We’ve moved! Come celebrate our new website

Replica of the miraculous statue of Our Lady of the Cap (Notre-Dame-du-Cap)

Today, on the Queenship of Mary, the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society officially launches its new website where this blog will find its new home.

We will gradually be moving posts from here over to the new blog, but for the time being, this site will remain up as an archive.

We’re moving! Here’s why

The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society blog is moving to a new home at the Society’s website that has undergone a thorough renewal.

The official launch for the new site is Aug. 22, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, but you can have a peek now if you like!

Our webmaster Peter Jesserer Smith has led the exciting transformation. I sent him some questions regarding the changes

Why is the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society revamping its website?

The board approved a proposal to transform our website, so we could become the destination for people wanting to learn about the Anglican tradition in the Catholic Church, the broader English Christian patrimony, the Ordinariates, and our mission to evangelize and make disciples of Jesus Christ.

We’ve been thinking about how to fulfill our mission better, and had made our journal Shared Treasure available for print and Kindle via a new Amazon store. So the board saw a website revamp as a key next step to advance our mission, and eCatholic provided us the solutions we were looking for.

The board saw eCatholic’s powerful web tools as precisely what we needed, particularly in integrating our blog content with the rest of our website’s multimedia resources. The website is easy for an administrator to maintain and update, and has the benefit of highly responsive customer service that shares our Catholic faith and evangelical missions. Altogether, the new upgraded website will free the ACS to focus on other important projects, which we’re excited to roll out in the months and years ahead.

What is behind the new look?

Well, the mission of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society is to promote the Anglican tradition and common identity within the Catholic Church in order to share the Gospel, educate men and women in the beauty of the Catholic faith, and form disciples of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. So we wanted to upgrade our website to enable us to better carry out our mission.

So on the new website itself, you’re seeing the Ordinariate’s Anglican tradition beautifully displayed in a clip of the Solemn Mass, according to our missal Divine Worship, that was offered at our recent Toronto Conference on the Catholic Church’s Anglican tradition. This was for the 10th anniversary year of Benedict XVI’s founding of the Catholic Church’s personal ordinariates for the Anglican tradition with Anglicanorum coetibus.

The website has now beautiful photos and videos throughout that invite people to engage our resources (we feature both ACS original content as well as Ordinariate-related content), discover our Conferences, and become supporters of the Society. What you see here is made possible only by our ACS supporters who have confidence the Ordinariates are a critical part of advancing the Church’s mission inviting men and women into lifelong discipleship of Jesus Christ, who then go out and invite other men and women to know, love, and follow the Lord.

That’s what our whole Anglican patrimony is here for in the first place, and particularly why Benedict XVI saw this as a “treasure to be shared” with the whole of Christ’s Catholic Church.

So we aim the website to be a place where this treasure may be shared abundantly. So the home page prominently features our latest ACS blog and Ordinariate News content, our latest podcasts, and the ACS map of Pre-Ordinariate and Ordinariate communities all over the globe. We also know many people are struggling with going to Mass during COVID-19 pandemic, so we created a place on the homepage that features a livestreamed Sunday Divine Worship Mass. That way people can virtually unite themselves at Sunday Mass, and experience the Ordinariate’s liturgical life in a particular locale, which may be different week to week.

Why is the blog moving to the website?

The ACS’s new eCatholic website allows us to resolve a problem the board recognized, where our blog and website were on two different platforms. The board recognized people may visit the website, but not engage with the blog, or people may visit the blog, but miss the larger resources available on the website.

So the board recognized the time had come to bring those platforms together, and eCatholic gave us the opportunity to bring all these resources onto a single platform. So for example, if you read the ACS’s Ordinariate Newsletter, and something peaks your interest about the Ordinariate or a particular community — you can now stay on the website to learn more.

Additionally, the eCatholic features allow us to feature not only ACS original content, discussions, and contributions but also it allows us to quickly link to the excellent news about the Ordinariate that is being published by Catholic news outlets all over the world. So, if you visit our site, we’ll take you right there.

Additionally, all this information is archived on our blog. We have also created a news archive, which we’re steadily adding to, so people who are new to the Ordinariates and the Anglican tradition in the Catholic Church, will have a solid stable of the best news articles to consult.  

Where does the ACS hope to go with this newly launched website?

We’re really only at the beginning of this new adventure, and the new eCatholic website opens a wide vista of possibilities toward which the ACS can chart a course, both for the wider public and our subscribing members. 
So we’ll be building on the content that’s we’ve got there, particularly in strengthening the Ordinariate-related video content, publications, and the news archive. There’s a lot of content out there we want to pull together for people. We’re looking forward to providing more Prayer Book resources as the Ordinariates publish their Divine Office books. So we’ll feature the St. Gregory’s Prayer Book, a devotional primer the ACS had a hand in developing, alongside the office books. The Ordinariate’s Anglican tradition emphasizes the laity and the clergy both praying the office — that was an insight reflected in the Book of Common Prayer tradition, and later affirmed for all Catholics in Sacrosanctum Concilium, the sacred constitution on the liturgy at the Second Vatican Council. We very much want to make sure that we support that.   

We’ve made it easy for people to find out how they can purchase print or Kindle editions of our journal Shared Treasure. Subscribing members have full access to our digital archives, but the board will be discussing proposals for more exclusive subscriber-only content. 
We’re going to be looking very closely at how to create intentional content that equips people to better evangelists in their own community and put the Ordinariate’s Anglican tradition to work spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A rising tide lifts all boats, and we believe the success of Ordinariate communities can be an inspiration to all Catholic churches that Christ’s Gospel has power to transform all men and women it reaches. 
The ACS board is discussing new projects, which we hope to showcase on our website. While it’s premature to say more about them now, we invite people to join us in our mission by becoming regular donors, and subscribing members. We’ve got a great network of talented people who are looking to build up the Ordinariate, and grow the Catholic Church by evangelizing through our beautiful Anglican tradition. So the new website is a start, and ultimately, we hope this is the first step to making the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society the place people seek out for anything related to the Ordinariates, our Anglican patrimony, and how we can go forth and make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Ordinariate Newsletter: 10th Sunday after Trinity

In this issue, while parishes are finishing their celebration of the Assumption (or the Feast of St. Magnus), we include other news from around the Ordinariate–that will come next Sunday! This includes a profile of Mount Calvary’s bus ministry, information on the St. Benet Biscop Oblates Chapter, and news about the ACS website. Fr. Scharbach of Mount Calvary also generously allowed a transcription of his homily from 2 weeks ago, which moved many listeners, to be included here.

Has your parish not appeared? Is there a ministry or good event you think should have appeared but hasn’t? We haven’t heard from you! We are eager to highlight good work around the Ordinariate. Send an email to ordinariatenewsletter@outlook.com (and do the same if you’d like to receive the newsletter by email). If you’ve benefited from this newsletter, please consider donating $2 an issue to the Seminarian Fund. And please feel free to print and distribute this newsletter. Happy Sunday!

A Joyous Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We at the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society wish all of you a joyous Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We also have some good news! We’re moving!

On August 22, the Queenship of Mary, this blog will be moved to a new integrated website for the ACS. Stay tuned for upcoming information about our launch!

We sang this lovely hymn: Sing We of the Blessed Mother today at Mass at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ottawa. Here are the lyrics:

Ordinariate Newsletter: 9th Sunday after Trinity

In this issue, looking forward to the Feast of the Assumption, we include more passages excerpted by Dr. Nicholas, a profile of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ottawa, who have had great success ministering online during the pandemic, and notes on upcoming events.

Has your parish not appeared? Is there a ministry or good event you think should have appeared but hasn’t? We haven’t heard from you! We are eager to highlight good work around the Ordinariate. Send an email to ordinariatenewsletter@outlook.com (and do the same if you’d like to receive the newsletter by email). If you’ve benefited from this newsletter, please consider donating $2 an issue to the Seminarian Fund. And please feel free to print and distribute this newsletter. Happy Sunday!

Tribute to Isaac Scharbach

Isaac Scharbach, 21, the oldest son of Fr. Albert Scharbach, the pastor of Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore, passed away August. 1 after he was hit by a car while riding his bike.

Isaac Scharbach

It is hard to imagine any grief greater than the loss of a son or daughter. All of the members of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and beyond join in mourning this unspeakable loss.

Here is a tribute to Isaac in The Catholic Review, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, that reveals what an extraordinary young man he was.

George P. Matysek Jr. writes:

From the time Isaac Scharbach was a child, prayer was central to his life. Family members remember finding the boy asleep on the floor by his open prayer book late at night. Later, his teachers at Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington recalled frequently seeing the young man alone in the school’s darkened chapel, taking time away from a jam-packed schedule to pray quietly by himself on late afternoons.

Isaac, from a family of nine brothers and sisters, joined the Catholic Church as a child during the 2009 Easter Vigil at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. Father Albert Scharbach, his father, had been a priest in the Anglican Church, but joined the Catholic Church with his family and was ordained a Catholic priest in 2013.

“As his priest, I gave him Communion daily,” said Father Scharbach, a former pastoral assistant to Bishop Denis J. Madden and the current pastor of Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore.

“He always received the Eucharist as if it was his first time receiving, his last time receiving, his only time receiving,” Father Scharbach said. “This was evident in his face and his entire bodily posture: peace, joy and an apparent interior ecstasy that communicated there is no place else he would rather be.”

Isaac Scharbach, 21, was killed Aug. 1 when an automobile struck him from behind in Upperco while he was riding his bicycle. The driver remained at the scene, and Baltimore County Police are investigating the crash.

Father Scharbach remembered his eldest son as a “pure soul” who treated everyone with kindness.

“Isaac was always kind, he always thought the best of others and he was always trying to help people,” his father said. “And I mean always, without exception. There are very few other people I can say that about, if anyone.”

There’s a lot more about Isaac here.

A funeral Mass will be offered Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Bartholomew in Manchester. It will be livestreamed here. Social distancing measures will be required.

Memorial contributions to build an adoration chapel at Davidson College may be made here.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Isaac’s family. Nearly $60,000 has been raised so far.

Ordinariate Newsletter: 8th Sunday after Trinity

In this fifth issue, in addition to briefer notes on different exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, we include a note from John Covert on his Cycle of Prayer, a description of the Minnesota Ordinariate’s latest event, a homily excerpt by Fr. Catania of St. Barnabas, and more. It’s been 5 issues! Have you donated? If you’ve benefited from this newsletter, please prayerfully consider donating $2 an issue to the Seminarian Fund. And please feel free to print and distribute this newsletter. Happy Sunday!

Has your parish not appeared? Is there a ministry or good event you think should have appeared but hasn’t? We haven’t heard from you! We are eager to highlight good work around the Ordinariate. Send an email to ordinariatenewsletter@outlook.com using the form below (and do the same if you’d like to receive the newsletter by email).

Note: The proper link to view or purchase the Catholic Cycle of Prayer, produced by John Covert, is simply http://www.walsinghampublishing.com/cycle/ (not the longer link, embedded in the newsletter).