Category: Archdiocese of Brisbane

The funeral Mass for Father Gregory Jordan SJ will be able to be viewed at this link:

The Mass will take place at 11:00am at Saint Ignatius’ Church, Toowong, on Thursday 30th July, 2015.

I have been informed that there will be a celebration of Choral Vespers (Evening Prayer) sung in Latin at 3:00pm every Sunday, starting this weekend in Saint Stephen’s Chapel, Brisbane, and from the following weekend in the Cathedral itself (with a couple of exceptions). The service will employ plainsong and polyphony. The staff of the Cathedral see this as an opportunity for parishioners in the wider Archdiocese to share a service in the cathedral outside their usual parish commitments. It’s also a more contemplative service, where the faithful can think on the psalms and canticle as they unfold as sung by the choir. It is hoped that Sunday Vespers will become a permanent fixture in the Cathedral’s worship schedule.


The Family Mass sponsored by Catholic homeschooling families in Brisbane resumes this coming Saturday, 1 February 2014.  Mass is at 9am at Immaculate Conception Church, Halle Street, Everton Park.  The Sacrament of Penance is available following the Mass.  Morning tea also follows Mass.

The gathering on Saturday will welcome in the new school year and be a wonderful opportunity to connect with other Catholic families.
The dates for the Masses in 2014 are the First Saturday of each month from February to December, except for October when no Mass will be held.
All are welcome.
tony Girvan

Photography lesson: A group of Rwandan children get an impromptu lesson on photography from Fr Tony Girvan during a wildlife photography trip to Africa.

We have just started announcing at the Masses this Sunday that the new Parish Priest for Saint Bernardine’s from January 2014 will be Fr Anthony Girvan, who is presently the Parish Priest of Saint Patrick’s, Beenleigh.

We look forward to welcoming Fr Tony in the new year.

We have an App for that

The Archdiocese of Brisbane now has an app!

Download it to check out some of its great features, including finding Masses and times for Confessions near you.

More info on the app can be found on the Archdiocesan website, here.

oratory website screenshot 1The Brisbane Oratory in Formation now has a revamped website.

It provides information about Oratories in general, and about the Brisbane Oratory in Formation project.

In the latest news section, there are some photos of the Brisbane Oratory’s seminarian, Shawn Murphy, being clothed in the habit of the Toronto Oratory, where he is formally beginning his formation in Oratorian life.  (There are more photos from this event here).

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The Brisbane Oratory in Formation’s seminarian, Shawn Murphy, receiving the habit of the Toronto Oratory

There is also a link to yesterday’s article in The Australian newspaper on the Brisbane Oratory.

Please keep this project in your prayers.  It’s a great development for our Archdiocese, and its wonderful that its happening here.

You might also consider making a financial offering, which at this stage will especially assist in the training of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation’s seminarian.

prayer for syriaIn Brisbane, Archbishop Coleridge has asked us to fulfil the Holy Father’s request for prayer and fasting for peace in Syria by observing a week of prayer from the 8th to the 15th of September 2013, and to observe a day of fasting on Friday 13 September (see here).

You may find the following document useful for your daily prayers over the next week:

Prayer for Syria

our lady of fatima october 2013

As has been reported widely, Pope Francis has called Catholics and all people of good will to pray and fast this coming Saturday 7 September 2013 for peace in Syria (, and here).

This coming Saturday we will live together a special day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. I renew the invitation to the whole Church to live this day intensely, and even now I express gratitude to the other Christian brethren, to the brethren of other religions and to the men and women of good will who desire to join in this initiative, in places and ways of their own. I especially urge the Roman faithful and pilgrims to participate in the prayer vigil here in St. Peter’s Square at 19.00, in order to ask the Lord for the great gift of peace. May a powerful cry for peace go up from every land!  (Pope Francis)

Archbishop Mark Coleridge wrote to the clergy of the Brisbane archdiocese yesterday giving directions about how we might fulfil the Holy Father’s request.  Archbishop Coleridge wrote:

The Holy Father has asked the universal Church to join him in a time of prayer and fasting, imploring God for the gift of peace in Syria.  He has proposed as the Day of Prayer and Fasting Saturday, 7 September, which in this country however has a number of complications.  I would ask that special prayers of intercession for peace in Syria be made at all Masses on this Sunday and that in the Archdiocese of Brisbane we make the week of 8-15 September a time of special prayer for Syria, with a day of fasting on Friday, 13 September.  Let us beseech God with one heart and voice to do what human beings cannot do  (Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Brisbane).

In Brisbane (and for everyone else in our time-zone), Sunday morning 4am to 9am will coincide with Pope Francis’ Prayer Vigil at Saint Peter’s with the faithful of the diocese of Rome.  Many of us will be at Mass during that time (or very close to), so we can actively unite our prayers in a special way with the Holy Father during that time.   Following the Archbishop’s direction, we will then continue praying for Syria in a heightened way all through the coming week, and he asks us to observe a day of fasting next Friday, 13 September.

Of course, all of us are free to pray and fast any time we choose, and this is a good thing to do, not just when asked to do so!

mary help of christiansLet us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!  (Pope Francis)

mark coleridgeArchbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane has issued a very stirring “call to arms” in the form a pastoral letter, to mark the conclusions of the Year of Grace called by the Australian Bishops, and the international Year of Faith called by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

The letter is a signal of the Archbishop’s pastoral direction for the years ahead, which will begin with a series of seminars around the Archdiocese that he himself will lead, followed by more practical workshops.

If you are in the Archdiocese of Brisbane you may well hear this letter this weekend at Mass.  You can find it at the link below for your further reflection.

Pastoral Letter Through Doors Wide Open 28 8 13

Link to the Archdiocesan website here.