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Year of Faith: Over 100 attend opening talk in Pembury
Thursday 11th October 2012

Last night, St Anselm's, Pembury, Kent - a newly erected quasi-parish of the Archdiocese of Southwark, led by Ordinariate priest Father Ed Tomlinson and made up of an equal number of Ordinariate and diocesan Catholics, held the first of ten special reflections to mark the Year of Faith.

Over 100 people gathered for Mass, after which a new statue of Our Lady was unveiled, blessed with holy water and honoured with incense. The statue is being placed in the church to mark the Year of Faith and commemorate the formation of this new quasi-parish.

Following Mass - and an abundance of delicious homemade cakes - Fr Hugh Allen O.Praem., then delivered the first talk on prayer. In his address he stressed the importance of silence in the life of prayer and encouraged Catholics to build a strong personal relationship with Christ. He suggested that the Year of Faith is an opportunity to fall in love with God again. You can listen to the talk online here.

Fr Tomlinson, pastor of the Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate Group, said, "It was a joyous occasion building on all that we are trying to achieve here in Pembury as we come together via the Papal vision of unity provided in the Ordinariate".

Speaking of the development of the Ordinariate Group and the establishment of the quasi-parish by the Archdiocese of Southwark, Fr Tomlinson said, "Despite humble beginnings, and in a quiet and often unseen way, we have seen things settle and progress. It means that we can face the future with optimism. Things are taking shape and this series of reflections, inspired by our patron Saint Anselm's quotation 'faith seeks understanding', proves we have something of real value to offer the wider community".

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