More than 100 people attended this week’s Anglican Use Mass at St. Alphonsus Church in Baltimore on the night before the March for Life. Fr. Eric Bergman of the St. Thomas More Society in Scranton, Pennsylvania celebrated the Mass and preached. The Mass was followed by a gathering at Mount Calvary Church for fellowship and to hear more about the Anglican Use and Anglicanorum coetibus. At the gathering at Mount Calvary, Fr. Scott Hurd, assistant to Cardinal Wuerl for the implementation of Anglicanorum Coetibus, did much in his remarks to make those present feel positively about the future. God bless Fr. Bergman and Fr. Hurd for their work on behalf of the Ordinariate.
Fr. Jason Catania and the members of Mount Calvary continue their own journey toward the Catholic Church with the assistance of Fr. Carleton Jones, OP, formerly of the Society of St. John the Evangelist. Instruction continues as they move toward reception as a group at Easter and at they continue to work to find an amicable way forward with the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
There will be a Mid-Atlantic Gathering of Ordinariate-bound Anglicans and Catholics
on January 23rd and 24th.
It will begin with an Anglican Use Mass on Sunday, January 23rd at 4:00 p.m. in St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 114 West Saratoga St., Baltimore, Maryland. The celebrant and preacher will be Fr. Eric Bergman, Chaplain of the St. Thomas More Society (Scranton, PA). Immediately after Mass everyone is invited to assemble at Mount Calvary Church, 816 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, for a time of fellowship and discussion, including brief presentations by appointed speakers for the various Anglican Use communities present, describing their current activities and hopes for the Ordinariate.
On Monday, January 24th at 1:00 p.m., participants in the Gathering are invited to take part in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., by meeting at 7th St. and Independence Ave. SW. They will march under a banner which proclaims, “Thank you, Holy Father, for Anglicanorum Coetibus!” This is a great opportunity to help build up the corporate life of the future Ordinariate by giving a public witness to the sanctity of human life.