The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161


News and Announcements

22nd October, 2017

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A Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Victoria


2018 Silence and Song Retreat

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From the Parish Priest's Desk


Dear friends in Christ,

As the Euthanasia bill is being debated in the Victorian parliament, and the postal survey concerning same sex pseudo-marriage draws to a close, let us recall the teaching of the Church, reaffirmed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, that there are sins so grave that they “cry to heaven for vengeance” (CCC 1867): murder, the sin of Sodom, the oppression of the poor, and defrauding labourers of their just wages. To the ongoing slaughter of innocents in the womb through procured abortion, we fear we may soon have to add (in Victoria) the state sponsored killing of the infirm and elderly through euthanasia. We also await a decision by the Federal parliament - in the wake of the postal survey - that may purport fundamentally to alter the nature of marriage. Murder and homosexuality are among those sins crying out to heaven for vengeance, in part because of the immense disorder they introduce into human relations, and the harm they cause to those societies that tolerate (let alone promote and facilitate) them. The just punishment of God that is provoked, is also an expression of the Divine mercy, which seeks to overcome the hardness of hearts of those responsible, and bring them to repentance. In attempting to approve and institutionalise gravely sinful acts, the State exceeds the bounds set for it by the natural law, and undermines its own legitimacy, causing it to tend towards dictatorship in order to recover (falsely) a kind of stability. The catechism also warns us against cooperation with the sins of others in the following ways (CCC 1868): by participating directly and voluntarily in them; by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them; by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so; and by protecting evil doers. To the extent that we become accomplices to sin, we cause violence and injustice to reign, giving rise to social situations and institutions that are contrary to the Divine goodness (CCC 1869).

The only true solution to this progressive slide into dissolution and dictatorship is for the social Kingship of Christ to be recognised and embraced. At this late hour, may the forthcoming pilgrimage and feast promote the reign of Christ the King, through the triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.

Fr Glen Tattersall PP

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The following is the first instalment of an article from the Lifesitenews web site published 11th October 2017.

Amoris Laetitia is ‘ambiguous,’ ‘not a Thomistic document’: Filial Correction signatory

ENGLAND, October 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Father Thomas Crean, O.P., one of the first signers of the Filial Correction, has had a thorough grounding in the philosophy and theology of fellow Dominican St. Thomas Aquinas. After earning a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University, Crean took a Lectorate at Blackfriars, Oxford’s Dominican college; an S.T.L. from the St. Thomas Aquinas Institute in Toulouse, France; and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the International Theological Institute in Austria.

LifeSiteNews contacted Fr. Crean to settle a burning question: Is Amoris Laetitia, as Cardinal Christoph Schonborn has assured us, Thomistic?

LifeSiteNews: First, what school of Thomas do you follow?

Crean: I would sympathize most with what is called half-humorously and half-seriously "Thomism of the Strict Observance," which emphasizes the tradition of the commentators, especially Cajetan and John of St. Thomas, as further mediated and developed in the 20th century by men like Gredt, Garrigou-Lagrange, Maritain, and Grenier. Maritain, especially at the end of his life, was closely connected with the Toulouse Dominicans.

LifeSiteNews: In what ways could Amoris Laetitia be interpreted as Thomistic? That is, why might Cardinal Schonborn think so?

Crean: Two things come to mind. One is that it presents the moral or spiritual life as primarily a growth in virtue, by which we gradually respond less imperfectly to God’s invitation to life and happiness with Him, rather than as primarily conformity to commandments and the avoidance of sin.

The other, which is an aspect of the first, is that it speaks of the need for the virtue of prudence ("discernment"), in consequence of the infinite variety of situations in which human beings find themselves, a variety which means that a necessarily finite code of rules will never be sufficient for good action.

Apart from that, it also quotes St. Thomas on … 14 or 15 occasions, including some works less often cited, such as the commentary on Aristotle’s Ethics.

LifeSiteNews: In what ways could Amoris Laetitia be interpreted as not Thomistic?

Crean: Some of the quotations from Aquinas used in Amoris Laetitia are cut short in such a way as not to give a well-rounded view of his thought on a given subject or, more seriously, quoted out of context so as to give an impression that he thought the opposite of how he really did. Sometimes he is quoted when his words are only slightly relevant to the matter of hand, as if just to increase the number of times his name appears in the footnotes.

LifeSiteNews: What is your “Respondeo” (i.e. answer) to the question “Is Amoris Laetitia Thomistic?”

Crean: If by "Thomistic" one means a document written in the style of St. Thomas himself, or in the style of someone who has taken St. Thomas for his guide in theology, then Amoris Laetitia is not a Thomistic document.

St. Thomas’ work is characterized by conciseness and clarity, whereas Amoris Laetitia is expansive, and, on certain key points, ambiguous – at least if we are to judge by the conflicting interpretations it has received. Again, a phrase such as "time is greater than space" is reminiscent not of St. Thomas but of a certain gnomic, metaphorical style of writing which St. Thomas criticized in the works of Plato.

More important than style is content. Here we could consider either the content of Amoris Laetitia as a whole, or those places in it where St. Thomas is explicitly quoted, or at least referenced.

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Newman Academy: we are continuing to work towards opening a school (ultimately teaching Years 5-12, and employing a classical curriculum). To enable us to move this project forward to readiness for registration, it will be necessary to find part time dedicated administrative staff. In order to be able to budget for this in 2018, we will need to find at least $30,000 in additional income. Those who are able and willing to make a dedicated contribution to this cause are invited to contact Fr Tattersall on a confidential basis. The Academy website provides more details of our vision for what we believe is a vital educational project: http://newmanacademy.org.au.

November Masses: In November, the month of the Holy Souls, we especially pray for the Faithful departed. Above all, we have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for their eternal repose. For this purpose, November envelopes are now available in the vestibule. The minimum stipend for one November Mass (by Archdiocesan law) is $20. Put the names of the deceased you wish to be remembered on the envelopes provided and place them in either Sunday collection. Please submit these in October, to ensure that the dead are remembered at all the Masses of November. General Mass intention envelopes are also available in the vestibule, to arrange for Mass to be offered for any other intention.

Organists sought: we are seeking parishioners with good keyboard skills to assist with organ music during the Sunday Solemn Mass once per month (usually the last Sunday), and potentially at other times. This represents an exciting opportunity for anyone with a musical background to contribute to sacred music in the Parish liturgical programme, by playing the newly-restored, historic Wolff Organ. No experience at playing the organ is required, and training on how and when to play during Mass will be provided. A stipend will be offered. Expressions of interest or inquiries: please e-mail the Secretary at secretary@newmanparish.org, or phone: (03) 9532 7771.

Altar Servers’ weekend – 18th & 19th November: both current servers and those interested in committing to Altar service are welcome. Training will be provided on Saturday 18th November from Noon, and will be tailored to individual needs and requests. On Sunday 19th Novembers, a BBQ lunch will be provided after the Solemn Mass, for Altar servers and their families. Those wishing to attend on either or both days are asked to contact Fr Tattersall by 12th November.

Ladies of the Newman parish: you are invited to a leisurely afternoon tea at Maryvale, on Saturday 2nd December, from 3pm. Come and enjoy some delicious food, tea and coffee while chatting with the women of the parish; a great opportunity to get to know each other better. Babes in arms also welcome. More details to follow. Please email, text or call Eve Woolven to RSVP by 25th November: evewoolven@gmail.com. Mob. 0490 332 185

Christus Rex Pilgrimage, 27th – 29th October 2017. The annual pilgrimage takes place from Ballarat to Bendigo for the Feast of Christ the King. The three day event brings together traditional Catholics from all over Australia and New Zealand. For more information and to register, visit the pilgrimage web site: http://crex.org/wordpress/. Those who cannot attend the entire pilgrimage may wish to attend the Saturday Mass celebrated at about 11.30 am at Campbelltown, or the final Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo, to be celebrated by Bishop Elliott at 3 pm.

Christmas Oratorio: parishioners and friends may be interested to attend this master work of J.S. Bach, being performed on 3rd and 4th December: https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2017/classical-music/bach-christmas-oratorio.



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