VISIT OF ARCHBISHOP CARLSON – BIRTHDAY OF BLESSED VIRGIN
PILGRIMAGE WITH CARDINAL BURKE – SUMMER AT THE ORATORY
RENOVATION HALL BATHROOMS – FAREWELL FOR CANON HUBERFELD
CAN YOU GUESS WHAT
Dear Faithful and Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory,
VISIT OF HIS GRACE, ARCHBISHOP CARLSON
His Grace, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's first visit to the Oratory in 2010
His Grace, Archbishop Robert J. Carson, will visit us again on Sunday, October 9th, and preach at the 10:00 AM Mass. Afterwards all faithful will be able to greet the Archbishop and welcome him at his second visit to the Oratory. Please mark your calendars and invite friends and family!
BIRTHDAY OF BLESSED VIRGIN
Blessed Virgin statue at St. Philip Neri Seminary
“Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world: since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, Who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and, confounding death, brought us the gift of life everlasting.”
Exactly nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Church celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin on September 8th. Mary’s birth is man’s first visible proof that a temple is being prepared for the Creator of all, and of God’s fulfillment of His promise of salvation for Adam’s fallen progeny. Her birth is the first glimmer of the light, Our Saviour, which will dispel darkness forever; her birth is the joyous prelude of the final act, the blessed union of the Word with flesh.
PILGRIMAGE WITH CARDINAL BURKE
This summer, His Eminence, Cardinal Burke, visited a good number of our apostolates in France. Accompanied by our superiors and several Canons of the French province, His Eminence enjoyed the splendors and the spiritual richness of this blessed country. On August 20, while we were preparing to celebrate King St. Louis at our Summer at the Oratory, Cardinal Burke led an Institute pilgrimage and celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Mass at Rocamadour in the diocese of Cahors. Rocamadour was in the past a famous site of royal pilgrimages, counting among its illustrious visitors King Louis IX, who visited in 1244, accompanied by his mother Blanche of Castile, and his brothers Alphonse of Poitiers, Robert of Artois, and Charles of Anjou.
Cardinal Burke with the Institute Superiors greeting the faithful
After the Pontifical High Mass on the hottest day of summer 2011,
the Cardinal spent more than an hour shaking hands
and talking to countless pilgrims in the courtyard of the church.
SUMMER AT THE ORATORY
Summer at the Oratory 2011
With a solemn Mass in his honor and hours of family-friendly fun, we have celebrated another annual feast of King St. Louis IX in a convivial yet solemn manner befitting the regal patron of our city. Every year this event seems to grow in strength – both the internal bonds within the Oratory and the external bonds with our neighbors in the larger community of our city.
Canon Wiener, welcomes guests to Summer at the Oratory
Once again, I would like to thank all of you for supporting this event, and for bringing your friends and family. We are especially indebted to all the volunteers, without whose excellent, competent, and dedicated work, this would not have been possible. Thank you, and let’s look forward to next year!
RENOVATION HALL BATHROOMS
Much progress has been made in renovating the men’s room in the hall. Last Friday the city’s inspectors approved the installation so far, and the work will continue to completion. Please consider helping us offset the total cost $15,000 for the renovation of the men’s room.. The renovation of the women’s restroom in the hall will begin as soon as we receive enough funding for it, which will also be $15,000.
FAREWELL FOR CANON HUBERFELD
Canon Huberfeld farewell reception
On September 4 we bid farewell to Canon Huberfeld, the Vicar of St. Francis de Sales Oratory since after his ordination to the holy priesthood last year. After the 10 AM Solemn Mass, the faithful gathered in the Oratory hall to express their heartfelt thanks and good wishes as he takes up his new assignment as the Rector of St. Mary’s Oratory in Wausau, WI. This surely will not be the last time we will see Canon Huberfeld. Until we meet again, please keep him in your prayers!
CAN YOU GUESS – WHERE IS THIS IN THE ORATORY? A new mystery photo has been uploaded onto the blog of www.TraditionForTomorrow.com. Where in the Oratory is this image located? Do you recognize it? Please post your response in the comment section of the blog.
May Our Mother of Perpetual Help intercede for all of us, our families and beloved friends.
With my sincere best wishes and the assurance of my prayers in Christ the King,
Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, St. Francis de Sales Oratory