SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES ORATORY
2653 Ohio Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63118
January 25, 2011
HIS HOLINESS, POPE BENEDICT XVI, WITH SUPERIORS
INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING SOVEREIGN PRIEST
CARDINAL BURKE VISIT - FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS DE SALES –
SUPPORT THE ORATORY - CHOIR CAMP, AUGUST 2011
Dear Faithful and Friends,
PAPAL AUDIENCE WITH THE SUPERIORS OF THE INSTITUTE:
At a recent Papal Audience, the superiors of the Institute presented His Holiness with the latest news from Institute’s apostolates world-wide, a book with photographs of last year’s ordination in Florence with Cardinal Burke, Bishop Cordileone and Bishop Schneider, the new CD from the Seminary, and a beautiful chasuble, recently manufactured in Bavaria. At the same audience the parents of Monsignor Gilles Wach received blessings form His Holiness on the occasion of their sixty-five years of marriage. Monsignor Michael Schmitz was ordained to the holy priesthood in 1982 by then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE VISIT OF CARDINAL BURKE:
With his visit still fresh on our minds, please remember our pledges to offer prayers for His Eminence, and in thanksgiving for his support and encouragement of our endeavors in St. Louis.
CELEBRATING OUR PATRON, SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES:
Patron of St. Francis de Sales Oratory, Co-Patron of the Institute of Christ the King,
Patron of Writers and Journalists
Saturday, January 29: Low Masses at 8:00am, 12:15pm
External Solemnity, Sunday, January 30: 8:00am (Low Mass), 10:00am (Solemn High Mass)
A special reception in recognition of his patronage of writers and journalists will take place after 10:00am Mass on Sunday. Please join us in welcoming guests from the journalist profession!
"When did anyone hope in God and was confounded? The distrust which you ought to have of yourself is good as long as it serves as a base to the confidence you should have in God; but if it ever leads you to any discouragement, disquiet, sadness or melancholy I beg you to reject it as the temptation of temptations and never permit your spirit to argue and reply in favor of the disquiet or depression of heart to which you find yourself tending. For it is a simple and entirely certain truth that God permits many difficulties to arise in the way of those who undertake His service, but still that He never lets them fall under the burden so long as they trust in Him. Never employ your spirit to defend and support the temptation to discouragement under any pretext whatsoever, not even if it be under the specious pretext of humility. Humility, my dear daughter, refuses offices; but it is not obstinate in its refusal and when employed by those who have the right, it no longer reasons upon its own unworthiness as to that thing but believes all things, hopes all things, bears all things with charity; it is always simple, in holy humility, and a good follower of obedience; and as it never dares to think that itself can do anything so it always thinks that obedience can do everything, and as true simplicity humbly refuses charges, true humility exercises them simply."
Letter of Saint Francis de Sales to Mother Jeanne Charlotte de Bréchard (1580-1637), one of the first three Visitandines at Annecy.
SUPPORT THE ORATORY:
Veils by Lily will be accepting orders for chapel veils after 10 am Mass on Sunday, January 30. 100% of every purchase will be donated to St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Orders may be picked up after 10 am Mass on Sunday, February 27. To view veils available for ordering, please visit: www.veilsbylily.com. Online orders toward this fundraiser may be placed on www.veilsbylily.com between 12:01 am on Saturday, January 29 and 11:59 pm on Monday, January 31. 100% of every purchase minus shipping expenses will be donated to the Oratory. Online orders will be shipped by Tuesday, February 22.
Make a charitable donation from your IRA: If you are 70 ½ or older, you are eligible to use your individual retirement account (IRA) assets to make special charitable donations without having to report the payout as income. You can contribute up to a total of $100,000 in IRA assets to a qualified charity, such as The Friends of St. Francis de Sales, Inc., or the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. This benefit was originally set to expire in 2010, but has been extended through 2011. As a recent Wall Street Journal article http://tiny.cc/i5qm5 pointed out, the tax bill just passed by Congress resurrects an expired provision allowing special charitable donations of IRA assets for taxpayers age 70½ and older. Additionally, lawmakers have included a special rule that allows you to make an IRA gift this month (January 2011) and still have it count for last year (2010). If you are eligible, please consider making this IRA donation. As individual situations vary, please consult your tax accountant before January 31 to make this donation. Thank you for your generosity!
CHILDREN’S CHOIR CAMP:
The Institute will offer its second Children’s Choir Camp this summer. The Camp has been scheduled for August 7-12, 2011. Please contact us at 314-771-3100 or email St. Francis de Sales Oratory if you are interested in registering your child.
With my best wishes on the occasion of the feast of Saint Francis de Sales, and the assurance of my prayers,
Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, St. Francis de Sales Oratory