Parish Priest of St Peter's Eastwood in the Diocese of Brentwood and Pastor to the newly formed Southend Ordinariate Mission based at St. Peter's as from July 1st 2016. 01702 525323 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a photo, taken by Lorna Muffat for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, that shows Mgr Keith Newton celebrating Easter Sunday Mass in the organisation's magnificent new London home, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street. And here's Mgr Newton with the priests and servers:
There's plenty of scepticism about the Ordinariate – especially since the careful circulation of a quote attributed to former Cardinal Bergoglio saying he didn't see the need for it. Well, we shall see. Pope Francis – who would never have encountered Anglicans in the Catholic tradition in Latin America – now finds himself head of the Ordinariate in three continents; his spokesman has said that this will be a permanentstructure of the Catholic Church.
Will it be? That's up to the Ordinariate. Its leader in this country, Mgr Newton, has the jurisdiction if not the sacramental powers of a bishop – hence the mitre. The Warwick Street congregation is still small – the group didn't move into the church until Palm Sunday (and hasn't yet started using its own liturgy).
But there's an energy and sense of imagination here that promises great things. Essentially, the Ordinariate finds itself in the same position as most of the great orders and religious communities of the Church in their early days. There are powerful prelates – Catholic and Anglican – who would prefer to rid themselves of this inconvenience; even now, I'm sure that one of the old guard ecumenists is trying to grab an audience with Pope Francis in order to strangle his predecessor's initiative at birth. Well, Churches are like that: Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican – they're all run by hierarchies resistant to change. The challenge for the Ordinariate is to move swiftly to establish an evangelical presence wherever it operates, one inspired not just by Benedict XVI's liturgical vision but also by the practical spirituality of Pope Francis.
Put it this way: one of the treasures of Anglicanism that the Ordinariate can bring to Rome has nothing to do with vestments or prayer books – it's the tradition of the Anglo-Catholic "slum priests" who carried the Gospel to the darkest alleyways of Jack the Ripper's London. If that can be revived for the 21st century, then, like new movements before them, the Ordinariate will become part of the fabric of the church. But first comes perhaps the most difficult part of all: blocking its ears to the carping and sneers of its critics.
Holy Week at St. Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX PALM SUNDAY 8.30am Mass with Blessing of Palms 10.15am Solemn Concelebrated Mass with Procession and Blessing of Palms6pm Evening Mass with Blessing of Palms The face of the man on the Shroud of Turin Holy Monday9.30amHoly Mass11.30am Ordinariate Chrism Massat Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street London W1. Temple Tuesday6.30pm Holy Hour and Confessions7.30pm Holy Mass-Divine Worship the Missal Spy Wednesday9.30am Holy Mass10am Confessions7pm Diocesan Chrism Mass at Brentwood Cathedral THE SACRED TRIDUUM Maundy Thursday6pm Confessions8pm Mass of the Lords Supper, Madatum and Watch until Midnight Good Friday10am Stations of the Cross3pm Liturgy of the Lord's Passion Holy Saturday8pmThe Easter Vigil and reception of RCIA candidates Easter SundayMasses as usual Sunday times
24th DecemberVigil Mass 6pm12 Midnight: Mass of the Nativity and Blessing of the Crib preceded by Carols at 11.30pm. Priest available for confessions from 10.30pm.25th December Christmas Day 8.30am. Mass of the Dawn 10.15am. Mass of the Day. St Stephen's DayMonday 26 December Holy Mass 10am
Friday 30 December Feast of the Holy Family9.30am Holy Mass
Saturday 31 December 9.30am Mass followed by Exposition and confessions until 10.30am. SUNDAY 1st January 2017Mary Mother of GodMasses 8.30am 10.15am & 18.00pm
31stSunday in Ordinary TimeMasses 8.30am 10.15am 6pm We welcome Fr Lee Bennett as Principal Celebrant at the 10.15am Mass _______________________________________ St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea SS9 4BXEASTWOOD PARISHHome to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Calling the Fathers: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileReadings: Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10 Psalm 131:1-3 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 Matthew 23:1-12
Though they were Moses’ successors, the Pharisees and scribes exalted themselves, made their mastery of the law a badge of social privilege. Worse, they had lorded the law over the people (see Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi condemns in today’s First Reading, they caused many to falter and be closed off from God.
In a word, Israel’s leaders failed to be good spiritual fathers of God’s people. Moses was a humble father-figure, preaching the law but also practicing it – interceding and begging God’s mercy and forgiveness of…