Our Vigil Mass continues next Saturday, 5th October, at 6.30 pm at the North West Ordinariate Centre, 3 Fleet St, Preston. Sung Mass according to the new Ordinariate Rite. All welcome.
Then on Sunday 6th, we have our first Family Day from 2.30 to 5.30 pm. The theme is the Rosary, and there will be activities for all ages, teaching, devotions and refreshments. Again all welcome.
So 15 of us gathered in Preston City Centre at the new Ordinariate Centre to celebrate our first Ordinariate Mass. All three Ordinariate priests in the North West were present and concelebrated the Mass, and Fr Andrew was the chief celebrant and I gave the homily. Sense of history being made and a new chapter opening in the North West was palpable. In the short time our mission has grown and we now have three centres, two in Greater Manchester and this newest in Preston. The Mass was celebrated according to the Order of the Book of Divine Worship, authorised by the Vatican and recently revised for the Ordinariate use, Mass was sung according to Merbecke, well known to us from our Anglican days and hymns were from the New English Hymnal, another of our favourite.
The Saturday Vigil Mass will continue every week at 6.30 pm. There is free parking in Fox St round the corner from 6 pm. Hope to see you there.
We are opening a new Ordinariate Centre for the North West in Preston City Centre. It’s located in a handsome building very close to the shops and the train station and we hope to hold regular services and events there, to let people know about the Ordinariate and experience some of the rich treasures of patrimony from the Anglican tradition.
There is an attractive chapel at the centre, and we are starting Saturday Vigil Mass every week from 7th September at 6.30 pm. We will be using the Ordinariate Rite, to which all are welcome regardless of church background and affiliation, and all Catholics will fulfil their Sunday obligation.
The North West Ordinariate Centre
3 Fleet Street
For further details and how to find us, see http://www.nwordinariate.org.uk/
Hope to see you at the first Vigil Mass on 7th September!
Our August Mass on Sunday 11th will be the last Ordinariate Mass to be celebrated at St Bernadette’s under the current arrangement. From next month, we hope to establish a new, more regular celebration of Ordinariate Mass at another location, easily accessible to many more people in the North West.
My thanks to Fr Steve and people of St Bernadette’s for all their support and hospitality. I will still be based there so our link will continue.
Do come and support our celebration at 12.30 pm and let’s go out with a bang!
We are continuing our monthly Mass on Sunday 14th July at 12.30 pm at St Bernadette’s Bispham on Devonshire Road (car park off All Hallows Road). Having recently returned from my second visit to Rome this year (under two Popes!), it’s all systems go for this corner of the Lord’s vineyard as we seek to bear faithful witness in this Year of Faith and do our bit in commending the faith in the New Evangelisation. As our Ordinary said to us clergy recently, unless we evangelise we will die, and we are always seeking to attract anyone, but especially those new to the Catholic faith from Anglican or any other traditions or none. Our appeal goes particularly to those who were brought up in the Catholic Church but have been away from the sacraments far too long. Indeed Pope Francis has recently amended our constitution to encourage us to do just that, so that it may be a true Homecoming for many.
See you on Sunday!
All welcome to the Mass at 12.30 pm on Sunday 9th June at St Bernadette’s.
This month we are joining Fr Andrew Starkie and the good people at Manchester Ordinariate Mission in Heywood on Sunday 12th May when our Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, will be celebrating and conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Solemn High Mass according to the Book of Divine Worship will be at 11 am at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mary Street, Heywood. At 4 pm Choral Evensong will be offered at which Mgr Newton will speak about “The Year of Faith & Ecumenism”. All welcome.
This will take the place of our usual Mass at St Bernadette’s. If anyone requires transport, let me know under the Contact details. We will be resuming our usual monthly Mass on 9th June.
Will be celebrated on Sunday 14th April at 12.30 pm at St Bernadette’s Bispham, Blackpool. All welcome to offer together our Mass in thanksgiving for our Lord’s resurrection and the triumph over evil, death and sin.
March Ordinariate Mass will take place on Sunday 10th March at 12.30 pm at St Bernadette’s Bispham Blackpool. All welcome. Our Mass is for the intention of the Election of the new Pope, as the Catholic Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit chooses a new Supreme Pontiff to continue the Petrine ministry so ably and wonderfully fulfilled by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
And we thank God for Pope Emeritus for the gift of the Ordinariate, enabling us to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church while retaining our cherished and treasured Anglican patrimony. The very existence of our group is the testimony to his wonderful vision for Christian unity.
Pope Benedict with Mgr Keith Newton, our Ordinary
will take place on Sunday 10th February (Quinquagesima) at 12.30 pm at St Bernadette’s Bispham Blackpool (entrance on Devonshire Road, car park on All Hallows Road). All welcome.
I have just returned from a memorable trip to Rome and a family visit to Japan. In Rome, I was able to re-visit many of my favourite churches, this time as a Catholic priest. Particularly moving was the Scavi tour, to the original resting place of St Peter deep under St Peter’s Basilica (the same trip I took years ago in 1974, when it was just opened to the public), saying private Mass in the Lithuanian Chapel in the Vatican Grottoes (shown below), visits to the Pontifical North American College and Venerable English College (where 44 of former seminarians were martyred for Catholic faith on their return) and the American Catholic parish of Santa Susanna. I attended General Audience with Pope Benedict, and was lucky enough to be seated only six rows from the front, with a good view of the platform from which the Holy Father spoke. I also stocked up on new albs and a chasuble, very resonably priced! From Rome I made a flying visit to Japan over a weekend, visiting my ailing mother, having meals with my elder brother and his wife and attending a ceremony on my father’s 6th anniversary.
Lithuanian Chapel of Mater Misericordiae
This month we start our observance of the holy season of Lent on 13th. With the threefold emphases on fasting, prayer and almsgiving, may we draw closer to our Lord in his 40 days and nights in the wilderness.