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Statue outside Sacred Heart Church, Toowoomba

Statue outside Sacred Heart Church, Toowoomba

The title of this post was the interesting topic I was given for a talk which I gave at an inservice day for catechists at Sacred Heart Parish, Toowoomba, on Saturday (24 August 2013).

I also gave a more “nuts and bolts” talk responding to some specific questions.

The talks seem to have been well received by those present.

I include links to them below for anyone interested.

Sacred Heart Inservice Day – Talk One – Canon Law, millstone or cornerstone

Sacred Heart Inservice Day – Talk Two – Teaching the Sacraments

I have one thing to say …


… two and a half years in the making!

Thanks to everyone for all the prayers and good wishes!

[I add the slight disclaimer that I do not, as yet, have a piece of paper saying that I have qualified – however, given that my classmates are already leaving the country, I think it’s reasonably safe to assume that anyone who is not graduating might already know!]

themesThis is what I’ll be trying to keep at the forefront of my mind over the next few days!  These are the themes I chose to focus on for the comprehensive exam:



Singular decrees and precepts (cc. 48-58)

Dispensations (cc. 85-93)



The obligations and rights of clerics (cc. 273-289)

Associations of Christ’s faithful (cc. 298-329)

Diocesan bishops (cc. 381-402)

Relationships between religious and the diocesan bishop (cc. 593-595, 609, 616, 678-683; see also cc. 397, 806, 1320)



The teaching office of the Church (cc. 747-755)

The missionary activity of the Church (cc. 781-792)



Matrimonial consent (cc. 1055-1057, 1095-1107)

The form of the celebration of marriage (cc. 1108-1123, 1127)

Sacred places (cc. 1205-1229)



The acquisition of goods (cc. 1259-1272)



Those who are liable to penal sanctions (cc. 1321-1330)



The defender of the bond (cc. 1432-1436)

Recourse against administrative decrees (cc. 1732-1739)


Tuesday 2pm is the final hour!


I live among boxes

I really should be used to it by now, but packing never seems to get easier.  I wanted to leave packing until after the last exam, however I needed to get a head start in order to complete the customs and insurance forms, so I did most of my packing yesterday.

I’ve now finished the last of the exams for the coursework of our programme.  All that awaits me is the one-hour comprehensive exam on Tuesday at 2pm.  I’ll be questioned by two panels of two professors each.  Each panel is for half an hour.

At 3pm on Tuesday I should be a very happy man!


turner glory in the cross coverI haven’t been reading much other than canon law for the past little while, but yesterday I did finally finish reading Paul Turner’s Glory in the Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 2011. 204pp).

I highly recommend it to anyone who is involved in the preparation of the Holy Week liturgies.  Turner goes through every rubric and prayer proper to the principal liturgies of Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion through to Easter Sunday Mass inclusive.

It is fascinating, from an historical perspective, to know the history of the prayers in use, and the development of the various rites to what we have today.  One thing I have come to appreciate after reading the book is that the changes we find in the new English translation of the Roman Missal do not concern only the translation of the words of the prayers.  Many of the rubrics have undergone revision in the Latin typical edition, in many instances clarifying things that maybe were unclear.

As a presider of the Holy Week ceremonies, I had – like many I suppose – the files of the liturgies on the computer, which didn’t need much editing from year to year.  Those really need to be discarded now, not just because the prayers have been revised, but the rubrics themselves are new.  Liturgy planners would do well to study carefully the liturgies of Holy Week in the new Missal, and to especially review the rubrics that are contained therein.  It’s good to remember that the Introductions to the rites and the rubrics within the rites are not just “helpful suggestions,” but are law, and are to be observed like all other laws in the Church.

Last exams

We begin today the last of our exams for our programme.

We’re doing four courses at the moment, so we have the finals for those this morning, and then next Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

And, it’s sixteen sleeps until the comprehensive exam.

Soon, this:

Brisbane, Australia

And, here’s a blast from the past!  Love ya Brisbane!

I can now provide an actual answer to the above question!

With his letter of 14 November 2012, Archbishop Coleridge has appointed me as Associate Judicial Vicar to the Regional Tribunal of Brisbane, and also Priest in Residence in Saint Bernardine’s Parish, Browns Plains.  The appointment to Browns Plains will include weekend Masses and other duties depending on my availability.

Both appointments are for three years, effective 5 January 2013.

Saint Bernardine’s, Regents Park

I am excited to be on the threshold of this next phase of things for me.   I’m looking forward to putting into practice what I’ve been studying over here in Ottawa.  And I’m also very much looking forward to getting to know the people of Browns Plains Parish in the coming years, as I assist Father Francis Nguyen, the pastor there.

But what I am very excited about is that I will soon be home!

One month from today I fly out of Ottawa.

Counting the days now

As seen on the door of one of my confreres here:


I found out today that my comprehensive exam will take place on Tuesday 11 December 2012, between 2pm and 3pm.  28 Days to go!  Nearly there.

Finally got my Master’s

This post is especially for my friends back home who have been at me for years to get my Master’s degree.  Well, I’ve finally done it!  Not quite the way I thought it would get done, but done nonetheless.

The University of Ottawa website currently lists those who will graduate at the convocations next Sunday, October 28th, 2012, and my name is on the list.

Of course, the Master of Canon Law degree – a civil degree – was not what I was sent over to Canada to get, but it is one of the awards we pick up “along the way,” along with a Graduate Diploma in Canon Law, also a civil degree.

The important piece of paper that I need to come home with – unless I want to be banished by my Archbishop – is the Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) – an ecclesiastical degree – which, please God, I will attain after successfully completing the comprehensive exam on 11/12 December 2012.

Not long to go now!

A picnic in Quebec

Lac Bernard, Quebec

The students and professors in the Canon Law Faculty of Saint Paul University, Ottawa, and other family members, went on a picnic yesterday afternoon to Lac Bernard in Quebec.  Lac Bernard is about an hour’s drive from Ottawa.

It was a very picturesque location, and a fun time was had by all.

No canon law party is complete without canon law humour … this is one of the cakes from yesterday. As someone has pointed out, this cake was valid but illicit! Either way, it tasted good.

More photos can be seen here.