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2015
Dec
14
Posted in Apostolates

On August 15th 2015 in Libreville, Gabon at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish both Church and State officials inaugurated the façade of Christ the King Church. The Institute of Christ the King, at the request of Archbishop Basil Mvé has been constructing this parish church since 2006. Nine years later the façade is an architectural marvel for Equatorial Africa and a monument attesting the Catholic Church’s mission to glorify God and sanctify man.

This historic event reunited the greater Institute family; His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, Vatican and Gabonese dignitaries, local faithful as well as those from the missions south of the Equator, and the many Canons who served in Africa over the years.

Monsignor Schmitz, Vicar General, Canon Bergerot, Pastor, and Canon Valadier worked months in advance to coordinate the logistics of a ceremony that would regroup people from three different continents. A large delegation of clergy, that included Cardinal Burke, Monsignor d’Agostini, Papal Master of Ceremonies, and numerous seminarians from Gricigliano, embarked on a plane at Paris for Libreville on August 13th. The passengers were impressed by the vast array of clergy on board, all in white cassock, but either in red, violet, or black fascia and buttons. Many asked for blessings, His Eminence graciously obliged. One flight attendant even remarked, "Now I know what a Cardinal is: such a great dignity yet so paternally approachable."

Once is Gabon, a fleet of charitable (and excited!) faithful and drivers were waiting. The Canons and seminarians were the guests of the Parish and His Eminence and the Superiors, the official guests of the President of Gabon himself. After many liturgical practices and much preparation on August 14th all the clergy gathered at the mission for a meal on the picturesque terrace of the Maison du Sacré Coeur:

On August 15th, feast of the Assumption, the spiritual and temporal realms united to offer unto God and His Blessed Mother public honor. Gabon aired all of the ceremonies live on their major television channels and radio broadcasts. In the early afternoon faithful started to pour into the mission grounds. Altar boys from other Institute missions arrived by bus. Superiors and Canons of the Institute awaited in their full choir habit… then His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, Monsignor d’Agostini, His Grace Basil Mvé, Archbishop of Libreville arrived; the Cardinal and Ordinary in their cappas folded over the arm. A red carpet stretched from the steps of the Church out into the streets to receive them. Then the President of Gabon arrived with his wife, the First Lady. The President and Cardinal stood side by side for the playing of the Gabonese and Vatican hymns by the military band of Gabon.

The inauguration ceremony itself began with two addresses: one by Monsignor Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King, in which he traced the history of the Institute’s 25 year presence in Gabon and publicly thanked the President for his unwavering support of Catholic culture; the second by Monsignor Schmitz in which he explained the architectural exactitude of the façade, the meaning of having the Christ Child as the centerpiece adored by the Three kings and flanked by the Institute’s patrons. He also developed the meaningful beauty of the façade as a visual catechism and an uplifting reminder of man’s divine vocation.

The Archbishop of Libreville then proceeded to solemnly bless the façade after which the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, cut the ribbon at the façade’s entrance. He led the faithful into the Church and then Cardinal Burke processed in preceded by the ministers to begin the Pontifical High Mass of the Our Lady Assumed into Heaven, Patroness of Gabon. At the conclusion of the Pontifical High Mass, the Papal Master of Ceremonies read allowed the plenary indulgence that was granted by the Holy See for the occasion and Cardinal Burke gave the Papal Blessing which Pope Francis had delegated him to bestow. A warm reception regrouping faithful from three continents, all walks of life, Church and State, young and old, concluded the day’s festivities.

Join us in offering thanksgiving for such graces at our missions. The façade evangelizes Gabon by its very stature and beauty; drawing more souls to the life of the sacraments and union with God. Continue to pray for the Canons serving in Africa and now help them complete the inside of the Church. Christus vincit!

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2015
Dec
3

Structural engineers conducting an analysis of the fire damage

Structural engineers conducting an analysis of the fire damage

Recently the provincial superior, Canon Matthew Talarico, was invited to a meeting with several members of the Archdiocesan leadership in order to discuss collaborative efforts for the benefit of the Shrine community. The Archdiocese has submitted the preliminary engineering reports to the Building Commissioner of the City of Chicago for review as to the current safety status of the church building and the future viability of the structure. We are thus waiting for the results of the City’s review and will keep you updated with further information as we receive it.

During the Novena in honor of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, the common patroness of the United States, of the Archdiocese of Chicago and of our Institute, let us be fervent in prayer and active in charity, entrusting our Shrine family to the maternal intercession of Mary Immaculate with full confidence.

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2015
Nov
20
Posted in Events

April 20-30, 2016 Lourdes & Fatima Pilgrimage with Canon Huberfeld (Wausau, WI) to coincide with the Institute's annual pilgrimage with Cardinal Raymond Burke

Join Canon Aaron Huberfeld (St. Mary’s, Wausau, WI) and the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest on their annual Lourdes pilgrimage with His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke!  Beginning in northeastern Spain at the Mediterranean port of Barcelona and the ancient shrine of the Black Madonna in Montserrat, the pilgrim route will cross over the French Pyrenees to Lourdes, France for two days with Cardinal Burke and the Institute.  From Lourdes, the route will wind its way south over the Spanish Highlands to Castille, Spain, taking in sites of the Carmelite mystics - St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.  Continuing south, the route will be crowned with three days in Portugal; land of Our Lady of Fátima and the old world capital of Lisbon, birthplace of St. Anthony!

All-inclusive cost from Newark, NJ is $3295. Inquire for the cost from all other cities.

Sign up by January 15th to save $200! Space is limited.
For more information go to: www.syversentouring.com/lourdes or call Canon Huberfeld  
at 1-715-842-9995

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Register for Lourdes & Fatima Pilgrimage
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2015
Nov
20

Despite the colorful autumn leaves, Sunday, November 15, felt like Easter Sunday, as the Shrine community held its inaugural Mass and ceremony at its new interim home in the vintage gymnasium of First Presbyterian Church of Chicago (6400 South Kimbark Ave). Located just 1 block to the east--literally inches from the ashes--of the burned Shrine landmark church, the unused gymnasium built in the 1920’s was converted within just 8 days into a beautiful church space very much resembling the Shrine sanctuary, thanks to the help of over 60 volunteers who worked many hours day and night for this remarkable transformation.

Thus, under the gaze of its iconic steeple, the Shrine’s usual schedule of Masses and events continue at the normal times for the benefit of the faithful and the local community, who regard the Shrine as the spiritual anchor of the neighborhood. Thanks be to Christ the Infant King for this rapid resurrection from the ashes!

The 10am ceremony began with a recording of the Shrine’s bells, which had been silent ever since October 7, the day of the fire when the bell system was destroyed. Then, the celebrant, Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior for the Institute in the United States, blessed the chapel using the formula from the Roman Ritual.

M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_5963.jpegNext, a delegation from the Chicago Fire Department, including the Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner and the Chief of the local fire district, and firefighters from the nearest firehouse, Engine 63 and Truck 16, processed into the church. The same firefighter Lieutenant who rescued the Shrine’s several hundred-year-old statue of Christ the Infant King from the burning church on the day of the fire walked at the head of the procession, carrying the singed statue back to its usual place as the centerpiece of devotion at the Shrine. Having received the statue from the hands of the firefighter hero, Canon Talarico then proceeded to enthrone Christ the Infant King above the high altar before the newly-restored reredos which had been salvaged from the charred interior of the Shrine. In these moments which were both historic and emotional, the faithful sang the hymn “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King” and knelt to offer a grateful prayer in honor of the Christ Child who remains with His people most especially in times of tragedy such as these.

M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_6106.jpegM:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_6042.jpegAfterwards, Canon Talarico spoke heartfelt words of appreciation to the firefighters present, whose courage and dedication are characteristic of the great firefighting tradition for which Chicago is well-known the world over.  In gratitude for their service, he then blessed 150 Rosaries in honor of the 150 firefighters who worked to save the church from fire, and distributed them individually to the firefighters. The remaining Rosaries were presented to the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for those firefighters who were not present.

M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_6406.jpegFollowing the ceremony, Solemn High Mass was celebrated in thanksgiving for so many graces received from Christ the Infant King. After Mass, the Shrine community offered a festive reception in the downstairs hall to show our appreciation to the leadership and congregation of First Presbyterian who were present in attendance, alongside the firefighters and so many residents from the local Woodlawn neighborhood. Special thanks to Minister Lawrence Brown and to the leadership of First Presbyterian for their gracious hospitality to the Shrine community!     

M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_6339.jpegAll are welcome to visit the Shrine’s interim home, which has been affectionately dubbed the “Upper Room” in reference to Pentecost and to its upstairs location. Holy Masses will be celebrated there on Sundays and Tuesday evenings, on weekday evenings on the 25th day of the month, and on feast days as they occur. Parking is available in the Shrine parking lot or on the street in the usual places. The weekday morning Masses are celebrated in the priory house chapel at 6415 South Woodlawn Ave. For more information, please feel free to call the Shrine at 773-363-7409 or email at shrine@institute-christ-king.org.

C:\Users\Canonicus Talarico\Desktop\Resurrection\Nov 11 photos\IMG_0726.JPGC:\Users\Canonicus Talarico\Desktop\Resurrection\Nov 13 photos\IMG_0812.JPGWe are deeply grateful to our benefactors whose generous donations have contributed to the refurbishment of the Shrine in its new interim home within the short space of just 8 days. Those charitable dollars have made it possible for us to obtain the 27 pews from an Ohio church, the communion rail from Pennsylvania, confessionals from Wisconsin, holy water font, and rugs which are needed for the longer term use of the Upper Room chapel. This support has also permitted the organ move from the priory chapel to the choir loft of the new space, as well as much-needed professional floor cleaning in the gym, sacristy and hallway areas. The tabernacle rescued from the church by firefighters is currently being refinished, hopefully in time for Christmas. Other ongoing restoration items include statues, antique reliquaries and altar missals. The vestments and altar frontals are still being professionally cleaned by specialists in a very careful process. Many decorative draperies which were saved from the church have been professionally cleaned and then installed to help the transformation from gym into chapel.

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Holy Mass is gratefully offered each week for our many Shrine benefactors!

 

 

 

 

 

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2015
Nov
17
Posted in Apostolates

Despite the colorful autumn leaves, Sunday, November 15, felt like Easter Sunday, as the Shrine community held its inaugural Mass and ceremony at its new interim home in the vintage gymnasium of First Presbyterian Church of Chicago (6400 South Kimbark Ave). Located just 1 block to the east--literally inches from the ashes--of the burned Shrine landmark church, the unused gymnasium built in the 1920’s was converted within just 8 days into a beautiful church space very much resembling the Shrine sanctuary, thanks to the help of over 60 volunteers who worked many hours day and night for this remarkable transformation.

Thus, under the gaze of its iconic steeple, the Shrine’s usual schedule of Masses and events continue at the normal times for the benefit of the faithful and the local community, who regard the Shrine as the spiritual anchor of the neighborhood. Thanks be to Christ the Infant King for this rapid resurrection from the ashes!

The 10am ceremony began with a recording of the Shrine’s bells, which had been silent ever since October 7, the day of the fire when the bell system was destroyed. Then, the celebrant, Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior for the Institute in the United States, blessed the chapel using the formula from the Roman Ritual.

M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_5963.jpegNext, a delegation from the Chicago Fire Department, including the Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner and the Chief of the local fire district, and firefighters from the nearest firehouse, Engine 63 and Truck 16, processed into the church. The same firefighter Lieutenant who rescued the Shrine’s several hundred-year-old statue of Christ the Infant King from the burning church on the day of the fire walked at the head of the procession, carrying the singed statue back to its usual place as the centerpiece of devotion at the Shrine. Having received the statue from the hands of the firefighter hero, Canon Talarico then proceeded to enthrone Christ the Infant King above the high altar before the newly-restored reredos which had been salvaged from the charred interior of the Shrine. In these moments which were both historic and emotional, the faithful sang the hymn “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King” and knelt to offer a grateful prayer in honor of the Christ Child who remains with His people most especially in times of tragedy such as these.

M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_6106.jpegM:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_6042.jpegAfterwards, Canon Talarico spoke heartfelt words of appreciation to the firefighters present, whose courage and dedication are characteristic of the great firefighting tradition for which Chicago is well-known the world over.  In gratitude for their service, he then blessed 150 Rosaries in honor of the 150 firefighters who worked to save the church from fire, and distributed them individually to the firefighters. The remaining Rosaries were presented to the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for those firefighters who were not present.

M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_6406.jpegFollowing the ceremony, Solemn High Mass was celebrated in thanksgiving for so many graces received from Christ the Infant King. After Mass, the Shrine community offered a festive reception in the downstairs hall to show our appreciation to the leadership and congregation of First Presbyterian who were present in attendance, alongside the firefighters and so many residents from the local Woodlawn neighborhood. Special thanks to Minister Lawrence Brown and to the leadership of First Presbyterian for their gracious hospitality to the Shrine community!     

M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_6339.jpegAll are welcome to visit the Shrine’s interim home, which has been affectionately dubbed the “Upper Room” in reference to Pentecost and to its upstairs location. Holy Masses will be celebrated there on Sundays and Tuesday evenings, on weekday evenings on the 25th day of the month, and on feast days as they occur. Parking is available in the Shrine parking lot or on the street in the usual places. The weekday morning Masses are celebrated in the priory house chapel at 6415 South Woodlawn Ave. For more information, please feel free to call the Shrine at 773-363-7409 or email at shrine@institute-christ-king.org.

C:\Users\Canonicus Talarico\Desktop\Resurrection\Nov 11 photos\IMG_0726.JPGC:\Users\Canonicus Talarico\Desktop\Resurrection\Nov 13 photos\IMG_0812.JPGWe are deeply grateful to our benefactors whose generous donations have contributed to the refurbishment of the Shrine in its new interim home within the short space of just 8 days. Those charitable dollars have made it possible for us to obtain the 27 pews from an Ohio church, the communion rail from Pennsylvania, confessionals from Wisconsin, holy water font, and rugs which are needed for the longer term use of the Upper Room chapel. This support has also permitted the organ move from the priory chapel to the choir loft of the new space, as well as much-needed professional floor cleaning in the gym, sacristy and hallway areas. The tabernacle rescued from the church by firefighters is currently being refinished, hopefully in time for Christmas. Other ongoing restoration items include statues, antique reliquaries and altar missals. The vestments and altar frontals are still being professionally cleaned by specialists in a very careful process. Many decorative draperies which were saved from the church have been professionally cleaned and then installed to help the transformation from gym into chapel.

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Holy Mass is gratefully offered each week for our many Shrine benefactors!

 

 

 

 

 

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2015
Nov
13

 Dear Friends of the Shrine,

Exciting times! We have been furnishing our future Mass location all this week and still need your prayers and help!

Tonight, Friday, November 13th: 6 pm Holy Hour in Shrine House Chapel... also calling men to help attach kneelers to pews and place the 8ft pew pieces back together to make 16ft pews.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 14th: 8 am Mass at Shrine House Chapel... all hands on deck to finish decorating and cleaning our future Mass location, dubbed the "Upper Room"

Bring family and friends to our Inaugural Ceremonies this Sunday, November 15th in the 1920's gymnasium at 6400 S. Kimbark now turned into a Catholic Chapel; our "Upper Room" (like the Apostles and Our Lady for the great mysteries of our Faith).Sunday Low Mass at 8 am then Solemn High Mass at 10 am. Ceremonies include: firefighters processing in with our Infant King Statue, Enthronement of Infant King at the High Altar, Infant King prayers, Chapel Blessing, Blessing of Rosaries for firefighters and distribution. After Mass, please join us, our neighbors, local officials, and our hosts for a thank you reception in the large Hall.

Below please find our Mass Schedule and photos from the work already accomplished.

New Mass Locations
Gymnasium of First Presbyterian Church of Chicago
(The Upper Room)
Sunday8:00am & 10:00amTuesday6:30pm
6400 South Kimbark Ave., Chicago 60637

Shrine of Christ the King's House Chapel
MondayWednesday through Saturday: 8:00 am
6415 South Woodlawn Ave., Chicago 60637

Please continue to share our Go Fund Me link:
https://www.gofundme.com/shrinefirefund

In Christo Rege,
Canon Michael Stein, Vice-Rector

“With great crosses come great graces!”

Follow the Shrine on...

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2015
Nov
7

Immediately behind the Shrine can be seen the steeple of First Presbyterian

Immediately behind the Shrine can be seen the steeple of First Presbyterian

First Mass: Sunday, November 15, at 10:00am followed by Social at 12:00 noon

With record speed and support, Woodlawn neighbors and parishioners are working together to help the Shrine of Christ the King, which suffered a devastating fire on October 7, to rise from its ashes in a next door venue located only inches away from this historic landmark church. In collaboration with the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Shrine community is establishing its Mass location for the time being in the unused, vintage gymnasium of its neighbors at First Presbyterian Church of Chicago (6400 South Kimbark Ave).

 At left: Shrine church; At right: windows of the gymnasium are visible behind the tree

“The members and officers of the First Presbyterian Church of Chicago pour out our hearts to our neighbor Shrine of Christ the King,” said Minister Lawrence Brown, pastor of the church. “We have been blessed in so many ways, we felt that we must share some of the blessings in offering a place so that they may be able to worship the God of love… First Presbyterian Church is so happy to be able to help Shrine of Christ the King.”

Immediately behind the Shrine can be seen the steeple of First Presbyterian Shrine community and neighbors rally for the resurrection of the Shrine (Steeple of 1st Presbyterian can be seen to the left)

The Shrine community invites everyone, especially Chicago firefighters, to attend the first solemn High Mass, Infant King devotions, and inaugural ceremony in its interim spiritual home on Sunday, November 15, at 10:00am. Afterwards, a festive reception will be held with refreshments at 12:00noon in the church hall (6400 S. Kimbark Ave). Friends and residents from the neighborhood are welcome to join the Shrine community and the Presbyterian congregation in this celebration of communal partnership.

“The Shrine community is indebted to the leadership and congregation of First Presbyterian,” said Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, superior of the Institute of Christ the King’s American province, “for the charity of their remarkable hospitality which provides us with the stability of an attractive home. They are permitting the Shrine to continue our service and outreach to the local South Side neighborhoods of Woodlawn and beyond.”

 Altar reredos is removed for cleaning in preparation for its return

This next door location will offer the community the regularity of its normal Mass times, along with the familiar setting created by several items which have been salvaged from the burned church. These include the 25 foot altar reredos, or ornamental backdrop, for the 18th century statue of Christ the Infant King, which is the symbolic centerpiece of the Shrine’s devotion, life and mission. Despite fire, smoke, and water, this Spanish statue of the Christ Child remained standing in its usual place above the altar as much of the roof overhead burned and collapsed. It was then bravely rescued by Chicago firemen, along with the sacred tabernacle containing the Holy Eucharist, thereby marking the first hopeful step in the resurrection and revival of the Shrine community.

The Shrine church is undergoing a complete structural evaluation by the Archdiocese of Chicago, the owner of the building. The Institute and the whole Shrine community express their heartfelt gratitude to Archbishop Blase Cupich and to his collaborators whose continual support and cooperation has been an encouraging blessing. The Shrine clergy and community are deeply thankful to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and to the pastor, Father Elias O’Brien O.Carm, for their gracious hospitality during these weeks after the fire. We warmly invite them to join our celebration as well on Sunday, November 15.   

 Tabernacle rescued by firemen is undergoing restoration

The large number of church and sacristy contents affected by fire, smoke and water damage is currently being evaluated by the Institute, the owner of these items, with the help of various experts and of the Institute’s insurance company. Although this careful process is still ongoing, the Institute is already certain that the replacement cost and repair fees of damaged items will considerably exceed the amount of insurance monies. Restoration work has already begun on such items as the tabernacle, altar reredos, statues, vestments, antique liturgical books, and decorative draperies. The Shrine clergy and community are profoundly grateful to all who have made contributions to our restoration fund. Holy Mass is offered by one of the Shrine priests each week for these benefactors. These dollars are also helping to prepare the new Mass location and to procure the appropriate furnishings for the community.

To support and help the Shrine in this work, please go to www.gofundme.com/ShrineFireFund or send a check to Institute of Christ the King, 6415 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637.

We invite you to remain in contact with us for updates on the restoration of items and developments in this community story

Immediately behind the Shrine can be seen the steeple of First Presbyterian

Weekly Mass in house chapel offered for all benefactors

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