Important Announcements


Stations of the Cross:

After 6pm Holy Hour every Friday during Lent we will have Stations of the Cross at 7pm. (St Joseph's Crypt Chapel). 

Except: Friday, April 5th

6:00pm Stations of the Cross followed by 7:00pm First Friday High Mass




Annual Shrine Benefit Dinner

The success of Phase II of our Rebuilding Project depnds on your support!

Saturday, March 30

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Upcoming Events: 

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Saint Joseph's Table

Sunday, March 17

St. Joseph’s Table 

Reception after 11:30am Mass at St. Benedict Hall

Bring and share your favorite dish!

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Men's Conference & Gathering

Tuesday, March 19, Feast of St. Joseph 

Men's Conference and Gathering

Conference at 6pm: 

What kind of future is left for Men?

High Mass at 7pm followed by Dinner.

All gentlemen are welcome to join us. Spread the word.

“The man who is wise, therefore, will see his life as more like a reservoir than a canal. The canal simultaneously pours out what it receives; the reservoir retains the water till it is filled, then discharges the overflow without loss to itself ...Today there are many in the Church who act like canals, the reservoirs are far too rare ... You too must learn to await this fullness before pouring out your gifts, do not try to be more generous than God.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux, On the Song of Songs


Annual Shrine Benefit Dinner


Saturday, March 30

The Shrine of Christ the King invites you to 

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- 125th Anniversary of the construction of the Shrine -

- 200th Anniversary of Illinois Statehood - 

- 345th Anniversary of the City -

2019 Gala Camelot

- Camelot Banquet -



Heaven on Earth: 

Spy Wednesday

April 17 at 7pm

at St Thomas the Apostle Church

Solemn Office of Tenebrae

sung by the Canons, Abbe and Ara Coeli professional choir

Come and experience Heaven on Earth; Sacred Music at the service of Sacred Liturgy

Miserere - Allegri


 Gregorio Allegri's 1638 setting of the Miserere is perhaps the most recognized piece of polyphony in the world. Its solemn tone and stunning High Cs have moved listeners for generations. However, these High Cs--perhaps the most effective part of the piece--are the result of a happy accident. In 1831 composer Felix Mendelssohn, for some unknown reason, transcribed the Allegri Miserere a fourth higher than the original pitch. This caused the ornamented G in the first score to become a High C instead.  In 1880, it was this higher version that was printed in the first edition of "Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians." In 1932 Robert Haas published a score for the work, using the higher version from "Groves" as his source. We will never know exactly what caused Mendelssohn to raise the pitch so extremely, but we all (except perhaps the soprano tasked with singing the Cs) thank him.



Lenten Season* and Holy Week:


 Stations of the Cross:

After 6pm Holy Hour every Friday during Lent we will have Stations of the Cross at 7pm. (St Joseph Crypt Chapel). 

Except: Friday, April 5th

6:00pm Stations of the Cross followed by 7:00pm First Friday High Mass


Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 14 Low Mass at 8am at the Shrine and Solemn High Mass at 1pm, at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church.

Holy Thursday: Thursday, April 18. 9pm Liturgy, at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church.

Good Friday: Friday, April 19. 2:00pm Stations of the Cross. 3:00pm Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord, at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church.

Holy Saturday: Saturday, April 20 at 9:30pm, at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church.

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 21. Sunday Schedule, 8am Low Mass, 9:30am Low Mass and 11:30am High Mass at the Shrine. (St Joseph Crypt Chapel)


*On Fasting and Abstinence; (Code of Canon Law)

  • Canon 1250: All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the entire Church.
  • Canon 1251: Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Canon 1252: All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth year. Nevertheless, pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance.
  • Canon 1253: It is for the conference of bishops to determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence and to substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety. (On the Fridays outside of Lent the U.S. bishops conference obtained the permission of the Holy See for Catholics in the US to substitute a penitential, or even a charitable, practice of their own choosing. They must do some penitential/charitable practice on these Fridays. For most people the easiest practice to consistently fulfill will be the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year. During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere.)


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St. Philip Neri Seminary Society: 

 Adopt a Seminarian!

The St. Philip Neri Seminary Society was established in an effort to obtain spiritual and monetary support for the seminarians studying with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The Society has developed two programs with these goals in mind: the Spiritual adoption program and the monetary Benefactor program.

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Msgr. R. Michael Schmitz, STD, JCD, Vicar General & Delegate for the United States 

Reverend Canon Matthew Talarico, Rector & Provincial Superior

Reverend Canon Jean-Baptiste Commins, Vice-Rector

Reverend Canon Joel Estrada, Provincial Bursar 

Reverend Canon Matthew Weaver, Vicar

Abbé Raymond Schmidt, Oblate

Click here for sermon of Msgr. Schmitz on October 8th, 2016


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