On Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent 2017, members of the Deal Mission of the Ordinariate welcomed new member the Rev. Ian Shackleton.
After many years ministering to our separated brothers and sisters, Ian decided that it was time to seek the fullness of communion in the Catholic Church, through the auspices of the Ordinariate in East Kent.
Ian was received and confirmed by Mission Pastor Fr Christopher Lindlar and sponsored by Deal Mission member Paul Harrison.
The Profession of Faith
Confirmation and anointing with the Oil of Chrism
Safely gathered in!
New Ordinariate member Ian Shackleton with Paul his sponsor and Fr Christopher, all under the maternal gaze of Our Lady.
Back in August 2017, in a piece for the Catholic Herald website titled ‘Let’s show High Church Anglicans they’re welcome in the Ordinariate’, Francis Phillips commented on a visit to a ‘High Church’ Anglican church and wondered why, given all the evidence of an outwardly firm Catholic faith, the folk there did not join the Ordinariate.
The following week, also on the Catholic Herald website, Andrew Sabisky proposed that aside from theological reasons there were ‘practical and immediate reasons’ why he and other Anglo-Catholics might not join the Ordinariate; he gave four such reasons.
First, he cites “flying bishops” operating “church within a church” structures as ‘growing and flourishing’, offering shelter and likely to ‘become even more powerful over time’.
This is a superficially attractive proposition but it must fail the test of communion. This particular “church within a church” comprises folk who are in communion with each other but not in communion with the organisation of which they are a part. Essentially, the smaller group is defined by dis-unity, the absence of that unity for which Jesus prayed – diversity in disunity.
The Ordinariate provides the fix to that problem: diversity in unity. The Ordinariate is a distinct part of the multifaceted thing called the Catholic Church. The Ordinariate brings into the Catholic Church those elements of the Anglican tradition that are consistent with the faith once given to the saints, as a ‘treasure to be shared’, and holds them with and for the Church within which members of the Ordinariate find unity and communion, the very thing for which Jesus prayed.
On a perfect day in June 2017, folk from the Ordinariate Missions in Deal, Folkestone, Maidstone, Pembury and Sevenoaks – together with friends from London and North of the River – travelled to Ramsgate and to the National Shrine of St Augustine. Solemn Mass was celebrated according to the Ordinariate Use, in the beautifully restored Shrine Church – the masterpiece of AW Pugin. The photo shows pilgrims, concelebrating clergy and Fr Holden the Shrine Rector (2nd from right). After Mass, a Big Picnic Lunch was taken over the road in the former Abbey grounds, now the Divine Retreat Centre. The day ended with an Address from Fr Holden about St Augustine, the New Evangelisation and the Ordinariate, followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A good day was had by all; friendships made and renewed, the Faith proclaimed and re-affirmed.