FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE ORDINARIATE?

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter is a non-geographical diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and Canada.

MISSION OF THE ORDINARIATE

The Ordinariate exists for those who are and who will be coming into full communion with the Catholic Church. Through the reverence and beauty of our worship, study of sacred Scripture and charity for those in need, we desire to share the joy of being Roman Catholic!

With respect and gratitude for the Anglican heritage that nourished us, we seek to build bridges with all our brothers and sisters who are drawn to the Church, so that we might build up the one Body of Christ. 

Our mission is particularly experienced in our celebration of liturgy, which features Anglican traditions of worship while conforming to Catholic doctrinal, sacramental and liturgical standards. Through Divine Worship: The Missal — the liturgy that unites the Ordinariates throughout the English-speaking world — we share our distinctive commitment to praising God in the eloquence of the Anglican liturgical patrimony and Prayer Book English.

In addition, the founding documents of the Personal Ordinariate make clear that it is intended to be an instrument of Catholic unity: an opportunity to model what the future reconciliation of separated Christian communities could be. We wish to fulfill the Holy Father’s vision for Christian unity, in which diverse expressions of one faith are joined together in the Church.

WHY START A NEW PARISH?

Grace Church is a parish-in-formation. The need for an Ordinariate parish in Pasadena exists as a result of the area's Catholics, and those who desire to become Catholic via the Ordinariate, who requested the establishment of a Catholic parish that worships according to the Ordinariate Form (unofficially but popularly known as the "Anglican Use"). We exist to reach those who might otherwise not become Catholic and to express the English Catholic tradition within the Universal Church.

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WHAT IS OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LOS ANGELES?

We cooperate with the LA Archdiocese and its San Gabriel Pastoral Region within which we reside. Some members of our new parish are also members of the Los Angeles Archdiocese and others are members of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Archbishop Jose Gomez supports our vision, and works in collaboration with our own Bishop Steven Lopes of the Ordinariate. Any Catholic may register as a member of this parish-in-formation, and those who become Catholics with us become members of the parish too.

HOW DO I REGISTER AS A FOUNDING MEMBER OR FAMILY IN THIS PARISH?

All you need to do is click on the button below and fill out the details, selecting the 'Pasadena, CA - Grace Church' location option and begin showing up to worship with us and get involved!