Charles Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass will be the setting for the Pontifical Solemn High Mass marking the 100th Anniversary of St. Francis de Sales Oratory. The orchestra that rehearsed here tonight after Mass numbers 30 pieces, and the choir sounds sublime. This Mass is not to be missed.
The Oratory has an Archdiocesan-wide mission, and I encourage everyone to assist at Mass there Sunday at 10 am. Fr. Wiener, the rector, will have some important news to relate about the restoration of a religious, liturgical and cultural beacon of the St. Louis area. In the three and a half years since this jewel was rescued from closure, much good has already been done. With the support of the Catholic faithful, more will be done.
Did you know that when de Sales was dedicated, over 25,000 people turned out for a procession in the neighborhood streets? Can you imagine the possibilities for this area and the country as a whole if we could summon that kind of fervor again?
The Oratory is a center of liturgical restoration and renewal. It is a center of culture– music, education, art and architecture. Please come and see the good things happening there.
His Excellency, Bishop Robert Hermann, will be the celebrant. His courageous and forthright leadership of the Archdiocese in the interregnum, especially his stand for unborn human life in the election cycle, deserves a huge turnout.
Afterwards, Two Mikes Catering will provide the German feast for the Kirchweifest in the parish hall. Everyone is invited, but tickets are required for the lunch (not the Mass, of course).
Call the rectory for information at 314-771-3100.