After our meeting last night we are able to release some details of how the Ordinariate group in Reading will work. Firstly the important dates:
9th March 2011 – The Reading group will join the Church of S. James, next to Reading Gaol for their Ash Wednesday Mass at 7.30pm.
12th March 2011 – The Rite of Election will take place at Portsmouth RC Cathedral at 11am. In this service there will be a new section included for Ordinariate groups in the diocese which the Bishop of Portsmouth will call and acknowledge.
13th March 2011 – On this and subsequent Sundays there will be an Ordinariate Mass at S. James at 9.30am followed by catechesis and preparation for reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
Holy Week 2011 – Individuals within the Ordinariate group will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church. Details to be confirmed.
Our Sunday Masses at S. James will be celebrated by Fr Andrew Burnham. They will start at 9.30am and finish in time for preparation for reception sessions at 10.30am which will be held at S. James’ Presbytery. While this mass is styled the ‘Ordinariate Mass’ it will be open to others as well and anyone will be welcome to join us. During Lent we will observe an ‘Eucharistic Fast’ and therefore not receive communion until we are received in Holy Week. Ordinariate group members may attend weekday masses at S. James or any other RC Church during this period. At S. James weekday masses are usually at 12.15pm. You can look at their website here.
It is important that members of the Ordinariate financially support their clergy and institution. For further guidance you can consult the Catholic League website which is arranging initial financing for the Ordinariate, or follow our guide here.