Sunday, April 14, 2013

Welcome to Don Wortham (back row, center, w/ red tie), received and confirmed today, April 14, 2013!
The propers were sung to plainchant, and the offertory was taken from repertoire "across the Channel" though a staple of church choirs of every tradition:
Fauré’s Cantique de Racine.
Minnesota weather (snow, sleet, freezing rain) tried to thwart us again and did prevent our regulars from the even snowier north from sliding their way down to Collegeville.  But spring is on the way and continued new life for our small beginnings.  Please keep us in your prayers as we keep all Anglican Use and Ordinariate groups in ours.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Posted today by Fr. Nathanael on Fr. Z’s blog:
"I am the chaplain for a small group here in Minnesota, the Society o...f St. Bede the Venerable. We are sponsored by St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, but the members come from the northern Minnesota, the Twin Cities and as far as Wisconsin to pray Saturday Evensong and Sunday Mass every other month. We organized just before the Ordinariate was announced and are happy to have had a visit from Msgr. Steenson and to have been accepted as a part of the Ordinariate. Who knows, perhaps there will be a Benedictine Ordinariate priory in the future?
Lenten blessings,
Fr. Nathanael, O.S.B."
A happy and blessed Solemnity of the Chair of St. Peter to you all!
From Deborah Gyapong’s blog (
“the Ordinary commends all Ordinariate communities in North America to express their gratitude to Pope Benedict with the singing of a Solemn Te Deum of Thanksgiving (at the conclusion of Mass or Evensong, or as a separate service). … The Ordinary and the Ordinariate community are aware that the Te Deum is not usually heard during Lent. However, February 22 is the Ordinariate’s Titular Solemnity and should be kept as such according to the Particular Calendar approved by the Holy See. The Te Deum is rightly proclaimed; Friday abstinence may be dispensed; the liturgical color is white; and the Gloria and Creed are said or sung at Mass (the Alleluia is omitted, as throughout the season).  With thankful joy, let us then pray and work that Pope Benedict’s “labors in the vineyard might continue to bring forth a fruitful harvest.”
Since we’re not yet able to have daily celebrations of the liturgy, I commend to you the following prayer:
O God, whose mercies are without number, and the treasure of whose goodness is infinite: we render thanks unto thy most gracious majesty for the gifts which thou hast bestowed upon us (and especially for the pontificate of our Holy Father Benedict XVI, and for the gift of communion with the Chair of Peter); evermore beseeching thy mercy that, as thou dost grant the prayers of them that call upon thee, so thou wouldst not forsake them, but rather dispose their way towards the attainment of thy heavenly reward. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen.
And, here’s a Te Deum in the Anglican choral tradition:
Br. John-Bede

Monday, February 11, 2013

Statement of Monsignor Steenson on the Announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation:

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will begin his first official visit to the United States with a Feb. 2 keynote address at a symposium in Houston, Texas, on Anglicanorum coetibus.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Catholics in England and Wales should welcome members of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has said.
In an interview with Mary O’Regan, Archbishop Gerhard Müller said: “Many of those who have entered into full communion through the ordinariates have sacrificed a great deal in order to be true to their consciences. They should be welcomed wholeheartedly by the Catholic community – not as prodigals but as brothers and sisters in Christ who bring with them into the Church a worthy patrimony of worship and spirituality.”

Archbishop Müller, who was appointed prefect in July this year, oversees reconciliation talks with the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) in his new role. He told the Herald that “the SSPX must accept the fullness of the Catholic faith and its practice” as “disunity always damages the proclamation of the Gospel by darkening the testimony of Jesus Christ”.

He said: “The SSPX need to distinguish between the true teaching of the Second Vatican Council and specific abuses that occurred after the Council, but which are not founded in the Council’s documents.”

He later continued: “Everyone who is Catholic must ask themselves if they are cherry-picking points from the Church’s teachings for the sake of supporting an ideology. Which is more important: an ideology or the faith? I want to say to people in extreme groups to put their ideology to one side and come to Jesus Christ.”

Archbishop Müller also said that he had been an admirer of the current Pope since he was in seminary and used to read the Pope’s book An Introduction to Christianity during his formation. He said: “It was a new book at the time and the concentrated theological insights are ever present in my mind today.”

In his new position as prefect for the CDF he has a weekly meeting with the Pope for an hour. He said: “In private, we speak in our mother tongue, German, but in an official context we must speak in Italian.”