This weekend was very significant in the life of our Ordinariate. St Peter’s Square in Rome was packed for the canonisation of Saint John Henry Newman, one among five that day. Because he is our patron many Ordinariate clergy and laity were there, as many photographs on social media proved.

Here in Eastbourne we had a more modest affair yesterday evening. Our 7:30 evening mass was the focus for celebrations, followed by some refreshments in the hall afterwards. It was a Solemn Mass, with a special souvenir order of service, and featured the Te Deum at the end. Fr Thomas celebrated and preached. The regular congregation were joined by extras from the 4pm Sunday mass community, people from Christ the King and members of the local Newman Association.

Thank you to those who contributed to the evening and who brought food and drinks.

Graham, Fr Neil and Keir Martland serving.

Graham, Fr Neil and Keir Martland serving

During the Te Deum after Mass

During the Te Deum after Mass