Showing posts from January, 2013

A beautiful story: Ave Maria!

The Hail Mary of A Protestant
This is the beautiful incident of a protestant drawing much strength from the prayer of Hail Mary, unknowingly.
A little six-year-old Protestant boy had often heard his Catholic companion reciting the prayer ‘Hail Mary.’ He liked it so much that he copied it, memorized it and would recite it every day. ‘Look, Mummy, what a beautiful prayer,’ he said to his mother one day.

‘Never again say it,’ answered the mother.’ it is a superstitious prayer of Catholics who adore idols and think Mary a goddess. After all, she is a woman like any other. Come on, take this Bible and read it. It contains everything that we are bound to do and have to do.’ From that day on the little boy discontinued his daily ‘Hail Mary’ and gave himself more time to reading the Bible instead.

One day, while reading the Gospel, he came across the passage about the Annunciation of the Angel to Our Lady. Full of joy, the little boy ran to his mother and said: ‘Mummy, I have found the ‘Hail Mary…

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 27th January 2013
Hockley Ordinariate celebrates Sung Mass for  The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time  at St Pius X, Hockley, 10.30 am.
Celebrant: Fr. Jeff Woolnough All welcome, most  especially enquirers from the Anglican Church, seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.

Ordinary speaks about our 2 year anniversary...


My homily from Gethsemane posted earlier on Facebook

Jeff WoolnoughSt. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Eastwood Fr Jeff: Your Homily from the Church of Gethsemane is now uploaded to: 9th box in montage of video links (red chasuble)!

Full Holy Land Story with photo albums

One of the pilgrims who works in American broadcasting has posted a wonderful reflection of, 'the trip of a lifetime!'

follow the link with thanks to my new friend, Christine Di Stadio of KHOU

Celebration Dinner

On Thursday evening (17th January) we, (The Friends of the Hockley Ordinariate) celebrated 2 years of the erection of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham with a lovely Dinner at Harrisons Restaurant in our village. We have been on a remarkable spiritual journey ...and we can really say: Rome sweet home!

Recommended reading from (Scott Hahn)

'Jesus [] is Truly God Among Us, 'The Mediator and the Fullness of All Revelation'"
VATICAN CITY, January 16, 2013 ( Here is a translation of the General Audience Pope Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. --- --- --- Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Second Vatican Council, in its Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum, says that the intimate truth of the revelation of God shines for us "in Christ, who is both the mediator and the fullness of all revelation"(no. 2). The Old Testament tells us how God, after the creation, despite original sin, despite man's arrogance in wanting to take the place of his Creator, again offers the possibility of his friendship, especially through the covenant with Abraham and the journey of a small nation, that of Israel, whom he chooses not according to the criteria of earthly power, but simply out of love. It is a choice that remains a mystery and reveals…

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hockley Ordinariate Mass at St Pius X 10.30am.
WEATHER WARNING If bad weather, the mass will be cancelled. Fr Jeff is at Eastwood for the 8.30 & 10am also 6pm masses.
I would encourage you, in case of bad weather to attend St Pius for the 9am Parish Mass.

Holy Land Itinerary

For those interested, this is how the trip panned out:
Day-by-Day Itinerary:

Day 1, Friday, Jan 4, 2013 : DEPART TO TEL AVIV
Our journey begins as we depart from the our hometown for our flight to Tel Aviv. Meals are served in-flight.
Day 2, Saturday Jan 5, 2013: ARRIVE TEL AVIV
On arrival in Tel Aviv, you will be met and transferred to the Dan Panorama hotel on the Mediterranean coast. Dinner will be served at the hotel. D
Welcome Meeting and Mass (Precided by Monsignor James Swiader): at 6.30 – Level H
Dinner at 8.00 pm
Day 3, Sunday Jan 6, 2013: STELLA MARIS, NAZARETH, CANA 
Theme: The Annunciation 
This morning after breakfast, leave up the Mediterranean coast to Haifa to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Stella Maris. After seeing the cave where Elijah lived, Dr. Scott Hahn will give a short lecture, and then enjoy lunch at the Carmelite Monastery. Then drive to Nazareth, Mary’s home and the town where Jesus lived as a child. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciatio…

Film of Holy Land Pilgrimage!

Jerusalem … "sweet home" Scott and Kimberly Hahn on a 206 Tours pilgrimage in the Holy Land. Interview with Franciscan Media Center

Ad multos annos

Today is the Second Anniversary of the erection of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Please pray for Pope Benedict XVI, our Bishop,  and Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary.

End of the Pilgrimage before Dinner


Presiding at Holy Mass at Gethsemane

Just returned from the Holy Land wih Scott Hahn's pilgrimage (amazing)! Here are the first of some of the pics already on my Facebook page.
God bless you, 
Fr Jeff.

The Baptism of The Lord 10 am St Peter's Eastwood

off to the land where Jesus walked...

Dear friends,
I find myself in an incredibly privileged position.
 Tomorrow I travel to Israel to accompany a ten day pilgrimage as Spiritual Director to Dr Scott Hahn, professor of Theology at Steubenville Fransiscan University. I've been an avid reader of Scott Hahn for a long while and so for me personally this I'm sure,will be a most memorable trip. I shall  pray for the Unity of God's Church, of course and especially for those yet to make the journey home?
Below and for your interest, please find a brief bio regarding Scott and Kimberly Hahn.
Every blessing
Fr Jeff
PS hoping to post pics daily on St Peters Roman Catholic Church Eastwood FACEBOOK page

About Dr. Scott & Kimberly Hahn...

Dr. Scott Hahn: Dr. Scott Hahn has accomplished so much: Contemporary Author, Theologian, Public Speaker, President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Friend, Husband, Father, and Grandfather. We are so blessed to have both Dr. Hahn, and Kimberly on the this Pilgrimage to the …

Wonderful News!

London church designated for Ordinariate use The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, has today announced that the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Gregory, Warwick Street, is being dedicated to the life of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The historic church, which is situated in Soho, previously served as the chapel of the Portuguese, and later Bavarian, embassies. In the nineteenth century the sanctuary was rebuilt by the architect, J. F. Bentley, who designed Westminster Cathedral. In his ‘Apologia’ Blessed John Henry Newman mentions a visit to the church as a young boy with his father. He converted from Anglicanism to the Catholic faith in 1845 and is the patron of the Personal Ordinariate. Speaking of the news, Monsignor Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate, said, “We are very grateful to Archbishop Vincent Nichols for this gesture of goodwill and support for the Ordinariate. The church is a beautiful e…