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First Combined Mass for the Ordinariate Churches of California

posted Jul 10, 2014, 3:57 PM by IT Support   [ updated Jul 10, 2014, 4:04 PM ]

Sunday, June 29, 2014, Saint Augustine of Canterbury Church, of Oceanside, and Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church, of Orange, celebrated their second anniversary of joining the Personal Ordinariate to the Chair of Saint Peter with a combined congregational Solemn Holy Mass in the Father Serra Chapel, of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Fathers George Ortiz-Guzman and Andrew Bartus also celebrated their ordinations into the Roman Catholic Church. Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary for the Personal Ordinariate to the Chair of Saint Peter celebrated the Mass.

On July 3, 2012, at the Basilica of San Juan Capistrano, Monsignor Steenson witnessed the first California congregations of the North American Ordinariate being received into the Roman Catholic Church. George Ortiz-Guzman and 34 members of Saint Augustine's were confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church by Bishop Cirilo Flores, of the Diocese of San Diego. Father Andrew Bartus was ordained to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church and twelve members of Blessed John Henry Newman were confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church by Bishop Todd D. Brown, of the Diocese of Orange County. A year later, on June 26, 2013, Father George Ortiz-Guzman was ordained to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church Bishop Cirilo Flores at Saint Margaret's Catholic Parish, Oceanside.

The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Benedict XVI [Anglicanorum coetibus (Groups of Anglicans, Nov. 4, 2009)]  established “Personal Ordinariates” for those of the Anglican heritage entering full communion with the Catholic Church while maintaining distinctive elements of their theological, spiritual, and liturgical patrimony. The members of the Ordinariate include “those faithful, of every category or state of life, who, originally having belonged to the Anglican Communion, are now in full communion with the Catholic Church, or who have received the sacraments of initiation within the jurisdiction of the Ordinariate itself, or who are received into it because they are part of a family belonging to the Ordinariate” (Decree of Establishment, 1)

Sunday was the first time since their reception that these two congregations have had a chance to gather together and celebrate a Mass as one. Fathers Ortiz-Guzman and Bartus, worked together to facilitate the service which hosted almost 200 persons in attendance. Monsignor Arthur Holquin welcomed the two communities to use the Fr. Serra Chapel of Mission San Juan Capistrano which lies halfway between the two communities. Monsignor Steenson flew in from Texas to celebrate the Mass and preach to his flock. The Mass was a glorious praise to our Lord in Heaven, and all involved had a spiritually rewarding experience.

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