The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will celebrate a special Solemn High Mass on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, January 29, 2009 at 6:30pm at the Oratory. All are welcome, with a particular invitation to journalists, as de Sales is their patron saint:

Feast of the Patron of Journalists at the St. Francis de Sales Oratory

On Thursday, January 29th- 6:30pm, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest [] honors one of its patrons, St. Francis de Sales. The saint was named also the patron of journalists and writers because of his exceptional ability to communicate truth in a positive, charitable and understandable manner. Having been a missionary priest in France and the Bishop of Geneva in the late seventeenth century, St. Francis wrote numerous pamphlets on the Catholic faith which were distributed at that time in much the same way as print media today.

The Oratory and its rector, Canon Michael Wiener, invite especially all journalists to be part of a special evening: The Mass will be celebrated in the classic Roman Rite and accompanied by Louis Vierne’s Messe Solenelle in C-sharp Minor for organ and choir. Because of its complexity, this music is rarely heard; it will be a fitting complement to the Gothic splendor of St. Francis de Sales and of this sublime liturgy.

The Oratory, which is located on the corner of Gravois and Ohio, presently organizes a campaign to restore the out- and inside of the magnificent structure, especially its 300- foot- high steeple. (For further information about this project see also: or 314. 771. 3100.