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Divine Mercy Sunday

15 April 2012

Dear Friends in Christ,

Several items for your attention:

1. Last Wednesday, Jon Chalmers was ordained to the diaconate for service in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, the pastoral structure created by Pope Benedict for former Anglicans who come into full communion with the Catholic Church. Deacon Chalmers will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Guglielmone here at St. Mary’s on Sunday 3 June 2012 at 6 pm, and all are welcome to attend.

2. In the weeks ahead, local Anglicans who desire to join the Catholic Church and preserve their patrimony will be organized into a community of the Ordinariate under the patronage of St. Anselm. This community will be meeting at St. Mary’s under the leadership of the once and future Father Chalmers, and in due course, he will be celebrating Mass on Sunday evenings according to the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite. Once it is established, this Mass will be open to any parishioner who wishes to attend, but it will be primarily for the benefit of the members of the Ordinariate. For more information about the newly forming community of St. Anselm’s, Greenville visit www.ordinarychurch.org.

3. The Feast of St. Anselm, patron of our local Ordinariate community, falls each year on 21 April — next Saturday. Anselm was born about the year 1033 into a noble family at Aosta in the Italian Alps, and when he was 27, Anselm entered a Benedictine monastery at Bec in Normandy. In addition to learning how to be a faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus under the Rule of St. Benedict, Anselm distinguished himself as a brilliant philosopher and theologian, and in 1093 he became the Archbishop of Canterbury — an office he held until his death on 21 April 1109. St. Anselm is reckoned to be the “Father of Scholasticism”, a method of critical thought that prevailed in the schools and universities of Europe from Anselm’s day until the late Middle Ages, and he is famous for the motto fides quaerens intellectum (faith seeking understanding) by which he sought to describe the complex interaction of faith and reason.

4. Right now in Greenville County, nearly 800 children are in the custody of the Department of Social Services, and most of them desperately need a good home. If you have ever thought of serving as a foster parent or an adoptive parent and would like more information about that possibility, please come to Sacred Heart Hall on Thursday 26 April at 7 pm to meet with Tom McNamee from St. Mary Magdalene Church to learn more about serving children in this way.

Father Newman