From St. Francis de Sales Oratory:

June 25, 2010

Ordinations – Visit from Gricigliano – Feast of SS. Peter and Paul – Grant Applications

Dear Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory,

1. Ordinations in Florence, Italy

On July 1, feast of the Most Precious Blood, His Grace, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke will ordain three deacons of the Institute to the holy priesthood: Abbe Aaron Huberfeld, Abbe Michael Stein (both are Americans) and Abbe Antoine Boucheron (French).

The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be conferred at the magnificent Church of Santi Michele e Gaetano in Florence, Italy. For those able to attend, the four-hour ceremony would pass as if only half an hour, as the enormous grace which is made available through this sacrament is manifested.

In the words of Father Paul Philippe, O.P., “Priests are, therefore, made, participate in, and are, in a way, sacramentally identified with the very being of Christ the Priest, by the mere fact that they are priests, independent of their sanctity or personal mission.

Saint John Eudes said as much to his priests in excellent fashion: ‘You are clothed with his Royal Priesthood, and your own priesthood is but one with his, and you are but one priest with the Sovereign Priest. You are Jesus Christ living and walking on earth. You represent his Person, you hold his Place.’”

Please join the whole Institute on this joyous occasion in prayer: for the ordinands, and in thanksgiving for the enormous graces of Holy Orders.

2. Seminary Society of the Institute of Christ the King

In order to generate effective spiritual and material support for the Institute’s International Seminary, the Seminary Society serves to help the Institute raise awareness and interest among the faithful in the formation of our seminarians.

A prayer program has recently been launched at the Oratory which will encourage the faithful to support individual seminarians through personal prayers. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact the office or Mrs. Mary Hayworth and ask for a sign-up sheet. We then will send you a confirmation form with the name of the seminarian who will be assigned to you, together with his photo.
Part of a seminarian’s formation is to spend part of the summer in an Institute apostolate. For a month this summer, we will welcome a seminarian, Abbe John O’Connor, to the Oratory. Abbe O’Connor arrives on July 9. On Sunday, July 11, the Seminary Society will sponsor a reception to welcome him after the 10:00 AM Mass, in the hall. Please plan to join us.

3. Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Tuesday, June 29

As early as the fourth century, a feast in memory of Sts. Peter and Paul has been celebrated on the same day. Observed on June 29, it is a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles; the date selected being either the anniversary of their death or of the translation of their relics.

A solemn High Mass will be celebrated on this first class feast at 6:30 pm, with Fr. Michael Houser as the celebrant. This will be a farewell Mass for Fr. Houser as he will leave for Rome to continue his studies. Please come join us.

4. The Oratory has begun apply to various foundations

Grateful as we are for the wonderful, grace-filled community life which continues to develop here at the Oratory, we are still at a stage of development where our weekly revenue from the sacrificial tithing of our families is just sufficient to cover the operating expenses of our large campus. In our effort to restore this church, not only for the Oratory’s families, but for the cultural heritage of St. Louis, we are now applying to various foundations for funding which will be applied to the restoration work. Please pray that this effort will be fruitful!

Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, St. Francis de Sales Oratory