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St. Albans: The interregnum

posted Nov 24, 2014, 11:11 AM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Nov 24, 2014, 12:04 PM ]
To the members and friends of the St. Alban fellowship:

After discussions among the brethren, and input from Msgr. Steenson, Fr. Hough, and Bishop Matano, we have developed the following plan of action:

Since Fr. Cornelius has retired from his ministry with our group, and a regular priest from the diocese is unavailable, owing to a clergy shortage, we must make alternative plans for our attendance at mass for Sundays and Holy Days.

At the recently concluded USCCB meeting, Bishop Matano suggested to Msgr. Steenson that we might consider the 9am English service at the newly reopened St. Thomas the Apostle church in Irondequoit.   

We have decided to take Bishop Matano's suggestion, and hereby designate the St. Thomas the Apostle 9am (English) mass to be the St. Alban's mass in the interregnum.  

We recognize that this church is across town from where we are currently located - so we entirely understand if some of our members cannot make it at this earlier time in a very different part of the city.  

We still plan to have scheduled events for St. Albans proper, such as Evensong, Lessons and Carols, and other events where we can either find a substitute priest for a given service, or where we can officiate as laymen.  We expect such events to be roughly on a once-a-month basis.  Please watch our "What's happening" page for event notifications.

We also have an update from Fr. Hough that he and Msgr. Steenson have identified a successor priest-to-be for our group: more details will be forthcoming as the arrangements are finalized.  However, it may be some time until we have our own regular Anglican Use mass once again.

Directions to St. Thomas church are posted under the Location link.