Bishop Steven Lopes of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter visited Ottawa this weekend. He and I had a meeting Saturday morning concerning the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society, then he came to Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary for lunch and conversation with parishioners.
On Sunday, he presided at the annual Corpus Christi Mass and Eucharistic Procession that we have done jointly for the past four years with St. George’s, a Roman Catholic parish in our neighborhood.
Msgr. Hans Feichtinger, pastor of St. George’s, used to work with Bishop Lopes at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith so they are old friends. Msgr. Feichtinger recently took on Ottawa’s German-language parish St. Albertus, so for the first time three parishes participated. That meant we had some parts of the Mass and some hymns in German. Msgr. Feichtinger is in the centre. I do not know the name of the deacon on the left. Our Fr. Kipling Cooper is on the right.
I was surprised and impressed when our own Zach Candy chanted the Lesson in German! That Zach swings a mean thurifer in addition to his many other gifts.
Our relationship with St. Georges has been enriching for us and ensures we are well-integrated with Catholics in the Ottawa archdiocese. We have participated on their social justice committee and contributed to the support of a Syrian refugee family with St. George’s.
Bishop Lopes brought hot, humid weather with him from Houston. There were threats of severe thunderstorms in the forecast and high winds made it hard for the men to control the canopy over the Blessed Sacrament. Thus, we only stopped at one of the three stations set up on the way and that decision spared us getting soaked in a shower. Fr. Doug Hayman, our pastor, did stop to bless our parish even though we did not have the readings, prayers and full Benediction there.
We wrapped up the annual Procession at St. George’s, then proceeded to a pot luck lunch in their air-conditioned parish hall.
There was another similar table laden with food on the other side of the hall, plus a table full of desserts.
Got a picture of Christopher Mahon, who I believe is the first life member of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society and Bishop Lopes.