Saturday, 5 January 2013

Press Release from the Friends of the Ordinariate

For Immediate Release : 3 January 2013
A Special Ephipany Celebration in Chelsea

Friends, supporters and members of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham are gathering next Thursday (10 January) at St Mary’s Church in Cadogan Street, London, for an Epiphany Service intended as a true expression of the Holy Father’s vision of allowing the traditions and heritage of Anglicanism a place in the Catholic Church.

The Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton, will preside and music will be provided by the well-known Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. Readers will include His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, the Catholic journalist Peter Stanford and the novelist Piers Paul Read. The service – part of a wider campaign by the Friends of the Ordinariate charity to raise awareness and funds for the Ordinariate – follows yesterday (Wednesday)’s announcement from the Most Reverend the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols that the historic church of Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Gregory in Warwick Street, Soho, is to be handed over to the Ordinariate next month.

The chairman of the Friends, Peter Sefton-Williams, said: “The New Year has got off to a wonderful start for the Ordinariate and all those who want to see it grow and flourish as the Holy Father intended. First we had the announcement that the Precious Blood Church near London Bridge in Borough is to be made available to the Ordinariate. Now Archbishop Nichols has also generously designated Warwick Street as an Ordinariate church. These churches will give real focus and direction for the great spiritual energy within the Ordinariate.

Next Thursday’s service at St. Mary’s Cadogan Street, which begins at 7pm, will include Epiphany carols as well as readings taken from scripture and from Anglican authors. It will conclude with Pontifical Solemn Benediction. Admission is free but there will be a collection for the Friends of the Ordinariate. “We hope that as many people as possible, both Catholics and Anglicans, will come to celebrate with us and see this showcase of the Ordinariate”, said Peter Sefton-Williams.

Later in January, at the invitation of the Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency the Most Reverend Antonio Mennini, the Friends will hold a fund-raising reception at the Apostolic Nunciature in Wimbledon. They are also organising a programme of visits from Ordinariate clergy to Catholic parishes to inform congregations about the Ordinariate and to appeal for funds. The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has to provide financial support for its clergy, many of whom are married with families. It also needs funds for the training of priests and the upkeep and beautifying of the church buildings which are now entrusted to it.

Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

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