Saturday, 31 December 2011






We will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month except in June and August. The venue is St. Augustine’s Church, Birbeck Road, Rush Green, Romford.

MASS at 7.30 p.m. followed by meeting.

18th January

15th February

21st March

18th April

16th May

18th July

19th September

17th October

21st November

19th December

Friday, 23 December 2011




Amongst all that is going on at Christmas tide, we know we should never lose sight of the truth of the Incarnation: that God has entered his creation. It is into the mess and mayhem of our world and our lives that Jesus comes. Those who have entered the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate this year have had to adapt to new and changed situations. Many of the clergy have not only had to leave church buildings but their homes as well. This can be very unsettling but no less unsettling for those many lay people who have left churches and worshipping communities that they have known and loved for many years: place is important. This year that which might seem unsettling opens for us the possibility of hearing and receiving afresh the news of the Shepherds; the song of the Angels; and the call of the Magi. It’s into the untidiness and difficulties of our lives that God, in his Son, wants to come.

At this Christmas time, I want to both recognise and thank all those who have been courageous enough to respond to our Holy Father’s invitation to be one with Peter, the Rock on which this child, born for us, built his Church. My prayer for those clergy, their families and the many lay people who have given generously of their time and resources, and who have let go of familiar things which offered security, is that the joy of the birth of Our Saviour may have a new and deeper meaning as we celebrate the Word made flesh who lives among us.

A blessed and holy Christmas to you all.


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Monday 19th December Meeting

Yesterday evening 14 were present for the Redbridge and Havering Ordinariate Exploratory Group Mass and meeting. This was celebrated by the Father Mervyn and concelebrated by Father Martin and there were 14 present for Mass and 10 stayed for the meeting afterwards.. During Mass we prayed for Christian Unity, for the Holy Father and for Monsignor Keith the Ordinary, as well as Bishop Stephen and Bishop Norman. After Mass we had the opportunity to do some forward planning for 2012. Future dates were discussed and these will be notified and published as soon as possible.

After the Summer break this was the first get together we have been able to arrange. Members are really keen that the Group should continue. and during 2012 we hope that it may expand.

It was suggested that we hold a Passover Meal around Holy Week for those interested and that we held another trip to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. We talked about the visit Fathers Martin and Mervyn will be making to the Holy Land next June with the possibility of a pilgrimage during 2013.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011







From the Catholic Herald:

A new ordinariate will be created on January 1 to bring Anglicans into the US Catholic Church, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington has announced at an annual meeting of the country’s bishops’ conference.

Cardinal Wuerl also said 67 Anglican priests had submitted their dossiers seeking ordination in the Catholic Church, and 35 of those had received initial approval from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

They can now move to the second stage of approval, which includes a criminal background check, psychological evaluation and recommendations from the Catholic bishop where he lives and from his Anglican ecclesiastical authority, he said.

The actions followed the November 2009 issuance by Pope Benedict XVI of an apostolic constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus, authorising the creation of an ordinariate to bring in Anglicans, or Episcopalians as they are known in the United States, who seek to leave their tradition and join the Catholic Church but retain certain elements of the Anglican faith.

The announcement in the final hour of the public portion of the annual meeting in Baltimore brought immediate logistical questions, such as the relationship between the ordinariate – which will cover the entire US – and the dioceses in which the former Anglican priests will live. The physical location of its offices has not been announced

Monday, 25 July 2011


The Redbridge and Havering Ordinariate Exploratory Group will not meet during the summer but will recommence in the autumn on a date to be announced.

Please keep the Ordinary Monsignor Keith Newton and the Ordinariate in your prayers.

Sunday, 17 July 2011


Yesterday, 12 members of the Redbridge and Havering Ordinariate Group went to Walsingham to join the Pilgrimage of Reparation and Consecration organised by the Ordinariate and led by Monsignor Keith Newton. It rained and rained and raine and and when we arrived at Walsingham it was just pouring. We made our way to the Anglican Shrine Café for Coffee and some of us indulged in the wonderful Norfolk Shortbread they sell.

We had arranged to hold Mass at the Barn Chapel as, of course, we were not allowed to receive at the Mass at the RC National Shrine. It had been our intention to eat lunch, after Mass, in the Shrine Grounds and then to walk towards the Slipper Chapel to join the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament.We enjoyed our lunch in the Barn Chapel but then concluded that the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament would be cancelled although we were unable to actually find out any details,We decided to visit the Flower Festival taking place in the village this week-end

The flowers in the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and the Church of St. Mary were absolutely stunning. We returned to the Abbey Grounds but again were unable to get much information except, as we thought, Benediction had been cancelled. We decided to go to the Shrine Grounds and wait and see what would happen. Eventually the Procession arrived carrying a Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham and then there was a service of Sprinkling in the Shrine Church which we attended.

Although our plans for the day had to be changed with the weather ruining our plans and soaking us all, we had a really enjoyable day..

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Ad Multos Annos!

Today the Holy Father celebrates the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. We thank God for Pope Benedict and offer our prayers on this wonderful occasion.

O God, the pastor and ruler of all the faithful,

mercifully look upon thy servant Benedict

whom thou hast been pleased to set as pastor over thy Church:

grant him, we beseech thee,

to be in word and conversation a wholesome example

to the people committed to his charge;

that he with them may attain unto everlasting life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Evening at The Church of the Assumption

On Tuesday the Redbridge & Havering Ordinariate Exploratory Group combined with the Harlow Ordinariate Group for Exposition, Prayer and Benediction followed by a meeting held at the Church of the Assumption, Manford Way, Hainault. The Parish Priest Father Salvini hosted the evening and acted as MC. Monsignor Keith Newton, the Ordinary presided at Benediction, Father Mervyn Jennings played the organ, Father Robert Page acted as Deacon and Father John Corbyn led the Litany of the Sacred Heart. After the service, we went to the Parish Hall for refreshments and a talk with questions and answers from Father Keith. Also present was Father John Corbyn’s curate. Father Robert Page who is now a Roman Catholic Deacon is due to be priested this Saturday; Father Page was Vicar of St. Margaret’s until earlier this year. Please keep him and all the others to be ordained as Roman Catholic priests this weekend in your prayers.

It was a very worthwhile evening and our grateful thanks to Father Salvini for organising it and members of his congregation for making us so welcome.

We are hoping to arrange a further meeting with the Harlow Group later in the year.

Friday, 13 May 2011

From the text of the address given to the Bishops of England and Wales by the new Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini


Dear Brothers in the Episcopate, let us therefore continue, with our Christian brothers and other believers, to be for the world what Cardinal Suenens called the “soul supplement”. I am happy to tell you that besides Catholic Bishops, I have been able to have brotherly meetings with Archbishop Rowan Williams and with some other non Catholic religious leaders; it is interesting to note they share this view. After my seven year mission in the Russian Federation, where I had the opportunity and privilege of meeting closely with two great Patriarchs and knowing the Russian Orthodox Church pretty well, I hope that my mission here will also enable me to know and share our concerns with the Church of England and other churches and religious denominations in this country.

As you know, following the proclamation made by the Holy Father, the Holy See is preparing the Ecumenical Meeting of Assisi. That meeting, as similar previous meetings, will certainly be an occasion to highlight what we can commonly offer to our society.

Dear brother Bishops, I have the honour to tell you that during my meeting with the Holy Father before I left Rome to come here to take up the function that he had entrusted to me, he asked me to bring his pastoral solicitude to all of you and to the clergy, religious, faithful and people of Great Britain. He recalled keenly the hospitality he had received from Her Majesty and Her Majesty’s Government, and also from the Church and the British people. He remains grateful to all of you. He also reminded me that he had asked you to be “generous in implementing the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus” (Address to the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales, St Mary’s Oscott). In his name, I wish to thank all of you for the way you have meticulously carried out that mandate. At the same time, I wish to congratulate and encourage Monsignor Keith Newton who was appointed first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and pray for the continuous development of the relations between Anglicans and Catholics in this country.

Friday, 6 May 2011


It has been confirmed that this will take place on Tuesday 7th June with a HOLY HOUR at 7.00 p.m. followed by a meeting with Monsignor Keith Newton. We will be joined by members of the Harlow Ordinaraite Group.

Thursday, 5 May 2011


The Pilgrimage on the 16th July is being led by Monsignor Keith Newton. Members of the Redbridge & Havering Exploratory Group have decided that they would like to take part in this. Of course, we are unable to take a full part in the Mass at the RC National Shrine so, instead, it has been arranged for us to hold a Mass at the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in the Barn Chapel at 12 noon and then to join in the Procession, Benediction and Sprinkling. There will be more details in due course.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

MEETING 3rd May 2011

We met at St. Augustine’s, Rush Green for Mass and the continuation of the Evangelium Course on Tuesday At the next meeting on the 17th May the Rosary will be said. Father Mervyn will not be able to be there so Father Martin will be taking the service followed by a discussion group. ALL ARE WELCOME.

At the meeting at The Church of the Assumption, Manford Way, Hainault on the 7th June we will be joined by members of the Harlow Ordinariate Group. It will take the form of a HOLY HOUR & BENEDICTION followed by a meeting with Monsignor Keith Newton.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Meeting 19th April

The Redbridge and Havering Ordinariate Exploratory Group met at St. Augustine’s, Rush Green for Mass and a continuation of the Evangelium Course. The possibility of our joining the Walsingham Pilgrimage to the Catholic Shrine on the 2nd July which is to be led the Msg. Keith Newton, was discussed and further enquiries are to be made.

The next meeting is Tuesday 3rd May at St. Augustine’s Church, Rush Green Romford at 7.30 p.m.

Monday, 4 April 2011



Today a letter from Bishop Lindsay Urwin related that the two Franciscans attached to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham have left to join the Friars Minor of the RC Church. They will be sadly missed at the Shrine where, in the short time they have been there, they have made a big impression. We wish them every blessing in their new community.


Joanna Bogle: England & the Holy Father

From Joanna Bogle’s blog:

The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham went to Rome – in the person of Mgr Keith Newton, accompanied by Bishop Alan Hopes. They took with them a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, and a new book, just published, about the shrine, together with an album showing recent Ordinariate events in Britain. How very satisfying to see scenes of the Holy Father warmly greeting Mgr Newton and talking eagerly with him and with Bishop Alan, and how exciting to watch each new chapter of this new venture unfolding. The Ordinariate is going quietly from strength to strength. There will be many good things happening here in the next months and years: just watch. And pray.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Msg. Keith Newton meets Holy Father

According to the Bulletin of the Vatican Information Service, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Mgr Keith Newton, together with Bishop Alan Hopes and William Cardinal Levada, met this morning in a private audience with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. (from the Ordinariate Portal)
More details as they become available.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Last night the Redbridge and Havering Ordinariate Exploratory Group met for Mass and the continuation of the Evangelium Course.
Our next meeting scheduled for the 4th April will not now take place as several people want to attend the Redbridge Deanery Synod at which the issue of Women Bishops is to be discussed. Instead there will be a Mass at St. Augustine’s at 7.30 p.m.  for those who would like to attend.
The next full meeting will be 19th April at 7.30 p.m. for Mass followed by the Evangelium Course.
We are very please that we will meet with Monsignor Keith Newton at the Church of The Assumption, Manford Way, Hainault at 7.30 p.m. on the 7th June. The service will take the form of a Holy Hour including Benediction followed by a meeting in the Church Hall. We are very grateful to Father Jean-Claude Selvini, Parish Priest of the Church of The Assumption, for this kind invitation.

Friday, 18 March 2011




It was announce on Thursday 17th May that Pope Benedict XVI has elevated Father Keith Newton to the rank of Protonotary Apostolic and Father John Broadhurst and Father Andrew Burnham to the rank of Prelate of Honour. This will mean that all three will be known as Monsignor. We offer them many congratulations.

Friday, 11 March 2011


There is a new website for The Ordinariate which can found HERE

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

9 03 2011
From the Tablet website:
Hundreds of Anglicans have formally left the Church of England and today start their preparation to join the British ordinariate. Today, Ash Wednesday, is the deadline for groups wishing to join the Catholic Church via the new structure who wish to be received on Easter Day. Research by The Tablet found that at least 600 laity are planning to join the ordinariate and latest predictions suggest they will be joined by up to 60 clergy. Among them is Fr Ian Hellyer, a father of eight, from Bovey Tracey in Devon. It has also emerged that a church in Euston has been offered to the ordinariate. A spokesman for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said that St Anne’s, Laxton Place, which is currently closed, is being considered for the central London group. He added that a principal church for the Ordinariate had yet to be identified

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Membership of the Redbridge & Havering Ordinariate Exploratory Group

Members of the Redbridge and Havering Ordinariate Exploratory Group meet together around fortnightly to celebrate Mass and to explore what joining the Ordinariate will mean and involve. By coming to these meeting nobody is committing themselves to join the Ordinaraite. Some will, some may and some, probably, will not. Joining the Ordinaraite is very much a thing which each person must determine for themselves by seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern God’s will for them. After Mass and refreshments we study the “Evangelium” course which gives each member the opportunity to join in a lively and interesting discussion. The meetings are facilitated by Father Mervyn at St. Augustine’s Church, Rush Green, where he is Honorary Assistant Curate by kind permission of Father Martin, the Vicar.

Our next meeting is on Monday 7th March at 7.30 p.m.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Meeting on the 23rd February 2011

At the meeting last night it was good to welcome three new people although there are still several away due to illness. We wish them a swift recovery. Our next meeting will be on Monday 7th March with Mass at 7.30 p.m. followed by the Evangelium Course.

Monday, 21 February 2011

+David Silk Ordained

Father David Silk was ordained at Buckfast Abbey on Saturday. The Ordinary Father Keith Newton was present. He is pictured here (wearing Episcopal vestments) with Fr. David


The number of Ordinariate Groups around the UK are growing:-
Beckenham and Bromley Ordinariate Group
Birmingham Ordinariate Group
Black Country Ordinariate Group
Bournemouth Area Ordinariate Group
Bristol Ordinariate Group
Derby Ordinariate Group
Eastbourne (and East Sussex) Ordinariate Group
East Kent Ordinariate Group
Harlow Ordinariate Group
Isle of Wight & Portsmouth Ordinariate  Group
London (North) Ordinariate Group
London (South/Central) Ordinariate  Group
Manchester Ordinariate Group
Oxford Ordinariate Group
Peterborough Ordinariate Group
Reading Ordinariate Group
Redbridge & Havering Ordinariate  Group
Sarum Ordinariate Group (Salisbury, W. Hants, S.Dorset)
Scottish Ordinariate Group (based in Inverness)
Shropshire Ordinariate Group
Sevenoaks Ordinariate Group
Southend Ordinariate Group
Southwest Ordinariate Group
Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate Group
Welsh Ordinariate Group

For more details see The Ordinariate Portal (click here)

Sunday, 20 February 2011


7.30 P.M. Mass
followed by refreshments and The Evangelium Course
All interested are very welcome.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Mass, Exposition & Benediction

from the Ordinariate Portal:-

Fr Jean-Claude Selvini has written to invite anyone (especially those in the Hainault/Chigwell and Barkingside area) to Mass, Exposition & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of the Assumption, Hainault, for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Tuesday 22 February at 10.00am.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

+David Silk

Report from the Southwest Ordinariate Group blog:
A small group of people gathered in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Buckfast Abbey today for the ordination to the diaconate of David Silk.  Bishop Christopher Budd administered the sacrament with warmth.  He paid tribute to David’s extensive ministry in the Anglican Communion.  A very nice touch was to see Bishop Budd using one of David’s Australian Crossiers, carved in the shape of a tropical bird.  Mrs Silk helped David to vest in dalmatic. 

Our prayers are offered for Deacon David as he prepares for his priesting on Friday.

Sunday, 13 February 2011


As of this morning, the count by country is:
Canada:                  30
United States:      36
United Kingdom  18
TOTAL                     84
More groups seem to be on the way in the three countries we have on the board and Australia is yet to come.
I have taken these figures from the “The Anglo-Catholic” in an article by Brother Stephen Treat O.Cist.
About Br. Stephen Treat, O.Cist
Br. Stephen Treat, O.Cist. is a monk of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank. Like many others, his path led from an evangelical childhood in the South to Anglicanism and into the Roman Catholic Church. Our Lady of Spring Bank is a small Abbey of the Order of Cistercians, generally known as the Common Cistercians, located on 600 acres near La Crosse, Wisconsin

Saturday, 12 February 2011

+Edwin Barnes Ordained to the Diaconate

Our congratulations and prayers for +Edwin on his ordination to the Diaconate on Friday.
He is pictured with the RC Bishop of Portsmouth.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


Last night the Redbridge and Havering Ordinariate Exploratory Group met for Mass and the continuation of the Evangelium Course at St. Augustine’s Church, Romford. We offered the Holy Sacrifice for +Edwin Barnes who is to be ordained Deacon in the RC Church on Friday becoming the fourth former Bishop to join the Ordinariate.
Due to illness our numbers were slightly down on our normal attendance and we send our good wishes and our prayers to those currently unwell for a speedy recovery. We look forward to seeing them soon.
After Mass and refreshments, we looked at the section of Evangelium concerning The Eucharist and an interesting and lively debate ensured that we had a most enjoyable and educative evening.
We meet again on Wednesday 23rd February at 7.30 p.m. and the venue is, as usual, St. Augustine’s. Rush Green, Romford.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Meetings held at St. Augustine’s Church, Rush Green, Romford
Tuesday 08/02 Mass 7.30 p.m.
Wed 23/02 Mass 7.30 p.m.
Monday 07/03 Mass 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday 23/03  Mass 7.30 p.m.
Monday 04/04 Mass 7.30 p.m.
Tue 19/04 Mass (Holy Week) 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Monday, 31 January 2011


From the time that I became a Catholic, of course I have no further history of my religious opinions to narrate. In saying this, I do not mean to say that my mind has been idle, or that I have given up thinking on theological subjects; but that I have had no variations to record, and have had no anxiety of heart whatever. I have been in perfect peace and contentment; I never have had one doubt. I was not conscious to myself, on my conversion, of any change, intellectual or moral, wrought in my mind. I was not conscious of firmer faith in the fundamental truths of Revelation, or of more self-command; I had not more fervour; but it was like coming into port after a rough sea; and my happiness on that score remains to this day without interruption.
Apologia pro Vita Sua

Sunday, 30 January 2011


Sky News has a report on the Ordinariate which you can watch here

We are grateful to Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate Blog for this information


Friday, 28 January 2011


Eternal Father, we place before you the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham under the Patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman, for Anglicans seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. We thank you for this initiative of Pope Benedict XVI., and we ask that, through the Holy Spirit, as other Ordinariates are formed, around the world, that together we may become:

families of charity, peace and the service of the poor,
centres for Christian unity and reconciliation,
communities that welcome and evangelize,
teaching the Faith in all its fullness,
celebrating the liturgy and sacraments with prayerful reverence
and maintaining a distinctive patrimony of Christian faith and culture.

Drawing on that heritage we pray:
Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works, begun, continued and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
V/ Our Lady of Walsingham.
R/ Pray for us as we claim your motherly care.
V/ Blessed John Henry Newman
R/ Pray for the Ordinary Keith Newton, for Andrew Burnham and John Broadhurst in the task that lies before them

 Dates for future meetings are:-
Meetings at St. Augustine’s Church, Rush Green, Romford
Tuesday 08/02 Mass 7.30 p.m.
Wed 23/02 Mass 7.30 p.m.
Monday 07/03 Mass 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday 23/03  Mass 7.30 p.m.
Monday 04/04 Mass 7.30 p.m.
Tue 19/04 Mass (Holy Week) 7.30 p.m.