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, September 26, 2009

Post #96

Topics: Why Latin?: By Jim Spencer......Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite
: In Seward, Kansas

The Necessaries

This week Jim Spencer is back and has gathered more great insight into the subject of Latin (or more specifically, why Latin in the liturgy). Mr. Spencer was the original writer for Venite Missa Est! and has always been a supporter of this blog. Thanks Jim!

Good folks. We welcome your thoughts on this blog; good or bad, negative, positive. Did you like what you read or did it infuriate you? Is there someting we are missing or have we said enough?

Feel free to comment after every week's post by clicking on the little pencil icon at the bottom of the articles. Your comment may be anonymous if you prefer...we would just love to hear from you.

One of my personal original intents was to highlight the parishioners of St. Anthony which I have done on occasion but I need your help. Is there someone that you might speak with and have highlighted here? I have found that EVERYONE has some fascinating tale to tell...whether they think their own lives are mundane and ordinary or not....I think we should all share our wonderful lives that God has given.

For submissions send inquiry to me at bumpy187@gmail.com.

Note that posts are a bit short as of late...so much to do in school and other activities! I will be back to full speed soon!

Please note: St. Anthony Catholic Church is the only local church celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass (EFLR) in the Wichita area. Though this blog is loosely centered around this parish and it's members, Venite Missa Est! is by no means, in any way an official voice of, or for, St. Anthony Parish or the Diocese of Wichita. Venite Missa Est is strictly a private layman's endeavor.


Why Latin?

By Jim Spencer

Bl. John XXIII, in Veterum Sapientia:“. . . It is altogether fitting, therefore, that the language it (the Church) uses should be noble, majestic, and non-vernacular. In addition, the Latin language ‘can be called truly catholic.’ It has been consecrated through constant use by the Apostolic See, the mother and teacher of all Churches and must be esteemed ‘a treasure . . . of incomparable worth. . . . It is also a most effective bond, binding the Church of today with that of the past and of the future. . . .”

Fr. Thomas Kinkaid, in Baltimore Catechism #4:“Wherever it is possible for civilized people to go, there you will find a priest saying Mass in just the same way you see him saying it here. It is a great consolation for one in a strange country to enter a church and hear Mass, perceiving no difference in the vestments, the ceremonies, or language of the priest. A little altar boy from the United States could serve Mass in any other part of the world. See therefore, the great advantage the Church has in using the Latin language instead of the vernacular or ordinary language of the people.”

Fr. Michael Muller, C.Ss.R., in The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:“Mass is said in Latin because a universal Church requires a universal language . . . . Variety of languages is a punishment, a consequence of sin; it was inflicted by God that the human race might be dispersed over the face of the earth. The holy Church, the immaculate Spouse of Jesus Christ, has been established for the express purpose of destroying sin and uniting all mankind; consequently she must everywhere speak the same language.

Msgr. George J. Moorman, in The Latin Mass Explained:“. . . But the Mass is not a prayer, it is an action. The priest is not only praying at the altar, but he is doing a work which is greater than prayer. The people join with him not in the words he is saying but in the work he is doing. This work is the offering up of sacrifice to God. What does it matter that you cannot follow the words that the priest is saying? You know what he is doing. You can, of course, if you like, get a prayerbook and follow him word for word all through the service, but this is not necessary.”


Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite

Seward, Kansas

Kansas Catholic reports that the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass takes place each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church located at 504 Main in Seward, Kansas in the Diocese of Dodge City.

Thats pretty spectacular for a parish that lists 23 households and a town that is comprised of mostly dirt roads.

Contact info: Office and Parish Center: 620/458-5691 , Rev. Rene' Guesnier, OSBEmail: ccsc@ruraltel.net

8:30 am11:00 am Tridentine Mass
Daily Mass
8:00 am
Holy Days
Vigil: 7:00 pmDay: 8:30 am

There is now a twice-weekly traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese of Dodge City, Kansas. Retired Benedictine Father Rene Guesnier, OSB, has moved to his hometown parish, St. Francis Xavier parish of Seward, and offers the TLM (Low Mass) Sundays at 11 am, and Mondays at 8:30 am. He also offers Novus Ordo Masses at the same parish.The church is located at 8th and Lincoln in Seward, Stafford County, south of Great Bend and east of Larned.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Post #95

Topics: Feast Day:Our Lady Of Ransom


Upcoming Feast Day for Our Lady Of Ransom
Submitted by Larry Bethel

The feast day for Our Lady Of Ransom is Wed Sept 24th. Here are two aspects of the feast day. One is from Catholicweb.com by Sr M Danieele Peters. The second on England is by Joanna Bogle and is from an article on inside catholic.com.

The story of Our Lady of Ransom is, at its outset, that of Saint Peter Nolasco, born in Languedoc about 1189. He conceived the idea of establishing a religious order for the redemption of captives seized by the Moors on the seas and in Spain itself; they were being cruelly tormented in their African prisons to make them deny their faith. On August 1, 1218 the Blessed Virgin appeared to Saint Peter, to his confessor, Raymund of Pennafort, and to King James I, and through these three servants of God established a work of the most perfect charity, the redemption of captives. Its members would undertake to deliver Christian captives and offer themselves, if necessary, as payment.

Word of the apparition soon spread over the entire kingdom; and on August 10th the king went to the cathedral for a Mass celebrated by the bishop of Barcelona during which Saint Raymund narrated his vision with admirable eloquence and fervor. The king besought the blessing of the bishop for the heaven-sent plan, and the bishop bestowed the habit on Saint Peter, who emitted the solemn vow to give himself as a hostage if necessary.

The Order, thus solemnly established in Spain, was approved by Gregory IX under the name of Our Lady of Mercy, and spread rapidly. Eventually a feast day was instituted and observed on September 24th, first in the religious order, then in Spain and France and on February 22, 1696 Innocent XII extended it to the entire Church. To this day, the Mercedarians keep this day as a first class feast, with a vigil, privileged octave, and proper Office under the title: "Solemnitas Descensionis B. Mariae V. de Mercede."

Our Lady of Ransom is the principal patron of Barcelona; the proper Office was extended to Barcelona (1868) and to all Spain (second class, 1883). Sicily, which had suffered so much from the Saracens, took up the old date of the feast (Sunday nearest to August 1) by permission of the Congregation of Rites of August 31, 1805. In England, the devotion to Our Lady of Ransom was revived in modern times to obtain the rescue of England as Our Lady's Dowry.

The revival of the Catholic Faith in England in the 19th century saw the establishment of various feasts and traditions, in the conscious desire to restore and revive things that had been lost. One such feast day was that of Our Lady of Ransom. This ancient medieval title was restored to Mary, and a Guild of Our Lady of Ransom was established, with the idea of praying for the full conversion of England and Wales to the Catholic Faith.

Should we not -- while recognizing the delicacy of what we are discussing -- see in Our Lady of Ransom something tender, merciful, and important for today? We need her to ransom the West from its secular mindset; ransom us all from fear; ransom Christians under pressure from Islam (those suffering in Sudan today, for example). We need to invoke her aid in giving back to Christians, especially in Europe, a sense of the truth that is at the core of Christianity -- God who became man, who took human flesh and became one of us, dying for us on the Cross -- and a recognition that we need to live this faith fully and be prepared to pass it on.

Perhaps it is time, gently but with courage, to pray with renewed fervor the prayer I remember in the rather different England of my youth: Our Lady of Ransom, pray for us.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Post #94

Topics: Let's Eat: Venite's Annual Tomato Recipe....Feast Day: Exaltation of the Cross....The Church in Iraq: Pics and Captions....Bible Christian Society: Two-Minute Aplogetics....Video: The Angelus....Update: Reform of the Reform....Quotes: G.K. Chesterton....Passover Meal Transformed : The New Covenant....Missal of Paul VI: People's "Mass Book"....Archbishop Bars Nun: Nun Advocates Women's Ordination....Upcoming Movie: The 13th Day


The Necessaries

Please note: St. Anthony Catholic Church is the only local church celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass (EFLR) in the Wichita area. Though this blog is loosely centered around this parish and it's members, Venite Missa Est! is by no means, in any way an official voice of, or for, St. Anthony Parish or the Diocese of Wichita. Venite Missa Est is strictly a private layman's endevour.


Annual Tomato Recipe
By Larry Bethel

This is the annual Venite tomato recipe.

Tomato/sauerkraut casserole

Heat oven to 350
4 C sauerkraut
3 1/2 c chopped tomatoes
2 T butter or oil
1 chopped onion
1 chopped green pepper
2 T or more honey
a little pepper

Saute onions & pepper lightly; continue cooking while adding:
Honey & pepper

Put in coverable baking dish.
Cook covered 40 minutes
Cook uncovered 20 minutes
Can add a little parmesan the last 5 minutes.


Exaltation of the Cross
Submitted by Larry Bethel

This Monday, Sept. 14th is the Exaltation of the Cross Feast Day. According to fisheaters.com this is the story:

The story of the finding of the True Cross, from the Catholic Encyclopedia: In the year 326 the mother of Constantine, Helena, then about 80 years old, having journeyed to Jerusalem, undertook to rid the Holy Sepulchre of the mound of earth heaped upon and around it, and to destroy the pagan buildings that profaned its site. Some revelations which she had received gave her confidence that she would discover the Saviour's Tomb and His Cross. The work was carried on diligently, with the co-operation of St. Macarius, bishop of the city.

The Jews had hidden the Cross in a ditch or well, and covered it over with stones, so that the faithful might not come and venerate it. Only a chosen few among the Jews knew the exact spot where it had been hidden, and one of them, named Judas, touched by Divine inspiration, pointed it out to the excavators, for which act he was highly praised by St. Helena. Judas afterwards became a Christian saint, and is honoured under the name of Cyriacus.

During the excavation three crosses were found, but because the titulus was detached from the Cross of Christ, there was no means of identifying it. Following an inspiration from on high, Macarius caused the three crosses to be carried, one after the other, to the bedside of a worthy woman who was at the point of death. The touch of the other two was of no avail; but on touching that upon which Christ had died the woman got suddenly well again.

From a letter of St. Paulinus to Severus inserted in the Breviary of Paris it would appear that St. Helena herself had sought by means of a miracle to discover which was the True Cross and that she caused a man already dead and buried to be carried to the spot, whereupon, by contact with the third cross, he came to life. From yet another tradition, related by St. Ambrose, it would seem that the titulus, or inscription, had remained fastened to the Cross.

After the happy discovery, St. Helena and Constantine erected a magnificent basilica over the Holy Sepulchre, and that is the reason why the church bore the name of St. Constantinus. The precise spot of the finding was covered by the atrium of the basilica, and there the Cross was set up in an oratory, as appears in the restoration executed by de Vogüé. When this noble basilica had been destroyed by the infidels, Arculfus, in the seventh century, enumerated four buildings upon the Holy Places around Golgotha, and one of them was the "Church of the Invention" or "of the Finding". This church was attributed by him and by topographers of later times to Constantine. The Frankish monks of Mount Olivet, writing to Leo III, style it St. Constantinus. Perhaps the oratory built by Constantine suffered less at the hands of the Persians than the other buildings, and so could still retain the name and style of Martyrium Constantinianum. (See De Rossi, Bull. d' arch. crist., 1865, 88.)

A portion of the True Cross remained at Jerusalem enclosed in a silver reliquary; the remainder, with the nails, must have been sent to Constantine, and it must have been this second portion that he caused to be enclosed in the statue of himself which was set on a porphyry column in the Forum at Constantinople; Socrates, the historian, relates that this statue was to make the city impregnable. One of the nails was fastened to the emperor's helmet, and one to his horse's bridle, bringing to pass, according to many of the Fathers, what had been written by Zacharias the Prophet: "In that day that which is upon the bridle of the horse shall be holy to the Lord" (Zechariah 14:20). Another of the nails was used later in the Iron Crown of Lombardy preserved in the treasury of the cathedral of Monza.

Scientific study of the relics of the True Cross show it to be made of some species of pine. The titulus crucis -- the wood on which the inscription "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" was written in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew (Matthew 27:37, Mark 15:26, Luke 23:38 and John 19:19) -- is made of an olive wood. The titulus has been scientifically dated to the 1st c. and the script is still legible (interestingly, the Latin and Greek are in reverse script), though the Hebrew is missing due to the entire thing being halved, the second half having been lost in the 6th century. It is from the Latin inscription -- "Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudeorum" that we get the abbreviation "I.N.R.I." that is found on many Crucifixes.

The titulus crucis and relics of the True Cross can be seen in Rome's Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. A book on St Helena and the True Cross which is an enjoyable, easy read is "Helena" by Evelyn Waugh.


The Church in Iraq
Chaldean Thoughts

Photograph by Bezaz Photo of the Latin Church in Baghdad. " The Catholic Church, the Latin Rite,better known as the Latin Chapel, was built in 1866 to replace a smaller one which has existed from 1721. It is a massive building with a large dome which can be seen from the roofs in any quarter of the city. The bell of the church rings daily at noon and at sunset. Permission to do this was granted about fifty years ago, previous to which time Christians were not allowed to employ bells." BAGHDAD THE CITY OF THE CALIPHS, Y.M.C.A 1918

Post-card of celebration at the Syriac Orthodox Monastery in the Iraqi northern city of Mosul. The Syriac Christians ,known locally as Syriaan , belong to the Monophysite branch of Christianity,as do the Armenians and the Copts of Egypt ant Ethiopia.Their liturgy is Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, and their Patriarch resides now in Damascus. The seat of the Patriarch was at the Yellow, or Safron Monastery , known as Qasr al Za'faran,located few miles east of the ancient city of Madin,now in south-east Turkey and few miles north of the Syrian border.After centuries the Patriarch was forced to leave in the 1920's.Some Syriacs have acknowledged the Pope in Rome and became known as the Uniate [in union with Rome ]or Syrian Catholics.


Bible Christian Society
Two-Minute Apologetics
Bible Christian Society

Blogger's note: I heard this gentleman, John Martignoni, on EWTN radio while driving in my car. If I remember correctly, this man used to be a Protestant and converted. The sites mission statement: "To work towards the conversion of at least 50% of the Greater Birmingham area to Catholicism by the year 2038 (40 years)" as well as various other endevours. You can also download Catholic Anwers mp3 podcasts, available free, through iTunes . Here are some samples from the website.

p.s. By the way, the title Bible Christian Society really threw me for a loop...sounds very Protestant eh?....follow the link above to get to the correct site.

What does the word "apologetics" mean?

The word "apologetics" is derived from the ancient Greek word apologia, which means, an
apology. Not an apology in the modern sense of the word - which is to say you're sorry for something. But rather, an apology in the ancient sense of the word - which is to make a reasoned defense of something or someone. In ancient times, the word apology referred to the case a lawyer would make on behalf of his client.

Apologetics is about building the case for our Faith...learning how to explain and defend our Faith.....

Many Protestants believe we are saved by Faith Alone and they say Catholic believe they can 'work' their way into Heaven. How do you answer that?

First of all, I ask them to show me where in the Catechism, the official teaching of the Catholic Church, does it teach that we can “work” our way into Heaven? They can’t, because it doesn’t. The Catholic Church does not now, nor has it ever, taught a doctrine of salvation by works...that we can “work” our way into Heaven.

Second, I ask them to show me where in the Bible does it teach that we are saved by “faith alone.” They can’t, because it doesn’t. The only place in all of Scripture where the phrase “Faith Alone” appears, is in James...James 2:24, where it says that we are not...not...justified (or saved) by faith alone.

So, one of the two main pillars of Protestantism...the doctrine of salvation by faith alone...not only doesn’t appear in the Bible, but the Bible actually says the exact opposite - that we are not saved by faith alone.

Third, I ask them that if works have nothing to do with our salvation...then how come every passage in the N.T. that I know of that talks about judgment says we will be judged by our works, not by whether or not we have faith alone? We see this in Rom 2, Matthew 15 and 16, 1 Ptr 1, Rev 20 and 22, 2 Cor 5, and many, many more verses.

Fourth, I ask them that if we are saved by faith alone, why does 1 Cor 13:13 say that love is greater than faith? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

As Catholics we believe that we are saved by God’s grace alone. We can do nothing, apart from God’s grace, to receive the free gift of salvation. We also believe, however, that we have to respond to God’s grace. Protestants believe that, too. However, many Protestants believe that the only response necessary is an act of faith; whereas, Catholics believe a response of faith and works is necessary...or, as the Bible puts it in Galatians 5:6, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumsion is of any avail, but faith working through love...faith working through love...just as the Church teaches.


Video: The Angelus


‘Reform of the Reform’ Update
By Edward Pentin
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 10:02 AM

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares (CNS)
The Congregation for Divine Worship is declining to comment further on reports that the Vatican is considering a “reform of the reform” of the liturgy, but a formal statement on the matter is expected soon.

An official told the Register this morning that “everything is under study and is progressing” but added that he could say no more until Cardinal Antonio Llovera Cañizares, prefect of the congregation, or the Holy See Press Office, issues an official statement.

At the end of August, veteran Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli reported that cardinals and bishops of the CDW voted almost unanimously at their plenary meeting in March “in favor” of 30 proposals aimed at increasing reverence in the liturgy.

Tornielli said the bishops also reaffirmed the importance of receiving Communion on the tongue rather than the hand, and that Cardinal Canizares was studying the possibility of “recovering” the practice of celebrating Mass with the priest facing east. However, there are conflicting reports over whether these last two proposals were included in the propositions that Tornielli said were delivered to Pope Benedict XVI on April 4.

The deputy director of the Holy See press office, Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, played down Tornielli’s report, saying there were “no institutional proposals in existence regarding a modification of the liturgical books currently in use.” However, Tornielli stood by his story, saying that he didn’t mention “institutional proposals,” but had reported instead that a period of “study had begun” on what will probably amount to long-term reform after plenty of consultation.

The lack of clarity over this story is partly due to the absence of senior officials, most notably Cardinal Cañizares, who has been on holiday and returns to Rome later this month. Also the Congregation for Divine Worship’s new secretary, American Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, has only recently been appointed and is not prepared at this time to comment on the cardinal’s behalf.

“We’re waiting for the cardinal to return at the end of the month,” the CDW official told the Register today. “Then there will be a statement from the press office or the cardinal himself.”


Quotes from G.K. Chesterton
Submitted by Larry Bethel

Here are a couple of quotes from G.K. Chesterton,
"The Catholic Church is the only thing which saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age."

"A Catholic is a person who has plucked up courage to face the incredible and inconceivable idea that something else may be wiser than he is."

Ok, one more.
"By this time it must be obvious that every single thing in the Catholic Church which was condemned by the modern world has been reintroduced by the modern world and always in a lesser form."


Passover Meal Transformed into the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the New Covenant
By Michael J. O’Neill’
References include How Christ Said the First Mass by Fr. James L. Meagher, The Roman Catechism, and the Douay Rheims Bible.

On Holy Thursday Our Lord Jesus transformed the Passover Meal into the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the New Covenant.

Once Our Lord Jesus and His twelve apostles assembled in the Upper Room, located over the burial-site of the mysterious priest-king Melchesedech, King David, and his son Solomon, He employed the “sacramentals of the Old Law, bread, wine, oil, incense, to institute the Eucharistic Sacrifice” of the New Law (Fr. Meagher, pg. 86).

From Saint Paul’s epistle to the Hebrews, we learn that Melchesdech is “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but likened unto the Son of God, who continues a priest forever” (Hebrews 7; 3).

That Our Savior used the familiar rituals, gestures, and implements did not escape the notice of the apostles who recognized the profound significance of what they were witnessing. Moreover, several of the ancient liturgies of the Catholic Church are attributed to the Apostles Peter, Mark, and James. With the unleavened bread, called Matzoth in His sacred hands, Jesus began the liturgy “by blessing the bread and wine at table;” similarly, a Catholic priest of the Latin-rite with “the Sacred host in his hands breaks the smaller Hosts when distributing Communion” (Fr. Meagher, pg. 90).

That Christ instituted the Sacrifice and Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper was foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament and the sacrificial Temple liturgies which also prepared for the eternal priesthood of the Catholic Church. Because of the infidelity of the Jews and their rejection of Jesus Christ, “I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will not receive a gift from your hand [i.e. Hebrew priests]… from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and every place there is sacrifice, a clean oblation” (Malachias 1: 10-11). The ‘clean oblation’ prophesied by Malachias is the unbloody, Eucharistic Sacrifice of the New Law.


Missal of Paul VI
"Peoples Mass Book"

Being born in 1961 I am just slightly too young to remember the pre-conciliar mass . Though I don't remember the "old mass" I do remember the transitional phase from the Mass of Ages to the Novus Ordo and here are a few pages from the Peoples Mass Book, the New Daily Missal Edition of 1966.

Following are a few sample pages and some excerpts. I'll leave the comments for you. Click on the images for a larger view.

Peoples Mass Book
Compiled by the People's Mass Book Committee
World Library of Sacred Music, Inc., 1966

"The present liturgical updating is a response to the worshipping Christian’s reasonable and urgent demand that he know what is happening. He wants to understand by hearing what he is saying to God and what God is saying to him."

"In all of the current reform, the Church does not intend to restore the ancient simply because it

is ancient. Wisely, she is building the new liturgy through a thorough understanding of the history of the old. The Church is not a museum; she is a living organism ever being renewed to keep young."

"This book has been developed and written to give to the worshipper a good understanding of and a way to share in the liturgy, in word and song.”

“We can easily miss the essentially community nature of the church if each pays attention only to his own book. Here is the one great weakness in the use of the missal.”

“In Penance, the priest represents Christ and the assembly to reconcile the sinner…"

“Holy Orders consecrate the men who are to preside in the assembly. The priest is needed” to set up the altar of sacrifice, the banquet table of Holy Communion in the midst of his brethren…

“In order that the faithful may become familiar with the Latin test, also in accordance with Article 36 of the Constitution on the Sacred

Liturgy, the Latin text of the dialogue and of the Ordinary chants should regularly be provided……”

“In accordance with the judgment of the local Ordinary, the following parts of the Mass may also be in the vernacular……..”


Archbishop Explains Why He Barred Nun-Catechist
National Catholic Reporter
Submitted by Michael O'Neil

The decision by the archbishop of Cincinnati to bar Sister of Charity Louise Akers from teaching catechetics on behalf of the archdiocese because of her public support of women's ordination in the Catholic church has "garnered international attention" for the archbishop and the sister, according to a report by The Catholic Telegraph, the official organ of the archdiocese.

“Questions have been raised about the role of a diocesan bishop and the teaching of catechetics in his diocese,” Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk told The Catholic Telegraph Sept. 3. “It is a bishop’s responsibility to provide authentic and orthodox Catholic teaching in his diocese. Persons who are not in accord with the teaching of the church should not expect to be allowed to teach catechetical leaders or others in the name of the church.”

Her public position, he told the newspaper, is in defiance of the church’s teaching.
“We don’t hire people to teach only infallible doctrine; we hire people to teach what’s in the Catechism of the Catholic Church,” he explained. “As a result, Sister Louise may not teach in the name of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati or at any venue for which the archdiocese is responsible.”
Akers joined the Sisters of Charity in 1960. Since 1979, she had served in a number of archdiocesan posts related to the Social Action Office and had been frequent teacher on justice issues the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization as well as an adjunct and visiting professor at Mount St. Joseph and at Xavier University.

The news about an Aug. 10 meeting between Akers and Pilarczyk was first made public with a story posted to the NCR Web site Aug. 31, where it quickly became the most popular article on the site.

The Catholic Telegraph ran its story, titled "A bishop has the responsibility to insure teaching is authentic [2]," Sept. 4 and updated it Sept. 8.

Akers had told NCR that She had requested a meeting with Pilarczyk after being informed that persons upset with her teaching had registered official complaints with church officials. Central to those complaints were both the presence of her name and photo on the Women’s Ordination Conference Web site and her membership on its advisory board.

Pilarczyk asked that Akers remove her name from the ordination Web site and that she publicly rescind her support of the ordination of women. Akers complied with the first request, but not the second. “To do so would go against my conscience,” Akers told NCR.

“For four decades I have devoted my ministry to advocating on behalf of the marginalized through religious congregations, justice organizations, ecumenical and interfaith groups” Akers told NCR. “Women’s ordination is a justice issue. Its basis is the value, dignity and equality of women. I believe this to my very core. To publicly state otherwise would be a lie and a violation of my conscience. I love, support and cherish the part of Church that upholds the gospel mission and vision of Jesus.”

She reiterated her stance to The Catholic Telegraph Sept. 8 .“Foremost it, for me, is primacy of conscience which has always been of paramount importance in the history of our church,” she said. “For me to publicly support the current church teaching forbidding women’s ordination would be a lie. The value, dignity and equality of womanperson is at the core of my stance.”
Akers told The Catholic Telegraph, “I believe historically we have seen an evolution of doctrine in other areas of church teaching. This has happened for a number of reasons — some scientific, others through a dialogue of theologians and scripture scholars with the magisterium of the church,” Akers said.

“I believe even though it is difficult within the climate of our church and our country it is vitally important that dialogue continue," she told the newspaper.

She also said: “If there are penalties for raising questions — which many are doing including some bishops and priests — then, yes, I will accept them. However, I do not understand why this is happening now. I have been public for over 30 years regarding the role of women in the church.”

The Catholic Telegraph carried a statement from Sr. Barbara Hagedorn, president of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, that called Akers “a member in good standing of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati." The statement confirmed the facts of the case but made not further comment, stating "Because this is a personnel matter of the archdiocese, the issue remains between the archbishop and Sr. Louise Akers.

“The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati support Sr. Louise and all those involved in this difficult situation with our prayers and concern.”


Upcoming Movie: The 13th Day
Movie Trailer

Blogger's note: I already included one of the trailers for the movie13th Day in a previous post, but I had not seen this trailer and wanted to share...so here it is.....sharing is caring.

13th of a month is always associated with misfortune, bad luck ...etc. Our Lady came to us on 13th over period of 6 consecutive months. She is always so hopeful for us, she loves God and she loves us. She came so we may turn back to her Son, who is God who dies for us on cross.

Only He can saves us, only Mary's prayers can melt sinful and hardened hearts, because a mother's love is always so prompt and so strong.

Mary, refuge of sinners, Queen of Fatima, lady of rosary pray for us that we will desire your Son more than sins.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Post #93

Topics:On The Mass:By Fr. Shawn McKnight, S.T.D....Clear Creek Monastery: Upcoming Events....The Empire That Was Russia: Photographic History....Sacrament Houses: Historical Method of Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament....Una Voce: Altar Your View Ad Campaign....Overheard Through History: Various Quotes...Small Duties: St. Thérèse of Lisieux

The Necessaries

Please note: St. Anthony Catholic Church is the only local church celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass (EFLR) in the Wichita area. Though this blog is loosely centered around this parish and it's members, Venite Missa Est! is by no means, in any way an official voice of, or for, St. Anthony Parish or the Diocese of Wichita. Venite Missa Est is strictly a private layman's endeavor.

Blogger's note: Fr. McKnight, S.T.D., pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, has given us permission to reprint an excellent article on the Mass dialogue, Dominus vobiscum . . . Et cum spiritu tuo. A hearty thanks to James Spencer for procuring this article.
On The Mass
By Fr. Shawn McKnight, S.T.D.
Reprinted with permission from the August 23, 2009 issue of the
Blessed Sacrament Parish Bulletin
Submitted by Jim Spencer
The most common dialogue in the Mass consists of the greeting, “Dominus vobiscum,” and the response, “et cum spiritu tuo.” Since 1970 this Latin phrase has been translated as: “The Lord be with you. And also with you.” As part of the revised translation of the Roman Missal, now taking place, the translation has been revised to: “The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.” This retranslation is necessary because it is a more correct rendering of et cum spiritu tuo. It is interesting to note that the other principal European language translations of the Mass have always been more literal: E con il tuo spirito (Italian); Et avec votre esprit (French); Y con tu espiritu (Spanish); Und mit deinem Gheiste (German). We have been the odd-ball all these years with our English translation of “And also with you.” Recent scholarship on the meaning of this somewhat ambiguous phrase has opened up a greater understanding of its significance and meaning in the Mass. The response et cum spiritu tuo is found in the early liturgies of both East and West. It is recorded in a document, dated around 215 A.D., known as the Apostolic Tradition of St. Hippolytus. The dialogue is only used between the priest and the people, and by way of exception between the deacon and the people. In the Roman liturgy it is never used between a non-ordained person and the assembly. By greeting the people with the words “The Lord be with you,” the priest expresses his desire that the dynamic activity of God’s spirit be given to the people of God, enabling them to do the work of transforming the world that God has entrusted to them.

The expression et cum spiritu tuo is only addressed to an ordained minister. Some scholars have suggested that spiritu refers to the gift of the spirit he received at ordination. In their response, the people assure the priest of the same divine assistance for the priest to use the charismatic gifts given to him in ordination and in so doing to fulfill his prophetic and priestly functions in the Church. All of that is contained in that simple phrase: And with your spirit.

Fr. McKnight cited as his sources various web pages of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship, and many other documents he has collected and studied.


Clear Creek Monastery
By Larry Bethel

For those of you interested in Clear Creek Monastery south of Tulsa here is some news of coming events.
On Oct 14, Dom Antoine Forgeot, abbot of Notre-Dame de Fontgombault where several of the monks of Clear Creek were monks for 20 years, will come to Clear Creek for a month.During the stay, there will be several events that are worth putting on your calendar; on Oct 19 four of the monks will be taking simple vows, taken after 2 years.On Oct 25 one of the monks will be receiving priestly ordination and on Nov 1 two will be taking their solemn vows, usually taken after 7 years at the monastery.
For information and directions to the Monastery please go to www.clearcreekmonks.org/
There are also lots of pictures there.


The Empire That Was Russia
The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated
The Photographs of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944)
United States Library of Congress

Blogger's note: While this article is not Catholic it is a very interesting look into Russia’s past in architecture, technology, work and her incredible diverse population in the late 19th and early 20th century. I have chosen a few images that pertain to the orthodox Church and left the others for you, good readers, to discover on your own.

If you visit this site (and please do), you will find the photographic process for creating color pictures (which actually had not been "invented" yet) to be ingenious and fascinating. These pictures are testament to a once grand culture and one incredible photographer.

On this site you will view a dichotomy of cultures exisitng in the turbulent pre WWI era...growing industrialism beside centuries old tradition.

Church of the Nativity of the Virgin
Founded around 1330, the Trinity-Ipat'ev Monastery in the old Russian Volga River city of Kostroma, northeast of Moscow, contained within its walls several old churches, including the Church of the Nativity of Virgin the shown here. Originally constructed in the sixteenth century, the church was demolished in the early Soviet period. This photograph may be the only color photograph ever taken of the church.

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God in Ipatevskii Monastery, 1910.

Iconostasis and Miraculous Icon
This photograph of the interior of the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Smolensk shows the icon screen that in an Orthodox church separates the altar area from the congregation. At the right is a special shrine for the miracle-working icon known as "Odigitria," traditionally associated with the city of Smolensk.

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
Miraculous Icon of Mother of God-Odigitria in the Mother of God Church, 1912.

Church of the Resurrection
Russian churches featured exterior and interior decoration in the forms of mosaics, frescoes, and carvings, often in brilliant colors. The Church of the Resurrection in Kostroma in the northern part of European Russia was built in the 1650s and demonstrates the exuberant decoration of the exterior characteristic of its period. However, in spite of the dramatic exterior, the church is noted primarily for its interior wall paintings.

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
Church of the Resurrection in the Grove, 1910.


Sacrament Houses
By Shawn Tribe
From The New Liturgical Movment

Recently, we looked at the hanging pyx as one of the historical methods of reservation of the Blessed Sacrament. Since we mentioned that, I determined we should also document another method of reservation, that of the "Sacrament House".

From my research, these seem to be particularly in evidence within Northern Europe where they are called "Sacramentstoren" or "Sakramentshäus".

Archdale King has this to say of them in Eucharistic Reservation in the Western Church:

The elaborate stone structure in which the Eucharist is reserved in many of the churches of Germany and the Low Countries, isolated from the altar and normally on the gospel side of the sanctuary, is known as a sacrament house. They were often sculptured in the form of a monumental tower,
approached by several steps, and with a railing around, on which candles were placed. Sometimes, also, there were two or more storeys and a space above for a light.

These sacrament houses appeared first in Germany in the fourteenth century (c. 1380), and became increasingly popular both there and in the Low Countries in the two subsequent centuries.

Sacrament houses are found also in France, although they are comparatively rare.


Altar Your View Ad Campaign

Una Voce Quad Cities is launching an ad campaign designed to expose as many as possible to the beauty of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), to inform them about its status in the Church, and to invite them to attend the TLM nearest them. To see the ads, click here.
We plan on releasing versions of these ads in local papers, on internet sites, in 16x20 posters, etc. and also making versions (with modified information) available for a nominal fee to other groups promoting the TLM.

Each of the ads has the following text:
Mystery. Attraction. Sacrifice. These are the elements which comprise a great love story. In fact
these are the features of the greatest love story ever told: God’s intense, relentless love for
humanity. This ancient love of Christ made present to saints like Thomas Aquinas, Theresa of
Avila, Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Sienna, Ignatius of Loyola, is presented anew today in the
Extraordinary Form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, often called the Traditional Latin Mass.
Come and experience the heritage, reverence and mystery which captivated the saints throughout
history. Come receive the ever ancient, ever new love God is offering you in the majestically
transcendent Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Holy Mass is offered in its classical form
every Sunday at two locations in the Diocese of Davenport—Davenport and Iowa City. To
find out how you can experience the liturgy that shaped our Catholic heritage, see
In addition, each ad has the following text:
Ad 1: Treasure: The Traditional Latin Mass “is a treasure that is the heritage of all and to which, in one way or
another, everyone should have access.” — Cardinal Cañizares, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
Ad 2: Kneeling: “Where it has been lost, kneeling must be recovered, so that, in our prayers, we remain in
fellowship with the apostles and martyrs, in fellowship with the whole cosmos, indeed in union with Jesus
Christ Himself.” — Pope Benedict XVI
Ad 3: Youth: “Young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction and found in it a form
of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, particularly suited to them” — Pope Benedict XVI
Ad 4: Ad orientem: “The real action in the liturgy is the action of God Himself. . . . We are drawn into that
action of God. Everything else is secondary.”— Pope Benedict XVI


Overheard Through History

Blogger's note: I fired up the time machine today (do't you wish you had one?) and went for a ride, stopping here and there to gather up some wisdom from our collective Catholic past to share with you.
If you have some quotes you would like to list here, mail them bumpy187@gmail.com and I will list them.

So pray and pray fervently and follow all of the true teachings of the Church... and to do this make sure you actually read the infallible declarations from the Popes and Councils and please... please... use good orthodox sources like the Roman Catechism... and please don't rely on the extremely confusing teaching of Vatican II and the New Catechism. And please go to the old Roman Rite Mass and the traditional Eastern Rite Liturgies and open yourself to the traditions of the Church... they have been producing Saints for nearly 2000 years.

"Do not innovate anything. Rest content with Tradition."
-Pope Saint Stephen

“Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.”
-Saint Thomas Aquinas

Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass.
They will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain.

-St. John Vianney

"Mary has the authority over the angels and the blessed in heaven. As a reward for her great humility, God gave her the power and mission of assigning to saints the thrones made vacant by the apostate angels who fell away through pride. Such is the will of the almighty God who exalts the humble, that the powers of heaven, earth and hell, willingly or unwillingly, must obey the commands of the humble Virgin Mary. For God has made her queen of heaven and earth, leader of his armies, keeper of his treasure, dispenser of his graces, mediatrix on behalf of men, destroyer of his enemies, and faithful associate in his great works and triumphs."
-Saint Louis Marie de Montfort


Small Duties
St. Thérèse of Lisieux the "Little" Saint"

All this volunteering stuff is wearing me out. Larry Bethel on bells, Nellie Roets in house…phew!

It reminds me of St. Thérèse of Lisieux the "little" saint of simplicity and abandonment in God's service and of the perfect accomplishment of small duties.

From New Advent (online)

She was the ninth child of saintly parents, Louis and Zélie Martin, both of whom had wished to consecrate their lives to God in the cloister. The vocation denied them was given to their children, five of whom became religious, one to the Visitation Order and four in the Carmelite Convent of Lisieux. Brought up in an atmosphere of faith where every virtue and aspiration were carefully nurtured and developed, her vocation manifested itself when she was still only a child. Educated by the Benedictines, when she was fifteen she applied for permission to enter the Carmelite Convent, and being refused by the superior, went to Rome with her father, as eager to give her to God as she was to give herself, to seek the consent of the Holy Father, Leo XIII, then celebrating his jubilee. He preferred to leave the decision in the hands of the superior, who finally consented and on 9 April, 1888, at the unusual age of fifteen, Thérèse Martin entered the convent of Lisieux where two of her sisters had preceded her.

The account of the eleven years of her religious life, marked by signal graces and constant growth in holiness, is given by Soeur Thérèse in her autobiography, written in obedience to her superior and published two years after her death. In 1901 it was translated into English, and in 1912 another translation, the first complete edition of the life of the Servant of God, containing the autobiography, "Letters and Spiritual Counsels", was published. Its success was immediate and it has passed into many editions, spreading far and wide the devotion to this "little" saint of simplicity, and abandonment in God's service, of the perfect accomplishment of small duties.

The fame of her sanctity and the many miracles performed through her intercession caused the introduction of her cause of canonization only seventeen years after her death, 10 Jun, 1914.

[Editor's Note: After the publication of this article, St. Thérèse was canonized and later declared a Doctor of the Church.]