On Wednesday evening, July 10th, at seven o'clock, the Parish of St. Barnabas will enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
St. Barnabas Parish began its life in 1869 as an Episcopal parish formed
as part of the Oxford Movement. Among the stated goals of the Oxford
Movement were the reintroduction of ritual elements into the liturgy,
the nurturing of the poor and downtrodden and an eventual reunification
with the Holy See. The founding pastor, the Rev. Mr. George Betts,
often found himself being called on the carpet by the Episcopal bishop,
Robert Clarkson for these views and practices. During the course of its
144 year history the parish continued its often-rocky association with
the Episcopal Church, culminating in its disassociation with that body
in 2007. With the announcement of "Anglicanorum Coetibus," the parish
began in earnest its path to reunification with the Holy See. That path
will reach its final destination with the visit of Msgr. Jeffrey
Steenson to the Parish to receive congregants as full members of the
Roman Catholic Church.
The formation of the Ordinariate (officially known as The Personal
Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter) was the response of Pope Benedict
XVI to the request of Anglican groups seeking a home in the Roman
Catholic Church. The goal of the Ordinariate is to allow former
Anglicans to retain much of their Anglican Patrimony (liturgy,
spirituality, and polity) and to share this patrimony with the wider
All are cordially welcome to join us on the 10th for this wonderful and long-dreamed-of occasion.
"Ut unum sint" -- "May they all be one."
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