FAQ about Affiliation
June 5, 2013
A few practical points for those inquiring about affiliating with the Ordinariate:
1. AN ORDINARIATE MISSION PARISH FOR TORONTO
Twenty-four members locally is the number needed to form an Ordinariate mission parish. We are well along the way, but we always want more people and need your support.
2. WHO CAN BE A MEMBER?
A) If you are an Anglican (Episcopalian), a former Anglican, or are married to or in the family of an Anglican or former Anglican you can be a member of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
B) If you are a non-RC of any denomination and wish to be received into the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate you can belong to the Ordinariate. We just received a family of Mennonite background.
C) Basically, only those who were baptized in the Catholic Church and have no familial connection to an Anglican cannot formally be a member but, of course, any Catholic can attend Ordinariate Masses, fulfill Sunday obligation and partake of the sacraments (Penance, etc.) through the ministry of an Ordinariate priest or chaplain.
3. DO I HAVE TO STOP ATTENDING MY LOCAL PARISH AND ATTEND THE ORDINARIATE MASS EVERY SUNDAY?
You can continue to attend any Catholic Church and attend the Ordinariate Mass when possible. Once a member of the Ordinariate though, you cannot hold an official office in another parish e.g. Parish Council. This would not affect most of those in our community.
4. DO I HAVE TO BE A RESIDENT OF TORONTO?
Any Canadian who meets the criteria in # 2 above can affiliate with the Ordinariate in Canada and may attend the closest Ordinariate mission parish or sodality when possible. If in doubt on this or other issues, fill out a form and we will have the Ordinariate Chancellor review the case.
5. MSGR STEENSON NEEDS THE FORMS
Even those who filled out a form for the archdiocese must complete a form for the Ordinariate in Houston. These can be collected at the meeting on June 16.
Here is a link to the Ordinariate website and the pdf form:
If you fill one out please bring it to the meeting so that these can be submitted as a group with the 24+ affiliated members.