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The Oxford Ordinariate Group meets at Holy Rood, Abingdon Road, Oxford for a Sung Mass on Saturdays at 6pm.  All are welcome. The Mass is usually the Vigil Mass of Sunday but, in any case, fulfils Catholics’ Sunday Obligation to go to Mass. Before Mass there are Confessions (from 5pm) and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (from 5.30pm). The congregation includes former Anglicans who have become Catholics and cradle Catholics who find that the day, the time, the place or the style suits them. Some Holy Rood parishioners come along. Some registered members of the Ordinariate prefer to attend Holy Rood on Sunday, or go to some other Catholic Church for Mass. 
The Holy Rood Ordinariate Group, as it is known locally, has adopted the new Roman Missal, as directed by the Holy See. We celebrate facing East, using incense, plainsong, and polyphony, as well as singing hymns, mostly from the Anglican tradition. Music is provided by the Newman Consort, which specialises in singing liturgical music. For the Divine Office and for certain pastoral rites, the Ordinariate is already permitted to use forms derived from the Anglican tradition. So, a regular feature for the Oxford Group is Evensong and there is to be an Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols and a Christmas Nine Lessons and Carols.
The Ordinariate is not part of the Portsmouth Diocese. The pastor of the Holy Rood Ordinariate Group, Mgr Andrew Burnham, lives and helps out in the Thames-Isis Pastoral Area, but the other clergy, Daniel Lloyd and Fr Paul Berrett, live and help out in Littlemore and Chipping Norton, respectively, working closely with the Birmingham Archdiocese. The Oxford Group meets not only at Holy Rood but also for a 10am Wednesday Mass at Oxford Oratory and for occasional celebrations of Solemn Evensong and Benediction at Blackfriars Priory.  
 Nationally, the Ordinariate is equivalent to a diocese and its Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, is a full member of the Bishops’ Conference, even though he himself is not a bishop. The pastor of the Oxford Ordinariate Group, Mgr Andrew Burnham, is one of two Assistants to the Ordinary.

Mgr Andrew Burnham


For further information on the Ordinariate see www.ordinariate.org.uk and the Oxford Ordinariate Group see www.oxfordordinariate.wordpress.com


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