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In this space, we will post news items of interest - both in terms of local events, as well as items of global importance.  You may contact us through the Contacts portion of the website to bring news items to our attention.

Upcoming Events

posted Oct 16, 2017, 2:12 PM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 2:12 PM ]

Oct. 18 -- Holy Mass for the Feast of St. Luke
St. Alban's is celebrating the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist on Oct. 18., Wed. at 7 p.m. with Mass according to the Missal of Divine Worship. Father Simington will also hear confessions beforehand from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. 
Nov. 1 -- Solemn Mass for All Saints Day: A Holy Day of Obligation
St. Alban's is celebrating All Saints Day on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. with a Solemn Mass [Mass celebrated by the priest, assisted by a deacon, and instituted acolyte as subdeacon] according to our English-Catholic missal, Divine Worship. This is an opportunity to see the splendor of the Ordinariate form of the Roman Rite, which is one of the three forms of the Roman rite in the Catholic Church, along with the Ordinary form and the Extraordinary form. 

Confession will be available before Mass from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. 

Nov. 2 -- All Souls Day Mass and Evening Office of the Dead
On All Souls Day, St. Alban's is having Mass offered for the souls of the faithful departed at 7 p.m. 

We are also praying the ancient tradition of the Evening Office of the Dead, according to the Ordinariate's Daily Office, starting at 6:15 p.m. Acolyte Peter Smith will lead the recitation of the Office, while Father Simington will hear Confessions from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. 

If you would like your loved ones (family members, relatives, friends, etc.) remembered in the Mass and Vespers, please send an email to stalbanpray4us@gmail.com. We are writing their names down in our book of remembrance, and each person will be remembered by name ("thy servant ... / thy handmaid ...") during the Office of the Dead. 

We hope you will be able to join us for both these liturgies as we pray with the Church universal for our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in Christ with the promise of the resurrection and everlasting life. 

Assumption and other Holy Days of Obligation

posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:01 AM by Rochester Ordinariate

St. Albans will have an Assumption mass the evening of Tuesday, August 15, for the feast of the Assumption.

Tonight's mass, and other Holy Days of Obligation will be at 6:30pm.

Welcome to Fr. Simington and our regular mass schedule

posted Jul 19, 2017, 10:08 AM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Jul 19, 2017, 10:08 AM ]

We are pleased to announce Fr. Evan Simington's arrival as the new priest here at St. Albans.  Fr. Simington was recently ordained, and photos can be viewed here.

Weekly schedule:

Mass is on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. 

Confessions are on Sunday from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. 

Both are currently held at Good Shepherd church in Henrietta, NY.

See our Facebook page for events and news

posted Mar 21, 2017, 6:15 PM by Rochester Ordinariate

Please see our Facebook page for information about the upcoming Evensong next weekend, and other events:


Congratulations to Our Lady of Atonement, for entering the Ordinariate ....


... and thanks to Rome for letting them come!

Repost from Fr. Hunwicke

posted Feb 14, 2017, 5:42 AM by Rochester Ordinariate

Gabbling the Mass

In Newman's (insufficiently read but brilliant) novel Loss and Gain, a young Ritualist clergyman called Bateman is trying to reclaim for the Church of England a fellow Oxonian, Willis, who has become a Roman Catholic. "Do tell me, just tell me, how you can justify the Mass as it is performed abroad; how can it be called a 'reasonable service', when all parties conspire to gabble it over, as if it mattered not a jot who attended to it, or even understood it?"

Willis explains that Catholicism and Protestantism are essentially two different religions. "The idea of worship is different ... for, in truth, the religions are different. Don't deceive yourself, my dear Bateman: it is not that ours is your religion carried a little further - a little too far, as you would say. No, they differ in kind, not in degree: ours is one religion and yours is another".

This is an important perception today, when much misunderstanding is caused both in ecumenical dialogue and in the subject called 'Comparative Religion' by those who fail too realise that religions can have radically different structures; their fundamental grammar may be wholly different, not just their superficial features. As so often, Newman is a thinker and an analyst very much for our time. But let us follow Willis's explanation:

"To me nothing is so consoling, so piercing, so thrilling, so overcoming, as the Mass, said as it is among us. I could attend Masses for ever, and not be tired. It is not a mere form of words - it is a great action, the greatest action that can be on earth. It is, not the invocation merely, but, if I dare use the word, the evocation of the Eternal. He becomes present upon the altar in flesh and blood, before whom angels bow and devils tremble. This is that awful event which is the end, and is the interpretarion, of every part of the solemnity. Words are necessary, but as means, not as ends; they are not mere addresses to the throne of grace, they are instruments of what is far higher, of consecration, of sacrifice. They hurry on as if impatient to fulfil their mission".

In other words, for classical Protestantism, the Eucharist is an acted word; it is a sermon dramatised; it is intended to instruct the witnesses and draw their heart to that saving faith which justifies. But for the Catholic, it is an opus operatum; an action which by the powerful and indefectible promise of Christ is objectively (not merely subjectively and in the heart of the believer) effective. So the celebrant is not in the business of moving or instucting or edifying or converting the viewer - if such may be the the by-products, even useful ones, of the action, they are not its intrinsic purpose. The priest's intrinsic purpose is to confect and offer the Body and Blood of the Redeemer in sacrifice for the sins of men. Failure to realise this is at the heart of what is wrong with so much modern and 'relevant' liturgy. And failure to realise this is to fall into the structured error which we call the Enlightenment.

"[The words of the Mass] hurry on as if impatient to fulfil their mission. Quickly they go, the whole is quick; for they are awful words of sacrifice, they are a work too great to delay upon; as when it was said at the beginning, 'What thou doest, do quickly'. Quickly they pass, for the Lord Jesus goes with them, as he passed along the lake in the days of his flesh, quickly calling first one and then another; quickly they pass ... " but I invite the reader to get and read the book.

In terms of rhetoric and apologetic, it might seem that Newman has cleverly (no wonder Protestant England considered him dangerously sinister in his cleverness!) justified 'gabbling' the Mass. But his purpose is deeply theological. I would put it like this (I am borrowing the illustration from Eric Anglican Patrimony Mascall's section in Corpus Christi where he explains the logic of 'Private Masses'). If a Protestant went into a Catholic church and saw half a dozen side-altars, and at each of them a priest murmuring a 'private' Mass, his reaction would be likely to be 'Why are all those Ministers taking separate services, each of them with no more than one person to watch? What good does it do? Actors don't put on Hamlet to empty theatres just for the sake of it. It's pointless'. But the priest knows that offering the One Sacrfiice for the sins of all the world is the most worthwhile thing a man can do, whether his congregation is thousands ... or no-one. It is not performance to impress.

Naturally, Doing This each day takes hold of a man and changes him. To quote Newman again, "You, who day by day offer up the Immaculate Lamb of God, you who hold in your hands the Incarnate Word under the visible tokens which He has ordained, you who again and again drain the chalice of the Great Victim; who is to make you fear? what is to startle you? what to seduce you? who is to stop you, whether you are to suffer or to do, whether to lay the foundations of the Church in tears, or to put the crown upon the work in jubilation?"

King Charles the Martyr

posted Jan 29, 2017, 3:07 PM by Rochester Ordinariate

"This in thankworthy, if a man for conscience towards God endure grief, suffering wrongfully." I S.Peter ii. 19

Praise to our Pardoning God! though silent now
The thunders of the deep prophetic sky,
Though in our sight no powers of darkness bow
Before th’ Apostles’ glorious company;

The Martyrs’ noble army is still ours,
far in the North our fallen days have seen
How in her woe the tenderest spirit, towers
For Jesus’ sake in agony serene.

Praise to our God! not cottage hearths alone,
And shades imperious to the proud world’s glare,
Such witness yield: a monarch from his throne
Springs to his Cross and finds his glory there.

Yes: wheresoe’er one trace of thee is found,
As in the sacred land, the shadows fall:
With beating hearts we roam the haunted ground,
Lone battle-field, or crumbling prison hall.

And there are aching solitary breasts,
Whose widow’d walk with thought of thee is cheer’d,
Our own, our royal Saint: thy memory rests
On many a prayer, the more for thee endear’d.

True son of our dear Mother, early taught
With her to worship and for her to die,
Nurs’d in her aisles to more than kingly thought,
Oft in her solemn hours we dream thee nigh.

For thou didst love to trace her daily lore,
And where we look for comfort or for calm,
Over the self-same lines to bend, and pour
Thy heart with hers in some victorious psalm.

And well did she thy loyal love repay:
When all foresook, her Angel still was nigh,
Chain’d and bereft, and on thy funeral way,
Straight to the Cross she turn’d thy dying eye.

And yearly now, before the Martyrs’ King,
For thee she offers her maternal tears,
Calls us, like thee, to His dear feet to cling,
And bury in His wounds our earthly fears.

And Angels hear, and there is mirth in Heaven,
Fit prelude of the joy, when spirits won
Like thee to patient Faith, shall rise forgiven,
And at thy Saviour’s knees thy bright example own. 

-John Keble

Our Bishop writes a pastoral letter

posted Jan 20, 2017, 7:45 AM by Rochester Ordinariate

It concerns marriage, faithfulness, and Amoris Laetitia.

Read "A Pledged Troth" here.

It is good to be a member of the Ordinariate.

Mass Saturday, Jan 7

posted Jan 2, 2017, 11:15 AM by Rochester Ordinariate

We hope you are having a Merry Christmas and a happy new year! As part of our tidings of great joy, we'd like to announce that we're having Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. Fr. Jurgen Liias, who is visiting us from the Boston area, will be celebrating Mass according to Divine Worship: the Missal at the old Good Shepherd Church, in Henrietta, NY. 

Fr. Jurgen Liias was born in post-WWII Germany and emigrated with his parents to the United States as Displaced Persons in 1952, settling eventually in Boston. He was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1973 and worked for 40 years as a parish priest in the Boston area with strong commitments especially to charismatic renewal, and the pro-life movement. On August 15, 2012 he was received and confirmed into the Catholic Church. On April 20, 2013 he was ordained a Catholic priest by Cardinal O’Malley for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
Please feel to join us after Mass in taking Fr. Liias for dinner, as we conclude the 12 Days of Christmas. 

Next two Sundays....

posted Nov 11, 2016, 2:16 PM by Rochester Ordinariate

November 13, and November 20, we will be having mass at 1:30pm, at Good Shepherd church in Henrietta.

Fr. Soule will be visiting the 13th, and the Vicar General for the Ordinariate, Fr. Perkins, will be visiting on the 20th.  

We hope to see you there!

Fall of 2016

posted Sep 4, 2016, 11:32 AM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 11:35 AM ]

The St. Alban fellowship will be resuming services on a monthly basis in the fall of 2016.

Fr. Becket Soule, Professor of canon law at the Josephinum pontifical college will be visiting us and saying mass for our group.

He will be visiting the second weekend of the month for September, October, and November.

Our Facebook page will carry the details of the services.

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