THE OLD ROMAN 29/ix/19

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ORDO w/c Sunday 29th September 2019 Vol I Issue v

(W) Missa “Benedicite…”
d.i2a) XVI Post Pentecost
Gl. Cr. Pref.Trinity
M30.9S. Jerome of Bethlehem
Doctor, Priest & Confessor
(W) Missa “In medio”
d.Gl. Cr. Pref.Common
T01.10S. Remigius of Reims
Bishop & Confessor
(W) Missa “Statuit” Gl. Pref.Common
W02.10Holy Guardian Angels
(W) Missa “Benedicite…”
g.dGl. Cr. Pref.Common
T03.10S. Thomas of Hereford
Bishop & Confessor
(W) Missa “S”
d.Gl. Pref.Common
F04.10S. Francis of Assisi
Deacon & Confessor
(W) Missa “Mihi autem”
g.dGl. Cr. Pref.Common
S05.10St Placid & Co. Martyrs
(R) Missa “In virtute”
s.2a) A Cunctis
3a) proEccl.
no Gl. Pref.Common
S06.10S. Bruno of Chartreuse
(W) Missa “Os justi”
d.2a) XVII Post Pentecost
Gl. Cr. Pref.Trinity

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

XVI Post Pentecost


… to this fifth 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…

In his homilies during the daily Mass broadcasts this past week, the Primus has reflected that true charity, i.e. sacrificial love, must be expressed toward God and neighbor in tangible, experiential ways. His Grace suggests it is not enough simply to express the attributes of charity extolled by the Apostle [cf. 1Cor13] e.g. kindness, gentleness, etc, but that these must be translated into actual acts of sacrificial activity i.e. the sacrifice of time, skills, talents and abilities. For our faith is incarnational and must be experientially lived, not held only as a belief, an ideal, a philosophy.

The Primus suggested the donation of monies was the least sacrifice the Christian can make, a substitute of necessity if activity is not possible, bearing in mind that stewardship of God’s providence should be exercised anyway toward the facilitation of God’s Will. Even here, His Grace makes the point that a donation should be truly sacrificial i.e. we should ‘feel the pinch’ for giving only what we can spare is not properly sacrificial [cf. Mark 12.41-44] though what we give, we should give cheerfully [cf. 2Cor9.7]

In the past we Old Romans were blessed with legacies and property but sadly, or perhaps fortunately, no longer. The weakness of previous stewards has left us bereft of a material inheritance with which to profit or bankroll our endeavours. or indeed buildings to hinder us by cost of maintenance. However, despite the disappointment of previous generations, miraculously we still retain ‘living stones’ [cf. 1Peter2.5] i.e. ‘us’, ourselves. All our missions would benefit from financial assistance, irrespective of which hemisphere they are found in north or south, east or west, but all are blessed with faithful souls, willing and sacrificing clergy and the ability to live and give sacrificially for God and each other.

If we Old Romans truly value our faith, if we truly desire to marry our hearts with our souls in heaven, let us take inspiration from the Primus’s musings this week and as a church live sacrificially and incarnationally our love for God and give literally of ourselves for the sake of the Kingdom. Let us not allow ourselves to be distracted by false dreams of mammon, but rather be inspired to acts of sacrificial love, very much within our individual and collective gift and much more deserving of our energies.

This coming week sees the celebration of the angels and their ministry among us. Though contrary to popular belief, we shall not become angels in heaven when ‘this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must put on immortality’ [cf. 1Cor15.53] but we certainly can share in the ministry of angels whilst here on earth. An angel acts as ‘an attendant, agent, or messenger of God’ and if we Old Romans fulfil our mission to proclaim the Gospel [cf. Mtt28.16-20] and love others as Jesus loves us [cf. Jn13.34] we may yet realise for ourselves the angelic ministry that both supports us and we can share in to others.

Worker Priests

Some people express surprise when meeting one of our Old Roman priests in a “non-church” environment. Yet if someone asked you to imagine a monastery, what sort of a place would you imagine? A place of retreat and prayer perhaps? An isolated spiritual oasis distant from the constraints and concerns of the material world? A place where men and women who have renounced the world live dedicated lives of consecration and service to God? For sure, monasteries are often all of those things, but a common foundation for all of them is material self-sufficiency, a shared or common economy i.e. the monastery, the monks and the nuns, must usually support their life of contemplation financially and physically themselves. They are not so divorced from the world, yet everyone imagines their lives and the places they live in, “to be holy.”

Just like the monks and nuns in monasteries and in common with many other Orthodox Catholic clergy around the world, some of our Old Roman priests are “bi-vocational”, meaning that they combine regular, secular employment with their priestly ministry, financially supporting themselves and their families, contributing like members of their congregations to the Church and her ministry where they live and work. Like the monks and nuns too, the clergy are also sanctifying i.e. making their lives holy by observing the canonical requirements to pray the Divine Office, offer the Divine Liturgies and administer the sacraments to the faithful who are also committed as Christians, “to be holy”. In many respects and contrary to a general rarified regard of clericalism, our clergy share literally in the same struggles of daily life as the laity and are thus perhaps better able to care for, understand and guide them in their pursuit of God than those from whom all worldly cares have been removed; housing, sustenance, expenses, all the ordinary things of life, are no more taken for granted by our priests than anybody else.

“Tent-maker” ministry is sometimes used to describe this bi-vocational calling after the Apostle Paul who supported himself by making tents while living and preaching in Corinth (Acts 18:3). Unlike the other apostles in the early Christian Church, who devoted themselves entirely to their religious ministry and lived off the money donated by Church members (cf Acts 4:34-37), St Paul frequently performed outside work, not desiring to be a financial burden to the young Churches he founded. In Thessaloniki, St Paul states that he and his companions “worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you” (2 Thessalonians 3:8). St Paul’s purpose in working was to set an example for the Christians, “You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (cf Acts 18:1-3; 20:33-35; Philippians 4:14-16). He also hoped that his refusal to accept financial support would build his credibility among non-Christians, thus giving him the chance to win over more of them (cf 1 Corinthians 9:1-18)  “If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.”

Our Old Roman clergy find that by living in two worlds, they are exposed to people who might not otherwise meet an Orthodox Catholic priest. They are able to encourage co-workers who are searching for God and when appropriate, they can mention how an Orthodox Catholic might view a certain situation or issue. Seeds are being planted and awareness of our faith is being spread. The fact that our Old Roman clergy often do not receive a salary makes a positive impression on some who have come to view the Church as a money-making enterprise more than a place of salvation. While Scripture is clear that a minister may be compensated for his work, it is also the case that throughout history, some have tarnished the priesthood by abusing this privilege. Our clergy want our missions to grow, and recognise that they can’t take money from them and expect them to grow at the same time, let alone function well or engage in charitable works. This also means that our clergy have no need to compromise on teaching for the sake of not “offending the hand that feeds” them!

We are truly blessed to have a wide range of professions, gifts and abilities among our Old Roman clergy to further our work and mission. Fulfilling a bi-vocational ministry has many stresses and strains, competing priorities and frustrations, and we all need God’s grace and assistance. While a few clergy live by faith and none would refuse the opportunity of a commensurate salary for a full time ministry, nonetheless all are willing and making sacrifices all the time to live out their vocations. All our clergy need your prayers just assuredly as they pray for you.

FEATURE – Bristol Oratory

Tuesday, October 24th was the feast of Our Lady of Ransom in the universal calendar but in England was the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Bristol [foundational] Oratory thus celebrated both the Patronal Festival of their co-patron Our Lady of Walsingham [the other is St Francis] and the inauguration of the new Oratory chapel.

His Grace, Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey travelled with congregants from the Brighton Oratory to offer the inaugural Mass and share in the festivities with local members of the Bristol Oratory. Several well-wishers joined the live broadcast of the Mass via the internet too. The vociferous congregation gave a rousing performance of favourite Walsingham hymns, including the Pilgrim’s Hymn of some thirty plus verses recounting the story and history of the shrine in Norfolk at the beginning of the Mass.

Brother Juniper n/CDC is the resident guardian of the foundational Oratory and is assisted in leading services by Dr Robert Wilson, they were together made clerics by His Grace earlier this year at Pentecost. In addition to being a local Scout Troop leader, Bro Juniper has joined a local Community Choir and started a Book/Film Club to facilitate God’s invitation to people to know Him. It is through the development of community ties, engendering gentle interaction and soft pastoral accompaniment through knowledge of people’s lives that Br Juniper is confident the Bristol Oratory will grow as a community of faith.

As a ‘foundational’ Oratory, the Bristol Oratory is the beginning of both a local mission and a religious house, currently under the auspices of the Congregation of the Divine Charity, but with a view to becoming a new Marian Franciscan friary. It is hoped the mission will develop along the ‘Oratory model’, a system mirroring the missionary monastic centres of the early British church like Iona and Lindisfarne; a centre of religious and apostolic life from which missionaries and pastors are sent to facilitate satellite groups of faithful in a given area/region. Of your charity please hold the Bristol Oratory and its people in your prayers.

FOCUS – meet an Old Roman!

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


Fr Terry is based in Southampton and is an assistant priest of the mission serving the South East of England centred at the Brighton Oratory. A professionally qualified therapy counsellor, Father Terry, ordained in 2006, realised his vocation later in life in retirement from his secular occupation and as a widower he has since also become a grandfather. Though retired from active pastoral ministry, Fr Terry yet serves as a Chantry Priest offering Masses for requested intentions and exercises a very important ministry of supportive prayer for his colleagues in active ministry and the petitions and intentions of the faithful.

Fr Terry has recently left hospital following a serious operation and of your charity would welcome prayers for his recovery.


AD MULTOS ANNOS to Bishop Nioclas of Movilla in Chicago who celebrates the thirteenth anniversary of his priesthood this Sunday.

BUON ONOMASTICO to Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey who celebrates his ‘name day’ on Monday, the feast of St Jerome.

HAPPY FEAST DAY to our Franciscan brothers celebrating the heavenly nativity of their sainted founder this coming Friday, St Francis of Assisi day.


Don’t forget that Mass is broadcast live everyday and the recording available to view on YouTube via the playlist below. The Mass Propers are posted online here. IF you would like a Mass offered for your intention please use the Prayer Request form below stating in the message that it is a Mass intention.


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 Terrence M, +Guo Xijin, +John P, Karl R-W, Fr Antonio Benedetto OSB, Fr Kristopher M & family, Mark Coggan, Ounissa, Ronald Buczek, Rik C, Adrian and Joan Kelly,

For those vocationally discerning…

James, Breandán, 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), Petronila Antonio (10.09.19), Fr Mark Spring (13.09.19), Jean Marchant (15.09.19)

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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Mass Centre Directory

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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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