Brisbane Oratory News
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.
Mr Warrick Adeney, Musical Director of the Brisbane Oratory, shares with us a summary of the Musical Oratorio held in November
A healthy number of souls heard our recent Marian Oratorio, devoted to the tremendous repertory of Marian marvels in church music, and commemorating the centenary of Fatima. We opened with some chant of St Hildegard, wistfully sung by Eleanor Adeney. Our choir, somewhat augmented for the occasion, sang representative Renaissance compositions on the texts Ave Maria and Alma Mater Redemptoris.
The work of Palestrina, a personal friend of St Philip Neri, was performed. Children’s voices were heard ringing in our beautiful acoustic, and this is a feature we will develop. The programme also included instrumental works and culminated in Haydn’s glorious Salve Regina, a fully developed work cast in five movements for strings, organ, small choir, and a brilliant soprano solo which was beautifully handled by Sarah Adeney. All present joined in with the hymn O Purest of Creatures, written by of Fr F.W. Faber of Bl Cardinal Newman’s Oratory.
The next Oratorio will be in the form of a Christmas event, including lessons and carols, on Saturday night December 16. Our resources will combine with the musicians of Artes Christi, who bless the East Coast from Sydney to Brisbane each Advent. In 2018 we will plan two Oratorios again, and continue to develop the concept along with our instrumental and choral resources. Enquiries about our music are most welcome.
The fathers and brothers of the Brisbane Oratory would like to thank all those involved in the evening: our Musical Director Mr Warrick Adeney who dedicates his time and effort for the Brisbane Oratory, the soloists, the members of the Brisbane Oratory Choir and Schola, those on instruments, Maria Rose Anna Photography, and all those involved in any other way.
As a man joins an Oratorian community, he passes through various stages leading to full membership in the community. The first three years consist of the first probation (one year) and then the second probation (two years), during which the novice is formed in zeal for virtue and also formed to become adapted to the family life of the Oratory community. As well as becoming imbued in the mind and spirit of the Oratory, his suitability is also tested. At the end of these three years, if the novice has given a good account of himself in the life of the community, and has the intention of remaining forever, then the community takes a secret ballot and decides by absolute majority whether the man is to be fully aggregated into the community or dismissed. Brother Tyson completed his second probation at the beginning of September, and so the vote was taken and he has been aggregated to our community. Congratulations, Brother Tyson! After the completion of a further three years after aggregation (when one completes the sexennium, six years since entering), a member is given full voting rights in the community, with the ability to elect others, and is eligible to be elected to all offices in the community.
At the moment we have a couple of serious enquirers to the Oratory. Please keep these men in your prayers, and please pray for Oratorian vocations. If we do have more members join in 2018, we will most certainly need to spend some money to create more bedrooms, which is a wonderful problem to have! This is a good opportunity to thank our committed and regular benefactors who allow us to meet our financial commitments. If you are not already signed up with a regular contribution to the Oratory, may I invite you to do so? Please contact me for more information, or visit the Donations page on the website.
From the Moderators Message of the Oratory Newsletter. If you would like to read the rest be sure to read the latest newsletter and don’t forget to subscribe!