O Happy Day! Some first pictures of our reception into the Catholic Church



A friend quipped, “Hey!  What did you do to the altar?”

There will be much better pictures coming by real photographers, but here are a few that I managed to take.

Companions of the Cross Fr. Francis Donnelly chanted the Gospel. Former Anglican Catholic Bishop Carl Reid holds the Gospels.  Former ACCC Deacon Michael Trolly holds one of the candles, as did former ACCC priest Fr. Doug Hayman.   Former ACCC priest Fr. Kipling Cooper was crucifer and Zack Candy was thurifer.  Fr. Francis will be our priest while we wait for ours to be re-ordained in the Catholic Church, God willing.

What a welcome we received!  Maybe 700 people, some who traveled from Toronto, Oshawa, Kingston, and Barry’s Bay to take part in this historic event.

It took quite a while for everyone to receive Holy Communion in both kinds!

Here’s a partial group shot.  There were more people on the other side of the Archbishop

Here’s another group shot as some people may have been hidden from view in one or the other.

The sisters of the Queenship of Mary put on a splendid “bun fight” for us in the Scavi.

And the Eastern Catholics sang some kind of blessing to our former bishop.

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15 Responses to O Happy Day! Some first pictures of our reception into the Catholic Church

  1. Greg says:

    Welcome Home Deborah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Rev22:17 says:


    I’m thrilled to have just discovered this new blog, and I pray God’s blessing upon you and upon all who contribute to it.

    To you and to all who came into the full communion of the Catholic Church from the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) today or who will do so in the next few weeks, I extend a very hearty “Welcome aboard!” I also pray that, as the process of ordaining your clergy and erecting your hierarchy moves forward, you all will shine brightly as a beacon to those who harbored fears or who otherwise hesitated to come.

    May God’s blessing be upon you all!


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  4. scott says:

    Dear Deborah:
    About 22 of us were received into the Catholic church in St. Andrew’s cathedral in Victoria last night.
    I pulled a choir together and we sang:
    Missa Aeterna Christi Munera – Palestrina for the Kyrie, Sanctus/Benedictus and Agnus Dei.
    Motets: Tu es Petrus – Clemens non Papa; Quia Vidisti Me, Thoma – Hassler and This Joyful Eastertide – Anon.
    Minor Propers: Gregorian chant from the Liber Usualis.
    Hymns: That Eastertide with Joy was Bright; Sing of Mary; O Sons and Daughters and Christ the Lord is Risen Again. All to traditional Anglican tunes and descants.
    The cathedral hosted a bun fight.
    A fabulous evening.


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  6. Stephen says:

    Dear Deborah,

    My heart overflows with happiness for you and your community. May God bestow His grace upon you with ever-increasing abundance.

  7. Carlos says:

    What form of Mass was used for the reception?

  8. Susan Peterson says:

    Beautiful pictures. Welcome!

  9. T.J. says:

    Congratulations and welcome home.

    I found it particularly moving to see pictures of Carl Reid and other clerics acting as servers – a firm visible image of humility in pursuit of the Divine wish for unity.

  10. conchurl says:

    Congratulations to all involved!

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  12. Fina says:

    Welcome Home, dear brothers and sisters, from Spain!! I hope to meet you in the very near future. In Rome?

    Kisses to my new brothers and sisters

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