Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Newsletter from the Oratory


2653 Ohio Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63118
October 16, 2013


Dear Faithful and Friends of Saint Francis de Sales Oratory,


The Seminary Society Breakfast this year will be held after both Masses on Sunday, November 3, instead of the Feast of Christ the King. Already a custom at the Oratory, the Seminary Society Breakfast is a joyful, family-oriented time that focuses on the Institute’s seminarians and the need to support them spiritually and materially.

We at the Oratory have the pleasure and privilege of witnessing the transformation in many young men as they journey from candidacy to the seminary, and, in no time at all, to the priesthood.

As the most recent photo of the General Chapter shows, the number of Institute priests continues to grow from year to year. The seminarians of today will add to the ranks of the many canons assembled under the watchful eye of Saint Francis de Sales.

As we commemorate this month the Fifth Anniversary of the granting of the Pontifical Right to the Institute by the Holy See in 2008, we also remember the importance of priestly formation in these seminarians as they journey towards the Altar in service of the Church and souls. Not so long from now, they will be entrusted with the mission of the Institute, and to carry it out with dedication and fidelity.


At the Breakfast this year, we will meet these seminarians in a film being prepared for us by Abbe Gardner and other seminarians. Our families, particularly the children, will recognize many familiar faces, and perhaps notice the effect all our prayers have on their lives in the seminary.

We will have the opportunity to sign up to pray for specific seminarians for the coming year.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.

Saturday, December 14th, 6:00pm

A highlight of the Advent Season, the Gaudete Benefit Gala has become an annual tradition of fine food and music that you won’t want to miss! The evening features an elegant dinner as well as live performances of the Oratory’s various music ensembles under the direction of Mr. Nick Botkins, the Oratory’s Director of Sacred Music.


(Photos of last year's Gala at the Oratory)

Performance highlights of the 2013 Gaudete Benefit Gala include movements of Vivaldi’s popular Gloria, as well as Gustav Holst’s charming collection of traditional carols – Christmas Day.

The Gaudete Benefit Gala supports the Oratory’s continually growing Sacred Music Program. This year’s venue is the magnificent Grand Ballroom at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Saint Louis.

Mark your calendar and plan to buy your tickets early, they don’t last long!

Gala Tickets are available for purchase by calling the Oratory office (314) 771-3100, or after the Sunday Masses starting November 17th through December 8th. $45 per ticket or $75 (Orchestra Seating)


The Oratory is seeking a new tenant for the portion of the “1888 Building” that is currently leased by a daycare center. As the rental income is an indispensable part of our tight budget, your prayer and help for this matter is deeply appreciated. Since the second and third floor of this building will continue to be used by our choirs for rehearsals, the home-school co-op and other groups active at the Oratory, it would be ideal to find a compatible tenant as soon as possible.

Our 1888 building, the original girl’s school of the former parish is in good condition for its age and was recently code inspected and ready for lease. It has served as a daycare for the last 20 or so years and is located on Iowa Avenue behind the church and rectory. The two bottom floors will become available for lease on January 01, 2014.

Here is the listing on Craigslist that gives a description of the property.


Schedule of Upcoming Events:
Sunday, October 27
 – Feast of Christ the King 
8am Low Mass; 10am High Mass
All the faithful who assist at Mass at the Oratory this day may gain a plenary indulgence
under the usual conditions.
Friday, November 1 – All Saints Day – Holy Day of Obligation
8am; 12:15pm Low Mass & 6:30pm High Mass
Saturday, November 2 – All Souls Day
8am Low Mass; 10am High Mass
Daylight Savings Time ends - Clocks are turned BACK 1 hour
at 2:00 AM Sunday morning
Sunday, November 3 - Seminary Society Breakfast
December 14, 6:00 PM - Millennium Hotel - Gaudete Benefit Gala

With my sincere greetings to all of you and the assurance of my prayers in Christ the King,
Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, St. Francis de Sales Oratory

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