Tuesday March 8th 2016
Passiontide Greetings
This coming Sunday marks the beginning of the ancient season of Passiontide.  While the General Roman Calendar no longer mentions Passiontide explicitly, the proper Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer, the choice of hymns in the Divine Office and the practice of veiling crosses and images bear witness to it.  In the Ordinariate calendar the title of Passion Sunday is restored to the Fifth Sunday of Lent, so we can unapologetically begin our commemoration of the Lord's Passion.

Fr Ivor Morris RIP
Father Ivor Morris died in the early hours of March 1st, in the presence of his sister Norma.  After being taken ill in October of last year Fr Morris has remained in hospital, most recently in London where Mgr. Newton was able to visit and pray with him.

Fr Morris served the Anglican church of the Ascension, Chelmsford for twenty years before accepting the Holy Father's invitation and joining the Ordinariate in the first round of ordinations.  He served the Diocese of Brentwood as Priest-in-Charge of the Blessed Sacrament, Chelmsford and as chaplain to Broomfield Hospital.  Long time friend and colleague Fr Ed Tomlinson has posted an obituary.

Please pray for Fr Morris, for his family and for his people in the parish and the Chelmsford Ordinariate group.  Funeral arrangements will be found on the Ordinariate website.
 

Fr David Skeoch
At the time of writing Fr David Skeoch is critically ill in West Suffolk hospital.  Having received the Last Rites it is expected that the Lord will call him home at any time.  Please keep Fr David in your prayers. 

Chrism Mass
The Chrism Mass for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be celebrated at the Central Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and S Gregory, Warwick Street, London W1B 5LZ at 11:30 am on Monday 21st March. The principal celebrant will once again be the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Mennini, the Holy Father's delegate to England and Wales.  Mgr Keith Newton will receive his priests' Renewal of Promises.  All our welcome to join the celebration.

Ordinariate member involved in preparing Arms for the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham
David Pritchard, a member of the South-East Wales Ordinariate writes:-
 
One of our group, Dr David Woolf, has a longstanding interest in heraldry.
In December 2015 the Holy Father granted the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham the very special honour of being raised to the dignity of a minor Basilica. The Shrine has now been renamed the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham. A Basilica is a church which comes under the special protection of the Holy Father, in consequence of which a Basilica has some very specific rights and privileges. One such privilege is that a Papal ombrellino is placed in the Basilica waiting in anticipation of the arrival of the Holy Father. The ombrellino is decorated with the Arms of the Basilica.
 
Dr Woolf has been a longstanding pilgrim and supporter of the Shrine and remains a member of the Order of Our Lady of Walsingham. He was links with the Rector of the Basilica, Monsignor John Armitage, who has since asked him to ensure that heraldically suitable Arms might be adopted by the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham.
A manuscript dating from c.1510 records the Arms of the Priory of Walsingham as 'Argent on a cross sable five lilies slipped argent', i.e. a black cross on a white background, with five lilies superimposed on the cross. The Basilica is now the modern day successor of the Priory of Walsingham, and as such it is appropriate that the Basilica has assumed the Arms of the Priory. These Arms have been augmented to include the ombrellino and the Papal crossed keys: one gold, the other silver.

Depicted here is a rendition of these Arms now to be used by the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham. They have been painted under Dr Woolf's direction by the heraldic artist Tom Meek. A copy of these Arms has been sent to Rome for incorporation on the ombrellino which will be presented to the Rector of the Basilica.
 
It is a great honour that our Ordinariate group has such a direct link to the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham.  I have said from the very beginning that we in the Ordinariate do not come into Full Communion 'empty handed'. This is a tangible example of that fact.
 
I am sure that you will join me in thanking and congratulating David on this achievement, which illustrates what good things can happen when the Ordinariate involves itself fully in the life of the wider Church.
 

Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate Lecture Series
St Anselm's in Pembury is hosting a number of distinguished speakers over the next few months as part of their Year of Mercy celebrations. Each speaker will reflect on one of the beatitudes, and tomorrow - Wednesday 9th March - Benedict Rogers will talk on Blessed are the Poor in Spirit.
 
Benedict Rogers is a human rights activist specialising in Asia. He focuses particularly on Burma, North Korea and Indonesia, and has also worked on The Maldives, East Timor, Pakistan and China. He is the author of five books, including Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads (2012, Random House) and Than Shwe: Unmasking Burma's Tyrant (2010, Silkworm). He writes for the Guardian and is also a regular contributor to international media including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Huffington Post and has appeared on BBC, CNN, al-Jazeera and other television and radio stations.  Fr Tomlinson heard him speak at  a recent Evangelium conference and, moved by his life story and remarkable conversion, persuaded him to speak at Pembury. 
 
Further details of this and of future talks can be found on Fr Ed Tomlinson's blog.  

Ordinariate groups in ecumenical children's project
Members of the Ladies Ordinariate Group in Croydon and London, along with Ordinariate groups in Kent, Coventry, and elsewhere, are busy with a children's handwriting project which helps children to learn the Lord's Prayer. Sponsored by an ecumenical group, it offers an attractive and practical approach.
 
In the Lord's Prayer Project, a leaflet is sent to primary schools: we began with church-based schools, both Anglican and Catholic. It's essentially an artwork and handwriting project: the children write out the Lord's Prayer in good handwriting and decorate it any way they like. The teacher then parcels up all the work and posts it to us. Each participating child gets a small Gospel booklet with the Lord's Prayer on the inside cover and a space to sign his or her name. The best entries get prizes – attractive children's books from Christian publishers.
 

Manchester Ordinariate Mission support ACN in Lent
Members of the Manchester Ordinariate Mission held a Lent Lunch to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need, a very worthy charity and good friends of the Ordinariate.  Their donation to ACN's Lenten appeal for Iraq and Syria will feed, clothe and house a family of five people for three weeks..

The next newsletter...
There will be more news from the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham after Easter.  Any News for inclusion should be sent to communications@ordinariate.org.uk.

Some diary dates

Monday 21st March
11:30am Chrism Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption & S Gregory, Warwick St, London W1.

Saturday 25th June
Ordinariate Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham led by Mgr Keith Newton.

Friday 7th to Saturday 8th October
Pilgrimage to the shrine of Blessed John Henry Newman in Birmingham. 

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