Sung Masses with Choir Update

September 12, 2012

We are very thankful that God has made it possible for us to have regular Sung Masses with a choir. Here are some clips Peregrinus captured from last Sunday.

Music for next Sunday, September 16, 2012:

Music of the Mass: Collegium Regale Communion Service, Herbert Howells
Offertory Motet: Nos Autem Gloriari, Palestrina
“We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection:  through him we are saved and made free.” (Gal. 6:14)

As always, our Masses begin at 1:45pm at Sacré-Coeur Church, 381 Sherbourne St. and fulfil the Sunday obligation for all Catholics.


We’re pleased to announce that from now on, beginning this Sunday, the music at our Masses will be led by a professional quartet on a regular basis, allowing us to add sacred polyphony to our plainsong and hymns each week. By so enriching the music at the Masses of the Toronto Anglican Use Sodality, we aim to fulfil what the Second Vatican Council called the true purpose of sacred music: “the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.”

Music for Sunday, September 9, 2012

Music of the Mass: Communion Service in F, Herbert Sumsion
Offertory Motet:
View Me Lord, A Work of Thine, Richard Lloyd

As always, Mass is at 1:45pm every Sunday at Sacré-Coeur Church, 381 Sherbourne St. Remember that there is free parking, a children’s program for part of the service, and coffee hour afterward.

Please spread the word about our group and invite your friends and family.

This Sunday, the regular weekly Mass of the Toronto Anglican Use Sodality will once again be a Choral Eucharist (our weekly service is usually a Sung Eucharist). There will be a professional choral ensemble to lead the congregation in the music of the sacred liturgy, which will feature Healey Willan’s Missa Brevis I and Durufle’s Tantum Ergo, as well as the usual complement of Anglican hymns and English plainsong.

There will be free parking at the Green P parking lot just north of the church on the east side of Sherbourne St (it’s about four doors north of the church). This is a special arrangement for this Sunday only. Because this weekend is also a special anniversary for Sacré-Coeur parish, the parish parking lot is going to be in use for the afternoon, so the Green P lot has been reserved for our use this Sunday afternoon.

As usual, Mass is at 1:45pm at Sacré-Coeur (the Church of the Sacred Heart) at 381 Sherbourne St in downtown Toronto. There is a children’s program downstairs during part of the service, and afterwards we have been invited to join the Sacre Coeur parishioners outside for their BBQ.

As always, our Masses fulfill the Sunday obligation for all Catholics, regardless of whether or not they are of an Anglican background. Everyone is welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

Please bring your family and friends and spread the word!

A Glorious Sung Mass

May 10, 2012

Thanks be to God!  The Toronto Anglican Use Sodality’s first mass was a great liturgical success.  Almost sixty people joined to sing psalms, hymns and other praises to God, with the help of a powerful choir.  Fr. Eric Rodrigues preached a thoughtful and inspiring sermon on the importance of liturgy, and especially how Pope Benedict XVI sees a liturgy united over time as an essential part of the Church’s response to the present ‘profound crisis of faith’.  Those attending included an even mix of young adults, older adults, and families in between, and almost everyone stayed afterwards to enjoy refreshments and visiting.  (Peregrinus has also posted some comments on this mass.)

Masses will continue Sundays at 1:45 at Sacré-Coeur church, 381 Sherbourne St.  Remember that there is free parking, a children’s catechesis for part of the service, and coffee hour afterward.  Spread the word!

It is with great joy that the Toronto Sodality of the Anglican Use announces weekly Masses according to the Anglican Use starting Sunday, May 6th, 2012. Please spread the word!

Mass will be held every Sunday at 1:45pm at Sacré-Coeur (the Church of the Sacred Heart) at 381 Sherbourne St, at the corner of Sherbourne and Carlton, in downtown Toronto.  Anglican Use Masses fulfill Sunday obligation for all Catholics, regardless of whether or not they are of an Anglican background.  There is parking immediately north of the Church, a children’s program during the Liturgy of the Word, and coffee hour afterward.

The Toronto Anglican Use Sodality is a group of Catholics coming from the Anglican tradition who are in full communion with the Pope and who strive to preserve and celebrate our Anglican heritage as a Catholic parish church.

In the words of Anglicanorum Coetibus, we “celebrate the Holy Eucharist and the other Sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours and other liturgical celebrations according to the liturgical books proper to the Anglican tradition, which have been approved by the Holy See, so as to maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church, as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared.”

Everyone is welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

Laus Deo!

In preparation for the commencement of regular Anglican Use Mass, the Toronto Ordinariate group will meet at Sacré-Coeur Parish Church on April 1st at 1:30 p.m.  (We will not be meeting at St Michael’s Cathedral as previously advertised.)  Sacré-Coeur is located at 381 Sherbourne Street, Toronto (east of Jarvis, just north of Carlton).

All who are interested in assisting with these preparations are welcome to attend.

Members of the Toronto Anglican Use group are finalizing preparations for weekly celebration of the Anglican Use Mass.  There will be no meetings on 19 and 26 Feb, but the next meetings of the Group will be held on:
– March 4th (2:00 p.m.) at the Newman Centre;
– March 18th (2:00 p.m.) at the Newman Centre;
– April 1st (2:00 1:30 p.m.) at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 200 Church Street Sacré Coeur Parish, 381 Sherbourne Street, Toronto.
All who are interested in assisting with these preparations are welcome to attend.
We would like to extend a warm thank-you to Fr. Michael Machacek for allowing us use of the Newman Centre over the past year, and to the university students who helped with babysitting.  The Group will be collecting a contribution of thanksgiving to the Newman Centre Parish and, if you are unable to attend the March meetings but wish to donate, please e-mail us at for further details.

This coming Sunday, the 12th of February, members of the Toronto Anglican Use Group will be travelling out to Cambridge, Ontario, to join with the Sodality of St Edmund, King and Martyr, for their regular Mass according to the Anglican Use. We will therefore not be having our regular meeting at the Newman Centre this Sunday.

The service (Sung Eucharist) will be at 1pm at St Patrick’s Church, 53 Wellington St, Cambridge, and will be followed by a coffee hour in their parish hall. The Sodality of St Edmund, King and Martyr, is the second group in Canada to begin celebrating the Anglican Use regularly and belongs to the Diocese of Hamilton.

As for our own group in Toronto, we have just received confirmation that Archbishop Collins will be authorizing some of his own priests to celebrate the Anglican Use Mass for us on a weekly basis beginning in the near future. As those plans are finalized we’ll be sure to keep everyone informed.

In the meantime, we’re very much looking forward to seeing our fellow future ordinariate members again at St Edmund’s (their website is at and we hope you can join us. The first AU parish in Canada, St John the Evangelist in Calgary, has a new website too, at, and it will encourage everyone to know that since they were received into the Catholic Church at the end of Advent their regular Sunday Mass attendance has already begun increasing.

It appears that the newley erected personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter will, in time, include Canadian communities.  The Bishop of Hamilton indicated as much in his letter welcoming the Anglican Use Sodality of St Edmund when he wrote, “they will, in due time, become part of the Personal Ordinariate that is being erected in the United States.”

Peregrinations writes:

Fr Jeffrey Steenson, formerly Episcopal (Anglican) Bishop of the Diocese of Rio Grande (New Mexico and NW Texas), has been appointed as of January 1, 2012 Ordinary or chief pastor for the Anglican Ordinariate of The Chair of St. Peter. The Ordinariate is a body in full communion with the Holy See and so in communion with more than one billion Roman and Eastern Catholic Christians around the world, the largest unified religious body on earth. This is indeed an answer to the prayers of many for whom the unity of the Church is essential.

The Ordinariate is erected in the United States but will apparently have oversight for Canadian groups as well so is effectively a continent-wide diocese for Catholic Anglicans in the United States and Canada allowing them to bring their Anglican heritage or patrimony into the full communion of the worldwide Catholic Church under the guidance of their own ordinary or chief pastor, Fr. Steenson.

The full text is on the blog Pereginations.

Christopher Mahon  provides the following update on the Toronto group and other Canadian groups:

In this Christmastide the good news keeps coming.

This coming Sunday, the 1st of January, the Bishop of Hamilton will be receiving a group of Anglicans from the Kitchener-Waterloo area into the Catholic Church. The Mass within which they are to be received will be celebrated according to the Anglican Use at 2pm in the Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton.

This will be the third group received in Canada after a number of Anglicans were received in Toronto and Calgary on Advent IV. The Calgary parish, St John the Evangelist, is now celebrating the Anglican Use regularly. We in the Toronto group hope to begin doing so in the near future as well [after several members of the Toronto group were received into the Catholic Church on 18 December.]

New Year’s Day will also see the official erection of an Ordinariate for the United States. It is expected that the American Ordinary will be given interim jurisdiction over the Canadian Anglican Use communities until such time as Canada is given an ordinariate of our own.

A letter from the Bishop of Hamilton is available here, on the Diocese of Hamilton’s website.

May God continue to bless these communities, and others aspiring to respond to the Holy Father’s initiative, through the New Year.