Friday, June 14, 2013

Infant King Offerings

When time allows it, I try to attend Mass throughout the week at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago.  Here is a link to their website:
http://www.institute-christ-king.org/chicago/

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest ("ICKSP") is a unique apostolate that is headquartered in Chicago, but they have established churches in several cities throughout the U.S. and internationally.  The only other church of theirs that I have visited was the St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, MO. 

They celebrate Mass exclusively in the Extraordinary Form (similar to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter), and their altar servers have permission to wear blue instead of the white cassock in honor of their devotion to Mary. 

From the 17th-25th of each month, they offer a novena of Masses to the Infant King and conclude Mass with the novena prayer at the foot of the altar.  You can submit your prayer intentions to them and they will remember your intentions in that month's novena.  For a donation of $25, they will place a flower near the altar during the novena of Masses.  For a donation of $50, they will place a candle near the altar instead.  The funds are going toward rebuilding their historic landmark shrine which you can read about here:
http://infantkingoffering.org/shrine

I love that the funds they are raising through this project are going toward the restoration of their church.  They love the liturgy and traditional Catholic culture, and it has truly been a blessing to watch them in action.

In order to have your prayer intentions remembered in the current month's novena, you need to submit them by the 14th.  I realize that I am typing this at midnight of the 14th, so if you are reading this today then you have time to hurry up and submit your intentions and donation!  Follow this link to participate:
http://infantkingoffering.org/

Here is a nice little YouTube video that they put up recently about their devotion to the Infant King and restoration of the shrine.  If you are curious, the hymn during the video is Maîtrise De Dijon's version of Franck's "Dextera Domini" (Right Hand of God).