Sacraments of Healing, Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony
Once more we gathered in the Upper Room for our catechesis. We began with the two Sacraments of Healing: Penance and the Anointing of the Sick. Both Sacraments are directed at our human need for healing. First that we need to be reconciled to God from whom we have been separated through sin, and second, that from time to time we need grace in times of sickness. As before questions flowed freely. The Abbot also started to explain how we would be approaching our first confession just before Reception and Confirmation.
Following a break, we went on to hear about the Sacraments that are at the service of the communion of the Church: first Holy Orders and then Holy Matrimony. Lots of questions were asked about marriage in particular, e.g. about annulments and the indissolubility of marriage.
The time for Reception and Confirmation is to be at 4.30pm on Maundy Thursday just before the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 6pm. We also heard today that the ordinations will be on 4th May (Diaconal) and 17th June (Priesting), both at Plymouth Cathedral.
We are all looking forward to the next few months as we enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church and bring our Anglican Patrimony to the life of the Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham.