Vespers is the evening prayer of the Church and comes from the Divine Office, which is the official prayer book of the Church. From the very beginning of Christianity, Christians would sing or chant the psalms as the model of prayer to God. As time went on this form of prayer was given a set structure which led to the Divine Office. When we, as baptised Christians and members of the Body of Christ which is the Church, pray the Divine Office, we pray united as the Church for our redemption and in praise and honour of God. The Divine Office, or breviary as it is also called, with set prayers for different times throughout the day, sanctifies all the hours of the day. On Sunday we are called to sanctify the Lord’s Day in a special way, which means we are to not only assist at Mass, but also to dedicate this day to God in other ways such as spending time in prayer. The hour of Vespers is a prayer of thanksgiving towards the end of the day. As such to participate in Vespers is a very good way to help us sanctify the Lord’s Day. Join us as we chant Vespers together and give honour and glory to God.
Today we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, that is, from the first moment of Mary’s conception in the womb of her mother, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, she was preserved immune from all stain of original sin. Let us celebrate her purity and call upon Mary for our aid. This feast day is particularly important to our parish as Our Lady under the title of the Immaculate Conception is the patron of our church.
Join us for a Missa Cantata at 8:15am.
Inspired by St Philip Neri, Men’s Secular Oratory are evening sessions of prayer for men based on the classic model of mental prayer. The sessions include a meditation, that is, a brief reading from a spiritual work or scripture and a short talk on the reading, followed by time for silent prayer. Then, to help us apply to our lives from what we have gathered from the reading and prayer, this is followed by a discussion to aid us in forming concrete resolutions that we can apply to our lives. The sessions last for one hour. We encourage you to come along and be a part of something that will help you to grow in Christian perfection and empower you to live out the mission of the laity.
On Christmas Eve we look forward to the certain and sure nativity of Christ to come on Christmas day.
Join us for this Mass in the Ordinary Form.
The day we have been waiting for is finally here when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ from the Virgin Mary. On this day we rejoice in the coming of the Son who came to share with us his Divine Life. The symbolism of this Mass emphasises the spiritual birth of Christ in our souls, and the symbolism of the Midnight Mass has emphasised Christ’s birth from the Virgin Mary.
Join us for a Solemn High Mass to celebrate this day. More times are available in the Parish Newsletter.
Today we begin the 40 day period of penance in the lead up Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection from the dead. This day is known as Ash Wednesday, as in the Mass ashes are imposed on our heads as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting and human mortality, a practice which comes from ancient times. We are reminded that from dust we came, and to share in the resurrection of Christ, to dust we shall first return. The ashes serve as a humiliation in which we seek to, in union with Christ, appease God for our sins so that we may receive the promise of eternal life. Since lent is a time of penance and extra prayer, today we ought to reflect on what penances and spiritual practices we will practice during lent.
Mass Times: 6:30am OF St John Fisher; 9:00am OF Mary Immaculate; 7:30pm EF Missa Cantata Mary Immaculate.
On this day we honour the Blessed Sacrament with joy and thanksgiving. The feast was established after Saint Juliana (1258), experienced visions calling on a special Feast Day for the Blessed Sacrament. Join us for a Missa Cantata or Sung Mass to celebrate this Feast.
On this Sunday in the Ordinary Form, the Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated. We encourage all people to attend the Corpus Christi Diocesan Procession in the city to honour the Blessed Sacrament in this most powerful way, intercede for Brisbane, and witness to the Truth of the Catholic Faith. For more information visit https://www.corpuschristibrisbane.com
Mass Times: 7:30am (MI), 8:30am (SJF) 9:00am (MI – EF 2nd Sunday After Pentecost), 5:00pm (MI).
The Church today draws our attention to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in her wisdom, the Church has raised this feast to a Solemnity, the highest class of feast that we have in the Church. Today’s Feast we turn to the heart of Jesus, the representation of his love for mankind. In our sorrows, trials and difficulties, we are encouraged to turn to the heart of Jesus from which he has loved us to the point of dying for us on the Cross. In all our needs let us turn to the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. In honour of and to pray to the Sacred Heart join us today for a Missa Cantata or Sung Mass 7:30pm. Other Mass times for today are available in the Parish Newsletter of the preceding Sunday.
Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati is a patron of the Oratory in Formation and the patron of Frassati Fraternity. He was born in 1901 and as a young man was very active in charitable works to the poor. He was also an avid mountain climber, swimmer, and enjoyed being with his friends. He died in 1925 from an infection. The extent his charitable works were unknown by his close family and friends, but discovered when thousands who had known of his charity lined the streets for his funeral. In order to commemorate Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati there will be a Solemn High Mass.
Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop is Australia’s first canonised Saint. While a laywoman she became a teacher, but eventually began to yearn for a strictly penitential form of religious life. Her spiritual director Fr Tenison-Woods established the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, to which she was the first member and Superior. They were to live in poverty, trusting in God’s Providence, and dedicate themselves to educating poor children. She faced many struggles in getting her schools running but persevered in her trials. She is a great model for us and a wonderful reminder that we too can become saints. At this Solemn High Mass we invite the clergy of the diocese and encourage all people to join us in praising God for Australia’s Saint and asking for her intercession.
EF Solemn High Mass 7:00pm at Mary Immaculate.