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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Friday, October 16, 2009

Post #99

Topics: Sunshine Room Grand Opening: Dedication and Religious Art Show...Carmelites: Building New Monastery...Devotion: The Seven Sorrows... Joke: An Irish Funny...Stars and Stripes: FR. Emil Kapaun Recommended for Medal of Honor...Pop Culture: Must the Liturgy Embrace Rock?...God's Easy Work: DNA Replication...Dancing Priest: iConfess....After 40 Years: A Solemn High Mass in St. Peter's Basilica


Well the sun has finally come out and cooler weather is here to stay. What a wonderful time of year and with baited breath we await the coming Holy season.

Let us pray that we will have an All Souls day mass at St. Anthony and, while we are at it, for every Holy Day.

A little birdie informs me that there are several (more than two) priests in the Wichita diocese boning up on their Latin and the EFLR. Yay!

The Sunshine Room is scheduled to re-open soon and along with the grand opening and dedication will be an art show (see post below). Nice! Go. Spend (are they selling?). Pray. Support. Mingle.

Upcoming: I have an interview planned with Bernie Dette, St. Anthony choir director. What an amazing voice and service he provides. At that time I plan to take pictures of the choir for a future post and hopefully interview them as well. What heavenly sounds they bring to the mass. This continues one of my original plans for this blog: to further familiarize those who make up this parish with others.

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.


St.Clare Sunshine Room Grand Opening Dedication and Religious Art Show
St. Anthony Church, Wichita Kansas

St. Anthony Church in Wichita announces the Grand Opening Dedication and Religious Art Show and Sale of the newly remodeled St. Clare Sunshine Room. The Grand Opening will be Sunday, November 8, from 1pm to 5pm.

Tours of the restored Church interior will be given at 2pm and 4pm. Art from three local artists who worked on the recent restoration will display, and have for sale religious art work. Lynda Beck, Raphael Robles and Jennifer Walterscheid will feature their paintings, artifacts and religious icons.

Refreshments will be served and the public at large is invited. Blessing of the meeting room will be at1:05pm.


Carmelites Building New Monastery Near Wichita
By Christopher M. Riggs
The Catholic Advance

This is an artist’s rendering of the proposed new Carmelite monastery north of Wichita. Changes will likely be made before it is completed, however. (Art courtesy Randall Steiner.)

Construction of a Carmelite monastery has begun north of Wichita.
Mary DeGraffenreid, a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita, said a basement has been poured for the monastery for the 10 Carmelites who will live on 40 acres near Woodlawn and 77th Street North.

DeGraffenreid, who has been assisting the cloistered nuns since their arrival in the Diocese of Wichita in 2001, said Bishop Michael O. Jackels asked the nuns to relocate from their temporary Clearwater monastery, The Monastery of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe, to a location near the Catholic Life Center so that priests living in the Priest Retirement Center would be able to celebrate daily Mass for the nuns. The Clearwater monastery has also been flooded through the years, is in ill-repair, and will likely be demolished.

The contemplative nuns moved to the diocese from Gallup, N.M., at the request of Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber. His successor, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, was head of the diocese when the nuns moved to Kansas.

Robl Commercial Construction will build the monastery. Sam Gerena, a Robl employee, said no time frame for completion has been set. He said construction is in its first phase which will allow the nuns to move into a temporary, manufactured double-wide home. Randall Steiner of Wichita is the architect.

DeGraffenreid said the nuns are planning a golf tournament to raise money for the new monastery.

Msgr. Robert Hemberger, vicar general for the diocese, said in a news release that the diocese wishes to help raise awareness and money for the monastery because “the nuns are not tied to the diocese financially or by assignment. The nuns live a cloistered life, a life they choose in order to offer themselves as a form of prayer for others and to be united as much as possible with God.”

The nuns are dedicated to a life of prayer and loving self-sacrifice through obedience and labor. Their superior, Mother Mary of the Angels, said, “We live with an indescribable happiness, make daily sacrifices, and are here for the love of God and for the love of souls. Our mission is to pray for the Holy Church, the priests, and the world, and to be the heart of our Church because without the heart, the body cannot live.”

To help support themselves, the nuns have raised vegetables and fruit in a large greenhouse and fish in tanks. They are best known for their granola which they bake and sell for $15 for a three pound bag. They also sell salsa, relish, and almonds, and religious cards, tea towels, and other items. Their work provides a modest income for the growing monastery, which now includes a sister from St. Anthony Parish, Wichita, and a mother and daughter from Oklahoma.

Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber said in a statement that the nuns hardly ask for anything for themselves. “They just depend on Divine Providence. Their presence is a strong witness, it’s a countercultural witness, it’s a religious witness, and beyond that, they’re praying and sacrificing for the church, especially for the diocese they are in.”

Golf tournament to raise money for monastery
A golf tournament is planned for noon Monday, Oct. 26, at the Willowbend Country Club, to help finance a new monastery for the Carmelite nuns of Wichita.

The fee is $100 per person. To register or sponsor the tournament, contact Mike Flores at 3202 W. 13th St. Suite 4, Wichita,KS 67203, (316) 393.5614, or at flo1919@msn.com..
Donations may be mailed to: Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 278, Valley Center, KS 67147.


The Seven Sorrows Devotion

The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and dolors [sorrows].
The devotion was passed on by St. Bridget.


1. I will grant peace to their families.
2. They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
3. I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
4. I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of
my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
5. I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them
at every instant of their lives.
6. I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
7. I have obtained from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears
and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins
will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.

Mater Dolorosa

1. The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2: 34, 35)
2. The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13-14)
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 3: 43-45)
4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
5. The Crucifixion.
6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
7. The burial of Jesus.

The Angelic Salutation (Hail Mary)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Salutatio Angelica (Ave Maria)
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum; Benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

1. The prophecy of Simeon: "And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed." – Luke II, 34-35.

Meditation: How great was the shock to Mary's Heart at hearing the sorrowful words, in which holy Simeon told the bitter Passion and death of her sweet Jesus, since in that same moment she realized in her mind all the insults, blows, and torments which the impious men were to offer to the Redeemer of the world. But a still sharper sword pierced her soul. It was the thought of men's ingratitude to her beloved Son. Now consider that because of your sins you are unhappily among the ungrateful.

Say one Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

2. The flight into Egypt: "And after they (the wise men) were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise and take the child and His mother and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy Him. Who arose and took the child and His mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and He was there until the death of Herod." – Matt. II, 13-14.

Meditation: Consider the sharp sorrow which Mary felt when, St. Joseph being warned by an angel, she had to flee by night in order to preserve her beloved Child from the slaughter decreed by Herod. What anguish was hers, in leaving Judea, lest she should be overtaken by the soldiers of the cruel king! How great her privations in that long journey! What sufferings she bore in that land of exile, what sorrow amid that people given to idolatry! But consider how often you have renewed that bitter grief of Mary, when your sins have caused her Son to flee from your heart.

Say one Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple: "And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the Child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey, and sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And not finding Him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking Him." Luke II, 43-45.

Meditation: How dread was the grief of Mary, when she saw that she had lost her beloved Son! And as if to increase her sorrow, when she sought Him diligently among her kinsfolk and acquaintance, she could hear no tidings of Him. No hindrances stayed her, nor weariness, nor danger; but she forthwith returned to Jerusalem, and for three long days sought Him sorrowing. Great be your confusion, O my soul, who has so often lost your Jesus by your sins, and has given no heed to seek Him at once, a sign that you make very little or no account of the precious treasure of divine love.

Say one Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross: "And there followed Him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented Him." – Luke XXIII, 27.

Meditation: Come, O ye sinners, come and see if ye can endure so sad a sight. This Mother, so tender and loving, meets her beloved Son, meets Him amid an impious rabble, who drag Him to a cruel death, wounded, torn by stripes, crowned with thorns, streaming with blood, bearing His heavy cross. Ah, consider, my soul, the grief of the blessed Virgin thus beholding her Son! Who would not weep at seeing this Mother's grief? But who has been the cause of such woe? I, it is I, who with my sins have so cruelly wounded the heart of my sorrowing Mother! And yet I am not moved; I am as a stone, when my heart should break because of my ingratitude.

Say one Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

5. The Crucifixion: "They crucified Him. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His Mother. When Jesus therefore had seen His Mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, He saith to His Mother: Woman: behold thy son. After that he saith to the disciple: Behold thy Mother." – John XIX, l8-25-27.

Meditation: Look, devout soul, look to Calvary, whereon are raised two altars of sacrifice, one on the body of Jesus, the other on the heart of Mary. Sad is the sight of that dear Mother drowned in a sea of woe, seeing her beloved Son, part of her very self, cruelly nailed to the shameful tree of the cross. Ah me! how every blow of the hammer, how every stripe which fell on the Saviour's form, fell also on the disconsolate spirit of the Virgin. As she stood at the foot of the cross, pierced by the sword of sorrow, she turned her eyes on Him, until she knew that He lived no longer and had resigned His spirit to His Eternal Father. Then her own soul was like to have left the body and joined itself to that of Jesus.

Say one Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross: "Joseph of Arimathea, a noble counselor, came and went in boldly to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And Joseph buying fine linen, and taking Him down, wrapped Him up in the fine linen." – Mark XV, 43-46.

Meditation: Consider the most bitter sorrow which rent the soul of Mary, when she saw the dead body of her dear Jesus on her knees, covered with blood, all torn with deep wounds. O mournful Mother, a bundle of myrrh, indeed, is thy Beloved to thee. Who would not pity thee? Whose heart would not be softened, seeing affliction which would move a stone? Behold John not to be comforted, Magdalen and the other Mary in deep affliction, and Nicodemus, who can scarcely bear his sorrow.

Say one Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

7. The burial of Jesus: "Now there was in the place where He was crucified, a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein no man yet had been laid. There, therefore, because of the parasceve of the Jews, they laid Jesus, because the sepulcher was nigh at hand." John XIX, 41-42.

Meditation: Consider the sighs which burst from Mary's sad heart when she saw her beloved Jesus laid within the tomb. What grief was hers when she saw the stone lifted to cover that sacred tomb! She gazed a last time on the lifeless body of her Son, and could scarce detach her eyes from those gaping wounds. And when the great stone was rolled to the door of the sepulcher, oh, then indeed her heart seemed torn from her body!

Say one Ave Maria (Hail Mary)


An Irish Funny

Blogger's note: This joke may be a little racy so if your easily offended don't read it. Fair warning! ;-)

An Irish daughter had not been home for over 5 years.

Upon her return, her father cussed her. "Where have ye been all this time?
Why did ye not write to us, not even a line? Why didn't ye call? Can ye
not understand what ye put yer old mum thru?

The girl, crying, replied, "Sniff, sniff....dad....I became a prostitute...."

"Ye what!!? Out of here, ye shameless harlot! Sinner! You're a disgrace to this family."

"OK, dad-- as ye wish. I just came back to give mum this luxurious fur coat, title deed to a ten bedroom mansion plus a $5 million savings certificate. For me little brother, this gold Rolex and for ye daddy, the sparkling new Mercedes limited edition convertible that's parked outside plus a membership to the country club....(takes a breath)... and an invitation for ye all to spend New Years Eve on board my new yacht in the Riviera and ... "

"Now what was it ye said ye had become?" says dad.

Girl, crying again, "Sniff, sniff....a prostitute dad! Sniff, sniff."

"Oh! Be Jesus! Ye scared me half to death, girl! I thought ye said a Protestant'.

Come here and give yer old man a hug!"


Beloved Chaplain Recommended for Medal of Honor
By Jennifer H. Svan
Stars and Stripes

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun has received many military honors since he died a prisoner of war in Korea more than 58 years ago.

There was the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device, the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Cross.

In 1955, the Army named Kapaun Barracks — now Kapaun Air Station — in Kaiserslautern after him.

But Korean War veterans who told stories of a calm and courageous foot soldier who stole food for others from his captors and tended to the wounded thought he was due one more accolade: the Medal of Honor.

After years of campaigning, they might just get their wish.

A congressman from Kapaun’s home state of Kansas learned earlier this month that in one of his final acts as Army secretary, Pete Geren recommended Kapaun for the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration.

In a news release, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., posted a portion of the letter Geren wrote to him about his decision: "After giving this request careful, personal consideration, I have determined that Chaplain (CPT) Kapaun’s actions in combat operations and as a prisoner of war in Korea warrant award of the Medal of Honor … This brave Soldier clearly distinguished himself by his courageous actions."

Tiahrt’s press secretary, Wendy Knox, said Tiahrt has petitioned the Army since at least 2001 on behalf of Kapaun.

Army officials at the Pentagon said that, typically, the Army secretary’s recommendation would next be forwarded to the secretary of defense, then to the president for a final decision.

Army officials, however, would not confirm whether Geren forwarded Kapaun’s Medal of Honor recommendation to Defense Secretary Robert Gates because the service does not comment on the status of awards during the approval process.

Knox said Tiahrt’s office was not given a timeline of when to expect a decision from President Barack Obama.

Helen Kapaun, Emil Kapaun’s sister-in-law, said she hopes it’s soon.

"We had been praying for it, to be able to see the day that he could get the Medal of Honor," Helen Kapaun, 80, said by phone Wednesday from Wichita, Kan. She was referring to herself and her husband, Eugene Kapaun, 85, who is Emil’s younger brother.

Kapaun was captured by the Chinese in the fall of 1950, when Communist forces overran the 1st Cavalry Division in northern Korea near the Chinese border. American commanders had ordered their forces to retreat, but Kapaun, a Catholic priest with the 3rd Battalion, refused and stayed to care for the men who couldn’t flee.

Story has it that Kapaun was administering the last rites to a dying soldier when he was captured, while huddled with a group of more than 50 wounded people he had helped gather in an old dugout. Fellow prisoners told of how Kapaun continued to care for his men even though he was weakened and sick himself. He died seven months later in a prison hospital in Pyoktong.

According to the Army, at a memorial service honoring Kapaun in 1954, Army Chief of Chaplains Patrick J. Ryan relayed the feelings of former prisoners:

"Men said of him that for a few minutes he could invest a seething hut with the grandeur of a cathedral. He was filled with the spirit of Christ. In that spirit he was able to inspire others so that they could go on living — when it would have been easier for them to die."


Must the Liturgy Embrace Rock?
The New Liturgical Movement

Here is an interesting article from the New Liturgical Movement on popular music (rock) in the liturgy. It is of a timely manner considering an anonymous comment someone left on Venite two weeks back concerning the Bluegrass Mass at the Winfield Music festival and they're opposition to my attitude that it was an abomination: "The spirit of Vatican II might indeed be expressed by the activity and initiative of the laity to request and organize the Mass." Laity indeed. Comments dear readers?

As if it is 1966, Tom Beaudoin (Theology, Fordham University) and Brian Robinette (Theology, St. Louis University) make the case for rock music in America magazine this month, and you are free to enjoy their blast from the past online.

Predictably, they write that because people love rock, the liturgy should embrace it. That's pretty much the whole story.

They add only a strange historical myopia to the argument. "Evaluative distinctions like 'high' and 'low' art seem increasingly anachronistic in a secular age and suggest a suspicion of life’s more visceral dimensions, which rock music explores."

It always amuses me when people write as if our age is somehow different from any previous age. The supposition in this case is that the Church has never before dealt with the ubiquity of popular forms of art - as if the Greeks just sat around listening to unmetered plainsong all the time.

The truth is otherwise: popular music has always been with us. Dances, drums, and the "compulsive rhythms, hard-driving bass lines, shimmering guitars and piercing vocals" that the authors celebrate were also features of popular music in the early Church too. The Christians rejected these forms for their worship. Popular music didn't go away. It has a steady tradition from the ancient world to today. No surprise there.

The question has always been whether and to what extent should it be imported to Christian worship. Actually, it's not a question at all. Papal legislation from the beginning until very recently has been very clear on this subject: sacred music belongs in Church; secular music belongs outside Church. That's the essential model, and it's not hard to follow. How and why this argument keeps reappearing is beyond me.

Now, I must say that these authors don't make a very good case. In fact, their writing even seems inadvertently to make the opposite case. One needs only to quote their own article:

"Listeners can also rediscover a rootedness in the body, while at the same time experiencing the body’s expansion as it seems to fuse with the music. Many report a deeper awareness of their own bodies, as they take pleasure in moving to an arresting sound, beat and melody. This is similar to the way many people feel during peak religious experiences—taken out of themselves and welcomed into something greater, in a way they remember long after the event itself. Enjoying rock, then, is one way many people reconnect with their bodily existence. It provides a visceral form of transcendence."


God's Easy Work
DNA Replication (Animation)

Dancing Priest
iPod video created by Tom P Meyers for WSFK

While pondering those parts of popular culture that encroach on Catholicism and has made its way into the liturgy (pop, bluegrass music, liturgical dance) I thought of this odd little piece of animation. It is a spoof on the commercials by Apple advertising the iTunes application and their products the iPod and the iPhone. It features the silhouette of a dancing priest which, at first glance, made me wince and brace myself for the inevitable anti-Catholic harangue.

Much to my surprise this little slice of pop culture had an edifying message which, in my mind, makes it a valid use of common imagery in it's approach to a Catholic message.


After 40 Years
A Solemn High Mass in St. Peter's Basilica
Inside the Vatican Magazine
Tomorrow morning, for the first time in 40 years, a solemn High Mass according to the old rite will be celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica. The celebrant: American Archbishop Raymond Burke.

By Robert Moynihan, reporting from Rome

Passages referring to the long wandering of Israel in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt:
"Your children will be shepherds here [in the Sinai desert] for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness..." —Numbers 14:33

"For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey." —Joshua 5:6
"If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, yea, return unto Me; and if thou wilt put away thy detestable things out of My sight, and wilt not waver; And wilt swear: 'As the LORD liveth' in truth, in justice, and in righteousness; then shall the nations bless themselves by Him, and in Him shall they glory. —Jeremiah 4:1-2

An afternoon phone call

I was on my way this evening toward Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, walking, when my Italian friend and colleague, the Catholic writer Alberto Carosa called me on my cell phone.
There was a bit of traffic on the street along the Tiber, and I couldn't hear him clearly.
"Bob!" he said. "...Tomorrow... (garbled words)... St. Peter's... (garbled words)."
That was all I could hear.
"What?' I said.
A car whooshed past me and I ducked down a stairway to get away from the main street.
"Alberto, I couldn't hear you. Non potevo sentirti..."
Alberto slowed down and spoke louder.
"Tomorrow morning at 10 am there will be a solemn High Mass according to the old rite celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica," he said. "It will be the first time that a solemn High Mass in the old rite has been celebrated in the Basilica in 40 years, since 1969..."
"Are you sure?" I asked.
"Sure, sure," he said. "It was announced this morning at the Summorum Pontificum conference I have been attending..."
"No," I said, "I mean, are you sure it is the first solemn High Mass according to the old rite to be celebrated in the Basilica since 1969?"
"I'm sure," he said. "At least, so we were informed this morning. We were told that the last High Mass according to the old rite in the Basilica was in 1969..."
"Wow," I said. "Hmm, that seems something special. If what you tell me is true, I think it's historic. Like the end of the 40 years of wandering in the desert of the Jewish people after the Exodus from their captivity in Egypt..."
Alberto laughed.
"You know," he said, "I hadn't thought of it that way, but you are right: the wandering in the desert was 40 years, and it is exactly 40 years that we have not had the old Mass in the Basilica..."
"Who is celebrating the Mass?" I asked.
"Archbishop Raymond Burke," he said.
"And what time will it be, and where exactly? Will it be at the main altar?"
"No, it will be at 10 am, in the Chapel of the Most Holy Sacrament, where the Eucharist is always present for adoration. But you should come early, as lots of people will be coming. If you're not there by 9:45, you may not get in."
"I'll be there at 9:30," I said. "And Alberto, could you send me an email right now explaining a bit of the background to this Mass, so I can post it tonight?"
"I can't send it now, as I'm not by my computer, but I'll send you something later this evening," he said.
Implementing Summorum Pontificum
When I returned home, I found an email from Alberto waiting for me. Here it is:
"Normally conferences and symposiums are relevant for the message their organisers intend to convey to the public through the speeches and lectures of their speakers, but in the case of the 2nd Conference on the Motu prorio Summorum Pontificum (16-18 October 2009), entitled The Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum by Benedict XVI: A Great Gift for the Whole Church, the reality was a bit different.
"The three-day event, which was held in the religious institute Bonus Pastor in via Aurelia not far from the Vatican walls, was significant not only for what its speakers said, mostly focused on the sacredness and beauty of the pre-Vatican II liturgy, but especially for the announcement that the proceedings will be capped by a solemn pontifical Mass in the old Latin rite in St. Peter’s Basilica.
"The announcement was made by Dominican Father Vincenzo Nuara from the Dominican Sicilian province of Acireale-Catania, during his introduction of the conference proceedings the second day, Saturday morning, October 17th, 2009.

"Father Nuara is the founder and spiritual leader of the group organizing the conference, Giovani e Tradizione (Youth and Tradition), an association of young people based in Acireale in Sicily.
"The symposium saw the participation of many hundreds of clergy, nuns and faithful interested in the traditional liturgy, including senior representatives of traditionalist religious and lay organisations, such as the Fraternity of St Peter, the Institute Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the Fede&Cultura publishing company, Centro Culturale Lepanto, and many others.
"Among the speakers were Monsignor Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Karaganda in Kazakhstan; Monsignor Valentino Miserachs, the chief of the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music; Abbot Michael John Zielinski, deputy president of the Pontifical Commission for the Church’s Heritage and Sacred Archaeology; Monsignor Professor Brunero Gherardini, dean emeritus of the faculty of Theology at the Lateran University; and Father Stefano Manelli, founder and superior of the Franciscans of the Immaculate.
"The pontifical High Mass will be celebrated by His Excellency Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, at 10:00 am in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, for the first time after 40 years. In fact, the last celebration of such a solemn pontifical Mass in the Basilica took place in 1969.
"After the Mass, the faithful who have participated in the conference and attended the Mass will move to St. Peter’s Square for the Pope's Angelus prayer. It is hoped that they will be graced by the Pope’s encouragement for their staunch support of the papal motu proprio allowing the old rite to be more widely celebrated."

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