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2016
Oct
24
Posted in Apostolates

In 2016 St. Stanislaus Parish and Oratory in Milwaukee has a lot to celebrate!  Another major step in the Church renovation was completed: the Sanctuary received its stained glass windows, ceiling art and statues were redone, the high altar was restored, and a new marble altar rail was installed.  But also, the Parish reached its 150th year!  Founded in 1866 as the first Polish American congregation, it has been strongly renewed since being designated an Oratory of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in 2007.

In late September the Parish held several very moving, joyous liturgical and social events to mark the anniversary in a big way. Saturday evening the 24th, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki kicked off the celebration with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament for a packed Church. A crowd of about 400 people attended this, along with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry from Chicago and numerous priests from the Institute and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  Then all moved to a grand buffet dinner and festival, marked by Polish food, music and dancing—Archbishop Listecki can still do a mean polka!  A new video of the Parish history was shown, along with other photos and information from our archives.

On Sunday morning the 25th, there was a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form, including a Consecration of the rebuilt main altar, offered by Auxiliary Bishop Perry and attended by many local and Institute clergy.  The Consecration was particularly powerful, not only because few attending had ever seen that sacred ritual before, but also because it vividly brought out the full spiritual meaning of the altar and embedded relics.

The whole weekend was unforgettable, and highlighted how grateful we are to our ancestors in Faith who supported St. Stanislaus for so many decades, to the Institute for serving and restoring the Parish today, and to all the many parishioners who make it live.

As we often say,

Niech Jezus Chrystus, Wieczny Kapłan będzie chwalony teraz i na wieki!
May Jesus Christ be Praised, Now and Forever!

– Stephen Sharkey, PhD.

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2016
Oct
23
Posted in Apostolates

On the first anniversary of the fire at the Shrine of Christ the King, hundreds of faithful and friends gathered for a day of prayerful thanksgiving and expression of hope for the ongoing rebuilding. This event welcomed home the freshly restored statue of Christ the Infant King, the 17th-Century spiritual centerpiece of the Shrine which had endured some damage from the fire and smoke. The King has returned!

Monsignor Michael Schmitz, Vicar General in the Institute and Delegate of the Prior General for the United States, celebrated a votive Solemn High Mass of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary outdoors, against the silhouette of the Shrine. In his sermon, Monsignor Schmitz retraced the history of the Rosary devotion and how we are to imitate in our own lives and in the life of our Shrine family the Rosary mysteries of the life of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. Solemn yet accessible, this memorable outdoor liturgy was made possible by many helping hands.  

Afterwards, a Rally for Resurrection was held in the street near to the Shrine’s active construction site. The newly appointed Shrine Rector, Canon Matthew Talarico, offered publicly gratitude and appreciation to all of those who helped the Shrine community throughout the tragic fire experience and its aftermath.

Canon Talarico thanked the Chicago Fire Department, which was well represented by firefighters of Engine 63 and Truck 16 from the neighborhood firehouse, and read a message from the central leadership of the CFD. He also thanked Fr. Elias O’Brien and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish for offering their church to the Shrine community in the weeks following the fire. He then expressed how much the Shrine family is indebted to the very generous neighbors at First Presbyterian for the continual use of their gym space as the Upper Room Chapel where Mass is offered several times each week. Words of thankfulness were also offered to Archbishop Cupich and the leadership of the Archdiocese of Chicago who made great efforts of collaboration with the Institute of Christ the King to work out the solution of Shrine ownership by the Institute in order to expedite the rebuilding process. Thankful mention was also made of the City Landmarks Commission and to Alderman Cochran for their kind assistance. Canon Talarico then thanked the Shrine’s neighbors and friends in the historic preservation community, who have been so very generous and helpful in raising awareness and in obtaining valuable contributions for the rebuilding of this landmark church of the City of Chicago. Emily Nielsen and Gabriel Piemonte of the Save the Shrine Coalition, along with Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago, expressed their ongoing support for this unique rebuilding effort.

The Project Manager, Architect Elizabeth Ortner of Studio 31A, then gave an update on the current status of the rebuilding work, which has been going full speed ahead since March. Upon receiving the City permit in early September for the new roofing system designed by Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc, engineers, the Institute conducted interviews for several bids for the fabrication and erection of the steel trusses and supports for the new roof. The job was awarded to BJRJ Construction, who immediately commenced the steel fabrication process which will require at least three months. Upon completion, the new steel trusses and supports will then be installed? in the building, likely in early spring, given the winter weather conditions. The church’s walls will be protected over winter from any further damage from temperature cycling? effect. A complete masonry study of the building early this year by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger engineers has prepared the way for masonry repairs to the façade and tower later this autumn. The interior architectural elements of the church, including the plaster capitals which have suffered severe damage, have been scanned into digital format which can be used to recreate them.

Since March, all of the research, study and work which has been done on the building indicates the need to adjust the original budget of $2.5 million last March to $3 million. However, thanks to the charitable contributions of a large number of donors, over $1.5 million has already been raised toward this Phase 1 goal.

After these updates, Canon Talarico then thanked Abbe Alexander Willweber, the superintendent of sacred art for the Institute of Christ the King, for organizing and overseeing the restoration work of the Infant King statue and the beautiful antique portable apparatus which bears the statue. This restoration process has revealed that the venerable statue is even somewhat older than originally thought, dating back apparently to the late 1600s. The same firefighters who had saved this iconic statue from the fire one year previously then did the honor of carrying it for the procession which followed the rally.

Since the fire occurred on the feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7, Canon Talarico explained and invited everyone present to join in the recitation of the Holy Rosary and the singing of hymns. Prayers for peace were also offered for the benefit of the neighborhood and local community. Following the procession, friends from the St. Martin de Porres House of Hope sang some inspirational melodies to end the day’s ceremonies on a high note. Many remained afterward to take part in a reception offered in the reception hall at First Presbyterian next door to the Shrine.

The Institute of Christ the King is deeply thankful for the innumerable prayers, encouraging support, and generous contributions by kind-hearted souls in Chicago and around the world. These efforts, both spiritual and material, have born much fruit during this past year for the Shrine of Christ the King and its local community. Holy Mass is gratefully offered each week by the Shrine priests for the intentions of all these benefactors. This gratitude gives confident hope for the future as, with the help of God, the rebuilding efforts continue for the glory of Christ the Infant King and the good of His people.

Special thanks for the photos is given to Marc Monaghan (www.marcmonaghan.com), to Tim Olk of the Chicago Fire Department, to Devon Neff for drone shots, to Abbe Alexander Willweber, and to Xavier Boudreau.

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2016
Oct
19
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In March of 2015, St Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish & Oratory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, undertook the beginning of a truly providential restoration project of the Sanctuary in preparation for the 150th anniversary of St Stanislaus Parish in 2016. Similarly, in 1966 St Stanislaus went through a major renovation program in preparation for the parish 100th year anniversary and changes in the liturgy. 

After studies, inspections and architectural designs, the plans for the Sanctuary were finalized and work started several weeks before Easter 2015. The first pictures show the free standing altar, aged carpeting, mono color of sanctuary, as well as the 2 feet of concrete poured to raise the level of the sanctuary up to the same level of the original high altar.

Before the concrete could be removed in view of returning the sanctuary to its original level, plans and drawings were carefully reviewed. The first step was to disassemble the free standing altar and the front of the high altar. The parts were carefully stored to return to the high altar in the future.

Easter Mass took place in the sanctuary using a temporary altar attached to the original high altar. After Easter, the sanctuary was emptied, the worn carpet removed, and the equipment needed to remove approximately 25 tons of concrete brought in. Using a small excavator and lots of man power, the sanctuary was cleared of all concrete, thus uncovering the original tile floor of the church dating to the 1930's. Daily Mass was held in the Parish hall of the adjacent school and in the rectory, so that daily Mass continued each and every day of the construction.

Marble contractors returned and started rebuilding the high altar, while carpenters constructed a new base floor the front of the sanctuary.  

During this phase, St Stanislaus Parish received a providential phone call from a stained glass collector, informing us that they had original stained glass from the church which had been removed and thought to be lost. The artisan wanted to return the glass back home. Mobilizing parishioners and artisans, the glass was rescued and taken to the stained glass contractor for evaluation. While almost all the glass could not be reused as such, it provided us with the missing pieces of the puzzle. There were no pictures of the original stained glass windows! Now we had enough answers to replicate new windows after the pattern of the original. 

The decision was made to replace the sanctuary windows with  windows of the Immaculate Conception and St Stanislaus. Artisans quickly went to work designing the windows with many revisions in order to make the windows as accurately as possible. During this phase, the celebration of Mass returned to the sanctuary with the use of a temporary altar. Our altar boys adapted to many changes with excellence!

The high altar and side altar marble work continued, while the start of the floor tile preparation began. The sub floor needed to be reinforced and leveled. Eventually the entire nave and sanctuary floors would be tiled. The reddish decades-old carpet was in its final days!

The stained glass replacement and installation took place, leaving the Sanctuary with a new yet traditional appearance. Our Lady with the help of St Stanislaus now looks over our restored high altar. 

While all this work was ongoing, other plans and revisions including many measurements and re-measures were taken for the construction of a marble communion rail from Italy. The original communion rail was removed and lost in the renovations of 1966. It was only fitting that a new marble communion rail should return to the sanctuary. Marble contractors from Peoria, IL, worked along side the Italian crew who manufactured the communion rail to guarantee a flawless installation. St Stanislaus is now adorned with a beautiful communion rail composed of white carrara marble top and bottom rails with green onyx pillars.

The final phase of the sanctuary restoration was the painting. Shortly after Easter of 2016, the scaffold in the sanctuary went up, and the Mass was now being offered again on a temporary altar (with our altar boys wondering what was next). Old ceiling tiles from 1966 were removed, plaster was repaired, and layers of paint were scrapped off before the painting could start. Our Institute's Prior General, Msgr Wach, took a look at the work from a high scaffold view. Many daily meetings occurred with the artisans making sure the correct colors were used. Many wonderful surprises were brought out by the new paintings. After four months of work, the scaffold came down revealing the artisans efforts. Needless to say, it is more than what we expected.

The pictures, while showing the beauty of the restoration, do not accurately show the real beauty. One must come to St Stanislaus and look with his own eyes to fully appreciate the magnificence of the sanctuary. 

In just over one year the entire sanctuary and parts of the nave where restored! The faithful of St Stanislaus with God's help have made this project complete for their future generations. God is so good. It shows that nothing is impossible with God.

Abbe George Baird, Oblate
Project Manager and Sacristan

 

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2016
Sept
10
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Now in its sixth year, the Sursum Corda young adult weekend, put on by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, ran from August 12th to August 15th of 2016. The campus of the University of Our Lady of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, once again rang with chanted Latin prayers, beautiful music, and the laughter of friends old and new.

Some participants came from mere minutes away, while at least one made an international trek. Never minding the distance, all who attended the retreat were immersed in a charitable, joyful environment imbued with the Institute’s family spirit: old friendships were renewed and new ones were forged amid a daily schedule centered around the Sacred Liturgy, with plenty of time allotted for spiritual conferences and recreation. Whether we were assisting at Holy Mass; playing volleyball; taking a Rosary walk to the Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown; chanting Compline, or singing and acting in an uproarious talent show, there joy and true fraternal charity abounded.

Removed temporarily from our busy day-to-day lives, we who attended the weekend received excellent instruction on both apologetics and the Sacred Liturgy. These conferences radically altered our own participation at Holy Mass, helping us to orient and conduct ourselves well and to be better disposed to receive the abundant graces poured out upon us at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and at our reception of Holy Communion. One participant commented, “I’m beyond thankful I had this opportunity. It changed my life, and I’m more in love with my faith and more proud to be Catholic than ever before. I don’t know how I could repay Our Lord […] the Truth of our Faith is more beautiful than I could have ever imagine[d.]” Our eyes were opened by the beautiful instruction we received in the conferences, and then immediately applied both on the retreat and back in our everyday lives.

Likewise, frequent opportunities for Confession and Spiritual Direction allowed us to repair and renew our spiritual lives, re-strengthening us for the constant battles faced in the world, whatever our vocations may be. Whether one was single; discerning religious life; or embarking on the workshop time of engagement, and whether new to the Traditional Latin Mass or a long-time attendee, no-one left spiritually hungry. Fittingly, we ended on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, with this beautiful Marian feast day serving as a reminder of our Heavenly Mother’s constant prayers and protection. We left renewed and refreshed, ready to spread the Social Reign of Christ the King, for, as St. Paul says in his Letter to the Romans, “if God be for us, who is against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

– Rebekah Wieglos

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2016
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‘The measure to love is to love without measure.’ Saint Francis de Sales

The Company of the Immaculate Girl’s Camp left us all very edified despite the bad weather. It seemed that as the weather got worse, the spirit of the campers became even stronger. Putting all their efforts on living according to their motto: ‘The measure to love is to love without measure." Once again the choice of the winning team for the “Spirit Award” was a difficult decision!  

One of the main events of the girl’s camp is the cooking contest, where each team makes a three course meal. However, this year’s girl’s camp had a little twist to its culinary combat: the Institute clerics joined as a surprise team… However, the clergy could not beat one of our camper’s dessert!

The fun and games were also accompanied by spiritual talks given by the clerics. We were blessed this week as well to sing the Night Office of Compline twice in the chapel with the participation of the campers. The camp ended with a Solemn High Mass in the camp chapel, with a choir composed of campers and camp counselors.

We thank Divine Providence for making these summer camps possible and for keeping us in His divine protection. We thank all the participants from near and far and all of those who worked closely with us for the practical work and logistics of the camp. In a special way, we also thank everyone who was praying for us in our mission to foster the growth of a solid Catholic generation of youth.  We hope to see our dear campers and many others next year!

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2016
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19
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Strength and Meekness 

Each year the St. Michael’s Patrol Boy’s Camp in Wausau, Wisconsin, becomes more and more spiritually rich. The boy’s camp of 2016 was a complete success. The campers were presented with two virtues to practice throughout the week: Strength (also known as the cardinal virtue of Fortitude) and Meekness (sometimes called “gentleness” part of the cardinal virtue of Temperance).  Focusing on these virtues, dear to the Salesian spirituality of the Institute of Christ the King, the campers had a great team spirit which made it very difficult to choose the winning team of the “spirit award.”

Each day, the motto of our patron, Saint Benedict, Ora et Labora, “Prayer and Work” was put into practice: Prayer: Mass every morning, confession and spiritual conferences by one of the clerics. Work: Various chores to be done with the team such as dishes or chopping wood for the campfire.

The camp did not lack plenty of games to foster personal blossoming and teamwork. Eagerly facing each other on the playing field to win points for their teams, the campers participated in capture the flag, bowling, horseback riding and archery. Each team was always accompanied, supported and motivated by the canons, seminarians, oblates and counselors. We were furthermore graced by the presence of one of the Institutes’ newly ordained deacons. The Institute’s priests, deacon, seminarians and oblates led the assembled campers and chaperones in singing the Night Office of Compline at the end of each day.

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2016
Aug
17
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For the 7th straight summer, children all across America, aided by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, filled the conventual church of the Ursuline Sisters in Mount St. Joseph, Kentucky with melodious streams. In the spirit of the Institute, each day of Choir Camp 2016 was centered around the altar with the celebration of the Holy Mass by Canon Andrew Todd, sung devotions in honor of the Sacred Heart, and a Rosary walk every evening to the convent cemetery. The solemn celebration of the liturgy would not have been possible without the hard work of the campers and the instruction of the faculty, led by Mr. Nicholas Botkins. In the classes and workshops, children of all skill levels were instructed in the execution of both Gregorian Chant and sacred polyphony, vocal technique and musicianship. They were also provided spiritual conferences and either basic or advanced Latin classes.

A busy and fruitful week of intense classes was balanced with many fun and interesting recreational activities. Abbé Alex Barga and Abbé Christian Juneau led the campers in kickball, capture the flag, volleyball, different forms of hide-and-seek and the camp favorite: extreme ninja dodgeball. All the campers were also able to create and act in funny and original skits and showcase their vocal and instrumental abilities in the annual talent show.  At the end of the week, the students performed a beautiful concert for the always gracious Sisters. This was a great opportunity to not only perform what they learned during the week, but to visit and converse with the Sisters.

On Friday, on the feast of St. Claire, a Sung Mass was celebrated to conclude the camp. Under the direction of Mr. Botkins, the children not only sang the Gregorian chant, but also polyphonic pieces by Dubois, Haydn, Fauré and Delibes.  The parents of the campers who were able to attend the Mass were impressed with the rich musical sound coming from the mouths of their children.  During the successful week, they increased their music skills in a Catholic setting and formed friendships that will last a lifetime. After the Mass, the children exchanged heartfelt goodbyes to their beloved counselors and friends, waiting in anticipation for next year’s choir camp.

– Abbe Alex Barge, oblate

 

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2016
Aug
5
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The 4th Annual St. Michael’s Patrol Camp for Boys in California took place from June 30 to July 2. Again this year, “Les Quatre Mousquetaires Farm” hosted the Camp near the city of Alamo, situated in the rolling hills surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area.  More than 20 boys gathered together to spend three days led by Institute members Canon Olivier Meney, Canon Raphael Ueda and Abbe Kevin Kerscher.  As one of the important missions of the Institute of Christ the King, summer camp makes a vital contribution to the Catholic formation of our youth through fostering holy friendships among like-minded boys and through encouraging young men in the courageous pursuit of the devout life in accordance with the motto of the Institute of Christ the King: Living the Truth in Charity (Ephesians 4:15).

On Thursday, campground activities included Olympics games, Swimming and Campfire. On Friday, after visiting the Chabot Center Archery Range, we spent the afternoon among the redwoods. In the evening, a Solemn High Mass was sung at Saint Margaret Mary Church in honor of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This day also happened to be the Ordination anniversary of Canon Meney! After Mass, parents, siblings and friends joined in our campfire activities on the lawn of the Church. On Saturday, we left the farm at 5 a.m. for a sailing adventure on the Bay and a hike on Angel island. We returned to the farm and concluded our Camp with First Saturday Mass.

As Psalm 132 says, “Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. For there the Lord hath commanded blessing and life for evermore.” The children discovered the presence of God, not only through attendance at Mass, but also in the diverse natural elements which constitute life on earth while having a lot of fun along the way. Perhaps it is just a summer camp, but the experience shared with others in a true Catholic spirit will be a sure foundation for their future. May God bless their tender hearts!

Canon Raphael Ueda, camp chaplain

 

The Camp 2016 in California, the third so far, marked some progress, from good to better. It was an excellent camp. Why can we say so? We can argue from diverse aspects.

It was great because it is California and the weather was as expected: sunny and hot during the day, but not too much; cool at night for good rest. It was great because of the kindness of our guests, the Kindy Baillot, offering their backyard as play and campground.

It was not bad at all when we consider the food.... Even though these teenagers seem to be able to eat all day.  Do you know that 25 children can devour 80 hot dog sausages in a blink of eye... they just disappeared.

It was great, because of the numerous activities: the Olympics, a series of challenges including a rope maze, water balloon fights or relay through diverse obstacles that fostered not only personal accomplishments but a sense of team spirit.  

It was great because of the initiation to archery: understanding and mastering of the deadly instrument, attention to safety rules, to others, personal concentration: breath, aim, breath again, release: the arrow flies... bullseye! ... or maybe not just yet.

Great again to walk the Redwoods and its majestic trees witnessing our "great game": pass a flag to its destination without been caught by the 'enemy'... that tries to do the same... fair bandana fights... and the joy to score for the team.

But even greater... (is that still possible?) Through the generosity of 'Admiral Joni' and Captain Rod Phillips the campers sailed to Angel Island on the Nehemiah for a great hike and the discovery of a breathtaking view of San Francisco and its Golden Gate. Few can pretend to have had such a privileged experience in their life.

On the top of all of these great activities that are just pretexts to hang out together, there is the prayer life that permeates all camp activities. The Rosary was said daily, as penitents on our knees, as pilgrims carrying the Blessed Virgin Mary statue or at sea as apostles, potential fishers of men, on Peter's vessel guided by the Star of the Sea... The daily Mass was above all the center of each day... celebrated in its low, high and solemn high rite!

Was it a successful camp? We can truly say that it was, but not because of the fun and good camaraderie. It would be way too much an horizontal vision... It is the vertical, spiritual aspect that makes this time special.

Was it a great camp...? We cannot really say that! It was too short! See you next year for new adventures.

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5
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On Tuesday, June 14, the Institute’s Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, visited St. Patrick’s Oratory in Green Bay, Wisconsin. During the solemn High Mass which he offered, Monsignor spoke of the importance of prayer and union with God through the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. After the Liturgy, the community of St Patrick's joyfully welcomed Monsignor during a reception which the faithful had carefully prepared. The chaplain, Canon Antoine Boucheron, spoke on behalf of the faithful, expressing gratitude for Monsignor’s “annual visit, continuous support, precious prayers, and very helpful guidance.” Everybody was impressed to hear the good news of the eleven priestly ordinations which were to take place in July at the Institute’s seminary. The Oratory family promised their prayers for Monsignor as well as for the new priests, as Monsignor requested.

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2016
Jul
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On Sunday, June 19, a special Liturgy of thanksgiving was celebrated at the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest’s temporary “Upper Room” location on the milestone occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Shrine’s canonical establishment by the late Cardinal George on June 23, 2006.

At the start of the Liturgy, the Institute’s Prior General, Very Reverend Monsignor Gilles Wach, witnessed the commitment of a new oblate brother, Abbe Taylor Chavez, and then bestowed upon him the blessed Roman cassock. In his remarks, Monsignor also thanked the Shrine faithful for their courageous constancy and patient charity in the aftermath of the tragic fire, giving assurance of the continual prayers and support of the Institute’s worldwide spiritual family.

Afterwards, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Chicago, celebrated a Prelatial Mass assisted by the Shrine’s canons and its corps of altar servers. During the homily, Bishop Perry thanked the Institute for its many years of service in the Archdiocese for the sanctification of souls and the benefit of the local community. Following the Mass, His Excellency offered solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with the Te Deum hymn of thanksgiving sung alternately in Renaissance polyphony and Gregorian Chant.

At the luncheon reception which followed downstairs in the large social hall, the Shrine’s canons presented Bishop Perry with a gift in gratitude for his spiritual paternity. On behalf of the Shrine faithful, Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior, also thanked Monsignor Wach for courageously accepting the invitation of Cardinal George to begin the Shrine apostolate in the abandoned, gutted buildings of St. Gelasius church over ten years ago. In addition, Canon Talarico expressed the Institute’s heartfelt appreciation to the members of First Presbyterian, many of whom were present for the luncheon, for granting use of their gym facility free of charge for the Shrine’s “Upper Room” chapel as an extraordinary act of neighborly kindness.

Holy Mass is offered weekly for all of the benefactors of the Shrine, who have helped to raise well over $1 million to restore the landmark church following the devastating fire on October 7, 2015. The construction team is moving full speed ahead with the rebuilding of the roof. Follow the progress of this project on the Shrine’s project website: www.shrinelandmark.org.

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