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Talks on the Eucharist

perpetual adoration bris 2014 01 17During 2013, Fr David Nugent and Barry Braum (a seminarian), who are both members of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist, gave retreat talks at various places in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

Most of the audio files of these talks are available on the website of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, Brisbane: here.

This is a wonderful free resource … perfect for spiritual reflection.

blessed sacramentNext Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).  This feast celebrates one of our treasures: the sacramental presence of Jesus – body, blood, soul, and divinity – in the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine.  He is our food for the journey, and what a consolation it is to have his Eucharistic Presence with us in all the tabernacles of our Churches.

If you are in Brisbane, you have an extra opportunity to celebrate this mystery with the visit of Missionaries of the Holy Eucharist Father David Nugent and seminarian Barry Braum, who will be leading a series of retreats and workshops over the coming weeks.  There are plenty of opportunities for you to hear them.  Below is the program and information.

Program for Fr David Nugent MSE and seminarian Barry Braum: Brisbane, 2013

THEME running through these days will be on different moments of the public life of Jesus Christ.

 

1st June

Villa Maria

Saturday

Villa Maria All Day Retreat – Hostel Chapel

Mass 9am – Retreat 11am – 4pm

 

2nd June

Sunday

Corpus Christi Procession – Indooroopilly

 

3rd June

Monday

10am – 12noon

Workshop

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 4pm

Adoration

 

 

4pm – 9pm

Confessions

 

4th June

Tuesday

9am – 12 noon

Confessions

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 3pm

Workshop

 

 

4pm – 9pm

Adoration

 

5th June

Wednesday

8am – 12noon

Adoration

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 6pm

Confessions

 

 

7pm – 9pm

Workshop

 

6th June

Thursday

Banyo Nundah Parish Retreat

7th June

Friday

Banyo Nundah Parish Retreat

8th June

Saturday

Banyo Nundah Parish Retreat

 

9th June

Sunday

Day of Adoration

 

10th June

Monday

10am – 12 noon

Workshop

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 5pm

Confessions

 

 

6pm – 9pm

Adoration

 

11th June

Tuesday

10am – 12noon

Workshop

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 4pm

Adoration

 

 

4pm – 9pm

Confessions

 

12th June

Wednesday

9am – 12 noon

Confessions

Villa Maria

 

1pm – 3pm

Workshop

 

 

4pm – 9pm

Adoration

 

13th June

Thursday

Day of Adoration

14th June

Friday

Day of Adoration

 

15th June

Saturday

Marian Valley Retreat Day 9am – 4pm

Theme – The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

16th June

Sunday

Marian Valley Retreat Day 9am – 4pm

Theme – The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

17th June

Monday

2pm – 10pm

Confessions – Villa Maria

 

18th June

Tuesday

2pm – 10pm

Confessions – Villa Maria

 

19th June

Wednesday

Departs

 

FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING PROGRAM

 

Workshops – Each workshop with Fr. Nugent and Barry will be two hours duration.  The theme running through these will be on different moments of the public life of Jesus Christ.  These will be in the conference room to the left of the court yard (opposite to the tea room).We would appreciate you replying to this email or texting 0408 420320 and indicating what workshops you are hoping to attend so we have an idea of numbers.  We hope to welcome all, so want to make sure we have space.  Of course you may attend even if you do not reply.

Adoration – In the Adoration Chapel.  These are periods of time Fr. Nugent and Barry will silently adore.  Everyone is welcome to adore silently at this time as well.

Confessions – also in the Adoration Chapel confessional.  We won’t be taking bookings for this either.

Mass Times – Fr Nugent will be offering the weekend Masses Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June in the Hostel Chapel.  And the following dates in the Adoration Chapel 7.30 am Mass on 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th,13th, 17th, 18th, 19th

Villa Maria Retreat Program –  Saturday June 1st – Adorers Retreat – All day  – Villa Maria Hostel Chapel, entrance Warren St, Fortitude Valley

9am Mass followed by adoration until 11am when Retreat begins

12.45 Lunch; 2pm Meditation; 4pm Finish with Benediction.

Please bring lunch.  Tea, coffee and drinks provided

 

 

Corpus Christi Procession – 2pm, Sunday 2nd June, Nudgee Jnr:  Twigg St, Indooroopilly.  More information can be found on www.corpuschristibrisbane.com

World Wide Solemn Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration, simultaneously, with the Holy Father in Rome 5pm – Here in Australia it will be Monday 1am 3rd June. 

MARIAN VALLEY, CANUNGRA – All welcome to attend.  The programme for each day is: 9.00am Meditation with Exposition. 10.40am Rosary. 11.00am Mass. 12pm Holy Hour Thanksgiving.  1pm Lunch.  2pm Meditation. 4pm Finish.

 

While the retreats are free, donations to help cover expenses and support

the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist are always welcome.

 

* Word document of the program: Program for Fr David Nugent MSE and seminarian Barry Braum

A grace-filled weekend

In this Year of Grace here in Australia, I can certainly say that I’ve had a grace-filled weekend.  Being a priest currently “appointed to further studies,” I don’t have a particular parish that I am attached to, so while I’m home for the North American “summer break,” I have a bit more freedom to attend things I might not normally be able to attend.  [I’m starting to wonder if this is what retirement is like?!  (Any thoughts on that Mum?!!)  Anyway, thoughts of retirement will be a distant memory in six months time, I’m sure!]

On Saturday (30 June 2012) I was very pleased to be able to join in the celebration of the Diamond Wedding Anniversary Mass for John and Maria Rego of Indooroopilly Parish.  The principal celebrant of the Mass was their son, Father Michael.  John and Maria’s other children led the music and proclaimed the readings, and their grandchildren read the Prayer fo the Faithful.  Holy Family Church was filled with family, friends and well-wishers for this joyous celebration.

The sanctuary of Holy Family Church, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Australia

The Rego family have been parishioners of Holy Family Parish since coming to Australia many years ago.  I hope someone got a picture of Mr and Mrs Rego (especially Mr Rego) when the Papal Blessing was read out and presented to them at the conclusion of Mass – his smile said it all.  Both have been quite ill, but everyone was delighted that they made it to their special anniversary day.  I’m sure all present will remember the joy on their faces as they walked down the aisle together at the end of Mass on Saturday to the strains of the familiar “Wedding March.”  It was also very moving to see the happy couple in the hall after Mass, enjoying the moment of being surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and extended family.  Thank you, Mr & Mrs Rego, for your faithful witness to married love over the sixty years of your life together.   [Some other photos that I took on Saturday can be seen here].

Corpus Christi Church, Nundah, Brisbane, Australia

This morning (Sunday 1 July 2012) I joined the celebration of Mass at Corpus Christi Church, Nundah.   I joked with the Parish Priest that I came because I heard that there was “a new preacher in town.”   That was literally true, because a newly ordained priest, Father David Nugent, is currently giving a series of missions, retreats, and talks in Brisbane, Toowoomba, and in other parts of Australia.  Father David (an Irishman, based in France) is a Missionary of the Most Holy Eucharist.  This group – a public clerical association founded in 2007 – has as its charism the promotion of perpetual eucharistic adoration in parishes and dioceses.  Father David will be doing exactly that during his time among us.  Find our more about him here and about the mission programme here.  Don’t miss this opportunity, in this Year of Grace, to find out what blessings eucharistic adoration can bring you and your family.  [A couple more photos from today here].

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.

www.adorationqld.org

Father David Nugent, a newly ordained priest from the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist, will arrive in Queensland this Friday 29 June 2012 to give Perpetual Adoration Missions at Banyo-Nundah Parish and also in Toowoomba.  He will also give various retreats while here.

Details and times of the missions and retreats to which all are welcome can be found here: litany-of-the-most-holy-eucharist-july-mission-details.  [On page one is the Liturgy of the Blessed Sacrament, and on page two is the list of venues and times].

More information about how this visit of Father Nugent came to be, and also about Father himself can be found at: http://www.adorationqld.org/mission.html

Come and find out how Eucharistic Adoration can change your life.

“The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.”  — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

I was very pleased that I could join the celebrations last night for the third year anniversary of the recommencement of perpetual adoration at Villa Maria, Brisbane.

Following the recitation of the rosary, Fr Gregory Jordan SJ gave an informative homily, answering the question of why we have eucharistic adoration, and why perpetual adoration.  Benediction followed, and then many of those present enjoyed supper.

The presence of perpetual adoration is a great blessing for our Archdiocese, and indeed for all those who take part.  It must be very pleasing to the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to see their charism continuing, and drawing many to adore Christ truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Congratulations go to the organizers of perpetual adoration at Villa Maria, and above all: thanks be to God!

You might be interested in becoming involved with perpetual adoration at Villa Maria.  Find out more at: http://adorationqld.org/

Inside the chapel at Villa Maria, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

From March 14-19, 2012, there will be a Eucharistic Mission in Brisbane.  Perhaps this could be something extra to take advantage of during Lent?  The following information is from the flyer for the event:

“Fr Hugh Thomas CssR. is a missionary member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. He has preached missions in Australia and overseas for many decades. In 2009 he preached a mission at Holy Spirit, Bray Park, prior to us beginning Perpetual Adoration, Villa Maria. Fr. Hugh as a missionary spent over 22 years in the Philippines. During that time he had a roving mission going from village to village preaching, administering the sacraments and training lay leaders. He has just completed 12 years in Western Australia, where he conducted many retreats and parish missions. For the last 7 years he has spent a couple of months each year in Indonesia and Singapore giving retreats to priests and promoting adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. With Fr.Doug Harris, a diocesan priest of Perth, he has helped establish 30 chapels of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in different islands of Indonesia. Fr. Hugh has recently been transferred by his congregation from Perth to Sydney. He has the wisdom and maturity of a seasoned missioner who has heard it all and has helped many who have come to him as a representative of Jesus Christ. We are fortunate to have him in Brisbane for a week to help us grow closer to Jesus truly present in the most Holy Eucharist.”

UPDATE 16 MARCH 2012: See the updated flyer here: Updated Retreat Program

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We have no classes this week here in Ottawa, and instead we have a ‘reading week.’  The last few days has enabled me to make some small inroads into a pile of articles and papers I had put aside to ‘read at a convenient time.’  One article I read today is an interview that Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, gave in which he talks about several issues facing the church and the priesthood today.  I think he makes some excellent points regarding what we need to be doing today in terms of renewing and reforming the priesthood.  I commend the article to you for reflection.

[I have added headings.  Source: here.]

 

Cardinal Piacenza explains ‘crisis’ of Catholic priesthood

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 11, 2011 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an exclusive interview, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, addressed the “crisis” in the Catholic priesthood as portrayed by the media and said that each priest must respond by living his vocation faithfully.

As prefect, Cardinal Piacenza has the primary responsibility – after the Pope – of promoting the proper formation of diocesan priests and deacons. He is also responsible for the religious formation of all Catholics, especially through catechesis. 

Cardinal Piacenza was born on Sept. 15, 1944, in Genoa, Italy.  He was ordained a priest on Dec. 21, 1969 and was named president of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Goods of the Church in October of 2003. Later that year, he was ordained a bishop.

He was named secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy and was ordained an archbishop on May 7, 2007. In October of 2010, he was named prefect of the congregation. Then on Nov. 20, 2010, he was made a cardinal.

Cardinal Piacenza granted an interview to CNA while he was in Los Angeles, Calif., where he was attending a meeting with the archdiocese’s priests.

The full interview follows.

Image and reality

CNA:  A series of events and exaggerated reporting by the secular media has created a “crisis,” so to speak, of the image of a Catholic priest. How can we rescue that image for the good of the Church?

Cardenal Piacenza: In Catholic theology, image and reality are never separate. Image is repaired by repairing the interior. We must bring about healing first of all from “within.” We should not be too concerned about how things appear on the outside, but rather about “truly being.” It is easy to identify the dynamics that move these campaigns and the interests behind them.

We must never hide, but wherever necessary, we must recognize mistakes with humility and truthfulness and be willing to repair, whether humanly or spiritually, trusting more in the Lord than in our own poor human strengths. That is how the rescue will come, when a priest is who he is supposed to be: a man of God, a man of the sacred, and a man of prayer and, therefore, completely at the service of others, of their authentic and comprehensive well-being, whether spiritual or material, and of the good of the community as such.

Sexual abuse and other scandals

CNA: How can we help Catholics who are disillusioned see that the so-called “sexual scandal” of the Church in no way defines the ministerial priesthood or the Church?

Cardinal Piacenza: On human level it is understandable –  as the Holy Father mentioned during the in-flight interview on his way to Germany – that some might think that they cannot see themselves in a Church in which certain despicable acts occur. However, on that occasion Benedict XVI himself clearly invited us to go to the heart of the nature of the Church, which is the living Body of the Risen Christ that prolongs His existence and salvific action through time.

The horrible sins of a few do not delegitimize the good actions of many, nor do they change the nature of the Church. They certainly weaken her credibility enormously, and therefore we are called to work ceaselessly for the conversion of each person and for that evangelical radicalness and fidelity which should always characterize an authentic minister of Christ. We should remember that in order to be truly believable we have to be true believers.

Celibacy  –  Married priests?

CNA: Some believe that this “crisis” is another argument in favor of reforming the way the priesthood is lived. For example, the demand for married priests as a solution to both the loneliness priests experience and the lack of priestly vocations. What does “reforming the clergy” really mean in the mind and magisterium of Pope Benedict XVI? 

Cardinal Piacenza: This kind of argument, if it were followed, would create an unprecedented break. The suggested cures would make the disease even worse and would turn the Gospel on its head. The issue is loneliness? Why? Is Christ a ghost?  Is the Church dead or alive? Were the holy priests of centuries past abnormal men? Is holiness a utopia, a matter for a predestined few, or a universal vocation, as the Second Vatican Council reminded us? If the climb is arduous, we should take vitamins, strengthen ourselves, and with great impetus, continue upwards with joy in our hearts.

Vocation means “calling,” and God continues to call, but we need to know how to listen, and in order to listen we must not cover our ears. We need to be silent, we need to see examples and signs and we need to draw close to the Church as the Body in which the encounter with Christ always takes place.

In order to be faithful we must be in love. Obedience, chastity in celibacy, total dedication to the ministry without limits of time or days, are not seen as constrictions if one is truly in love, but rather as the demands of the love that one cannot help but give. They aren’t a bunch of “no’s” but rather one big “yes,” like that of the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation.

Reform of the clergy – contra worldliness and passing fads

The reform of the clergy? It is what I have been calling for since my time as a seminarian and later as a young priest (I am referring to 1968-69), and I am thrilled to hear the Holy Father continually call it one of the most urgent reforms needed in the Church. But let us remember that the reform we are speaking about is Catholic and not “worldly!”

To be extremely brief, we could say that the Pope greatly values a clergy that is truly and humbly proud of its identity and completely absorbed with the gift of grace it has received, and that consequently sees a clear distinction between the “Kingdom of God” and the world. A clergy that is not secularized and does not succumb to the passing fads and ways of the world. A clergy that recognizes, lives and proposes the primacy of God and understands how to bring out all of the consequences that flow from it. This means trusting not so much in structures or in human endeavor but rather, and above all, in the strength of the Spirit.

Women priests?

CNA: There is often talk of “women priests.” In fact, a movement exists in the United States that is demanding that women be made priests and bishops. It claims to have received this mandate from the successors of the apostles.

Cardinal Piacenza: Apostolic tradition in this sense is absolutely unequivocally clear. The great, uninterrupted tradition of the Church has always recognized that the Church has not received the power from Christ to confer ordination on women.

Any other claim smacks of self-justification and is historically and dogmatically unfounded. In any case, the Church cannot “innovate,” simply because she does not have the power to do so in this case.  The Church does not have greater power than Christ!

When we see non-Catholic communities led by women we should not be shocked, because where the ordained priesthood is not recognized, leadership is obviously entrusted to the lay faithful, and in such a case, what’s the difference if that lay faithful is a man or woman? The preference of one over the other would be a mere sociological fact and therefore changeable over time. If they were only men it would be discriminatory. The issue is not between men and women but between ordained faithful and lay faithful, and the Church is hierarchical because Jesus Christ founded it that way.

Priestly ordination, which is particular to the Catholic Church and to the Orthodox churches, is reserved to men, and this is not discrimination against women, but rather a consequence of the unsurpassed historicity of the act of the Incarnation and of the Pauline theology on the mystical body, in which each one has his own role and is sanctified and produces fruit consistent with his own place. 

If this is seen in terms of power, then we are totally off base, because in the Church only the Blessed Virgin Mary is “suppliant omnipotence” like none other, and thus she is more powerful in that sense than St. Peter. But Peter and the Virgin Mary have distinct roles that are both essential. I have heard this in not a few circles of the Anglican Communion as well.

Hope for the future?

CNA: From the point of view of numbers and quality, how does the Catholic Church look today in comparison with her recent past, and how does the future look?

Cardinal Piacenza: In general, the Catholic Church is growing in the world, especially because of the enormous contributions from the continents of Asia and Africa. These young churches are bringing a great freshness to the faith.

In recent decades – if I could use the expression – we have been playing rugby with the faith, hitting each other and sometimes hurting each other, and in the end no one scores any points.

There have been and there are problems in the Church, but we need to look forward with great hope! Not so much in the name of some naïve or superficial optimism, but rather in the name of the magnificent hope that is Christ, made real in the faith of each person, in the holiness of each person and in the perennial authentic reform of the Church.

Restoration of order – Prayer, the Rosary, Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration – Families

If the great event of the Second Vatican Council was a breath of the Spirit that has blown into the world through the windows of the Church, then we need to recognize that a lot of worldliness has also blown in with the Spirit, creating a current and blowing the leaves all over. We’ve seen everything, and yet nothing has been lost, but order must patiently be restored. Order is restored above all by strongly affirming the primacy of the Risen Christ, present in the Eucharist. There is a great peaceful battle to be waged which is that of perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, so that the entire world can become part of a network of prayer. United to the holy Rosary, in which we reflect on the salvific mysteries of Christ together with Mary, this will generate and develop a movement of reparation and penetration. 

I dream of a time in which there will not be a single diocese without at least one church or parish where the Sacrament of Love is adored day and night. Love must be loved! In every diocese, and better yet in every city and town, there should be hands raised to heaven pleading for a downpour of mercy upon everyone, those close and those far away, and then everything would change. 

Do you remember what happened when Moses’ hands were raised and what happened when they fell? Jesus has come to bring fire and he wishes for it to burn everywhere in order for the civilization of love to appear. 

This is the climate of the Catholic reform, the climate for the sanctification of the clergy and for the increase in holy priestly and religious vocations. This is the climate for the growth of Christian families that are true domestic churches.  This is the climate for collaboration from the lay faithful and the clergy.  We must truly believe this, and in the United States there are and always have been many promising resources. Continue forward!