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Giving Alms to the Poor During Lent
Mon, 01 Mar 2021 21:35:00 +0000

Lent is traditionally a time for prayer, penance, and almsgiving. Almsgiving includes contributing to the support of your pastors. The Society and all of our priests depend on your generosity for our very existence. 

If you saw our recent video, you know the many sacrifices our priests make to bring you the sacraments every week throughout the year. If you have not seen it yet, please take a few minutes to watch it, here

As former Superior General, Fr. Franz Schmidberger, so eloquently said in his Lenten letter to friends and benefactors 35 years ago,

This requires however the blessing of heaven, which we discern not least in the kindness of your gifts, spiritual and material. Let me then apply the appeal of St. Pius X as Bishop of Mantua to our own seminaries, schools, retreat houses, and priories:

…I do not ask the impossible: I know that your earnings are small, but I also know that there are many of you . . . many grains make a heap and many drops a shower! Have you yourselves not witnessed the unused church and the abandoned altar, the empty confessional? Have you not seen young men growing up ignorant of the things essential for their salvation, the sick and dying without the consolations of religion? … Do not think I wish to give you commands or lay on you harsh sacrifices. If I am asking for alms, I do so with the humility of a beggar…

 


This is the desire of your bishop. Let no one allege the scantiness of his income or the poverty of his parish, for there is no one who cannot give a cent, a fruit, a vegetable. Nothing is impossible to him who loves.

Please click the link here and give alms to support your priests.

"Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God? Make for it two wings: fasting and almsgiving." – St. Augustine

Think Lent is Tough? Take a Look at Medieval Lenten Practices
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 16:49:27 +0000

The Lenten fast for Latin Catholics living in the years of the third millennium of Christianity often means swapping out the lunchtime burger for a Filet-o-Fish, and attending Stations of the Cross sporadically. But the Church has, up to the time of major reforms in the 1960s, encouraged its children to not do the bare minimum, but to immerse themselves in the spirit of Lenten penance.

The requirements and practices during the first millennium after Our Lord were extraordinarily stringent by today’s terms, having been relaxed bit by bit, until they are almost nonexistent today. Archbishop Lefebvre noted this in a letter written to faithful in 1982:

The faithful who have a true spirit of faith and who profoundly understand the motives of the Church…will wholeheartedly accomplish not only the light prescriptions of today but, entering into the spirit of Our Lord and of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will endeavor to make reparation for the sins which they have committed and for the sins of their family, their neighbors, friends and fellow citizens."

Today, only the Eastern Christian churches (many of which are not in communion with Rome) practice austerity during Lent, albeit unevenly. For instance, meat, fish, dairy, and oil are generally prohibited during the Lenten season, though there are few restrictions on the amount of Lenten-approved food that may be consumed. Moreover, certain fasting disciplines are subject to regional practice and cultural variations with local priests and bishops having more direct say in offering dispensations for those entrusted to their care.

Black Fasts and Watery Beer

We can learn much from our Latin ancestors’ observance of the Lenten Quadragesima and perhaps follow their example; if not entirely in practice, at least in spirit, as recommended by the Archbishop. In a recent post on his site, Dr. Taylor Marshall, a former Episcopalian priest who is now Catholic, collected the rules for Lenten penance as described by St. Thomas Aquinas:

  1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday were “black fasts.” This means no food at all.
  2. Other days of Lent: no food until 3pm, the hour of Our Lord’s death. Water was allowed, and as was the case for the time due to sanitary concerns, watered-down beer and wine. After the advent of tea and coffee, these beverages were permitted.
  3. No animal meats or fats.
  4. No eggs.
  5. No dairy products (lacticinia) – that is, eggs, milk, cheese, cream, butter, etc.
  6. Sundays were days of less liturgical discipline, but the fasting rules above remained.

 

Today’s Latin Catholics would be well-served to review the norms of early Christians as they prepared for Easter.

The Current Rules for Fast and Abstinence - And The Traditional Recomendations
Mon, 15 Feb 2021 18:09:00 +0000

Throughout the centuries, the Church has changed the ecclesiastical laws regulating penance, sometimes becoming more strict, sometimes relaxing the discipline.

Only the Church can hold us guilty of mortal sin for failing in this or that specific act of penance.

The section below, “Rules for penitential days under present Church law” details the bare minimum of penance which we must accomplish under pain of mortal sin.

However, we certainly offend God by neglecting penance completely over a length of time. Also, one will easily fall into mortal sin who confines penance to only those days and acts required by the current law.

Following the first section, “Guidelines for traditional penitential practices” spells out the strongly recommended practices which were observed until just after the Second Vatican Council.

The following article lays out two distinct practices - what is required of Catholics, and what is traditionally recommended as part of the practice of a fervent Lent:

Our Lady of Lourdes - A Remedy to the Evils of the Day
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 16:38:36 +0000

The apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes happened in the middle of the 19th century and four years after Blessed Pius IX promulgated the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. This was not happenstance: Lourdes was Heaven's response to the evils from which that epoch suffered and from which we still suffer today, since the message was not heeded...

On March 25, 1858, the "Lady" that appeared to Bernadette in the grotto near the Gave river at Lourdes finally revealed her name: "I am the Immaculate Conception." Four years before, on December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX had promulgated the constitution Ineffabilis Deus which declared the Immaculate Conception to be a dogma of the Catholic Faith.

In 1858 at Lourdes, Mary did not come to bolster our faith. The humble handmaid of the Lord did not come to confirm the solemn act of the Magisterium. On the contrary, she submitted herself to it, just as at Fatima on October 13, 1917, she would say, "I am Our Lady of the Rosary," the title which Leo XIII had inscribed in the Litany of Loreto on December 24, 1884. At Lourdes, Mary came rather to confirm that the remedy to the evils of our time is indeed the Immaculate Conception. The 150th anniversary of the promulgation of this dogma is an opportune time to try to understand how it concerns us.

Don Sarda y Salvany did not hesitate to write in 1892:

The whole revolutionary dogma can be reduced to three chief denials: the denial of original sin, the denial of the divinity of Jesus Christ, and the denial of the authority of the Church. From these three denials proceed the divinization of human reason, its independence, and its pretended sovereignty. Now, to these three denials the dogma of the Immaculate Conception fully responds.

The Answer to the Revolution

The same author continues:

Indeed, the exception confirms the rule. To confess that Mary was preserved from original sin by a singular privilege from God is to recognize the original sin of all the other descendants of the first man. The mystery of Mary's conception is thus a flat contradiction of the first revolutionary negation. Moreover, Mary obtains this privilege by the future merits of the Redeemer and in order to be the worthy Mother of the Son of God....To admit the dogma of the Immaculate Conception is thus to confess the divinity of Jesus Christ. Finally, from the divinity of Christ proceeds the divinity of the Church and the authority of its visible head, an authority which he exercised in its fullness in defining the Immaculate Conception. To admit this dogma is thus to admit the authority of the Church which commands us to profess it.

"Pius IX had inaugurated the work of his counterrevolutionary reaction by defining the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary," Dom Besse also remarked. He explained:

There was nothing more theological nor more wise. His contemporaries saw in this act a solemn manifestation of Catholic piety. But there was something more than this. The Revolution had been wrought in the name of the natural goodness of man, with the goal of upholding the three rights which supposedly flow from it [liberty, equality, fraternity]. One might say that its fundamental dogma was the immaculate conception of the human race. To this error it was necessary to oppose the contradictory truth. This the Pope did by declaring that all men were wounded by an original fall, since the Virgin Mary was immaculate by virtue of an incommunicable privilege. It was to confront human reason with a fact which the theoreticians of the Revolution denied or overlooked.

The Apparition of a Beautiful Lady

On February 11, 1858, Bernadette was gathering wood by the Gave. She had reached the place called the Massabielle grotto when, in the stillness, she heard a sound like a gust of wind. Looking on the right side of the poplar-lined river, she perceived at the edge of the rock in a kind of niche a Lady who beckoned her. The Lady's face was ravishingly beautiful. She was dressed in white with a sash of blue, a white veil on her head and a yellow rose on each of her feet. At the sight, Bernadette was troubled and instinctively fell to her knees, seized her rosary and began to pray. When the child finished her prayers, the Apparition vanished.

Bernadette returned to the grotto the next Sunday and Thursday, and each time the same phenomenon occurred. On Sunday, to assure herself that the strange being was from the Lord, she sprinkled it three times with holy water, at which she received a tender look. On the Thursday, the Apparition spoke to Bernadette, asking her to return every day for two weeks.

The girl responded faithfully to this request, and every day but two she contemplated the same spectacle in the presence of a crowd. After these fifteen visits, three more apparitions took place, one on March 25, another on April 5, and the last on July 16. The feast day of the Annunciation, three times Bernadette asked the mysterious Apparition her name. Then the Lady lifted her hands together before her, and raising her eyes to heaven she sweetly exclaimed, "I am the Immaculate Conception."

The simplicity and modesty of the girl, then the supernatural fruits which flourished at the grotto are proofs of the authenticity of the miracle. Scarcely was the Apparition made known when crowds thronged to the grotto; and while the girl was rapt in ecstasy, the deeply touched witnesses united themselves in the same sentiments of adoration and prayer. Christian souls were strengthened in virtue; indifferentists returned to the faith; obstinate sinners were reconciled to God after Our Lady of Lourdes was invoked on their behalf. Sick people the world over clamored for water from Massabielle when they could not make the trip to the grotto. Consequently, on January 18, 1862, the Most Reverend Laurence, Bishop of Tarbes, declared: "The Apparition calling itself the Immaculate Conception which Bernadette saw and heard is indeed the most Blessed Virgin!" The simplicity and sobriety of this event must not obscure its importance. It recalls the third chapter of the Book of Exodus where it relates that a shepherd who was grazing his flock at the foot of a mountain saw a bush ablaze but which was not consumed. Advancing to contemplate the phenomenon, he received the order to remove his sandals, for it was holy ground. Then God commanded him to deliver His people from the tyranny of the Egyptians. Moses said to God: "Who am I to go before Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?"

God Chooses the Humble

The Blessed Virgin's choice was indeed in keeping with God's, who always chooses "the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible...and the things that are not" (I Cor. 1:28). Pius XI wrote on December 8, 1933:

Just as God regarded the humility of His handmaid, so too the Queen of angels and men regarded the lowliness of her handmaid Marie-Bernard Soubirous, called in the world by the gracious name of Bernadette.

Bernadette did not know a word of catechism and scarcely knew how to recite the Rosary. She had not yet made her first Holy Communion, and yet it was she, weak and ignorant, who was to be Mary's messenger and who would defend her cause against sly and sometimes brutal adversaries. That the Virgin would choose "such a hussy," as the chief of police called her, is admittedly strange. Nonetheless, the simplicity and common sense of her replies display a heavenly inspiration reminiscent of St. Joan of Arc.

A monk tries to persuade her that it's the devil who appeared. "The devil is not that pretty!"

The Rev. Peyramale asks her if the Lady was mute since she did not tell her name. "No, since she told me to come and see you!"

A traveling salesman who displayed his wares in order to form an idea of the Lady's attire receives this reply: "Oh, the Blessed Virgin didn't go to your shop to get an outfit."

Finally, to those who disputed her story and demanded proofs: "I'm not responsible for making you believe it; I'm just supposed to tell you."

As Don Sarda and Dom Besse tell us, Lourdes is a response to the Revolution in so far as it is an expression of the Immaculate Conception. But Lourdes is also the high ground of the supernatural and of miracles. And in this respect Lourdes is equally a remedy to the evils of the time. For in 1858, we were up against a new and formidable heresy: Naturalism. Our Lady of Lourdes came to crush it.

Remedy to Naturalism

"O incredulous generation, you want only to believe in reason and nature. For you, you say, the order of Faith and of Revelation is canceled," exclaimed Cardinal Pie in his homily of July 3, 1876, pronounced for the coronation of Our Lady of Lourdes:

To your minds, the Gospel has not been certified enough, the ordinary ministry of the Church is not sufficiently authorized. The supernatural is finished, the men of the 19th century said. Well, look how the supernatural abounds; see how it overflows, how it seeps from the gravel and rock, how it rises from a spring, how it flows in the long undulations of a river of prayers, hymns, and lights; behold how it descends, how it rushes upon countless crowds.
 

Oh, you free-thinkers, you did not want to believe Moses or the prophets, nor Christ and His Apostles, nor the Church and her solemn judgments. And now behold how, in this mountain gorge, Mary appears and talks to a simple country girl, and the country girl tells what she has seen and heard. Ah, it is thus that the heavenly Physician opposes to all the vices the contrary remedy, He who holds in His hands the sources of grace, and whom the laws of nature obey. God will do so well that you will believe Bernadette, and by that means you will be brought back to believing in Him.

To the proud science that insists on measuring everything according to the dimension of reason and rejects everything it cannot explain, Our Lady of Lourdes makes the supernatural palpable: the spring at the site of the apparition restores sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, restores paralytics, and heals the deepest wounds.

Originally published by Fideliter in the May-June 2004 issue, Fr. Nicolas Pinaud examines the importance of Our Lady of Lourdes as an answer to the revolutionary spirit of our day.

Letter to the friends and benefactors of the Society of Saint Pius X, n° 90
Tue, 02 Feb 2021 07:03:55 +0000

My dear faithful, friends and benefactors,

Currently, we are living in an unusual, almost unprecedented moment in history, due to the coronavirus crisis and all its repercussions. As in such a situation, a thousand questions arise, to which there would be a thousand answers, or more. It would be utopian to pretend to provide a solution to each problem in particular, and that is not the purpose of these few considerations. Rather, we would like to analyse here a danger that is more serious, in a certain sense, than all the evils that currently afflict humanity: it is the danger that Catholics run of reacting in an overly human way to the punishment that is currently afflicting our world, which has become pagan once more, through its apostasy.

For several decades, we have been expecting a Divine chastisement, or some kind of providential intervention, to remedy a situation that has seemed unsalvageable for quite a long time. Some imagined a nuclear war, others, a new wave of poverty, a cataclysm, a communist invasion, an oil crisis, etc. In short, we could expect some providential event by which God would punish the sin of apostasy of our countries, and bring about a healthy reaction from those who were well disposed. In any case, we expected something that would make things plain to see. But while they may not have the form we expected, the current troubles undoubtedly play this revealing role.

What is happening with this current crisis? Let us try to analyse the emotions that are winning the hearts of our contemporaries, and above all, let us try to examine whether our dispositions as Catholics manage to rise to the level of our faith.

Fears that are too human

To put it simply, we can find three kinds of fears that are nowadays intertwined in almost all human beings, and which exhaust all their energy.

First of all, there is the fear of the epidemic, as such. It is not a question here of discussing the harmfulness of the coronavirus. But what is certain is that our godless world is attached to mortal life as the most absolute good, before which all other considerations must bow down and become unimportant. Consequently, and inevitably, this distorted perspective generates a universal and uncontrollable anxiety. The whole world seems to be losing its mind. Hypnotised by the peril threatening the priority of priorities, literally panicked, everyone appears fundamentally incapable of thinking about other issues, or of rising above a situation that is beyond them.

Then there is the spectre of the economic crisis. Understandably, it is perfectly normal for a father to be worried about the future of his children, and God knows very well that, at the moment, there are numerous legitimate concerns to be dealt with. But I am referring to the more general, and ultimately much more selfish, fear of becoming a little poorer and of no longer being able to enjoy what was taken for granted and subject to untouchable rights. This perspective is strictly linked to the previous one: for if life here on earth is the supreme good, the riches that allow us to enjoy it more, or as much as possible, also become, by force of circumstances, a supreme good.

To all this is finally added the dread of the loss of individual liberties, which men have enjoyed until now. Never before has there been such a general awareness of “human rights”.

The analysis of this threefold fear and all that is related to it could be developed at length. Let us only say that their common basis is fundamentally natural, purely human, and that they could be summed up in the apprehension that nothing will be the same as before the crisis: this “before” being confusedly and universally perceived as the ideal and inalienable well-being, of which enlightened humanity had made the glorious conquest.

However, if we analyse this fear and the behaviour it provokes in depth, we paradoxically find subterfuges similar to those used by the pagans of ancient times to explain any phenomenon that escaped them. That ancient world, certainly cultivated, civilised and organised, but unfortunately ignorant of the Truth, resorted to monsters, gods of all kinds, and above all to crude myths, to portray what it could not understand. Today, we are witnessing similar reactions: in the face of fear, in the face of the uncertainty of the future, a whole series of explanations is born, going in all directions, systematically contradictory to each other, and intermingled to no end. Their inconsistency is evident by the fact that they are continually superseded, in the space of a few hours or a few weeks, by explanations that are more in demand, more refined, seemingly more convincing, but not necessarily truer. We are faced with genuine myths, where real elements are mixed with fictitious stories, without being able to grasp their limits. And we see a great yearning being born for some miraculous solution, a utopian solution, capable of suddenly dispelling the thick fog and resolving all our problems.

It is a bit like the ancient cry of confusion, anguish and despair that reappears, after two thousand years, in a humanity that has become pagan again. And it could not be otherwise: it brings out, for those who can see, how this godless humanity is helpless and doomed to madness. Above all, it is remarkable that modern man who has lost his faith, and therefore no longer believes, is by the same token willing to believe everything without real discernment.

Our hope is firmly grounded in Heaven

But as far as we are concerned, are we sure that we are completely immune to this spirit? Of course, the three fears we have just mentioned are understandable, and even legitimate to a certain extent. What is not legitimate is to let these fears prevent and stifle any supernatural considerations, and above all compromise the possibility of benefiting from this ordeal.

After all, let us never forget that we only remain in reality and in truth if we look at this situation through the eyes of our faith: Nothing escapes God and His Divine Providence. It is certain that, above and beyond the contingencies that strike us, God has a precise plan. And that reminding people of their mortal condition, and of the fragility of their projects, belongs to this plan.

God first of all shows today’s man, poisoned by positivism (the negation of a Divine order), that the works of nature that surround him are His work; and that they obey His laws. God makes the modern Prometheus, indoctrinated by transhumanism (the negation of man’s limits), understand that the nature that He created escapes the technique and control of the human sciences. This is an extremely necessary lesson, especially today. We must treasure it and make it our own, all the more so, as modern man, blinded by his dream of absolute power, has made himself incapable of grasping it. We must also find in it, new incentives to worship the greatness of God and to live intimately dependent on Him.

More concretely, what would Our Blessed Lord tell us, He to whom nothing escapes, and who has planned everything in advance? “Why do you fear, O ye of little faith? Do you not believe that I am truly God? That I am truly almighty? That I direct everything in my wisdom and goodness? Is there a single hair on your head that falls to the ground without My knowledge and without My permission? Am I not the master of life and death? Do you think a virus can exist without Me? That governments can make laws without Me being the supreme master? Tell me: what is the worst thing that can happen to you, during this storm, if I am with you in the boat?”

The whole problem lies in the answers that we are able to give to these questions. Is Our Blessed Lord truly in the boat, which is our soul? If so, are we really looking at things through the eyes of our faith, which allow us to interpret every event of our daily life under the light of faith? Do we maintain total trust in Him, even when we do not fully understand what is happening? Are the eternal answers that our Catholic faith offers us sufficient? Or do we feel the need to dilute them with those continuously updated answers that we can find on the Internet? As the months have gone by, has our confidence in Our Lord Jesus Christ increased? Or have they contributed to our self-withdrawal and our sense of hopelessness? Each of us must answer these questions sincerely, in good conscience.

***

There are also some among us who fear, beyond the epidemic itself, the outbreak of a long-term religious persecution, and in particular against Christians. It is understandable that this question should arise, because we know that the world hates us, and that sooner or later this must happen: either in connection with the epidemic, or independently of it. We will not escape it. This is an evangelical truth, which predates any prediction of the current rampage. Our Blessed Lord warned us: “You shall hear of wars and seditions. […] Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There shall be great earthquakes in divers places, and pestilences, and famines. […] They will lay their hands upon you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and into prisons, dragging you before kings and governors, for my name's sake.” 1

But here too, our fears must be bathed in the soothing light of our faith: “Do not be afraid”2. Having been warned of this for a long time, we have to prepare ourselves for it, peacefully, by surrendering ourselves unreservedly into the hands of Divine Providence, and without desperately looking for a way out. Let us think back to the first century Christians, under the persecutions: those who looked too closely at the persecutors, the instruments of torture or the wild beasts, and forgetting the God of love who called them to join Him, saw nothing but danger, pain and fear… and ended up apostasizing. They had no lack of clear information, but their faith was not strong enough, and it had not been sufficiently nourished by ardent prayer: “And take heed to yourselves, lest perhaps your hearts be overcharged with gluttony and drunkenness and the cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly. For as a snare shall it come upon all that sit upon the face of the whole earth. Watch ye, therefore, praying at all times.” 3

And Our Blessed Lord also warned us: “The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” 4 In every ordeal, there is the secret and precious gift of seeing ourselves reshaped to be more like our Divine Saviour, our model, and thus being able to “fulfil in my flesh those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ”5.

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There is also a final reflection that can help us to adhere to reality and leave the coronavirus problem in its place. Alongside this present crisis, the Catholic Church is going through a much more terrible and devastating crisis, which must affect us even more. Woe to us if this is not the case, because it would be a sign that we no longer see with the eyes of our faith! This other crisis is indeed much more deadly, because those who have lost their faith because of it, risk losing their souls forever. To this, unfortunately, in the present situation, is added the total absence of a supernatural message from the Church’s hierarchy on the consequences of sin, on the necessity of penance, on the love of the cross, and on the preparation for death and the judgement that awaits all men. It is truly a catastrophe within a catastrophe!

So as for us, let us not lose hope, which is based neither on our efforts or abilities, nor on our analyses – however pertinent they may be – but on the infinite merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is to Him that we must always turn, but especially when we are overwhelmed and bending under the weight of our burden. Doing so is, especially for us who know Him, a duty of charity towards those who live in tragic ignorance of this comforting reality. If we really want to be true apostles for our neighbours, in these privileged hours, the most effective and appropriate apostolate is that of an example of unlimited trust in Divine Providence. This is an exclusively Christian way to carry our cross and to maintain hope. Our desire to return to “normality” must first of all be one of fully recovering this trust, nourished by faith, hope and charity.

 

In order to obtain these precious graces, let us all intensify our fervour - parents and children - in our Rosary Crusade, which brings us together and unites us, so that our ardent prayer may find therein a passionate cry that God Himself will be unable to resist: for the Mass; for vocations; for the world and the Church; and for the triumph of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This is the genuine way out of the present crisis, without waiting for the end of the epidemic!

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulations or distress? Or famine or nakedness? Or danger or persecution or the sword? […] In all these things we overcome, because of Him that hath loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus Our Lord6.”

May God bless you!

Menzingen, February 2nd, 2021,
On the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

Don Davide Pagliarani, Superior General.

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  • 1. St Luke 21:9-12
  • 2. St Luke 21:9
  • 3. St Luke 21:34-36
  • 4. St John 15:20
  • 5. Col 1:24
  • 6. Rom 8:35-39
Steel Framework Begins on Immaculata Project in Saint Marys, KS
Mon, 01 Feb 2021 20:36:14 +0000

In January, we saw the steel package begin taking form in the basement with installation of the Nave floor beams moving east to west. On site, a 100-ton crane carries a pre-planned sequence of beams across the open basement footprint for steel workers to install. Only a minimal amount of days have delayed the project due to wind and weather with the project remaining closely on schedule.

The initial concrete phase begins to wrap up as workers have been on site since October. The last portions of the southern basement walls are complete with the altar-wall being successfully placed to support the heavy load of the altar later in construction. The last two building pads in the basement have also been poured accounting for several hundred yards of concrete being placed within just a few weeks.

With the initial concrete work wrapping up, and steel work in full swing, ancillary projects are also underway. The backfill dirt work has began on the west side, as well as on the north side. The backfill allows for better site management, especially with water runoff control and closer access for steel cranes to swing heavier steel into place. City utilities continue to be installed and are nearing initial completion.

Not only is the site making visible progress but the design team, architects, and engineers are making substantial progress. Decisions made in 2018 and 2019 are now visible on site, while decisions being made today will be seen later this year and into 2022.

Long lead times are required due to the scope of this church project. Even finishing phases such as the liturgical painting, organ and audio systems, and pew designs are being carefully weighed with continuous meetings, discussions, and in-person tours.

What is the longest lasting, lowest maintenance, authentically Catholic church pew system that fits within the budget? Will this material begin to break down or warp in 20 years time – or will it allow for extreme longevity and use over the next 200 300 years? How can we successfully orchestrate dozens of trades coming together to finish over 65,000 square feet of space within a tight time frame while producing a long lasting inspiring space to pray and worship God?

Dozens of questions like these are considered carefully during the design process that requires each phase, each trade, and each system to all come together in a way that the faithful won’t notice but rather will support them in their ability to lift their heart and soul to God.

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New Issue of the Angelus Released for January / February on the Topic of Iconoclasm
Fri, 29 Jan 2021 22:11:57 +0000

Letter from the Publisher

Dear Reader,

This past year has been an eventful one if any, with the pandemic, followed by riots across the country and culminating with a contested presidential election. It will come to you as no surprise to read the present theme of The Angelus magazine.

Iconoclasm is not a new fad and it has been with man since the dawn of the Jewish religion, if not before. If then it had antireligious connotations rooted in the Old Testament, it has become today a powerful tool in the hands of anarchists and ideologists. The media covered—in more ways than one—mostly Confederate monuments because of political or racial discrimination. Yet in fact, most statues defaced, vandalized, or simply torn down by city officials were those of Christopher Columbus (33 statues) and also religious ones (8 statues of Junipero Sera; statues of Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin; icons across the country).

Perhaps the Kansas City memorial, dedicated to police officers killed in the line of duty, reveals best the mindset of the perpetrators. It was marked with graffiti, including messages with “Abolish the Police” and “No Room 4 Fascists.” In this one case at least, the mayor promised to restore the memorial and arrested some criminals. But, by and large, most of the vandals were never charged.

Was 2020 in the United States like the anti-Cristero Mexico of 1926 or the Spanish civil war of 1936? No, not quite. Fortunately for us, it did not end the same way and things finally dwindled down after hundreds of national and religious monuments went down. Yet, a bitter taste lingers in our mouth as we review the impunity the rioters enjoyed and their glorification by the mass media, along with the contempt heaped upon the forces of order and religion. Could this be just a dress rehearsal for more trouble ahead?

Whatever the answer to this enigma, it is important for all us of to be educated in the perennial principles of authority and society, along with the tenets of our faith and morals. May Our Lord and His Mother help to keep a steady front and stand for God and country.

Fr. John Fullerton
Publisher

Contents

Theme: Iconoclasm

— The Invisible Made Visible: The Church and Religious Images, by Romanus
— Icons and the Iconic: Visions of the Transcendent, by Andrew J. Clarendon
— Iconoclasm in the American South, by James Horne
— The Iconostasis, by Gabriel S. Sanchez, J.D.
— Christ the Pantocrator, by Jane Spencer
— From Roman Emperors to Images of Christ: Iconoclasm and the Byzantine Empire, by Andrew Latham

Spirituality

— Meditation on St. John’s Gospel—Chapter Four, by Pater Inutilis
— The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: The Canon—Part Two, by Fr. Christopher Danel
— The Brown Scapular: From Habit to Soul, by Fr. Vincent Bétin
— Belief in the Visible and Invisible, by a Benedictine Monk

Christian Culture

— Our Lady of Consolation, by Anonymous
— Demolishing Thor’s Oak, by John Rao, D.Phil. Oxon.
— Passing on the Love of Reading, by the Sisters of the Society St. Pius X
— Questions and Answers, by Fr. Juan Carlos Iscara, SSPX

Catechism

— Complex Questions & Simple Answers: Part Five, by Prof. Felix Otten, O.P. and C.F. Pauwels, O.P.
— Can Apologetics Stand the Test of Reason Alone?, by Fr. Jean-Michel Gleize

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This past year has been an eventful one if any, with the pandemic, followed by riots across the country and culminating with a contested presidential election. It will come to you as no surprise to read the present theme of The Angelus magazine. Iconoclasm is not a new fad and it has been with man since the dawn of the Jewish religion, if not before.

Confirmation Dates in the US District Released through May, 2021
Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:57:35 +0000

If you need further information on details, please contact the local chapel.  Please note that many of the locations are receiving this information just shortly before you are - patience is requested as they make the arrangements.

Sunday, February 7................ Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, February 13............ Denver, CO

Sunday, February 21.............. Veneta, OR

Saturday, February 27............ Arcadia, CA

Sunday, February 28.............. Los Gatos, CA
 

Saturday, March 6.................. Grand Rapids, MI

Sunday, March 7.................... Armada, MI

Saturday, March 13................ Chicago, IL

Sunday, March 14.................. Walton, KY

Friday, March 19.................... St. Marys, KS

Saturday, March 20................ St. Marys, KS

Sunday, March 21.................. Kansas City, MO
 

Saturday, April 10.................. Long Prairie, MN

Sunday, April 11.................... St. Cloud, MN

Monday, April 12................... St. Paul, MN

Saturday, April 17.................. Madison, WI

Sunday, April 18.................... Mukwonago, WI

Friday, April 23...................... Baton Rouge, LA

Saturday, April 24.................. Atlanta, GA

Sunday, April 25.................... Sanford, FL
 

Saturday, May 1..................... Warners, NY

Sunday, May 2........................ St. Louis, MO

Saturday, May 8..................... Farmingville, NY

Sunday, May 9........................ Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, May 15................... Post Falls, ID

Sunday, May 16..................... Post Falls, ID
 

After a period of some uncertainty due to the difficulty of international travel over the last year, arrangements have been made for Confirmations through the US District of the Society of Saint Pius X.

Cardinal Henri Schwery Passes Away
Fri, 08 Jan 2021 15:25:35 +0000

Born in 1932 in Saint-Léonard, Switzerland, the future Cardinal Schwery was the youngest of 10 children. He entered the seminary in Sion, Switzerland before continuing his formation at the French seminary of St. Clare in Rome. After his ordination, he served first in Fribourg before, in 1968, being made rector of the minor seminary in Sion. He became rector of the college in Sion in 1972.

In 1977, Schwery was consecrated bishop and appointed Bishop of Sion by Pope Paul VI. Bishop Schwery was named to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in 1991 and served as a member of the Congregation for the Clergy and Congregation for Divine Worship. Due to health problems, he resigned as Bishop of Sion in 1995, though he participated in the 2005 conclave which elected Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI.

For traditional Catholics, Schwery is perhaps best known for presiding over the diocese where Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrated four bishops for the Society of Saint Pius X in 1988. Schwery, who had a fraught relationship with the Society, disapproved of the consecrations and called for unity in the Church.

When Archbishop Lefebvre reposed in 1991, no official representatives from either the Vatican or the Swiss Church attended his funeral. However, Bishop Schwery along with Edoardo Rovida, Papal Nuncio to Switzerland, privately visited the Archbishop’s body and prayed over it.

Cardinal Henri Schwery, former bishop of the largest diocese in Switzerland, died in Saint Léonard, Switzerland on January 7, 2021. He was 88 years old. 

The Epiphany Feast Explained by Dom Gueranger
Tue, 05 Jan 2021 17:02:40 +0000

The Feast of the Epiphany is the continuation of the mystery of Christmas, but it appears on the Calendar of the Church with its own special character. Its very name, which signifies Manifestation, implies that it celebrates the apparition of God to his creatures...

The Epiphany is indeed a great Feast, and the joy caused us by the Birth of our Jesus must be renewed on it, for, as though it were a second Christmas Day, it shows us our Incarnate God in a new light. It leaves us all the sweetness of the dear Babe of Bethlehem, who hath appeared to us already in love; but to this, it adds its own grand manifestation of the divinity of our Jesus. At Christmas, it was a few Shepherds that were invited by the Angels to go and recognize THE WORD MADE FLESH; but now, at the Epiphany, the voice of God himself calls the whole world to adore this Jesus, and hear him.

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The Epiphany shares with the Feasts of Christmas, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost, the honor of being called, in the Canon of the Mass, a Day most holy. It is also one of the cardinal Feasts, that is, one of those on which the arrangement of the Christian Year is based; for, as we have Sundays after Easter, and Sundays after Pentecost, so also we count six Sundays after the Epiphany.

The Epiphany is indeed a great Feast, and the joy caused us by the Birth of our Jesus must be renewed on it, for, as though it were a second Christmas Day, it shows us our Incarnate God in a new light. It leaves us all the sweetness of the dear Babe of Bethlehem, who hath appeared to us already in love; but to this, it adds its own grand manifestation of the divinity of our Jesus. At Christmas, it was a few Shepherds that were invited by the Angels to go and recognize THE WORD MADE FLESH; but now, at the Epiphany, the voice of God himself calls the whole world to adore this Jesus, and hear him.

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Let us, then, open our hearts to the Joy of this grand Day; and on this Feast of the Theophany, of the Holy Lights, of the Three Kings, let us look with love at the dazzling beauty of our Divine Sun, who, as the Psalmist expresses it [Ps. xviii. 6], runs his course as a Giant, and pours out upon us floods of a welcome and yet most vivid light. The Shepherds, who were called by the Angels to be the first worshippers, have been joined by the Prince of Martyrs, the Beloved Disciple, the dear troop of Innocents, our glorious Thomas of Canterbury, and Sylvester the Patriarch of Peace; and now, today, these Saints open their ranks to let the Kings of the East come to the Babe in his crib, bearing with them the prayers and adorations of the whole human race. The humble Stable is too little for such a gathering as this, and Bethlehem seems to be worth all the world besides. Mary, the Throne of the divine Wisdom, welcomes all the members of this court with her gracious smile of Mother and Queen; she offers her Son to man, for his adoration, and to God, that he may be well pleased. God manifests himself to men because he is great: but he manifests himself by Mary because he is full of mercy.

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But let us return to the triumph of our sweet Savior and King. His magnificence is manifested to us so brightly on this Feast! Our mother, the Church, is going to initiate us into the mysteries we are to celebrate. Let us imitate the faith and obedience of the Magi: let us adore, with the holy Baptist, the divine Lamb, over whom the heavens open: let us take our place at the mystic feast of Cana, where our dear King is present, thrice manifested, thrice glorified. In the last two mysteries, let us not lose sight of the Babe of Bethlehem; and in the Babe of Bethlehem let us cease not to recognize the Great God, (in whom the Father was well-pleased,) and the supreme Ruler and Creator of all things.

The great liturgist, Dom Prosper Gueranger, gives some thoughts about the significance of the Feast of the Epiphany for the Christian soul.


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