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!

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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.

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