Historic St. Anthony Catholic Church
258 Ohio, Wichita, Ks
2nd St. & Ohio
Two blocks east of Old Town
Sunday Mass at 1:oo
English/Latin missals provided. Join us for coffee and donuts after mass downstairs in the St. Clair/Sunshine room, south exterior basement entrance.
Pastor of St. Anthony Parish: Fr. Ben Nguyen
EFLR Celebrants: Fr. John Jirak, Fr Nicholas Voelker
Master of Ceremonies: Tony Strunk
Choir Director: Bernie Dette

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Fr. Nicholas Voelker celebrates Low Mass Saturdays at 8:00 a.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, 106 East 8th street, Newton. There is no mass this Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Post #45

Topics: Parishioners Pictured: Ye That Art Still, His Image Shall Be Captured... Learning About the Tradition: That Which is Veiled is a Holy Vessel .... Holy Smoke! Video : The Famous Botafumeiro Thurible.... Eastern Rite Catholics: Maronite and Ukrainian Divine Liturgy.... Local History: Origin of St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church


Parishioners Pictured
Ye That Art Still, His Image Shall Be Captured


Learning About the Tradition
That Which is Veiled is a Holy Vessel

When I first came to the ancient liturgy I was awe struck by the beauty of the women who were wearing veils (mantillas, chapel veils, scarves). So much piety and respect was expressed in this simple gesture that I wished for myself that I, as a man, could convey such reverence in such great volume.

When I approached the love of my life about the idea of veiling at mass her immediate reaction was acceptance...much to my delight.

I find women in veils to be as beautiful as I imagine angels to be.

For 2,000 years, Catholic women have veiled themselves before entering a church or any time they are in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

According to St. Paul,women veil themselvesselves as a sign that His glory, not ours, should be the focus at worship, and as a sign of our submission to authority. It is an outward sign of our recognizing headship, both of God and our husbands (or fathers, as the case may be), and a sign of our respecting the presence of the Holy Angels at the Divine Liturgy. In veiling, we reflect the divine invisible order and make it visible.
Now, think of what else was veiled in the Old Testament -- the Holy of Holies!

Hebrews 9:1-8
The former [Old Covenant] indeed had also justifications of divine service and a sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made the first, wherein were the candlesticks and the table and the setting forth of loaves, which is called the Holy. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies: Having a golden censer and the ark of the testament covered about on every part with gold, in which was a golden pot that had manna and the rod of Aaron that had blossomed and the tables of the testament. And over it were the cherubims of glory overshadowing the propitiatory: of which it is not needful to speak now particularly. Now these things being thus ordered, into the first tabernacle, the priests indeed always entered, accomplishing the offices of sacrifices. But into the second, the high priest alone, once a year: not without blood, which he offereth for his own and the people's ignorance: The Holy Ghost signifying this: That the way into the Holies was not yet made manifest, whilst the former tabernacle was yet standing.

...The Ark of the Old Covenant was kept in the veiled Holy of Holies. And at Mass, what is kept veiled until the Offertory? The Chalice -- the vessel that holds the Precious Blood! And, between Masses, what is veiled? The Ciborium in the Tabernacle, the vessel which holds the very Body of Christ. These vessels of life are veiled because they are holy!

And who is veiled? Who is the All Holy, the Ark of the New Covenant, the Vessel of the True Life? Our Lady -- and by wearing the veil, we imitate her and affirm ourselves as women, as vessels of life.

This one superficially small act is:

* So rich with symbolism: of submission to authority; of surrender to God; of the imitation of Our Lady as a woman who uttered her "fiat!"; of covering our glory for His glory; of modesty; of
chastity, of our being vessels of life like the Chalice, the Ciborium and, most especially, Our
* An Apostolic ordinance -- with roots deep in the Old Testament -- and, therefore, a matter of
intrinsic Tradition;
* The way Catholic women have worshipped for two millennia (i.e., even if it weren't a matter of
Sacred Tradition in the intrinsic sense, it is, at the least, a matter of ecclesiastical tradition,
which also must be upheld). It is our heritage, a part of Catholic culture;
* Pragmatic: it leaves one free to worry less about "bad hair days";
* ...And for the rebels out there, it is counter-cultural nowadays, you must admit!

Traditionally, single women wear white or ivory head coverings, and married or widowed women wear black, but this isn't a hard and fast rule, and is often ignored.

Common scarves and hats are just as acceptable.

Sisters, veil yourselves, even if you are visiting a Novus Ordo parish and are the only woman to do so. Be true to Tradition, to Scripture, to your own desire to submit to God. Be not afraid... And lovingly encourage other women to do the same, teaching them what veiling means.


Holy Smoke!
The Famous Botafumeiro Thurible

Addendum: Rats!!! Apparently YouTube has removed this video so it cannot be viewed below...I posted a picture though it's not quite as exciting.

The famous Botafumeiro, found in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral of Spain was created by the gold and silversmith José Losada. It is made of bronze, bronze and plated with silver. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela occupies the place of a former church built atop the tomb of St. James.

Normally a display piece, the thurible is hauled out occasionally to be attached to ropes and a pulley system that was installed in the year 1604. The thurible is loaded by shovel with about 88 lbs. of charcoal and incense. Once in motion it can reach speeds of 45 mph and heights of 69 feet. As can be imagined there have been several accidents The best known accident happened in 1499 as Princess Catherine of Aragon stopped in to visit on her journey to marry the heir to the English throne, Arthur, Prince of Wales, brother of the future Henry VIII. As it was swung it dislodged itself and propelled out the window…perhaps as dire warning foretelling the death of her intended, her marriage to the brother of the deceased, unfaithfulness, an annulment and the eventual start of the Church of England.


Eastern Rite Catholics
Maronite and Ukrainian Divine Liturgy

For those of you who are visiting Tulsa, I encourage you to attend a Maronite rite Liturgy at Saint Therese Catholic Church, 8315 S. 107 Street Ave., (Hwy 169 and East 81st Street) .

For those of you who are visiting Topeka I encourage you to attend the Ukrainian-rite
Divine Liturgy at a temporary chapel at Third and Van Buren streets, consecrated
Holy New Martyes Apostolate. It was canonically established by Bishop
Seminack, in May 2008 with approval by Archbishop Joseph Newmann of Kansas
City. The Ukranian Greek Catholic Church is one of 21 Particular Churches that
are blessed with full communion with the See of Saint Peter, Pope of Rome.


Local History:
Origin of St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church, Wichita

The bustling boom times of the post Civil War era, the appeal of cheap land, and the promise of a better life had attracted a number of families of German descent to the Wichita area. Dedicated to their faith, these
German-Americans were unable to participate in local Masses where scripture readings and sermons were not in their native language. Therefore, in 1886, Bishop Louis Marie Fink (Bishop of Kansas) decided that the German speaking Catholics would have their own Church with German speaking priests.

In 1886 the northeast corner of 2nd Street and Ohio Avenue was a cornfield owned by “Buffalo Bill” Mathewson. That became the site of the new parish, named St. Boniface after the 8th Century Missionary to the German tribes. In 1887, a wooden frontier Church was built on that corner, and in 1890, German speaking Franciscans arrived to take charge of this German Parish. The Franciscans staffed the Parish until 1988.

The Parish family rapidly outgrew its wooden Church and in 1902 work began on a new brick structure designed by the Cincinnati architect, Louis Piket. The new Church would be named after St. Anthony of Padua, a 13th Century Franciscan Saint. When work began of the new Church, the Parish had raised $2,650 for that purpose. The actual building of the Church took until 1905 to complete. Based on photos and artist’s signing, the decoration of the interior was completed in 1909. The recent restoration completed in 2005 was based on those remaining photos.


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