MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY – SEMINARY SOCIETY BREAKFAST
VISIT OF ARCHBISHOP CARLSON
PORCH REBUILDING– 1888 BUILDING BATHROOMS
MAINTENANCE BY DAVE GRIESHABER - QUIZ: CAN YOU GUESS?
Dear Faithful and Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory,
OCTOBER – MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY
Photo: Battle of Lepanto, by Paolo Veronese
The first Sunday of October we celebrate the External Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary. The feast itself, celebrated on October 7, commemorates the battle of Lepanto in 1571, when a Rosary procession in Rome ordered by Pope Pius V turned the tide of war, and ended in the great sea battle victory of the Holy League against the fleet of the Ottoman Empire. Again calling on the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin to fortify us and help us in our daily battles, we will pray the Rosary daily before the Exposed Blessed Sacrament at 6:00 PM every evening in the place of Vespers at the Church. Please plan to join us as often as you can.
SEMINARY SOCIETY BREAKFAST, OCTOBER 30, FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
Seminary Society Breakfast - October 30, 2010
The month of October ends with the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday, a feast instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI to remind us of the kingship of Christ and His sovereignty over all human affairs. This is also the patronal feast of the Institute, and on this feast we customarily ask for the support from all faithful for the Institute’s International Seminary in Gricigliano.
As last year, we are planning a Seminary Society Breakfast after both Masses (8AM and 10AM) to draw attention to the activities and needs of the Seminary. Please mark your calendars, and watch for upcoming announcements regarding this Breakfast fundraiser. Be assured of edifying and entertaining surprises!
VISIT OF HIS GRACE, ARCHBISHOP ROBERT J. CARLSON
First Visit of His Grace, Archbishop Carlson - March 14, 2010
On Sunday, October 9, we will have the great honor of welcoming His Grace, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on a visit to the Oratory. The Archbishop will preach at the 10:00 AM Mass, and be on hand to visit with the staff and the faithful at the reception following Mass. Since its inception at Pentecost, the life of the Church is always strengthened by the presence of the bishops, the successors of the apostles.
The vibrant life at the Oratory has its source in the Sacred Heart of Our Blessed Lord, but would not be complete without the Episcopal blessing God has provided for us. It will be a pleasure and an honor to receive the visit of Archbishop Carlson.
Architectural drawing of future porch by Tony Camacho
As you may remember, we began the mystery photo contest ("Can you guess - Where is this in the Oratory?") with the dismantled porch on the north side of the gymnasium building. The dilapidated structure was unsightly and broken, and long overdue for replacement. We have recently received the necessary city permit to allow us to complete this renovation.
We are deeply indebted to Mr. Tony Camacho, an architect with the Legacy Design Group, who generously drew up the plans for us pro bono; we now have the blueprint for the construction of the new porch. There is much work to be done all around the campus and inside the church, and the small but steady progress would not be possible without the generous support of all of you, our benefactors and friends. Please continue to support the work of restoring St. Francis de Sales!
With the return to the Wednesday classroom schedule on campus for the home school co-op, the students were greeted with renovated bathrooms and working hot water. Some of the co-op parents generously spent many hot summer days (and nights) improving the bathrooms on the second floor of the 1888 building. These bathrooms were in a bad condition from age and lack of maintenance. The parents provided the labor and materials to retile the floors, and clean and paint the walls. With the help of the Oratory’s contract plumber, leaky fixtures were removed and replaced, new valves were installed and hot water was piped to the sinks. These improvements make the co-op space more pleasant and useable for the students and families, and likely prevented further deterioration of the facility. We thank our co-op families for their tireless efforts and their generosity in maintaining and restoring our 1888-school building.
MAINTENANCE BY DAVE GRIESHABER
Mr. Dave Grieshaber
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of our maintenance personnel, Mr. Dave Grieshaber, who has been taking care of the Oratory since 2006. Mr. Grieshaber grew up in the vicinity of St. Francis de Sales, and has intimate knowledge of every square inch of the church and campus. Dave has been instrumental in keeping the Oratory running, and all its antiquated support systems – most importantly the heating and cooling, in operable condition. As the Oratory is vast and old, this is no mean feat! We are very grateful for Dave’s dedication to the Oratory, and the daily coverage he provides from Monday through Friday, every week of the year. Thank you very much, Dave!
CAN YOU GUESS – WHERE IS THIS IN THE ORATORY? Our previous contest was the image of St. Michael, found at the top of the gymnasium entrance. Thank you all for your participation. This week, we have once again a familiar image often in our field of vision when we come to the Oratory. Please check our blog to see this detail of our beautiful church, which is full of visual cues to draw our thoughts towards our ultimate destiny: Heaven.
With my best sincere wishes and the assurance of my faithful prayers in Christ the King,
Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, St. Francis de Sales Oratory