Monday, 8 September 2014

The Solemn Foundation Mass of the School of the Annunciation celebrated by HE Cardinal Pell

I have just recently come back from the day at Buckfast Abbey and the Mass celebrated by Cardinal Pell. Concelebrants from the Ordinariate were the Ordinary, Mgr Newton, Fr Simon Chinery, Fr Colin Furness, Mgr David Silk, Fr Bernard Sixtus and myself.
Also present were Bishop Mark O'Toole and Bishop Philip Egan.

The Abbey was absolutely packed to the rafters. There must have been 40 or 50 concelebrating priests, some coming from other abbeys or communities (incl other Benedictines and Oratorians), as well as some local and visiting diocesan clergy.

In the stalls were also sisters from various communities including Mother Winsome of the Ordinariate's own Benedictine community.

The stunning music was led by the abbey's music director, Philip Arkwright. The Gloria and Agnus was from Missa Brevis by Zoltan Kodaly. There was also music by Bach, Rachmaninov, William Byrd and Widor, as well as of course Gregorian chant from the tradition of the church.

A peal of newly restored bells had heralded the beginning of mass. The fine organ accompanied the music other than the chant. And finally trumpets played a recessional fanfare (by Susato).

His Eminence spoke, often very directly, about the great hopes that are embodied in the School and gave his wholehearted support. He noted how of course such things that show great promise will of course be attacked by the enemy. Even Our Lady was not insulated from this after the Annunciation. He paid tribute to their intended fidelity to the magisterium and the offering of something that was not just academics but that appeals to the whole person, which was also very much helped by being in such a fine Benedictine Abbey. He emphasised in his message that our task was really to be faithful and to persevere especially through those times when it seemed perhaps things were not going our way - nevertheless it was not success that was to be measured but faithfulness.

It was an exceptionally fine occasion that had attracted faithful catholics from all around the country. It was inspiring to meet them and His Eminence who spoke very freely to many people there. The Abbot and his team are to be congratulated on such a wonderful occasion, and the staff of the School for their great faith and inspiration.

The School of the Annunciation has been founded on the solid ground of the redemption of Jesus Christ, brought through the cooperation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and her "yes" to God. One could not fail to be inspired by such an occasion. May the School of the Annunciation by the prayers of the Holy Mother of God, and under the protection of the Holy Angels, grow by grace into what God intends.

Fr Ian Hellyer

PS To my brothers of the clergy: there are still places available on the Catechetics for clergy course, this Autumn.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Called to be One - Sat 6th September

Procession of Reparation 
on the Ordinariate's Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2014

The Ordinariate has organised a national day of enquiry with events all around the country. The event has the personal blessing of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The day is named "Called to be One" and is an opportunity for people to explore the vision of Christian unity offered by the Ordinariate (see the Ordinary's address).

Details of the events happening around the country can be found on the Ordinariate's website: Called_to_Be_One .

In the Southwest:

Saturday 6th September

Torbay Mission:
Held at     Catholic Church of the Holy Angels
                (Church Hall)
Queensway, Chelston, Torquay, TQ2 6B

14:00  Welcome, DVD, and Q& A
15:00  Cream Tea
16:00 Evensong and Benediction in Church

Buckfast Mission in Plymouth:
Christ the King Catholic Church (hall)
Armada Way , Plymouth , PL1 2EN
14:00  &  15:00  Video Message, Talk, and Q & A
          with Tea and Scones
16:30  Evensong of Our Lady (plainsong)

Sunday 7th September
Buckfast Abbey:
15:00  Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (Ordinariate use liturgy)
16:30  Video message, talk and Q&A  with tea/coffee in the Violet Evelyn Hall (Abbey)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Pope Francis is praying for Ordinariate's Exploration Day "Called to be One"

Pope Francis has said he is praying for the success of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham's forthcoming "Called To Be One" exploration day, which aims to increase understanding of the Ordinariate's purpose and reach out to those who may feel called to join it.
The endorsement was delivered in a letter from the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, to Monsignor Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Ordinariate.
The full text of Archbishop Mennini's letter reads as follows: 
"At the request of the Secretariat of State, I have been asked to inform you that  the Holy Father Francis, on learning of the national day of exploration entitled "Called to be One" organised by the various Groups of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and due to take place on Saturday 6 September 2014, wishes to convey his good wishes and prayers for a successful and inspiring event. The Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing upon all those persons who are participating in this significant event and working in any way for the promotion and presentation of the Catholic Faith and the Gospel in Great Britain".
The Nuncio ends with his own prayerful good wishes for a very successful day.
Pope Francis' blessing on the exploration day and Archbishop Mennini's words of support for it follow a statement of welcome for the initiative from Cardinal Vincent Nichols. In his capacity as President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, the Cardinal said:
 "the Ordinariate both enriches the Catholic Church with Catholic aspects of the beautiful heritage and culture of Anglican patrimony and advances the cause of unity which must be the ultimate aim of all ecumenical activity... I wish you every success with this initiative. I hope it will attract many interested enquirers".
Last week Mgr Newton warmly invited all those who are interested in the Ordinariate to attend the exploration day 
"whether because they are considering their future or just because they would like to see more of what we are and what we do" . 
Mgr Newton's invitation came in his response to the Church of England General Synod's decision to allow women to be ordained as bishops. In the same statement Mgr Newton said that, though that decision was a very happy one for many within the Church of England, it made the position undeniably harder for those within the Anglican Church who still longed for unity with Rome.
The Ordinariate was set up by Pope Benedict in 2011 to make it possible for Anglicans who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church to do so, bringing with them much of the heritage and traditions of Anglicanism. Pope Benedict described these as "treasures to be shared". On the exploration day, each of the 40 or so Ordinariate groups across the country will host a different event, with the common theme of the vision for Christian unity which is at the heart of the Ordinariate.
Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Our Ordinary asks all members to pray for House of Lords

Statement from the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
The Assisted Dying Bill

The Assisted Dying Bill has its Second Reading in the House of Lords on Friday 18 July. If it became law it would make incitement to suicide routine in our society, thereby putting pressure on the most vulnerable to see themselves as a burden to society. The Church’s teaching is clear: that human life, from conception to natural death, is a gift from God. Christ calls us to offer those facing serious illness care and hope, not despair and killing. The emergence of the hospice movement, which has enabled great progress in palliative care, is one of the fruits of this Christian calling common to Catholics, Anglicans and other Christians. The Assisted Dying Bill is a rejection of this Christian inheritance, and instead promotes what Pope St John Paul II called a ‘culture of death’.

Information on lobbying Peers can be found here: 

This conflict against the culture of death is first of all a spiritual one, and therefore I invite members of the Ordinariate and others to dedicate some time today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) to pray - if possible before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament - for the upholding of the sanctity of human life.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Pro-family article now in Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Recently the UN signed up to this article in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 
Art 16 (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
This is a positive development. 

Which countries did not vote for it?
Austria, Chile, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Montenegro, Korea, Romania, UK, U.S.
All of us around the world who care about the family owe a great debt of gratitude to so many pro-family delegates at this meeting who worked tirelessly and courageously to defend the family.

Numerous lies were spread by anti-family groups and liberal governments in attacking this simple resolution on the protection of the family. Opponents were making many outrageous claims like protecting the institution of the family will cause more marital rape or that it will cause individual family members to somehow lose their human rights if their families are protected. The anti-family side also claimed that if the resolution was not amended to refer to "various forms of the family,” somehow single-parent or extended families would come under attack or be ignored by governments.

You might consider adding your name to a petition for pro-family development policies in the UN.