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.