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.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Post #130

Topics: Requiescat in Pace: St. Anthony Family Needs Prayers...Laying Out Vestments: Details Before Mass Starts


...and now the Necessaries

Please note: St. Anthony Catholic Church is one of two local churches 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.


Requiescat in Pace
St. Anthony Family Needs Prayers

Please pray for long-time rosary group member and Latin Mass attendee, Patty Thompson and her family. Her husband Nelson just passed very suddenly. Please pray not only for the repose of Nelson's soul, but also for Patty and their children, all of whom are surely devastated.

Alot of you might who don't know the family may be familiar with the Thompson boys who used to serve at the altar for the Traditional Latin Mass and also Francis who still serves (though he has a broken leg right now).

There are no words that are powerful enough to assuage the hurt in your souls but please know that our prayers are offered for the whole Thompson family.
Laying Out Vestments
So many details, so little time.
There are alot of details that have to be covered when the altar servers come in early to get ready for mass and I thought it might interest you to know some of these details specifically, in this post, how the Priest's vestments are laid out.

Each item that the priest wears is laid out in a certain and specific manner and each piece has it's own prayer that the priests recites when he dons it.

The vestments are laid out "in reverse" meaning of course that the first thing the priests puts on is the last thing we  lay out, each piece being laid on top of the other.

For Low Mass

Stole - A liturgical vestment composed of a strip of material from two to four inches wide and about eighty inches long. It has either a uniform width throughout, or is somewhat narrower towards the middle, widening at the ends in the shape of a trapezium or spade. A small cross is generally sewed or embroidered on the stole at both ends and in the middle; the cross, however, is prescribed only for the middle, where the priest kisses the stole before putting it on.

It is laid in the form of an "H" laying the ends upright on the table straight and then folded back up to where the center neck portion is on the middle and this forms the crossbar of the H.

Maniple - The maniple is an ornamental vestment in the form of a band, a little over a yard long and from somewhat over two to almost four inches wide, which is placed on the left arm in such manner that it falls in equal length on both sides of the arm. It is worn only during Mass.

The Maniple is placed in the center over the stole, straight up and down to form the "I".

Cincture - The cincture is a long, rope-like cord with tassled or knotted ends, tied around the waist outside the alb. The colour may be white, or may vary according to the colour of the liturgical season.

In the form of an "S" the cincture is laid over the stole and maniple.

Alb - The alb is the large plain garment made of white linen that is worn over the priest's clothes or cassock. Adopted from the long linen tunics that the ancient Romans wore, it is said to be the oldest liturgical vestment used by the early Christians.

It is layed on the table face down with the arms folded across each other. As it hangs off the edge of the vesting table the center of the bottom of the alb is folded up to allow slipping on easily.

Amice - The amice consists of a white cloth connected to two long ribbon-like attachments, by which it is fastened around the shoulders of the priest. It is the first vestment the priest puts on and thus the last that we lay out.

It is placed flat over everything else with the string corners at the top...the strings are folded to form a sort of "butterfly" shape.

The card with the vesting prayers is set out for Father to read.

For High Mass, the maniple is not included because  is laid out at the sedalia. Everything else goes on the same order except the cincture makes a P shape and the stole makes an X.

And these are some of the very small details that we see to,back in the Sacristy every Sunday!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Post #129

Topics: Pope Pays Tribute: Medievel Mystic Hildegard of Bingen...Former Nun: Should We Have Started the Revolution At All?...From the Pastor: Sunday Bulletin For ICC Omaha, NE...Andrew Smith: Sculpting Talents at Clear Creek


...and now the Necessaries

Please note: St. Anthony Catholic Church is one of two local churches 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.


Pope Pays Tribute to Women in the Church and Medievel Mystic Hildegard of Bingen
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 By Spero News

Speaking at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on September 8, Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his catechesis to a subject he began last week, that of St. Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth-century German Benedictine religious "who distinguished herself for her spiritual wisdom and the sanctity of her life". Referring to the mystical visions the saint received throughout her life, the Holy Father highlighted how "they were rich in theological content. They referred to the main events of the history of salvation and use a Mainly poetic and symbolic language. For example, in her best known work entitled 'Scivias' ('Know the Ways') she summarised the events of the history of salvation in thirty-five visions, from the creation of the world to the end of time. ... In the central part of her work she develops the theme of the mystical marriage between God and humankind which came about in the Incarnation".

"Even in this brief outline", Benedict XVI went on, "we see how theology can receive a special contribution from women, because they are capable of speaking of God and of the mysteries of the faith with their specific intelligence and sensitivity". In this context he encouraged all women "who undertake this service to do so with a profound ecclesial spirit, nourishing their reflections with prayer and looking to the great riches - still partly unexplored - of the mediaeval mystical tradition, especially as represented by such shining examples as Hildegard of Bingen".

Turning his attention to other writings by the saint, the Pope recalled how "two are particularly important because, like 'Scivias', they contain her mystical visions. They are the 'Liber vitae meritorum' (Book of Life's Merits) and the 'Liber divinorum operum' (Book of Divine Works) which is also known by the name of 'De operatione Dei'. The former ... underscores the profound relationship between man and God and reminds us that all creation, of which man is the apex, receives life from the Trinity. ... In the second work, considered by many to be her masterpiece, she again describes creation in its relationship with God and the centrality of man, revealing a powerful biblical-patristic kind of Christocentrism".

Hildegard was also interested in "medicine and the natural sciences, as well as music", said the Holy Father. "For her, all of creation was a symphony of the Holy Spirit, Who is in Himself joy and contentment". Said the pope, "Hildegard's popularity led many people to consult her. ... Monastic communities, both male and female, as well as bishops and abbots all sought her guidance. And many of her answers remain valid, even for us".

"With the spiritual authority she possessed, in the last years of her life Hildegard began to travel. ... She was considered to be a messenger sent by God, in particular calling monastic communities and clergy to a life in conformity with their vocation. Hildegard especially opposed the German Cathar movement. The Cathars - their name literally means 'pure' - supported radical reform of the Church, principally to combat clerical abuses. She reprimanded them fiercely, accusing them of wanting to subvert the very nature of the Church and reminding them that the true renewal of the ecclesial community is not obtained by changing structures so much as by a sincere spirit of penance and a fruitful journey of conversion. This is a message we must never forget".


Should We Have Started the Revolution At All?

Camille Minichino-The Real Me

"I've been a factory worker, a translator, a teacher, an experimental physicist, a nuclear safeguards engineer, a writer, a waitress, a miniaturist, a paralegal, a nun, a minister, a short order cook, a ticket taker, an editor, a crafter, and a cotton candy twirler."

Who thought it was a good idea to turn the Roman Catholic liturgy on its heels—to tear out the magnificent pipe organs that accompanied solemn, meditative, Gregorian chant and replace them with a couple of guitars and folk music?
Well, I did.

And there I am with my “choir” on a Catholic campus in New York, in 1967. And, yes, those are staples down the centerfold of a religious magazine. The young man in black on my right, Bob C., was a seminarian at the time. He was lead guitar. I led the singing.
This Little Light of Mine. Kumbaya.
No kidding.

After the second Vatican council (1962-1965), we who embraced its spirit couldn’t be held back. The liturgy was one facet of Catholic life that has never been the same.

Before Vatican II’s aggiornamento—”bringing up-to-date”—priests in flowing vestments stood at the altar, their backs to the congregation, saying mass in Latin. After Vatican II, we held liturgies in apartments and at picnic tables; priests in Irish knit sweaters sat with us and consecrated bread from the deli. If a tasteless wafer of unleavened bread could be turned into the body of Christ, why not a brownie?

It made sense: The priest either had special powers or he didn’t. If he could transform bread and wine, he could transform danish and coffee. The scholarly priests among us told us that we weren’t being irreverent, but rather returning to the true spirit of the gospel, to the earliest days of the liturgy. With great delight, we believed them.


Campuses especially welcomed the changes. Chapels built for individuals in rows of pews were taken apart and remodeled to accommodate groups of people who hugged often while praying.

Many resisted, regretting the loss of Latin in the liturgy. Better a universal language that no one understands, they said, than the vernacular, like English, that only some understand. The vernacular prevailed.

The religious habit and lifestyle were also casualties of Vatican II. I was on a legislative council, much like Congress, who voted on big issues, like whether we’d modify our bonnets so we could get drivers licenses. [Last week's photo shows me in the full bonnet; above, five years later, I'm in a bonnet with its blinder sides cut away.]

I remember long hours of lobbying and heated discussions at meetings over the length of the habit skirt. What was the breakeven point between religious and lay? And by the way, did we really need that rule of silence at meals? Didn’t Jesus enjoy a good chat with his disciples?

Every day there was a new theology book to talk about, a new idea of God, a new cause to embrace. We believed sweeping the streets of the inner city had as much value as saying the Office. There was excitement—and maybe a false sense of heroism—as we bustled about, doing the work of Jesus the Social Worker.

The resisters warned us that once we removed our veils and shortened our skirts, soon we’d be in lay clothes with only a lapel pin to indicate that we were nuns.
Slippery slope, we cried! A fallacy! That will never happen!

But they were right. I was a member of the order for almost eighteen years. By the end of that period, I wore nothing distinguishing except a small cross on my lapel.

I lost track of Bob C. and don’t know where he is today. Maybe he’s a bishop in New Jersey, or maybe he’s a husband and father of three living in Philadelphia. Looking at the stats, the chances are very great that, like me, he’s no longer in religious life.

There’s a sadness to aggiornamento—we were never able to complete it. We managed to pick away at the externals of both the liturgy and religious life but we never got to the real issues. New popes intervened and called a halt just as we were about to tackle the exclusion of women from the leading sacrament, intolerance of the gay and lesbian lifestyles, outdated notions of birth control and other matters of life and death.
We fought to change the Church and then walked away, leaving those who loved it as it was with the remnants of our botched attempt.

I have to wonder if we should have started the revolution at all.

Her blog: http://minichino.com/wordpress/


From the Pastor
Sunday Bulletin for ICC Omaha, NE

If you look at older guides of Examination
of Conscience, you will often see listed as one
of the questions “Have I provided an adequate
Catholic education for my children?” The Catholic Church
has always regarded this as one of the primary duties of
a Catholic parent – to provide for a solid education in the
Catholic Faith. Until recently, it was considered to be
mortally sinful for parents not to send their children to
Catholic school if it was available. Among the reasons
that the Church wanted her students in her schools in
addition to learning the Faith well was that she knew the
great benefits and importance of the children attending
daily Mass and being exposed to priests and religious
brothers and nuns.
Times have changed. It is not the 1950s or the 1800s
or the 1500s. Most (not all, however) in our parish
choose to home school their children. The sacrifice in-
volved in such an endeavor is usually very great and
shows how seriously the parents take that obligation of
providing a solid Catholic education for their children. I
commend you for your commitment and fine work. For
all of our parents, whether you home school or send
your children to other schools, part of the duty from the
“old days” still remains. All parents should see that their
children attend daily Mass as frequently as possible.
Given your particular situation, you may not be able to
get them to daily Mass as was the common practice at
Catholic schools in the past, but certainly at least a mini-
mum regularity of daily Mass attendance is possible for
home school families. Those who send children to
schools might need to be more creative but certainly
options are there – Saturday Masses, late afternoon &
evening Masses, holidays, etc. At ICC, that is one of the
primary reasons why we schedule a few extra weekday
Masses at otherwise non-traditional times, such as Tues-
day at 5:15 p.m.

Contact with the clergy is also an important part of
forming a child in the Catholic Faith. It is not easy, but we
try to make sure that the priests teach or have regular contact with all of the classes offered. Catechism classes
will start soon, which you can read about elsewhere in this
bulletin. We have tried to be creative this year to schedule
all the classes on the same night and only twice a month
since we know that most of our families drive a fair dis-
tance to get to the Church. This schedule, which I believe
will be the most convenient for the greatest number of
people will be dependant upon the availability of some
qualified seminarians from Our Lady of Guadalupe Semi-
nary helping us teach the classes (as of the bulletin dead-
line I had not received final confirmation but I expect to
receive it very soon). The class times have been staggered
a bit to allow both priests the ability to be involved in all
the classes. Having priests and seminarians teaching all
Catechism classes is rare but we feel it is important for us
to be there. With the quality of teaching that the children
will receive combined with what I believe is a very conven-
ient and a not-burdensome schedule, I hope that all of our
families with children will participate in the Catechism
classes this year. I also hope that you will make weekday
Mass attendance a regular part of your child’s formation,
if you are not already doing so.


Andrew Smith’s Latest Project Brings Sculpting Talents to Area Monastery
By Kirk Kramer
Phoenix Staff Writer

— LOST CITY — Johnny Cash breaks the quiet of a remote, peaceful valley in the Ozarks, a few miles from this aptly named village in Cherokee County.

“A Boy Named Sue” accompanies the yaps of a puppy named Argus — and the peal of bells calling white-robed monks to prayer on a nearby hilltop.

Andrew Smith finds himself at work with his hammer and chisel in a makeshift studio — a long way from Scotland and the Florence Academy of Fine Art.

Smith earlier served as an apprentice to Alexander Stoddart, court sculptor to the Queen of England. He studied at world-class art schools in Philadelphia and Italy. One commission took him to Lugano, Switzerland.

His latest project has brought him here.

Smith has been commissioned by the Benedictines of Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey to make two carvings. They will adorn the new church that is rising at their property on Roach Mountain, east of Fort Gibson Lake.

Clear Creek Abbey was founded in 1999 by monks from Fontgombault, a thousand-year old monastery in France. The abbot of Fontgombault told the architect — Smith’s father, Notre Dame University professor Thomas Gordon Smith — to design a monastery “that will last a thousand years.”

So Andrew Smith hopes the carvings he is creating now, using limestone from Batesville, Ark., will contribute to the worship and “beauty of holiness” at Clear Creek for a long time.

“We are delighted to have Andrew Smith with us at Clear Creek Abbey this summer,” said Philip Anderson, abbot of the monastery. “He is a very gifted young sculptor, who after finishing his studies in Florence has been commissioned to carve two monumental capitals for the front door of our church under construction.”

Capitals are the decorative elements at the top of a column.

A graduate student from Australia staying at the monastery also visited Smith’s studio this week.

“I think his carvings rock,” Lyle Cooney-Pead said.

Like the architecture of the church, the capitals are in the Romanesque style. The Romanesque was used in the early Middle Ages, when monasteries were among the main institutions in Western culture.

Smith described the scenes he is carving.

“They show the narrative of salvation history, beginning with the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, then their sin and expulsion from the garden,” Smith said. “This leads to the prophecy of Isaiah chapter seven, ‘Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son.’ Then (the capitals) depict as the central scene the Annunciation. That is the moment when the angel, Gabriel, appears to the Virgin Mary and asks her to be the mother of the Messiah.”

The monastery at Clear Creek is dedicated to the Virgin Mary under the title of the Annunciation.

Each capital will be 15 inches tall, 2 feet wide, and 2 feet deep. They will rest on columns 12 feet tall. Smith is working from plaster models he uses as a guide in carving the sculptures in stone.

Smith said he was moved by the comments of a young monk after he looked at the plaster models.

“The brother drew several theological ideas out of the sculptures I had never thought of,” Smith said. “He was able to interact with the sculpture I made. I’m honored that (these works of art) can be used as objects of contemplation by the monks in drawing closer to God.”

Smith’s conversation is laced with classical and literary references, and a well-thought-out philosophy of art. His profession and his culture are the fruit of an upbringing in an artistic and intellectual family, and of what he calls the “poetic education” he received as a high school student at St. Gregory’s Academy, a boarding school near Scranton, Pa.

Smith’s largest commission to date was a project for the college bookstore at California State University at Stanislaus. It depicts six California authors, including John Steinbeck and William Saroyan, in symposium with the classical authors Homer and Sappho.

“I’m more interested in human beings than I am in shape,” Smith said. “I really enjoy, when I make a portrait of a historical figure, getting to know and understand that person, to have that knowledge be an inspiration for my art.”

He has even put his knowledge of Johnny Cash and his music to use in carving a bust of the singer.

Smith looks at sculpture and art in a distinctly traditional way. He rejects as “false opposites” a supposed contradiction between abstract art and realism. Sitting in his un-air-conditioned studio on the banks of Clear Creek one hot afternoon recently, he ruminated on such philosophical questions between drags on a Pall Mall cigarette.

“All art is automatically abstract,” Smith said. “My dog, Argus, wouldn’t understand that a statue 12 inches high represents a human being. It doesn’t smell like a human being or walk like a human being.

“Humans have a unique ability to think in abstract terms. A representational artist is always making abstractions of what is in nature when he carves a statue or paints a picture. This is because, as human beings, we always come to understand things in a roundabout way: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like . . .’ We can start to know things through parables, through what philosophers call analogy.”

Smith said that despite the heat of his first Oklahoma summer, he likes living here.

“There are a lot more live music events than most places I’ve lived,” he said. “I enjoyed the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah. I really like the products of the Marshall and Choc breweries. And the chicken fried steak around here is to die for.”

Reach Kirk Kramer at 684-2901 or kkramer@muskogeephoenix.com.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Post #128

Topics:Fr. John N. Hay: Celebrates Traditional Latin Mass.... Rev. John Brancich, F.S.S.P: On Modesty....Catholic Bishops: Run Denver Marathon (including James Conley)....In Honor of Mary: Exhibition of Sacred Art at St. Anthony, Wichita


With Fr. Hoisington on sabbatical  and all others busy with their own parishes we, the Latin Mass community of St. Anthony, were naturally a bit concerned with the unknown....who was to celebrate mass for us this Sunday? The answer?: Father John Hay of the Newman Center (see below).

Father Hay , still a very young man, celebrated like an old pro with reverance, knowledge and confidence! Thank you so much!
...and now the Necessaries
Please note: St. Anthony Catholic Church is one of two local churches 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.


Fr. John N. Hay Celebrates Traditional Latin Mass
(Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite) at St. Anthony

Fr. Hay pastor St. Paul’s Parish/ Wichita State University Newman Center

Fr. John N. Hay was born on December 6, 1980 in Wichita, KS to Bob and Janet Hay. He was baptized at St. Cecilia Catholic Church and received part of his elementary education at the parish school. He attended Campus High School in Haysville, KS graduating in 1999. Immediately following high school Father Hay went to Conception Abbey Seminary College for minor seminary from 1999-2003, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. After college, Father Hay went to The Pontifical College Josephinum for major seminary in Columbus, Ohio from 2003-2007. In the spring of his third year of major seminary Father Hay was ordained a Deacon and assigned to St. Joseph’s parish in downtown Wichita for the summer. Upon his graduation from major seminary, Father was ordained to the sacred Priesthood on May 26, 2007 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the Diocese of Wichita and received his first priestly assignment at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Wichita, KS. Father Hay is thrilled to be serving as pastor of St. Paul’s Parish and Newman Center.

St. Paul’s Parish/Newman Center continues to serve Catholics at WSU spiritually, intellectually and socially. The students of the Newman Center strive to give dynamic witness to the cause of Christ on the WSU campus. All of this is done in a spirit of friendship and charity in keeping with Cardinal Newman’s motto: Cor Ad Cor Loquitur, “Heart Speaks to Heart.”  


Immaculate Conception Church Bulletin
Omaha, Nebraska
Rev. John Brancich, F.S.S.P.

From the Pastor

With temperatures well into the 90s this past week, it is clear that summer weather is far from over. I think you know that I try not to harp on the issue of modesty, but given the culture that we live in, unless we are reminded about this virtue from time to time, we can easily succumb to the standards of the world
which are different from the standards of Jesus Christ. The virtue of modesty is had in the way we speak, act and dress. It is the virtue that helps us to act in a way that is fitting to a person created in the Image and Likeness of Almighty God and especially to an adopted child of God which we are through the Sacrament of Baptism.

Modesty is something that we should live at home, at school, at work, with our friends – not just at Church or when we know the priest might be around. Since God Himself lives and dwells Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the tabernacle, it is especially important that that we speak, act and dress modestly when entering into God’s house, the Church. Modesty isn’t just about how we dress. It is why, for example, we normally don’t talk or shout in Church, or why a person walks in a dignified and reverent way in Church – rather than running down the aisle, for instance.
But appropriate and modest dress is important and one of the hardest for us to accept since the culture
around us has mostly lost any standards in this area. To help refresh your memory, here are a few things to remember especially when entering a Church:

  • Shoulders and upper arms should always be covered on both men and women 

  • Shirt and tops should keep the chest modestly covered on both men and women (the last official statement from the Vatican in this regard said the cut of the neck must not dip more than two fingers breadth under the pit of the throat).

  • Clothing should not be tight or transparent. 

  • Skirts need to reach below the knee (If that sounds old-fashioned, it should be remembered that St. Pio [Padre Pio] who died only about 40 years ago, insisted that they fall 8 inches below the knee and would severely chastise women who came to Church with skirts shorter than that!)  

  • Shorts are not appropriate wear in Church for men or women, even during the week (even if it is commonplace in some other Churches!)
There are some wrap skirts and shawls available near the bathrooms for women who arrive at Church and were not aware of these guidelines. We are working on obtaining some options for men and hope to have these available soon. Please remember that these are for use in the Church and should not be taken home. The best thing that you as parishioners can do to promote modesty is not to chastise and lecture an unsuspecting visitor who is not familiar with modesty guidelines but rather to model the virtue of modesty in your behavior, speech and dress both in and outside of Church. I am working on a sign that will be placed at the entrances which will give visitors or new folks a little information on this but also other things like use of the red missals, how to receive Communion and maybe a few other things that will help to answer some of the questions people often have the first time they come to a Traditional Latin Mass.


 Catholic Bishops Run Denver Marathon in October
Denver, Colo., Aug 29, 2010 / 06:58 pm (CNA).- Two Catholic bishops will take part in a Denver marathon in October. One is running to raise funds to pay off the $2.07 million debt on his diocese’s cathedral, while the other is joining local Catholics to increase prayers for and awareness of vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Bishop of Springfield, Ill. Thomas J. Paprocki, a longtime marathon runner, has announced he is training for the Oct. 17 event. In a statement from the Diocese of Springfield, the 58-year-old prelate said he enjoys running and has participated in 16 marathons.

“This year I have decided to dedicate my marathon effort to help pay off the debt of the recent restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield,” said the bishop, who took over the diocese in June.

“Catholics in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois can take rightful pride in our beautiful mother church, especially the many people who have already contributed generously to help pay the restoration costs,” he commented.

However, he explained that “unexpected expenses” had caused the debt and he would like to “retire this debt completely.”
He invited tax-deductible pledge donations and asked for prayer intentions for him to include while he is running and praying.

“As sacred Scripture says, ‘Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us’ (Hebrews 12:1). Your support will be greatly appreciated by me and all Catholics who gather and pray at our magnificent Cathedral,” Bishop Paprocki wrote.

The “Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon” website says that the time limit for the full marathon is six hours, a pace of 13:45 minutes per mile.

Auxiliary Bishop of Denver James Conley will also take part in the event.

Natalia Fletcher, executive assistant in the office of priestly vocations, responded to a CNA inquiry about the bishop’s participation. She reported that Bishop Conley and Bishop Paprocki attended graduate school together in Rome. Conley later told CNA in an e-mail that the two had run together in Rome, but not in a marathon.

The Denver auxiliary bishop will join archdiocesan vocations director Fr. Jim Crisman and two St. John Vianney seminarians as part of a relay team to increase support for and awareness of vocations. He will run 8.9 miles of the course and is following a training regimen of 15 miles per week.

In the past he has run in the Colfax 1/2 Marathon, the Chicago Marathon, the Rome Marathon, the Monte Carlo Marathon, the Pikes Peak Ascent and the Rome-Ostca 1/2 Marathon.

According to Fletcher, the archdiocese asks other runners and teams of runners to sign up for the event. Rather than seeking financial donations, the archdiocese asks that runners seek pledges of prayers for vocations to holy orders and to the consecrated life within the Archdiocese of Denver.

“There is a great need in the Church and world today for men and women who are willing to lay down their lives in service to others,” Fr. Crisman commented in a press release. “Please pray for an increase in vocations to Holy Orders and Consecrated Life, and pray for those already living these heroic vocations.”

He encouraged participants to form their teams as soon as possible so they have time to train and to pray.

The Office of Priestly Vocations has set up a section for the marathon in the “Run” section of its website http://www.priest4christ.com/.


In Honor of Mary an Exhibition of Sacred Art
Lynda Beck, Curator for Arts, St. Clare Sunshine Room at St. Anthony


In Honor of Mary an Exhibition of Sacred Art will show in the St. Clair Sunshine Room, St. Anthony Parish. The Marion exhibit, curated by Lynda Beck, features works by artists Diane Thomas Lincoln, Ranal Harrell Young, and Nancy Glenn. In Honor of Mary will be up for view through October 2010. A percentage of all sales will go to the Church.


In Honor of Mary 
Holy Mother of God * Holy Virgin of virgins* Mother of Christ* 
Mother of the Church *Mother of divine grace*Mother most pure 
Mother most chaste*Mother inviolate*Mother undefiled 
Mother most amiable*Mother most admirable*Mother of good counsel 
Mother of our Creator* Mother of our Savior*Virgin most prudent 
Virgin most venerable *Virgin most renowned *Virgin most powerful 

Virgin most Faithful *Mirror of justice *Seat of wisdom *Cause of our joy 
Spiritual vessel *Vessel of honor *Singular vessel of devotion *Mystical rose 
Tower of David *Tower of Ivory House of gold * Ark of the covenant
Gate of heaven *Morning star *Health of the sick *Refuge of sinners 
Comforter of the afflicted *Help of Christians *Queen of angels 
Queen of patriarchs *Queen of prophets *Queen of apostles *Queen of martyrs *Queen of confessors *Queen of virgins *Queen of all saints

Queen conceived without original sin *Queen assumed into heaven

Queen of the most holy Rosary *Queen of families  
Queen of peace


'Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Virgin Mary, of whom was born the Sun of Justice...Her birth constitutes the hope and the light of salvation for the whole world... Her image is light for the whole Christian people' (From the Liturgy).