Monsignor Newton has written a pastoral letter, to be made available this Sunday, in which he calls for additional fundraising for the Ordinariate via three official second collections to be taken each year.
Around the feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury a collection will be taken to support the Ordinariate Clergy training fund for Ordinariate seminarians who do not have access to many of the established diocesan funds set aside for this purpose. I shall write more extensively on this need nearer the time.
Around the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham a collection will be taken to support the Ordinariate Clergy relief trust. Despite working full time in diocesan settings and parishes our clergy are not entitled to the usual perks enjoyed by diocesan clergy; private health packages and pensions. With no historic legacies and funds this is a daunting challenge.
And, close to 15th January (the founding of the Ordinariate) a collection will be taken for the Ordinariate Families Fund. To that end we shall take a collection in Pembury this coming week.
Mgr. Newton writes “Those of our clergy with families suffered particularly when they gave up their Church of England posts. There was the move from their family home to accommodation that might not be particularly satisfactory for family life or in very good repair. There was the disruption to schooling or extra cost of getting children to new locations. Less obvious was the loss of access to sources of additional support available to clergy in the Church of England. There are no such funds for Ordinariate Clergy families. The Ordinariate Families Fund seeks, in a small way, to begin to fill this gap.”
These collections will, at present, occur only in the few parishes where the Ordinariate is present- but I urge supportive clergy and parishes to join us! Finance is a particular challenge for us having been required to start what is effectively a non-geographical diocese from scratch and having left behind our buildings, legacies, pensions and funds.
Imagine if the entire church in England and Wales were to get behind such an initiative…one can but hope! Until then we appeal to friends and supporters. Blog readers can send donations via myself or head office at Golden Square.