Brisbane Oratory News
As a man joins an Oratorian community, he passes through various stages leading to full membership in the community. The first three years consist of the first probation (one year) and then the second probation (two years), during which the novice is formed in zeal for virtue and also formed to become adapted to the family life of the Oratory community. As well as becoming imbued in the mind and spirit of the Oratory, his suitability is also tested. At the end of these three years, if the novice has given a good account of himself in the life of the community, and has the intention of remaining forever, then the community takes a secret ballot and decides by absolute majority whether the man is to be fully aggregated into the community or dismissed. Brother Tyson completed his second probation at the beginning of September, and so the vote was taken and he has been aggregated to our community. Congratulations, Brother Tyson! After the completion of a further three years after aggregation (when one completes the sexennium, six years since entering), a member is given full voting rights in the community, with the ability to elect others, and is eligible to be elected to all offices in the community.
At the moment we have a couple of serious enquirers to the Oratory. Please keep these men in your prayers, and please pray for Oratorian vocations. If we do have more members join in 2018, we will most certainly need to spend some money to create more bedrooms, which is a wonderful problem to have! This is a good opportunity to thank our committed and regular benefactors who allow us to meet our financial commitments. If you are not already signed up with a regular contribution to the Oratory, may I invite you to do so? Please contact me for more information, or visit the Donations page on the website.
From the Moderators Message of the Oratory Newsletter. If you would like to read the rest be sure to read the latest newsletter and don’t forget to subscribe!
In the beginning of November, the Church, after commemorating the Feast of All Saints, commemorates the Feast of All Souls Day. On the Feast of All Saints, we commemorate the Church Triumphant, who are all the saints in heaven. Not only does this include all those canonised saints, but all the souls who are in heaven who have no feast day of their own. We do this to thank God for the graces he gives to all the elect, to excite ourselves to imitate their virtues, to implore their intercession, and to make up for any lack on our part in honouring God in his saints on their particular feast days. All Saints this year was celebrated at the Oratory with a Low Mass in the morning, and a Solemn English Mass in the evening.
Having offered praise for all the Saints in heaven, the Church turns on All Souls Day, to pray for the Church Suffering, that is, all the faithful departed in Purgatory. Purgatory is that middle state where souls, having died in friendship with God but not yet perfect, undergo temporal punishment owed for their forgiven sins and are made free from this stain of sin so they may enter heaven. On this day we strive to help all those who still groan in purgatory by our prayers, which can help hasten their entrance into heaven. We must remember, that on entering heaven, they will certainly not forget to pray for those who prayed for them.
During this month of November let us remember to pray for the dead in a special way. November Mass Offering envelopes are available at Mary Immaculate and St John Fisher and can be placed into the weekend collections. Your friends, relatives, and benefactors will be remembered in Masses for Holy Souls throughout the coming year.
Br Shawn and Br Tyson landed in Oxford on the 28th of September, weary and jet lagged but soon hit the ground running and was brought up to speed in the Oxford Oratorian rule of life and studies at Blackfriars. Here in Oxford, they begin their theological studies in preparation for the priesthood at the Brisbane Oratory.
One of the first things Br Shawn and Br Tyson participated in was the feast day of Blessed John Henry Newman. The founder of the Oratory in the English speaking world. There was a “triduum” involving daily prayers and devotions for three days leading up to the feast day. One highlight was a night pilgrimage from the Oxford Oratory to Littlemore where Bl John Henry Newman was received into “the one fold of the Redeemer.”
The brothers have been able to take in some of the sights of the beautiful city of Oxford, including Trinity college where Bl John Henry Newman studied as an undergraduate.
They are also involved in the liturgical life of the Oratory. As this post is published, the 40 hours devotion for which St Philip had a great affinity is underway. It involves exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for 40 hours (derived from the 40 hours of Jesus’ body in the tomb). During this sacred time, parishioners can come and spend an hour or more with our Blessed Lord in the Holy Eucharist, adoring Him, and making reparation for the many offences against His Holy Name and the Church. During this time there are many devotions and prayers such as Musical Oratory, Rosary, Benediction, and the Divine Office, such as Vespers, to name a few.
As the brothers continue their priestly formation and studies here in Newman’s city, please pray for them, that they be conformed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
“The most beautiful prayer we can make, is to say to God, As Thou knowest and willest, O Lord, so do with me.” St Philip Neri
At the Brisbane Oratory in Formation, something very important to our work is to provide guidance in prayer and formation for the lay faithful. This was very close to the heart of St Philip Neri, our founder, who created the Oratory in order to serve what was called the Secular Oratory. The Secular Oratory is made of the laity who attach themselves to the Oratory for spiritual exercises, and we are pleased to announce the beginning of the Men’s and Women’s Secular Oratory here in Brisbane!
Men’s and Women’s Oratory are regular sessions of prayer, formation and fellowship for laypeople. Beginning in October, the Fathers of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation will begin monthly evening sessions of Secular Oratory for adult men and women. The sessions will include a short sermon, time for meditation, prayer, and discussion – all centred on growth in the Christian life.
Secular Oratory begins at 7:30pm at Mary Immaculate church and goes for one hour. The dates for the next few months are:
- 12th of October – Men’s Oratory
- 7th of November – Women’s Oratory
- 14th of December – Men’s Oratory
- 6th of February – Women’s Oratory
In this month’s newsletter, Fr Adrian shares with us in the Moderator’s Message an exciting announcement on the establishment of the Secular Oratory for lay people. In the Reflection, Fr Wise shares with us his journey of 30 years as a priest. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest events happening at the Oratory. And have a look at some of the ways to be involved in the Oratory community through our lay associations.