Showing posts from February, 2015

Sunday 1st March

2nd Sunday of Lent 10.30am Ordinariate Mass at Hockley Celebrant: Fr. Jeff Woolnough

What is the call of the mountain?

Dear Friends, On this second Sunday of Lent we hear the account of the Transfiguration according to the Gospel of Mark.  “Transform us as you transfigured.”  Transform and transfigure are very similar words. Transfigure is external, transform can have a connotation of internal change. This line also makes me ask the question, who was the “event” of the Transfiguration for?  An argument could be made that it was for Jesus especially when we read the version from Luke.  Luke tells us of the conversation between Moses, Elijah and Jesus being about his Exodus, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus about to take place.  But then why bring Peter, James and John with him?  They were apparently really tired; however, Jesus wanted them to witness his glorification.  He wanted to give them hope over the coming weeks but also to invite them into his glorification. Remember wh…

Richard Cerson

Wednesday 25th February 7pm at Holy Family RC Church Benfleet, Richard Cerson will be admitted to the office of Reader and acolyte by our Ordinary and make solemn vows before his forthcoming Ordinatation to the Diaconate.  Please support him by attending the mass,if you can?

Sunday 22nd February 2015

First Sunday of Lent 10:30am. Ordinariate Mass at Hockley Celebrant: Fr. Bob White

Scott Hahn reflects...The New Creation Readings:
Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15 Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle. And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation (see Hosea 2:20Isaiah 11:1-9). We see that new covenant and that new creation begin in today’s Gospel. Jesus is portrayed as the new Adam - the beloved son of God (see Mark 1:11Luke 3:38), living in harmony with the wild beasts (see Genesis 2:19-20), being served by angels (seeEzekiel 28:12-14). Like Adam, He too is tempted by the devil. But while Adam fell, givin…

Thinking things through...

The Ordinariate: A Model of Realised Unity Addressing a plenary meeting of Ordinariate clergy in Westminster Cathedral Hall on Thursday 12 February, Mgr Mark Langham, who was until recently the Secretary to the Anglican and Methodist Dialogues at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and who is currently the Catholic Chaplain to Cambridge University, said that the Ordinariate is "a model of realised unity." He also urged the personal ordinariates for former Anglicans to continue in their exemplary witness to "prophetic" and "truthful" ecumenism. Describing the current rifts within Anglicanism, in which some Anglican bishops "refuse to accept the authority of [other] Anglican bishops... and declare themselves out of communion with them", Mgr Langham said that both "consistency" and "communion" are "essential qualities of ecumenism." They are concepts that "...the Ordinariate can help reinvigorate, …

Sunday 15th February 2015 & Ash Weds

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 'Quinquagesima Sunday'
Hockley Ordinariate Mass 10.30 am. at St Pius X
Celebrant & Preacher Fr Jeff Woolnough

Sunday 8th February

5th in Ordinary Time 10.30am. Ordinariate Sung Mass at Hockley  Celebrant Fr Bob White -Preacher Fr Peter Walters from Let the Children Live!

Let The Children Live! is a charity registered with the Charity Commission No.1013634 through which people can respond to the needs of children from the streets and shanty-towns of Colombia’s cities, and in particular the city of MedellĂ­n.  It aims both to safeguard the lives of children from the violence and poverty of the streets, and to make their lives worth living by giving them love, education and a future.

Sunday 8th February at the 10.30am Ordinariate Mass at Hockley we welcome Fr. Peter Walters who will preach and tell us more about this extraordinary mission of mercy and charity. The BBC ESSEX team may also record part of the service for broadcast in the near future so make sure you are all in good voice! Do please come prepared for a second collection to support Fr Peter’s work? Many thanks in anticipation!  The charity was founded in 1992 …