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ORDO w/c Sunday 8th September 2019 Vol I Issue ii

(W) Missa “Salve sancta”
d.ii2a) XIII Post Pent.
Gl. Cr. Pref.BVM
M09.9Feria in the Oct.Nat.BVM
(W) Missa “Salve sancta”
s-d.2a) Deus qui 3a) ProEccl. 
Gl. Cr. Pref.BVM
T10.9St Nicholas Tolentino C.
(W) Missa “Justus…”
d.2a) inOct. Gl. 
W11.9Feria in the Oct.Nat.BVM
(W) Missa “Salve sancta”
s. 2a) Deus qui 3a) ProEccl. 
Gl. Cr. Pref.BVM
T12.9Holy Name of Mary
(W) Missa “Vultum tuum”
gr.dGl. Cr.
F13.9Feria in the Oct.Nat.BVM
(W) Missa “Salve sancta”
s.2a) Deus qui 3a) ProEccl.
Gl. Pref.BMV
(R) Missa “Nos autem…”
gr.d2a) inOct.
(W) Missa “Stabat juxta”
d.ii2a) XIV P.Pent. 3a) deOct.
Gl. Cr. Pref.BVM

KEY: A=Abbot A cunctis=of the Saints B=Bishop BVM=Blessed Virgin Mary C=Confessor Com=Commemoration Cr=Creed D=Doctor d=double d.i/ii=double of the 1st/2nd Class E=Evangelist F=Feria Gl=Gloria gr.d=greater-double (G)=Green H=Holy K=King M=Martyr Mm=Martyrs Pent=Pentecost P=Priest Pref=Preface ProEccl=for the Church (R)=Red s=simple s-d=semi-double Co=Companions V1=1st Vespers V=Virgin v=votive (V)=violet (W)=white *Ob.=Obligation2a=second oration 3a=third oration


… to this second edition of “The Old Roman” a weekly dissemination of news, views and information for and from around the world reflecting the experience and life of 21C “Old Romans” i.e. western Orthodox Catholics across the globe.
CONTRIBUTIONS… news items, magazine, devotional or theological articles, prayer requests, features about apostolates and parish mission life are ALL welcome and may be submitted via email. Submissions should be sent by Friday for publication the following Sunday.

The Old Roman VIEW…

Devised by Metropolitan Jerome in 2012 the “Oratory model” is a system of church planting based on the Celtic system of ecclesiastical structure, itself once based on an earlier apostolic model of the Church described by St Ignatius of Antioch “Wherever the bishop appears, there let the people be; as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church” (Letter to the Smyrnaeans). The basic principle of the “Oratory model” is of a bishop or his “vicar” ie a priest, established in a central locale, gathering and pastoring the faithful and “sending out” clergy and faithful in mission. The concept is that the faithful (Mtt18.20) – not a building – are the church (1Pet2.5) and as desirable as it may be to have a place of worship, in the first instance the home or domestic oratory is enough to begin a mission.

Ideally, an “Oratory” ie a praying fellowship of Orthodox Christians, will establish in the main local town a place and regular system of communal prayer, study and fellowship. This may begin as a domestic oratory i.e. in someone’s home, but of course it is desirable as soon as practicable to establish a public place of worship, perhaps hiring a hall or sharing the building of another Christian community until such time as a dedicated building might be had.

This central community of fellowship, ie the Oratory in the town, is where the main worship, finances, activities and apostolate are concentrated. The clergy stationed there strive to offer the Mass and other offices as often and as regularly as they are able. “Cells” are satellites of a local Oratory in outlaying villages and the surrounding area where members of the faithful try to meet regularly, mirroring something of the common life of the Oratory in their locale. From the Cells the faithful come as they are able and when obligation requires to the Oratory, to make confession, hear Mass, etc and vice versa, the clergy visit the Cells and minister pastorally as is practicable and convenient.
The hope is that Foundational Oratories (referred to in last week’s Old Roman) might establish the central Oratory in any given town or city, a quasi-religious community yet engaged in apostolic activity, where vocations may be discerned and realised through living a dedicated Christian life. Inspiring the local community with their Christian witness through their shared communal life and apostolic activities. The foundational Oratories would grow into central Oratories of the “Oratory model” developing dependent satellite Cell groups, or indeed into new religious houses of consecrated life.

FOCUS – SW France

The Primus, Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey recently made a visitation to France to missions in the Dordogne and Bordeaux region. Whilst still only at Cell rather than at Oratory level, the missions are nonetheless growing even though they share the same situation as other denominations in the area from a shortage of clergy.

For some years Père Pierre Fournier, a former Roman Catholic priest (ordained before Vatican II) had served from his retirement home in Bergerac. L’abbé Fournier was incardinated “in pectore” by the Metropolitan, desiring to preserve and serve sacred Tradition and offered Mass for the faithful in homes and gardens. His gentle yet persuasive manner meant he was able to secure the use of disused churches for the Metropolitan’s visits.

Sadly, L’abbé Fournier passed away earlier this year (2019) leaving the faithful in the region without recourse to the sacraments, save the Reserved Sacrament entrusted to a faithful household. Such is the situation for some of our faithful around the world, a shortage of priests but a willingness to facilitate as much as possible a sacramental life. The Metropolitan’s annual visitation to celebrate the reception of converts and Confirmands and share Mass in the open air, was an occasion of great joy and witness to the fidelity of God to those who are faithful to Him!

Using the “Oratory” model devised by Metropolitan Jerome, the faithful in SW France are organised into “Cells” i.e. small groups of localised faithful who meet as often as they are able in each other’s homes. They share the Rosary and other devotions and when possible the Holy Communion if they have permission to house the Blessed Sacrament. Often they will create and use “domestic altars” in their homes (see photos). The faithful are a mixture of locals and ex-pat’s from various countries who have a devotion to holy Tradition and the traditional Latin Mass. With the passing of L’abbé Fournier, please pray for his soul and that God will send a labourer to maintain His harvest in SW France!

FEATURE – meet an Old Roman!

Every week meet individuals, faithful or clergy from around the Communion! This week…

Barbara Reed

Mrs Barbara Reed is a member of the Brighton Oratory in the UK where she was catechised, received and Confirmed in the faith two years ago. Pictured here with her grandson, Albie whose father, Colin often helps with the Oratory’s apostolate catering for the homeless. Barbara’s husband, Clive passed away almost a year ago and Metropolitan Jerome visited and anointed him before he died. Here Barbara gives her own testimony of faith…

“Having been baptised into the Church of England at 3 months old, and confirmed at almost 12 years old, my belief that the Eucharist is the body and blood of our Lord, has always been at the forefront of my spiritual life. This is what I was taught before my confirmation, and I have never faltered from believing this.

For various reasons, over the years, I did not always attend a Church of England service. For a few years, I actually attended a Methodist Church, but could not commit myself to become a member. I was never spiritually fulfilled, and knew there was definitely something lacking for me.

I was then invited to attend a Latin Rite Mass. I had no idea what it would be like. However, although I couldn’t understand Latin, there was something there, that I felt drawn too. It stirred in me something which I hadn’t felt for a very long time. As I attended more, I began to realise, that it was giving me what I had been missing. A true belief in the Eucharist, and the beliefs that had been passed down for over 2000 years. I knew that I had, at last found where I belonged. It has now become a very important part of my life. I have learnt more about the life and times of our Lord since attending Latin Rite Mass, than in the rest of my life.

I was invited to become a Western Orthodox Catholic. At first I flatly refused! It took at least another two years for me to come to the realisation, that I did want to become a full member. In those two years I spent a lot of time thinking and praying about my situation. Now, I have to say, it is the best decision I have ever made.”


One of the greatest impediments to evangelism in the 21C is not the ignorance of non-believers, but of believers! Catechism Classes are currently ongoing around the Communion for all levels of students, those exploring or converting to the faith, those being brought up in the faith and those preparing to be Baptised/Confirmed in the faith.
BACOOR (Philippines) the Mission Parish of Jesus the Divine Mercy offers a catechetical Mass for children on Sunday’s from 10am.
BRIGHTON (UK) the Brighton Oratory holds Catechism Conferences on Saturday mornings for those wishing to deepen and better understand their faith, from 10am following coffee and fellowship after the 0830 Mass.
CHICAGO (USA) the Mission Parish of St Anne‘s is holding classes for explorers and converts on Wednesday evenings at the Church of the Atonement from 7.30pm.

Of your charity…

For health & well-being…

Christopher, Lyn B, Simon G, Dagmar B, Karen, Debbie G, Fr Graham F, Fr Stephen D, Heather & Susanna L-D, Finley G, Diane C, Pat, Paul, +Rommel B, Penny E, Colin R, John, Ronald, Fr Gerard H, Lilian & family, Ruth L, David G, David P, Patrick H, Debbie G, Karen K, Fr Graham F, S&A, Dave G, +Charles of Wisconsin, +Tissier, Fr Gerrard H, +Guo Xijin, +John P, Karl R-W, Fr Antonio Benedetto OSB, Fr Kristopher M & family, Mark Coggan, Ounissa

For those vocationally discerning…

James, Manuel, Vincent, Darren, Akos, Roger, James, Adrian, Carlos, Thomas, Yordanis, Nicholas, Tyler, 

For the recently departed…

Lauretta (21.01.19), Clive Reed (23.01.19), Fr John Wright (24.01.19), Shelley Luben (11.12.18), Mick Howells (13.12.18), Daniel Callaghan (13.02.19), Alfie (Hub guest), Père Pierre Fournier (08.02.19), Jill Lewis (24.02.19), Cynthia Sharpe Conger (28.02.19), Richard (Ricky) Belmonte, Fr Leo Cameron OSA (29.03.19), Fr John Corbett (30.03.19), Deacon Richard Mulholland (Easter Day), Peter, Bernard Brown (27.06.19), Peter Ellis (01.08.19)

For those who mourn…

Barbara R & family, Brenda W & family, Joseph S, Catherine L & family, Rev George C & family, Jean C, Margaret & Bonita C, Debbie M & family, Phil E & Family

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PHILIPPINESBacoor Parish of Jesus the Divine Mercy, Copper St. Platinum Ville, San Nicolas III, Bacoor, Province of Cavite

1000Mass & Children’s Catechesis
1st Wed’s1900Mass & O.L. of Perpetual Succour Devotions
1st Frids’1900Mass & Sacred Heart Devotions

PHILIPPINES, Lagunas Parish of San Isidro Labrador, Dita, Sta. Rosa

1st Wed’s1900Mass & O.L. Perpetual Succour Devotions
1st Fri’s1900Mass & Sacred Heart Devotions


UK, Brighton The Brighton Oratory of SS Cuthman & Wilfrid, 1-6 Park Crescent Terrace, Brighton BN2 3HD Telephone +44 7423 074517

Sundays0830Mass & homily
& Daily1000Breaking fast
Wed’s1730Holy Hour & Benediction
Sat’s0830Mass & homily
1000Catechism Conference

UK, Bristol The Little Oratory of Our Lady of Walsingham with Saint Francis, 11 The Primroses, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0BG

Sundays1030Sermon & Holy Communion


USA, Chicago IL Parish Mission of St Anne, Church of the Atonement, 5749 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660 Telephone: (773) 817 – 5818

Sundays1800Mass & homily (2nd of the month)
Wed’s1930Catechism & Reception Class

USA, Chicago IL Missionary Franciscans of Christ the King, The Friary


USA, Glendale AZ St. Joseph’s Glendale AZ. Contact address: 7800 N 55th Ave Unit 102162 Glendale AZ 85301 Telephone +1 310 995 3126


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