St. Francis de Sales Oratory is having its annual Kirchweihfest this Sunday to mark the 99th Anniversary of the Church's dedication. Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at 10 am by Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, Vicar General of the Institute, and will also celebrate the 25th Anniversary of his priestly ordination.
The Introit of the Mass for the Dedication of a Church has one of my favorite passages: 'Terribilis est locus iste: hic domus Dei est et porta coeli: et vocabitur aula Dei.' Terrible is this place: it is the house of God and the gate of Heaven: and it shall be called the Court of God.
Adoration and Benediction will follow.
Immediately afterwards, German dinner in the parish hall, catered by Two Mikes Catering. Information in the bulletin (see page 7).
As both Msgr. Schmitz and our Rector, Fr. Lenhardt (pictured above), are Germans, hopefully we can rely upon their innate good taste to decide the winner of the apple strudel contest. For some reason, I was not invited to be a judge, and thus will have to content myself with just one dessert. Rank has its privileges, I suppose.