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ORDINARIATE FESTIVAL: Group presentations
Friday 26th September 2014

The Saturday morning (20 September) session of the Ordinariate Festival was devoted to group presentations in Westminster Cathedral Hall. Fr David Lashbrooke of the Torbay group, outlined his hopes to buy a redundant Methodist church and set it up as an Ordinariate mission centre for worship, teaching and outreach. (See separate report here.) The other group presentations were from Darlington, Eastbourne and the Ladies' Ordinariate Group, which is based at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, London.

The Darlington group, led by Fr Ian Grieves, which is one of the biggest and most thriving of all the Ordinariate groups in the country, with about 80 members and a steady stream of new confirmations (18 in as many months), gave an upbeat report on its social and fund-raising activities. Nicola Reeves, a leading member of the choir and group/parish secretary, said these were "an essential part of the Anglican patrimony".

Based at St Osmund's Church, Gainford, the Darlington group is involved with local schools, universities and businesses and has a presence at every local event. As well as the emphasis on socialising and fund- raising, the Darlington Ordinariate is known for its high standards of liturgy and music and for its pastoral care. "If we are not bringing into the community the communion we share at Mass", Nicola Reeves said, "then we are not doing our job properly".

It was a theme echoed by Fr Neil Chatfield in his presentation about the Eastbourne group and how it seeks to fulfil the Ordinariate mission, as Fr Chatfield put it, "to bring all that is best in Anglicanism into the Catholic Church". Fr Chatfield said there was much emphasis in his group on hospitality and on getting to know the local community and that "Mass is the place where we breathe, where we are fed and from where we are sent out".

The presentation about the Ladies Ordinariate Group, or LOGS, was given by the Catholic journalist and author, Dame Joanna Bogle, who spoke about the regular social occasions with speakers, as well as pilgrimages and other outings which the group organises. LOGS  is also involved with projects with primary schools, including one whose aim is to make every child in London know the Lord's Prayer. Dame Joanna said she thought more Ladies Ordinariate groups should be set up around the country.

LOGS can be contacted by post or email: 22 Redcross Way, London SEi 1 1TA

The picture is of Fr Ian Grieves with members of his Darlington Ordinariate Group, on the steps of Westminster Cathedral.

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