you willing to write a brief profile of your community, or report on good news in your parish? Would you consider writing about your parish’s unique ministries or liturgical notes? Do you want to sign up to receive the newsletter by email? Send us an email at ordinariatenewsletter@outlook.com. And please feel free to print and distribute this newsletter.

Please consider donating $2 to the Seminarian fund if you’ve enjoyed reading it! Until next Sunday.

Update: The current version includes the profile of OLSJ in Louisville and updated Parish assignment information. In addition, Fr. Simington’s name was corrected. Thank you to those who submitted corrections!

Bring Back Betrothal Rites!

Espousal of Joseph and Mary

Image is of the Betrothal of Mary and Joseph

When I was engaged, I wanted to give my Beloved an extra special day- so I organized a Betrothal Rite, an ancient yet scarce practice. Betrothals are different from just being engaged because being engaged is a private arrangement between a couple, even if it is announced publicly. To be Betrothed is a deeper commitment to marry before both God and Church. 

In the Bible we see many examples of betrothals, the most striking example is at the time of the Annunciation Mary and Joseph are betrothed: in Jewish tradition they were as good as married, requiring a divorce to break. The 23rd of January use to be the liturgical feast celebrating the Betrothal of Mary and Joseph, a feast called the Espousals of Mary and Joseph up until 1961. While Betrothals use to be common practice in the West, slowly they were merged into the Marriage Rite so technically many Catholic couples are betrothed and then immediately married right after. Continue reading

A New Ordinariate Newsletter

As the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter continues to grow, it becomes easy to miss the exciting work occurring at parishes and communities scattered across two countries. This is the first issue of a new weekly newsletter intended to counter that, which will be hosted on the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society website, covering news from around the Ordinariate. It will help highlight the unique development of different communities, provide some material from the wider English patrimony, and provide some basic aids to para-liturgical prayer in the Ordinariate. It will also act as a fundraiser for diocesan collections: readers are encouraged to donate $2 an issue to the current diocesan collection (now the seminarian fund).

This initial issue should give a clear example of the newsletter’s intention, despite missing parts that we hope to appear regularly. Because this will be produced and published free of charge, submissions of material will be critical. Are you willing to submit a profile of your community? Is there a unique liturgical feature of your community that you’d like to highlight? Does your priest post his homilies online, and would he be willing to see excerpts published here? Are there events your community runs that you’d like to see here? Please send submissions, suggestions, and criticisms to ordinariatenewsletter@outlook.com. Also, if you are interested in receiving the newsletter by email, please send an email to that address.

We hope that, as it takes shape, this will serve as encouragement and an aid to prayer for parishioners in the Ordinariate. Until next week, God bless!