Brisbane Oratory News

Restrictions Update | Bookings Required | Sunday 18 July

We are disappointed that the Queensland State Government has extended the current Covid restrictions. Please read the following as the process has changed to make it more efficient:

  • In order to use 100% of our seating capacity bookings are required for Sunday Mass at Mary Immaculate Church.
  • Bookings are not required at St John Fisher Church.
  • At Masses where more than 1 person per 4 square meters are in attendance, seating is assigned.
  • Please note that is very difficult to give people their preferred seats, and we appreciate it if you can sit where asked during this temporary situation. However, we understand those with young children prefer to sit towards the back, for those with young children and bookings, we will do our best to accomodate these preferences.
  • If you wish to sit with anyone in particular please book under the one booking.
  • Bookings for Sunday morning Masses must be made by 7:00pm Saturday, while bookings for afternoon Masses must be made by 2:00pm Sunday.
  • We plan to have a quicker process for those who have booked.
  • For various reasons, if you have not booked in time you can still attend Mass, but the process is slower.
  • We encourage you to arrive early to allow seating to be allocated.
  • Government mandates require masks to be worn unless you have an exempting medical condition.
  • Government mandates require the use of QR codes regardless of bookings. If you require assistance please ask the porters.

Please join us in praying for an end to the restrictions

Parish Treasures | Refurbishing High Altar Candlesticks

The High Altar Candlesticks, known by the servers as “The Big Six”, form part of the patrimony of the parish. You may be surprised to learn that they were made here in Brisbane by F J Mole.

In Archbishop Duhig’s time, with the numbers of churches he was building (and needing to furnish!) shipping items from Europe proved expensive and time consuming. So he turned to a local silversmith F J Mole. In 1923, the Archbishop approached and convinced F J Mole to manufacture ecclesiastical requisites for churches. F J Mole then set to work not only designing the items, but even making the tools he would require.

The Big Six on the High Altar at Mary Immaculate Church

Over time, our Big Six Candlesticks naturally deteriorated and it was time for them to be refurbished. We were pleased to be able to turn to the same company, F J Mole, who made the candles decades ago, to refurbish them for us.

These items form part of the patrimony of the parish that contribute to the glory given to God at the liturgy, forming part of the whole that is the beauty which lifts our hearts and minds to God, and manifesting our belief to give our best, and the primary place in our lives, to God.

Restrictions Update | Mass Bookings

The Queensland State Government has mandated new Covid restrictions which require the following:

  • In order to use 100% of our seating capacity bookings are now open again and are required at all Sunday, Monday night, and Saturday Masses at Mary Immaculate Church.
  • Bookings are not required at St John Fisher Church.
  • At Masses where more than 1 person per 4 square meters are in attendance, seating will be assigned as you enter the church.
  • To ensure this process is as quick and efficient as possible please book before 5:00pm on Saturday for Sunday Morning Masses and 3 hours before all other Masses.
  • If you have not booked in time you may be asked to wait for those who have made bookings to enter the church.
  • We encourage you to arrive in good time to allow seating to be allocated.
  • Those who already booked in for upcoming Masses do not need to book again.
  • Our regular public schedule will resume on Sunday 4 July.
  • Masks are currently required at all times while indoors – this is a correction to our previous statement.

Restrictions Update

The Queensland State Government has mandated new Covid restrictions and a lockdown. In order for us to continue our primary duty to the faithful of administering the sacraments, preaching, and prayer, we are currently required to observe the following: 


  • Churches and chapels must close during the lockdown.
  • During this period Extraordinary Form Mass will be live streamed at the regular Mass times and can be viewed here.
  • Our regular public schedule will resume after the lockdown is lifted.


  • At the end of the lockdown we hope to resume our normal schedule.  At this stage we will most likely need you to continue to book in for Sunday Masses.  We will provide another update when Mass bookings are open.

Please join us in prayer to pray for an end to the restrictions.

Bookings not currently required | Check in QLD App

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.