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First communions and confirmations in Pembury
Sunday 20th July 2014

It was standing room only on Sunday 20 July at Saint Anselm's Church  in Pembury - home of the Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate Group -  as ten children made their First Holy Communion and four teenagers were confirmed. The celebrant was the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Monsignor Keith Newton.

Saint Anselm's has been served by priests of the Ordinariate since 2011, when Fr Ed Tomlinson and Fr Nicholas Leviseur were received into the full communion of the Catholic Church as part of a group of 72 from an Anglican Church in Tunbridge Wells.

The arrival of the Ordinariate has revitalised this small village church, which used to be served by a priest from nearby Paddock Wood and is today being developed into a parish in its own right.  A building project is underway which will both beautify the church and create extra space. 

Fr Tomlinson says the future is looking bright for the Ordinariate in Pembury: "Today lots of young families are making their spiritual home at Saint Anselm's, as evidenced by the First Communion and Confirmation Mass. Next week a seminarian of the Ordinariate is coming to visit us on placement as our summer holiday camp takes place. Children are not the future of Saint Anselm's - they are very much our today"!

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