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Pentecost Oratorio

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.

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This photo was taken at our previous Marian Oratorio.

 

Brothers Conor and Matthew to study in Rome

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.

Brs Conor and Matthew during their novice studies in 2016 learning about the Oratory with Fr Philip of the Toronto Oratory.

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!

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Musical Oratory: The Seven Last Words

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.

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Big events happening at the Brisbane Oratory in 2018

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.

Br Shawn receiving ministries from Archbishop Coleridge in 2016, soon to be followed by Brs Tyson, Conor and Matthew later this year.

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!

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New Developments at the Oratory

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.

The restored 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!

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Upcoming Events

Dec
13
Thu
7:30 pm Men’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Men’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Men's Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
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[...]
Dec
16
Sun
7:00 pm Advent Oratorio Lessons and Carols @ Mary Immaculate Church
Advent Oratorio Lessons and Carols @ Mary Immaculate Church
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Advent Oratorio Lessons and Carols @ Mary Immaculate Church
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[...]
Dec
24
Mon
5:30 pm Nativity Vigil Mass OF @ St John Fisher Catholic Church
Nativity Vigil Mass OF @ St John Fisher Catholic Church
Dec 24 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
On Christmas Eve we look forward to the certain and sure nativity of Christ to come on Christmas day.
7:30 pm Nativity Vigil Mass OF @ Mary Immaculate Catholic Church
Nativity Vigil Mass OF @ Mary Immaculate Catholic Church
Dec 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
On Christmas Eve we look forward to the certain and sure nativity of Christ to come on Christmas day.
Dec
25
Tue
12:00 am Nativity Midnight Mass EF @ Mary Immaculate Church
Nativity Midnight Mass EF @ Mary Immaculate Church
Dec 25 @ 12:00 am – 1:30 am
Nativity Midnight Mass EF @ Mary Immaculate Church
Midnight Mass [missa cantata]. The night we have been waiting for is finally here when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ from the Virgin Mary. On this night we are reminded that God became man and[...]
7:30 am Nativity Mass OF @ Mary Immaculate Church
Nativity Mass OF @ Mary Immaculate Church
Dec 25 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
The day we have been waiting for is finally here when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ from the Virgin Mary.
9:00 am Nativity Mass EF @ Mary Immaculate Church
Nativity Mass EF @ Mary Immaculate Church
Dec 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Christmas Day Mass [missa cantata]. 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[...]
Mar
6
Wed
7:30 pm Ash Wednesday @ Mary Immaculate Church
Ash Wednesday @ Mary Immaculate Church
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ash Wednesday @ Mary Immaculate Church | Tarragindi | Queensland | Australia
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[...]
Jun
20
Thu
7:30 pm Corpus Christi – Missa Cantata @ Mary Immaculate Church
Corpus Christi – Missa Cantata @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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[...]
Jun
23
Sun
2:00 pm Corpus Christi – Diocesan proces... @ St Stephen's Cathedral
Corpus Christi – Diocesan proces... @ St Stephen's Cathedral
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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[...]
Jun
28
Fri
7:30 pm Sacred Heart of Jesus @ Mary Immaculate Church
Sacred Heart of Jesus @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sacred Heart of Jesus @ Mary Immaculate Church
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.[...]
Jul
4
Thu
7:30 pm Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati @ Mary Immaculate Church
Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati @ Mary Immaculate Church
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[...]