31 January 2011

Thanks for the prayers...

Many of you contacted me to assure me of your prayers, as I've been trying to get to the bottom of the pain in my jaw and teeth.  Thanks very much, the prayers have really helped.

I went to the dentist this morning and after examining me and taking numerous x-rays, he told me that he found four different sources for the trouble I've been having.  The bottom line is that I'll be having four root canals done - I had the first one today, and already, I'm feeling a bit better.  I'll have a couple more done next week.

By the time I get all this work done, my teeth will probably outlive me.

30 January 2011

Quiet, but not by choice...

I'm sorry I haven't posted anything for a while.  During the ten-day pilgrimage in the Holy Land, internet service was a bit slow and sporadic.  In addition to being almost completely absorbed by the spiritual experience, God gave me my own little "thorn in the flesh" in the form of some rather severe pain in my jaw and in several teeth, which got worse after my return.  Additionally, I had to make a quick trip to Houston on the second day after my return from the pilgrimage, all of which has kept me from sharing some of our experiences in Jerusalem, Galilee, and Samaria.  I have a medical appointment to determine the cause of this maddening pain -- I'll be starting with my dentist, and see what he has to say.

This whole business with my jaw and teeth has been combined with an almost complete loss of my voice, which meant that I celebrated only one Sunday Mass.  I am so grateful to Fr. Moore and our two terrific deacons for making sure everything went smoothly while I was back at the rectory, nursing my pain!

I hope to be back to normal in a few days.  Meanwhile, I'm on some heavy-duty pain medication, and your prayers would be most appreciated...

17 January 2011

Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity

Our Lady of the Atonement

Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity

Antiphon: That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, in me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that Thou hast sent me.

V. I say unto thee, thou art Peter;
R. And upon this rock I will build my Church.

[Here is brought to mind the intention for the day's prayer.]

January 18: For the return of the "other sheep" to the One Fold of our Lord Jesus Christ.
January 19: For the return of the Eastern Orthodox Christians to communion with the Apostolic See.
January 20: For the return of the Anglicans to the authority of the Vicar of Christ.
January 21: For the return of all Protestants throughout the world to the unity of the Catholic Church.
January 22: That Christians in this nation may be one, in union with the Chair of Saint Peter.
January 23: That lapsed Catholics will return to the Sacraments of the Church.
January 24: That the Jewish people will find the fulfillment of God’s Covenant in the Catholic Faith.
January 25: That missionary zeal will conquer the world for Christ.

The following prayer is said each day:

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst unto Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give to you; regard not our sins, but the faith of Thy Church, and grant unto her that peace and unity which are agreeable to Thy Will; Who livest and reignest ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

16 January 2011

On pilgrimage...

I'll be in the Holy Land from January 17th until January 27th.  Deacon Orr and I are leading a pilgrimage to the holy places, as we have done a number of times in the past.  I never tire of visiting the Holy Land, praying where our Lord prayed and walking where the apostles walked with Him.  I'll be offering Mass (according to the Anglican Use, of course!) in most of the important shrines and churches -- Annunciation, Holy Nativity, Mount of the Beatitudes, Transfiguration, Gethsemane, Holy Sepulchre, and several other places.  We'll be visiting the Latin Patriarch since we have members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre who will be receiving their Pilgrim Shell from him.

Please pray for our safe travel.  Many of you have asked for prayers, and your intentions will travel with me in my heart.

Epiphany II

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that thy people, illumined by thy Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

15 January 2011

Pictures of today's ordinations...

For some wonderful pictures of the Mass of Ordination at Westminster Cathedral in London, go here.

Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

From the Vatican Information Service:

VATICAN CITY, 15 JAN 2011 (VIS) - "In accordance with the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution 'Anglicanorum coetibus' of Pope Benedict XVI (4 November 2009) and after careful consultation with the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has today erected a Personal Ordinariate within the territory of England and Wales for those groups of Anglican clergy and faithful who have expressed their desire to enter into full visible communion with the Catholic Church", reads an English-language communique released today. "The Decree of Erection specifies that the Ordinariate will be known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and will be placed under the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman.

"A Personal Ordinariate is a canonical structure that provides for corporate reunion in such a way that allows former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their distinctive Anglican patrimony. With this structure, the Apostolic Constitution 'Anglicanorum coetibus' seeks to balance on the one hand the concern to preserve the worthy Anglican liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions and, on the other hand, the concern that these groups and their clergy will be fully integrated into the Catholic Church.

"For doctrinal reasons the Church does not, in any circumstances, allow the ordination of married men as bishops. However, the Apostolic Constitution does provide, under certain conditions, for the ordination as Catholic priests of former Anglican married clergy. Today at Westminster Cathedral in London, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, ordained to the Catholic priesthood three former Anglican bishops: Reverend Andrew Burnham, Reverend Keith Newton, and Reverend John Broadhurst.

"Also today Pope Benedict XVI has nominated Reverend Keith Newton as the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Together with Reverend Burnham and Reverend Broadhurst, Reverend Newton will oversee the catechetical preparation of the first groups of Anglicans in England and Wales who will be received into the Catholic Church together with their pastors at Easter, and will accompany the clergy preparing for ordination to the Catholic priesthood around Pentecost.

"The provision of this new structure is consistent with the commitment to ecumenical dialogue, which continues to be a priority for the Catholic Church. The initiative leading to the publication of the Apostolic Constitution and the erection of this Personal Ordinariate came from a number of different groups of Anglicans who have declared that they share the common Catholic faith as it is expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and accept the Petrine ministry as something Christ willed for the Church. For them, the time has now come to express this implicit unity in the visible form of full communion".

14 January 2011

Ven. JPII to be beatified

Pope Benedict XVI promulgated a decree recognising a miracle which took place at the intercession of the Ven. John Paul II. The Holy Father himself will preside at the beatification ceremony of his predecessor, which will take place on May 1st in Rome.  That date this year will be Divine Mercy Sunday, which is a Feast Day instituted by Pope John Paul II, and it was the Feast on which he died (April 2, 2005).

13 January 2011

Three newly-ordained Catholic clerics

Chapel at Allen Hall (the Seminary of the Archdiocese of Westminster),
where the diaconal ordinations took place.

Three former Anglican bishops -- John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton -- were ordained as Catholic deacons today, thus becoming the first clergy of the first Ordinariate.  Here's a wonderful eye-witness account of today's event.  They will receive priestly ordination this Saturday at the Westminster Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood.

11 January 2011

The Ordinariate in England and Wales

The General Secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of England and Wales has issued a very clear and helpful statement about the Ordinariate, which will be established there in a matter of days.  The statement has an excellent section for "frequently asked questions," and I would urge you to read the whole thing. This is to serve as the model for the Ordinariates which will be established in the United States, Canada, Australia, and in many other places throughout the world.

Here's the link.

08 January 2011

The Baptism of Christ

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan didst proclaim him thy beloved Son and anoint him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

05 January 2011

Photographs from Christmastide

The Atonement Academy students at Mass

The Rood Screen and High Altar

The High Altar

The Lady Chapel

The Lady Chapel with the Christmas Creche

The St. Joseph Shrine

The Chapel of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Tabernacle and Statue of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Gallery Organ and Choir Loft, with the Nave Organ in the forefront

Photos by Phil Sevilla.

The English Ordinariate

William Oddie writes in the Catholic Herald:

The English ordinariate, it seems, will be well on its way by the middle of this month. Three former Anglican bishops were received into full communion with the Catholic Church during a Mass at Westminster Cathedral on January 1. One of the comments following the Herald online report, noting that they were received in secular clothing, opines that “For Bishops to wear ties is simply saintly and to lose all that prestige they once held is stunning to the mind of a Catholic Bishop”.

Well, indeed. But I think that their former prestige is the least important aspect of what they are giving up: they are abandoning certainty and recognition within an established institution, for uncertainty within an institution – the ordinariate – that doesn’t even exist yet. What this shows is an absolute faith in the Catholic Church of which it will be a part, especially as it is embodied by the present Holy Father.

I last saw the most senior of the three, John Broadhurst, formerly Bishop of Fulham, splendidly caparisoned in full episcopal fig (I have known him, on and off, for over 30 years, and have never seen him except in clericals: I can hardly imagine him in a secular collar and tie) at the 150th anniversary of that great Anglo-Catholic institution, Pusey House, Oxford, just after the publication of Anglicanorum coetibus. I asked him for his reaction to the document (it was pretty clear that most of those present were elated by it): his reply had to do, not with the visionary excitements of the proposed ordinariate, but with its practicability: “it’s doable”, he simply replied.

Now, it’s being done (by him and others), and at a dizzying speed. After their ordination on January 1, the three former “flying bishops” will be ordained to the Catholic diaconate on January 13, and to the priesthood two days later. This, I am pretty sure, is unprecedented: Anglican clergy have previously had to undergo a period of seminary training before they are accepted for ordination in the Catholic mainstream.

What this new development demonstrates, apart from anything else, is the degree of knowledge, gained by the former Cardinal Ratzinger after a decade and a half of discussions with these men, of their already existing understanding of and belief in Roman Catholic doctrine and practice (entirely based, since its publication, on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and on other essential Catholic texts). The Pope is well aware that the Anglo-Catholic clergy who will inaugurate the world’s first ordinariate already have a degree of authentically Catholic priestly formation which some of our seminaries are today far from achieving or even attempting.
Read the whole article here.

01 January 2011

An historic beginning...

The seeds for the English Ordinariate are beginning to sprout...

This from America magazine:

The discreet beginnings of the Ordinariate

Posted at: Saturday, January 01, 2011 09:55:23 AM
Author: Austen Ivereigh

The 1230 Mass today at London's Westminster Cathedral looked like any other. But for the hint in the booklet for the feast of Mary, Mother of God, that after the homily would be a "Rite of reception and confirmation", there was nothing at all to indicate the significance of what was to happen. The celebrant, an auxiliary bishop of Westminster, Alan Hopes, said nothing at the start of Mass, and it wasn't until the end of a lengthy homily on Mary as Theotokos, or God-bearer, and the controversies of the fourth-century Council of Nicea which led to this Feast, that Bishop Hopes mentioned that they would be receiving some former members of the Church of England into full communion.

They included, he said, three former bishops and their relatives, as well as three Anglican nuns.

It would have been hard, if you had just dropped into the Cathedral for Mass, to understand the significance of what was happening.There was nobody around to explain that these are the founding members of the world's first Ordinariate, the scheme created by Pope Benedict to allow for the corporate reception of Anglicans (see my previous post).

The Ordinariate will be created in the next week or so, with Rome's legislative act expected to be announced on 11 January. The jurisdiction will be headed by an Ordinary -- inevitably one of the ex-bishops received into the Church today. The ordination to the diaconate and priesthood of the three ex-bishops will take place in a couple of weeks. They will be followed at Easter, according to Ruth Gledhill of The Times -- who seemed to be the only one who knew that today's Mass was happening -- by about 20 parish groups, perhaps 40-50 clergy, and a further three former bishops.... Read the whole article here.