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.
Our annual Gregorian weekend will take place rather late this year, from Friday evening, November 6, after Vespers (which are sung at 6 pm, in the Crypt of the New Monastery) until Sunday afternoon, November 8. You are cordially invited.
The entire workshop this year will be held at the monastery. The particular goals we have set for the adult classes include the learning of the Solemn Salve Regina, Roman version, for Saturday's Compline, the singing of the Communion antiphon Beata viscera for Saturday's Mass in the Crypt, and a certain emphasis on modality in the preparation of the various pieces. We will return to the normal arrangement for the sung Masses: Saturday, sung by all those attending, in the Crypt of the monastery, and Sunday, with the “Weekenders” alternating with the monks for the Ordinary of the Mass.
On Saturday evening, our well-known guest speaker, Dr. Richard Haefer will give a talk on the origins of the Ordinary or Kyriale of the Mass.
As always, there will be Ward classes for the younger children (12 and under).
In order to make the financing of the weekend responsible and fair towards the monastery, we have had to increase the fees. No one, however, should be prevented from attending simply because of lack of funds: feel free to consult Fr. Bachmann if an arrangement is needed.
We ask you to register by mailing emailing or faxing us the form below, completed by you, the deadline for registration being Saturday, October 31. The monastery’s guest facilities are available on a first come, first serve basis. This year, meals will be included with accommodation at the monastery, either in the men's guest house or the family guest house (St Martha's) or the old oratory. We will be unable to feed those not lodging at the monastery.
Reservations for the guest houses and questions may be addressed by phone to Father Bachmann (most easily reachable between 9 and 10 am every day) at the monastery phone number (918 - 772-2454).
We hope this first weekend of November will find you free to join us here at Clear Creek.
See Clear Creek website for details: http://www.clearcreekmonks.org/news.htm
Priestblock 25487, by Fr. Jean Bernard; published in 2004 by Zaccheus Press, Bethesda, www.zaccheuspress.com; ISBN 978-0-9725981-7-0; 7.5” X 5”; 177 pages; softcover; $14.00)
Fr. Bernard, after his mysterious release on August 5, 1942, wrote this memoir of his experiences in the Priestblock at Dachau. It reads very much like a collection of well-selected and reorganized excerpts from a diary. Throughout this book, Fr. Bernard simply tells what happened to him and the other priests at Dachau. He sticks to the facts, and never appeals to the reader’s emotions.
However, the facts themselves will stimulate strong emotions from any normal person. In this thin little book, you will read about the sadistic guards, the beatings, the kicks and slaps, the nit-picking of every detail of the prisoners’ duties, the forced marching and equally forced singing, the cold weather and inadequate clothing, the way-below-meager diet and constant hunger that drove prisoners to plot how to get more to eat. For example, Fr. Bernard once spotted a dandelion growing near where he was marching. He figured that if he could drop his cap over the dandelion and then pick it up just right, he could uproot the little weed and have a couple of extra bites to eat – if none of the guards saw him do this!
In February, 1942 he received a ten day leave to return to Luxembourg to bury his mother, who had just died. The sadistic Nazis didn’t tell him why he was getting this leave until he was walking out the gate. What a way to tell a person that his mother has died! During that ten days he ate most heartily at every opportunity. He also celebrated Mass (which he couldn’t do in Dachau). And, of course, he enjoyed the company of his siblings and friends.
However, realizing what would happen to his siblings if he failed to return to Dachau, he courageously did return, right on schedule. Again in Dachau, he resumed the nightmare of surviving the daily sufferings he had so briefly escaped. He even survived a stay in the infirmary, which was often a prelude to death, whether by disease or execution.
His release on August 5, 1942 was totally unexpected and, like his imprisonment, was never explained. When they checked him out of Dachau, he weighed just over 100 pounds. Not surprisingly, on his exit papers, they wrote “150 pounds.” He returned to Luxembourg where, after a period of time devoted to recovery, he resumed his former role in the Diocese.
This book is a page-turner, a simply-written, fascinating story. It reveals, without ever stressing or even stating the fact, that Jews weren’t the only ones to suffer in Nazi Concentration Camps during WWII. This book was the basis for the award-winning movie, The Ninth Day.
Incidentally, the “25487” in the title was Fr. Bernard’s number at Dachau, the number he had on his prison-striped shirt.
I keep ranting about this movie and it hasn't even been realised yet! Ignatius Press has picked The 13th Day up for distribution and it will be opening in select cities around the world. I was hoping a major company would run with it but I am sure this movie will have a far reach on it's own merits. For the small town folks it is a benefit to us that this movie is available for pre-order on DVD for $24.45. Please visit the website. to see the trailer go to http://www.ignatius.com/the-13th-day/
From Ignatius Press homepage http://www.ignatius.com/ViewProduct.aspx?Product_ID=3732:
Select locations around the USA will be showing The 13th Day on the big screen October - December 2009. To find out if it is showing near you, go to http://www.blogger.com/www.the13thdaymovie.com for a full list of screenings.
To view the trailer for the film, click here
In a world torn apart by persecution, war and oppression, 3 children in Fatima, Portugal were chosen by God to offer an urgent message of hope to the world. Based on the memoirs of the oldest seer, Lucia Santos, and many thousands of independent eye-witness accounts, The 13th Day dramatizes the true story of three young shepherds who experienced six apparitions of Our Lady between May and October 1917, which culminated in the final prophesied Miracle of the Sun on October 13th. Abducted from their homes, thrown into prison and interrogated under the threat of death in the government’s attempt to silence them, the children remained true to their story about the crucial messages from Mary of prayer, repentance and conversion for the world.
Our Lady gave a secret to the children told in three parts, from a harrowing vision of hell, to prophetic warnings of future events including the advent and timing of the Second World War, the spread of communism, and the attempted assassination of the Pope.
Stylistically beautiful and technically innovative, the film uses state-of-the-art digital effects to create stunning images of the visions and the final miracle that have never before been fully realized on screen. Shot on location in Portugal and in the UK, the film has a cast of hundreds to re-create the scenes of the 70,000 strong crowds, with 3 young Portuguese actors play the iconic roles of the Seers.
Witness the greatest miracle of the 20th Century, and experience the incredible, emotionally-charged and harrowing world of three young children whose choice to remain loyal to their beliefs, even in the face of death, would inspire thousands.