Yes, all Catholics are welcome to worship and receive the sacraments in an ordinariate congregation. Our ordinariate mass fulfills any Catholic’s Sunday obligation.
The ordinariate is a special canonical structure created by Pope Benedict for groups of Anglicans and Episcopalians who wished to come into full communion with the Catholic Church, while retaining much of their musical, liturgical, artistic, and devotional heritage. Our ordinariate functions like a non-geographic diocese with congregations across the U.S. and in Canada. Our ordinary, the head of the ordinariate, is Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, whose principal church is Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church, Houston, TX.
Our liturgy was composed by the Anglicanae Traditiones commission, an interdicasterial commission of the Vatican. The liturgy was created to reflect significant elements of the Anglican liturgical tradition. This liturgy is approved and authorized for use by churches of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
Some of the distinct elements of our liturgy include the use of Tudor English, elements of the older Roman Rite, and prayers coming out of the English Reformation.
At St. John Vianney we value much of the fruits of the Reformation. We believe that God was able to nurture his gifts and graces even within those communities that became unfortunately separated from the one Catholic Church at the time of the Reformation. At St. John Vianney you'll find those gifts within the safe home of Christ's Catholic Church. Most of all, within the Catholic Church you'll find the comfort and assurance that comes from being part of the church of the apostles, the church of the early fathers, the church of St. Patrick, St. Nicholas, and St. Francis, of Mother Theresa and Michelangelo.