PARISH REGISTRATION FAQ
What does it mean to be registered in the parish?
Very simply, registration is part of becoming an official member of a parish community. In normal Catholic dioceses, this is determined by geographical location, but as part of the non-geographical diocese of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, one may register with Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church (Bl. John's) in Irvine, or Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (Grace Church) in Pasadena, St. Augustine of Canterbury (St. Augustine's) in San Diego, or the Ordinariate Exploration Group in Southwest Riverside County, regardless of your home location. Learn more about the Ordinariate and the Anglican Use here.
What is the difference between parish and Ordinariate membership?
Registering for both parish and Ordinariate membership means becoming a canonical member of the Ordinariate diocese as well as a part of your particular parish community. Because the Anglican Use (which is the liturgical rite of the Ordinariate) is a part of the Latin Rite, the process is not as complicated as it would be to transfer between rites, such as between Latin and an Eastern rite. Parish membership without Ordinariate membership means that while you are a part of the parish, you remain a member of the rite to which you belong canonically and the territorial diocese in which you reside. This mostly concerns Catholics who have already received all of their sacraments of initiation, as those who are converting to Catholicism or completing their sacraments through the Ordinariate may automatically become canonical members. Whatever choice you make does not affect what that means for you personally as a member of the parish.
Parish & Ordinariate
To be in the category of Ordinariate canonical membership, you: (A) are a former Anglican, Methodist, or member of an ecclesial communion that includes those of Anglican heritage (United Church of Canada, Charismatic Episcopal Church, etc.) who is now in full communion with the Catholic Church; or (B) are a current Anglican or Methodist intending to be received into the Catholic Church AND currently enrolled in adult catechesis to be received into the Catholic Church; or (C) are a Roman Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church AND who has a family member(s) who is (are) a canonical member(s) of the Ordinariate; or (D) have completed or you are a candidate for any or all of the Sacraments of Initiation through an Ordinariate or Pastoral Provision parish; or (E) are a Roman Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church AND who has a family member(s) who is (are) a candidate(s) for any or all Sacraments of Initiation through an Ordinariate or Pastoral Provision parish.
Parish & Diocese
To be in the category of diocesan canonical membership, you do not fit into any of the categories above and are a practicing Roman Catholic. If you are a Catholic of one of the Eastern Catholic Churches (in communion with the Pope), you are welcome with us too but are not eligible for either Ordinariate or Diocesan membership without a formal request to transfer Rites. If you are a baptized and confirmed Catholic who has fallen away from the practice of the faith and would like to return, you may return either choosing Ordinariate or Diocesan membership in addition to that of the parish.
What is expected of me as a registered member of the parish?
Registered members of Bl. John’s, or Grace Church, or St. Augustine's, (or the Ordinariate Group in Southwest Riverside County once it forms) are expected to be active, tithing members of the parish community. We as a parish cannot thrive without our members being actively involved in parish life—attending Mass with us and becoming part of the parish family—and helping support our parish financially through tithing. This means more than simply putting money into the collection plate on occasion, but a stated pledge to give what one is able according to one’s financial situation.