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2016
Aug
5
Posted in Apostolates

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.

Canon Olivier Meney, camp chaplain



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2016
Aug
5
Posted in Apostolates

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
Aug
5

On Sunday, July 31, those who attended the 10:15 a.m. mass at Old St. Patrick Oratory in Kansas City, had the opportunity to receive many of the graces which flow from the first solemn mass of a newly ordained priest. In this case, the solemn mass of thanksgiving of a native son of the Oratory, Canon David Silvey, who was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ on July 7 at the Institute’s church of Ss. Michael and Cajetan in Florence by H.E. Raymond Cardinal Burke.    On this festive occasion, the many faithful of Old St. Patrick Oratory as well as the many family members and friends of the new Canon were able to witness the beautiful sacred ceremonies of a first solemn mass.  

The ceremony began with a solemn procession into the church beginning with Old St. Patrick Oratory’s Solemn Mass altar boy team followed by the vice-rector, Canon Glenn Gardner and then the provincial superior of the Institute of Christ the King in the U.S., Canon Matthew Talarico, who also served as the assistant priest to the newly ordained celebrant. The assistant priest for a first solemn mass is a special privilege granted at the first mass of a recently ordained priest (normally reserved for a bishop and other prelates) and his role is to aid the celebrant at the missal during the celebration of the mass. Following the procession, Canon Silvey intoned the “Veni Creator Spiritus,” which was continued by the clergy and choir.  The Veni Creator is customarily sung at a first Solemn mass begging the Holy Ghost to protect and guide the priesthood of the God’s newly anointed. Since it was a Sunday, the Asperges was sung and all those present received the sprinkling with holy water as is the custom. The mass of the 11th Sunday after Pentecost was sung by Old St. Patrick’s choir aided by several seminarians of the Institute who sang the beautiful Gregorian proper of the mass. The provincial superior, Canon Matthew Talarico, preached the sermon in which he stressed the great dignity and duties of the sacred priesthood as well as the necessity of the priest to remain close to the Holy Mother of God, Mary Immaculate. He then pronounced the declaration of a Plenary Indulgence granted by the Apostolic Penitentiary for the occasion which was accorded to all present.

After the solemn mass, the newly ordained Canon imparted his priestly blessing individually to those present and the faithful, in keeping with the traditional custom of the Church, kissed the hands of the new priest.  Following this moving and solemn ceremony, the clergy, family of Canon Silvey, as well as the many friends and faithful of the Oratory enjoyed a lovely reception in honor of the newly ordained priest at the Catholic Center in the diocesan chancery.

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2016
Aug
3
Posted in Events

Sixth Annual Sursum Corda Weekend
August 12th -15th at Mundelein Seminary

Sursum Corda is a nationwide initiative to foster the spiritual lives of the young adults in the apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King. For the sixth year in a row, Sursum Corda is offering a social and spiritual weekend for young people ages 18 and up, August 12-15. The event will be held on the beautiful grounds of Mundelein Seminary just north of Chicago. Canon Huberfeld will be the chaplain for the camp, and several other canons are sure to be there as well. The program includes daily Mass, prayer in common and opportunity for confession, faith formation classes and discussions, and other social activities for young men and women.

The weekend begins with check-in at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 12 at Mundelein and will end on Monday, August 15 at 12:00 PM. This year's admission fee is $225. Spaces are filling fast!

Registration is closed. Thank you for your interest!

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2016
Jul
11
Posted in Apostolates

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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2016
Jul
2
Posted in Apostolates

Mundelein Seminary was the venue again this year for the retreat of the Society of the Sacred Heart, held from May 27th to May 29th.  In attendance this year were Monsignor Wach, our Prior General, Canon Talarico and Canon Estrada, along with Fr. David Ireland, an associate priest of the Institute from Cleveland, Ohio.  In addition, four Sister Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus also made the long journey from Maria Engelport, in Germany, to share their time as well as their talent by providing the beautiful Gregorian chant for the various liturgical celebrations.  We were also blessed with the attendance of many returning members of the Society.

The Retreat opened on Friday evening with Solemn High Mass celebrated by, Monsignor Wach followed by Adoration and Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament.   This was followed by our singing of the Office of Compline in community.  Afterward, we were then able to retire to the common room in the residence hall to partake in a reception for Msgr. Wach, and to take the opportunity to rekindle our relationships with our friends from around the country.  There were people in attendance from the apostolates in Oakland, St. Louis, Chicago, Wausau, Milwaukee, Green Bay, East Orange and Rockford.  Also present were members from Colorado, South Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kansas and Virginia.

Saturday was a day filled with a plethora of opportunities for spiritual reflection and growth.  There were several formal liturgical celebrations during the day including Solemn High Mass and a community recitation of the Most Holy Rosary.  In addition to these events, there were three spiritual conferences given during the course of the day.  Canon Talarico shared his reflections in a talk entitled “Spreading the Social Royalty of Christ the King in the Missionary Spirit of the Institute.”  This was followed by Dr. Sutherland who gave a conference entitled “The History of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”   The final conference of the afternoon was given by Monsignor Wach assisted by Canon Talarico who provided the impromptu translation of Monsignor’s thoughts on the Liturgy and its history and its importance in the life of the Church.  These conferences as well as the conferences from years past, are available on CD’s, through the Institute’s Offices in Chicago.

Perhaps this highlight for the new members of the Society was held in the evening, when Monsignor Wach presented the Cross of St. Francis de Sales to some twenty new members of the Society during the Rite of Admission to the Society of the Sacred Heart followed by the renewal of the membership of the existing members.  We then, again, had the opportunity to participate in the Office of Compline together.

On Sunday morning, the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus participated in a question and answer session so that we might learn more about the lives of the Sisters in their various Apostolates in Germany, Italy and Switzerland.  This was warmly received by the members of the Society and we look forward to greeting the Sisters again next year at Mundelein, God willing.  We closed the Retreat again with Solemn High Mass followed by a reception for new and old members alike.

Mundelein Seminary is an Idyllic setting for the retreat.  The beautiful grounds and the lovely chapel combine to provide an atmosphere conducive to quiet reflection so necessary and oft forgotten in the hectic lives of our lay members.  It provided us with the opportunity to recharge and refresh ourselves as we all set out to return to our various apostolates and homes across the country in anticipation of next year’s retreat.

- Dr. James Sutherland
Governor of the Society in the United States

 

Four members who could not attend this year’s retreat for health reasons were received into the Society by Monsignor Wach during his visit of their local Institute apostolate.

 

 

 

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2016
Jul
1
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Monsignor Gilles Wach, the founder and Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, accompanied by Canon Talarico, the Provincial of the Institute in the United States, made a first ever official visitation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory in San Jose, California on June 12, 2016.  Our Oratory family received them with great joy, knowing what a sacrifice it was for each of them to come so far, Monsignor Wach traveling from Italy and Canon Talarico from Chicago.  The Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory, having been newly transplanted to Five Wounds Portuguese National Church in the recent past in December 2013 by our local ordinary, Bishop McGrath, keenly felt the blessing that the presence and guidance of our founder signified.

We demonstrated the gratitude and joy we felt at receiving our visitors by assisting reverently at Mass offered by Monsignor Wach.  Monsignor was ably assisted by Canon Talarico, Canon Ueda, Abbe Kevin and the most altar servers that we have ever had.  Canon Talarico translated the beautiful homily preached by Monsignor Wach from French into English for us.  Our little community then pulled out all the stops in hosting a potluck in the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School next door after Mass.  What a blessing it was to have so many priests at the head table that every seat was filled!  Besides Monsignor Wach, Canon Talarico, Canon Ueda, Father Morgan and Abbe Kevin, Frater Julian Tsai,Norbertine Seminarian joined us for the celebration.  May the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Patron Saint of the Oratory continue to watch over each one of her children.

Written by Ms. Marta McGrath, IHM Oratory faithful

Photos courtesy of Mr. Jay Balza



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