Brisbane Oratory News
During the Octave of Pentecost and the evening before St Philip’s day, we joyfully received a new member into our congregation!
Hung Nguyen, originally from Adelaide and more recently from Melbourne, has been an enquirer to our community for some time. In recent months he has been in residence with us in Brisbane. Following his formal application to join we happily received him as a novice. In many Oratories, some members decide to take new names and in order to mark this change in his life, Hung asked to receive a new name and was given the name John Henry.
After the formal vote to accept the new candidate, Hung was presented to the moderator and community in our chapel. After a prayer to St Philip Neri, the candidate formally asks to join the congregation and states his intention to cultivate the spirit of our congregation. After singing the Veni Creator, each member of the community welcomed our new novice Br John Henry with the pax or kiss of peace, and rejoicing we sing the Te Deum in praise of God.
Br John Henry will now be sent to an established Oratory later this year in order to undertake his spiritual year and be formed in the Oratorian way, following in the path of the four brothers before him. Like the other four brothers, Br John Henry belongs to the Brisbane Oratory, and while much of their training takes place overseas, they belong to our community in Brisbane where they will return with their Oratorian formation.
As one of the largest and fastest growing Oratories in Formation, we praise God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us by sending new vocations and providing for our needs. We would also like to thank our benefactors for their financial support and prayers which are so essential to our growing community. Please keep Br John Henry in your prayers as he enters into the next stage of formation and discernment.
On the 26th of May 2018 the Brisbane Oratory celebrated St. Philip Neri’s feast day with a Solemn High Mass. The feast day of the Oratory’s holy founder carries an extra significance for our community as it is also the anniversary of our establishment by Archbishop Mark Coleridge on May 26th 2015. The third anniversary of our Oratorian community is a milestone of great importance in our very short but blessed history. Once an Oratory has been established for three years it is free to begin petitioning the Holy See to seek pontifical status. The celebration of the third anniversary is a strong testament to the community’s ability to live and thrive in the place in which has been planted. The occasion was a fitting opportunity to give thanks to God along with all our faithful and supporters for all His graces that have guided us to this significant moment.
The feast of St. Philip Neri and the Brisbane Oratory in Formation's 3rd anniversary celebrated at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church
The Solemn Mass was followed by a party in the parish hall with plenty of food and good cheer. It provided an occasion for people to meet the Oratory’s newest blessing, Hung Nguyen who is now Br John Henry. Br John Henry had been officially accepted as a novice into the community on the previous day. Brs Conor and Matthew were also present for the occasion fresh from successfully finishing their time in Toronto and along with that their philosophical studies. On the occasion of this significant anniversary we continue to pray, through the intercession of our holy father St. Philip that God will bless us and bring to fruition the work He has already begun.
As we approach the Feast of St Philip Neri, the founder of the Oratory, we would like to ask you to join us in a Novena to St Philip. We will be praying the Novena at all Masses in the lead up to his Feast, and encourage you to join us in your homes by praying along with us.
We are praying the Novena from Wednesday 16 May.
We hope you can join us on May 26 at 7:00pm for Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St Philip Neri, which will be for the intention of the establishment of the Brisbane Oratory, followed by a celebratory supper in the Parish Hall at Mary Immaculate for our three years as an Oratory in Formation.
On that day, the usual Low Mass at 8:15am is cancelled, but there will still be Exposition and Confessions from the usual time of 7:15am. There is also still the usual 5:30pm Ordinary Form Vigil Mass for the Sunday.
O holy St Philip, patron saint of joy, you who trusted Scripture’s promise that the Lord is always at hand and that we need not have anxiety about anything, in your compassion heal our worries and sorrows and lift the burdens from our hearts. We come to you as one whose heart swells with abundant love for God and all creation. Hear us, we pray, especially in this need (make your request here). Keep us safe through your loving intercession, and may the joy of the Holy Spirit which filled your heart transform our lives and bring us peace. Amen.
Bach’s Cantata 175 BWV
Tuesday 22 May 7:30pm
Mary Immaculate Church
616 Ipswich Road Annerley
In our Oratorio series, we showcase beautiful religious music that can help all of us raise our hearts and minds to God. All people are welcome to attend.
Our Pentecost Oratorio will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata BWV 175. Bach composed this Cantata in 1725 specifically for “Whit Tuesday,” the 3rd day of Pentecost, and it is titled “Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen” (He calleth His own sheep by name).The Oratorio will feature an instrumental ensemble and the Brisbane Oratory Choir joined by interstate soloists, James Doig, Eugene Raggio, and Eleanor Adeney. The performance will be directed by Mr Warwick Adeney, director of music of the Brisbane Oratory (and concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra). Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
In mid-May the Brothers of our Oratory will begin returning home for the mid-year break from their studies. The first to arrive back will be Brothers Conor and Matthew, who will have finished their philosophy studies in Toronto. Brothers Shawn and Tyson will follow in subsequent weeks. The full community will be home, then, for the next major celebration which will see Archbishop Coleridge visit us to celebrate the 7:00pm Mass on Monday 9 July, during which he will institute Brothers Tyson, Conor and Matthew as Acolytes. Again, you are warmly invited to this celebration, which will take place in the Ordinary form.
With Brothers Conor and Matthew completing their three years in Toronto, we are presently organising for the commencement of their theological studies. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to go to Oxford as we had originally hoped. The Oxford Oratory has the – probably happy – problem of being full, and so we have turned our attention to finding a solution in Rome, which is more than likely where Brothers Conor and Matthew will go to commence the next stage of their priestly formation. This will have its own advantages, not the least of which will be for them to be close to where the Congregation of the Oratory began, and where the body of Saint Philip Neri lies at the Chiesa Nuova.
From the Moderators Message of the Oratory Newsletter. If you would like to read the rest, and even more, such as a reflection from Br Conor as he and Br Matthew approach the end of their time at the Toronto Oratory, be sure to read the latest newsletter and don’t forget to subscribe!