Ordinariate News on February 19th 2020

O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth: Send thy Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee.  Amen.

Rededication of England as Mary's Dowry

Mgr Newton in a pastoral letter this weekend strongly encouraged Ordinariate members to participate in this great act of rededication of our country and ourselves to Jesus through Our Lady.  The formal act of dedication by the bishops of our country, supported by the prayers and personal acts of consecration of the faithful, will take place on March 29th at noon.  We are also encouraged to undertake a period of preparation for the dedication - the book 33 days to Morning Glory is recommended for this.  80,000 free copies have been distributed across the country (there may well be copies in your church) and it is available from bookshops or online.

For more details of the rededication see the Behold website.

Lent talks on St John Henry Newman

St Margaret Mary, Perry Green in Birmingham is hosting a series of talks on Wednesday evenings in Lent.  A collabaration between the Ordinariate and the Archdiocese of Birmingham, the series features a variety of Newman scholars who will address different aspects of Newman's life and teaching.  The first speaker, on March 4th, is Archbishop Bernard Longley whose talk is entitled John Henry Newman and Blessed Dominic Barberi, and the need for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The talks begin at 7pm and tickets cost £5.  Further information from Fr Simon Ellis 07985 753391.

Lay Retreat

Fr Tim Bugby will be the leader of a retreat for Lay People at Hothorpe Hall in Leicestershire from 6th-8th November.

Our Calling and Our Mission

At the Celebration Mass for the 10th Anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus - which put in place the legal basis for the founding of the Ordinariates - Mgr Newton launched a new vision document for the ongoung life of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. 

Entitled Our Calling and Our Mission the document contains our mission statement and explains the three priorities for our work over the next five years.  The next stage of the work is to translate our vision and priorities for the future into practical initiatives adapted to the circumstances of each local group and mission community.  Group Pastors and their people are being asked to identify what each local group is currently doing under our three priorities, what they can improve on and what they might start based on their current situation and resources.

The document is available on the Ordinariate website.

Chrism Mass

The annual Chrism Mass will take place at 11:30am on Thursday 2nd April at the Ordinariate Central Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street London W1B 5LZ.  The principal celebrant will be the Most Rev'd Kevin McDonald, Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark.

Martyrdom of St Thomas Becket

The year 2020 marks the 850th anniversary of the murder of St Thomas of Canterbury in his Cathedral church.  To mark the commemoration the Ordinariate in Kent will be organising an event on Saturday July 11th.  Further details will be published on the Ordinariate website and in future newsletters.

Ordinariate Meetings in Ham

The regular series of talks at St Thomas Aquinas, Ham, continues. Each meeting is preceded at 7pm by Mass in the Ordinariate use and a meal and refreshments are served. The next meetings are:-

Tuesday February 25th at 7:30pm - 'Catholics in Parliament' - Stephen Pound (MP for Ealing North 1997-2019).

For further details please contact Fr. Peter Andrews peter.andrews.lon@gmail.com
Tel. 07753827967.

Some dates for your diary:

  • Sunday 1st March 2020 - Next edition of the Portal published
  • Thursday 2nd April - 11:30 am Chrism Mass
  • May 10-16 2020 - Joint Ordinariates' pilgrimage to Rome.
  • Saturday 11th July - Kent Ordinariate event
  • Saturday 5th September - Ordinariate Walsingham Pilgrimage
  • November 6th-8th - Lay Retreat

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