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Saturday 1 June 2019

Bishop Michael Campbell's St Philip's Day Sermon

The Martyrology entry for the feast of St. Philip Neri reads as follows:

The Memorial of St. Philip Neri, Priest: devoting his care to rescuing young men from evil, he founded the Oratory at Rome, where they might perform spiritual reading, music, and works of charity; he shone with love for his neighbour with Gospel simplicity and a joyful spirit, with the utmost zeal, and with the burning fervour of his service to God.

Not a bad summary of one’s life!

The thought of St. Philip Neri always cheers me up, and inevitably brings a smile to my face. I think the reason for this is the realisation that is how we ought to be, and perhaps often aren’t — joyful in the Lord, in the awareness that he is near, so there is no need to be unduly worried or preoccupied, despite what is happening in the world around us, or for that matter the Church.

The feast of St. Philip Neri underscores in a powerful way how almighty God can take a human being with all that person’s quirks and foibles, strengths and weaknesses and, as in St. Philip’s case, make him a real and lasting instrument of his grace. It also reassures us of God’s great love for us, notwithstanding our weaknesses and shortcomings. In the words of the Lord to Saint Paul: “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2Cor 12:9) Echoing the first letter of Saint John, St. Augustine says that we can only love because we have been first loved. Our capacity to love God and others is a gift of God, an act of pure grace.

The familiar symbol of the vine and the branches, and the necessary fruitfulness which comes from unity with Christ, is the gospel chosen for today’s feast, with its clear application to the life and ministry of Philip Neri. Philip bore much fruit in his day with those he gathered around him, and through his inspiration the family of the Oratory which he founded continues to bear that fruit of which Christ speaks. Like every saint, Philip Neri was of his time and place, but with God’s grace he made the most of the opportunities which came his way.

Here lies a lesson for us who are the Church of today: let’s be joyful and accepting of the times, the moment of history, in which God has placed us. I am reminded of a sentence from St. Paul in this regard: “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2Cor. 10:5). The wonderful tradition of the Oratory, going back directly to St. Philip himself, of excellence in music and great reverence for the sacred liturgy, embodies that Spirit of wisdom prayed for in our first reading. We take what is finest and best in human culture and higher aspiration and offer them to God in Christ. What the philosophers named the transcendentals, “the good, the true and the beautiful” become part of our liturgical worship to the supreme, triune God.

Congratulations to the Oratorian family on their patronal feast. May the charism of St. Philip continue to flourish among them, especially in that simplicity of life, joyfulness of spirit, and love of God and neighbour, so precious to St. Philip Neri. Amen!

Friday 10 May 2019

Holy Week Photos

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Photography by Hannah Chegwyn

Friday 10 May 2019

May Music

4 ANGLIAE MARTYRUM Solemn Mass 11:00

Mass in four parts Byrd
Sancte Deus Tallis
Bone Pastor Tallis

5 DOMINICA III PASCHAE Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa quarti toni Victoria
Regina coeli Palestrina
Ego sum resurrectio Hassler

12 DOMINICA IV PASCHAE Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa simile est regnum Victoria
Surgens Iesus Philips
Ad coenam agni Victoria

19 DOMINICA V PASCHAE Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa Tristasaz me matin Morales
Christus resurgens Richafort
Mortuus est enim Richafort

26 DOMINICA VI PASCHAE Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa Ave maris stella Palestrina
Surrexit pastor bonus Lassus
Ave verum Elgar

26 S.P.N. PHILIPPI NERII Vespers 17:00

Pangamus Nerio Sewell
O salutaris hostia Laloux
Tantum ergo de Sévérac
Respice de caelo Sewell

27 S.P.N. PHILIPPI NERII Solemn Mass 18:00

Missa O quam gloriosum Victoria
O quam gloriosum Victoria
O sacrum convivium Palestrina

30 IN ASCENSIONE DOMINI Solemn Mass 18:00

Missa O Rex gloriae Palestrina
O Rex gloriae Palestrina
Non vos relinquam Byrd

Friday 10 May 2019

Christ the Good Shepherd

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German School (20th Century)
Christ the Good Shepherd — 1917

Saturday 13 April 2019

Holy Week and Easter 2019

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of Holy Week
Mass at 7:30am, 10am & 6pm
Confessions before every Mass Stations of the Cross at 10:30am

18 April — MAUNDY THURSDAY
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 8pm
(This will be the only Mass in our church this day)
Watching at the Altar of Repose until midnight
Compline: 11.45pm
Confessions: 11am–12 noon and before Mass

19 April — GOOD FRIDAY
Tenebrae: 9am
Children’s Stations of the Cross: 11am
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at 3pm
Stations of the Cross: 7pm
Confessions: 10am–12 noon, 1:45–2:45pm and following the 3pm Liturgy

20 April — HOLY SATURDAY
Tenebrae: 9am
Easter Vigil at 8:30pm
Confessions: 10am–6pm

21 April — EASTER SUNDAY
EF Latin Mass: 8am
Sung English Mass: 9:30am
Solemn Mass: 11am
Choral Vespers & Benediction: 5:15pm
Mass: 6:30pm

22 April — Easter Monday
Mass at 10am only