UK Ordinariate Newsletter – June 20th 2017

You can access the latest issue of the n ewsletter of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham by clicking on the banner heading below

The newsletter explains Cardinal Pell’s absence from the recent Diaconal Ordination, and provides some other recent news of Ordinariate groups, such as the move in South Wales  from Cardiff Cathedral to a permanent home in Newport, where Mass is now celebrated weekly – another step forward for the Ordinariate.

Ten new deacons in the UK

On Saturday June 17th ten men were ordained to the diaconate at one of London’s most iconic Catholic churches, St. James, Spanish Place. Cardinal Pell had been announced as the principal celebrant and ordaining bishop but unless he has shrunk in the wash, it would appear from this really unclear photo published without further comment on the UK Ordinariate’s facebook page that  the ordination was actually performed by Bishop Robert Byrne CO, auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Birmingham – as an Oratorian Bishop Byrne is a close friend of the Ordinariate.

The ten new deacons include eight former Anglican priests and two men who found their vocation in the Ordinariate and have been studying first in Oxford, then at St Mary’s College, Oscott, the seminary of Birmingham Archdiocese.

Jonathan Creer and Thomas Mason
(seminarians at St Mary’s College, Oscott)

David Pritchard and David Hathaway
(Ordinariate Mission in South Wales in Newport)

Michael Ward
(an expert on CS Lewis, teaches part-time at Blackfriars, Oxford,
to assist Fr Daniel Lloyd with Ordinariate group at Holy Rood, Oxford,
and the Parish of North Hinksey)

Leonard Cox
(former vicar of St Peter’s, Greet Green,
to assist Fr Simon Ellis at St Margaret Mary, Perry Common, Birmingham)

David Jones
(former vicar of St Luke’s, Jersey,
to assist Nottingham Ordinariate Mission)

Timothy Boniwell
(formerly Anglican hospital chaplain,
to assist Fr Paul Burch with Coventry Ordinariate Mission)

Cameron MacDonald and Simon Beveridge
(to assist Fr Len Black with the Ordinariate in Scotland)

I just do not understand

The last two posts have caused me to wonder what causes people to be spiteful and malevolent. Deborah Gyapong writes about a blogger who has misused her photos to point fun at the Ordinariate. This particular “Cold Fish”-monger seems to have a life mission to belittle the Ordinariate movement, to dwell on our flaws and suggest that we are doomed.

Then there is Michael Davis, who wrote in the Catholic Herald about his “rubbishing” of the Ordinariate in his blog.

I can comprehend a staunch Anglo-Catholic regarding those who have joined the Ordinariates as some kind of traitors to the cause, but it was never our intention to deal a death blow to the Anglican Church or the friends we left behind.

The Ordinariate detractors, on the other hand, seem to have no other aim than to destroy the Ordinariates through their propaganda.

They can rest assured that we will not be disheartened. We will continue to report about the Ordinariate movement and its successes. We will go on enthusing about the ecumenical dream of Pope Benedict XVI of uniting the diverse Church while maintaining the many valuable traditions as treasures to be shared.

We are not blind to problems: we see small groups struggling and are aware that some of these might disappear, we hear the sceptical tones of some in the leadership of the Church who are perhaps not convinced of our mission or are perhaps afraid that our success might in some way be detrimental to them.

But we are certain in the importance of our apostolate. We have found a home in the Catholic Church and particularly in the Ordinariates. So we shall be sticking to the positive message, even if some might accuse us of being naive “cheerleaders”. I for one am happy to cheer about something I believe in to the bottom of my being.

This is the only time that we will mention these spiteful people – they cannot hurt us with their vitriol!

Fr. Richard Rojas on The Journey Home

In this video you will be able to follow Father Rojas’ journey from Evangelical Christianity via Presbyterian ministry, then Anglo-Catholic priesthood to ordination in the Catholic Church. Father Rojas is currently pastoring a parish in Scranton Diocese.

Here is Fr. Rojas with his wife Debbie and four children:

Trinitytide edition of “More News”

You can read the Trinitytide edition of the newsletter of St. Thomas More Parish, Scranton, PA, known cryptically as “More News”, by clicking on the banner heading below:

Alongside lots of reports on the various activities of the parish – dinners, feasts, movies, talks – and Maria Kaupas Academy’s first year, the newsletter also includes a moving reflection by Father Eric Bergman on the terrorist attack at London Bridge and the Borough, the home of another Ordinariate parish, Most Precious Blood in London.

Fr. Glenn Baaten is the new chaplain of the Christian Family Movement in Orange County

Ordinariate priest Father Glenn Baaten has accepted the role as Chaplain for the joint CFM group in Orange County, California (St. Joseph Catholic Church, Placentia & Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church, Irvine). Chapter leader Greg Herr has written:

“With over a decade as a Presbyterian pastor and now as a Catholic priest, Fr. Glenn brings enormous experience and wisdom (not to mention, pastoral enthusiasm!) to his vocation as priest, father, friend, husband. Along with his wife, Cathy, Fr Glenn will encourage us in our vocation as marrieds, remind us of our calling, and let us know what is on his mind about married/family life in the Church. He will also offer a pastoral blessing reinforcing our commitment to Christ and the Church. We will plan to have Fr. Glenn (and Cathy, if available) visit us annually as part of CFM, pray with and for us, and bless us.”

from the CFM website:

Christian Family Movement is a national network of parish/neighborhood small groups of families. Through the use of programming available from the CFM USA Office and the dynamics of small group interaction, Christian values are reinforced and families are encouraged to reach out in action to others.

The CFM group consists of five to seven families with the adults meeting regularly in each other’s homes, or at the parish. Through the use of CFM’s many different programs, members discuss what they have observed in their own family or community, judge what they have seen in the light of Jesus’ teaching, and then act to change things for the better.

Message from Father Christopher Pearson, MPB parish priest

“The Church of the Most Precious Blood is within the police cordon area following the horrific events in the Borough last night. The usual 8.30am Mass this morning cannot take place in the Church and is therefore cancelled; but the 11am will go ahead. If there is no access to the Church, it will take place in the School Hall. Please approach the school from Marshalsea Rd or Southwark Bridge Rd.

Please do remember at Mass this morning the victims of last night’s atrocity, the dead, the injured and those traumatized by what they saw. Give thanks for the bravery and professionalism of the Police and security services who so quickly contained the incident.”

Fr Christopher Pearson

Fr. Christopher brings a policeman a cup of tea

Attack within the Parish of Most Precious Blood, Borough, London

Please pray for the people killed and injured at London Bridge and Borough Market, which are within the Ordinariate-run parish of Most Precious Blood. Borough Market itself is only a couple of hundred yards away from MPB Church.

The police are treating the attack as a terrorist incident – at the moment (1 am UK time) the media are speaking of at least seven persons who were killed by a van driving into the crowds on London Bridge and people being stabbed by probably three attackers.

Ascension Sunday sees the erection of the first Ordinariate personal parish in the UK

On Ascension Day, 28th May, Monsignor Keith Newton officially erected the first personal parish of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Chelston, Torbay, South-West England. The Church is fittingly named Our Lady of Walsingham with Saint Cuthbert Mayne, a local martyr. At the ceremony the Ordinary conferred confirmation and inducted the first parish priest, Father David Lashbrooke, who writes:

There have been many new chapters in the life of the still very new Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham from its erection, first ordinations and the now-imminent diaconal ordinations at Spanish Place when the faithful will travel from all parts of the country to share a great blessing with those candidates responding to God’s call to serve.

All these chapters are metaphorically written through members of The Ordinariate responding in faithfulness to the visionary, ecumenical and missionary document ‘Anglicanorum Coetibus’. Within that precious document it was envisaged that communities who had responded to the invitation to come into full communion with The Catholic Church would in time become personal parishes and on Ascension Day 2017 Mgr Keith Newton PA erected the first of these parishes and inducted Fr David Lashbrooke to be the first parish priest.

The Personal Parish of Our Lady of Walsingham with St Cuthbert Mayne (Torbay) is now in existence and I, as the new parish priest, have been asked the challenging question: what difference does it make to those who make up the community in Torbay or even to the whole life of The Ordinariate as a whole?

As part of The Induction Rite the parish priest designate is presented by one of his fellow priests, in this case Fr Mike Cain, to The Ordinary. At the celebrations afterwards Fr Cain said it was like giving the bride away and he is a seasoned hand at that. It is now the morning after a day of great celebrations and joy that the day gave to all those present who had worked so hard for the day and it is that comment of Fr Mike that has helped me make a start of an answer to this pertinent question.

How many times, as priests, when we have prepared people for marriage, impressed on the prospective couple that marriage is not piece of paper but a material change which has such hallmarks as love, stability and faithfulness; a vocation where, under the blessing of God, they continue to explore what they have called to be and as one, by God’s grace, bear fruit.

Like people who marry, those of this new personal parish have hopes and our fears but are keenly aware that becoming a parish is so much more than a title, a piece of paper or a goal in itself. Like a marriage we must, as this new community at Torbay, grow in love, stability and faithfulness, and the erection of the parish has recognised that desire and that vocation.

As a parish we need to learn how to open our Church Doors wider. As a parish we need to learn how to offer hospitality to a greater number of people. As a parish we need to teach so that people may access that dormant or forgotten relationship with Christ. As a parish we need to faithfully offer worship with The Mass and Blessed Sacrament at the centre of that praise. To fulfil our needs we need to trust and ask for The Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us as we daily ask for all The Church.

We have some minor issues like building a presbytery and renovating the Church building and developing our shop which has just moved into larger premises.

I would like to thank The Ordinary and Governing Council for their faith in making this parish and I pray there will be more in the near future.

Please pray for this new parish, for its priest and for its people and if you are in Torbay do come and see us.

Fr David Lashbrooke
Parish Priest