The rite of reception and confirmation took place today in cold and wet Blackpool but there was a spring in our steps as we made our way to St Bernadette’s. There was a good number of people from the parish supporting us, as well as our local Catholic MP and our families. Fr Steven, the parish priest who has been so supportive of us, reminded us that we have been leading a Christian life since baptism and today is a culmination of a lifetime of spiritual journey that has taken us to the door of the Catholic Church. He told us how proud he was to welcome us into the Church, into the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and wished us all happiness and blessings in our new home. In a simple yet dignified ceremony, we first made our profession of faith, that all that the Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims is revealed by God (without a shadow of doubt), we were received as full members of the Catholic Church in communion with the Pope and a billion Catholics the world over, and were signed with the oil of chrism on our forehead and sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. The event was covered by a photographer from the local paper, and we took a lot of pictures, some of which appear here.
Now we are looking forward to participating fully in the Easter Triduum. Our catechetical instruction will recommence on Low Sunday (Divine Mercy Sunday) on 15th April.
So Lancashire Ordinariate Group here we come!