Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Catholic St. Louis: A Pictorial History
Click here for the book's press release.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009 in Events
The Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
The Time: 7:15 pm
The Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies
The Oratory has terrific tickets. Who’s coming?
The Cardinals are back for four home games next week, starting with the Phillies on Monday and Tuesday. A generous benefactor has provided the Oratory with 15 seats in a luxury suite at Busch Stadium for Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies, last year’s World Series Champion.
For a $100 minimum donation, you and your companions will see the Cardinals resume their home game advantage from a luxurious vantage point. In addition to comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, the luxury suite includes a big screen TV to see the replays, as well as convenient restroom facilities (a bonus during the flu season).
Come support the Oratory and enjoy a great evening with friends and family in a venerable American tradition - at the ball game!
To reserve your tickets, please contact the Oratory as soon as possible. Call (314) 771-3100 and ask for Jon Roche or Dana Cole, or email email@example.com, and arrange payment by check made out to ”The Friends of St. Francis de Sales, Inc.”
Friday, April 24, 2009
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Saint Francis de Sales Oratory
2653 Ohio Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63118
21 April 2009
The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, with the St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, welcomes wholeheartedly the Archbishop-elect, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson. After several months of generous prayers for a new bishop we joyfully assure His Excellency of our continued faithful support and prayers. The clergy and staff at the Oratory together with all the faithful share in the gratefulness of the whole Archdiocese for the appointment by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.
Therefore on Sunday, April 26, a Solemn “Te Deum” will be sung after the 10 am Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory. (The Te Deum is a hymn of thanksgiving, expressing the sentiment of deep gratefulness toward God Almighty for His benefits.)
Join us in praying for the new Shepherd of our Archdiocese!
Canon Michael K. Wiener
Episcopal Pro-Delegate for the Implementation of the
Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese of St. Louis
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
At Saint Raphael the Archangel Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri.
For the intention of a friend:
St. Raphael, you were sent by God to guide young Tobias in choosing a good and virtuous spouse. Please help her in this important choice which will affect her whole future. You not only directed Tobias in finding a wife, but you also gave him guidelines which should be foremost in every Christian marriage: “Pray together before making important decisions.”
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This is the University's Catholic Newman Center, located in a former residence in the village of Bel-Nor, one of the many small communities surrounding Normandy.
The fact that there are 91 municipalities in Saint Louis County is troubling to some, especially among those who value efficiency, standardization, and centralization. Normandy is at the center of the greatest concentration of small municipalities in the County: Bel-Nor, Bel-Ridge, Bellerive, Greendale, Cool Valley, Pasadena Hills, Pasadena Park, Glen Echo Park, Greendale, Beverly Hills, Norwood Court, Northwoods, Country Club Hills, Velda City, Velda Village Hills, Pine Lawn, Uplands Park, Hillsdale, Saint John, Hanley Hills, Vinita Terrace, Vinita Park and others are within a short distance. Many newly-prosperous Irish Catholics moved to this area starting in the 19th century; they knew that government serves best when it is local, and when its leaders are friends and neighbors.
The chapel in the Newman Center, with the tabernacle. You may notice that the walls need repair: perhaps you could donate your time or money for its repair. Much thanks to Fr. Bill Kempf, Director of the Newman Center and Archdiocesan priest, who generously spent time telling me the history of this area.
The Wilson Price Hunt house, now a business, built by a member of the founding family of Normandy, and completed in 1904.
Lucas was killed in a duel against fellow lawyer (and later United States Senator) Thomas Hart Benton, and his land passed to his brother James and sister Ann Lucas. Part of his land eventually became the University of Missouri, but many felt insult upon the naming of the first new building - Benton Hall - after Lucas' killer.
Lucas-Hunt Road runs along the eastern border of Normandy, after Ann and her descendants. The family was a great patron of the Church, with many institutions locating on their property.
This is the former convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio, Texas. This provincial house was founded in 1922, and is now the University Inn and Conference Center.
Cornerstone of the building, seen from two angles. On the left is the symbol of the congregation; on the right "praised be the Word Incarnate".
The former chapel.
Incarnate Word Academy, a girl's high school, was founded in 1932 and remains open.
Statue at the entrance to the school.
Daughters of Charity
This is the former Provincial House of the Daughters of Charity. This congregation was founded in Paris in 1633 by Saints Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac, and was dedicated to serving the poor. This building, now owned by the University of Missouri, retains the name "Provincial House".
Monogram of Mary as seen on the Miraculous Medal.
Cross on the wall of Seton Center, named after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, American Foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph, who adopted the Rule of the French Daughters of Charity.
Cornerstone of the Seton Center.
This was undoubtably a chapel. Now a computer lab, this was once a part of Marillac College (1955-1974), a Sisters college dedicated for the education of nuns.
Three steps up. The High Altar was here.
Exterior of the Provincial House's chapel. Owned by the University, this is now a popular chapel for student weddings, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is still offered here. Click here for photos of the interior of the chapel.
An empty grotto.
Daughters of Charity cemetery.
Saint Ann's Parish is venerable, dating from 1856.
SAINT ANN'S CHURCH DEDICATED BY
THE MOST REVEREND JOSEPH E. RITTER
ARCHBISHOP OF ST. LOUIS APRIL 27, 1952
FREDERICK J. SPRENKE PASTOR
JOSEPH DENIS MURPHY ARCHITECT
First Station of the Cross — Jesus is condemned.
Stained glass window.
Shrine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Saint Ann School.
This is the former Ascension/Saint Paul parish, which closed in 2008. Ascension parish, founded in 1945, merged in 1995 with Saint Paul the Apostle parish (founded 1909) in Pine Lawn.
Mosaic, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, founded in 1954, in the nearby town of Ferguson.
Many thanks to Tina F., who alerted me to this area and generously drove me around to take photos.
An empty field, once the site of a hospital, and soon to be the University's baseball field.
The photos in this and my previous photo essay were taken on two occasions: April 3rd 2009, a brilliant but cool day, and April 18th, a warm but rainy and dreary day.
The bleakness of the photo above, I think, is fitting, and is a symbol for the great loss of the Church in this area; for many of the photos in this and in my previous photo essay are of closed Catholic institutions. I am reminded of the ‘Northernness’ much beloved by 20th century writers C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien; which included the cold, bleak, severe landscapes of northern Europe and the Medieval literature of that region, which had a strong sense of loss and of longing, but also of courage.
Some say that as Christians, we are Resurrection people and ought not morn for what is lost; but this is mistaken. Even Christ's resurrected and glorified body bore the Wounds of His Passion and Death; for if He did not suffer during His Passion, then He did not offer for us a true sacrifice to His Father, we are still in our sins, and we have no hope for salvation. We are not pure spirits nor are we merely animals: we can mourn for the good things of our world now lost, even as we wait in joy for the New Jerusalem.
Cornerstone of the former Passionist Fathers' Retreat Center, now Bellerive Hall of the University of Missouri. 1967 was an excellent year for the Church: vocations were high, the laity was generous, and the reforms of the Second Vatican Council promised that the Reformation was over and the Church would grow tremendously.
Then came 1968 and the collapse.
Exterior of the former Passionist chapel.
Exterior of the chapel of a former Franciscan house, now the University's Music School. I looked into this former chapel; it is now a music practice room, and students, making up a string quartet, were making lovely music.
This is the former Child Center of Our Lady, now owned by the secular “Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis”, popularly known as the Variety Club.
Convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, located by Saint Ann's Church.
This is the former Cardinal Newman College, closed in 1985, which now houses the Fine Arts school of the University of Missouri. The artwork on the right is by Mark di Suvero, considered to be the greatest of the abstract expressionist sculptors, but who fell away from the True and Holy Catholic Faith of his childhood.
The University's Richard D. Schwartz Observatory is now on the grounds of that former school.
Mother of Good Counsel Home, a nursing home, in the adjacent town of Northwoods. It is operated by the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Martyr Saint George of Alton, Illinois.
The Saint Vincent Home for Children, a residential treatment center for abused and neglected children, now receives half its funding from the State of Missouri.
THE GERMAN ST. VINCENT ORPHAN HOME
The former Saint Vincent's Hospital treated mental disorders. Founded in 1858 in downtown Saint Louis, it was operated by the Daughters of Charity. This building dates from 1891, and it closed in the 1980s. It is now used as an apartment building and nursing home.
The Mullanphy-Hardy-Wayside house in Normandy was built by John Mullanphy in 1893.
Many charming neighborhoods remain in the area. Here is the gate to the Village of Pasadena Hills.
This glass pyramid covers the remarkable Mercantile Library, originally founded in 1846, which houses a collection of early primary documents of the westward expansion of the United States and the commercial history of Saint Louis, including the river trade and railroads. The Mercantile is located alongside the University's main library.
As I read more history of this area, I find many Catholic institutions of this area that are now gone, such as the landmark Mount Providence School and Motherhouse of the Sisters of Divine Providence, destroyed in 2001. Also, there are other Catholic sites in the area, former and present, which I either neglected to visit, or am unaware of their locations.