News from Toronto's First Public Anglican Use Mass

Peregrinus Toronto reports:

Anglicans, Catholics of various rites along with others not yet in communion with Rome are invited to explore the meaning of our Lord's call to unity in the Body of Christ — ut unum sint — "that they all may be one". This is the central focus of the Anglican Use Sodality of Toronto and it will be its measure of success as those seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit find a place to experience the unity and peace of full communion with the universal Church.

Amongst the roughly sixty people who attended the inaugural A.U. Mass at Sacré Coeur (Sacred Heart) Parish in downtown Toronto were those from Mennonite, Presbyterian and other Protestant backgrounds as well as former Anglicans now in communion with Rome and other Anglicans seeking a way to integrate their personal experience of the patrimonial and cultural life in Anglican communities with the doctrinal order of wider Church.

The Sung Mass offered some fine examples of Anglican patrimonial music and liturgy in a traditional setting. A children's catechesis was offered during the Liturgy of the Word and the children joined the congregation at the offertory. Many in attendance were under 30 years of age, some with families.

People came with many questions and stayed to discuss these along with conversation about Fr. Rodrigues' enlightening homily linking Anglicanorum Coetibus to the wider mission of the Church in its recovery and renewal of liturgical tradition at the service of renewed Catholic worship which is in tandem with the new evangelization.

Excellent patrimonial music is at the heart of the A.U. Mass and the Sodality is committed to developing this important aspect of their mission in Toronto.

More at his blog Peregrinations.

Author: Deborah Gyapong

Deborah Gyapong is a member of the Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ( in Ottawa, a former parish of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (Traditional Anglican Communion) whose members were received individually and corporately into the Roman Catholic Church on April 15, 2012 by Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast at St. Patrick’s Basilica. Under the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, the community will celebrate an approved Anglican Use liturgy and hopes to soon join with other sodalities across Canada to form the Canadian Deanery of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter under Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary. As we wait for our priest(s) to be ordained as Catholic priests, God willing, Archbishop Prendergast will provide priests to celebrate our Sunday Eucharist according to the Anglican Use. Deborah is a journalist who covers religion and politics in Canada’s national capital, writing primarily for Roman Catholic newspapers since 2004. Her novel The Defilers, published in 2006, was not a best seller, alas. She spent 17 years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in news and current affairs, including 12 years as a television producer.

3 thoughts on “News from Toronto's First Public Anglican Use Mass”

  1. May God continue to bless those who worked so faithfully and diligently to bring about this great day!

  2. Fr Hunwicke is being ordained!!! Te Deum Laudamus!!!

    The Following are Candidates for Ordination to the Priesthood 2012

    Tuesday, May 08, 2012

    AISBITT Osmond John
    ALLDRITT Nicholas Sebastian Fitzansculf
    BENNIE Stanley James Gordon
    BERRY Kenneth Percy John
    BOUNDY David
    CANN Christopher James
    CORBYN John Robert
    COPUS Brian George
    GIBBONS Paul James
    GILL Brian Alvan
    GRIEVES Ian Leslie
    GIFFIN Alan Howard Foster
    GULL William John
    HUNWICKE John William
    MAUNDER John David
    MINCHEW Donald Patrick
    NARUSAWA Masaki Alec
    READER-MOORE Anthony
    STAFFORD David George
    WATTS Franklin Charles
    WESTON Ivan John

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