Thursday, June 4, 2009
"Catholic Destinations" Highlights Basilicas and Shrines of City of St. Louis Ahead of Archbishop Installation Mass
In honor of Archbishop-elect Carlson’s upcoming installation as Archbishop, CatholicTV is highlighting several religious sites in St. Louis on the CatholicTV travel show “Catholic Destinations” starting Monday, June 8th. The installation of the Archbishop will take place on June 10th in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis located in the Central West End of St. Louis.
CatholicTV will broadcast episodes of host Kevin Nelson’s visits of the following sites:
*Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
*Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France Old Cathedral
*Shrine of St. Joseph
*National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (15 minutes from downtown St. Louis)- This is the nation’s largest outdoor shrine.
These episodes of “Catholic Destinations” will be broadcast at these special times (Eastern):
Thursday-6:30AM-7:30AM; Friday-9PM-10PM, 5AM-5:30AM & 5:30PM-6PM; Saturday 10:30AM-11:30AM; Sunday-2AM-3AM & 2:30PM-3PM; Monday-2PM-3PM & 4:30AM-5AM; Tuesday, 10PM-11PM & 2:30PM-3PM; Wednesday-4PM-5PM & 8:30PM-9PM.
In addition to the “Catholic Destinations” focus on St. Louis, CatholicTV will also air the installation Mass of Archbishop-elect Robert Carlson on Wednesday, June 10th at 3PM (Eastern) and again at 8PM.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
The beautiful Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis welcomes visitors to view the largest collection of mosaic art in the world. Pope Paul VI called the structure "the outstanding cathedral of the Americas." Designated a basilica in 1997, the cathedral was built in the city's Central West End neighborhood between 1907 and 1909. Its glittering green dome is a prominent feature of the St. Louis skyline and its vast and detailed interior mosaics cover 83,000 square feet and took nearly 80 years to complete. The mosaics of the main church and the vestibule were installed by a father and son who used more than 41 million pieces of tile in over 7,000 colors to create their art. On the lower level of the cathedral, the Mosaic Museum traces the construction of the facility and the installation of the tiles to create the art.
Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France Old Cathedral
When St. Louis was founded by French fur traders in 1764, one of the first buildings constructed in the infant town was a church. Built on the site of that first church in 1834, the Old Cathedral, known officially as the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, sits near the base of the Gateway Arch on land that is now part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Inside the Old Cathedral Museum, visitors can see pieces of St. Louis' early history including the original church bell, and religious art from the late 1700s. From 1826 to 1843, the St. Louis diocese, headquartered at the Old Cathedral, covered nearly half of America, from Louisiana north to Michigan, from Kentucky west to Oregon and from the state of Washington along the Canadian border to the Great Lakes. Pope John XXIII decreed the church a basilica in 1961.
Shrine of St. Joseph
Located at the corner of 11th and Biddle on the near north side of downtown St. Louis, St. Joseph's church opened in 1846. The church was noted as the site of a miracle that saved the life of a dying man who was healed after kissing a relic of St. Peter Claver. The miracle was authenticated as one of two miracles needed to canonize St. Peter Claver, who is known for his work among the African people of the Americas. The central altar, called the Altar of Answered Prayers, was installed in 1867, after the parishioners prayed to St. Joseph and asked him to intercede and save them from a deadly cholera epidemic that swept the city. The Italian Renaissance-style altar was designed to replicate the Altar of St. Ignatius at the Jesuit Gesu Church in Rome.
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
America's largest outdoor shrine, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, is located 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis in Belleville, Illinois. Founded in 1958, the Shrine is open to people of all faiths. Its amphitheater seats 2,400 people for special Liturgies and other events that occur throughout the year. The Resurrection Garden, the Way of the Cross and the Annunciation Garden are popular stops during visits to the Shrine. The Lourdes Grotto is a replica of the famous Grotto in Lourdes, France. Daily Masses are held in the Church of Our Lady of the Snows. During the year, the shrine hosts a variety of special events including Hispanic and African cultural celebrations, the Our Lady of the Snows Novena and the popular Way of Lights drive through a holiday display that tells the story of the first Christmas with hundreds of thousands of tiny, white lights.