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

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New chaplain for St. Edmund's in Ontario

Gary Freeman of St. Edmund's Sodality reports that Father Jason Catania, former pastor of Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore, Maryland, will now be the full-time priest for St. Edmund's and arrived this past week.

He will be residing in the Rectory of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, Kitchener, Ontario.

Fr. Catania's first Mass with St. Edmund's will be this Sunday, at St. Mary's - Advent II, at 5:00 p.m.  I know it is short notice, but please make an effort to attend, if possible.  Our plan, initially, is to have a 5:00 p.m. Mass every Sunday at St. Mary's.

The sodality expresses its thanks to Father George Nowak CR, the Pastor of St. Mary's for offering accommodation for Father Catania and the use of his church, as well as to His Excellency, Douglas Crosby, Bishop of Hamilton, and to his Chancellor, Monsignor Murray Kroetsch for their assistance in getting them to this stage.

And, of course, a special thanks to Father Bill Foote, Pastor of St. Patrick's in Cambridge, who has served as the Chaplain for almost 3 years, and has said an Ordinariate Use Mass for the sodality's members every Sunday since January 1, 2012, the date their tiny community was received into the Catholic Church!

The Sodality of St. Edmund's meets at St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows, 56 Duke Street West, Kitchener, Ontario.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats to Saint Edmunds! Father Jason Catania is a good man and good priest from what I've heard. MANY BLESSINGS & MANY YEARS!