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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Post #184

Topics: Quote: Council of Trent....John of Avila: To Be 34th Doctor of the Church...St Anthony's St Louis IX Statue...Only Statue of a Saint-King in Wichita...Video: Saint Rose of Lima


Quote from the 16th Century Catechism of the Council of Trent 

"For marriage, as a natural union, was instituted from the beginning to propagate the human race; so was the sacramental dignity subsequently conferred upon it in order that a people might be begotten and brought up for the service and worship of the true God and of Christ our Savior."


John of Avila to be 34th Doctor of the Church

MADRID, Spain, AUG. 20, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI announced today that the patron of Spanish diocesan clergy will be named the 34th doctor of the Church.

St. John of Avila -- not to be confused with St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila's partner in reforming the Carmelites -- is known as the Apostle of Andalusia.

He was declared patron of the Spanish secular clergy in 1946 by Pius XII; he was canonized by Paul VI in 1970.

Benedict XVI today expressed his hope that the word and the example of this outstanding pastor will enlighten all priests and those who look forward to the day of their priestly ordination.

I invite everyone to look to St. John of Avila and I commend to his intercession the bishops of Spain and those of the whole world, as well as all priests and seminarians. As they persevere in the same faith which he taught, may they model their hearts on that of Jesus Christ the good Shepherd, the Holy Father added.

John was born in Almodovar del Campo, Ciudad Real, in 1500, in the heart of a well-off family, which educated him in the Christian faith. When still a youth, he went to Salamanca to study law. An encounter with Jesus Christ changed his life radically, and he left Salamanca and a promising future to dedicate himself to prayer for three years.

Well guided by his spiritual directors, he became determined to be a priest and to consecrate his life to Christ and to evangelization. Twelve poor men accompanied him on the day of his priestly ordination, as his parents were already dead. There were no banquets or extravagances.

Burning with the love of Christ, John of Avila was only interested in dedicating himself to preaching. In 1527, he offered to go to New Spain-Mexico as a missionary.

However, the archbishop of Seville asked him to dedicate himself to the evangelization of his diocese and then to other dioceses in the surroundings, a work which brought him the title Apostle of Andalusia.

He was tried by the Inquisition, spending more than a year in prison, which only brought his spiritual life to deepen.

He went on to preach and evangelize until his death in 1569.


St Anthony's St Louis IX Statue
Only Statue of a Saint-King in any of the Wichita area Churches
By Larry Bethel

St Anthony's may have the only statue of a Saint-King in any of the Wichita area Churches. In full regalia next to the St Joseph statue is St Louis IX, consecrated king of France in 1226 at the age of 11 who then reigned for 44 years. His mother queen Blanche, brought him up piously in the faith, and he liked to be called Louis of Poissy, the place of his baptism. He came of age in 1234 and married Margaret of Provence with whom he had 12 children. He lived a serious liturgical and prayerful life, beginning each day with the office of Prime and attending two masses a day in his chapel. In his chapel he introduced the practice of genuflecting at the words in the Creed: Et homo factus est and of bowing humbly at the passage in the Passion
when Jesus expired. Both practices were adopted by the Church. He twice led crusades to retake Jerusalem. On the first one he had successes until he was captured by the Saracens and was ransomed and then spent 5 years in the areas of the Holy land helping Christians and rebuilding shrines. During this time he received from the Emperor of Constantinople the Crown of Thorns and a particle of the Cross which he later preserved at Saint Chapelle, which he built for the purpose.
Returning to France when his mother died he, for 15 years, assured the profitability and peace of France, where he was looked upon by all of Europe, including the Pope, Gregory IX as a great ruler. Perhaps even more telling is a quote from Joinville, a chronicler of medieval France, "Often, I have seen the good king, after Mass, go to the wood at Vincennes, sit down at the foot of an oak tree and there listen to all who had to speak to him." In 1270 he underwent another crusade but this time was foiled by an epidemic decimating his army and killing him. His son, Philip the Bold, brought his remains back to Paris where they were interred at the church of St Denis. During the French religious wars his body disappeared leaving only one index finger, still at the church. This is from the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1918:
"He was renowned for his charity. The peace and blessings of the realm come to us through the poor he would say. Beggars were fed from his table, he ate their leavings, washed their feet, ministered to the wants of the lepers, and daily fed over one hundred poor. He founded many hospitals and houses: the House of the Felles-Dieu for reformed prostitutes; the Quinze-Vingt for 300 blind men (1254), hospitals at Pontoise, Vernon, Compi√©gne."
The only consecrated king of France, St Louis, Mo, Louisville,Ky and Louisiana are all named after our saint, along with many other cities, churches and basilicas throughout the world.
St Louis' feast day is August 25. Here is the Secret from his Feast day Mass;
Grant, we beseech thee, O almighty God, that even as blessed Louis, Thy Confessor, spurning the delights of the world,
sought to please Christ his King alone, so may his prayers render us acceptable to Thee. Through our Lord.

Evidently, we are blessed with the statue of St Louis IX for the reason he was a patron of the 3rd order of St Francis along with St Elizabeth of Hungary, the statue on the other side of the St Joseph statue. When the St Anthony parish was Franciscan, the St Louis and St Elizabeth statues were in the sanctuary above the arcs on each side of the altar. Today, next to St Joseph, St Louis is dressed in a purple cloak denoting royalty with a sword in one hand and in the other a jewel box which holds replicas of the crown of thorns and 2 nails from the true cross.

I want to thank the St Anthony Church historian, Camilla Hartman, who spent time with me telling about the statue's history as well as about the Saint himself.
The image above is St Louis IX meeting with Pope Innocent IV at Cluny.
One more personal note; while researching St Louis I found he and I have the same birthday; April 25. Ora Pro Nobis, St Louis.


Video: Saint Rose of Lima

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