Saturday, 16 June 2012

Congratulations to our brothers and sisters in Australia

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross is erected by the Holy Father

It was announced on Friday Pope Benedict XVI has erected the third personal ordinariate according to the norms established by the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorun coetibus. The Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross will conform to the area of the Australian Bishop’s Conference. The former Western Regional Bishop of the Traditional Anglican Communion, the Reverend Harry Entwistle, was appointed the Ordinariate’s first Ordinary.

Biography of Rev. Harry EntwistleReverend Harry Entwistle was born on May 31, 1940 at Chorley, Lancashire, England and baptised an Anglican in the Parish Church on July 7, 1940. After studies at St. Chad's Theological College in the University of Durham, he was ordained priest on September 20, 1964 for the Anglican Diocese of Blackburn, Lancashire. After priestly service in Fleetwood, Hardwick, Weedon, Aston Abbotts and Cubligton, he was Chaplain in Her Majesty's Prison Service from 1974 to 1981 and from 1981 to 1988, Senior Chaplain at HM Prison Wansworth.
He migrated to Australia in 1988 where he was the Senior Chaplain for the Department of Corrective Services in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia.
From 1992 to 1999 he was Archdeacon and Parish Priest of Northam; from 1999 to 2006 Parish Priest of Mt Lawley. In 2006 he joined the Traditional Anglican Communion and was appointed Western Regional Bishop and Parish Priest of Maylands in Perth.
After reception into the Church and ordination as a deacon, he was ordained to the priesthood in St. Mary's Cathedral, Perth on June 15, 2012.

Friday, 15 June 2012

It is okay to be against heresy

Fr Robert Barron speaks persuasively against two common modern day criticisms of the church: first that it is not inclusive because it rejects non-Christian religion and ideology, and second that the church must not interfere with the state, it must remain private. Watch this video to help you defend the church and have your reasons ready.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Day with Mary

Abbot David censes the blessed Sacrament before the procession
 Last Saturday the Ordinariate was invited to be part of the Day with Mary at Buckfast Abbey. These days occur around the country each year and are well worth attending. They are supported by the Friars of the Immaculate together with the Sisters. The day is very much connected with the vision of Our Lady at Fatima.

As Father Abbot reminded us at the solemn mass, the Abbey is a shrine of Mary (Our Lady of Buckfast) and so it is emminently suited to such a day of teaching and devotion.  In his homily Father Abbot eloquently defended our devotion to Our Lady in a very biblically centred way.
 Four of the local Ordinariate clergy were able to attend the procession of the Blessed Sacrament in the afternoon. One of the Ordinariate's new Seminarians, who works at the Abbey, Michael Vian Clarke, also assisted as a thurifer.

One is often affirmed by the presence of protestors and Saturday was no exception. Fr Ian and Michael were accosted by a "born again" Christian at the door of the Abbey Church who began making the accusation of idolatry with regard to our worship and veneration. Fr Ian asked her on what authority she based her interpretation of Scripture, suggesting her's was merely personal opinion, and Michael robustly accused her of making an idol of Holy Scripture. She decided to beat a retreat.

Frs Furness, Chinery, Hellyer and Lashbrooke led by the banner of Christ
The morning had been filled with a Crowning of our Lady followed by a procession of the Statue of Our Lady of Buckfast, public recitation of the Rosary, Solemn Mass of Our Lady, and then lunch in the Grange. After the procession of the Blessed Sacrament and benediction in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, we returned to the high altar for a time of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Then we went for a cup of tea.

Both in our corporate devotions to Mary and in our adoration of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, something very powerful is communicated of the great Mystery of God whose grace can so fill Mary that she willingly becomes the Mother of God through the message of an Angel, and God who wills to come to us in the species of Bread communicating that grace into our lives. Deo gratias.

Monday, 11 June 2012

The Ordinariate in Exeter

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Exeter, Heavitree

Beginning in July there will be new Ordinariate meetings at Blessed Sacrament Church on Fore Street in Heavitree.  Mass in the church will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for discussion.

Meetings are on the first Saturday of the month at 11:00 am and the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm and are open to all - including members of the Ordinariate, other Catholics and interested members of other churches.

Fr Simon Chinery 0117 230 9987

The dates are:
Sat                       Wed
7th July                25th July
4th August          22nd Aug
1st Sept.              26th Sept.
6th October        24th October
3rd November    21st November (Third Wednesday)
1st December

DAY NINE (Eve of Pentecost)