08 December 2010

News from the Oratory

Below is from the latest newsletter of St. Francis de Sales Oratory. It includes excerpts from a past sermon by Monsignor Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General of the Institute, on the occasion of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It also has the Oratory's Christmas schedule, and an online survey for those who attend, or who are interested in, the Oratory:

Dear Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory,


Below we present to you excerpts of a sermon of our Prior General and founder, Msgr. Gilles Wach, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception (2006):


The Immaculate Conception - Vessel of Humility

Ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes. Behold from henceforth all generation shall call me blessed.

The eye of man has seen nothing that can be compared to what God has reserved for those who love Him.

On this especially blessed day, all of Christendom contemplates the glory and blissfulness of Mary Immaculate. And we, her children by baptism and sanctifying grace, we exult with joy and happiness that we may contemplate with the eyes of faith this sublime earthly and heavenly reality. What a consolation for us, who yet weep in this vale of tears! What hope for us who, following the sacred commandment of Our Savior, carry with His help our daily cross!

Let us consider this morning why Mary enjoys such privileges and how we may, if we will, take part one day in this glory.

One might be led to believe that the glory and blissful state of Mary are due to her Divine Maternity; this is not false, but it is not all. We must recall that God does not reward dignity but merits. He exalted and beatified His Mother not only because of the prerogatives with which He enriched her but also because of the virtues that she practiced. He glorified her more than all other creatures because by the love of God she was more humble than all. He who exalts himself shall be humbled: this is the law given by God Himself. It is unchangeable: take it to heart! It is indispensable for us, priest, seminarians, and religious of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and for you, faithful Christians. Without humility, there shall be no progress, no fruit in your spiritual life. I would even say that, without the practice of humility, your spiritual life is in great danger.

Look at Mary! She was humble in the temple, humble in the mystery of the Annunciation – behold the handmaid of the Lord, she said. She was humble in Bethlehem. She was humble in the Purification, where she, like ordinary women, conformed to the general law. Humble in Nazareth during the public life of Our Lord. Humble on Calvary.

That is why God, who thwarts the proud, gave her fullness of grace: He has looked upon the humility of His handmaid.

Angels, Archangels, who are amazed to see her so high: know that if she ascends, it is because she descended by humility. She made herself nothing; that is why God has exalted her.



This coming Sunday Holy Mother Church wants us to rejoice in awaiting the coming of the Lord on Christmas: “Gaudete in Domino semper …” – Rejoice in the Lord always.

Joyfully the Oratory prepares for the great celebration of Christmas and invites you to join us during these holy days. Below you find the schedule of all important liturgical celebrations during that time:

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



In St. Louis, as in the many dioceses in the world where it is offered, the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite draws attendees from near and far. As a public oratory, the church of St. Francis de Sales welcomes everyone to attend liturgical celebrations offered according to this ageless traditional form and according to the mission of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest: to establish the reign of Christ in every sphere of human life.

In 2010, St. Francis de Sales Oratory operates in ways quite different from the days of 1908, when St. Francis de Sales, as a geographic parish, served many families in the immediate vicinity of South St. Louis. For the past five years, this Oratory of the Institute has been very pleased to serve many faithful who come every Sunday and many days of the week not only from the surrounding neighborhoods, but sometimes from as far as two states away.

To help us better serve all these families and individuals, we ask that everyone help us by participating in a survey which will be conducted over the next few weeks. The data we seek are very basic, and it takes only a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire which is also available on-line. Contact information and evaluation comments are optional, though they are most welcome. The survey will be open until mid-January since not all Oratory attendees are able to come every week. Only one survey per household needs to be submitted.

The survey forms are available as a simple card, or a longer one-page form with space form comments, or, for the convenience of those who use the Internet, available at
http://tinyurl.com/24c3at7. Thank you very much for your participation. Besides the presence of Our Lord, your involvement here is what makes St. Francis de Sales Oratory the wonderful place that it is.

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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