The Brisbane Oratory in Formation

The Brisbane Oratory in Formation, established on 26 May 2015 by decree of Archbishop Coleridge, will be Australia's first Congregation of the Oratory.

In mid 2011 an inspiration to work towards establishing the first Australian Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri was conceived. This desire nurtured in prayer has begun to bear fruit. There remains much development and maturation to take place, but by the grace and providence of God we have made a solid beginning. Our emerging community has been called together by the Lord under the patronage of Our Lady, St. Philip Neri, Blessed John Henry Newman and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. We comprise Priests from different Australian Dioceses and two Seminarians who are in formation at the Toronto Oratory. The Priests of our community are grateful for the support and encouragement of our own Bishops. Our Bishops have shown a remarkable sense of unselfish generosity and a broad vision for the needs of the wider Church in Australia, rather than focusing only on their own immediate need for Priests in their Dioceses. Without the support of our individual Bishops an Australian Oratory would not be possible. The Lord’s providence has led us to the Archdiocese of Brisbane as our home or ‘Domus’. A permanent ‘home’ with all that it implies is integral to an Oratorian vocation, apostolate and rule of life. We are very grateful to Archbishop Mark Coleridge for warmly welcoming and encouraging us. We thank him for his support, confidence and vision in giving this project for Priestly community life a chance to succeed. The Archbishop is yet to decide exactly where our home will be in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. One consideration is likely to be the traditional Oratorian apostolate that inspires and unites us together with a common vision and sense of purpose. We seek to further the mission of the Church and give glory to almighty God through a focus on the Solemn Celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, the ministry of the Confessional and the formation of young people in the fullness of the Catholic faith. As Priests we seek to live an Oratorian community life, not for our own benefit, but that we may be better able to serve God’s people. We would also like to gratefully acknowledge the practical and prayerful support we have received from several long established Congregations of the Oratory from around the world. The Fathers of the London, Oxford and Toronto Oratories in particular have provided us with invaluable assistance and encouragement along the way. We sincerely thank them and look forward to the benefit of their continuing guidance and friendship. We invite you to please prayerfully support this new initiative for the Church in Australia in every way you can. We will provide periodic updates on our progress through the ‘latest news’ button of this website. Thank you for taking the time and having the interest to read about our Oratory project for Brisbane. Please do pray for us !

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Women's Secular Oratory (2020-03-04)

All women are invited to Women's Secular Oratory tonight at 7:30pm as we look at "Lent: An Exodus to a New Life with Christ." Inspired by St Philip Neri, Women’s Secular Oratory are evening sessions of prayer for women based on the classic model of mental prayer. The sessions include a meditation, that is, a brief reading from a spiritual work or scripture and a short talk on the reading, followed by time for silent pra

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[02/24/20]   Ash Wednesday Masses, with the distribution of ashes: 6:30am English (St John Fisher); 9:00am English (Mary Immaculate); 7:30pm Latin, sung (Mary Immaculate)

Flores Teresianes morning tea this morning after the 8.15am Mass at Mary Immaculate church.

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The Relics of St Therese of Lisiuex and her parents, Sts Zelie and Louis Martin, at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church

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N.B. Holy Hour and confessions tonight starts at 8:45pm (not 7:30pm) in preparation for the arrival of the relics at 10:00pm.

St Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Sts Zelie and Louis Martin, are in Queensland. The relics will travel across the Archdiocese until the 15th of February.

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Tonight on the Feast of St Blaise the faithful receive the traditional Throat Blessing with blessed candles for deliverance from illness of the throat and from any other sort of ill.

The Brisbane Oratory Newsletter

Take note of the many events coming up this month and learn about the stability of an Oratory in the Oratory Newsletter. The newsletter keeps you up to date on everything happening within the Oratory community. Stay informed about our lay groups, our establishment, opportunities for formation, prayer, events, and a reflection from one of the fathers or brothers.

Exodus 90 ( is a rigorous spiritual exercise program for men. The program runs for 90 days and incorporates weekly fraternity meetings for encouragement and support. The pillars of the exercises are prayer, asceticism and fraternity. We have 3 groups of men undertaking the exercises at this time.

This Sunday is Candlemas, on this day we bless candles and have a procession around the church to mark the revelation that Christ is the light of the world. Candles for the procession will be supplied, but you are welcome to bring your own candles used for pious purposes in your home and leave them in the box in front of the altar rails on Sunday morning before 8:55am if you would like them blessed during the ceremony. If you bring your own candles please ensure you mark them with your name to ensure no accidents in collecting them.

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Many people have been deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic and unexpected death of Wilson Gavin. We firstly offer our sincere condolences and prayerful support to Wilson's family and to all those who knew and loved him.

It is so important to remember that whenever we are deeply distressed and hurting, we reach out beyond ourselves in prayer to Jesus Christ and His holy mother Mary. At the same time it is vital that we also do everything possible to reach out to a family member or friend and/or seek professional help. For example Lifeline can always be contacted on
13 11 14.

The 7pm Mass at Mary Immaculate church, Annerley this evening will be offered for the eternal repose of Wilson's soul. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for those who wish to gather outside the church for tea/coffee etc

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The Oratory House received its blessing today, and true to the Oratorian spirit, there was much incense! #epiphanyhouseblessing #chalkthedoor

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Epiphany Water and Chalk was distributed for use in the traditional Epiphany House Blessing, spread the devotion and share photos of your chalked doors! Use the tag #epiphanyhouseblessing and #chalkthedoor

Feast of the Epiphany | The Brisbane Oratory in Formation

On today's Feast of the Epiphany, Fr Scot assisted by Br Tyson, in a chanted blessing that takes a little under an hour, blessed Epiphany Water. Epiphany Water is Holy Water that has particularly powerful prayers of exorcism and blessing. Epiphany Water and chalk is available in Mary Immaculate Church tonight for use by the laity in the traditional house blessing. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany and celebrate the revelation that God had become incarnate in the person Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, specifically the three Magi or Wise Men who brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh to the infant Jesus. In accordance with ancient tradition, to...

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Christmas Solemn High Midnight Mass

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This week’s parish newsletter. In addition to the later 6:30am SJF and 9:00am MI Masses on January 1st , the first Mass of 2020 will be a Missa cantata at midnight at Mary Immaculate.

“Alleluia, alleluia. Tomorrow shall the iniquity of the earth be abolished: and the Saviour of the world shall reign over us. Alleluia.” Roman Missal, 1962, Vigil Day of the Nativity of the Lord.

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Annual Christmas Dance

Christmas Mass Times | The Brisbane Oratory in Formation

All Mass times for Christmas are available here. Join us for Holy Mass to celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Christmas Eve5:30pm Vigil Mass OF at St John Fisher.7:30pm Vigil Mass OF at Mary Immaculate. MidnightMidnight Solemn High Mass at Mary Immaculate.Missa O Magnum Mysterium, Victoria. Christmas Day7:30am Mass OF at Mary...

Our recent Advent Lessons and Carols was a reflective evening of singing carols and listening to Scripture.

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Advent Mass this morning at the Tricare nursing home, Annerley.

The annual dinner in the Oratory House for the Frassati men and some of their close supporters who were able to be present. Congratulations to Lee Somerville who was inducted into the Frassati Fraternity during prayers in the Oratory House Chapel before the meal.

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Some of the Flores ladies towards the end of the evening after a wonderful festive dinner.Thanks to all those who contributed towards the evening and to the various Flores Teresianes activities throughout 2019

Women's Secular Oratory (2019-12-03)

Come along to Women's Secular Oratory tonight at 7:30pm as we prayerfully explore the preparation and anticipation of Advent. Inspired by St Philip Neri, Women’s Secular Oratory are evening sessions of prayer for women based on the classic model of mental prayer. The sessions include a meditation, that is, a brief reading from a spiritual work or scripture and a short talk on the reading, followed by time for silent pra

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The Brisbane Oratory Newsletter

Can you spot Fr Scot? Find out what he was doing with this muster of Oratorians in this months newsletter. The newsletter keeps you up to date on everything happening within the Oratory community. Stay informed about our lay groups, our establishment, opportunities for formation, prayer, events, and a reflection from one of the fathers or brothers.

Annerley Ekibin Catholic Parish

Whilst sound-proofing is installed in the older confessional on the northern/school side of the church, we'll be using the "new" confessional on the southern/street side. Please queue for Confessions on that side until further notice.

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With the Church asking us to especially pray for the holy souls during November, we have had some daily Masses for the Dead this month.


Join Book Club tonight at 7:30pm in the Parish Office as we explore the perfect and certain knowledge of angels as we read chapter 10 on the Angels Mind in Farrel's Companion to the Summa. THE ANGELS’ MIND CHAPTER X THE ANGELS’ VISION (Q. 54-58)   THERE is little of idleness in the universe; what little there is is not for long. For the penalty of idleness is frustration and, shortly, extinction. Apparently idleness can be indulged in by men with more impunity than any other crea...

All Soul's Day Missa Cantata offered for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

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The Brisbane Oratory celebrate a Solemn High Mass for the Feast of All Saints

Indulgences for Souls of the Faithful Departed | The Brisbane Oratory in Formation

Specific indulgences available for the Faithful Departed during November. Everyday from 1st to 8th of November a plenary indulgence applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The usual conditions for indulgences apply: One plenary indulgence can be granted per day.....

Brisbane Frassati mustering up young men’s faith for 10 years - The Catholic Leader

The Frassati Fraternity continues to form faithful men preparing them for lives of Christian virtue and encouraging them to pursue holiness. THE Frassati Fraternity in Australia, based in Brisbane’s Annerly Ekibin parish, has built a community of faithful Catholic men. For 10 years, it has reached out to guide young men under the patronage of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. The fraternity recently held its first muster since its formati...

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"It’s special for us, because Cardinal Newman’s path to sanctity lay in the Oratory – not just the priests and brothers, but also the laity who are part of it too."

Wonderful celebration on Sunday for the canonisation of St John Henry Newman. We were joined by more than 200 people at our picnic celebration.

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