Sunday 13th September 2015
24th in Ordinary Time
11am Solemn Mass for the Southend Ordinariate Mission
at St John Fisher RC Church
2 Manners Way, Southend on Sea, Southend SS2 6PT
Celebrant: Fr. Jeff Woolnough
Thursday 24th September is our Feast Day of Obligation- the Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham: Solemn Mass at St John Fisher at 7.30pm. Please do your utmost to attend this mass!
Michael Halsall’s Ordination to the Diaconate will be at St John Fisher Weds 30 September – 7.30pm.
Fr. Jeff writes…
Sung Angelus after the 11 am Solemn Mass at St John Fisher Sunday 6 September
Our first Sunday celebration of Mass together as the newly formed Southend Ordinariate Mission was, I ‘m sure you’ll agree, a wonderful and pivotal moment in our journey of full communion into the life of the Catholic Church!
I was incredibly moved as the organ struck up the opening verse of the introit hymn and felt a great sense of privilege and thanksgiving as I censed the Altar.
The refreshments after mass enabled us to chat and to renew old friendships and also welcome newcomers. All in all we should be glad to call St John Fisher Church ‘our spiritual home.’
Please make every effort to attend each week and the weekday masses, too if we are to make a success of our mission? Plans for a Sunday School will soon be underway and a new pastoral council formed to meet and to contribute to the life of the Ordinariate in this place. From a financial point of view we are in a healthy state! At the beginning of October the September giving will be published in the newsletter. At present please continue to put your offerings in the envelopes that you have always used until the bank account is consolidated ( both groups under one account).On behalf of our Ordinary and the Mission Pastors, thank you for your outstanding generosity!
Fr. Lee and Helen are busy settling in to the Presbytery at Southchurch, (aka, Cardboard box city ), and need time to get things straight so please, any questions or issues relating to the Mission, matters arising etc, direct to me.
God bless you all,