Ordinariate Types

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.

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2 Responses to Ordinariate Types

  1. I’m most grateful for this further analysis of my idea, and I think it is right that four distinct groups have now become five. At the risk of five then becoming six, I think it is important to distinguish in type four – ‘Ordinariate-led territorial parish’ between those parishes who have just an Ordinariate priest leading them, and those who have an Ordinariate priest+a viable group of laity. In the first instance it is effectively a diocesan parish, but the priest may make it look a bit more ‘Anglican’ i.e. music, ceremonial, style of social life. In the second this is really a church-plant and will transform the parish quite quickly. It needs sensitive handling, but if the existing Catholic parishioners can be won over, it has great advantages for the Ordinariate and the Catholic Diocese. We have examples of both types in the UK.

    • Holy Family says:

      I agree with you about the difference in the two sub-groups in type four – call them Type 4 A – Ordinariate priest leading a local/diocesan parish; and Type 4 B – Ordinariate priest, small but viable group of ordinariate laity, and local/diocesan laity.

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