Quarterly Oratory Newsletter

An extract from our latest Quarterly Newsletter as Br Conor shares his experience of being a newly ordained deacon

On December 19 of last year, I was ordained a deacon and so these past few months have been filled with much learning and, most importantly, opportunities to serve.

It has been with great joy that I can now assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as a deacon.  Since my ordination, I have noticed a growing appreciation for the deacon’s role and the closeness with which he serves at the altar. It is truly a great gift to assist the priest at Holy Mass and my love and reverence for the Holy Eucharist have only increased with this august honour from God, Our Father.

It hasn’t been without difficulties though. After many years of study and duties proper to a Brother of the Oratory, I had become relatively comfortable in my daily routine.  I

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Lockdown Brief Update

We are please to announce the Holy Triduum will be celebrated as per normal. However, due to huge demand, the Extraordinary Form Good Friday service will be conducted at St Elizabeth’s Primary School at 3:00pm. Details about this will follow some time today. Those booked in will receive an update via email and further details will be posted here and on our website.

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Latest Lockdown Update

The State Government has announced it will no longer update us in the evening of Wednesday 31 March concerning the lockdown and restrictions. Instead they will give an update on the restrictions Thursday 1 April in the morning.

At this stage we are continuing with previous plans, however, alternative arrangements are being investigated pending the announcement on Thursday morning.

If alternative arrangements need to be made, those already booked in for those Masses will receive an email and we will make updates on Facebook and our website. We will keep you updated once we have time to asses the announcement tomorrow.

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Lockdown Update

We are saddened by the news that the State Government has declared another lockdown in the Greater Brisbane Area at the beginning of Holy Week. The lockdown starts at 5:00pm today Monday 29 March and is currently set to end on Thursday 1 April at 5:00pm.

This means we are prevented from providing public Mass during the lockdown period. The 7:00pm Mass and talk tonight will not be able to go ahead, but an EF Low Mass will be available at 3:30pm today in Mary Immaculate Church. No bookings are required but you will be able to sign in at the door. Confession will be available during Mass.

We will stream Mass on our Facebook Page here. Please note a Facebook account is not required to watch the stream.

Tuesday 7am EF, 9:00am OFWednesday 7am OF, 9:00am EF.

At this stage the Premier has not provided certainty over the ending of the lockdown. We understand the

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Holy Week Schedule 2021

In Holy Week, the Church recalls the mysteries of Christ’s passion and resurrection. In this way “the Church opens to the faithful the riches of her Lord’s powers and merits, so that these are in some way made present for all time, and the faithful are enabled to lay hold upon them and become filled with saving grace” (SC, 102). Attending the Easter Ceremonies is a wonderful way to receive very many signal graces.

PLEASE NOTE BOOKINGS ARE REQUIRED FOR MASSES AND SERVICES

BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE HERE

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Frassati Milites Mariae

The men of Frassati Milites Mariae and the Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory meet once a month for dinner for building up community and fraternity amongst Catholic men. The evening consists of good conversation, steak, beer, a short fervarino, ending with Compline.

Frassati Milites Mariae March 2021
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Brown Scapular Enrolments

This week a number of people were invested with the Brown Scapular, a devotion to Our Lady and a constant reminder of placing ourselves under her care. Our Lady promised that she would save from the fires of Hell those who wear the Brown Scapular with devotion. Those are who wear the Brown Scapular also share in all the spiritual benefits of the Carmelite Order.

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Oratorio – Stabat Mater | Saturday 27 March 7:00pm

Join us for our Lenten Oratorio as we reflect with music on the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary with one of Pergolesi’s most celebrated sacred works – his Stabat Mater. At Mary Immaculate Church. All are welcome. Please book on our booking website.
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The Blessing of Motor Vehicles

On Tuesday 9 March we commemorated the Feast of S Frances of Rome who was guided by an angel with a lantern as she walked along dark roads. She is the Patron Saint of automobile drivers. As is done in Rome on this day, all were invited to the carpark that evening to have their cars blessed.

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