Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Oratory to Offer Mass for Journalists

Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

St. Francis de Sales Oratory

2653 Ohio Avenue

Saint Louis, Missouri 63118

p. 314. 771. 3100

f. 314. 771. 3295



Feast of the Patron of Journalists at the St. Francis de Sales Oratory


On January 29th-6:30pm, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, a young community in the Church based in Florence/Italy, honors one of its patrons, St. Francis de Sales. The saint was named also the patron of journalists and writers because of his exceptional ability to communicate truth in a positive, charitable and understandable manner. Having been a missionary priest in France and the Bishop of Geneva in the late seventeenth century, St. Francis wrote numerous pamphlets on the Catholic faith which were distributed at that time in much the same way as print media today. 


The Oratory and its rector, Canon Michael Wiener, invite especially all journalists to be part of a special evening: The Mass will be celebrated in the classic Roman Rite and accompanied by Louis Vierne’s Messe Solenelle in C-sharp Minor for organ and choir. Because of its complexity, this music is rarely heard; it will be a fitting complement to the Gothic splendor of St. Francis de Sales and of this sublime liturgy.


The Oratory, which is located on the corner of Gravois and Ohio, presently organizes a campaign to restore the out- and inside of the magnificent structure, especially its 300- foot- high steeple. (For further information about this project see also: or 314. 771. 3100.


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