Behind the walls of St. Michael the Archangel Church, two congregations share one altar.
One is Catholic, the other Protestant. The Revs. Jack Morrison and Scott McCleary consider their situation unusual.
”We are very much alike and very different,” Morrison said.
”It’s great fun,” McCleary said.
Morrison is the pastor of St. Michael Archangel Maronite Catholic. McCleary is pastor of St. George’s Anglican. For more than a year, the two congregations have been sharing space at the small brick church next to the Museum of the Cape Fear. St. George’s organized in 2003 after a group of people broke away from St. John’s Episcopal Church. Disagreements over homosexuality, among other things, drove them to start from scratch. The members of St. Michael offered them a place to worship. Now, the congregations take turns using the sanctuary. St. George’s holds its Sunday services first, at 8:30 a.m. St. Michael follows at 10:30. The two congregations often meet, especially now, during the season of Lent. When Bishop Gregory Mansour came to Fayetteville last Sunday, he agreed to preach at both services. If cooperation between the two churches is unique, perhaps it is more remarkable because it has the blessing of a Catholic bishop. [Source] [Browser warning: Firefox won’t display this story, but Internet Explorer does]
Sounds almost like the Church of the Holy Apostles in Virginia Beach, Va which calls itself a Anglican/Roman Catholic Congregation and was instituted by their previous Bishop. This is how they handle it:
Services are held each week at 10:00 a.m. We share the Liturgy of the Word, but maintain separate altars for the Eucharist. Roman Catholics may receive from the Roman Catholic priest; all other Baptized Christians in good standing with their own church may receive from the Episcopal priest.
I created a church bulletin previously for a combination Catholic/Anglican Church, which can be found here.
Update: Since a reader asked, I have made the bulletin available for download.