Fr Thomas Mason - 01833 631457
Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
under the patronage of Saint John Henry Newman


Worshipping at St. Osmund's, Gainford.


Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Darlington Mission

9th June 2024 – Second Sunday after Trinity


Group Pastor – Fr. Thomas Mason – – 01833 631457

Assistant Priest – Fr. Ian Westby    Deacon – the Rev’d Carl Watson




Services this week:

Monday 10th, 10am, Barnard Castle (Latin) – Votive

Tuesday 11th, 10am, GainfordS. Barnabas

Thursday 13th, 10pm, Barnard Castle – S. Anthony of Padua

Friday 7th, 12noon, Gainford (Ordinariate)Votive (preceded by Sext at 11.45)

Confessions (at Barnard Castle): Monday 5.30-6pm, Tuesday 5.30-5pm, Saturday 10-11am

Prayer List:

Of your charity please pray for all the sick, especially: Lacey Gill, Morag, Ethel, George Gwilliam, Andrew Gwilliam, Fay Jackson, Sharon & Dennis Walburn, Elaine Robertson, Barbara Ugoletti, Andrea Matthews, Bridget Wright, Adam.

As also for all the faithful departed, particularly the recently departed including Fr. John Hunwicke, as well as those whose years-mind falls at this time including Dennis Connelly, Richard Steele, and David Steele. Requiescant in pace.

New Ordinary

Please continue to keep Fr. David Waller in your prayers as he prepares to be consecrated as Bishop, and to become our new Ordinary. The consecration will take place on Saturday 22 June, 11am at Westminster Cathedral. The day before, there will be Solemn Evensong at Warwick Street. Copies of a novena of prayer to help with preparation are available at the back.

Second Collection

Next week there will be a second collection for the Ordinariate’s Formation Fund – paying for our seminarians is expensive, but necessary if we are to have Priests into the future.

Catholics and the General Election

I’m sure that you don’t need me to tell you that we have an election rapidly approaching. I’m not going to add to the enormous amount of commentary, and certainly not going to speak in favour or against any particular party or candidate; but it is important for us to reflect on the choice in front of us in the light of our Catholic Faith. We are as much Catholics when we mark our ballot paper as when we approach the altar to receive Holy Communion, our faith should fill the whole of our lives, including the political choices which we make.

The first point to note is that voting is important. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reflects: “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country.” (C.C.C. §2240) Seeing voting as this important suggests that it has to be more than merely turning up and putting a cross in a box – the act of voting should follow a reflection on what is best for the country, and how that it best represented among the various options made available to us.

This is, of course, an area where Catholic Social Teaching is profoundly helpful. It doesn’t give us an answer to the specific matter of which candidate should get our vote, but it does give us a number of principles against which we can evaluate the various candidates. Catholics will disagree on the final choice, and there is nothing wrong with that, but we should agree on the process by which we come to our final view.

The first principle to consider is ‘the common good’. In seeking the best for the country, we have to seek the best for the whole country; we cannot appeal merely to a sectional good. The other three permanent principles of Catholic Social Teaching are closely linked and also apply: human dignity, subsidiarity, and solidarity. As humans, we have been made in the image and likeness of God, policies which undermine this God-given dignity always need to be opposed. Arising from that dignity, the principle of subsidiarity says that choices should be made as close to those who are affected by them as possible, and should always seek to support the most basic unit of society – the family. As we reflect on our common origin in God’s creative love, we have solidarity with each other. Applying these principles to our political choices is the job of each Catholic, informing their conscience and reflecting on the different policies being offered.

The Bishops’ Conference has put together a page on their website giving reflections and thoughts which can help to guide us all as we make our decisions. It looks at various different policy areas which are all important. In each area it outlines the principles which we hold to be important, and provides links to documents which explore these themes (e.g., Papal Encyclicals), as well as questions which we can ask ourselves and potentially ask those candidates who seek our votes.

The Catholic faith is not something which can be confined to the limits of a church building, but rather is one which concerns the whole of our lives. The love of God and the love of our neighbour are interlinked, and that love is shown by the care with which we undertake our civic duties. In particular we should seek to rise above the slogans, dodgy statistics, and evasive answers which all sides engage in; rather we seek the good of the whole community by informing ourselves of challenges and opportunities which the country faces. – Fr. Thomas

If you are visiting or looking for a church to attend in Darlington, we would love to see you. Come and say hello, join in or just enjoy the chat after mass.
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