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Resignation Announcements

This morning, 27th February, Frs Jeff Woolnough and Lee Bennett, Vicar's of Ss Peter and Paul, Hockley and S. Mary's,South Benfleet respectively, have announced their intention to resign their livings and join the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Please pray for us, our wives and children.

Fr Jeff Woolnough writes:

My dear friends, It will come as no surprise to many of you, that I have offered my intention to resign the living of the Parish and to take up the Holy Father’s invitation to join the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. I have met with the Bishop of Chelmsford who has graciously accepted my intention to resign. My final Parish Mass as Vicar will be Sunday March 6th 10am at Ss Peter and Paul to which you are all most welcome! My public ministrywill cease thereafter and the resignation will take effect from Palm Sunday, 17th April.However, my new public ministry to those people of Hockley joining the Ordinariate will begin, Saturday, May 14th …

A prayerful day

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The Chair of Peter was celebrated by the Southend Area group in two locations:
in the morning At Hockley, S. Pius X and in the evening when I joined Fr Lee Bennett and his folks at Holy Hour and Mass at S. Thomas More, Hadleigh. Thank you Fr Jean Laurent, for your warm welcome!

What's in a name?

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If you were to 'Google', your name, I wonder what weird and wonderful information would be retrieved by the mechanics of cyberspace?

'Jeff Woolnough', is a much famed American Sci- Fi film director and his pages override any searches made for yours truly, unless of course you prefix Rev. or Father, when it  all seems to get very interesting!?!
This evening, after a tip-off, I trawled the www. in search of some bad-mouthing regarding my journey of faith. Lurking on protestant - minded blogs are ill -informed comments about myself and dear brother priest colleagues who are contemplating life within the new Ordinariate structure. Tempting as it is to comment, I must remember to remain Christ-like in my responses to such provocation...Sticks and Stones...

At local level too, some of whom who I considered friends are making ugly noises;
(et tu Brute)?





In the name of Our Blessed Saviour, I implore all those who appear to have such a problem with the decision of those who are to jo…

Day of Prayer 22nd February-The Chair of Peter

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The Ordinary has requested that like-minded Christians pray on this day for the Holy Father and the work of the Ordinariate as it prepares to come into being with priests and people. This will be at Hockley,S. Pius Xdirectlyafter the Anglican 9.30am Mass10am Holy Hour. All Welcome! Also 6.30pm at S. Thomas More, Hadleigh (for the Benfleet group).

Ordination Dates

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Ordinariate Ordinations in Brentwood Diocese17022011 I was not going to post this information until 27th February but it is already on the Ordinariate Portal Website. Editor.
The following dates are now public for the ordinations of those who will serve the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Brentwood Diocescan area: Saturday 14 May 2011 at 11am – Ordination of Deacons at Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead, E11 2PR.

Saturday 11 June 2011 at 11am – Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood at Brentwood Cathedral.

Evangelium Course...The run in

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Dear friends, explorers and countrymen,


A few changes to the Evangelium course programme to which we, the clergy have made for various reasons: bear with us please!

The next Session will be held on Tuesday 15th Marchusual time and place. We have lost some ground due to this, but fear not folks, we shall continue and complete the course beyond our reception in Holy Week...this will not be a problem, so don't worry!

The Run in...

Please use this time wisely: re-read the course book, frequently attend mass. It will be a time of prayer and reflection. Remember just how much you are loved by the Lord. Cast aside all doubts and fears, all secular thoughts and worries. Put all your trust in God who is calling you. Listen to his voice... open your hearts and let him in? All will be well!


                                                      My Lord and My God!


We have been on our knees in Gethsemane, prepare then for Gabbatha: do not lose heart. Watch and pray, ignore those whose ignorance caus…

Thank you, EXTRA Ordinary!

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Fr Keith addresses the Southend Area Ordinariate Group at Hockley

Last night our Evangelium group welcomed our Former Bishop, Fr Keith Newton. If any were feeling doubts or worries regarding our forthcoming journey to full communion with the Holy See, then this was the night that all fears were surely dispelled?
Fr Keith was in fine form, explaining with great clarity his new position as Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Fr Keith spoke to us with extraordinary confidence and with good humour so as to put us all at ease.
The folks are hanging on every word!
Fr Keith Newton with Frs Jeff Woolnough & Lee Bennett
  We shall soon be able to tap into his pastorally- charged  ministry, once again.    The arrival of Lent has never been so eagerly awaited.
God bless you, Father, in all that you are doing on our behalf!

Rite of Election Sunday March 13th Brentwood Cathedral 4.30pm.

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Ordinariate Rite of Election11022011This version of the Rite of Election with the Celebration of the call to continuing conversion of candidates for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, has appeared on the Reading Ordinariate Group site courtesy of the Ordinary, Fr Keith Newton, and the Archdiocese of Westminster.
CELEBRATION OF THE CALL TO CONTINUING CONVERSION OF CANDIDATE FOR THE PERSONAL ORDINARIATE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM The bishop addresses those present Bishop: The Holy Father, Pope Benedict, when he spoke at the end of his visit to this country asked that we should be generous in our welcome of those who seek to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church within the Ordinariate. Within our own diocese groups who seek this full communion have been preparing for admission to the Sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist at the end of Lent. I now invite those who desire to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Church, to stand (or come …

A visit from Fr Keith Newton

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Fr Keith Newton, The Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will join our group next Tuesday, 15th February for our Evangelium Course-7.30pm. Kilnfield House, Hockley.

We are geatly looking forward to welcoming our former Bishop, now of course a Catholic priest.

The Ordinariate is now a reality and we look to Fr Keith for his wisdom and spirtual guidance as we approach Lent!

'Nearer and nearer draws the time...'

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Those from our group who are joining the Ordnariate will need to be at Brentwood Cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent 13th March, for the Rite of Election at 4.30pm. During Lent we shall worship with the local Catholic community, every Sunday. On Holy Thursday during the Mass of the Lord's Supper, those making the profession of faith will be confirmed and received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church:This will take place at S.Teresa's, Rochford.
By next week we will know Lent mass times and where we shall be worshipping on Sunday's  for that period of time. There will be a closed meeting for those joining the Ordinariate directly after the 10.30am  Mass next week at S. Pius X, Hockley to confirm these details. We plan to go to the Cathedral on the 13th March by coach from Hockley.




  Fr Keith Newton in good humour at a recent press conference in London.
EVANGELIUMContinues...

We hope to have the Ordinary, Fr Keith Newton with us on Tuesday 15th February 7.30pm at Kilnf…

Decree of erection of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

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Decree of erection of the Personal Ordinariate of
Our Lady of Walsingham
15th January 2011 AD
The supreme law of the Church is the salvation of souls. As such, throughout its history, the Church has always found the pastoral and juridical means to care for the good of the faithful. With the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, promulgated on 4 November 2009, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, provided for the establishment of Personal ordinariates through which Anglican faithful may enter, even in a corporate manner, into full communion with the Catholic Church. On the same date, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published Complementary Norms relating to such Ordinariates. In conformity with what is established in Art. I § 1 and §2 of the Apostolic ConstitutionAnglicanorum coetibus, having received requests from a considerable number of Anglican faithful and having consulted with the Episcopal Conference of England and Wales, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the…