22 December 2010

Cardinal Burke to Visit St. Francis de Sales Oratory January 8, 2011

Great news!  His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke is set to visit the Oratory.  This and other news from the latest Oratory Newsletter:

December 21, 2010

Cardinal Burke - Midnight Mass - New Sign - Survey Continues

Dear Faithful and Friends of Saint Francis de Sales Oratory,


A few weeks after his elevation to the College of Cardinals by the Holy Father, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke is coming home to St. Louis.

St. Francis de Sales Oratory will have the great honor of receiving His Eminence on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM. Cardinal Burke will celebrate a Solemn Te Deum of thanksgiving with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. After the ceremony all the faithful are invited to the church hall for a reception in the Cardinal’s honor. Please join us on this glorious occasion when we will have the opportunity to congratulate His Eminence personally and to thank him for all that he has done for St. Francis de Sales Oratory.


Come to St. Francis de Sales Oratory and celebrate the birth of Our Savior with the pomp and splendor due to our newborn King! We will begin singing carols at 11:30 PM. The Mass at midnight brings to us the beauty of the 17th century, age of St. Francis de Sales, with Charpentier’s charming Messe de Minuit for choir and orchestra. At the end of the Mass all the faithful are invited to come forward and to venerate the True Relic of the Stable of Bethlehem. Join the Oratory family for a Midnight Mass to remember!


Friday, December 24 – Vigil of Christmas
8:00 am, Low Mass

Christmas Carols 11:30pm, Solemn Midnight Mass

Saturday, December 25 – Nativity of Our Lord
8:00 am, Low Mass; 10:00, High Mass

Sunday, December 26 – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas
8:00 am, Low Mass; 10:00 am High Mass

Friday, December 31 - 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas
8:00am Low Mass; 5:00pm Benediction & Te Deum

(Plenary Indulgence available at Benediction)

Saturday, January 1- Circumcision of Our Lord
8:00 am, Low Mass; 10:00 am High Mass

Sunday, January 2 - Holy Name of Jesus
8:00 am, Low Mass; 10:00 High Mass

Thursday, January 6 - Epiphany
8:00am Low Mass; 12:15 Low Mass; 6:30pm High Mass


Beginning this week, greeting all visitors and potential visitors to St. Francis de Sales will be a new permanent sign by the front entrance. The old sign has guarded the church grounds for decades, and has aged while watching the neighborhood change all around the church. As we retire the old sign from service, its place has been taken by a new one with a tasteful electronic board which will announce more clearly the ageless liturgical events taking place at the Oratory. The legal and technical work for the installation of this sign has been a rather long process, and the final success was brought about by the tireless work of many dedicated benefactors. We are most grateful to all who have contributed towards this new arrival at the Oratory – just in time to invite and welcome all the faithful and our Christmas visitors.


To help us better serve all our families and individuals at the Oratory, we ask that everyone help us by participating in a survey which will be conducted over the next few weeks. We ask you kindly to fill out survey forms which are made available in the church bulletin and on-line at http://tinyurl.com/24c3at7. The survey will be open until mid-January since not all Oratory attendees are able to come every week. Thank you very much for your participation.

Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, St. Francis de Sales Oratory


Anonymous said...

A nice touch would be to have the sign make cute, pithy statements about life and faith (similar to other churches), only in Latin.

Anonymous said...

Non tam praeclarum est Latine scribere quam turpe nescire.

Anonymous said...

I drove by there tonight: the sign looks great!! They have messages on it, this will be a very effective tool for the Oratory. The Institute has taste, that's sure.

Wade St. Onge said...

How fitting - it is because of Cardinal Burke that there is a St. Francis de Sales Oratory, as well as a St. Francis de Sales Church.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious: what were the legal issues surrounding the erection of this sign?

Anonymous said...

UGLY church board!
I think the Church signs in the UK look much better. They are usually black and have a carved papal tiara and coss keys in gold with the name of the parish patron saint. Such as "Parish Church of St Peter". Followed by the times of Mass and Confession etc below.

thetimman said...

Have to disagree on the aesthetic criticism. Drove by it today and it looks great to me.

Anonymous said...

Legal work: Two extensive hearings of Preservation Board and Zoning Board. Took us a lot (many hours of Pro Bono work of a local major law firm) to get the permissions one needs to have this board.

Ugly: We would have no board at all if we would have submitted plans for something much different than what we had before. A wooden board nobody would see ...

Anonymous said...

Explain to me as if I am a catechumen. What is the purpose of venerating an object such as the supposed relic of the manger? Why do only Catholic Christians venerate objects and not other Christian denominations?


Anonymous said...

"Mit Ott flott zu Gott" - With Ott (you come) quickly to God:

Ott: "... The reason for the veneration of relics lies in this, that the bodies of the saints were living members of Christ and Temples of the Holy Ghost ... As well as the bodies and their parts, objects which came into physical contact with the saints are also venerated as relics."

If objects which came into contact with the bodies of saints are channels of grace and instruments to work our sanctification, then even more objects which came into contact with Christ Himself are to be venerated, the Lord being the source of all graces.

All this is rooted in the mystery of the Incarnation, Christmas sanctifies the whole of creation. Fitting it is, indeed, to venerate the relic of the manger.

pfinley said...

Orthdox (who , at a core are "Catholic" but not in Communion with Rome) do venerate items as well - Case in point, St Basil the Great off mccausland, has the Skull of St Irene (yes...they really have a SKULL), and it is venerated much the same way we Venerate say an image of our Lady (just to put it in perspective for those who arent familiar)

Side note - I believe we shall see a faldstool sighting!

JBQ said...

With prayers for Cardinal Burke. Truthfuly, there would be no St. Francis DeSales without his efforts. There are those in the archdiocese who would like to see the church gone.