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.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Post #203

Topics: Delmar Kuhlman: Requiscat in Pace...Low-Level "Meditation": Spiritual Reading...Dispositions for Frequent and Daily CommunionThe Catechism of the Council of Trent


• Michael O'Neil sends his thanks for prayers and contact information.
  michaelmjo@yahoo.com            316-295-9409.
Michael, St. Anthony TLM attendee, is looking for work and has experience/knowledge in the following:
Aeronautics, aircraft operations, watch (i.e., operations) center officer
aviation management at small general aviation airports, avaition security, and
personnel training.
 Michael earned a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. If anyone can assist in helping Mr. O'Neil find work email this blog and I will send you his contact information.
Gentlemen of St. Anthony, can you please help Mr. O'Neil find work or point him in a good direction?
I have received word that Mother of the Angels of the Discalced Carmelites, Park City, has been released from the hospital. From what I understand (correct me if need be), Mother suffers from complications due to lupus.
Please keep her and all the sisters in your prayers.
Please note: All Saints Day, November 1st, will be celebrated in the EFLR at St. Anthony with Fr. Hay.

..and now for the necessaries.

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


 Delmar Kuhlman (St. Anthony Choir member) has died from injuries he suffered from a fall. Delmar and his wife Rose sing in the choir at St Anthony's. Prayers for Rose and her family and, of course, for Delmar.
The rosary is at 7PM Sunday at Blessed Sacrament and the funeral is Monday at 10:30 AM, also at Blessed Sacrament.

Low-Level "Meditation"
by Jim Spencer

For all, and especially for those who, like me, find meditation somewhere between extremely difficult and absolutely impossible, the Church has long recommended spiritual reading.  Being a lowly reader rather than a lofty meditator, I've found several excellent books for spiritual reading.  Here are my current favorites:

1.) Meditations for Each Day (of the year), by Antonio Cardinal Bacci, translated by Desmond Williams & Brian Powers, published in 1965 by the Newman Press (with Imprimatur by Cardinal Spellman). No ISBN.  This book contains a 1.5 to 2 page of spiritual reading for each day of the year.  Long out of print, it's available from used Catholic book outlets.

2.) Baltimore Catechism  #3, First published in 1885 by J.L. Spalding (with Imprimatur by John Cardinal McCloskey of NY and Archbishop James Gibbons of Baltimore; republished in 2010 by TAN Books.  ISBN 978-0-89555-146-7.  This is the more detailed adult version of Baltimore Catechism.  "Meat and potatoes" Catholicism.

3.) Catechism of the Council of Trent, written under the direction of St. Charles Borromeo at the order of Pope St. Pius V.  Republished in 1982 by TAN Books.  ISBN 978-89555-185-6.  This is a complete and beautifully written explanation of the Catholic Faith, ordered and approved by one saint, guided and directed by another.  Need I say more?

4.) The Holy Bible (Douay-Rheims version), an English translation of St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate (with 1899 Imprimatur by James Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore), republished in 1971 by TAN Books. (No ISBN.)  This is the Bible used for the readings at Extraordinary Form Liturgies.

5,) Inside the Bible, by Kenneth Baker, S.J. Published in 1998 by Ignatius Press.  ISBN 0-89870-665-3.  Reading any version of the Bible without a basic understanding of the Catholic Catechism can be dangerous, as has been demonstrated by the disintegration of Protestantism into countless sects, each claiming biblical support for its "theology."  This book will help a Catholic not adequately familiar with the Catechism to read the Bible without going off on a tangent by focusing too tightly on a few verses here and there.  It gives a summary of each Book of the Bible and explains the relevant theology thereof.

6.) Various lives of the saints.  Reading theology builds a basis for practicing the Faith; the lives of the saints offers examples of how to practice it in real life situations.


Appendix VI
(From the book, The Catechism of the Council of Trent, published in 1982 by Tan Books and Publishers, Rockford, IL.)

Dispositions for Frequent and Daily Communion,
From the Decree Approved by
Pope Pius X, December 20, 1905
Submitted by Jim Spencer

Frequent and daily Communion, as a thing most earnestly desired by Christ Our Lord, and by the Catholic Church, should be open to all the Faithful, of whatever rank and condition of life; so that no one who is in the state of grace, and who approaches the Holy Table with a right and devout intention, can lawfully be hindered therefrom.

A right intention consists in this: that he who approaches the Holy Table should do so, not out of routine, or vainglory, or human respect, but for the purpose of pleasing God, or being more closely united with Him by charity, and of seeking this divine remedy for his weakness and defects.
Although it is more expedient that those who communicate frequently or daily be free from venial sins, especially from such as are fully deliberate, and from any affection thereto, nevertheless it is sufficient that they be free from mortal sin, with the purpose of never sinning mortally in the future;  and, if they have this sincere purpose, it is impossible but that daily communicants should gradually emancipate themselves form even venial sins, and from all affection thereto.

But whereas the Sacraments of the New Law, though they take effect opere operato, nevertheless produce a greater effect in proportion as the dispositions of the recipient are better; therefore, care is to be taken that Holy Communion be preceded by serious preparation, and followed by a suitable thanksgiving according to each one’s strength, circumstances, and duties.

That the practice of frequent and daily Communion may be carried out with greater prudence and more abundant merit, the confessor’s advice should be asked.  Confessors, however,  should be careful not to dissuade any one (ne quemquam avertant) from frequent  and daily Communion, provided he is in the state of grace and approaches with the right intention.

But since it is plain that, by frequent and daily reception of the Holy Eucharist, union with Christ is fostered, the spiritual life more abundantly sustained, the soul more richly endowed with virtues, and an even surer pledge of everlasting happiness bestowed on the recipient, therefore parish priests, confessors, and preachers – in accordance with the approved teaching of the Roman Catechism (Part ii, cap. 4, n. 63) – are frequently and with great zeal to exhort the Faithful to this devout and salutary practice.

Frequent and daily Communion is to be promoted especially in Religious Orders and Congregations of all kinds; with regard to which, however, the Decree Quemadmodum, issued on December 17, 1890, by the Sacred Congregation of Bishops and Regulars is to remain in force.  It is also to be promoted especially in ecclesiastical Seminaries, where students are preparing for the service of the altar; as also in all Christian establishments of whatever kind, for the training of youth.

In the case of religious institutions, whether of solemn or simple vows, in which rules or constitutions, or calendars, Communion is assigned to certain fixed days, such regulations are to be regarded as directive, and not preceptive.  In such cases the appointed number of Communions should be regarded as a minimum, and not as setting a limit to the devotion of religious.  Therefore, freedom of access to the Eucharistic Table, whether more frequently or daily, must always be allowed them, according to the principles above laid down in this Decree.  And in order that all religious of both sexes may clearly understand the provisions of this Decree, the Superior of each house is to see that it is read in community in the vernacular, every year within the octave of the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Finally, after the publication of this Decree, all ecclesiastical writers are to cease from contentious controversies concerning the dispositions requisite for frequent and daily Communion.