News and Announcements
9th March, 2014
His Grace, Archbishop Denis Hart has promulgated a Decree, raising the Newman Community to the rank of a Personal Parish, effective 28th March.
On that day, we will become the Parish of Bl. John Henry Newman.
Archbishop Hart’s decree is available here:
We will celebrate the commencement of the new Parish with Solemn Mass at 10.30 am on Laetare Sunday, 30th March, followed by a BBQ picnic, and concluding with Solemn Vespers and Benediction.
Fr Tattersall will be formally installed by Archbishop Hart as Parish Priest of the Parish of Bl. John Henry Newman, on Anzac Day, Friday 25th April, at 11.00 am.
Today, 9th March, following each Mass at St Aloysius’ Church, Fr Tattersall will hold a meeting, at which he will explain the implications of our becoming a Personal Parish (including the importance of registration), and respond to any questions. All those who habitually attend our Masses are requested to attend one of these meetings.
Each of the meetings will be held in the St Aloysius' school library. In addition, immediately after the Solemn Mass today, Fr Tattersall will make the Profession of Faith, and swear the Oath of Fidelity, as is required before assuming the office of Parish Priest.
Psallamus, the regular SATB and chant choir, is looking to recruit new singers, especially (currently) in the Tenor and Soprano ranges. Please contact Hugh Henry for more information about rehearsal times, auditioning, etc.:
The Newman Singers: following the positive response to the call for volunteers for January’s ad hoc summer choir, some people have expressed interest in forming a second choir to enhance the liturgical life of the Newman Community. The Newman Singers will sing an eclectic range of repertoire including Gregorian Chant, orchestral masses, and music for choir and organ in the liturgical setting for which much of this repertoire was intended. The Newman Singers will be led by Kieran Crichton, who will be familiar to many people as one of the regular organists at St Aloysius, and whose talents for music education were greatly appreciated when he led the ad hoc summer choir just a few weeks ago.
If you would be interested in joining the Newman Singers – or know someone who might be interested in coming along – the liturgical commitment will be approximately one High Mass per month, and occasional Vespers & Benediction. The choir will rehearse at least twice on the Sundays before each performance. Opportunities will be available for people to develop music reading and singing skills as part of these rehearsals, and online resources will be provided to supplement live rehearsals. The inaugural service for the Newman Singers will be Solemn Vespers and Benediction for Laetare Sunday, 30th March. For more information, or to express your interest in being involved, please visit www.kierancrichton.com/newman-singers.html
This Lenten Challenge is an opportunity for you to give something up that you may want but don’t necessarily need for the financial support of someone who does not have the same luxuries. You will be assigned to a child or student in western Uganda and sent an information packet to inform and motivate you throughout Lent. As a fundraiser, the money you save will be collected after Easter to go towards the educational needs of your child. Please find the Sign-up sheet in the church foyer or email your interest to rachdh_22 at hotmail.com
Sacrament of Confirmation: it is anticipated that Confirmation will be conferred at St Aloysius’ on Sunday, 31st August, 2014. Adults requiring confirmation, or parents wishing their children to be confirmed (usually between the ages of 10-12) are asked to contact the Secretary by email or post.
The Newman Fellowship
The Newman Fellowship (for young adults) will reconvene on Friday 21st March, following Stations of the Cross and evening Mass (please note change of date). There will be a pizza supper (donation requested), followed by a talk on the Sacred Liturgy for Lent & Holy Week, concluding with Benediction with a relic of the True Cross.
Fortnightly catechesis for adults, based on the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, will commence on Sunday, 23rd March. Classes will be held at Maryvale for 45 minutes twice per month, following Solemn Sunday Mass. To register, please contact the Secretary.
Church Lenten cleaning – Saturday, 22nd March: please assist if you can with this clean up, which will commence after 10 am Mass. A light luncheon will be provided for all volunteers.
Servers/singers/sacristans wanted: the work of the Sacred Liturgy, especially its Solemn celebration, cannot be successfully carried out only by the clergy. It is the work of the whole Church, and the lay Faithful have a personal responsibility to contribute their time and talents. Nowhere is this more the case than in the traditional Latin Liturgy, which can only be sustained over the long term when significant numbers of the Faithful are prepared to immerse themselves in the rich culture which supports it. We are in need of more Catholic men and youth to offer themselves for the service of the Altar and the Sacristy, and of the Faithful of both sexes to assist with Sacred Music. Anyone interested in serving, singing, or helping in the sacristy, is urged to speak to the Fathers or contact the office.