Friday, May 09, 2008

Upcoming Events at the Oratory

Saint Francis de Sales Oratory

2653 Ohio Avenue

Saint Louis, Missouri 63118




7 May 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                      



Email newsletter contains information about:

Pentecost Sunday-Whitsunday

K of C Council # 14067-Mothers Day Brunch

Visit of the Very Rev. Msgr. Gilles Wach-Founder and Prior General

Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest


Sunday May 11, 2007: Pentecost Sunday

10 am First Holy Communion

After 8 am and 10 am Masses: 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast by the Knights of Columbus in the church hall: Please Contact Mr. Tom Leith at 314. 481. 2512 to make your reservation. Reservations end on Friday May 9th.  The price is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children 12 and under, and FREE for children 3 and under.

 Recital of the Oratory Choirs at the Breakfast


Sunday May 25, 2007: Corpus Christi

10 am Solemn High Mass with Procession.

The Choir will sing Mozart’s “Spatzen-Messe”


Tuesday, June 3, 2007: Visit of the Very Rev. Msgr. Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

6:30 pm Votive Mass of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Perpetual Help Devotions

Mass will be followed by a reception in the church hall.




Dear Faithful and Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory,

For several of our smallest Oratory members, this Pentecost Sunday is a most significant day—the day of their First Holy Communion, the day they receive our blessed Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Now they receive for the first time the food which will strengthen them spiritually and grow them into strong members of Christ’s Mystical Body. Let us all pray for them that they will receive Our Lord frequently and grow closer to Him each day. It is very fitting that we celebrate the First Communion on this feast of Pentecost because it is the Holy Ghost who unites us in the sacramental life of the Church with Christ, the head of His Mystical Body and through Him with the Heavenly Father.


It is also very fitting that this year on the same day we honor all our mothers here at the Oratory. The Blessed Virgin Mary, the new Eve and prototype of all mothers is the Bride of the Holy Ghost. Mothers’ Day is a good opportunity to remember all of our mothers and pray for them. This is the second year the Knights of Columbus are hosting a breakfast buffet for Mothers in our Oratory hall. I wish them all well and a happy, gracious day of relaxation with their families.


I am also most grateful to the Music Department at the Oratory and to Our Music Director, Mr. Nick Botkins, for the recital they will give on the occasion of the breakfast in the church hall. This should be a great encouragement to join and to support our choirs in their hard work for the dignity and beauty of the liturgy. It is with great joy that we can announce today that on the external solemnity of Corpus Christi, on Sunday May 25 during the Solemn High Mass (10am) that precedes the Solemn Procession with the Blessed Sacrament, the choir will sing the “Spatzenmesse” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This will contribute a lot to the solemnity of this celebration and we are most grateful for this expression of love and veneration of our Lord, present in the Holy Eucharist.


On Tuesday, June 3, we will have the occasion to welcome the beloved founder and Prior General of our Institute, the Very Rev. Msgr. Gilles Wach. At 6:30 pm he will celebrate the Votive Mass of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, followed by the traditional Perpetual Help Devotions. It would be a wonderful expression of gratitude for the work and the presence of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest if many of you could attend this Mass. It will be followed by a reception in the Church hall where everyone will be able to meet and greet with Msgr.Wach.


Finally, there is wonderful news about our highly venerated Archbishop, His Grace, The Most Rev.  Raymond L. Burke. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has honored him by appointing him to two Vatican offices. He has been named to the Pontifical Commission for Legislative Texts, which interprets canon law, and to the Congregation for the Clergy, which regulates questions of the life of the clergy. These appointments confirm the great pastoral wisdom and strength of our beloved shepherd and our Institute as the clergy and the faithful of St. Francis de Sales Oratory congratulate His Grace wholeheartedly on this expression of confidence and esteem by the Holy Father. We gratefully renew the assurance of our faithful prayers for the intentions of our Archbishop: May he stand and shepherd in Thy strength, O Lord, in the sublimity of Thy name - Stet et pascat, in fortitudine tua, Domine, in sublimitate nominis tui.


Yours devotedly in Christ the King,

Fr. Karl W. Lenhardt

Episcopal Delegate/Rector/Vice Provincial 



Ordinary schedule of Masses at the Oratory:

Daily: 8:00am Low Mass

Sunday: 8:00am Low Mass, 10:00 Solemn High Mass

Tuesday: 6:30pm Low Mass, followed by Perpetual Help devotions

Wednesday: 8am; 12:00 NOON, Low Mass

Thursday: 7:00pm Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament with Benediction

First Friday: 7:00pm Solemn High Mass

Holy Days: 8:00am, and 12:10pm, 7:00pm Solemn High Mass

Confessions/ Holy Rosary 30mins before all Masses


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