Posted on the 27th February 2024 in the category Events
Bishops of The Society will be celebrating the following Chrism Masses:
Bishop of Beverley
6pm on Sunday 24 March at St Aidan, Sunderland
11am on Monday 25 March at St Jude, Hexthorpe
11am on Tuesday 26 March at Manchester Cathedral
Bishop of Blackburn
6pm on Sunday 24 March at St George, Preston
Bishop of Fulham
11am on Tuesday 26 March at St Andrew, Holborn
Bishop of Lewes
12pm on Wednesday 27 March at St John, Preston Park
for all parishes in the Diocese of Chichester with the Bishop of Chichester preaching
Bishop of Oswestry
11am on Thursday 21 March at Gloucester Cathedral
11am on Monday 25 March at Lichfield Cathedral
11am on Tuesday 26 March at Exeter Cathedral
Bishop of Richborough
12pm on Tuesday 19 March at Portsmouth Cathedral
12pm on Monday 25 March at Chelmsford Cathedral
12pm on Tuesday 26 March at Canterbury Cathedral
12pm on Wednesday 27 March at St Mary, Walsingham
Bishop of Wakefield
6pm on Sunday 24 March at St Peter, Horbury
Posted on the 20th February 2024 in the category News
For more details about this new and exciting free initiative, email Clare Williams who will send you more details, including the Zoom link for the meeting.
Posted on the 4th February 2024 in the category Announcements
The Society is saddened to learn of the death of Liz Paver, who was a great servant not only of the Church of England, and its Catholic Movement, but also of the Anglican Communion. This service, expressed over very many years, to the General Synod, and more recently to the Anglican Consultative Council, led the Archbishop of Canterbury to award Liz the Cross of St Augustine in June of last year. We give thanks to God for Liz's loyal witness to the Catholic Faith as received by the Church of England and we pray that she may rest in peace. Jesu mercy, Our Lady of Walsingham pray.
Posted on the 15th December 2023 in the category Statements
In this season of Advent, we join each of you in watching and waiting for the Christ who comes to meet us. We turn towards him in penitence, mindful of our sins and failings, but also in hope, and in joyful expectation of the fulfilment of His promises and the coming of His kingdom.
You will have seen that the House of Bishops has now commended the ‘Prayers of Love and Faith’ (PLF) and has issued Pastoral Guidance which provides the framework within which they may be used. We are glad to read in the Pastoral Guidance that:
The Bishops of The Society, mindful of their calling to be guardians of the doctrine of Christ as the Church of England has received it, which doctrine is expressed in the common prayer of our liturgy, will not be using the PLF in public prayer. We recognise, however, that the nature of the commendation means that local decisions lie solely with clergy and their PCCs. Society Bishops will be offering further guidance on the PLF to the clergy in their care in due course.
We continue to rejoice that the parishes and worshipping communities in our care are places of welcome for all, where those from diverse backgrounds and households can come together as God’s people united around the one altar of sacrifice of the New Covenant.
In Advent we recall the place of Mary in the story of our salvation. Her example is of a life lived wholly for God, utterly transparent to His loving purposes. May her prayers support us as we seek, by God’s grace, to grow in holiness and do His will.
+ JONATHAN FULHAM
The Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham,
Chairman of The Society’s Council of Bishops
+ PAUL OSWESTRIENSIS
The Rt Revd Paul Thomas, Bishop of Oswestry,
Chairman of Forward in Faith
Posted on the 2nd December 2023 in the category Events
Advent Sunday 2023
The Council of Nicaea, held in the year 325, marked a crucial point in the development of the Church's doctrine. So much so that the text of the Nicene Creed, which we affirm at Mass each Sunday, emerged from the deliberations of the Council.
The year 2025 will mark the 1,700th anniversary of the Council and, in common with Christians throughout the world, The Society will be celebrating its anniversary with a series of events, booklets and on-line videos, running from the start of the Church's year on Advent Sunday 2024 in a year’s time through to the end of the Church's year on the feast of Christ the King 2025.
The Society's programme will be badged 'We Believe: The Year of Faith' and will have a joyful focus on the importance of credal orthodoxy and its centrality within the life of the universal Church. The Society will encourage existing festivals in the Anglo-Catholic calendar to adopt the theme of faith for that year's celebration.
As part of The Society's exploration of the theme, there will be materials relating specifically to baptism and confirmation as sacraments of initiation and the critical role they play in enabling Christians to live out the Christian faith so clearly expressed in the Nicene Creed.
Further details will be shared as The Year of Faith approaches. Your prayers are asked for all those involved in this initiative and for us all as we seek to live out our call to orthodox Christian witness in this country.