Content and photography courtesy of OSP member, Kevin Koster:
I was visiting the website for St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis a few weeks ago and noticed the following announcement:
Sunday, November 23-100th Anniversary celebration of the dedication of the church.
10am Pontifical High Mass - The Centennial Choir will sing the Charles Gounod, Messe Solennelle, complete with full symphony orchestra. Oratory picnic beginning around noon.
Kirchweihfest- Dinner Menu-Sauerbraten, Roast Pork, Bratwurst- Sides-REAL Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Potato Pancakes, Sauerkraut, Braised Red Cabbage w/ apples, Green Beans, Applesauce, Sour Cream, Rolls/Butter, Refreshments
Entertainment- German Waterloo Band-12:30pm-3pm
Black Forest Cake Contest - ALL WELCOME
Well, if the Mass itself was not reason enough to go, who could pass up a Kirchweihfest at a church built by German immigrants around the time Irish immigrants were building Old St. Patrick?!? They started in 1867, built a school and did not finish the huge gothic church until 1908. I noticed a cornerstone that was laid in 1895. I believe the church seats around 1,000 and it was packed. Bishop Hermann of St. Louis was the celebrant, Fr. Avis was 1st assistant. (I think that’s the correct term but I’m not sure. He's to the right in the photo) It was a spectacular liturgy and a fitting legacy for the founders of the parish.
They used the occasion of their centennial to officially announce their long-term restoration project http://www.traditionfortomorrow.com