Brisbane Oratory News

Ember Days

“Holy Cross, Lucy, Ashes, Day of the Annointed,are when the ember days are appointed.”

Four times a year, in the traditional calendar, we celebrate ember days which fall on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with the change of the seasons. These ancient days go back to at least the 5th century, and traditionally are days of penance, fast and partial abstainance from meat (meaning meat at the main meal only).

While the observation of these days are no longer mandatory, it is a good and pious thing to voluntarily observe them. The purpose of these “mini-lents” are to pray, fast, and thank God for the gifts He gives us through nature such food and shelter. This week we have the September Ember Days, falling after the Feast of the Holy Cross as the rhyme above reminds us.

Ember Wednesday September 2020

Catholic Enquiry Group

The Catholic Enquiry Group is for non-Catholics who would like to know more about the Catholic faith and/or for those who would like to become Catholic. Catholics who wish to reconnect with their faith after some time away from the Church, or who would like some basic instruction are also welcome.

We will explore the Catholic faith from four main areas:

1. The faith expressed in the Creed

The Creed is a statement of belief which has its origins in the apostles of Jesus and summarises the belief of Catholics such as who God is, who Jesus is, and what Jesus came to do for us and how.

2. The faith celebrated in the Liturgy and Sacraments

Through the Liturgy and Sacraments Jesus continues his work of salvation. For this reason we will look at how the faith is nourished through the sacraments and liturgy of the Church.

3. The faith lived in conformity to Christ

The faith transforms the way we live our live our lives as we seek to conform ourselves to Christ. We will explore faith in relation to areas such as grace, sin, the beatitudes, morals, virtue and vice.

4. The faith lived in relationship with God through prayer

Faith informs our relationship to God, and this relationship is experienced and nourished through prayer and devotion. We will explore the nature of prayer, how to pray, and why it is important.

Catholic Enquiry Group meets Tuesday evenings in the library under the church at 7:30pm.

To register, or for further information, please call the Parish Office 3848 1107.

The Latest Newsletter

A lot of unexpected things have happened since we sent out our last regular newsletter, and that’s putting it mildly!  Sending out a “normal” newsletter when it was due in April was the last thing on our minds, to be honest!  At that time we were still reeling, among other things, from the suspension of public Masses and one of the strangest Holy Week observances with our parishioners unable to attend.  We certainly hope we won’t go back to those circumstances, and we pray for those parts of our country and world that are still seriously affected by the pandemic.

Over the past weeks and now months, we’ve seen the gradual easing of restrictions here in Queensland.  It was a delight over recent Sundays to hear chatter outside the church after Mass.  There were actually enough people to have chatter!  It’s a long way from our bursting-at-the-seams High Mass with the long morning tea afterwards, but at least we have something to hope for and to look forward to – eventually!  Thank you to everyone for your patience and co-operation in dealing with all the added layer of hassle in just trying to come to Mass and Confession.  It’ll be a very happy day when we can once again simply open the church doors for you to come in as you please.

Continue reading the rest of the Latest newsletter.

Continuous Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

“Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere, but He has revealed to His servants that those who visit Him in the Eucharist will obtain a more abundant measure of grace”  says St. Alphonsus Ligouri. Our world needs prayer, especially at this time. Now that restrictions are easing in terms of church access, and to encourage people to pray, the community of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation invite you to come and pray before Our Eucharistic Lord during the next twelve weeks when we will have continuous Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the Vigil of Pentecost, Saturday 30 May, until the feast of Our Lady’s Assumption into heaven, Saturday 15 August, at Saint Elizabeth’s chapel, Effingham Street, Tarragindi. To register your interest in a weekly adoration hour/s, please email:, or phone/text: 0492 987 132. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament gives us more strength in life, gives consolation to the soul, and helps us grow in love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Exposition at St Elizabeth’s Chapel

Restrictions beginning to ease and how to participate:

With the easing of restrictions parishioners and friends of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation, now have the opportunity to begin attending Mass, attend set times in the church for Confession, make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. There are some other ways to also participate online including Live Sunday Mass. In order to view how to participate please see our Restriction Updates Page. Visit this page to always see the latest updates: