Integration vs. Absorption

Paul Nicholls responds to former Bishop Carl Reid’s suggestion Anglican Use Catholics avail themselves of other services and events in the local diocese.   He writes at the Oshawa Ordinariate/Sodality of the Good Shepherd blog:

Former ACCC Bishop, Carl Reid made a number of valid observations in his recent newsletter. He spoke of the clear benefit of becoming part of the Catholic Church in that one is ensured of finding a place to worship and receive the Blessed Sacrament wherever one might find themselves.
He is not suggesting one should bounce around from church to church on a Sunday, but perhaps avail themselves of various activities available in the adjacent Roman Catholic diocese. As a side note we, who have been in the Roman Catholic Church, for some time, amusingly refer to the Church bouncers as Roaming Catholics.
 
Mr. Reid also notes that the Constitution, in addition to mandating that we preserve our Anglican patrimony, also encourages each Anglican Use Catholic to become involved in the the life of the Catholic dioceses in which Ordinariate parishes are located. Some may fear this is a form of absorption, but I would prefer to use the word integration. This is an integration in which the individual maintains their Anglican heritage and identity, works to preserve the patrimony in individual parishes, but makes an attempt to rub shoulders with folk in the Roman Catholic Church and take part in the life of the wider church. Besides, are we not mandated to share this patrimony with the wider Catholic Church and how can we do so, if we isolate ourselves in our Anglican Use communities?
I love the fact that I can now receive Holy Communion at the various events I cover, or that I can go out to Confession on a Saturday afternoon not far from my home.  I am loving being Catholic.
I am loving that our little parish is very much like it was before we entered into the Church in terms of Anglican patrimony—just everything’s better, more unified, more joyful and I am so thankful! 
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4 Responses to Integration vs. Absorption

  1. Mario Josipovic says:

    Since joining the Toronto AU Group last year, I have also assisted with Confirmation classes at our local Latin Rite parish church (wonderful people there) and have enjoyed the benefits of a Montessori-style of catechism for my children at another Latin Rite parish church (amazing program there). My wife and I experienced some initial head-scratching as to why we were outside our “parish boundaries”, but introducing ourselves to the local pastors and explaining our family’s situation has resulted in not only a warm welcome but an endorsement of the Ordinariate project at both such parishes.

    In fact, it might even relieve a local Latin Rite pastor from pastoral anxiety to know that your occasional appearance at his church is because you have a primary relationship with your Ordinariate sodality/parish, and does not mean you are a half-hearted attender (which can weigh on their consciences!).

    I would recommend lay people within the Ordinariate establish a relationship with their local Latin Rite parish where they can volunteer to do things their Ordinariate sodality/parish is still too underdeveloped to do (eg., Confirmation classes, Knights of Columbus) and also use such fellowship as an opportunity to speak about the Anglican Patrimony and the Ordinariate development. The benefits go both ways – I recently received from the local Latin Rite Church (for free) “Explain the Word” Sunday school materials for use in our own Sunday school program.

    Finally, the experience of being a “Roaming Catholic” has had another benefit. When we were previously members of a wonderful local Anglican church, we felt like our particular church was a beleaguered remnant within the ACC, suspicious of the heresies being propagated at other Anglican parishes and dioceses, and we were more inwardly focused on the congregation as the primary manifestation of the Body of Christ. Now, the experience of being able to worship in many places (particularly on travels out-of-province and to the U.S.), and the awareness of so many inter-parish and inter-diocesan ministries has opened up for my children the universality of the Church.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Mario,

      You wrote: Since joining the Toronto AU Group last year, I have also assisted with Confirmation classes at our local Latin Rite parish church (wonderful people there) and have enjoyed the benefits of a Montessori-style of catechism for my children at another Latin Rite parish church (amazing program there). My wife and I experienced some initial head-scratching as to why we were outside our “parish boundaries”, but introducing ourselves to the local pastors and explaining our family’s situation has resulted in not only a warm welcome but an endorsement of the Ordinariate project at both such parishes….

      All of this is good, but please be sure that you are not depriving your ordinariate community by volunteering elsewhere. Your ordinariate community may well need somebody to inaugurate one or another of these programs within it order to grow.

      Of course, there’s also the reality that you need to understand these programs and how they work in order to inaugurate them. Ultimately, the right course of action requires prayerful discernment — and when it concerns programs in your parish, the clergy and the pastoral council of the parish also should be involved in the process.

      Norm.

  2. Paul Nicholls ofs says:

    I would also encourage Anglican Use Catholics to become involved in apostolates and programs in the wider Catholic Church, whether it be the St, Vincent de Paul Society, the soup kitchen, Knights of Columbus etc. etc. The experience gained there can be applied when such organizations or facsimiles of such are developed within the Anglican Use Ordinariate parishes.

    I would also like to add that any Anglican Use Catholics, who would like to explore the possibility of a vocation within the Third Order Secular Franciscans, are most welcome to do so, perhaps not now, but at some point.

    As one of the first potential Anglican Use Ordinariate Ministers of a fraternity in the Ontario region of the SFO, I will give consideration to establishing a uniquely AU Franciscan group within the Ordinariate which may evolve into an AU Third Order Secular Franciscan fraternity or something modelled along the lines of the Anglican Third Order Society of St. Francis. I have already been in communication with my regional minister about this and also with someone within an Ordinariate bound group.

    Although, I am waiting on the “outside” until the Oshawa Sodality is on a firm footing, hopefully by next year, my Ordinariate aspirations remain undeterred.

    I am also working in the background the Una Voce (the Traditional Latin Mass Society) whose president is very supportive of the Anglican Use. One thing that may be on the table for discussion is the Sarum Rite Latin Mass. As of yet, there are no details, no plans for us to provide a celebration of the mass in this liturgical form, but I will be bringing this forth to the floor of the annual meeting and may possibly offer my services on the board, as an AU representative, if elected..

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