Thursday January 19th 2017

Double Epiphany Celebration at Warwick Street
The annual Epiphany service of Lessons and Carols had an added attraction this year:  the blessing of the new parish rooms - the Challoner Hall - by the Apostolic Nuncio, HE Archbishop Antonio Mennini.
Dr Gill James has written a report on the evening which can be read here.

The Ordinariate Six Years On
Joanna Bogle has written an article for The Catholic World Report looking back at the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham as it completes it sixth year.  While the path it has trod has had its bumps and potholes, Dame Joanna concludes.... "When Msgr. Keith Newton spoke to Pope Benedict after the first couple of years of the Ordinariate's existence, the latter took his hand after hearing reports of how things were going and said, "Just go forward in faith." And I think they'll do just that."
Read the full article by clicking on the CWR logo below.

Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
At Pembury, home of the Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate Mission, work continues apace to improve the church of St Anselm which serves both the Ordinariate group and the parish.  Fr Ed Tomlinson has sent news of the latest development, the beautification and dedication of the side chapel to the Sacred Heart. 
In pride of place is a stunning reredos of  1902 by CR Ashbee - a student of GF Bodley and leading light of the Arts and Crafts movement.  The reredos was salvaged from a church in Surrey and Fr Ed is grateful to Fr John Maunder for drawing it to his attention.

Carols Raise Money for Local Hospice in Southend
The Southend Ordinariate Mission sponsored a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at their home church of St Peter's, Eastwood, on the Fourth Sunday in Advent.  The Festive Carol Singers, an A Capella quartet known to Fr Jeff Woolnough, led the music and £700 was raised for the local Havens Hospice.

Ordinariate Lay Retreat
The Ordinariate Lay retreat will be held at the newly refurbished Dowry Retreat House on High Street, Walsingham (formerly the Sue Ryder Building) from 4pm on Friday 10th March finishing with lunch on Sunday 12th March.   The retreat will be led by the Rev'd Dr Stephen Morgan and all are welcome.   The cost of the retreat is £150 per person - full board.  To reserve your place please send a non-refundable deposit of £20 (cheques payable to Ordinariate OLW or bank transfer to Sort Code 400409 A/c no 42204916    along with your name and address to Ordinariate Lay Retreat, 56 Woodlands Farm Road, Birmingham B24 0PG.  The balance will be due by March 1st 2017.

Candlemas in West Essex
Image result for candlemass in churchThe Ordinariate groups from Chelmsford, Leytonstone and Walthamstow will be joining the Harlow group to celebrate Candlemas together on Thursday 2nd at 6-30pm in the Church of the Assumption, Old Harlow. Following the Mass refreshements will be taken at the Green Man, opposite the church.

New Initiatives at Precious Blood, The Borough SE1
PictureLondon Walsingham Association Mass at 10am every first Saturday at Most Precious Blood. Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham with spiritual pilgrimage to Walsingham and intercessions. Refreshments follow. All welcome.
"Catholicism - The Pivotal Players" Bishop Robert Barron's course at Most Precious Blood each Thursday.  6pm Choral Evensong & Mass, 7pm light supper and course.  Amongst the Pivotal Players Bishop Robert Barron looks at former Anglicans GK Chesterton and our own Patron, Blessed John Henry Newman. All welcome

Our Lady of Fatima at Westminster Cathedral
Image result for our lady of fatimaFollowing the enthronement of the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham in December (reported upon in our last newsletter) Westmister Cathedral hosts another important Marian devotion on February 18th.
The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be solemnly received into the Cathedral by Cardinal Vincent Nichols to inaugurate a National Pilgrim Tour of our Cathedrals to celebrate the Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima during 2017 - May to October. 
The programme will begin at 1.45pm in the Cathedral with the arrival of the Statue and the Relics of Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco.
At 2pm there will be a Procession of the Pilgrim Statue, Crowning and Act of Consecration - all led by the cardinal followed by Holy Mass.
From around 3pm it will be possible to venerate the relics of the two little Beati Francisco and Jacinta.
Following this programme in the Cathedral you are invited to the Cathedral Hall at 4pm to attend a Fatima Symposium.

ORDO 2016-2017 available online
The Order for the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours 2016-2017 is now available on the Ordinariate website.  This document provides a definitive listing of the readings for Mass and for the Daily Office within the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham according to her own liturgical books.
All members of the Ordinariate, and others who are interested in the rich Anglican patrimony now availabe within the Catholic Church, are encouraged to offer their daily prayers using the offices provided in the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Ordinariate Calendars
The 2017 Ordinariate Calendars are now available for purchase from the Portal Magazine website.
Single or multiple copies can be ordered for delivery throughout the UK, Europe and the USA and the prices are available on the link above.
The profits from the sale of the calendars will go towards the costs of producing the Portal magazine.

Ordinariate Use Mass cards
Professionally printed Mass cards for use with the Divine Worship Missal are now available from the Ordinariate.  The cards contain all the texts needed by the congregation at a Mass celebrated using the Ordinariate's own liturgy.  The cards are similar to those used in most Catholic churches for the Ordinary form of the Roman rite - printed on good quality card and laminated for long life.
We are able to supply copies to interested parties.
Costs (including postage and packing) are £1 for a single copy,  £3.50 for 10, £14 for 50.  For details on how to order please click here.

The next newsletter...
There will be more news from the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in mid February. Any news for inclusion should be sent to

Some diary dates
1st February
Next issue of the Portal Magazine  published.

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March 2017
Lay Retreat at Walsingham - see above for further details.

Monday 10th April 2017
Chrism Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street.

Saturday 17th June 2017
Ordination of Deacons by George, Cardinal Pell, London.

Saturday 24th June 2017
Walsingham Pilgrimage.

Saturday 23rd September 2017
Ordinariate Festival at Westminster Cathedral.

How can you help?
The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham relies on the generous finanical help of people like you. The Apostolic Nuncio encourages all Catholics to support the Ordinariate: "I urge all those who support the Holy Father's vision to lend their spiritual and material support to the Ordinariate, especially in these early days".  Please click here to use our secure online donation facility.

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is a company limited by guarantee with no
share capital,  registered in England with Company Reg. No. 07582943 and Charity Reg. No. 1141536.