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An update to the Welcome below...

The passing in August 2018 of our beloved priest Fr Donald after years of treatment for lung cancer has been sorely felt by the group. We are very grateful for Fr Ken's continued pastoral care. Masses will continue although there is no longer a 12:30pm Sunday celebration. For Msgr Broadhurst's fine obituary see the Ordinariate Portal September 2018 edition, page 23. 

(One might suggest a correction to the line "occasionally his sense of humour, his impulsiveness, could cause him some embarrassment": perhaps this should have been "could cause others embarrassment". One never saw him in the least perturbed about the effects of his outrageous sense of humour!)


to this site for the Croydon Ordinariate Group.

We warmly invite you in Jesus' Name to worship with us at any of our Masses at Virgo Fidelis (The Faithful Virgin) parish church in Upper Norwood, which follow the usage of the Ordinariate Rite.

Here you will find information about the times and location of Masses, contact details, and the Church calendar of feasts and celebrations for this month. We also have a page about the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and news and photos of past events.

A little bit more about us...
Our belief is that of the Nicene Creed, and the Catholic faith granted to His Apostles by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who comes to us in His Holy Word, and offers Himself wholly to us in the Sacrament of the Mass, where we are fed "with the spiritual food of the most precious body and blood" of God's Son.

We are in full sacramental communion with the Chief Shepherd of Christ's Church, Pope Francis, the successor of St. Peter to whom our Lord Jesus gave the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Many members of the Croydon Ordinariate Group had previously  worshipped at the Anglican parish of St Michael's in Croydon; they were received into full communion with the Church Catholic on the Tuesday of Holy Week, 2012 (pictured), along with Fr. Donald Minchew and Fr. Kenneth Berry, at St Mary's parish in Croydon. They now worship at Virgo Fidelis parish in Upper Norwood.

The Group celebrates the Eucharist, Daily Prayer and the sacraments in the distinctive Ordinariate Rite, contained in the Missal called "Divine Worship" and the "Customary of Our Lady of Walsignham", which reverently bring together an Anglican heritage of prayer and worship with Catholic tradition and belief. The familiar and beautiful language of the Book of Common Prayer, its prayers and petitions, are instantly recognisable to any visitor at our Masses.

Cor ad cor loquitur