The Portal December 2017 - Page 18

THE P RTAL December 2017 Page 18 A letter from down under An Appeal from Mgr Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross Dear Mgr Keith Over the past two years, members of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham have been prayerfully supportive of the Church of Torres Strait as it progressed its petition to come into full Catholic communion as a Territory of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. They were disappointed when Bp Nona announced that he would abandon this ecumenical initiative and lead his people down a different spiritual path. I am pleased to be able to tell you that the majority of Church of Torres Strait parishioners on Duaun Island vowed to pursue reconciliation with the Holy See and have now been welcomed into the membership of the Ordinariate of OLSC. They are now the parish of The Holy Cross and are linked to the Ordinariate parish of St Clare in Cairns. There has been no resident Church of Torres Strait priest on Dauan for several years but the faithful gather daily to recite the Office when a priest is not available. Fr Gordon Barnier of Cairns will visit Duaun every few weeks to offer the mass and undertake pastoral duties. Other Ordinariate priests may also visit until a more permanent arrangement can be found. Our prayer is that a Torres Strait Islander will respond to God’s call and seek ordination. The journey to Duaun from the Australian Mainland involves two or three flights and a short sea passage by inflatable dinghy, so you can imagine that the cost is very high. Combine this cost with accommodation and the total is almost $2000, which is equivalent to a flight from Australia to Europe. We are also hoping to progress with the ordination of a former Church of Torres Strait priest who is an Acolyte in our Cairns parish so that he could assist in the priestly ministry in both Cairns and Duaun. JAPAN The Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross also has a small parish in Tokyo and one in Hiroshima. Fr Joseph Paul Yamaoka of Hiroshima recently attended our Annual Clergy Residential in Queensland. He is a family man with dependent children and needs to be provided with a salary. The local Catholic Diocese has provided him with some ministry and pay him one third of the average Japanese salary. He undertakes some ministry in a nearby US Naval Base, but this contract will end in October. Slow growth is occurring in the Japanese parishes, so we are anxious to do what we can to support him and Fr Kajiwara in Tokyo in their ministry. I write to share with you these developments of our ministry beyond mainland Australia and to ask you to invite our fellow Ordinariate members in the UK to pray for our parishioners in the Torres Strait and Japan, and if possible to offer a gift to help us finance these Spirit-inspired opportunities to grow God’s Kingdom and further the unity of Christ’s Church. Gifts can be made by electronic bank transfer to Ordinariate OLSC National Australia Bank, 100 St George’s Tce, Perth, West Australia Swift Code  NATAAU3306P BSB number  086 006 A/C number 15003 8987  Or by credit card through PayPal - see the Donate buttons in the support section of the web page - www. With every best wish and with gratitude for your support Yours sincerely in Christ Mgr Harry Entwistle Ordinary, Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross