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Wednesday 25 April 2012

Anglican Use Sunday Mass at Sacré-Coeur Church in downtown Toronto

Anglican Use Sunday Mass
will be celebrated every Sunday beginning
May 6, 2012
1:45 p.m.


Sacré-Coeur Parish Church
381 Sherbourne Street, Toronto

(east of Jarvis, at the corner of Carlton)

Father Eric Rodrigues will offer Sung Mass (Missa Cantata) on Sundays at 1:45 pm using the approved Anglican Use rite from the Book of Divine Worship (adapted for Canada). Anglican patrimonial music and ceremonial will be incorporated into the liturgy. 

Mass will be offered for the Toronto Anglican Use Sodality including those who were received into full communion at St. Michael's Cathedral,Toronto in December of 2011 as full membership in the Anglican Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter is developed.

All Catholics, former Anglicans and those otherwise interested in Anglican Use, as well as those who are exploring the Ordinariate as a way of entering into full communion with the Holy See are most welcome. Roman and Eastern Rite Catholics of all traditions may fulfill their Sunday obligation by attending this AU Mass.

A Children’s programme will be available. The church has ample parking (entrance off Sherbourne north of the church and parish house). 

For subway users, take the Yonge line to College Station and then the 506 Carlton streetcar eastbound two stops to Sherbourne (the streetcar runs every 7 minutes).

Tuesday 17 April 2012

Two bishops and an Ordinary

Our congratulations to those who were received into full communion with the Holy See in Canadian cities this weekend.  It has been a long but fulfilling journey for many.

Also encouraging is the visit of Msgr. Steenson to Calgary on his first visit to a proto-Ordinariate parish in the proto-deanery of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

Next Sunday in Oshawa members of another sodality will be received into full communion under the guidance of Fr. Eric Rodrigues.

They will then join with Calgary, Cambridge, Toronto, Ottawa and Victoria Anglican Use sodalities in the regular celebration of the Anglican Use Mass on Sundays beginning April 22.  Details for a regular time and place on Sunday are still being worked out for the Toronto Sodality but should be available soon.

D.V. the regular celebration of the AU Mass with patrimonial music and ceremonial will, over time, allow other Anglicans and Christians from various backgrounds to find their way to full communion in the Catholic Church.

This is a great step for those in Ottawa and region as well as Victoria, Calgary and other locations very soon. The emerging Deanery of Saint John the Baptist will soon be a reality and so we celebrate with them in patience and hope.

Our Lady Walshingham, St. Peter, St John the Baptist, Blessed John Henry Newman, orate pro nobis

Sunday 8 April 2012

Christ my Hope is Risen, Alleluia!

8 APRIL 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world!

"Surrexit Christus, spes mea" – "Christ, my hope, has risen" (Easter Sequence).

May the jubilant voice of the Church reach all of you with the words which the ancient hymn puts on the lips of Mary Magdalene, the first to encounter the risen Jesus on Easter morning. She ran to the other disciples and breathlessly announced: "I have seen the Lord!" (Jn 20:18). We too, who have journeyed through the desert of Lent and the sorrowful days of the Passion, today raise the cry of victory: "He has risen! He has truly risen!"

Every Christian relives the experience of Mary Magdalene. It involves an encounter which changes our lives: the encounter with a unique Man who lets us experience all God’s goodness and truth, who frees us from evil not in a superficial and fleeting way, but sets us free radically, heals us completely and restores our dignity. This is why Mary Magdalene calls Jesus "my hope": he was the one who allowed her to be reborn, who gave her a new future, a life of goodness and freedom from evil. "Christ my hope" means that all my yearnings for goodness find in him a real possibility of fulfilment: with him I can hope for a life that is good, full and eternal, for God himself has drawn near to us, even sharing our humanity.

But Mary Magdalene, like the other disciples, was to see Jesus rejected by the leaders of the people, arrested, scourged, condemned to death and crucified. It must have been unbearable to see Goodness in person subjected to human malice, truth derided by falsehood, mercy abused by vengeance. With Jesus’ death, the hope of all those who had put their trust in him seemed doomed. But that faith never completely failed: especially in the heart of the Virgin Mary, Jesus’ Mother, its flame burned even in the dark of night. In this world, hope can not avoid confronting the harshness of evil. It is not thwarted by the wall of death alone, but even more by the barbs of envy and pride, falsehood and violence. Jesus passed through this mortal mesh in order to open a path to the kingdom of life. For a moment Jesus seemed vanquished: darkness had invaded the land, the silence of God was complete, hope a seemingly empty word.

And lo, on the dawn of the day after the Sabbath, the tomb is found empty. Jesus then shows himself to Mary Magdalene, to the other women, to his disciples. Faith is born anew, more alive and strong than ever, now invincible since it is based on a decisive experience: "Death with life contended: combat strangely ended! Life’s own champion, slain, now lives to reign". The signs of the resurrection testify to the victory of life over death, love over hatred, mercy over vengeance: "The tomb the living did enclose, I saw Christ’s glory as he rose! The angels there attesting, shroud with grave-clothes resting".