Monthly Ordinariate Use Mass

By the kind invitation of the Discalced Carmelite Sisters in Preston, we have been holding a monthly Mass according to the Ordinariate Use on the first Saturday of the month at 9 am. For the remainder of 2015, the Mass will be celebrated on:

2nd May, 6th June, 4th July, 1st August, 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November and 5th December.

The convent chapel is located on St Vincent’s Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8QA and is just off A6 Garstang Road, the main route into Preston from the north, from Junction 1 of M55 at Broughton. Ample street parking. Do make yourself known in the sacristy after Mass, and we can have a chat over hot drinks.

Preston Carmel. Click to go back


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Called to be One – Ordinariate Exploration Day

A last minute addition to events taking place nationally.Called to be One poster

On Saturday 6th September 2014, Lancashire Ordinariate Group is hosting a Mass according to the Ordinariate Use at 9 am at the chapel of the Carmelite Monastery, St Vincent’s Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9RB at the kind invitation of Sister Teresa of Jesus ODC and the community.

Later that day, we are joining with our friends at Manchester Ordinariate Mission for Cream Tea at 3 pm and Choral Evensong at 4 at St Joseph’s, Mary St, Heywood, OL10 1EG.

We hope 9 am Mass at the convent chapel will become a regular event on the first Saturday every month, at which the community and visitors share in the Mass celebrated according to the Ordinariate Use. Continue reading

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Preston Centre

Unfortunately the Preston Ordinariate Centre has had to close. We haven’t yet decided about future celebrations for the Lancashire Ordinariate, but as soon as a decision is made, it will be announced here and on the main Ordinariate website at under Groups.

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Next Weekend – Saturday Vigil Mass and Family Day

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.

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First Ordinariate Mass at Preston

Preston Ordinariate Mass 002So 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 OrPreston Ordinariate Mass 011der 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 hyPreston Ordinariate Mass 016mns 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.

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Our New Centre in Preston!

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

Hope to see you at the first Vigil Mass on 7th September!

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Last Ordinariate Mass in Blackpool!

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!

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Ordinariate Mass for July

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!

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June Ordinariate Mass

All welcome to the Mass at 12.30 pm on Sunday 9th June at St Bernadette’s.

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May Ordinariate Mass

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.

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