This evening five of us from the Ordinariate joined a large congregation at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Southbourne (the Church where we now habitually worship) to share in an unusual celebration. The Mass was to install the former Head of St Peter's School as a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great. Fr John Lee, parish priest in Christchurch and Coordinating Pastor for the Avon/Stour pastoral area was principal celebrant. Since it is unbecoming for concelebrants to take photographs during the Mass, the pictures here are from the bunfight (a very substantial bunfight) in the Hall after Mass. First up is Anthony McCaffrey himself, recipient of the award.
Fr John Lee is especially highly regarded by us in the Ordinariate, since it was at his Church, St Joseph's in Purewell, Christchurch, that most of us were prepared for reception into the Catholic Church. He has been immensely kind to our little group. Here he was caught chatting to a parishioner.
For once it was not just the clergy who dressed up; there were Knights and Dames in full fig too, some of whom travelled a long way to support their new brother Knight. This dame came from beyond Portsmouth for the occasion.
It was great to be made welcome in such an authentically local Catholic occasion, and here (below) you will see some of our Group who clearly enjoyed it hugely. On Sunday week there is an evening Mass for the Deanery to which we are invited — when word gets around of the quality of refreshments in the Hall this evening, we will expect a very good Ordinariate representation.