Saturday, 12 March 2011

Buckfast Group - First Catechesis Session

Our first session of catechesis is with the Abbot at Buckfast Abbey.  We shall be in the Violet Evelyn hall on Saturday 19th March at 2.30pm.  The hall is adjacent to the car park and formerly belonged to the Church of England - now it has been brought into the Catholic fold.  After my discussion with Abbot David I am really excited about our sessions with him and full of expectation.  We shall also be inviting other local catholic clergy to address us.  Please make every effort to come.  The theme will be: the Church and the Petrine ministry.
Fr Ian

Intercession Card

To all members of the Ordinariate groups:
Please collect an intercession card from me on Sunday, either at Buckfast Abbey or at the Cathedral.
I look forward to seeing you all.
Yours in the peace of Christ
Fr Ian

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Sunday - Rite of Election

This Sunday at 3pm the "Rite of Election" will take place at Plymouth Cathedral.  In many ways this will be a historic occasion as it will be the first time candidates for the Ordinariate in the Southwest will gather together.  We strongly encourage candidates to come.  Note: the resident parking scheme does not apply on Sundays near the Cathedral.

Following the Rite of Election, we hope to go tenpin bowling.  More details will be posted here soon.  This will not be compulsory of course, except for Fathers David, Mike and Simon.

Please email if you want to go bowling.

God bless you all,
Fr Ian

Monday, 7 March 2011

Final Sermons and Statements

I have created a page with final statements and sermons from the local clergy who resigned yesterday.  You will find it under "Pages" on the right of this message.

Every blessing,
Fr Ian

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Southwest Ordinariate Clergy give notice of their resignations

As part of the preparation for the Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham arising in the West Country the following stipendiary clergy gave notice of their resignations at their parish churches today, Sunday 6th March. They are as follows:

Rev Fr David Lashbrooke, Vicar of St Mary's, Marychurch and pastor of the Torbay Ordinariate group who will be attached to the Catholic Church of the Holy Angels, Chelston (TQ2 6BP). Tel 01803 329054. The group will be meeting this Ash Wednesday at Holy Angels for 7pm Mass.

Rev Fr John Greatbatch, Vicar of St Paul, Charlestown, St Austell and pastor of the St Austell Ordinariate group who will be attached to St. Augustine of Hippo, St Austell. Tel 01726 73838.

Rev Fr Ian Hellyer, Rector of the United Benefice of Moretonhampstead, Manaton, North Bovey and Lustleigh, and also Priest-in-charge of St John's, Bovey Tracey, and pastor of the Buckfast Ordinariate group who will be attached to Buckfast Abbey. Tel 01626 833451 or email: The group will be meeting for mass on Ash Wednesday at Buckfast Abbey (12noon) or Chelston, Holy Angels (7pm) or in local catholic parish churches. The group is also meeting on Thursday at 2pm (contact us for more details), and for Sunday Mass at Buckfast Abbey at 10.30am.

Rev Fr Simon Chinery, Asst Curate of St Peter and the Holy Apostles, Plymouth, and assistant pastor of Torbay Ordinariate group meeting at Holy Angels, Chelston (see above).

God-willing they will be ably assisted by four 'retired' clergy also entering the ordinariate in the area, including Fr Robin Ellis (former Archdeacon) and Fr Colin Furness. It is estimated between 50-80 members of the laity of all ages will be joining them.

The Rite of Election held at Plymouth Cathedral (Sunday 13th March, 3pm) will also welcome the prospective members of the Ordinariate for the first time.

DAY NINE (Eve of Pentecost)