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Newsletter June 2017

In this month's newsletter, we share with you some upcoming events including the Oratorio this Saturday and a reminder about the last date you can get tickets for the Oratory Winter Ball. But to begin, Br Conor shares his reflection on the importance of coming to know God's love for us and how this relates to the Oratory.

Reflection

As I sit writing this brief article I find it hard to take my eyes off the book that lies just out of reach at the other end of the desk. Now it isn’t a difficult thing to distract me, but this book has a special place in my heart. It is The Lord of the Rings and I have been reading it since returning from Toronto. I can’t help but see some correlation between Tolkien’s epic novel and the story of the Brisbane Oratory-in-Formation. The various characters throughout the work encounter the grandest of adventures but are also confronted with difficulties and hardship. Whilst we at the Oratory may not meet the same kinds of adventure and struggles, we do have before us our own exciting adventure set amidst our own labours and trials. Through this, our Community will only grow stronger with the help of our Holy Father Saint Philip and the guiding grace of the Holy Spirit. However, it is not just the Oratory members who are characters in this coming adventure, it is all of us who make up the Brisbane Oratory-in-Formation community from parishioners to interstate friends and supporters and everyone in between.

Over the last two years, I have come to understand that one of the greatest challenges facing many Catholics is the loss of understanding that each and every one of us is willed, loved and wanted by God and that we are all necessary for His plan. I myself did not realise this for the vast majority of my life. It wasn’t until I started to understand and appreciate God’s love and desire for me, that I was able to love others and Him in return. I fear there are many young men and women, but not only the young, men and women of all ages, who do not know God’s love. They have forgotten what this love means and what it can do for them. Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI once said that: “Every human being is loved by God the Father. No one need feel forgotten, for every name is written in the Lord’s loving heart.” The Brisbane Oratory-in-Formation is ideally situated to help spread this message of love and mercy.

Already we are providing increased opportunities to come and encounter God’s compassion and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Confession. This will only increase as the four Brothers eventually make their way to ordination and active work as Priests. Work with adolescents and young adults continues to be an important part of our ministry. It is our hope and constant prayer that this will only grow, so that we can help deliver the reality of God’s love for each and every one of us. Through this work and by means of providing spiritual direction to those who seek it, we can strive to make known what Benedict XVI said and what Pope Francis is constantly reminding us of: “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”

It is my constant prayer, earnest hope and absolute belief that just like the characters in The Lord of the Rings who grow ever closer in friendship, love and trust, we the wider-Oratory community, too will follow the same path. Helping each other, leading one another to a closer union and friendship with Christ and ultimately bringing greater glory to God.

Br Conor Power.

Events

Pentecost Oratorio

Saturday 24th of June 7:30pm - 8:30pm at Mary Immaculate Church

Sacred Music helps us to raise our hearts and minds to God. Please join us for our Pentecost Oratorio. An evening with vocal and instrumental music from medieval, renaissance and baroque eras. 

Brothers Institution to Ministries

Tuesday 4th of July 7:30pm at Mary Immaculate Church

Join us at this Mass where Bishop Finnigan will institute Br Shawn to the ministry of Acolyte and Brs Tyson, Conor and Matthew to the ministry of Lector, necessary steps on the way to ordination.

The Oratory Winter Ball

Saturday 22nd of July 6:30pm at Moda Events Portside Wharf Hamilton

An enjoyable evening of live music and dancing by the river. Proceeds from the evening support the education of the seminarians of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. Ticket sales to the Ball will close on Thursday 13 July. Book yours today! For more information click here.
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Liturgical 

Mass of The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Friday 23rd of June 7:30pm at Mary Immaculate Church

The devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the most widely practised devotions, taking Jesus Christ's physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity. A sung Mass will be offered in the extraordinary form.

Sung Vespers

Sunday 25th of June 4:00pm - 4:30pm at Mary Immaculate Church

Vespers is the official evening prayer of the Church and consists of some chants, particularly the psalms. It is a good way to honour the closing of the Lord's Day. We celebrate sung Vespers every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

Mass of Saints Peter and Paul

Thursday 29th of June 7:30pm at Mary Immaculate Church

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is an ancient feast in honour of their martyrdom in Rome. In honour of this feast, Sung Mass will be offered in the extraordinary form.
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