Church Growth

A DATE FOR THE DIARY- 30th Sept. Feast of OLW 11am @ St Agatha's, Market Way, Portsmouth. Homilist Fr John Saward. Music: Byrd's Mass for 4 voices. AVE MARIA!

An article by Fr Ed Tomlinson

On the excellent Anglicanorum Coetibus Society Blog the webmaster, Shane Schaetzel, has shared 8 recommendations for Ordinariate growth. I applaud them and believe we should embrace them in the UK to the extent that each group make them part of the vision moving forwards.

1. Get away from established Catholic Parishes. You can’t build your own house in somebody else’s backyard. Embrace the missionary spirit. Move away from your host parish and set up shop in a populated area where no Catholic parishes are nearby. Even if you have to meet in somebody’s home, or in a storefront, its better than trying to build your own house in somebody else’s backyard. 

Pembury reflection: There is no doubt coming to a small mass centre, ranked low in terms of diocesan importance and presumably heading for closure, helped establish the Ordinariate in Pembury. As did splitting away…

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Saturday 16th September

A DATE FOR THE DIARY- 30th Sept. Feast of OLW 11am @ St Agatha's, Market Way, Portsmouth. Homilist Fr John Saward. Music: Byrd's Mass for 4 voices. AVE MARIA!

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September: Month of Our Lady of Sorrow. A statue within a Maltese church.

The Northern Cell of the Men’s group has contacted various groups and organisations advertising the forthcoming High Mass at St Agatha’s, Portsmouth. It will be celebrated on Saturday 30th September at 11am. During Mass the new statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be blessed by Abbot Brogan of Farnborough.

Thanks to the Young Catholic Adults group, Arundel and Brighton LMS blog, Bishop Egan’s ENews, the Association of Latin Liturgy, World Apostate of Our Lady of Fatima and others for advertising this great occasion.

There is good news from St Joseph’s, Aldershot- Fr Glaysher will celebrate the Tridentine Mass every Sunday at 9am. Last Sunday around 20 people were present, including 3 members of the Northern Cell Men’s Group. Fr Glaysher gave the gentlemen a tour of the church including the sacristy.

Talking of the Extraordinary Form…

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Our Lady’s Apparition at Fatima, September 13, 1917 – the Rosary and Penance

An estimated 25,000 people gathered together at the Cova da Iria on September 13, 1917 for Our Lady’s promised fifth apparition to the little shepherds. The crowd was so thick it was difficult for the children to make their way through. Everyone wanted to see them, speak to them, make requests and petitions to place before Our Lady. As Lucia described in her memoirs: “All the afflictions of poor humanity were assembled there.”

We know that not everyone who went to the Cova came as a true believer. There were those who came simply out of curiosity, others came disbelieving, wanting to scoff at what they considered a grand deception in the name of religion. But many devout people came in faith-filled expectation.

Finally reaching the spot in the Cova where Our Lady had been appearing, they began to pray the Rosary with the people when suddenly they saw the…

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Catholics debate: what Rees-Mogg got right and wrong

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s valiant public defence of Catholic principles on the early morning TV show, despite the relentless bullying tactics of the interviewers, has given rise to an unprecedented reaction from the general public. Leaving aside the many angry, negative responses from the self-righteous PC crowd, the Staff Reporter at the CATHOLIC HERALD has given a summary of some of the positive but nuanced opinions from Catholic clergy and authors.

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Catholics praised the MP’s witness – but some wondered if his reasoning could have been better

Since Jacob Rees-Mogg’s interview on Good Morning Britain two days ago, many Catholics have acclaimed his courage in standing up for the unborn and refusing to endorse same-sex marriage. But there have been some criticisms of his performance too. Here are a few highlights from the discussion.

Bishop Philip Eganpraised Rees-Mogg’s “wonderful witness”, while Bishop Mark Daviesadmired Rees-Mogg…

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