Showing posts from November, 2012

Thank You, Bishop Thomas!

Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

This evening, (30th November) the Bishop of Brentwood celebrates a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in his Cathedral Church as he prepares for retirement. 

Bishop Thomas has been a great friend to the Ordinariate, and those of us in his Diocese, working in his parishes, are extremely grateful for his pastoral care.

 When we left the Church of England (almost 2 years ago) we faced an uncertain future. However, in the light of the Apostolic Constitution and the Holy Father's request for generosity on behalf of the English Bishop's, +Thomas appointed the'Brentwood Seven' (now eight) to parishes in Ilford, Clayhall, Eastwood, Benfleet, Colchester, Wickford and Chelmsford.

On behalf of my brother priests, we thank the Bishop and wish him a very happy retirement!

BRILLIANT NEWS! 20th November


May we be among the the first to congratulate, Hockley Ordinariate's, Jenny and Chris Arnold, on the birth, today of their son, Baby James! We look forward to welcoming him into the one true fold of God's Holy Catholic Church.

33rd Sunday of the Year

10.30am Sung Mass at St Pius X, Hockley,celebrant: Fr Bob White

Fr Jeff celebrates Masses at Eastwood 8.30am 10am & 6pm

All welcome toSt Peter's Eastwood on Thursday evening 8pm for our Year of Faith talk:
 Faith in the midst of Suffering - An evening with NHS Champion, Ashley Brooks.

Congratulations to the Ordinariate Quiz Team who won the Ss Peter and Paul Quiz night on Friday evening!

Hockley Coffee Morning

Saturday 17th November St Pius X from 10am -noon
Do pop in if you're in the's the Ordinariate's way of saying thank you to the Parish of Rochford for the use of St. Pius X.

worth a look...

Centenary celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes, Leigh...

I've met some really good people and made many new friends since joining the Catholic Church. One, such  person, Mark Lambert from Leigh Parish, writes in an informed and passionate manner, regularly on his blog:

with thanks for his friendship and kind remarks!

Sunday 11th November

We Will Remember Them...
This Sunday, 11th November, The Ordinariate Mass at St. Pius X 10.30am. is a Solemn Requiem for the War Dead with an Act of Remembrance. All Welcome.

When people ask the question: "What is Anglican Patrimony", the answer surely is:  "The Ordinariate was born for liturgies on days such as these".

7th November 2005

I have been reflecting on the occasion, seven years ago today, when I was formally 'inducted', to the living of the Parish of Hockley as Vicar. Ss. Peter and Paul had been in interregnum for just over 6 months, and after interviews at Wadham College Oxford, (the Parish Patron) and with the Parish Representatives, I was offered the post.

I succeeded a priest who restored the Roman Rite, rituals, Resolution 'C' and catholic devotions to the Parish Church. I was faced with a picture of the Pope and The Bishop of Richborough ( Keith Newton) in the Sacristy with a Forward in Faith Candle burning in the chancel: for me, this was a dream!
4 years, almost to the day later, The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith at The Vatican published: Anglicanorum coetibus, the Apostolic constitution containing therein Pope Benedict's vision for unity and truth for those wishing to come on an amazing pilgrimage.We really were going forward in faith!

With time to prepare my people …

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 4th November

The Month of the Holy Souls

The Hockley Ordinariate gathers for the 10am Sung Mass at Eastwood, St. Peter's, as has become our custom on the first Sunday of each month.

Next Sunday Fr Jeff will be keeping Remembrance Sunday at Hockley, celebrating the Solemn 10.30am Mass at St. Pius X and staying on for the prayers later at the War memorial.