Chrism Masses 2019
Posted on the 11th March 2019 in the category Events
During this season of Lent, I want to send you all - all priests and deacons affiliated to The Society and others in our parishes - my prayers that this season will once more be a blessing, a real springtime in our priestly discipleship. During it let us all pray for one another, and for our witness in the Church of England, for a new intensity, focus, and dedication.
We shall next meet in large numbers during Holy Week, and I hope that you look forward to the Chrism Masses as much as I do. It is my hope that both clergy and laity will gather in greater numbers this year.
1 Venues for 2019
As has become our settled pattern, we will celebrate regionally.
I trust that attending the Chrism Mass is a personal ministerial priority, and encourage all other priests and deacons associated with your parish or community to do so too.
It is, of course, customary for priests to concelebrate the Chrism Mass with the Bishop, and therefore - to help all concerned with preparations - a form is included on this web page. Please fill it out and return to my office - as soon as possible, but by Monday 1 April at the latest.
Please would you discuss arrangements with all other clergy in the parish, and ensure that names are either on one or on separate forms, or they write direct to me on email@example.com.
This will help us here in the office, and the local priests liaising with cathedral staff, to ensure that enough vestments, service papers, sets of oils etc are provided.
Two further points:
a) if, for some strong pastoral reason, please write to me personally and say so; and
b) if any of you knows of a sick or elderly priest who cannot be present, please would you let me know.
I also hope we can all extend a particular encouragement to the laity to join us too - your encouragement will be crucial.. It helps of course to know approximate numbers of laity - again by Monday 1 April please to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Readers are welcome to robe, and we shall reserve places for them at the front of the congregational seating – but we need to know their names too.
4 On the day
Clergy should only need to bring an alb and (as belt and braces) a white stole.
In all three venues all oils will be provided in plastic bottles at the end of the Mass, but you are free to bring your own containers should you wish.
At Bristol Cathedral (Monday 15 April) you will need to be in the Chapter House, off the cloister, robed and ready by 11.30 am.
At Exeter Cathedral (Tuesday 16 April), you will need to be in the Lady Chapel (at the far east of the church), robed and ready by 11.00 am.
In each venue, 2 litres of each oil are blessed.
Last year – again - some parishes took more than one set, so that not all could take a set away. On the day one set of oils per church should be collected by you or a lay member of your congregation. Further supplies can easily be obtained at any time from my office where remaining stocks are kept.
Posted on the 24th January 2019 in the category Announcements
We have a number of vacancies within the Ebbsfleet area. Please go to our vacancies page for further details.
Christmas Message 2018
Posted on the 24th December 2018 in the category Announcements
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The feast of the Lord’s birth, celebrated universally by Christians, is nearly upon us. And with only few short weeks of my sabbatical remaining, I offer you my greetings for a holy and blessed Christmas, and the assurance of my prayers.
“When the time had fully come,” says St Paul (Gal 4.4), “God sent his Son.” The world God’s Son entered was not a world of peace and harmony, where everything and everyone was ready for the peaceful spread of new ideas, justice and reconciliation. He had first to appear in an age and in a place of discord, of force and violence, to share our slavery, and to make himself one with those who are powerless and poor, so that at every moment in history it will be the powerless and poor who first recognise that he is among them.
Thus it is that he also speaks to the slavery and poverty in the heart of each of us. When the time of testing and loneliness comes upon us, when our needs are most naked before him, when we are powerless and poor, then we can recognise him with us, among us, declaring in the very midst of our struggle and pain both divine power and human dignity.
At the end of a year that has exposed many signs of the vulnerability and fragility of even the securest societies, as well as in countless individual lives, we are reminded that ours is a time when we may expect to see Christ raising up the powerless and poor, and reaffirming their freedom and their worth. Let us therefore not be afraid of going to the places of slavery, of poverty, and of desolation—in the world, in our neighbourhoods, and in our own hearts—ready to meet Christ there, ready to echo him in words and deeds not only of forgiveness and release, but also of new life and transformation.
In the name of the Lord:
+ Jonathan Ebbsfleet
Coventry Cathedral - Walsingham Festival
Posted on the 27th July 2018 in the category Events
The Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham is very pleased to announce that Coventry Cathedral will host a Regional Walsingham Festival on Saturday 8th December 2018 (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception). It is hoped that Walsingham pilgrims from all over the Midlands will gather together at this very special event. The day’s programme will begin at 12 noon with the Welcoming of the Image of Our Lady of Walsingham and Solemn Eucharist. The principal celebrant will be the Master of the Guardians, the Rt Revd Philip North (Bishop of Burnley) and the preacher, the Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth (Bishop of Coventry). After the Eucharist, picnic lunches may be eaten inside or outside the cathedral – and there are also plenty of nearby hostelries and cafes. At 3.00 pm there will be a service of Sprinkling, the Liturgy of Healing & Reconciliation followed by Benediction in the presence of the RC Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Revd Bernard Longley.
Bristol Assumptiontide Pilgrimage
Posted on the 27th July 2018 in the category Events
JOIN ME on 18 August for an
I will be the celebrant at the 12.00 Mass and Procession, and Fr Philip Barnes the much-loved recent administrator of the Shrine at Walsingham will be the preacher.
There’s then time for you to eat a picnic on the lawns of Cathedral Green, and perhaps return to the cathedral for the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament, and join me at 3.30 Evensong at which I shall preach.
As happens in all the main cathedrals in the summer, when the choir is on holiday, there’s an accomplished visiting choir—on this occasion from the east coast of the USA—to support the feast with great music.
This pilgrimage continues the long tradition of the Bristol Catholic Societies Assumptiontide Festival, which in the future will continue under my auspices in partnership with the cathedral, which is so very hospitable a place for the Ebbsfleet Chrism Masses.
The Mass will not be concelebrated but all clergy are welcome to vest, sit in the choir and join the procession. Please let Catherine Williamson know (email@example.com) whether you intend to robe and process (cotta and white stole)