If your priest is away this week, there is a good chance he is at the retreat run by the Confraternity of Australian Clergy at Galong, near Canberra, ending tomorrow, so do say a prayer for the retreatants as they emerge back into the world!
And on priests, I plan to put up an updated version of my priests associated with the TLM prayer list tomorrow, in honour of the start of the Year of the Priest. So please do send any additional names (and ideally ordination dates) that you are aware of.
I'd love to have all the priests who have ever said the TLM mass in this country in the last four decades (however reluctantly!) on it - a way of remembering our history, and thanking those who have served. I am also keen to include priests of Novus Ordo parishes who say a regular or occasional weekday TLM.
Book a retreat for yourself...
And given the example of our priests, this might be a good time to think about a retreat for yourself. Priests and religious are required by canon law to go on an annual retreat, but it is good practice for all of us to do the same.
Retreats are a chance to recharge your spiritual batteries, assess where your life is at, and discern your future path, unstressed by day-today pressures. Unfortunately there aren't many options for orthodox retreats run by experienced priests in full communion with Rome and with a TLM in Australasia, so all men should be considering booking themselves in for one of the five day Ignatian Retreats offered by monks of Flavigny in December!
You might also want to note the date of a few upcoming pilgrimages. The first is to Penola SA in August to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Blessed Mary McKillop, and will include daily Latin Mass, Exposition, Benediction, etc, and is being lead by Fr Michael McCaffrey FSSP. It will end on August 8 with a Solemn Latin Mass at the Church of the Holy Name in Adelaide in the morning and a Pontifical English Mass celebrated by Archbishop Wilson at Adelaide Cathedral in the afternoon. Register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so they can get an idea of numbers and hence cost.
Also, I gather from the Adelaide website that the annual Christus Rex Pilgrimage is scheduled for 23-25 October. If the organisers would care to send me details (and/or update the website, which is still showing last year's pilgrimage date), I'll be happy to provide further details.
New Oriens out
Also a reminder that the latest edition of Oriens is now available, and includes some excellent background articles on the Pope's move to lift the SSPX excommunications (a topic that seems to be heating up again at the moment, over their plans to proceed with some priestly ordinations even as progress appears to be being made on scheduling the necessary doctrinal discussions), the background to events in the Diocese of Linz, also very much to the moment, given the Pope's meeting this week with Austrian Bishops! Also included in this edition is a challenging article on Islam, which you can read over here.
Upcoming Solemn Mass and Confirmations
Finally, if you are free and able to get there, don't forget the Solemn Mass and confirmations (to be performed by Bishop Grech) on June 26 for the Wangaratta Latin Mass community. Details can be found on their blog.