Brisbane Oratory News
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!
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!