August 7, 2020
Dear Faithful of the Oratory:
Good news to report. My results have returned and I have tested negative for Covid and I am free to resume my normal duties which will happen this coming Sunday. For today, First Friday and Saturday morning we will not have public Holy Masses since it was announced earlier in the week that sacraments were suspended for the whole week.
Again, this coming Sunday the Oratory will return to its normal schedule. I would encourage everyone who is receiving this email to share it with those who are not on the email list or do not have access to a computer. Hopefully this will be the only time that there will be a need for the suspension of Holy Mass; however, given the norms of the Archdiocese and the on-going concerns with the virus we might find ourselves in this position again. If the need arises to suspend the celebration of Holy Mass and Confession, I will communicate through both the email list and place this information on our webpage. It is helpful to share any information with those you know who do not have computer access. In advance thank you for your assistance in disseminating this information to as many people as possible.
I want to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns. Please know that you are in my daily prayers and I ask you to pray for our whole community especially any who may be impacted severely by the Covid virus and the accompanying response to the pandemic. Pray especially for trust and confidence in God’s Divine Providence and for the peace that comes from following the path of Christ!
Welcome to the Oratory of Ss. Gregory and Augustine!
We offer you this website as a guide to help you explore the life of the newest parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The recent widening of the “Extraordinary Use of the Mass” (according to the 1962 liturgical books) by Pope Benedict XVI has given birth to a remarkable renaissance of what most of us call simply “the Latin Mass”. In it are to be found a remarkable depth of spirituality and wisdom that so many people are searching for in today’s complex and confusing world.
In the I Book of his Confessions, the other great St. Augustine wrote “Thou hast made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee.” Whether you are curious about the traditional Latin Mass and interested in exploring its beauty, or you are searching for parish community where you and your family will feel at home, or you are seeking simply rest for your heart, we hope this website will be of some help for you.
My prayer for you is that through these pages you will be able to get a glimpse of our liturgies and connect with some of the faces of the many people who make up our parish. In it you will find sermons, learn about our education programs and our social life, and be able to catch up on our most recent activities. I hope this will give you some sense of the grace of God, the love of Jesus Christ, and work of the Holy Spirit in our midst. I am delighted that God has brought you here! Oremus pro invicem!
—The Very Reverend Monsignor C. Eugene Morris, Rector