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Fellowship of St. Alban Welcomes New Pastor

July 29th, 2017, Promulgated by Administrator

ScreenShot656Finally! The St. Alban’s Fellowship (Catholics belonging to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter) has a priest assigned – the recently ordained Father Evan Simington. The Fellowship is devoted to the liturgical practice of the Ordinariate form of the Roman rite, “Anglican Use”, worshiping in traditional English liturgical and musical expressions of the Catholic faith. Anyone who has not yet been to Catholic worship in the Anglican Tradition (fully approved by the Vatican), will especially note the solemnity and sacrality of this Divine Worship. By attending, all Catholics also fulfill their Sunday Mass obligation. The Fellowship is in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and part of the Latin rite.  The U.S. Ordinariate was established following the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus by Pope Benedict XVI and is under the protection of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Father Simington offers regular Sunday worship for their members and for all Catholics, at the historic Church of the Good Shepherd at 3318 East Henrietta Rd. on Sundays at 11:30 AM. This Sunday’s Mass will be for Craig Rideout and family. Confession is also available from 10:45-11:15 AM.

All are invited! Parish fellowship follows, with coffee and donuts. If you would like to make a request for Mass Intentions or you would like to add individuals to the Prayers of the People, please send your request to Please make sure that you send your email before each Friday 9:00 pm to ensure that your request will be received in time for the following Sunday.

Holy Day of Obligation:

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Tuesday August 15th at 6:30 pm.

Group Study of Dei Verbum:

Beginning on Wednesday August 2nd, Father Simington will be leading a group study of the Second Vatican Council document Dei Verbum: Regarding the Church’s teaching on Divine RevelationHeld at 1702 Empire Blvd., Apt. 7.

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Please keep Father Simington and St. Alban’s in your prayers as they embark together on this next step of their mission.

Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Most Holy Eucharist (from the Ordinariate Divine Office)

LORD, most glorious Lamb of God, most tender Priest of man, we praise and glorify thee for the blessed Sacrament of thy Body and Blood, wherein thy servants celebrate the mystery of thy redeeming love and partake of thy spotless and immortal life; and we beseech thee that by this most holy Eucharist we may be made holy, and have our portion and inheritance among the Saints who have pleased thee from the beginning of the world; to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit be glory and dominion world without end. Amen.


16 Responses to “Fellowship of St. Alban Welcomes New Pastor”

  1. Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    I am interested in Father Simington’s group study of Dei Verbum

    The study begins tomorrow Wednesday 8/2/17 at 1702 Rmpire Blvd. Apt. 7. Does anyone know at what time the group study starts?

    I imagine sections of the Dogmatic Constitution will be read and unpacked. Perhaps Father Simington will even direct participants to the various verses of Sacred Scripture referenced in the document.

    “To see Jesus is to see His Father (John 14:9). For this reason Jesus perfected revelation by fulfilling it through his whole work of making Himself present and manifesting Himself: through His words and deeds, His signs and wonders, but especially through His death and glorious resurrection from the dead and final sending of the Spirit of truth. Moreover He confirmed with divine testimony what revelation proclaimed, that God is with us to free us from the darkness of sin and death, and to raise us up to life eternal.” DV 4

  2. christian says:

    Dominick Anthony Zarcone -The group study of Dei Verbum starts at 7 P.M.

    The study conducted by Fr. Simington begins on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 and will continue on successive Wednesdays.

    The address is: 1702 Empire Blvd., Apt. 7 in Webster, N.Y. (It’s in the front and easy to find). For more information, call Peter at (585) 484-1827

  3. Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    Thank you, Christian. I spoke to Peter. Next week I will start attending, Lord willing.

  4. christian says:

    Your Welcome Dominick Anthony Zarcone.

  5. Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    I encountered and experienced Our Lord Jesus Christ at the Fellowship of
    Saint Alban. Lord willing, I will visit again.

    “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

  6. christian says:


  7. annonymouse says:

    Father Simington has also been assigned by Bishop Matano to serve as Parochial Vicar at St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Irondequoit, I just read in the Courier.

  8. christian says:

    That is correct. Fr. Evan Simington is listed in the staff section of St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s church bulletin.

  9. Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    The following prayers recited by both priest and laity during Mass at the Fellowship of Saint Alban this past Lord’s day moved me greatly as they encompassed the spirit of repentance, grace, mercy and conversion recorded throughout salvation history:

    “Almighty God, Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, Judge of all men: we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word and deed, against thy divine majesty, provoking most justly the wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; and remembrance of them is grievous unto us; the burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honor and glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    We do not presume to come to this thy table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.”

    I wonder if the above prayers best represent a repentant sinner’s response to the Holy Spirit’s convincing of sin, of righteousness and of judgement…. (John 16:8)

  10. Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    The Fellowship of Saint Alban Wednesday Evening Study of DEI VERBUM was not disappointing. In fact, one cannot help but be inspired and encouraged to read, reflect upon and discern how this, the Dogmatic Constitution On Divine Revelation, impacts our own faith in Jesus Christ.

    A sentence from Chapter 1 Revelation Itself, Article 2, is particularly revealing. “This plan of revelation is realized by deeds and words having an inner unity: the deeds wrought by God in the history of salvation manifest and confirm the teaching and realities signified by the words, while the words proclaim the deeds and clarify the mystery contained in them.”

    I have to admit, almost sounds like an explanation of sacraments and the dynamic of form and matter and the action making present the salvific reality proclaimed by the word. But that phenomenon and its unpacking should be left for another time.

    Suffice it to say, salvation history is made up of God’s intervention, so to speak, in time. God has acted, wrought deeds, and made himself present by them. Yet, rather than leaving us wondering and asking without hope of an answer: what happened? what does it mean? or who are you?; God speaks (by the actions, by prophets, by the Son/Word) to proclaim/announce/make clear both God’s actions in time and the spiritual reality those actions and words make present in time.

    Doesn’t this remind us of what the Book of the Prophet Isaiah asserts in Chapter 55?

    “Yet just as from the heavens
    the rain and snow come down
    And do not return there
    till they have watered the earth,
    making it fertile and fruitful,
    Giving seed to the one who sows
    and bread to the one who eats,

    So shall my word be
    that goes forth from my mouth;
    It shall not return to me empty,
    but shall do what pleases me,
    achieving the end for which I sent it.”

    I believe the Hebrew for word in this context is DABAR which indicates “the word is an event”. This word/event seems to be like the revealing action/word of God which ultimately makes known “the deepest truth about God and the salvation of man (which) shines out for our sake in Jesus Christ, who is both the mediator and the fullness of all revelation.” DV, 2

    Can’t wait for next week’s study of Dei Verbum facilitated by Father Evan Simington, Administrator of The Fellowship of Saint Alban.

  11. Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    Mass this evening at the Fellowship of Saint Alban for August 15 the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was AWESOME!

  12. christian says:

    Mass last evening at the Fellowship of St. Alban (at Church of the Good Shepherd) was indeed AWESOME!

  13. true faith says:

    I hear that Father Simington is looking for lectors. Is this invitation open for women as well as men? I know that females aren’t allowed to be acolytes or servers in the Ordinariate and there are no lay Eucharistic ministers in the Ordinariate.
    Is there finally a role for women in the Ordinariate, as lectors on the altar during Mass?

  14. christian says:

    The announcement went out “looking for men and women” for lectors and cantors. So I would say the answer to your question is yes.

    I have seen women lector at some church events in Texas.

  15. Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    Divine Worship:The Missal is utilized by the Fellowship of St. Alban. The Liturgy’s prayers lift up my mind, heart and soul to the Almighty Father and Everliving God through Jesus Christ the Lord.

    I had never used nor seen The Hymnal 1940 before visiting St. Alban’s. In this hymnal I have discovered lyrics which lift up my mind, heart and soul to Our Great God and Savior through Jesus Christ the Lord.

    There is something awe inspiring to be invited into the LORD’S holy presence to adore Him, Worship Him and Sing His Praises!

  16. Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    The Offertory Hymn this morning was “Immortal, Invisible”.

    Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
    In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
    Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
    Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
    Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
    Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
    Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
    Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.
    To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;
    In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
    We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
    And wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee.
    Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light
    Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
    All laud we would render, O help us to see:
    ’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.
    Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
    In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
    Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
    Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

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