I regard myself as rather lucky to have good music at Mass down at St Canice’s each Sunday. Last Sunday, family, friends, fellow Jesuits and parishioners gathered to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Ordination to the Priesthood of Father Frank Brennan SJ. Frank lived here in the parish for many years before taking up his current post at the ACU in Canberra. Much of the music played at the Mass was composed by another Jesuit, Christopher Willcock SJ.
If you have any taste for Sacred Music, please watch and see what it is that keeps me coming back each week.
Family, Friends, Fellow Jesuits and Parishioners of St Canice’s gathered on Sunday 23rd January 2011 at St Canice’s in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney to celebrate the Ordination to the Priesthood of Father Frank Brennan SJ. The music played at the Mass was composed by another Jesuit, Christopher Willcock SJ.
Frank’s vestments were made by Frank’s mother Patricia, and worn at his Ordination in St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane twenty five years ago. The design is modelled on Miriam Rose Unugunmerr-Baumann’s pulpit painting at St Francis Xavier Church, Daly River in the Northern Territory. The basic design is that of a chalice with above and behind it, a cross and between the two, an outstretched hand supporting the host. Superimposed on the Cross is the dove, the Spirit of God, under whose outspread wings are the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament which merge into the one law of the New Testament given us at the hand of Christ – the law of Love.
After Mass, representatives of the Legal Profession, Aboriginal Groups, Social Justice and Human Rights Groups, Friends and Family members spoke glowingly of Frank’s contribution to Australian Society. Then all enjoyed a BBQ and a glass of wine in the Peace Park next to the Church in glorious Sydney sunshine.
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Michael, Your latest blog is fantastic – the photos are brilliant!
Now I am in Oz I can actually look at things on the internet!
How I wish our masses were as full of meaning as yours!
I am very happy.. love this…. !!!!
I played Ok this morning despite feeling rather poorly after a late night ….!
Michael, What a great piece of memory to be able to look back on – you even caught me after receiving communion.
Frank is a remarkable human bring / thank you
A Michael Mus masterpiece. Your choice of parts of the Mass and the framing of the whole
are so right – you are an artist.
Well Done Michael,
I saw a few familiar faces and indeed I was speaking with Rosmary yesterday arvo, who came up from Melbourne for the occasion.
It’s quite beautiful so thank you so much for making it. cheers, Barbara
Dear Michael, Thanks so much for this. I have just had the chance to watch the video now, and to forward it to my family. It was a very blessed weekend. Thanks for preserving part of it for viewing posterity.
Wonderful of you to capture such a special celebration on camera!