A Year With The Bournemouth Oratory
29th of January, 2018
News from the Oratory of Saint John Chrysostom.
Looking back over 2017, I can say that we have made some progress. We chose our patron – St John Chrysostom because his example speaks to our age. He lived in a time of decadence, intolerance and sin. His focus was the Word, Jesus Christ. Through constant preaching of the Gospel, he challenged the secular world. Indeed, we could learn a thing or two. He also sought to build bridges between East and West. Today we are encouraged to seek dialogue with the Orthodox, and other groups. He was also faithful to the received tradition. The apostolic tradition. Nothing has changed. This is our call too. In our Oratory website www.theapostolicway.com you will note that I have started to present a Catechesis of our faith. In our secular society, teaching the truth about God, is long overdue.
Jesus said to him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 NKJV
Reflecting on our progress over last year, our numbers have slowly increased, with up to eleven present at the fortnightly book discussion group. And at our weekly Wednesday Eucharist we now number seven. Earlier in the year this increase necessitated moving to a larger lounge, and we also had to relocate the Chapel to a bigger room capable of seating twelve.
Last year we studied a selection of books and have just started “The Dignity of Difference” by Jonathan Sacks.
Looking forward, we face challenges as my own circumstances change. I will take up paid local work to support this ministry. There will need to be some flexibility from our community about the times of Mass.
I finish with a picture of our Chapel, reminded that –
... they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42 NKJV
And indeed this is our resolution for the New Year. Every blessing in Christ, Fr Nathan