Ash Wednesday: 1st March: Cowwarr: St Brigid’s Catholic Church
- 10.00: Mass & Adoration
- 6.30pm: Mass
Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent
- 6.30pm: Heyfield: St Michael’s Catholic Church
HOLY WEEK & EASTER
Maundy Thursday: 13th April: Cowwarr
- 12 hr adoration: starts 12.00pm (noon)
- 7.30pm: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday: 14th April: Cowwarr
- 12 hr prayer vigil of Good Friday starts 12.00am (midnight)
- 10.00am: Stations of the Cross
- 1.00pm : Good Friday Liturgy: The Celebration of the Passion and Death of our Lord
- 3.00pm Prayer vigil ceases
Easter: 16th April: Cowwarr
- 5.00am The Solemn Vigil of Easter: Dawn Mass
- Community breakfast after mass
Easter: 16th April: Heyfield
- 10.00am: Mass of the Resurrection
Divine Mercy Sunday: 23rd April: 2.30 – 3.30pm: Heyfield
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
- Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm
- Confession throughout the Hour
- Closing with Benediction and blessing of Divine Mercy images
For all of the friends of the Gippsland Ordinariate those who are near, and those who are far away, this year has been rich in blessings of many kinds.
- Our missal is one year old, and it forms and shapes the liturgy so that our focus is on God, not on each other;
- We are starting to grow as people get used to our distinctive form of worship;
- We are forming friendships, and ties with other Catholic groups who see in us, and our worship, something to treasure;
- We are getting known as defenders of the Magisterium as codified in the Catechism of the Catholic Church;
- We even, on occasion, have an organist (this is something that is a priority next year, so please pray that a person may put themselves forward for this ministry.
As we are in the final couple of days before Christmas I would like to remind Catholics, who perhaps have not been to Church for a while, that one should go to confession before receiving Holy Communion. We, as Catholics, are to be in a state of grace to receive our Lord, and what better time than now to go to confession. As you all know, we are called to be Holy, just as our God is Holy.
For those around Heyfield/Cowwarr mass times for the Ordinariate are:
- Christmas Midnight Mass: Carols 11.30pm Saturday 24th December followed by Mass: Cowwarr: St Brigid’s Catholic Church
- Christmas Day: Mass 10.00am Heyfield: St Michael’s Catholic Church
- Feast of the Holy Innocents: 28th December: 10.00am: Cowwarr
- Feast of the Most Holy Family: 30th December: Friday: 10.00am: Cowwarr
- Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: 1st January Sunday: 10.00am : Heyfield
- The Epiphany: 6th January 2017, Friday: 7.00pm: Cowwarr.
Marlo Four Day Retreat: Theme – The Beloved
- 5.00pm Sunday: 19th February (Start)
- Lunch: Thursday: 23rd February (Ends)
To all our Priest friends, fellow Catholics, those who worship with us, and to all people of goodwill may everyone have a Holy and Joyous Christmas season, and may our Lord bless you and keep you, now and always.
In the Ordinariate mass, Divine Worship: The Missal, the third form of the Roman Rite Mass authorized for use by Roman Catholics in the Personal Ordinariates established under Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Cœtibus, the Prayer of Humble Access is located before communion. What is the Prayer of Humble Access?
We do not presume to come to this thy Table,
O merciful Lord,
trusting in our own righteousness,
but in thy manifold and great mercies.
We are not worthy so much
as to gather up the crumbs
under thy Table.
But thou art the same Lord,
whose property is always to have mercy:
Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,
so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ,
and to drink his blood,
that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.
The history of this prayer is rather unique though it does bear some correlation to the earlier Apologia Sacerdotes[i], or the Apology of a Priest, said before the altar by the priest alone. It first appears in English, in the “1548 Order of the Communion, a newly-decreed collection of prayers in English to prepare worshippers for the sacrament in both species, bread and wine.” [ii] It was written by Thomas Cranmer who was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1532 until his trial for heresy when he was deprived of his Archbishopric on December 4th 1555. One could ask the question, could anything good come from a heretic, and the answer must be that God uses all, even heretics…
Advent is soon with us, and our Ordinary, Msgr Harry Entwistle gives us a reminder, in his latest musings that:
The liturgical colour used in Advent may well be penitential purple, but the anticipatory atmosphere of celebration turns it into a period of focus on Love, Joy, Hope and Peace rather than its previous focus on Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgement.
Advent has ceased to breathe with its two lungs of the First and Second coming of Christ and so is a shadow of what the Church intends it to be.
It is the season when we reflect on our salvation history and how God interacts with his people on this continuing journey until Jesus comes again to judge the living and the dead
In a very short time Christmas will be here with us once again.
- Once again we wait for the Christ child to come into our world.
- Once again we wait for the long expected messiah.
- Once again in a world of hatred and indifference the God of love will come.
- Once again our hearts will be full of love for this Child.
- Once again our redemption is nigh.
What will you be doing this Christmas? If you are in Gippsland, and near Cowwarr or Heyfield you are invited to come to mass.
Midnight Mass: St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Church Street, Cowwarr
- 11.30pm 24th December: Carols folowed by
- 12.00am Christmas Day: Mass
Christmas Day: St Michael’s Catholic Church, Gordon Street, Heyfield
Below are the mass times, and the forthcoming masses and events for the Gippsland Ordinriate Parish. Of special notice are the 1st Friday and 1st Saturday devotions; Midnight Mass at Cowwarr at Christmas; and a retreat for the Parish in February 2017 (theme is ‘Beloved’).
Meets: Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, Heyfield
Sundays: Holy Mass, 10.00 a.m; Confession: 9.30am
Weekdays: St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Church Street, Cowwarr
Wednesday: Holy Mass, 10.00am; Adoration, 10.30-11.00am,
1st Friday Devotions: Holy Mass: 7.00pm: Adoration till 12.00am
1st Saturday Devotions: Confession: 9.30am: Holy Mass: 10.00am: Rosary and Adoration till 11.30am
Saturdays (3rd Sat.): Holy Mass, 10.00am, Maffra Motor Inn Chapel
Contact: Father Ken Clark | 0403 383 873 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.gippsland-ordinariate.com
2016: Retreat/Quiet Day: St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Church Street, Cowwarr
Saturday: 29th October:
- Mass: 10am
- 1st Address: 10.30am
- Quiet Time/reflection: 11.00am
- Angelus: 12.00pm
- Rosary after Angelus
- Lunch (BYO): 1.00pm
- 2nd Address: 1.45pm
- Quiet Time/confession: 2.15pm
- Evening Prayer: 3.45pm
- Close: 4.00pm
Dates for the Diary:
2016: Christmas: Midnight Mass: St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Church Street, Cowwarr
- 11.30pm 24th December: Carols
- 12.00am Christmas Day: Mass
2017: Four day Retreat: Marlo
- 5.00pm 19th February (Start)
- Lunch: 23rd February (Ends)
Here is the latest Musings of the Ordinary. Some snippets:
In many of these basilicas the high altar is adorned with large crucifix, marble, statues of saints, tabernacles, candles and abundant gold leaf. It stands majestically on three steps so that, visible from the nave, the faithful must look upwards in prayer and adoration as the sacrifice of the mass is offered…
Yet the mass is not offered at these altars … in front of these altars is a table with small candles, no embellishment that can help the worshippers ‘see’ the splendour of God’s majestic presence … Here the focus is not on God who is beyond us, but on the ‘enclosed’ gathered community in which God’s presence is acknowledged.
… If we only strive to encounter God who is beyond us there is a danger that we will be of little earthly use. If we focus only on the God among us we will be good welfare workers, but less able to be effective disciples and lead others to salvation.
Evangelisation occurs when one person shows another how Jesus has changed their life because they have ‘seen’ the presence of our loving, merciful God in it and have ‘taken off their shoes’ in adoration … Evangelisation requires disciples to be heralds of hope. Ask people where they place their hope and
help them see that true hope lies in waiting on God in stillness. (Psalm 623:5)