Brisbane Oratory News
Due to increased capacity limits we are no longer required to take bookings for Mass; however, Queensland State Government mandates require churches to register attendees using the Check in Qld App giving us until Friday 9 July to transition to using the App. The process to make the Check in QLD App available to use has begun. If you do not have the App, Porters will be available to assist you to check in by alternative means. We continue to appreciate the kindness and respect shown to the porters, who volunteer their time to help, helping us to have as many Mass times as we do. While it can be inconvenient, we appreciate your cooperation in following government requirements, allowing us to continue our ministry to you.
Following on from the success of our Oratory Parish Social on ANZAC Day, we are returning to Wellers Hill Bowls Club, 34 Esher St Tarragindi, for an afternoon of fellowship, family and fun. Each Sunday, the Bowls Club arranges for a Food Truck to be present, so all your lunching needs are taken care of. There is plenty of space for children to run around and play too. Feel free to invite family and friends along too. Show up for the afternoon or come for an hour between 12:00pm – 4:30pm finishing in time for Vespers.
On the Feast of the Most Precious Blood we honour Christ in the Blood which was shed for us on Calvary, the Blood offered in the Sacrifice of the Mass, and the Blood that washes and makes pure our soul inaugurating in us the beginning of eternal life. We invite you to join us in honouring the Precious Blood of Jesus as we call on his aid through the Blood that he shed for our salvation.
In our parish we offer both the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite and we have had a number of people express interest in learning more about the Extraordinary Form. If you are new to the Traditional Latin Mass or the Extraordinary Form or simply interested in learning more about it, we invite you to join us for our Introduction to the Traditional Latin Mass Series which is in two parts.
General Introduction to the Traditional Latin Mass | Sunday 11 July after 10:00am Mass
Fr Andrew will give a brief 30-40 minute talk on the Traditional Latin Mass and understanding the differences between the Extraordinary Form and the Ordinary Form. This talk is particularly helpful for those who are familiar with the Ordinary Form of the Mass, that is, the New Mass promulgated after Vatican II but not so familiar with the Extraordinary Form.
How to Use a 1962 Roman Missal | Saturday 24 July 2021 after 8:30am Mass
A number of people who have purchased 1962 Missals have asked help on how to use them. Br Tyson will run a workshop on how to use a 1962 Missal to help you become more familiar with its use. Please bring your own missal or if you don’t have a missal you are still welcome to join us.
Church bells call us to prayer and witness to the presence of the church in the community. Church bells are so important that they traditionally undergo special prayers and exorcisms at their installation.
While we were ringing the Angelus during the lockdown periods, the bell has since fallen silent needing to undergo some repairs. Many people in the surrounding suburb, including non-Catholics, let us know how much they appreciated being able to hear the church bell.
We have taken this opportunity to undertake significant restoration to ensure the bell continues into the next generations and upgrade the equipment to toll the bell automatically. We will soon hear the bell again calling people to Mass and prayer with the ringing of the Angelus three times a day.
The bell restoration takes place in two stages. First a frame is built around the bell to support it in its place in the tower. Then the metal fittings holding the bell to the central tower beam are removed and taken away. These fittings were originally made from iron and over the almost 100 years they have been there become rusty. New fittings are then fabricated from stainless steel, and as such will last much longer.
In the second stage, the new stainless steel fittings are used to secure the bell to the central beam again and then an automatic tolling device is attached to the bell. This device has been ordered and is on the way from Europe. This allows the bell to be struck according to a timer. At this time the manual toller is repaired to also allow the bell to be rung manually. The frame holding the bell is then removed and the ringing of the bell will be heard again!
We are grateful for all who give to the parish making works such as the restoration and upgrade of the bell possible.