Brisbane Oratory News
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!
Sunday 25 March at 3:00pm, Mary Immaculate Church, 616 Ipswich Rd, Annerley.
Musical Oratory is an inspiration from St Philip Neri, who sought to use music to help encourage devotion and prayer. This lent, we would like to invite you to a special Musical Oratory featuring Haydn’s Seven Words of Christ, a string quartet based on the seven last words of Christ spoken from the Cross, which have been a Catholic devotion for centuries.
The composer Haydn was commisioned in 1786 to produce this musical piece for Good Friday devotions for the Holy Cave Oratory in Spain. This piece of music contains seven movements based on the seven words of Christ spoken from the cross, and traditionally each movement was preceded by a brief meditation. Restored to its original setting, we will intersperse the piece with brief meditations on these words of Christ.
As we enter into Holy Week on Palm Sunday, this is a good way to recall to mind and heart the Lord’s sufferings in those final days of Passiontide.
Musical Oratory begins at 3:00pm and we also invite you to join us for Vespers, which is the official Evening Prayer of the Church, at 4:00pm.
Saturday May 26th this year will see the third anniversary of our establishment as an Oratorian community-in-formation by Archbishop Coleridge. We will celebrate this day, Saint Philip Neri’s feast day, with a Solemn High Mass at 7:00pm that evening (following the usual 5:30pm Mass), followed by a celebratory supper in the hall afterwards. Please mark your calendar! After May 26th, we will have therefore completed the minimum three years that a community must spend “in formation”, and we hope then to prepare our formal petition for establishment as a Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri to be sent to the Holy See. We will keep you informed as things progress.
We rejoice that the Brothers continue to make good progress towards their eventual, please God, ordination to the Priesthood. As a further step towards this, Brothers Tyson, Conor and Matthew will be instituted as Acolytes during Mass celebrated by Archbishop Coleridge on Monday 9th July at 7:00pm in Mary Immaculate church. All are invited. As always, please keep the Brothers in your prayers, and also please pray for the other men who, at this time, are discerning whether they are called to Oratorian life in our community.
The date has also been set for our major social and fundraising event for this year. We’ve had the dinners, and we’ve had a ball, and this year we’ll be doing both! Please keep the evening of Saturday July 28th free for the Oratory’s Vallicella Dinner and Dance, which will be held in the delightful setting by the river at Riverside Receptions, New Farm. More details will follow.
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 Tyson on their time in Oxford, be sure to read the latest newsletter and don’t forget to subscribe!
Our own progress towards official establishment by the Holy See has taken a step forward at the diocesan level in recent months, with a Memorandum of Agreement being signed between ourselves and the Archbishop. The Memorandum spells out various practical matters of the relationship between the Oratory, the parish, and the Archdiocese, and gives us the necessary permission to make more permanent moves regarding our Oratory house at Annerley. This is a significant step towards our permanent and perpetual establishment.
One of the projects that has been undertaken in the parish over the last little while has been the reassembling of all the parts of the second confessional in Mary Immaculate Church, and it’s reinstatement for use as a confessional.
Most of the parts had been stored in the room adjacent to the choir loft. With the help of experienced tradesmen, the result is very pleasing visually, and now very practically helpful that two confessionals will be able to operate, especially at times when there are many people seeking the sacrament. The ministry of the confessional is an important part of our Oratorian work, and we are pleased to be able to make the sacrament of Penance accessible to people from near and far.
From the Moderators Message of the Oratory Newsletter. If you would like to read the rest, and even more, be sure to read the latest newsletter and don’t forget to subscribe!
In the liturgical year, we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, taken from first words from the introit of the Mass, “Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near!” On this day our joy shines forth as we realise the birth of the Lord is close at hand! To celebrate Gaudete we invite you to a special Advent “Evening at the Oratory”!
Saturday 16th of December
We will also have special guests Artes Christi Choir and Orchestra, a group from Sydney seeking to bring Christ to others through beauty in music, providing the music for the evening. There will be plenty of opportunities not only to experience the harmony of Artes Christi but also to join in the singing of carols!
We are also very happy to welcome Bishop Jarrett who will be celebrating Mass for us and also be giving a sermon to inspire us during this season of Advent.
We hope you can join us in this preparation for the coming of Christ into our hearts, and to fulfil that divine command to rejoice at the advent of Our Saviour!
If you’re feeling social afterwards you might also be interested in the White Christmas Dinner-Dance at Mary Immaculate Hall. Carols finish in time for dinner at 7.30pm. All proceeds from the Dinner-Dance are going to the Oratory. The dance is an RSVP ticketed event. For more information or to purchase tickets call Nicole King, details including the price is on the poster below.