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2013
Nov
20
Posted in Apostolates
Feast of Christ the King

On the annual Feast of the Kingship of Christ, which occurs traditionally on the last Sunday of the month of October, Christ was honored as our King in the Liturgies offered in the apostolates of the Institute around the country. Solemn Masses and Eucharistic processions were held, as well as cultural events and social celebrations in the family spirit of the Institute. In accordance with the encyclical Quas Primas (excerpt below) of Pope Pius XI, the priests of the Institute led the faithful in the consecration prayer to the Most Sacred Heart of Christ our King.

By decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, the faithful may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions for attending Holy Mass in an apostolate of the Institute on this patronal feast.

The photos below depict the Masses and Processions at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, Illinois, at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, Wisconsin, at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland, California, and at St. Gianna Oratory, in Tucson, Arizona.

Long live Christ our King!

Excerpts from the Encyclical Quas Primas of Pope Pius XI, 1925

No. 26 "The kingship and empire of Christ have been recognized in the pious custom, practiced by many families, of dedicating themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; not only families have performed this act of dedication, but nations, too, and kingdoms. In fact, the whole of the human race was at the instance of Pope Leo XIII, in the Holy Year 1900, consecrated to the Divine Heart. It should be remarked also that much has been done for the recognition of Christ's authority over society by the frequent Eucharistic Congresses which are held in our age. These give an opportunity to the people of each diocese, district or nation, and to the whole world of coming together to venerate and adore Christ the King hidden under the Sacramental species.

Thus by sermons preached at meetings and in churches, by public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed and by solemn processions, men unite in paying homage to Christ, whom God has given them for their King. It is by a divine inspiration that the people of Christ bring forth Jesus from his silent hiding-place in the church, and carry him in triumph through the streets of the city, so that He whom men refused to receive when He came unto his own, may now receive in full His kingly rights."

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2013
Sept
25
Posted in Apostolates
Pontifical Low Mass in Ireland

On July 10th the members of the Institute of Christ the King in Limerick were honored by a special visit from His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. His Eminence offered Holy Mass in the Institute's Sacred Heart Church with the assistance of several Canons and seminarians of the Institute. Cardinal Burke gave a beautiful sermon on the importance of the pro-life movement in Ireland, building upon the spiritual theme of the saints whose feast was celebrated that day: the Seven Holy Brothers and Saints Rufina and Secunda. He also expressed his gratitude to the many who help with the restoration and preservation of Sacred Heart Church, which has been recently reopened by the Institute after years of closure, in downtown Limerick. 

Excerpts of Cardinal Burke's Sermon

"With regard to the present struggle, in Ireland and in many parts of the world, to advance the respect for the inviolable dignity of innocent human life, proper attention must be given to the laws which govern the life of society. While the transformation of hearts is the most fundamental means of the new evangelization regarding human life, Catholics and all persons of good will must be attentive to promote laws which safeguard the dignity of human life. At the same time, one cannot ignore the irreplaceable role which law plays in culture.

"May the example and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the Seven Brothers and their mother Felicitas, and of Saints Rufina and Secunda, lead us to give strong witness to divine truth and love in our families, through the communications media, by means of public manifestations, and in every dimension of our human activity and endeavor. Thus may we be one with the Blessed Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross, as were the Seven Brothers and their mother Felicitas, and Saints Rufina and Secunda, placing our hearts into the glorious pierced Heart of Jesus in faithful, generous and pure love of all our brothers and sisters, especially those in most need."

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2013
Sept
21
Posted in Apostolates
Kansas City Confirmations

On Saturday, August 17th, His Excellency, the Most Revered Robert Finn, Bishop of Kansas City-Saint Joseph, Missouri, came to Old Saint Patrick Oratory to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation assisted by Canons Talarico, Buchholz, and Avis, and also by Deacon Ralph Wehner.  After delivering a sermon on the importance of faith and that belief in Jesus Christ transforms all aspects of our lives, His Excellency invoked the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost and anointed each of the 32 confirmandi, saying "Signo te signo Crucis...I sign thee with the Sign of the Cross and confirm thee in the Chrism of Salvation..." Following the Rite of Confirmation, His Excellency officiated at the Benediction of the most Holy Sacrament.  Afterwards a festive reception was held at the Catholic Center.

The Canons of the Institute and the faithful of Old Saint Patrick Oratory are greatly thankful towards His Excellency. May the newly confirmed correspond faithfully to the graces they received in this Sacrament and pray daily for Bishop Finn.

Special thanks to Mrs. Delena Soukup for the photos.

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2013
Jul
20
Posted in Apostolates
Monsignor Gilles Wach

St. Joseph Oratory in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was privileged to welcome Monsignor Gilles Wach, spiritual father and founder of the Institute, on Sunday, May 26. He offered Solemn High Mass for the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity in the Oratory's Chapel. Monsignor's inspirational sermon on the role of the Holy Trinity in Christian life was translated from his native French in English by the Substitute for the Provincial, Canon Matthew Talarico, who served as the Deacon of the Mass together with the Oratory Rector, Canon Andreas Hellmann, as the Sub Deacon.

Following Holy Mass, an enjoyable reception was offered by many generous volunteers. The faithful were able to greet our Prior General, who was visibly happy to visit one of the first Institute apostolates in the US. The Oratory's children's choir prepared a special song in honor of Monsignor's visit. Their resonant young voices added to the pleasant atmosphere of this family gathering of the Oratory faithful.

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2013
Jul
20
Posted in Apostolates
Monsignor Wach

Our Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach came to visit St. Stanislaus on June 1st and 2nd for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. He was accompanied by Canon Mora, Superior of the Seminary of Gricigliano and by Canon Matthew Talarico, Substitute of the Provincial.

During the Sunday Mass, Monsignor Wach gave a beautiful sermon about St. Thomas Aquinas, mentor of spiritual life and herald of the Holy Eucharist. After the Solemn High Mass, the traditional procession of the Blessed Sacrament occurred in a climate of profound piety. Many children tossed rose petals to offer Jesus a carpet of glory.

A reception took place afterward in the Parish Hall and allowed each one of us to meet Monsignor Wach, who could also visit and observe the recent works of restoration and repair made in the church and in the rectory. We look forward to your next visit, Monsignor!

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2013
Jul
13
Posted in Apostolates
Cardinal Burke Confirmations

We were already deeply grateful to His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, when he agreed to journey all the way from the Vatican to celebrate the Mass of the tenth anniversary of the consecration of St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, Wisconsin. But to this the people of St. Mary's must add their gratitude that His Eminence graciously agreed to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on this same occasion. On May 31, His Eminence confirmed 53 young members of our apostolates in Wausau and Cashton in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. In his sermon to the confirmandi, His Eminence reminded them how essential the grace of this Sacrament would be to them in a world which is ever more hostile to the faith of Jesus Christ.

May these young soldiers of Christ be filled with the gifts of the Holy Ghost, and may they be ever mindful of His Eminence Cardinal Burke in their prayers.

Special thanks to Mrs. Laura Sedivy for her fine photos.

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2013
Mar
23
Posted in Apostolates

In October 2011, His Lordship, the Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury in the United Kingdom, asked the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to open the beautiful church of Ss. Peter Paul and Philomena, which is located in the seaside city of New Brighton, Wirral. This is the first shrine church in England to be dedicated to the celebration of the Mass and Sacraments according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Known as the "Dome of Home" because its large green dome was a visible sign of home to the sailors at sea, this landmark church had closed its doors in August 2008. Since its erection as a shrine church by Bishop Davies in October, 2011, it had taken many months of repair work to make it suitable for the celebration of Holy Mass at its High Altar. This first Solemn High Mass was offered on Saturday, March 24, 2012, by Monsignor Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General of the Institute, in the presence of His Lordship, Bishop Mark Davies.

One year later, this Shrine church and its spiritual community have made significant progress through the aide of divine grace. Remaining open all day for prayer and visits to the Blessed Sacrament, the church welcomes the faithful each day for Holy Mass and Confessions. The Divine Offices of Lauds and Vespers are frequently chanted, and Eucharistic Adoration with Benediction is offered each day from 6pm to 7pm. Please see the video below for an inside look at this beautiful apostolate!

We request your prayers and support as we prepare the full restoration of the Shrine Church of Ss. Peter and Paul and Philomena for the glory of God and the salvation of souls!

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2012
Dec
29
Posted in Apostolates
New Jersey Latin Mass Confirmations

The day for the Confirmations at St. Anthony of Padua Oratory in West Orange, New Jersey was fixed for December 1st, 2012. Our Ordinary, His Grace, Archbishop John Myers of Newark graciously accepted the invitation to return to St Anthony's: it reminds him of his own Confirmation, in Peoria, Illinois, in illo tempore!

Candidates were duly prepared, including a mandatory day of recollection preached by Canon Jean Marie Moreau, Rector of the Oratory on Sunday, November 25.

Canon William Avis, the Institute's provincial master of ceremonies, was also present for the ceremony and its preparations.

On Saturday December 1st, the chapel was rapidly filled when His Grace arrived accompanied by his Vice-Chancellor Father Kelly. Following the solemn reception of the Archbishop, His Grace welcomed in his sermon the candidates to the fullness of Christian initiation through the Sacrament they were going to receive. He then imposed the hands and anointed with the holy Chrism the 53 Confirmandi who presented their cards with the Confirmation name of the Saints they pledged to strive to imitate and to pray to for the rest of their lives.

Once the Sacrament was conferred, the substitute for the provincial, Canon Matthew Talarico offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Pontifical assistance. How fitting it was to sing the votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, knowing the essential role of the Immaculate Conception in the infusion of the Holy Ghost into the souls of the Apostles!

A reception in the Father Paul Wickens' Hall offered the newly confirmed, families and friends the opportunity to meet His Grace, to give personal words of thanks, and to take photos. The Archbishop was pleased to see his coat of arms on a beautiful and desirable Confirmation cake! How sweet is the Lord! He sent a personal letter to tell how much he appreciated the liturgical ceremony and the fraternal reception, including the gift of a basket of good wine (which rejoices the heart of man, as says the Holy Ghost in the Holy Scripture!).

Truly the visit of His Grace was a great honor and blessing for the Institute of Christ the King. Saturday December 1st will certainly remain a milestone in the history of the development of the community of St Anthony of Padua Oratory. May the fire of divine Love continue to enkindle our hearts, the spiritual wind of the Holy Ghost stop the disastrous hurricanes (Sandy was not too far off!) and the good odor of Jesus-Christ spread and attract our eternal youth to our holy Catholic Church.

Thank You , Your Grace!  Thank You dear families and friends! Merry Christmas and God bless you!

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2012
Dec
17
Posted in Apostolates
St. Louis Confirmation

The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis, representing His Grace, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of Saint Louis, administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to a group of nearly 25 young adults at St. Francis de Sales Oratory on October 20.

At the beginning of the Year of Faith, Bishop Rice emphasized the duty of Catholics by virtue of the Sacrament of Confirmation to be living witnesses of the Faith in their words and behavior. This duty is all the more serious as moral values and religious principles are so greatly challenged in today's increasingly secularized world.

After the conferral of the Confirmations, the Reverend Canon William Avis, Pro-Rector of Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, during the convalescence of the Rector, Canon Michael Wiener, celebrated a Solemn Mass in the presence of the bishop. The Gregorian Chant for the Mass was beautifully sung by the Men's Schola under the direction of Mr. Nick Botkins.

Afterwards a delightful reception followed in the church hall, where the faithful had the opportunity to greet Bishop Rice and to thank His Excellency for his spiritual paternity.

Photos by Mr. Jerry Naunheim.

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2012
Dec
17
Posted in Apostolates
Tucson Latin Mass

That the desert can harbor plentiful life can be discovered by a visit to the Southwest. The "green desert" of Tucson is well known for its humongous cacti and rich variety of desert plants. In this town there is also a spiritual oasis which refreshes its visitors with the beauty and bounty of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite:  St. Gianna Oratory, named after the Italian pediatrician, wife and mother Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962) who sacrificed her life to save the life of her fourth child Gianna Emanuela whom she was expecting. St. Gianna Oratory is the thirteenth apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King in the United States and it is canonically erected at Holy Family Church, the oldest Catholic church in Tucson. It is also the home of an active and committed pro-life group.

This past Saturday, November 17th, the Feast of St. Gregory the Wonderworker, was a very special day for our community. We were blessed to receive the Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, for a pastoral visit. His Excellency signed our sacramental registers and looked at the ongoing renovation work of Holy Family Church which will celebrate its one hundredth anniversary in the coming year. Bishop Kicanas then entered the Oratory in procession in order to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation to thirty-two candidates. The church was filled to the last seat and additional chairs had to be set up to accommodate all the faithful attending. During his sermon Bishop Kicanas reminded the Confirmandi of the supernatural character of this sacrament which perfects Baptism and strengthens us inwardly to witness Christ. The joy was radiant in the faces of the newly Confirmed! They were confirmed in the name of the Most Holy Trinity with fullness and an abundance of grace. They thought back on the two years of preparation, on their final exam, and on their Confirmation Retreat this past November 10. They thought of their Confirmation saint whose name they had added to their baptismal name. Among the newly Confirmed are two couples who had been received into the Catholic Church just two weeks earlier. They converted from Protestantism and are rejoicing now as confirmed Catholics. There is also one lady who married at St. Gianna Oratory two weeks after her Confirmation. One faithful made his First Holy Communion at the age of forty in November and was then confirmed as well. There are many beautiful and moving stories. Half of the Confirmation students came from St. Gianna Oratory and the other half from Holy Family Church whose Religious Education Program and parish management have been confided by Bishop Kicanas to  the good care of the Institute of Christ the King.  Lay Catechists like Mrs. Sylvia Cordova and Mrs. Dori Downs from the Marian Catechist Apostolate, founded by the Servant of God Fr. John Hardon, S.J., and directed nationally by His Eminence the Most Rev. Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, are assisting the Rector of the Oratory, Canon Richard von Menshengen, with religious instruction.  Events like these Confirmations are a great opportunity for guests and for the parishioners of Holy Family Church to discover the awesomeness of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

It was especially moving for all the clergy and faithful in attendance to see Bishop Kicanas celebrate Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. This is the second time that His Excellency, who was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1967, has celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Gianna Oratory. Canon Richard von Menshengen, the Rector of the Oratory, Fr. David Reinders, Chaplain at the Veterans' Hospital in Tucson, and Canon William Avis, Master of Ceremonies for the North-American Province of the Institute of Christ the King, assisted Bishop Kicanas in the celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass. St. Gianna Oratory Choir sang traditional Latin hymns under the direction of Miss Marie Hackert accompanied by our organist Miss Claire Gauger.

After the Low Mass of a Bishop, the newly Confirmed were invited to take pictures with His Excellency who also took time to hand the Confirmation certificates to each one of them.

A festive reception with fine foods in honor of Bishop Kicanas awaited the faithful in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Hall. Canon von Menshengen presented His Excellency with a spiritual bouquet prepared by the newly Confirmed, together with a basket with seven bottles of good red wine which should remind us of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost. Bishop Kicanas graciously took time to visit with all the families. All were enchanted to see a cake bearing the Bishop's coat of arms and another one with the Institute's crest being served for dessert.

This past November 17th, Feast of St. Gregory the Wonderworker, was truly a day of heavenly sweetness, filled with joy and gratitude.

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Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
Confirmations and Pontifical Mass in Tucson
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