Thursday, October 16, 2008

News from ICRSS Apostolate in St. Louis

The St. Francis de Sales Oratory, the Apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King in St. Louis, Missouri, has sent in the following press release about an event which looks very promising indeed:

St. Francis de Sales Church 100 Years’ Anniversary with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

On November 23rd an architectural gem reminiscent of the great cathedrals in Europe, one of the most beautiful churches in St. Louis—St. Francis de Sales Oratory—celebrates its 100th anniversary. At one time this church boasted 7,000 families. In 2005 the Archbishop of St. Louis, His Grace, the Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, erected the church and its campus as an oratory of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. This young and growing community was founded in 1990 by two French priests and has today many apostolates all over the globe, fourteen in the US. The Institute administers all sacraments according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

To mark this centenary the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has scheduled a Pontifical High Mass with the Most Reverend Robert Hermann, Archdiocesan Administrator, as celebrant. The Mass on Sunday, November 23rd, beginning at 10:00 a.m., will feature music to match the beauty of the church’s interior: Charles Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass performed by the Oratory choirs and members of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Nick Botkins, the Oratory’s Director of Sacred Music and Master of the Choirs.

They also draw our attention to a project of students of the architecture department of Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts which includes plans for the theater on the top floor of the high school building on their campus.

You can read more about this interesting project here.

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