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Thursday, May 10, 2007

This Friday: The Rebirth of St. Francis de Sales

"Faith and Preservation: The Rebirth of St. Francis de Sales" raises the Preservation Week curtain on the evening of Friday, May 11th. After a brief organ recital and a special welcome by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke visitors will learn about needed repairs to and renovation of the fine Gothic Revival church (the "Cathedral" of the South Side) and its parish buildings pictured above. The formal program (starting promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary located at Gravois and Ohio) will be followed by tours of the parish buildings and a reception featuring German wine in the church basement. Sponsored by DeSales Community Housing Corporation.

St. Francis de Sales
2653 Ohio Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63118

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Free, but reservations are required. (314) 421-6474

(Photograph by Rob Powers for Built St. Louis; used with permission.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

DeSales supporters have an especially difficult challenge given the prohibition of spending public funds on church property, not to mention the priest abuse scandal.

Just now the Arch Diocese is asking St. Louis Catholics to dig deep for the annual Catholic Appeal. However, many Catholics are already tapped out, paying thousands of dollars per year in parochial school tuition.

Gone are the days when nuns taught classes and tuition for Catholic grade school was minimum or nothing at all.

Compared to paying tuition, where do contributions to pay the the million or so dollars it will take to stabilize the Leaning Tower of the Southside?

Does anyone know if Dollar One to stabilize the DeSales steeple will be funded out of the Annual Catholic Appeal? That would be a good place to start.

And let's not even bring up the whole controversy surrounding the closing of entire parishes, parish schools, sale of church properties, and the conversion of DeSales to home of the high dollar German/Latin mass production...