Our Picture of the Holy Father

Carl Reid after hanging a framed photograph of Pope Benedict XVI

The Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary now has a photograph of the Holy Father hanging in our parish hall.  We had hoped to get one up before Archbishop Prendergast visited us on Ascension Thursday but our parish administrator and former bishop Carl Reid was not able to get it in time.  Not that the archbishop was complaining.  I wonder if he even noticed we lacked a picture of the Pope!

The first person to notice the oversight was a former parishioner of ours who went on to become a Catholic several years ago.  She had a way of annoying me — inadvertently on her part I am sure — by always reminding me of how much peace she had found in crossing the Tiber, as if to say I did not have peace and would find it if I followed in her footsteps.  Grrrrrr.

She attended the first Catholic Mass in our building and that's when she pointed out the oversight — we had a picture of Queen Elizabeth (who, after all, is Queen of Canada, which is why she is there, not because she is head of the Church of England of which were were not a part).

So, the pope's picture is up.  And our sign out front has been changed to reflect that we are now a Catholic church — Anglican Use.

In other news, Fr. Francis Donnelly delivered a wonderful homily on Sunday.  He has such confidence he gives these extraordinary messages without notes.  I wish I had recorded it for YouTube!

In mentioning the Novena to the Holy Spirit, he suggested we ask for a huge outpouring of the Holy Spirit — tongues of fire, a mighty rushing wind — and not just make small, or timid requests — that because of Christ's Ascension into heaven, the glorification of his Humanity, we have access to all the gifts of the Holy Spirit the first disciples received while praying in the Upper Room.

Time to sign off and pray the Novena — for signs and wonders and supernatural gifts and all the fruits of the Spirit to build up the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

Author: Deborah Gyapong

Deborah Gyapong is a member of the Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (www.annunciationofthebvm.org) 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.

5 thoughts on “Our Picture of the Holy Father”

  1. Fear not! There are no longer pictures of the Pope's feet for anyone to kiss!

    (Seriously, I think anyone who tries to kiss the Pope's feet will make everyone present feel awkward, even the Pope.)

  2. We had a signed portrait of Pope John Paul II hanging in the sacristy at St. Mary Wellingborough in the early 90s, unless a (C of E) bishop was visiting.

  3. Perhaps the best way to go for Ordinariate parishes is to have a triptych:

    Pope Benedict in the middle, with Msgr. Steenson and the local diocesan bishop on either side!

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