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The website for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in Brisbane has had a makeover.

You’ll also find the details for the Eucharistic Mission to be preached by Father David Nugent which begins tomorrow, Saturday 30 June 2012, at Corpus Christi Church, Nundah.  Other events and retreats follow at Villa Maria (Fortitude Valley), and also at Dorrington, Beaudesert, Darra, and Toowoomba.  All are welcome.

Whilst in Australia, Father Nugent will also be speaking at the Australian Catholic Students Association Conference, and at SCENE: Sydney Congress: Embracing the New Evangelization.


Please remember in your prayers our Archbishop, Mark Coleridge, who will receive the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.  Various representatives of the Archdiocese are present in Rome with him for the pallium ceremony.

The pallium is a band of fabric about two inches wide, made of white lamb’s wool, that circles the neck and hangs down in the front and back.  It is worn over the chasuble during Mass.  “The pallium signifies the power which the metropolitan, in communion with the Roman Church, has by law in his own province” (canon 437).

On the Feast of Saint Agnes in February each year, two lambs are blessed by the Pope, and the wool from these lambs are made by a group of nuns into the pallium, which is presented on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul to all those who have become Metropolitan Archbishops in the previous year.

Regions of the Church are broken up into ecclesiastical provinces.  Each province has a Metropolitan Archbishop, and then there are one or more suffragan sees/dioceses in the province.  Canon Law ascribes to the bishops of an ecclesiastical province certain responsibilities, e.g. every three years they are to compose a list of priests suitable for the office of bishop and send the list to the Apostolic See (c. 377), and to determine the offering to be given for the celebration and application of Mass (c. 952).   Canon 436 outlines the competencies of a Metropolitan Archbishop in his province.   The pallium may only be worn within the territory of the Metroplitan’s province.

Being made of lamb’s wool, I like to think of the pallium – which is worn over the shoulders – as a reminder that the Metropolitan Archbishop is to act like Christ the Good Shepherd, who cares for the flock, even carrying the sheep back to the safety of the pasture.

Concelebrants waiting to enter the cathedral before the Mass

The weather was perfect today as the 7th bishop, and 6th archbishop took canonical possession of the Archdiocese of Brisbane.  Canon 382, 3 & 4 states: “A Bishop takes canonical possession of his diocese when, personally or by proxy, he shows the apostolic letters to the college of consultors, in the presence of the chancellor of the curia, who makes a record of the fact. […] It is strongly recommended that the taking of canonical possession be performed with a liturgical act in the cathedral church, in the presence of the clergy and the people.”

This ceremony took place during a splendid Mass in Brisbane’s Cathedral of Saint Stephen, concelebrated by bishops from around Australia, and clergy of Brisbane and beyond.  Heads of Churches were well represented, and in attendance also was the Governor of Queensland, the Premier, the Chief Justice and the leader of the Opposition.  The Cathedral was packed with representatives from parishes, schools, religious, and the various organisations that make up the archdiocese.  A large number followed the ceremony on screens outside the cathedral, and many more would have joined the celebrations via the live feed on the internet (the Mass may be viewed online at http://bne.catholic.net.au/asp/index.asp?pgid=12098).

Upon entering the Cathedral this morning, immediately evident was the new Archbishop’s coat of arms above the cathedra, something that has not been seen in our cathedral, certainly since the renovations in the late 80’s.

I’ve been away from the diocese for some time, so it was interesting and pleasing to see a few liturgical changes that I hope are permanent and not just for today.  Chief on my “happy to see” list was the use of proper chants at the Entrance, Offertory and Communion, instead of hymns.  I love hymns as much as anyone, however the Roman Rite of Mass is meant to be accompanied by chants, both for the Ordinary of the Mass, and at the above mentioned times.  One of my hopes is that the use of the revised English translation of the Roman Missal will encourage much more use of chant for the Propers of the Mass.

Some will be very happy to know that – finally – the norms of Redemptionis sacramentum were observed and that the Precious Blood was not poured from vessel to vessel.  I certainly hope that the procedure observed today is here to stay.  It always seemed a little odd that most parishes adapted their practices but the cathedral didn’t.

And while it is hardly earth-shattering, it was absolutely beautiful to hear bells rung once again at the elevations.  Their elimination always seemed unnecessary to me, and with all the other beautiful music in today’s Mass, the sound of bells during this high-point of the celebration is hardly out of place.

The new Archbishop preached strongly about the need for the Church to truly become missionary, and to embrace the new evangelisation which has been called for not just by the Popes, but indeed by the Holy Spirit.  At another point the Archbishop reflected on his episcopal motto: Sanguis et aqua – Blood and water: a reference to the blood and water which flowed from Christ after his side was pierced with a lance.  In this he echoed themes that I remember him preaching on in retreats he gave to us in the seminary: there is no weakness that cannot be turned – by God – into a manifestation of his power and strength.

Some of the concelebrating Bishops at the conclusion of Mass

His Grace also taught us – something that I had never known before – that Brisbane means “bone breaker.”  He promised not to be a bone breaker, but did add that difficult decisions don’t necessarily please everyone.  (For more on the etymology of “Brisbane” see http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Brisbane).

All in all, it was a joyful celebration for the beginning of a new chapter in the life of our Archdiocese.

Welcome, Archbishop Mark!  

Please pray for him as he begins his ministry as our Pastor, and – as he said in his homily – that in seeing and hearing him, we will in fact see and hear Jesus Christ.

Thanks to Bishop Jarrett:

P.S. As Archbishop Coleridge took possession of the diocese, Bishop Jarrett’s role as Apostolic Administrator came to a conclusion.  Please say a prayer in thanksgiving for Bishop Jarrett’s willingness to take on the governance of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, as well as that of his own diocese of Lismore, during the time that Brisbane was sede vacante.

UPDATE 12 MAY 2012:

There are some more bits and pieces over at The Acolyte’s Tale.

Bishop Jarrett, the Apostolic Administrator of Brisbane Archdiocese, has written a letter of endorsement and support for the current 40 Days for Life campaign.

See his letter here: GeoffreyJarrettLetter2012 (40 Days for Life).

Get involved!

Go to http://www.40daysforlife.com/brisbane/


Dynamic lip dub

Haven’t heard of that?  No, I hadn’t either until just now.

Have a look at what one of our newest Catholic schools in the Brisbane Archdiocese has produced as they show some of the ‘everyday’ fun they have at Star of the Sea School, Cleveland …



Well done, Star of the Sea!  I felt like I was back home for a moment.