22 November 2009

101st Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Francis de Sales


The present church building of St. Francis de Sales was completed and dedicated in a solemn ceremony on Novermber 26, 1908. The Oratory celebrates this anniversary with Mass and the annual Kirchweifest today.

This photo of the church appeared in the Golden Jubilee Souvenir Book published in 1917. (The first church building was erected in 1867, and destroyed by a tornedo in May, 1896.)

The following message to the parishioners of St. Francis de Sales was recorded in the Jubilee book:

We congratulate you to-day for the harmony and unexcelled co-operation that you have in the years gone by ever shown in the interest of your church. May this grand spirit that to-day finds a place in the heart of every parishioner, continue in the years to come. May we in the future work together as we have done in the past, so that the next Jubilee of St. Francis de Sales church may find, if possible, even greater reasons for rejoicing than the past fifty years have offered. Our parish to-day, on the day of its fiftieth anniversary, stands pre-eminent among the parishes of our diocese. The spirit of religion, the frequency with which our parishioners approach the Sacraments, your devotedness to your church, your sacrifices in her behalf, your real, genuine Catholic Faith stands as a shining example to all who have occasion to know the inner life of our parish. This it is, after all, which carries greatest weight before the Eternal Judge. Our good wishes to you to-day are that these grand and noble conditions may continue in our parish, and that each succeeding year may find you more worthy of the name you bear. That you continue walking in the footsteps of those noble men and women, who, by their sojourn in St. Francis de Sales parish, have merited the “Crown of Glory.”

9 comments:

HSMom said...

Unfortunately we were unable to make the Kirchweifest due to sickness. I'll bet it was a wonderful day! But the big question is, who won the contest for best dessert??

Methodist Jim said...

Novermber?

thetimman said...

Yers.

cmziall said...

Methodist Jim is trying to tell you that you misspelled November in the beginning of the post. . . re-read it. ;)

CP said...

HSMom, the top winner was the same as last year's winner. She makes wonderful pies, beeswax candles, soap, etc. This family drives over an hour and 1/2 every Sunday to be at SFdS! She was also selling her wares yesterday and I picked up a strawberry/rhubarb pie. Yum.

We missed seeing you! The basement was PACKED, the food was outstanding, and the kids had a great time dancing w/ the German band!

Get better!

~CP

Barbara Alice Schoeneberger said...

Love St. Francis de Sales! Being of German ancestry (Bavarian, too), I am continually struck by the German-ness of the church. I am sure that the founders and past members of the parish are looking down from heaven and very happy to see the Catholic heritage maintained. You all in the St. Louis area are sooo lucky and blessed to have the Traditional Mass and a Traditional order of priests to be there. My husband and I would have loved to be at the festival yesterday, but 4 1/2 hours is just too long of a drive for us in our age and health. God bless you all!

HSMom said...

Thanks CP, sounds like we missed a grand time!

We're well here, really. One of the boys has a little cold, but not knowing what it might develop into, I thought we best not share it with all the other kiddos...

Hopefully we'll make it to the 102nd celebration. ;) A German band... what FUN!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Timman:

Speaking about anniversaries once again, Mr. Timman, I hope you're not forgetting Lucy and Desi (you know, the 30th?)!

Veronica

thetimman said...

Veronica, the remembrance of Mr. and Mrs. Arnaz, and other items of note, will not go unmarked by me.