St. Francis de Sales Oratory is offering a Novena of Masses to the Immaculate Conception beginning this Thursday, November 29, through Friday, December 7. This precedes the great feast day of the Immaculate Conception on December 8– a holy day of obligation. The Novena begins each night at 7pm EXCEPT FOR Saturday (8am) and Sunday (10am).
Each of the faithful who attend one or more of the Novena Masses can earn a partial indulgence. Because Our Lady as the Immaculate Conception is Patroness of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, the faithful who attend Mass there on December 8 can earn a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions.
There will be a different preacher each day of the Novena, with some of the best homilists in the area on the list. The last day of the Novena on the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception (Nov. 7) will bring His Excellency Robert Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis, to the Oratory for Pontifical Solemn High Mass. The full Novena schedule is below:
Novena to the Immaculate Conception:
Thursday, November 29, Novena of the Immaculate Conception begins-nightly
from 29th-7th 7pm Low Mass with organ and sermon novena prayers.
Except for: Saturday the 8th of December 8am, Low Mass with organ and sermon, novena prayers, and Sunday 10am Solemn High Mass followed by novena devotions.
Thursday, November 29, 7pm, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Rev. Edward Richard, M.S., Dean of students, Vice Rector and Prof. of Moral Theology, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
Friday, November 30, 7pm, Our Lady of Consolation, Rev. Philip Bene, Judge at the Metropolitan Tribunal.
Saturday, December 1, 8am, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rev. Joseph Begue, C.M., Vincentian Press, Confessor at the Oratory
Sunday, December 2, 10am, First Sunday of Advent, Very Rev. Msgr. Vernon Gardin, Vicar General, Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Monday, December 3, 7pm, Mother of the Divine Shepherd, Rev. Msgr. Theodor Wojcicki, President-Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
Tuesday, December 4, 7pm, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Rev. Gregory Lockwood, Lecturer of Systematic Theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
Wednesday, December 5, 7pm, Purity of Our Lady, Rev. Randy Soto, Assoc. Prof. of Sacred Scripture, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
Thursday, December 6, 7pm, Humility of Our Lady, Rev. Bede Price, O.S.B., Rector of the Oratory of St. Gregory the Great and St. Augustine of Canterbury.
Friday, December 7, 7pm, Conclusion of the Novena: Solemn High Mass, His Excellency, the Most Reverend, Robert Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop in St. Louis.
Saturday, December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Day of Obligation, (Plenary Indulgence) 8am: Low Mass with organ; 12:10pm, Solemn High Mass, with Procession and Dedication to the Immaculate Conception. Followed by Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
6pm: Benediction and Reposition.