Welcome to the East Kent Ordinariate Group website. We are now worshipping with the people of the Parish of St. John the Eavangelist, Mongeham, in Deal (CT14 9LD). This website aims to be a source of news and information about our Group and also for people in East Kent, who are exploring, or planning to enter, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Check back regularly for updates and events.


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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Priests for the Ordinariate

Please pray these men to be ordained priest at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 4th June at 3pm for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham -
Ivan Dominic Aquilina
Stephen Frederick Bould
Simon John Heans
Nichloas Templer Leviseur
Christopher Ian Pearson
Edward James Tomlinson
and
Christopher Benedict Lindlar.

Father Christopher Lindlar will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the first time as an Ordinariate Priest on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Sunday 5th June, at 9.00am at the Church of St. Andrew in Sandwich (CT13 9LF).

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Ordinariate Diaconal Ordination at Aylesford Priory

At Aylesford Priory in Kent on Saturday the 7th of May, eight men were ordained to the Diaconate to serve in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.   Among them was Christopher Lindlar, formerly Rector of St. Andrew’s Deal and now pastor of the East Kent Ordinariate Group.
The Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, presented the candidates to Bishop John Hine, auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Southwark, who celebrated the Ordination Mass.
Pictured here are the newly ordained Deacon Christopher Lindlar, with members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group, together with Fr. Dawson and folk from the parish of St. John the Evangelist, Mongeham.

Pictured are Deacon Christopher Lindlar, Mgr. Keith Newton and Fr. Ivan Dawson.

Photographs of the Ordination Mass itself can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ukordinariate/sets/72157626545176181/

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Reception Mass on Tuesday in Holy Week

On Tuesday in Holy Week, the 19th of April 2011, members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group were received into the fullness of communion in the Catholic Church, at the Church of St. John the Evangelist Mongeham in Deal on the East Kent coast.

A beautifully celebrated Mass of Reception began with the hymn Praise to the holiest in the height by Blessed John Henry Newman.   The first Reading, from the prophet Ezekiel, spoke of the Lord God gathering us together and bringing us home to our own land.   A Reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians spoke of charity, gentle ness and patience in preserving the unity of the Spirit.   In the Holy Gospel according to Matthew, the candidates were reminded of Our Lord’s call to ‘take up your cross and follow me’   The celebrant, Fr. Ivan Dawson CSsR, based his homily on the 1916 Robert Frost poem ‘The Road Not Taken’, re-interpreting the piece to urge us not to be tempted by the way of worldly pleasures and cares but the Way of Christ that leads to Truth.
Generously supported by many folk from St. John’s, the Ordinariate candidates recited the Nicene Creed and then each added their profession of faith, ‘I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God’.   The Sacrament of Confirmation was administer, with each candidate being carefully quizzed about their choice of confirmation name.
In the Liturgy of the Sacrament, the newly-confirmed rejoiced to break the Eucharistic fast that had been observed since just before the beginning of Lent and to receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ as members of the Catholic Church.    The wonderful 14th century Marian pilgrim hymn Maria Matren Virginem was sung as a Communion Motet and the Mass concluded with the Passiontide hymn My song is love unknown.
At the Apr├Ęs Mass celebration, Fr. Dawson was presented with a token of the Anglican patrimony in the distinctive square Our Lady blue bottle.   Members of parish and Ordinariate celebrated together our small part in this historic development in the long life of the Catholic Church.   Finally, a rousing toast was offered to Pope Benedict XVI, on the anniversary of the Holy Father’s election as Successor to Peter.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Reception Novena - Day 9

Members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group look forward eagerly to the Mass of Reception into the Fullness of Communion in the Catholic Church on the 19th of April, Tuesday  in Holy Week.   As that day draws nearer, we offer a Novena of Prayer.

Day 9 of the Novena of Prayer

O cross, our one reliance, hail!
This holy Passiontide avail
To give fresh merit to the saint
And pardon to the penitent.

We pray for God’s blessing on the Mass of Reception tomorrow,
for those who will celebrate with us, for each other and for ourselves.

Help us, O God of our salvation:
And grant that we may come with joy to the commemoration of those benefits
whereby thou hast vouchsafed to redeem us;
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost
ever one God, world without end.   Amen.

Our Father . . .   Hail Mary . . .   Glory be . . .

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.   Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Reception Novena - Day 8

Members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group look forward eagerly to the Mass of Reception into the Fullness of Communion in the Catholic Church on the 19th of April, Tuesday  in Holy Week.   As that day draws nearer, we offer a Novena of Prayer.

Day 8 of the Novena of Prayer

The royal banners forward go,
The cross shines forth in mystic glow;
Where he in flesh, our flesh who made,
Our sentence bore, our ransom paid.

We pray for grace to follow Christ our Saviour, singing
Hosanna to the Son of David :
Blessed is he who come in the name of the Lord :
Hosanna in the Highest!

Almighty and everlasting God,
who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son Jesus Christ,
to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross,
that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility:
Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost
ever one God, world without end.   Amen.

Our Father . . .   Hail Mary . . .   Glory be . . .

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.   Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Reception Novena - Day 7

Members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group look forward eagerly to the Mass of Reception into the Fullness of Communion in the Catholic Church on the 19th of April, Tuesday  in Holy Week.   As that day draws nearer, we offer a Novena of Prayer.

Day 7 of the Novena of Prayer

To thee, eternal Three in One,
Let homage meet by all be done:
Whom by the cross thou dost restore,
Preserve and govern evermore.     Amen.

We thank God for  our Day Retreat at Minster Abbey, for time together
and for Fr. Dawson’s spiritual guidance.
We pray for the Holy Father on his birthday.

Almighty and everlasting God,
who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son Jesus Christ,
to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross,
that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility:
Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost
ever one God, world without end.   Amen.

Our Father . . .   Hail Mary . . .   Glory be . . .

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.   Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Reception Novena - Day 6

Members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group look forward eagerly to the Mass of Reception into the Fullness of Communion in the Catholic Church on the 19th of April, Tuesday  in Holy Week.   As that day draws nearer, we offer a Novena of Prayer.

Day 6 of the Novena of Prayer

O cross, our one reliance, hail!
This holy Passiontide avail
To give fresh merit to the saint
And pardon to the penitent.

We pray for God’s blessing on our Day Retreat at Minster Abbey, for the Community there
for the grace to make a good Confession.

Grant, we beseech thee. Almighty God:
That we who seek the grace of thy protection,
may be delivered from all evils and serve thee with a quiet mind;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost
ever one God, world without end.   Amen.

Our Father . . .   Hail Mary . . .   Glory be . . .

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.   Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Reception Novena - Day 5

Members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group look forward eagerly to the Mass of Reception into the Fullness of Communion in the Catholic Church on the 19th of April, Tuesday  in Holy Week.   As that day draws nearer, we offer a Novena of Prayer.

Day 5 of the Novena of Prayer

On whose dear arms, so widely flung,
The weight of this world’s ransom hung,
the price of humankind to pay,
and spoil the spoiler of his prey.

We pray for each other, for grace to take up our cross once again and follow Christ,
the Way the Truth and the Life.

Be favourable to thy people, O Lord, we beseech thee:
And grant that they, eschewing those things which displease thee,
may be the more abundantly filled with the delights of thy commandments;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost
ever one God, world without end.   Amen.

Our Father . . .   Hail Mary . . .   Glory be . . .

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.   Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Reception Novena - Day 4

Members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group look forward eagerly to the Mass of Reception into the Fullness of Communion in the Catholic Church on the 19th of April, Tuesday  in Holy Week.   As that day draws nearer, we offer a Novena of Prayer.

Day 4 of the Novena of Prayer

O tree of beauty, tree of light!
O tree with royal purple dight!
Elect on whose triumphal breast
Those holy limbs should find their rest.

We pray for God’s blessing upon Fr. Ivan Dawson and the people of St. John’s Mongeham and for all priests and parishes welcoming Ordinariate Groups.

Assist us mercifully, Almighty God, in these our supplications:
And grant that we, to whom thou hast given a full assurance of hope in thy good ness,
may receive the fruit of thy wonted loving-kindness;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost
ever one God, world without end.   Amen.

Our Father . . .   Hail Mary . . .   Glory be . . .

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.   Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Reception Novena - Day 3

Members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group look forward eagerly to the Mass of Reception into the Fullness of Communion in the Catholic Church on the 19th of April, Tuesday  in Holy Week.   As that day draws nearer, we offer a Novena of Prayer.

Day 3 of the Novena of Prayer

Fulfilled is all that David told
In true prophetic song of old,
Amidst the nations, God, saith he,
Hath reigned and triumphed from the tree.

We pray for God’s blessing upon our Ordinariate Group, the Sevenoaks, Folkestone, Beckenham, Southwark and Tunbridge Groups in the Archdiocese of Southwark and all the Groups around our country.

We beseech thee, O Lord, give us perseverance in humble service according to thy will:
That in our day the people that serveth thee may increase both in number and in merit;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost
ever one God, world without end.   Amen.

Our Father . . .   Hail Mary . . .   Glory be . . .

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.   Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Reception Novena - Day 2

Members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group look forward eagerly to the Mass of Reception into the Fullness of Communion in the Catholic Church on the 19th of April, Tuesday  in Holy Week.   As that day draws nearer, we offer a Novena of Prayer.

Day 2 of the Novena of Prayer

Where deep for us the spear was dyed,
Life's torrent rushing from his side,
to wash us in that precious flood,
Where mingled water flowed, and blood.

We pray for God’s blessing upon the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and especially for the Ordinary,  Mgr Keith Newton.

Grant unto thy people, we beseech thee, O Lord,
health of mind and body:
That cleaving to good works,
they may ever deserve to be defended by thy mighty protection;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost
ever one God, world without end.   Amen.

Our Father . . .   Hail Mary . . .   Glory be . . .

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.   Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Reception Novena - Day 1

Members of the East Kent Ordinariate Group look forward eagerly to the Mass of Reception into the Fullness of Communion in the Catholic Church on the 19th of April, Tuesday  in Holy Week.   As that day draws nearer, we offer a Novena of Prayer.

Day 1 of the Novena of Prayer

The royal banners forward go,
The cross shines forth in mystic glow;
Where he in flesh, our flesh who made,
Our sentence bore, our ransom paid.

We pray for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict, giving thanks to God for the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus

We beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people:
That by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost
ever one God, world without end.   Amen.

Our Father . . .   Hail Mary . . .   Glory be . . .

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.   Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.
 

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Lent I - Sunday 13th March

The first Sunday of Lent saw the start of the East Kent Ordinariate Group’s formal catechesis programme.   We were each given a copy of the Participant’s book for the Evangelium programme.   These books are the gift of the parishioners here at St. John’s  -  a tangible sign of their warm and generous welcome.   As the Group met after Mass, Fr. Dawson led us in prayer and in talking through the experience of coming to St. John’s and the journey ahead, through Lent, to the fullness of communion in the Catholic Church.   And of course there was a Group photo!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Ash Wednesday - The Journey into Lent

The evening Mass of Ash Wednesday at St. John’s Mongeham saw the formal beginning of the Ordinariate in East Kent.
After the Collect and before the Readings, members of the Ordinariate Group each brought their application document forward to be solemnly presented on the Altar;  each was greeted warmly by the parish priest, Fr. Dawson CSsR.   Then together the community turned to the Lord, as he spoke to us in the Sacred Scriptures.
In his homily, Fr. Dawson reminded us of the three strands of a holy Lent:  prayer, works of charity and abstinence.  All things come from God;  those good things should be shared equitably, so that all have food for the journey.
We were urged to be of good courage.   When we falter, feel weary or feel forgotten, we must needs turn to Christ, and so ‘run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross’.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Quinquagesima - or the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The East Kent Ordinariate Group joined Fr. Ivan Dawson CSsR and the folk of St. John the Evangelist, Mongeham, in Deal for Mass for the first time.   Fr. Dawson and his people give the Group a very warm and generous welcome, for which we are very grateful.
Mass was entirely familiar and yet also slightly unfamiliar!   We were glad to say in our hearts and with St. Peter, ‘It is good, Lord, to be here’.
In his homily, Fr. Dawson reminded us that we are all on a pilgrimage journey.   In our journey, we seek salvation.   Salvation, he said, is in knowing Jesus as Lord.   It is not sufficient to know about Jesus.   We have to learn to know Jesus intimately, personally, if we wish to know him even as we are known by him.
After Mass, there was Kaffee und Kuchen in the Godric Centre, as parishioners and Group members made the first steps in getting to know each other.   Again, the generosity of welcome was warm and encouraging.
Looking to Lent, Sunday Mass at 11.00am at St. John’s will be followed by catechesis, using the Evangelium programme.   There is much to look forward to, as we deepen our Faith.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Resignation Statement

At the Parish Mass on Suday 27th February, Fr. Christopher Lindlar told the people that he intended to resign as Rector of St. Andrew's on the 18th of April.   This is his resignation statement.

It is with very mixed feelings that I have announced today my intention to resign as Rector of Saint Andrew’s Deal on the 18th April 2011 and to cease public ministry today, the 27th February.   With some 30 others from St. Andrew’s, I shall be joining the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Lent and seeking admission into the fullness of communion in the Catholic Church at Easter.
I have been immensely happy over the last seven years in Deal and at St. Andrew’s, especially since marrying my wife Jane.   I  praise God and thank many people for the many blessings that I and the parish have received in that time.   I ask forgiveness for wrongs done or goods undone, for hurts caused.   I regret that the opportunity is now past to fulfil unrealised schemes, plans and ideas.
I realise that my decision will grieve some, will be a shock to some, will anger some and that to others it will be a relief.   Again for those things, I ask forgiveness.
My decision has been long and painful in the making and has fallen into two parts.
It is now clear beyond doubt that the Church of England has decided to ordain women to the episcopate.   In so doing, it has chosen to separate from the historic Church of the first Millennium, rejecting the ‘rock from which it was hewn’ and following a path taken by post-Reformation Protestantism.   This break with the apostolic succession of Bishops makes the reality and efficacy of its sacraments uncertain, bringing doubt into the Eucharistic assembly that is a foretaste of salvation.   Separation is the antithesis of the communion for which Christ himself prayed.
Furthermore, although its final form is not fixed, it is already clear that provision for those holding fast to the Faith once delivered to the Saints and seeking to remain in the Church of England is far from being life-giving but rather is life-denying.
So, it has become clear to me that, for me, there is no future in the Church of England;  it has turned away down a path that I can not follow.   As a pastor, I can no longer lead an Anglican community in professing the Nicene  Creed on Sunday, with its affirmation of ‘one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church’.
The second part of my decision has then had to be where and how I can live out the life in Christ that I have sought to live thus far as a Catholic Christian in the Church of England.
The radical generosity of Pope Benedict XVI in Anglicanorum coetibus and in the erection of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, with Fr. Keith Newton as Ordinary, has come like the dawn of a new day:  doubt, anxiety and uncertainty giving way to excitement and joy.
I now look forward eagerly to joining with others in the ‘first wave’ of the Ordinariate, under the care of Our Lady of Walsingham and the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman.   This is the fruit of the ARCIC process and surely the answer to the many prayers of many Anglicans for unity with the See of Peter.
Some may think the pastor of a parish should stay to the bitter end but scripture shows that the shepherd leads rather than follows his flock.  I am seeking to lead the way.   I hope and pray that many will follow in the months and years ahead, on a journey that anyone may join at any time.
I hope that you will pray for me, and for those who journey with me, as we will pray for you.

With love and prayers
Father Christopher Lindlar

27th February, 2011