31 October 2013

Local Catholic Roundup: All Saints, All Souls, Seminary Society Breakfast, &c.

Hi, everyone.  I want to wish all a blessed Feast of All Saints and Commemoration of All Souls.  There are a number of items I wanted to cover concerning the next few days and weeks:

1. Mass Schedule at St. Francis de Sales Oratory:

All Saints' Day, Friday, November 1:

8am Low Mass; 12:15pm Low Mass; 6:30pm Solemn High Mass 

All Souls' Day, Saturday, November 2:
8am Low Mass; 10am Solemn Requiem with Absolution 

Please recall the All Souls' indulgences available from November 1st-8th.  From Rorate Caeli:

    For the faithful departed

    § 1. A plenary indulgence, applied exclusively to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the Christian faithful who:

    1° on each single day, from the first to the eighth day in November, devoutly visit a cemetery and, even if only mentally, pray for the faithful departed; [Note: one plenary indulgence for each day, if the usual conditions are met]

    2° on the day of Commemoration of All Faithful Departed [November 2] (or, according to the Ordinary, on the preceding or subsequent Sunday, or on the day of the solemnity of All Saints) piously visit a church or oratory and there recite the Pater and the Credo.

(Reference: Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. concessiones.)

2. From the Oratory newsletter, information on the annual Seminary Society Breakfast, Sunday, November 3, after both the 8 am Low Mass and the10 am Solemn High Masses:

The Seminary Society Breakfast will take place after all Masses this Sunday. It has become an annual festivity you don’t want to miss. Come and see!

Canon Mora, rector of the seminary, with our seminarians

In addition to the usual hearty breakfast and 50/50 raffle with wonderful prizes, you and your family will be treated to a joyful video from Gricigliano – produced especially for us. Familiar faces and a familiar narrator will guide us on a tour of Seminary life. We can safely say that the Oratory has the privilege to see the most current activities at the Seminary – thanks to our special connection to many seminarians who have been candidates here. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mrs. Hayworth for her organization of this event, everyone will again have the opportunity to be paired with a seminarian in prayer.

The Seminary in Gricigliano now can accommodate 71 seminarians, thanks to the recent restoration work made possible by donations from the faithful. This, and the fact that one third of the 85 seminarians are from North America are evidence of your generous support - by prayer and by sacrifice. You are in the prayers of the seminarians every day.

Please keep them in yours!

3.  3rd Annual Gaudete Gala, Saturday, December 14.  From the newsletter:


Saturday, December 14th, 6:00pm - Millenium Hotel - Grand Ballroom

Tickets on sale November 17 at (314) 771-3100 or email

A highlight of the Advent Season, the Gaudete Benefit Gala has become an annual tradition of fine food and music that you won’t want to miss! The evening features an elegant dinner as well as live performances of the Oratory’s various music ensembles under the direction of Mr. Nick Botkins, the Oratory’s Director of Sacred Music.

Performance highlights of the 2013 Gaudete Benefit Gala include movements of Vivaldi’s popular Gloria, as well as Gustav Holst’s charming collection of traditional carols – Christmas Day.

The Gaudete Benefit Gala supports the Oratory’s continually growing Sacred Music Program. This year’s venue is the magnificent Grand Ballroom at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Saint Louis. Mark your calendar and plan to buy your tickets early, they won’t last long!

Gala Tickets are available for purchase by calling the Oratory office (314) 771-3100, or after the Sunday Masses starting November 17th through December 8th. $45 per ticket or $75 (Orchestra Seating).

May everyone have a blessed and spiritually beneficial weekend.  Oremus pro invicem!


Anonymous said...

Here is the entire Newsletter on the web: http://email.kateycharles.com/hostedemail/email.htm?CID=17490143938&ch=A70503DADBA3740D15C9B8E446AA0F4E&h=e57b4b63846ff79d83801cc751aef7da&ei=sDE_CLpNc

Jeanne Holler said...

Happy Feast Day to all !
I hope to see many of you at Holy Mass tonight for All Saints Day at the Oratory!
The upcoming events at the Oratory will be a joy to attend , may the good GOD bless the Canon's ...all seminarians , sister adorer's and oblates !

Anonymous said...

You guys can still swig Buds, right? That could help fundraising...