Decree of erection of a personal parish

I have absolutely no idea if either the title of this post, or what follows, is ‘proper’ legal English, as I am not a lawyer (…Heaven forbid, that would be awful), much less a canon lawyer (which would be not only awful but also hilarious). Having said that, this appeared on the parish’s website and it really is the kind of thing that people should get to read, so here’s a rough and ready translation into English.


Decree
of canonical erection
of the
Roman Catholic personal parish
in order to provide
the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite liturgy
within the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam

Given,

– that Pope Benedict XVI, in his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of 7th July 2007, provides for the opportunity for the Christian faithful to participate in the Extraordinary Form of the liturgy of the Roman Rite;

– that this liturgy has been celebrated in the parish church of St. Agnes in Amsterdam since September 2006, and that it has transpired that there be need of it amongst the Christian faithful;

– that the community which has grown up hierby, and the priests who have taken it upon themselves to care for the souls therein, have need of juridicial regulation;

it has seemed to us desireable, in the spiritual interests of the community which has formed around the liturgy in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam, to establish an independent parish, and we have, having consulted interested parties as well as the council of priest in compliance with Canon 515 §2 of the Code of Canon Law, decided to

establish the Roman Catholic personal parish
to provide the Extraordinary Form of Roman Rite
within the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam.

The Roman Catholic parish mentioned above is established in Amsterdam and is a personal parish in conformity with Canon 518 of the Code of Canon Law.

Liturgical celebrations shall take place in the church building of the parish of St. Agnes in Amsterdam, unless determined otherwise in the future.

The community of Christian faithful consists of those who have registered themselves as parishoners of the Roman Catholic parish named above.

We assume that the Christian faithful who participate in this community within the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam will support the liturgical and pastoral life of the parish, and shall, as each is able, help lessen the financial burden of the parish council.

This decree takes effect from its pronouncement on 20th January 2013, during Mass in the church of St. Agnes in Amsterdam.

Given at Haarlem,
10th January 2013

+ Jozef M. Punt
Bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam

Rev. Dr. B.J. Putter
Vice-Chancellor


BOO-YAAAAA!

Ahem. In addition, this letter from the parish council states that the new parish is/will be (I know nothing of these intricacies) dedicated to Bl. Charles of Austria.

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Bishops and other clergy galore

Today we’ve had not one but two bishops visiting.

The first came to Confirm, proclaim St. Agnes’ a Proper Personal Parish™, dedicated to Bl. Charles of Austria, and offer Mass.

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Because it was too cold to stand outside after Mass whilst I got my let’s-get-a-photo-of-everyone-fix:

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Then a while later we got set up for Vespers. By this point we had swapped bishops, not that you can tell from the photos.

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Two weeks and counting

On 20th January, the week before Septuagesima begins (bombastically early, but there’s no arguing with the Moon, I suppose), we’ll not only be celebrating St. Agnes’ feast day, but Bishop van Burgsteden SSS, Auxiliary Emeritus of the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam, will Confirm several people before offering Mass. In other words, we’re planning a big knees-up.

Bishops mean Pontifical Masses (well, they usually do when they turn up here), and that means full sanctuaries with lots of people who may or may not be entirely sure on what they’re doing (we don’t have bishops visiting that often; I try talking some into coming more frequently, but they tend to run away…. 😛 ). In order to avert chaos, the altar servers have been hard at work. Yesterday they had a rehearsal after Mass and I was ‘permitted’ to watch and take some photos.

Of course I didn’t have my camera with me, only my phone, and the zoomed-in photos are pretty grainy. But that’s ok – it was, after all, a rehearsal….

(Ire at my flippancy should of course be laid at my door, and no-one else’s)

"Father of mercies, please help me to remember when I have to kneel before the bishop and stay kneeling, and when I just genuflect...Oh Mary help of Christians...."

“Father of mercies, please help me to remember when I have to kneel before the bishop and stay kneeling, and when I just genuflect…
Oh Mary help of Christians….”

This was the slimmed down version of the concise edition, v. 333.9.

This was the slimmed down version of the concise edition, v. 333.9.

I actually daren't caption this one.

I actually daren’t caption this one.

A...cartwheel? In a dalmatic? Who wrote this?

A…cartwheel? In a dalmatic? Who wrote this?

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Ninja bishop approaches.

Ninja bishop approaches.

I’ve just realised I’ve got an imperial ton of photos of the stand-in bishop which of course I can’t blog, which is probably just as well as they’re pretty awful photos.

Proof that at this point it was still light outside.

Proof that at this point it was still light outside.

Survived Confirmation.

Survived Confirmation.

"Well I think that went rather well, don't you?"

“Well I think that went rather well, don’t you?”

Got distracted.

Got distracted.

"No, that way of holding your hands is a Modernist innovation...."

“No, that way of holding your hands is a Modernist innovation….”

"No, Father, that's supposed to be a flexa!"

“No, Father, that’s supposed to be a flexa!”

By now the light was fading, and more importantly, so was my phone’s battery. I snuck into the Sacristy, found a book, sat near a heater and kept tabs on proceedings. Various moments of subdued hilarity followed, and about three and a half hours after having begun, closing prayers were announced and we could go home.

If you can come to St. Agnes’ on the 20th, do! It’ll be a joyous day and definitely a case of the more, the merrier.