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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Mass Propers, the readings that change everyday, can be found in the red missalettes at the entrance of church?

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.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Post #245

Topics: Feast day: St. Apollonius the Apologist... Golf Tournament: Benefit for Discalced Carmelites... J.C. Penney: Stock Crashes Due to Gay Marriage Support


+Today, July 23rd is the feast day of St. Apollonius the Apologist, Bishop, Martyr, 3rd Class, Red. I see differing dates from various sources for this feast. I reference the  Seraphim Company liturgical calender. I should check my FSSP Ordo but it's in the car and I'm too lazy to go out in the heat and get it!

+Stephanie A. Mann of our EFLR community will host her own live call-in hour long radio show! Visit her site, the link is in the right hand column.

+I know you have articles, stories or pictures you would like to share. I know you do because I talk with a lot of you and you lead good, rich, wonderful Catholic lives. You can share your life experiences with the rest of us and remain anonymous if you would like. Email me.

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..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.

Golf Tournament to Benefit Discalced Carmelites

The order of cloistered Carmelite nuns is about to break ground on a monastery near Kechi, and a golf tournament Aug. 13 at Willowbend Country Club will be held to help them.

The seven Carmelites of the Monastery of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe live a life of prayer and sacrifice for others within the walls of a modular home now, but construction is beginning on a proper monastery on North Woodlawn. 

The golf tournament, in its fifth year, will be at Willowbend Golf Club. The entry fee is $125 per player or $500 per team. For more information, contact Mike Flores at 316-393-5614 or Mary DeGraffenreid at 316-721-2312 or go to the website


St. Apollonius the Apologist
Catholic Online

Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian Prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perennis, arrested him, also putting the slave to death as an informer. Perennis demanded that Apollonius denounce the faith, and when he refused, the case was remanded to the Roman senate. There a debate took place between Perennis and Apollonius that clearly outlines the beauty and the value of Christianity. Despite his eloquent defense, Apollonius was condemned and beheaded.

Saint Apollonius the Apologist or Saint Apollonius of Rome was a 2nd-century Christian martyr and apologist (not to be confused with Apollinaris Claudius, another contemporary apologist) who was martyred in 185 under the Emperor Commodus (161-192).

Four different sources speak of Saint Apollonius of Rome:

a record of the trial incorporated into the Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius of Caesarea (265-340);
chapters 40 and 42 of the De Viris Illustribus by Saint Jerome (347-420),
two versions of the Passio of Apollonius, one Greek, the other Armenian, which were discovered in the late 19th century.[1][3]
These sources present Apollonius as an illustrious Roman, even, it seems, a senator, and an exceedingly talented man, well versed in philosophy. He was denounced as a Christian to the Pretorian Prefect Perennius. Summoned to defend himself, he read to the senate, according to Saint Jerome, "a remarkable volume" in which, instead of recanting, he defended the Christian faith. As a result, he was condemned to death on the basis of the law established by the Emperor Trajan.

The sources say he was subjected to two investigations, the first by the Prefect Perennius, the second, three days later, by a group of senators and jurists. The hearings were conducted in a calm and courteous manner. Apollonius was permitted to speak with only rare interruptions, aimed at getting him to tone down his remarks, which were making him liable to punishment.[1]

Apollonius was not afraid to die, because, he said: "There is waiting for me something better: eternal life, given to the person who has lived well on earth." And he argued for the superiority of Christianity's concepts of death and life.[3]

The sources disagree on the manner of his death. The Greek Passio says he died after having his legs crushed, a punishment inflicted also on the slave who denounced him; but in the Armenian account he is decapitated.

Apollonius was not mentioned in the earliest Christian martyrologies, not being at first the object of individual commemoration. In the Middle Ages he was confused with two other saints, Apollo of Alexandria and the Apollonius who was martyred with Saint Valentine and whose feast is on 18 April. As a result, this date was attributed also to Saint Apollonius of Rome, even in editions of the Roman Martyrology, the latest editions of which have, however, restored the date of 21 April.[1]

The account in the Roman Martyrology (21 April) is as follows:

At Rome, commemoration of Saint Apollonius, philosopher and martyr. Under the Emperor Commodus, he defended, before the Prefect Perennius and the Senate, the cause of the Christian faith in a finely argued address, and then, after being condemned to death, confirmed it by the witness of his blood.


J.C. Penney Stock Crashes Due to Gay Marriage Support

Stock rated "junk" status, loses 50% since February, 350 layoffs at home officeJuly 17, 2012
Simply put, people are not shopping at J.C. Penney. AFA and OneMillionMoms are showing success in the effort to educate people to Penney's aggressive national campaign to promote "gay" marriage.

The company is going downhill fast. Since February, the company stock has lost more than half its value, and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its credit rating on J.C. Penney Co. further into "junk" status.
Snapshot of J.C. Penney under same-sex marriage crusade
February 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012
JCP announces Ellen DeGeneres as their new spokesperson.JCP launches catalog ad featuring two "gay" moms.JCP launches catalog ad featuring two "gay" dads.JCP stock rated "junk" by S&P. JCP fires marketing exec.
Stock price:
Stock price falls to$35.67Stock price falls to$25.83Stock price falls to$20.02
First-year CEO Ron Johnson's decisions have led to disastrous results for the company. Rather than build on the faith-based traditions of founder James Cash Penney, Johnson has abandoned family values and taken the company into a financial tailspin by embracing social activism
Families are the backbone of Penney's existence. As long as it pushes homosexual marriage, families will go elsewhere.


Make a personal phone call to J.C. Penney's customer service department. Urge them to return to family values and stop pushing the gay marriage agenda.

Their numbers are 972-431-8200 (customer service) and 972-431-1000 (corporate headquarters).
You can also write a personal email to J.C. Penney at this email address:jcpcorpcomm@jcpenney.com.

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