Brisbane Oratory News

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Novena to St Philip Neri

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.

Novena Prayer to St Philip Neri

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.

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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Upcoming Events

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[...]
Mar
12
Tue
7:30 pm Men’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Men’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Mar 12 @ 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[...]
Mar
27
Wed
7:00 pm Public Lecture with Dr Peter Kwa... @ Mary Immacualte Hall
Public Lecture with Dr Peter Kwa... @ Mary Immacualte Hall
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Public Lecture with Dr Peter Kwasniewski @ Mary Immacualte Hall
Dr Peter Kwasniewski has taught and written on a wide variety of subjects, especially the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of[...]
Apr
2
Tue
7:30 pm Women’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Women’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Inspired by St Philip Neri, Women’s Secular Oratory are evening sessions of prayer for women based on the classic model of mental prayer. The sessions include a meditation, that is, a brief reading from a[...]
May
9
Thu
7:30 pm Men’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Men’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
May 9 @ 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[...]
Jun
4
Tue
7:30 pm Women’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Women’s Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's Secular Oratory @ Mary Immaculate Church
Inspired by St Philip Neri, Women’s Secular Oratory are evening sessions of prayer for women based on the classic model of mental prayer. The sessions include a meditation, that is, a brief reading from a[...]
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[...]
Aug
8
Thu
5:30 pm Mary of the Cross MacKillop @ Mary Immaculate Church
Mary of the Cross MacKillop @ Mary Immaculate Church
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mary of the Cross MacKillop @ Mary Immaculate Church
Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop is Australia’s first canonised Saint. While a laywoman she became a teacher, but eventually began to yearn for a strictly penitential form of religious life. Her spiritual director Fr[...]
Aug
15
Thu
7:30 pm Assumption of Mary @ Mary Immaculate Church
Assumption of Mary @ Mary Immaculate Church
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Assumption of Mary @ Mary Immaculate Church
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the day Mary was taken up body and soul into heaven. We are reminded of our own bodily resurrection and that Mary watches on us from heaven.[...]