We are the product of our history. And when we allow ourselves to lose touch with our history, we lose a part of ourselves. If we want to know how we arrived where we are or became who we are, we need to look at our history.
This is certainly true with Catholic liturgy and with Catholic art and architecture. It is also true with Catholic migration. The families of various ethnic backgrounds who settled the frontier built magnificent churches with very limited resources. These buildings were the centers of their lives and they looked like it. Sadly, many of these buildings have been lost to time, but one has been restored and renewed and is thriving once again. And this week they are holding an open house.
Old St. Patrick Oratory is the oldest Catholic church in Kansas City. Built in 1875, it is now under the care of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest. There will be an open house, presentation and organ demonstration Thursday, November 18 at 7pm. It’s a unique opportunity to reconnect with our history and the real people who made it.
Additionally, the recent Confirmations at Old St. Patrick Oratory were featured on the global website of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest this week. Check that out here.