There has been an interesting series of blogs doing the rounds. One is from the Ordinariate Pilgrim where Fr Scott’s analysis identifies four distinct Ordinariate Parishes:
Type 1: The “Once-a-month” Group, meeting for liturgy (maybe plus catechesis and fellowship) and mostly very small
Type 2: The “Once-a-week” Group, meeting mostly with a non-resident priest for liturgy (maybe plus catechesis and fellowship)
Type 3: The “Church-sharing” Group, with its own clergy and activities, but sharing with a diocesan parish
Type 4: The “Ordinariate-led territorial parish”, where the Ordinariate or an Ordinariate priest has the pastoral care of a diocesan parish or mass centre
and David Murphy, from Ordinariate Expats; adds a fifth:
Type 5: The “Ordinariate personal parish”, where the Ordinariate is completely independent of the diocesan structure and facilities, although close cooperation with local parishes is recommended
The Ordinariate in Gippsland is a Type 3, sharing a local parish Church, on a Sunday as the local Parish has a vigil mass on the Saturday. While it is not ideal it does have the attraction of closeness between the local PP and the Ordinariate priest. There has been some cross overs between local parishioners, and the OLSC parishioners, with people coming to look, and deciding to worship once a month with us, and the rest of the time with their local parish. We have also decided to have a mass once a month at Mirboo North, at a retreat centre, and chapel there.
It is very early days for us, we have only been a quasi-parish for less than three months, but are starting to plan for expansion, perhaps not in numbers just yet, but certainly in services:
- Mass: Sunday: Heyfield: 10am
- Mass & Adoration: Wednesday: Cowwarr: 10am
- Mass: 2nd Saturday of the month: 11am (starting in Feruary) Rosebrooke, 12 Galvins Road, Mirboo North
- Evensong & Benediction: 4th Sunday of the month: Heyfield: 4pm
The sacrifice of the mass is offered, prayer is central, and fellowship essential; small in number, yet large in faith.