The Oratory community is looking forward to a “full house” for a few months, after Brothers Tyson, Conor and Matthew return home from Toronto next week. We particularly congratulate Brother Tyson on the completion of his philosophy studies at Saint Philip’s Seminary at the Toronto Oratory. The Brothers will be home at Annerley before Brothers Conor and Matthew return to Toronto for their final year at the end of August; and Brothers Shawn and Tyson head to Oxford to commence their theology studies at the beginning of October.
A good number of people have already purchased their tickets to the Oratory Winter Ball – thank you! It is shaping up to be a great night. Tickets are available at www.trybooking.com. At the Ball our major raffle for the year will also be drawn. First prize is a $5,000 travel voucher. Tickets for the raffle are $10 each (or six for $50) and can also be purchased at the trybooking site. If anyone is able to take tickets to sell to family and friends, please contact Brother Shawn on 0402 641 349.
Many people are interested in our future, and particularly about where the Brisbane Oratory will be permanently located. For various reasons, this is a matter that is only finally determined when the Holy See establishes a community-in-formation as a Congregation of the Oratory. We are very pleased to report, therefore, that Archbishop Coleridge has recently written to us to confirm our presence in Annerley Ekibin parish under the current arrangements with Father Andrew as Parish Priest and the other Fathers assisting in the care of the parish community. The Archbishop is also assisting with the drawing up of a Memorandum of Understanding which will give more formality to the current arrangements, and also allow the Oratory community to proceed with the work on our residence which was recommended by Father Michael Lang when he made the official visitation of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation in 2016 on behalf of the Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratory. Amonst other things, this work on our residence will make it more suitable for what is required in a permanent Oratory house. The Oratory-in-formation community is very happy with this move by the Archbishop, and the positive signal it sends for our future. We are sure that our friends and supporters will also be very happy with this news. The Oratory-in-formation community remains grateful to the Archbishop for his continued support in helping the project to establish Oceania’s first Oratory to continue moving ahead.
On May 26th we celebrate the second anniversary of our establishment as a community-in-formation by the Archbishop. This means that we have just one more year before we complete the minimum time period required for the “in-formation” phase. Please join us as we thank God for all that He has allowed to be accomplished so far, and to pray for the continued success of this project, as we offer Solemn Mass in the Ordinary Form on the Feast of our holy father and founder, Saint Philip Neri, at 7:30pm on Friday 26th May at Mary Immaculate, Annerley.
Father Adrian Sharp
Please note: VESPERS IN MAY 2017 will be at 4:00pm on Sunday 21st and 28th. No Vespers this Sunday 14th May.