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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Mass Propers, the readings that change everyday, can be found in the red missalettes at the entrance of church?

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.

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.

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