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posted Jul 17, 2013, 11:46 AM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Jul 17, 2013, 11:50 AM ]

We have several events coming up to put on your calendar:

  • First, please remember we have our church social coming up at Bernie's house after Mass this Sunday (July 21):  See here for details.  All members and friends of the group are invited to attend.

  • Second, there is a Mass for Vocations coming up Friday, August 16 @ 6:30pm.  This will be held at the Carmelite Monastery at 1931 W. Jefferson Rd.  Our group has received an invitation to participate and attend.

News items:

  • A warm welcome goes out to St. Barnabas church in Omaha, NE, the most recent addition to the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.  This is an historic parish, founded in 1869 as an "Oxford movement" parish.  They were able to successfully negotiate to keep their property as they enter the Ordinariate.

  • The Complimentary Norms of our Founding document were amended by Pope Francis.  The amendment relaxes requirements for membership in the Ordinariate to include those baptized Catholic, but not subsequently confirmed.  Here is further commentary on the issue from our English brethren.  Here is another article on the subject.  We stress that *anyone* is welcome to attend our services, and that any Catholic in good standing is also permitted to receive the sacraments at the St. Alban Fellowship.  Those not already members of the Catholic Church can become so through the St. Alban fellowship - please speak with Fr. Cornelius. These requirements refer to formal membership of the Ordinariate.
  • The English Ordinariate has posted a summary of a talk given by noted journalist Charles Moore (biographer of Margret Thatcher) about the Ordinariate and its role in English life.  Here is a nice quote:  ...it is important that it [the UK Ordinariate] should resist “the natural desire of bureaucrats” – in this case in the wider Catholic Church - to make everything uniform.
  • For those interested in such things, we note the Russian Church outside of Russia [ROCOR] has disbanded/drastically scaled back its Western rite.  Some have asked why the Ordinariate took such a long time to be formed, and the clergy ordained - this experience of ROCOR gives us a hint.