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Oratory logoWhile most of us slept here in Australia, the Brisbane Oratory in Formation quietly came into existence, as the Decree of Archbishop Mark Coleridge of 24 December 2014 came into effect.  [I set the alarm to be awake for the exciting moment]!  We are indebted to Archbishop Coleridge for his support of this project.

We now formally begin our common life as an “Oratory in Formation” and continue the journey towards eventual – God willing – establishment by the Roman Apostolic See as a Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri.  The Fathers and Brothers of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation humbly ask you to pray for us in this endeavour.

Archbishop Coleridge will celebrate Solemn Mass in the Ordinary Form tonight – Tuesday 26th May 2015 – at 7:00 p.m. in Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley, on this the Feast of our holy founder, Saint Philip Neri, and to mark the foundation of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation.  All are invited and welcome to this Mass.  Supper will follow in Our Lady’s hall.

May our holy patrons, Our Lady Help of Christians, Saint Philip Neri, Blessed John Henry Newman, and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati intercede for us!

Oratory community

BRISBANE ORATORY IN FORMATION COMMUNITY: Fr Paul Chandler (Moderator), Fr Scot Armstrong, Fr Andrew Wise, Fr Adrian Sharp, Br Shawn Murphy, Br Francis King



Screenshot 2014-03-12 Oratory blessingArchbishop Coleridge visited to bless the home of the members of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation on Ash Wednesday.  We have named our home Casa San Girolamo, after the church where our founder, St Philip Neri, lived with other priests before beginning the first Oratory.  Casa San Girolamo is located within the Annerley Ekibin Parish of Brisbane Archdiocese.

Read the story here.

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.

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 (news.va, 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.

The painting above the high altar in Corpus Christi church, Nundah, Brisbane

The painting above the high altar in Corpus Christi church, Nundah, Brisbane

The parish of Banyo Nundah in Brisbane is celebrating the first anniversary of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament within the parish.

His Grace, Archbishop Coleridge, is celebrating Mass with the parish on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013, at 7pm at Corpus Christi Church, Nundah, to mark the occasion.

There will be supper afterwards in Nolan Hall and Fr Paul Chandler, the Parish Priest, asks people to please, if possible, bring a plate of savoury or sweet to share.

Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated Fundraising Lunch - Saturday 15 June 2013

Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated Fundraising Lunch – Saturday 15 June 2013

On Saturday (15 June 2013) I was pleased to be able to attend the fundraising lunch for Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated.  PCI is a Brisbane-based charity founded to provide practical support for women facing crisis pregnancies.  This support includes a residential safe-house.  Women assisted by PCI have often been abandoned by partners, or face the threat of violence if they proceed with a pregnancy.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane was the guest speaker at Saturday’s lunch and he gave a very stirring address, reminding us that work in the pro-life movement is a proclamation of Easter.  PCI is one of the ways that the Church witnesses to Easter.  He reminded us that death is not God’s language, and the last word of God is life.  Abortion is not the language of God, because abortion is a death that leads to more death.  The work of PCI is a proclamation that life is a blessing and not a curse.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge speaking at the Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated Fundraising Lunch - Saturday 15 June 2013

Archbishop Mark Coleridge speaking at the Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated Fundraising Lunch – Saturday 15 June 2013

He recalled that we have grown used to a culture of rights, which is largely good.  However, abortion is an attack on the very right on which all other rights are predicated: i.e. the right to life.  He urged us to see our work as a protest against the numbing of conscience in our society, and also a protest against making language slippery which contributes to the numbing of conscience: i.e. calling abortions “terminations.”

PCI relies entirely on good-will offerings of supporters.  You can download a donation form here: PCI Donation Form

As well as financial support, PCI also needs more volunteer support workers to assist clients.  To find out more, please email the charity at pcinc@bigpond.com or phone 1300 777 777.


corpus christi cHomily for Mass – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ [Corpus Christi] (Year C)

(Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Park Ridge: 8am;  Saint Catherine’s Church, Jimboomba: 5.30pm)

2 June 2013

(Readings: Gen 14:18-20;  Ps 109;  1 Cor 11:23-26;  Lk 9:11-17)


As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ there are so many different aspects of the Eucharist that we could meditate on.  We recall that in the Constitution on the Liturgy, the fathers of Vatican II taught: “the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made sons of God by faith and baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the sacrifice, and to eat the Lord’s supper” (SC, 10).  Everything we do as a Church is meant to draw people into faith, into communion with the Lord, so that ultimately they will praise him in the midst of the sons and daughters of God, and share in the Lord’s Supper.  The same council fathers, in the Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, described the eucharist as the source and summit (or the fount and apex) of the whole Christian life (LG, 11).  Today is a good reminder to us of the esteem in which we should hold the celebration of Sunday Mass, and of our obligation to participate in Mass every Sunday.

Sunday Mass is the ongoing way that God shapes us as his sons and daughters.  We are kept in lively communion with our brothers and sisters in the faith;  we are nourished by the Holy Word of God in the scriptures;  we are assisted by the ministry of the Church’s pastors, and through them united with the church dispersed through the whole world – all in communion with the successor of St Peter.  The high point of our participation in Sunday Mass is our reception of holy communion – the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We are nourished by his Body so that we can be his body in the world.  He gives us sacramental grace to assist us in all that we do, and to help us to live the virtues.

It has always been the Catholic tradition that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is carried to those who cannot be present at Mass due to illness and infirmity.  Some of you share in that wonderful ministry of taking Holy Communion to the sick and the housebound, and you would know how grateful they are to be able to receive Our Lord, and to know that they are united with us in His Body and Blood.

Because of the desire of the Church always to be able to take Our Lord in Holy Communion to the sick, and even to the dying so that they may receive Him as food for their final journey to eternity, the Blessed Sacrament is kept in the tabernacles of all our churches.  What a consolation of the faith this is – that the sacramental presence of Jesus is always present with us in our churches, so that we can be near to him as he is to us.  It’s one of the things that makes our churches such special places;  places that we can always come to to pray, to bring our lives to Jesus, to cast before him our needs and petitions.

eucharist held in handsOur feast day today is an opportunity for us to remember the love that we should show to Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament.  The first thing we do upon entering the Church should be to greet Our Lord;  to pause for at least a moment in prayer before Him present in the tabernacle.  It is good to remember that whenever we pass before the tabernacle we are to reverence Jesus with a genuflection: bending the knee before him.  Those who can’t physically perform that gesture may of course make a deep bow from the waist.

The Archbishop wrote to the clergy recently about Liturgical matters, and one of the things he asked us to address is the “interplay between sound and silence” in the liturgy, and he noted that “our liturgy tends to have become wordy and noisy, with silence often minimal or absent.  [He said] this is particularly so before Mass when people spontaneously (and quite loudly) speak in the Church.”  The Archbishop invited the clergy to consider ways of inviting the people to a time of silence before the Entrance Song begins.  So we should be conscious that people have come to church to pray, and so we should keep a spirit of reverence in the church, and not distract people from prayer by unnecessary activity or talking (1).

Those who do carry the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and housebound should also consider what a special thing they are doing, and not show any disrespect to Our Lord while carrying him.  The Blessed Sacrament should be taken straight to the sick or housebound person.  If it is necessary to keep the sacrament for a brief time at home before visiting the sick, then it should be put in a dignified spot – perhaps on a prayer table or something similar – and you should always be conscious that Jesus is present.

if people spent an hour ... abortion would be ended (mother teresa) To conclude … Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta is well-known for her work amongst the poor.  The images of her tending to the sick, the destitute, and the dying, are very familiar.  What is not as often reported is that Mother Teresa – and indeed all her sisters –  every day spent many hours in adoration before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  He was her strength for all she did, and she opened herself to him in the Eucharist – both in the celebration of the Mass, and in its extension through Eucharistic adoration (2).

When we stay close to Jesus in the ways he has provided for us to remain with him, then miracles will happen like the one that he worked through the hands of the disciples when they fed the five thousand from just a few loaves and fishes, and like what Jesus was able to accomplish through the work of a poor Albanian nun, Blessed Mother Teresa.

Today we give thanks to God for the gift of the Eucharist.  May we always show our thanks and love for this awesome mystery by our reverence towards Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament;  by spending time in prayer before Him;  by receiving Him worthily and to quickly have recourse to the Sacrament of Confession when we sin seriously so as not to receive Our Lord unworthily or sacrilegiously;  and above all, having received such great a gift, that we take his love and blessings to the world by living as His Body, and being the voice through which He speaks His love, and the hands by which He extends His love to those for whom He lived and died.


(1) Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s recent letter to clergy about the Sacred Liturgy can be found here: Abp Coleridge to clergy RE liturgy 2013 05

(2) See also: “When did Mother Teresa begin daily Eucharistic adoration with her Sisters?” http://www.eucharisticfamilyrosary.com/blog/mother_teresa_daily_eucharistic_adoration/



mark coleridgeArchbishop Coleridge has issued a letter to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Brisbane regarding two matters: The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, and the alleged private revelations of Maria Divine Mercy.

The two matters are completely unrelated – but both are important messages.

The letter can be found here: Abp Coleridge – Ordinariate, and Maria Divine Mercy

flood3Media release from the St Vincent de Paul Society:

When the water goes down, Vinnies will still be there

Monetary donations desperately needed

St Vincent de Paul Society today launched its Queensland Flood Appeal 2013.  Queensland State President, Brian Moore, said “Financial donations are the easiest way to make sure we can quickly provide assistance to those who need it.”
“Families affected by the floods in the past week are turning to St Vincent de Paul Society for support.
We need to be there to help people rebuild their lives, but we can only do that with the financial support of the public.
Every dollar donated goes directly to those affected by the disaster.
Mr Moore said the Society has a permanent local presence throughout Queensland.
“We are committed to assisting in the long-term recovery of people affected by the disaster, we are on the ground and know our communities, when the flood waters recede, Vinnies will still be there offering assistance and friendship: helping people recover their lives.”
During the 2011 flood disaster Vinnies provided over $31m in direct financial assistance.
To make a donation to the Queensland Flood Appeal, please visit vinnies.org.au, call 13 18 12 or send your donation to PO Box 3351 South Brisbane, QLD 4101.

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On Tuesday January 29, Archbishop Mark Coleridge penned the following message of
support to all who have been suffering through these most recent floods:

We have all been moved by the floods and the human suffering that they
have brought. Two years ago, I saw the floods from afar on TV and in
newspapers. But the anxiety and the pain cut more deeply now that I live
where the floods have hit. I think particularly of those who have suffered
a second time in two years. That is truly heart-breaking. It is worse still for
families who have lost loved ones. May the Lord give eternal rest to those
who have died and peace to those who mourn them.

Again the floods are an urgent call upon our generosity. Financially, these
are not easy times for many, but I ask you to make a sacrifice in support of
those who have suffered so much. All support should be directed to the St
Vincent de Paul Society who will coordinate our relief efforts as they did
so well two years ago. Envelopes will go into the parishes this weekend to
assist donations. I have also asked that $20,000 be sent from the
Archdiocese of Brisbane to the Diocese of Rockhampton which has been
so badly hit, especially in Bundaberg and Gladstone.

In addition to providing material support, the Church also has the
responsibility of providing spiritual support. I ask the entire Archdiocese
to pray for the communities, families and individuals who have been
struck by the cyclone and the floods. I conclude with the Missal’s special
Collect in time of flood: “Look upon us, O God, and see the floods that
devastate the earth; grant, we pray, hope to our troubled hearts and new
life to the damaged land. Through Christ our Lord. Amen”

Archbishop Mark Coleridge