Monday, 28 May 2012

Ordinariate and other good news: calling all Perth and Sydney readers!

A few good news stories to start the week on a happy note!

Upcoming Ordinariate Ordinations

You may recall that Archbishop Hart announced that the Australian Ordinariate for former Anglicans would commence on June 15.

Well here is something to make that a bit more concrete.  I've been told that Bishop Harry Entwistle of the Traditional Anglican Communion will be ordained to the Catholic Priesthood at 7.00 pm on Friday 15 June 2012 at St Mary’s Cathedral Perth – ie the “start date” of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.  Also, members of his TAC flock will be received into the Catholic Church.

So Perthites, please do make a note in your diaries, and show them your support!

And if you know of upcoming ordinations/receptions into the Church elsewhere, please do let me know and I'll publicize them too!

Please keep all concerned in your prayers.

Two new doctors of the Church

Secondly, the Pope has announced that on October 7 he will proclaim St Hildegard of Bingen and St John of Avila doctors of the Church.  At his Regina Caeli address for Pentecost he said:

These two great witnesses of the faith lived in very different historical periods and came from different cultural backgrounds,” he said. “But the sanctity of life and depth of teaching makes them perpetually present: the grace of the Holy Spirit, in fact, projected them into that experience of penetrating understanding of divine revelation and intelligent dialogue with the world that constitutes the horizon of permanent life and action of the Church.”

Especially in light of the project of the New Evangelization, to which the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be dedicated, and on the vigil of the Year of Faith, these two figures of saints and doctors are of considerable importance and relevance.”

New religious community in Australia?

The Maternal Heart of Mary website in Sydney announces that:

"With the approval of His Lordship, Bishop Julian Porteous, Francesca Wills and Colette Ng will be departing Australia in mid-July to complete a period of formation within an active Benedictine Community in France in order to return to Sydney, deo volente, to start a semi contemplative Benedictine Community using the Old Rite."

If you are in a position to help them financially, go the Maternal Heart website for details.  And please keep these two women in your prayers.

Reform of the reform in Sydney?

You might recall that I asked a week or so back abut any 'reform of the reform' Masses (ideally ad orientem in English).  Got several responses for Melbourne, so I just thought I'd try again on the Sydney front - are there really no particularly good OF masses in Sydneytown?  Or anywhere else in the country?  I don't believe it - please do help turn this into another good news item by telling us about the good Masses in your town!

1 comment:

PM said...

On my (not very frequent) visits to Sydney I stay in the Randwick areaand like to attend mass at St Francis of Assisi in Paddington, which has an excellent choir, singing chant and polyphony as well as modern works, which you can find by Googling (I'm not sure if Blogger accepts links in comboxes). The choir website has some recordings of Palestrina and Vittoria.

The choir survived a guerilla campaign by inclusivistas on the parish council a few years ago, so it's worth supporting. I gather it compounded its crimes in the eyes of the inclusivistas by describing its repertoire - quite rightly of course - as music in the spirit of Vatican II.