The first principle of the Ordinariate is then about Christian unity. St. Basil the Great, the Church’s greatest ecumenist, literally expended his life on the work of building bridges between orthodox brethren who shared a common faith, but who had become separated from one another in a Church badly fragmented by heresy and controversy. He taught that the work of Christian unity requires deliberate and ceaseless effort...St. Basil often talked with yearning about the archaia agape, the ancient love of the apostolic community, so rarely seen in the Church of his day. This love, he taught, is a visible sign that the Holy Spirit is indeed present and active, and it is absolutely essential for the health of the Church.

- Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Homily on the Occasion of his Formal Institution as Ordinary

Thursday, May 30, 2013

News about Our Lady of Hope, the Anglican Use community at St. Therese the Little Flower, Kansas City, MO

Anglican Use Mass Is Moving to Saturday Afternoons

Solemn Mass at St. Theresa's on November 9, 2012 at the annual
Anglican Use Society Conference.

            The Anglican Use Mass will be shifting to Saturday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.  Many Anglican Use Mass communities that share space at Catholic parishes must be scheduled at odd times in order not to conflict with the regular parish Mass Schedules.  Kansas City ’s Anglican Use Mass continues to have the privilege of having a prominent place on the calendar at St. Therese Little Flower.  The shift to Saturday will allow the parish to have a regular Saturday celebration for the first time in decades.  The Anglican Use is a form of the Roman Rite and all Catholics are welcome to participate. Visitors are always welcome, also.
            Please check the summer schedule because Mass times will be shifting gradually.
Sunday June 2             11:15 a.m.
Sunday June 9             11:15 a.m.
Sunday June 16           11:15 a.m.
Saturday June 22      4:00 p.m.
Saturday June 29      4:00 p.m.  Fifth Anniversary Celebration
Sunday July 7             11:15 a.m. (Fr. Bob McElwee)
Sunday July 14           11:15 a.m. (Fr. Bob McElwee)
Saturday July 20       4:00 p.m.
The Anglican Use Mass will continue on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.
Anglican Use Community Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
            Everyone is invited to join the Fifth Anniversary celebration with Mass on Saturday afternoon, June 29, at 4:00 and for a birthday supper afterwards.  St. Therese welcomed a small group of refugees from the Anglican Church in November, 2007, and on Pentecost Sunday, 2008, they were received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.  That small group has continued to grow to include members from various faith backgrounds.
Anglican Use Community to Study Relationship with the Ordinariate
            Two years ago Pope Benedict established an Ordinariate in the United States and Canada for the purpose of uniting the various Anglican Use communities in a common mission of unity and evangelization.  Most existing communities joined immediately, and since that time a number of former Anglican and Episcopalian parishes have joined the Catholic Church and new ones have been established.  Bishop Finn has recently given his blessing, and we are also seeking the support of Archbishop Naumann and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas , to begin discussing how our Anglican Use community could become part of the Ordinariate for the entire Kansas City metro area while maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship with the parish and diocese.  We hope that once we receive Archbishop Naumann’s blessing that we can publicize these discussions widely and open them to other former Anglicans who have already entered the full communion of the Catholic Church.  Meetings should begin later this summer or early fall.

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