VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A church that has offered blended Roman Catholic and Episcopal services for three decades has been told by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond to meet in separate rooms for Holy Communion.
Clergy at the Church of the Holy Apostles were told to devise a plan that allows parishioners to remain under the same roof but worship separately. The plan is subject to approval by Roman Catholic Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Bishop Herman Hollerith of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Parishioners told the Virginian-Pilot ( http://bit.ly/Ugpi8P) the blended church has allowed families in mixed marriages to worship side by side and strengthen their community.
The Rev. Michael Ferguon, the parish’s Episcopal leader, said representatives of the Catholic diocese were supportive of the ecumenical congregation at a meeting this week but were firm on some degree of separation of worship. For instance, the use of a combined liturgy in which the priests move to separate altars in the same room was deemed unacceptable, he said.
They instructed the parish to come up with a plan that provides for separate liturgies in separate rooms, Ferguson said.
“What was left in our laps was to develop a way to be together in those parts of the service where it would be acceptable to the diocese for us to be together and then to separate.” Ferguson said.
Ferguson said he is confident an acceptable arrangement can be worked out. “It could have been much worse,” he said. [Source]
I didn’t realize this situation still existed. I had posted on it several years back and thought it would be cleared up after they received their new bishop. Though I did have fun with the idea back then and created a possible bulletin for such a blended church.
|St. Thomas More & King Henry VIII
At each others necks since the 1500s
Fr. Joseph Maria Maria
Fr. Luther Smyth Calvin
|Letter from the PastorsWe would like to take this opportunity to thank our combined congregations for the progress we have made in the last couple of years.
It has now been two years since the response at the kiss of peace was “Die,
Heretic Die” and the ushers no longer have to wear a tie with their riot gear. As we approach this years celebration of
Reformation/Counter-Reformation day I would ask you to refrain from some
the actions that occurred last year. We did not look kindly at those who placed a copy Luther’s 95 theses under the windshield wipers of our fellow Roman Catholics cars or those who placed detached Anne Boleyn doll heads on the antennas of our co-worshipers Anglican’s cars. We would also encourage people not to refer to the Immaculate Conception hall as the Papist Patio or the Tynedale Room as the WASPs Nest. Additionally this years memorial of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman is not to be referred to as traitors day. We would ask in the name of ecumenism that
whoever keeps leaving the copies of Apostolicae Curae in the Anglican Rectory to kindly stop. It is not charitable
to keep saying that the Anglicans have invalid holy orders.
In today’s sermon titled “That they may be Two” we will jointly preach from the Gospel of John on Jesus’ high priestly prayer.
Wednesday Night Bible StudyRegister now to start our through the Bible Classes.
Exploring the 73 books of the Bible –Immaculate Conception Hall.
Exploring the 66 books of the Bible –Tynedale Room
Everything you wanted to now about Sacraments, but were afraid
These seven and two week series begin Tuesday at 7 pmThe Seven Sacraments –Immaculate Conception Hall.
The Two Sacraments of the Church –Tynedale Room
The Last Church CouncilCome join us on Thursdays at eight for information on the documents of
Vatican II –Immaculate Conception Hall.
Second Council of Nicea –Tynedale Room
Preach the GospelSign up for our new door to door evangelization teams. We will canvas
We start by knocking on the door and asking them if they are born again
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|This week’s Mass IntentionsMonday. Oct, 6
That Anglicans may convert to the true faith.
Tuesday. Oct, 8
That Roman Catholics may convert to the true faith.
Wednesday. Oct, 9
For the intentions of the Holy Father
Thursday. Oct, 10
For the prayers of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Friday. Oct, 11
Anglicans pray that Roman Catholics might have a translation as beautiful
Saturday. Oct, 12
Catholics pray that we might have a translation as beautiful as the 1662
Sunday. Oct, 13
For the poor souls in Purgatory, that is if Purgatory exists.
The Truth about ContraceptionNow on Fridays at six.
Humana Vitae – Why Pope Paul VI was right.–Immaculate Conception Hall.
Why the Anglican Lambeth Conference of 1930 was right. –Tynedale Room
Confession ConfusionBecause of problems in the past of mistaken cross-confession we have painted the Roman Catholic Confessional red and the Anglican Confessional blue.
Make sure you choose the correct confessional since what might be
Homosexuality and the ChurchTo help stop the confusion these classes will begin Saturday night.
A read through of the document “Considerations regarding proposals
Why homosexuality is always sinful –7 pm @ Tynedale Room
Why homosexuality is never sinful –8 pm @ Tynedale Room
Why homosexuality in committed relationships is not sinful –9 pm @ Tynedale
In the joint parish hall we will be showing movies each
Oct 17. Luther – The Movie
Oct 24. The Song of Bernadette
Oct 31. Reformation Day – A new film where Will Smith Fights off illegal