Diocese of Wichita
Bishop Jackels Appointment: Fr. Jarrod Lies
Congratulations to the Clonmel parish for the true gift that Fr. Lies will be to their community and congratulations to the Traditional (EFLR) Latin Mass community at St. Anthony (Wichita) for retaining Fr. Lies as liason to Bishop Jackels for the community. His Excellency Bishop Jackels has also designated St. Anthony as the official Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite parish.
In their usual throw away manner The Advance barely mentions (and in lower case letters) that the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite will be served by Fr. Jarrod Lies liaison to Bishop Jackels. I suppose the Catholic Advances' off hand acknowledgment is apropos to Catholics who read the Credo with a lower case "one holy, catholic and apostolic church", regards their pastors with a Father Joe (Jim, Bob, Harry.....) and use their dirty paws at communion...thou thinks I protest too much?
submitted by Larry Bethel
Green Tomato Pickles
6 Cups green tomatoes thickly sliced
In a plastic or some other nonreactive colander set in sink layer tomatoes, onions and peppers.Sprinkle salt over each layer until vegetables are used. Let stand for around 6 hours, then drain.
In a nonreactive sauce pan combine other ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by a third. Add drained vegetables, return to a good simmer for around 1 and 1/2 hours. Let cool in liquid, transfer to containers, again nonreactive and cover with cooking liquid and refrigerate. Better after a couple of days and will last at least a month.
Excerpt from the Encyclical of Pope Pius XII on Proclaiming the Queenship of Mary
submitted by Michael J. O'Neill
Saint Agatho, in the synodal letter sent to the fathers of the Sixth Ecumenical Council, called her "Our Lady, truly and in a proper sense the Mother of God." In the eighth century Gregory II in the letter sent to St Germanus, the patriarch, and read in the Seventh Ecumenical Council with all the Fathers concurring, called the Mother of God "The Queen of all, the true Mother of God," and also "the Queen of all Christians."
"As I readied for communion I wondered if I was ever really worthy to receive Him? As I knelt the altar cloth brushed by shoulder. I immediately pondered the suffering woman in Mathew 9: 20-21, upon hearing of Jesus' presence thought "If I shall touch only his garment, I shall be healed...."
To assist the priest as a server is such a great honor and privilege (by the way...if you, or your young men or boys want to serve...step forward please)...but what a daunting prospect!
Firstly Tony Strunk, Master of Ceremonies, calls up and leaves a somber Marine Corp. like message to show up in the sacristy after mass. You assist at mass along side your fellow parishioners, wait for the candles to be extinguished and make your way back into the sacristy. In your run away imagination the sacristy is a secret, dark mysterious place that no one ever ventures except the priest and servers, whispering prayers and vesting in the shadows (perhaps getting a glimpse of an angel flying overhead).
In reality the sacristy at St. Anthony consists of a room (to the right of the altar) with cabinets holding the thurible, incense, charcoal, matches and the controls to the lights and microphones. A stair way leads down into the back of the Sunshine Room. There are two, very old, wonderful pictures of St. Anthony church, one a general shot of the church complete with standing gas lamps and the other (looking very 1940's) of a first communion mass at the Gospel reading.
Passing to the back side of the church you enter the vesting room for the priest. This room is full of dark wood cabinets and drawers consisting of vestments, corporals, altar cards etc. This is the room where the priests vest for mass and you are instructed to generally pass through but not linger. This is a good size room laid out in a traditional manner with traditional vesting prayers on the walls and a sacrarium (defined here) next to the general use sink.
Following the back of the church (along the east wall) is another room where the servers vest. This too is an old room with dark wood closets filled with cassocks, surplices and cinctures. This is where the servers find vestments that fit them and study their rubrics, prayers and overall duties. This room has the back door that opens onto second street.
Between these two back rooms and the altar is a small hallway , or more accurately, a passage way that passes from one side of the church to other. This passageway also leads outward toward the front of the church through the curtains you see on both sides of the altar. From this vantage point you can see how the altar is put together, hodge podge style and I have heard that parts of the altar were constructed from the crates that various elements of the church came packaged in. Hanging in the middle is a light switch and a hand written note that reads "tabernacle lights...leave on". Alongside this is a ladder that leads up to statue of St. Anthony and the platform it sits on. During Easter this statue is slid to the rear and hidden behind a curtain while the risen Christ is put in it's place. Bob Wells tells me that in times past one would hug the statue to be replaced (the statues are hollow), and with feet on the ladder and back on the wall, shimmy down. (Bob is a well of great stories). On the north end of this passageway is a small room (to the left of the altar, north wall) used for storage and a small staircase that leads into the upper parts of the church including the attic (see Post #40, Random Thoughts: Human Fragility and Light Bulbs in St. Anthony’s Attic).
The whole back end of St. Anthony's rooms are steeped in wood and past memories. Memories of marriage, joy, sin, atonement, confirmations, holiness, human weakness, triumph and struggle. One thinks about these things when exploring , wondering if you are up to the task to serve at mass and whether or not your service would be pleasing to those who came before you...and when Tony hands you a booklet on how to say the mass and says "learn these prayers and I'll see you next week"...well you pretty much come to the conclusion that, ready or not, your in knee deep now brother!
Next week PART 2: Learning the prayers, wearing a dress, stumbling blindly, shaking and sweating, frantic whispering and making it look natural.
A Message from Clear Creek Monastery
email update on Our Lady of the Annunciation Monastery of Clear Creek
Now that the monks have settled into their new Residence, things have returned to the perennial monastic routine. The monks’ beautiful new home rises above the Ozark hills like a beacon of hope; and now, we pray, work, and wait for the funds to build a fitting house of prayer, a great Romanesque church that will lift the hearts and minds of monks and pilgrims for a thousand years to come!
At some point or another, you have given us your email address, and we are now beginning to use this medium to reach out to the friends of the Monastery and, hopefully, beyond. We have recently updated the website ~ www.clearcreekmonks.org ~ to include many pictures of the new residence, the progression of the project, as well as the life of a monk at Clear Creek. There are new instructions on visiting the new monastery, coming to stay for retreats, etc. With a more proper monastic building, the monks are better able to keep the cloister and have begun to phase in a more typical monastic procedure. There are pages with a calendar of events and links to articles on the Monastery. We have also made it possible to add, if new, or to update your contact information for our mailing list. Also on the website for convenience sake, we have added online purchase of the Gregorian Chant CD’s and instant online donation. We hope these updates will be a help to the faithful in staying connected with the Monastery.
Please help us to build something beautiful for God by spreading the news about Clear Creek. If you have friends who may be interested, please forward them this email and encourage them to visit the website and, better yet, the Monastery itself. Also, please continue to keep the holiness of the monks and the success of the building project at Clear Creek in your prayers: Our Lord will build the Monastery how and when he sees fit, and, as with all good things, allows us to have a little part in His good work. Thank you very much for your prayers, support, and generosity. Take care.
In Corde Christi,
Matthew P. Vallière
Director of Development
Our Lady of the Annunciation Monastery of Clear Creek
5804 W. Monastery Rd. , Hulbert , OK 74441-5698
Clear Creek Development Office
4720 S. Harvard, Suite 204 , Tulsa , OK 74135
1. A plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions, to those who recite five decades of the Rosary in a church, or in a public oratory, or with a family group, religious community, or pious association. Otherwise a partial indulgence is granted. (EI 48)
2. A partial indulgence is granted to those who use a Rosary blessed by a priest, even if five decades are not recited. The indulgence is plenary on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, if the blessing was performed by the pope or a bishop.