Brisbane Oratory News
On Sunday 25 of October we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. This Feast reminds us that all people, the baptised and non-baptised, are subject to Christ who is the King of all mankind. On this Feast Day the Church grants a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, for those who assist publicly in the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is fitting that this day falls one week before the Queensland State election and is a good reminder that as Christ is the King of mankind, all political powers ought to be subject to Christ and his laws. A nation or state cannot flourish unless it follows the laws of Christ and his rule. Our families and even ourselves as individuals are subject to the rule of Christ and we should seek him to be the King of our hearts. The Fathers and Brothers exhort all faithful Catholics to offer, or renew, their consecration to the Sacred Heart of our Sovereign Lord, and we invite you to join us in making the public Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Vespers and Benediction at 5:00pm on Sunday. You can make a booking for Vespers and Benediction here.
What is an indulgence?
An indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment due to sin. There are two kinds of punishments attached to certain sins. Mortal sins have an eternal punishment which is completly removed through Sacramental Confession. All sins also have a certain temporal punishment attached to them, depending on our degree of sorrow, some of this temporal punishment can remain after Confession. Good works help remit any temporal punishment still affecting us, and temporal punishment left when we die is expiated in purgatory. However, indulgences are an application of the merits of Christ to our temporal punishment. A plenary indulgence removes all temporal punishment due to sin.
What are the usual conditions for an indulgence?
- Be in a state of grace by the completion of the work or prayer
- Detachment from sin, even venial; if lacking the indulgence is partial
- Holy Communion (20 days before or after the indulgenced act)
- Prayers for the intentions of the Pope (20 days before or after the indulgenced act). One Our Father and one Hail Mary is sufficent
- Sacramental Confession (20 days before or after the indulgenced act). One confession with the intention of gaining all the indulgences we can is sufficient for all indulgences during the period.
We invite you to join with us in a nine day praying of the rosary for the intention of making reparation for, and requesting protection from the effects of, all desecration of the Most Holy Eucharist and sacrilege against the Mass. This novena is to begin on Monday October 5, run through the feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7, and conclude on October 13 (anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima).
It is well known that growing interest in the occult leads to increased involvement in satanic groups, and that the most serious consequences can befall individuals without their necessarily being aware of what their involvement can bring about. It is our duty to pray for those caught up in such activities, even if they are fully aware of and fully intend the desecration, sacrilege and blasphemy to which they lend their voices. We pray also for protection from the intended effects for which satanic ceremonies are often planned, the radical overturning of the good of society in general and that of the Church in particular.
Let us be encouraged by the example of Bl Bartolo Longo, who in his youth became involved in a satanic group, but later converted, and devoted the rest of his life to the spread of devotion to the rosary, knowing its great power.
“Holy Cross, Lucy, Ashes, Day of the Annointed,are when the ember days are appointed.”
Four times a year, in the traditional calendar, we celebrate ember days which fall on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with the change of the seasons. These ancient days go back to at least the 5th century, and traditionally are days of penance, fast and partial abstainance from meat (meaning meat at the main meal only).
While the observation of these days are no longer mandatory, it is a good and pious thing to voluntarily observe them. The purpose of these “mini-lents” are to pray, fast, and thank God for the gifts He gives us through nature such food and shelter. This week we have the September Ember Days, falling after the Feast of the Holy Cross as the rhyme above reminds us.
The Catholic Enquiry Group is for non-Catholics who would like to know more about the Catholic faith and/or for those who would like to become Catholic. Catholics who wish to reconnect with their faith after some time away from the Church, or who would like some basic instruction are also welcome.
We will explore the Catholic faith from four main areas:
1. The faith expressed in the Creed
The Creed is a statement of belief which has its origins in the apostles of Jesus and summarises the belief of Catholics such as who God is, who Jesus is, and what Jesus came to do for us and how.
2. The faith celebrated in the Liturgy and Sacraments
Through the Liturgy and Sacraments Jesus continues his work of salvation. For this reason we will look at how the faith is nourished through the sacraments and liturgy of the Church.
3. The faith lived in conformity to Christ
The faith transforms the way we live our live our lives as we seek to conform ourselves to Christ. We will explore faith in relation to areas such as grace, sin, the beatitudes, morals, virtue and vice.
4. The faith lived in relationship with God through prayer
Faith informs our relationship to God, and this relationship is experienced and nourished through prayer and devotion. We will explore the nature of prayer, how to pray, and why it is important.
Catholic Enquiry Group meets Tuesday evenings in the library under the church at 7:30pm.
To register, or for further information, please call the Parish Office 3841 1107.
A lot of unexpected things have happened since we sent out our last regular newsletter, and that’s putting it mildly! Sending out a “normal” newsletter when it was due in April was the last thing on our minds, to be honest! At that time we were still reeling, among other things, from the suspension of public Masses and one of the strangest Holy Week observances with our parishioners unable to attend. We certainly hope we won’t go back to those circumstances, and we pray for those parts of our country and world that are still seriously affected by the pandemic.
Over the past weeks and now months, we’ve seen the gradual easing of restrictions here in Queensland. It was a delight over recent Sundays to hear chatter outside the church after Mass. There were actually enough people to have chatter! It’s a long way from our bursting-at-the-seams High Mass with the long morning tea afterwards, but at least we have something to hope for and to look forward to – eventually! Thank you to everyone for your patience and co-operation in dealing with all the added layer of hassle in just trying to come to Mass and Confession. It’ll be a very happy day when we can once again simply open the church doors for you to come in as you please.
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