INSTITUTE ORDINATIONS – ABBE MATTHEW WEAVER
FATHER HERMANN 25TH ANNIVERSARY
HOMERUN DERBY – CHOIR CAMP
SUMMER AT THE ORATORY – SCRIP
UPDATE, CANON WIENER
Dear Faithful and Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory,
ORDINATIONS IN GRICIGLIANO
Last week at the Institute’s priestly ordinations in the magnificent Sts. Michele e Gaetano Church in Florence, Holy Mother Church gained five new priests. Holy Orders was conferred upon these five men by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, on July 5. Grateful always to God’s bounteous provisions, the Institute invites all faithful and friends of the Institute to share in our great joy in introducing: Canon Alexis d’Abbadie d’Arrast, Canon Jorge Arrasate Iragui, Canon Alban Denis, Canon Sébastien Goupil, and Canon Louis Valadier. Deo Gratias!
This important week began with the reception of cassock and tonsure by the “First Years.” Minor orders of porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte followed for many other seminarians. All told, sixteen Americans were among the forty seminarians who received minor orders. On July 4, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, Bishop of Marquette, Michigan, ordained five seminarians to the diaconate, and ten new subdeacons. Among these new subdeacons are five from the United States. Please support them, most importantly with your prayers, for the glorious but arduous road ahead for our future priests.
Photos of the ordinations will be available for viewing on our website soon. In the meantime, we are pleased to show a preview photo taken by one of the families who attended the subdiaconate ordinations.
ABBE MATTHEW WEAVER FOR THE SUMMER
After the ordinations festivities in Gricigliano, and before a new academic year begins at the Seminary, the Institute’s seminarians generously give up some of their summer vacation to assist at an Institute apostolate. The seminarians are able to work alongside Institute priests in their ministry, and to meet the faithful for whom they pray every day at the Seminary. This summer, the Oratory is delighted to welcome Abbé Matthew Weaver. Abbe Weaver is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and has just completed his first year. He had just received his cassock and the first clerical tonsure last week at Ordinations in Gricigliano. Welcome to St. Louis, Abbe Weaver! We look forward to get to know you this summer.
FR. JEAN-PIERRE HERMAN 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Father Herman with Canon Talarico, Canon Gardner and Abbe Alex
Last Sunday, July 1st, the Oratory marked a special milestone in the priestly life of one of our members: Father Jean-Pierre Herman, who celebrates his 25th Ordination Anniversary. Originally from Belgium, Fr. Herman was received as an affiliate priest of the Institute in 2011 at the Canons’ Retreat here in St. Louis. This past year he has been welcomed by the community at Old St. Patrick’s Oratory in Kansas City, as well as at St. Francis de Sales Oratory here in St. Louis. We are most grateful for his presence in our apostolates, and for the opportunity to celebrate his twenty-five years dedicated to the service of Holy Mother Church.
Following the 10:00 AM Solemn High Mass celebrated by Fr. Herman in the Oratory, made more glorious by the music sung by our choirs, (Louis Vierne's Messe solennelle), a joyous reception was prepared for Fr. Herman in the hall. Joined by the faithful, Fr. Herman recalled in thanksgiving his priestly ordination twenty-five years ago, and received a gift presented by Canon Talarico on behalf of the Institute and the faithful.
“HOMERUN DERBY” THIS SUNDAY!
Canon Talarico with Abbe Alex
Join us this Sunday, July 15, for the first ever Oratory Home Run Derby. It will be great fun for the participants and spectators alike! If you're interested in participating please contact the Rectory office at 314-771-3100. We look forward to seeing all of you there!
"It is a failing to be so harsh and rigid that we will not allow ourselves or others to indulge in any recreation. Air and exercise, cheerful games, music, field sports, and the like are such innocent amusements that they only require to be used with ordinary discretion." -- St. Francis de Sales
HELP SUPPORT THE INSTITUTE’S MUSIC CAMP
Canon Huberfeld with choristers
As in past years there has been an excellent response to the Institute’s third annual choir camp! The girl's dormitory filled up very quickly and there are currently only five available spots for boy choristers.The tuition for choir camp underwrites a large portion of the necessary expenses: faculty stipends, musical material, camp counselors, room and board for 50 people. However, to make this unique & affordable for choristers to attend, we must ask that you prayerfully consider making a donation to help underwrite the remaining balance of $4,000.00.
These chorister children will be soliciting donations after Masses this Sunday, July 15th. They will be offering thank you gifts to kind-hearted donors.
For any donation: A carnation flower or St. Francis de Sales Oratory pen
For donations of $25.00: A CD of the Institute Choir
For donations of $50.00 or more: A beautiful framed image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
May God bless you for your charity!
SUMMER AT THE ORATORY, AUGUST 19, 2012
Our annual “Summer at the Oratory” event, celebrating the patron saint of our city, King Saint Louis IX, will take place on Sunday, August 19. The afternoon will be great fun for the entire family and an opportunity to build new friendships! This year, we are introducing a stupendous raffle to the banquet of activities offered. A wide array of excellent prizes has already been assembled for this summer’s event: vacation package, gift certificates, winery & brewery tours, and $$$, just to name a few. The raffle tickets will be available for purchase after both Sunday Masses in the Church Hall or by calling the office. The much-loved favorites will be there too: terrific barbeque, beer, live jazz music, silent auction, country market, horse rides, and games--who doesn’t love a good dunking booth & the ever popular pig races! Mark your calendars, and spread the word among family and friends!
SCRIP PROGRAM UPDATE
So far, over $4,100 has been raised for St. Francis de Sales through the scrip program! As a thank you gift for participating, each time you purchase scrip, your name will be entered in a monthly drawing for a free gift card. For even more convenience, please consider using the "ScripNow" option offered by more than 59 retailers. ScripNow is available 24 hours a day and in $10 increments, it is easy to customize your Scrip purchase. The reloadable option and The American Express Gift card have also been well received by participants for their ease of use and versatility.
Thank you for your participation and once again if you have any questions at all please ask contact Gretchen Clinton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers for the scrip table after Sunday Masses would be appreciated. If you are able to help out with this occasionally please contact Gretchen.
CANON WIENER UPDATE AND CONTACT INFORMATION
With your many prayers, Canon Wiener is continuing to make good progress in his recovery. Thank you! He has received two rounds of chemotherapy and is preparing for the third later this month. Please keep up your prayers for the complete and timely recovery back to good health for Canon Wiener. He is at the moment unable to respond to emails. You are welcome to write a card or a letter to Canon at the postal address below.
Canon Michael Wiener
Institut Christus Konig
D-83457 Bayerisch Gmain
Faithfully yours in Christ the King,
Canon Matthew Talarico