The Portal May 2018 - Page 12

THE P RTAL May 2018 Page 12 Revival in north Manchester Jackie Ottaway and Ronald Crane visit the Ordinariate in the New Moston district of Manchester E ach month, we try and visit one of the Ordinariate Groups in the UK. In their own way, they are all enjoyable. We are privileged to meet some lovely people and to hear their stories, whether they be cradle Catholics or Ordinariate members. This month we have been in Lancashire. It was a profitable visit. On the Sunday morning we went to the New Moston district of Manchester to meet the Ordinariate Group at St Margaret Mary. The group has recently moved there together with their priest Fr Andrew Starkie, his wife Rosalind and their children. They are a lovely and close family, and we are always at home in their company. The church building at St Margaret Mary is a modern construction, but unlike many such edifices, it looks like a church! come. This is all good as far as Christianity is concerned: to be united in this way is heading in the right direction. This is just amazing, and it works!” Sandra Modric Paul Savage is a retired warehouse manager. He too came from St Joseph’s and St Gabriel’s. He told us, “Here people have been so welcoming, although I must say, Fr Paul at St Joseph’s was great too.” Elizabeth Stafford is a manager in plant and machinery. A cradle Catholic, she attends St Margaret Mary, but still goes to St Joseph’s. She has enrolled as Sung Mass was according to Divine a Friend of the Ordinariate. “It reminds Worship. It was beautiful. There were me of when I was a child. Coming to some eighty to ninety folk present. The Fr Andrew and Rosalind Starkie Mass and Holy Communion. I feel as vast majority of them seemed to be in if I have been to Mass when I come to tune with the worship and the rite. Divine Worship. The sacrificial aspect of the Mass as well as the communal meal.” After Mass we joined the congregation for some tea, coffee and biscuits. Sandra Julie Hembrough told us, “I am known Modric is a retired legal secretary, with as ‘the animal woman’”. Indeed, she has a son and three grandchildren. She was a passion for animals. She continued, in Westminster Cathedral when the “St Margaret Mary is my church. I went three Anglican Bishops were ordained to school here. Then I lived abroad in Catholic Priests. She was a member of the Switzerland and Germany. I have been back Paul Savage congregation of CofE church St Gabriel, since 1999. The Ordinariate is wonderful. with Fr Andrew, then at the Catholic church They have brought a happy atmosphere with of St Joseph’s Heywood. She moved to St them. I like having a family in the Presbytery. Margaret Mary with the Ordinariate Group. I like Divine Worship because it is more sacred. I am just an ordinary person, and I Her comment on the move was, “It has come to Mass to see God. A quick Mass is been unbelievably good. I never thought OK, but I like more. There are lots of ideas the transition would be so seamless. It is not here now. It is all positive.” ‘them’ and ‘us’, it is just ‘us’.” As to Divine Worship, she said most of the people at Steve O’Connor is a retired RS teacher. He Julie Hembrough St Margaret Mary thought, “Well this is taught at local schools, all diocesan ones, different!” for over thirty years. “I am a cradle Catholic. I used to attend St Chad’s, the Oratory Church. It is traditional. Fr Andrew had explained that the rite is proper, I go to Mass every day. My wife came here. She came a proper Catholic rite. “Some have come out of home and said the priest had three churches. Then, the curiosity,” she explained, “but today’s numbers are week before Lent she said that she had something for normal, although we do have a few more when they all me. She brandished the bulletin at me, and said that