Ordinariate Groups & Exploration Groups
Several new Ordinariate Exploration Groups are in the process of being formed. These provide a forum in which initial discussions can take place with the view to forming an Ordinariate Group in a particular area. Enquiries should be addressed to your nearest Ordinariate Group or Exploration Group which you can find by visiting the Ordinariate Groups page on the website. Enquiries about starting new groups or from Anglican clergy considering joining the Ordinariate should be sent to email@example.com for Monsignor Keith Newton's attention. Recent additions and updates include Huntingdonshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Marylebone and Wales, please see below for details.
Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham
On Saturday 24 September the Oxford Ordinariate Group, meeting at Holy Rood Church, Folly Bridge, Oxford, is marking the Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham with a Holy Hour (4pm-5pm). This devotion will take place at the same time as a day of pilgrimage and prayer at Westminster Cathedral. Tea will be available at 5pm, Evensong will be sung to plainsong at 5.30pm and Solemn Mass (of Sunday) will be at the usual time of 6pm. All are welcome.
The day of pilgrimage and prayer at Westminster Cathedral runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm. Details are available here.
Procession of Thanksgiving
A procession of the Blessed Sacrament in thanksgiving for the 2010 State Visit of the Holy Father and the beatification of Cardinal Newman will take place on Saturday 1 October at 1.15pm. The procession will start from Westminster Cathedral, crossing Lambeth Bridge and concluding at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, with Benediction at 2.30pm. Members of the Ordinariate are encouraged to come and give thanks for the beatification of our patron.
Youth Event: Voice 2011
The organisers write: St Cuthbert Mayne School in Torquay is the venue for Voice 2011. It takes place on Saturday 8 October 2011 and starts at 4pm. The event is open to everyone, and is FREE to attend with worship, prayers, live bands, activities, free cafe, chill out rooms, question & answer sessions plus loads more! VOICE is open to all denominations but we would love for some of the other Ordinariate groups to come along, bring their young people or just support us. Further details and a video which is worth watching are on the Torbay Ordinariate Group page.
This year's Rosary Crusade in London on Saturday 8 October is to be led by Monsignor Keith Newton. It starts at Westminster Cathedral and ends with Solemn Benediction at the Brompton Oratory.
Also on Saturday 8 October, Monsignor Andrew Burnham will be the celebrant and preacher at the noon Mass at Littlemore (Parish Church of Blessed Dominic Barberi) to mark the feast of our patron (which falls, this year, on Sunday 9 October).
Anglo-Catholic History Society
Fr James Pereiro will give the autumn lecture of the Anglo-Catholic History Society on the subject of 'Manning's Intellectual Journey'. Fr Pereiro is a Catholic priest and a member of the Theology Faculty of Oxford University. He has written extensively on nineteenth century ecclesiastical history. His “Cardinal Manning” was published in 1998; his latest book “Ethos. At the heart of the Oxford Movement “ in 2002 (both by OUP). The lecture will take place on Monday 10 October at 7pm at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Westminster, Great Peter Strett, London SW1P 2BU. The lecture is open to non-members. For further information contact the Reverend Dr Perry Butler (Chairman) or visit the website: www.achs.org.uk
St Frideswide in Oxford
The feast of St Frideswide, patroness of Oxford, will be marked on Wednesday 19 October at 7.30pm by Solemn Evensong & Benediction at Blackfriars, St Giles, Oxford. Choral music from the Anglican tradition will be sung by the Newman Consort and the Preacher will be the Abbot of Downside, the Rt Revd Dom Aidan Bellenger OSB. Refreshments will be provided afterwards. This service, the second in a series, is an opportunity for the Oxford Ordinariate Group to welcome fellow Catholics, Anglicans and all who are seeking to discern God’s will in their lives.
Lancashire Ordinariate Exploration Group: This is at an early stage of formation and initial contacts are welcomed. Please see the Lancashire Ordinariate Exploration Group page for further details.
Leicestershire Ordinariate Exploration Group: An exploration group is being set up in Leicestershire. A number of people have shown an interest and before final plans, dates and venues can be decided, would those interested please be in touch with Fr Matthew Pittam. This is an enquiry group: attendance does not mean anything other than making an enquiry and wanting to discover more. Please see the Leicestershire Ordinariate Exploration Group page for further details.
Marylebone Ordinariate Group: The Marylebone Ordinariate Group was established on the feast of St Gregory the Great (3 September) 2011. The group is being hosted at the church of St James, Spanish Place, London. The Rector of St James's, Fr Christopher Colven (also a former Priest in the Church of England and former Master of the Guardians at the Anglican shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham), has written about the Ordinariate on the Parish website. Further details are on the Marylebone Ordinariate Group page.
Wales Ordinariate Exploration Group: With the help and support of Abbot Paul Stonham, the Abbot of Belmont Abbey, a study day has been organized for Saturday 5 November 2011, from 11am to 3.30pm, at Belmont Abbey, Hereford. This study day is intended to start the process of exploration and discernment for those interested in knowing more about the Ordinariate. The Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton will be present to lead and direct the day. Also present will be Fr Jonathan Redvers Harris, pastor of the Isle of Wight & Portsmouth Ordinariate Group. Fr Jonathan is known to many in South Wales from his time as a Minor Canon of Llandaff Cathedral. As a married priest with a family he is well-placed to answer the many questions some married Anglican clergy may have. If you would like more information, or would like to take part in the Ordinariate Exploration Day at Belmont, please register your interest with Fr Bernard Sixtus on 01873 851062 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org . Please see the Wales Ordinariate Exploration Group page for further details.