Podcast on evangelization through education with Sr. Thomas Aquinas

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Sr. Thomas Aquinas is a Dominican sister who serves in the chancery of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston Texas.   She is director of a project to develop a Catholic high school near the cathedral.

Earlier this year, I interviewed her for a podcast on education as a tool for evangelization.  In our discussion, she highlights Bishop Steven Lopes’ vision regarding Catholic education, a vision that is inspiring several parishes in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter to offer Catholic education of some form to their local communities.

You can find the podcast here.   Enjoy!    Soon, we will also have a podcast up with Catalina Brand, director of the cathedral’s The Holy House Academy, a home education enrichment program that she tells me was still operating, though online, through the pandemic.    Many other parishes in North America are also running home school enrichment programs, though they have had to adapt under pandemic restrictions.  It’s exciting what is being done to evangelize a new generation into the Catholic faith and at the same time impart the beauties of our liturgical tradition.

St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska already runs a high school, and I’m told St. Barnabas Academy has continued to offer courses.   At their site, they have posted Bishop Lopes four pillars of Catholic education. Have a look!

Requiem Mass in Ottawa May 2

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On Saturday at 10:00 a.m. EDT,  Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ottawa will offer a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Henry J. Stauffenberg, a long-time parishioner who passed away on April 16.   The Mass will be live-streamed via Annunciation’s Facebook page.
Even if you did not know him, you might find the beautiful Catholic Requiem Mass in the Anglican Tradition a balm for the soul in this time of pandemic.
Here is a link to the bulletin for the Mass
Here are some words Michael Trolly our organist and cantor shared about  Henry J. Stauffenberg, PhD (1947-2020) on our Facebook page.
We are saddened to announce that longtime Annunciation parishioner Dr. Henry J. Stauffenberg, PhD, passed away at his home on Thursday, April 16. A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Henry first moved to Ottawa in 1971 to begin his doctoral studies in English literature at the University of Ottawa. He joined the English Department at the University of Scranton in 1973, and received his PhD from the University of Ottawa in 1978, with a thesis on the topic of the Middle English poem “Cursor Mundi”; he later edited a section of the work for publication by the University of Ottawa Press in 1985. Between 1987 and 1997 he taught various courses at the Ottawa Lay School of Theology, now known as the Ottawa School of Theology and Spirituality. For a number of years he served as an Examining Chaplain for the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada; he was himself ordained Deacon in 2000, serving at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in addition to his duties for the church across the country. In 2012, Annunciation was received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church, and Dr. Henry was reconciled with the Church in which he had been raised.A Requiem Mass will be celebrated for the repose of Dr. Henry’s soul on Saturday, May 2, at 10 AM EDT, and will be broadcast live on Facebook, due to current emergency measures.

Re-Consecration to Mary of the United States and Canada today May 1 in a time of pandemic

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The Catholic bishops of both the United States and Canada will be re-consecrating their nations  today May 1 to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a plea for the Holy Mother’s protection during the pandemic.

Bishop Steven Lopes will be consecrating the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter at 11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston.

Here’s a notice from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Renewing the Consecration of the United States to the Care of Our Blessed Mother

As the world continues to face the ongoing effects of the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the USCCB has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 1 in renewing the consecrations of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother.

Magnificat 41 003Here are liturgy resources from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Consecration of Canada to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, in a time of pandemic.

SIGN OF THE CROSS

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Bishop Lopes’ Triduum Homilies

20191117_140316 (1)Jackson Perry, (shown  left of Peter Jesserer Smith at our Toronto conference last November) is a member of the Connecticut ordinariate group.

Jackson called my attention to Bishop Lopes’ Triduum homilies and transcribed them to we could publish them here, subject to the bishop’s permission, which we now have.

You can find the liturgies online at the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter’s YouTube channel.   Here they are.  They are wonderful.  Enjoy.

The picture below is from last year’s Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, taken from the Cathedral’s website.   

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Maundy Thursday

What makes this night different from all other nights? That’s the ritual question with which every Passover supper for the last three millennia has begun. From the Passover celebrated today, and the Passover celebrated at Jesus’s own last supper with his disciples. The youngest asks it of the oldest. And so, we imagine in the tradition that it fell to John the Apostle to ask the question of Peter. What makes this night different from all other nights? It’s a retelling, a ritual retelling of the most important event in the entire history of Israel, woven through the entire history of God’s people. This is the night in which God saved and redeem His people and delivered them from slavery in Egypt. It is, therefore, their foundational experience, and it tells them everything they need to know about who God is, about who they are in God, and therefore their relationship with the world. It all comes down to that night, and the experience of the God who led them out from slavery to freedom.

But in leading them out, that relationship God forged on that night had to be formed, and reformed, again and again. How quickly his people forgot. How quickly they went astray. They had to be, in many ways, stripped down and rebuilt by the Lord Himself. When we read the accounts of Exodus over these three sacred days, this is what we come back to, again and again: That being stripped down to the foundations of faith, and allowing the Lord to rebuild our own faith, is essential in order to live the new and eternal relationship with the Father. Because in Exodus, they had to come to rely on God’s power, not their own. They were utterly powerless and forsaken. In the great revelation of God that they would experience on Mount Sinai, they had to come and embrace His law, not their own, His holiness, certainly not their own.

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Choral Mattins at our 2019 Anglican Tradition Conference

DSC_6019-sOn the morning of Saturday, November 16th, the participants in our Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church crossed the street to pray mattins in Toronto’s St Michael’s Cathedral. The video is now online and can be viewed on Facebook or on YouTube.

The service was a great opportunity for our community to experience choral mattins in a true Cathedral setting with a crowd larger than our usual parish gatherings, and with a splendid ensemble of musicians. The service was preceded by prelude music sung by the choir, namely the Stanford in B-flat Jubilate. The preces & responses were in Anglican chant from the Canadian Psalter, as were the psalms. The canticles included the Venite in Anglican chant, the Te Deum in Vaughan Williams’ G major setting, and Stanford’s Benedictus in C.

The anthem was the epic O Praise the Lord by Healey Willan, composed for a previous generation’s gathering of Anglicans in Toronto at the Anglican Congress of 1963, which was held at Toronto’s famous Maple Leaf Gardens. On that occasion, held while the Catholic Church was still engaged in the sessions of the Second Vatican Council, about 17,000 representatives of the Anglican Communion from all around the world, including Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey, came together to discuss the mission of Anglican Christianity.

Screenshot (491)-cComing to our service of Choral Mattins, held on the margins of the Society’s ninth conference on the Anglican tradition in the Catholic Church, those in the congregation had just heard Bishop Steven Lopes speak about the mission, and identity, of the ordinariate. While the Anglican Communion has suffered severe decline since 1963, the ordinariate, a Catholic church in the Anglican tradition formed of Anglicans who have entered into full communion with the successors of St Peter, bears a hope of future growth. Our trust is in the Lord, and we will build our future on the sure foundation of the Catholic faith.

Watch the video here:

He is Risen! Easter Sunday Mass

In Australia, Msgr. Carl Reid of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross celebrated Easter Sunday Mass here.

In the United Kingdom, Easter Sunday Masses via the internet can be found here.

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church (Warwick St.) London below

In North America, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham will celebrate Easter Sunday Mass at 8:00 a.m. CDT (9:00 a.m. EDT)  see below 

Mount Calvary Catholic  Church in Baltimore at 9:30 a.m. EDT. See below

 

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bridgeport, PA, See below

 

Incarnation Catholic Church in Orlando, Easter Sunday Mass at 10:15 a.m. EDT here.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ottawa  Easter Sunday Mattins at 9:20 a.m. and Mass at 10:00 a.m. EDT here.  The bulletin is here.

St. Aelred Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia, check their Facebook page

Our Lady & St. John: check their Facebook page 

St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Omaha check their Facebook and YouTube Channel

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas will be live streaming Easter Sunday Mass at  79:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.. CDT Mass via its Facebook page. The recorded Mass will then be uploaded to Atonement’s YouTube channel.

Easter Sunday (April 12): Online Masses – 9AM w/Fr. Baaten; 12PM w/Fr. Bartus; 2PM w/Fr. Alan.  (PDT_

Go here to the Holy Martyrs Facebook page to watch these Masses live.

The Catholic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, will be live streaming Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. CDT  via their Facebook page.  

St. Luke’s Ordinariate Catholic Parish in Washington, D.C.  Easter Sunday Mass at  11:00 a.m. via Facebook.

Here are some of the Facebook pages of Ordinariate parishes.   Leave a note in the comments section if I missed yours.

CANADA

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church,  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

St. John Henry Newman, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Our Lady and St. John Catholic Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, Murietta, California

St. Alban’s Catholic Church, Rochester, New York

St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska

Holy Nativity Catholic Church, Payson, Arizona

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas

St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, Fort Worth, Texas

St. George Catholic Church, Republic, Missouri

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cleburne, Texas

The Catholic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Arglington, Texas

Please let me know if you would like your Facebook page added here.

 

Easter Vigil in the Ordinariates

In Australia, Msgr. Carl Reid of Our Lady of the Southern Cross will celebrate the Easter Vigil here.

In the United Kingdom, you can find celebrations of the Easter Vigil here.

Easter Vigil streamed from Our lady of the Assumption Warwick Street at 830 BST tonight here.

In North America, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham will live stream the Easter Vigil at 8:00 CDT (9 p.m. EDT) here.

Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m. See below.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bridgeport: 8: 30 p.m. (See below)

St. Aelred Catholic Church in Athens, Georgia, check their Facebook page

Our Lady & St. John: check their Facebook page 

St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Omaha check their Facebook and YouTube Channel

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas will be live streaming the 8:00 p.m. CDT Mass via its Facebook page. The recorded Mass will then be uploaded to Atonement’s YouTube channel.

The Catholic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, will be live streaming a Holy Saturday Liturgy of the Word at 9:00 a.m. CDT and the Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m. CDT  via their Facebook page.  

St. Luke’s Ordinariate Catholic Parish in Washington, D.C.  Easter Vigil at  8:00 p.m. via Facebook.    The bulletin is here.

Incarnation Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida Easter Vigil at 8 p.m.  EDT via Facebook

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Maryin Ottawa  Easter Vigil at 8 p.m. EDT here.  The bulletin is here.

For those on the West Coast,  Holy Martyrs Catholic Church has the following schedule of Masses online:

Holy Saturday (April 11): Online Liturgy of the Word – Noon w/Fr. Bartus

Easter Vigil (April 11): Online Mass – 6PM (8PM CST) w/Bp. Lopes at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas [LINK

Go here to the Holy Martyrs Facebook page to watch these Masses live.

The Catholic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas, will be live streaming its Mass for Holy Thursday at 7 p.m. CDT  via their Facebook page.  

Here are some of the Facebook pages of Ordinariate parishes.   Leave a note in the comments section if I missed yours.

CANADA

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church,  Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

St. John Henry Newman, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

UNITED STATES

Our Lady and St. John Catholic Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, Murietta, California

St. Alban’s Catholic Church, Rochester, New York

St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Omaha, Nebraska

Holy Nativity Catholic Church, Payson, Arizona

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas

St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, Fort Worth, Texas

St. George Catholic Church, Republic, Missouri

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cleburne, Texas

The Catholic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Arglington, Texas

Please let me know if you would like your Facebook page added here.