Sept. 3 – Feast of SAINT PIUS X- St. Simon the Apostle, Geist, IN


The Saint John Bosco Latin Mass Community

invites you to the CENTENARY celebration of the


Wednesday, September 3rd, 7.P.M.

Saint Simon the Apostle Church

8155 Oaklandon Road, Indianapolis, IN 46236

Fr. Ryan McCarthy, celebrant



Raphael, ‘The Meeting of Leo the Great and Attila’

For today’s feast, an interesting anecdote from the embassy of Pope Saint Leo the Great to Attila the Hun (taken from J.H. Robinson’s Readings in European History:

“And lo, suddenly there were seen the apostles Peter and Paul, clad like bishops, standing by Leo, the one on the right hand, the other on the left. They held swords stretched out over his head, and threatened Attila with death if he did not obey the pope’s command. Wherefore Attila was appeased he who had raged as one mad. He by Leo’s intercession, straightway promised a lasting peace and withdrew beyond the Danube.”

Remembering our prayer from the end of Low Masses, may we, like Saint Leo, have recourse to these two pillars of the Faith, that they may help to defend the “freedom and exaltation of Holy Mother the Church”.

(Please join us for High Mass and Vespers today, 3 P.M., Seton Day Chapel.)

MAY CROWNING – May 17th, 11 A.M.


“Bring flowers of the rarest . . .”


The St. John Bosco Latin Mass Community will be hosting its annual MAY CROWNING Saturday, May 17th, in the Main Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Festivities will begin with a Solemn Sung Mass at 11 A.M., followed by a Marian procession and crowning. Immediately following, there will be a light reception. The afternoon will conclude with  a lecture given by Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP.

Raymond Cardinal Burke Visit to St. Francis de Sales (St. Louis)

Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales

Posted in Events on January 12, 2011
Cardinal Burke, Latin Mass

On Saturday, January 8, the Institute had the great honor and pleasure of welcoming His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, to Saint Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis.

At the invitation of the superiors of the Institute, Cardinal Burke came to celebrate a Solemn Te Deum in thanksgiving for his elevation to the College of Cardinals by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. A very impressive number of faithful flocked to the Oratory to assist in this glorious celebration.

The Vicar General and Provincial for the United States, Monsignor Michael Schmitz, along with four canons of the Institute, received His Eminence at the Oratory and welcomed many clergy to the celebration. The Most Reverend Everardus Johannes de Jong, Auxiliary Bishop of Roermond, Netherlands, and Monsignor Arthur Calkins, and many priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese were in attendance.

Cardinal Raymond Burke

The Cardinal’s entrance was greeted by the Ecce Sacerdos Magnus, highlighted by triumphant organ and trumpet. During the vesting at the throne lively motets of Monteverdi and other polyphonic masters filled the magnificent interior of the Oratory. As the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament began, St. Thomas’ words in O Salutaris Hostia in the elegant setting by Piramallo lifted all hearts towards God Almighty. Then in profound gratitude, the entire assembly—clergy and lay faithful, young and old—offered thanks to God in the Te Deum, the ancient hymn of praise and thanksgiving. With the hymns Alma Redemptoris and Tu es Petrus, we expressed our unity with the Blessed Virgin and the entire Church in praise and worship.

A festive reception in the Oratory hall in honor of the Cardinal followed the liturgical ceremony. On behalf of the Institute and all those who gathered to honor the Cardinal, Monsignor Schmitz gave a brief welcoming address. In his gracious remarks, His Eminence Cardinal Burke again asked for prayers for the new responsibilities he now has as a member of the College of Cardinals. In a receiving line which lasted more than two hours, many faithful and clergy took the opportunity to give personal congratulations and assurance to His Eminence of their filial prayers.

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St John Bosco Feast Day, Sunday, January 31st


St John Bosco Latin Mass Community

will celebrate the feast day

of its patron saint this Sunday

at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church

in Cicero, Indiana.        

Cicero is 6 (six) miles

directly North of Noblesville.

 Offering the Mass at 1:00 pm

will be Fr Robert Fromageot, FSSP.

A pitch in dinner will follow Mass.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1566)


Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, an intellectual and missionary congregation of men better known as the Jesuits.

There is no question that the Society bears in its structure and apostolate the marks of early modernity, the period in which it was founded, but that should not hinder us from appreciating the deep roots St. Ignatius himself had planted in the late Middle Ages.  Born a year before the discovery of America, the soldier-saint from Spain manifested in his life and writings the spiritual instincts of his medieval forebears.  For example, famous is the story of Ignatius’ conversion, which took place while he was convalescing in a hospital.  As Luis Gonzalez tells the story, whose account we read in today’s Office of Readings, Ignatius was convicted by the spiritual reading he was given, a collection of the lives of the saints written in Spanish.  Stirred by a new interior spirit, he began to ask himself, “What if I should do what Saint Francis or Saint Dominic did?”  These two thirteenth-century giants of religious life served to guide Ignatius’ own religious instincts and the spiritual exercises he developed from them.

To be sure, Ignatius did not draw strength solely from the spiritual tradition of the Middle Ages.  He also appropriated its intellectual heritage, particularly as articulated by St. Thomas Aquinas.  When founding the Society of Jesus, Ignatius directed his young disciples to study the doctrines of the Common Doctor, and the Society’s 1599 Ratio Studiorum (plan of studies) repeated this instruction for all of the Society’s teachers. For example, this direction was given to provincials:

The provincial is to be especially careful that no one be appointed to teach theology who is not well disposed to the teaching of St. Thomas. Those who do not approve of his doctrine or take little interest in it, should not be allowed to teach theology.

These directives certainly bore fruit for the Society and for the Church.  After their foundation the Jesuits immersed themselves in the Thomistic tradition of philosophy and theology that gained magisterial sanction during the Council of Trent, and they imbued the Tridentine Church, often better than the Dominicans did, with the spirit and wisdom of St. Thomas.

Much has been made of the centuries-old intellectual rivalry between the Dominicans and the Jesuits.  As is well known, disagreements arose between them over the authentic interpretation of St. Thomas, and Dominicans and Jesuits today continue the friendly intellectual contest that has shaped their shared history.  One might argue that Ignatius himself helped to set up this competition by rooting the Society in the medieval intellectual and spiritual tradition.  Without getting into specific disputes, it suffices to say that the Jesuits should be remembered well today.  Through the beginning of the twentieth century, Jesuit intellectuals were on the ecclesial and cultural front lines promoting and defending the principles of Thomism.  For that, we Dominicans can gratefully tip our capuces to our Jesuit brothers.

For more on the life of St. Ignatius, including details of his conversion and his founding of the Jesuits, click here.  For the homepage of the Society of Jesus in the United States, click here.

you gave Saint Ignatius of Loyola to your Church
to bring greater glory to your name.
May we follow his example on earth
and share the crown of life in heaven.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.


Pope Says Scientific Analysis Seems to Confirm Tradition

St. Paul Bascilica Outside the Wall

St. Paul Bascilica Outside the Wall

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 28, 2009 ( The tomb of St. Paul may indeed contain the remains of the Apostle of the Gentiles, Benedict XVI affirmed in his homily at the closing of the Year of St. Paul.

The Pope presided at first vespers this evening for the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, which marked the conclusion of the Pauline Year. The celebration took place at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, where it has traditionally been believed St. Paul was buried.

“An authentic scientific analysis” conducted on the sarcophagus conserved in the basilica, the Holy Father said, “seems to confirm the unanimous and uncontested tradition that these are the mortal remains of the Apostle Paul.”

Looking from the back of the nave

Looking from the back of the nave

“A tiny hole was drilled into the sarcophagus — which over many centuries had never been opened — in order to insert a special probe, which revealed traces of costly purple colored linen fabric, laminated with pure gold and a blue fabric with linen filaments,” Benedict XVI explained.
“Grains of red incense and protein and chalk substances were also discovered,” he continued. “There were also tiny bone fragments, which were sent for carbon-14 testing by experts who were unaware of their origin. These were discovered to belong to a person who had lived between the first and second centuries.”
St. Paul is said to have been beheaded at Aquas Salvias — where the Church of Tre Fontane was then erected — while he was buried at the place where the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls now stands, and where two basilicas — one ordered by Emperor Constantine and the other the so-called basilica of the “Three Emperors” (Theodosius, Valentinian II and Arcadius) — were constructed during the fourth century.

Despite the fact that the original tomb of St. Paul had been the object of profound devotion on the part of pilgrims from the beginning, over the centuries it disappeared from view and eventually could no longer be identified.
During the reconstruction of the basilica, which had been destroyed by a fire in 1823, two marble plaques dating from the time of Pope Leo the Great (440-461), which contained the barely visible inscription “Paolo Apostolo Mart” (“Paul the Apostle Martyr”), were discovered beneath the “confessio” altar.
The first archaeological inspections, which took place in 2002-2003 in the area of the “confessio,” permitted the identification of the remains of the Constantinian and Theodosian basilicas.
Between May 2 and Nov. 17, 2006 excavations were carried out that brought to light a marble sarcophagus 2.5 meters long and about 1.2 meters long, which rested on layer of clay floor dating from 390, the time during which the Constantinian basilica was expanded.
Beginning in 2007, visitors were allowed to enter below the basilica’s altar to pray before the tomb of the Apostle.



The Procession of the Holy

Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday led a procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi through the streets of Rome. Today, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz led a similar procession of some 10,000 people through the streets of Minsk in Belarus, under a gentle rain. Reflections on the meaning of “becoming the Eucharist” in a secularized age…

By Robert Moynihan, reporting from Rome

Editor’s note: We will be reporting more often from Rome during the next few weeks, during the days leading up to the Pope’s important encyclical on the Church’s social teaching. Today, the opening report in this series is on the Eucharist, source of summit of our faith. —The Editor

On Thursday evening, June 11 — the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which is celebrated on Sunday (today) in the United States, Australia, and a number of other countries — Pope Benedict XVI, after driving in a car from the Vatican across Rome to St. John Lateran, celebrated Mass on the square in front of the basilica (photo), then led a Eucharistic procession to the basilica of St. Mary Major.

Today, in Belarus, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz led a similar procession for four and a half hours through the streets of Minsk, accompanied by some 10,000 Catholic faithful, despite a steady rain.

The ceremony of a public eucharistic procession has in recent decades become less common, but these two processions, and many others elsewhere, suggest the return of this manifestation of popular eucharistic piety in the public squares of the world.
In his homily, Pope Benedict commented on the words pronounced by priests at the moment of consecration: “This is My Body… This is My Blood.”
Addressing his remarks to priests, the Holy Father said: “Becoming the Eucharist: let this be our constant desire and commitment!
“So that the offer of the Body and Blood of the Lord we make upon the altar may be accompanied by the sacrifice of our own lives.
“Every day we draw from the Body and Blood of the Lord the free and pure love that makes us worthy ministers of Christ and witnesses to His joy. What the faithful expect from a priest is the example of authentic devotion to the Eucharist. They like to see him spend long periods of silence and adoration before Jesus, as did the saintly ‘Cure of Ars’ whom we will especially recall during the imminent Year for Priests.”
The Pope continued: “Aware that, because of sin, we are inadequate, yet needing to nourish ourselves from the love the Lord offers us in the Eucharistic Sacrament, this evening we renew our faith in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Such faith must not be taken for granted!”
He added: “Today there is a risk of insidious secularization, even inside the Church. This could translate into a formal but empty Eucharistic worship, in celebrations lacking that involvement of the heart which finds expression in veneration and respect for the liturgy.  
“There is always a strong temptation to reduce prayer to superficial and hurried moments, allowing ourselves to be overcome by earthly activities and concerns,” he warned.
“With the Eucharist, heaven comes down to earth, God’s tomorrow descends into the present moment and time is, as it were, embraced by divine eternity.”
After Mass, the Pope presided at the Eucharistic procession along Rome’s Via Merulana to the basilica of St. Mary Major. Along the route, thousands of faithful prayed and sang accompanying the Blessed Sacrament. A covered vehicle transported the Sacrament in a monstrance, before which the Holy Father knelt in prayer (photo).
Benedict did not hide his joy at being able to accompany the Blessed Sacrament along the path to St. Mary Major; he invited the faithful to raise up this prayer: “Stay with us, Christ, give to us the gift of yourself and give us the bread that nourishes us for eternal life. Free this world from the venom of evil, of violence and of hate, which contaminate consciences; purify this world with the power of your merciful love.” 
Today, in Belarus, generally regarded as one of the most strictly-controlled, authoritarian states in the world, a similar procession followed Archbishop Kondrusiewicz. (Photo, left: this photo of the archbishop is not from today, but from another recent procession.)
“It was raining, but there were a lot of people,” Kondrusiewicz told me a few minutes ago by telephone. “The official estimates are from seven to ten thousand people, and I am sure they are not exaggerated. We began with Mass at the cathedral, the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, then we walked to Victory Square, where there is an eternal flame, then to the Square of the October Revolution, then to the so-called ‘Red Church’ of St. Simon and Elena, then back to the cathedral again. We had no problem receiving government approval to process through the main streets of the city.”
The Catholic Church in Belarus has very good relations with the government, Kondrusiewicz (photo), who previously was the archbishop in Moscow from 1991 until September, 2007, said. 
He noted that the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, was treated as if he were a head of state when he visited Belarus one year ago, in June 2008. On that visit, Bertone met with President Alexandr Lukashenko and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Head of the Council of Religious Affairs. (Photo: Belarussian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov shakes hands with the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in Minsk, Belarus, June 19, 2008. Cardinal Bertone was on an official visit for talks with government, Catholic and Orthodox leaders in the country — CNS photo/Vladimir Nikolsky, Reuters)
Bertone was even invited to deliver an address to the State University, something very unusual for a religious leader. (In fact, some six months later, Kondrusiewicz was invited to deliver a lecture there as well.)

After the country’s majority faith, Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism is respected as the second important traditional religion in the country.

Last year, Lukashenko, in Bertone’s presence, highlighted that Belarus is respectful of the right to religious freedom. Bertone thanked Lukashenko for his words, and offered the Church’s support for Belarus in its role as a bridge between East and West.

“I am very happy,” Kondrusiewicz told us. “But I need to build churches! And my curia! I need to build 15 or 20 churches in the coming years, for my 300,000 Catholics in Minsk. The government has given me permission to build the churches, which is the first and biggest hurdle. Now, I must build them. A small chapel costs about $400,000 to build. You have to organize your readers to build one church for me! When the churches are built, I will put up a plaque, thanking all those who have contributed!”

(Photo: A Catholic church is silhouetted during sunset in the village of Piarshai, about 40 miles west of Minsk, Belarus—CNS photo/Vasily Fedosenko, Reuters. If readers, upon reading this, feel moved to help Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, please contact us by email.)
Kondrusiewicz, who spent 16 years in Moscow, said he has not been back to the Russian capital since his transfer. I asked him if it had been difficult for him to leave after so many years.
“When I went to Moscow from Belarus in 1991, they asked me the same question,” Kondrusiewicz said. “Look, I am a soldier of the Church. I serve the Holy Father. I do not go where I want to go, and I do not stay where I want to stay. I am under orders. And this is my happiness — to carry out those orders, to the best of my ability, believing that this is what God wants from me, and nothing else.”
This Sunday is the Feast of “Corpus Christi”, the Body and Blood of the Lord, in much of the Western Catholic Church.
After having received Jesus Christ in Holy Communion, Catholic Christians proceed from the Sanctuary into the streets of the world, pausing along the way for solemn worship, songs of adoration, and holding the Lord aloft, enthroned. The procession symbolizes the ongoing redemptive mission of Jesus Christ to the world as it is now lived out through his Church.

In this act of public procession, Catholics proclaim that God still loves the world so much that He still sends His Son, through His Church. This procession is a reminder of the baptismal vocation of every Christian to carry forward in time the redemptive mission of Jesus Christ until He returns. At an interior level, it also symbolizes the universal call to holiness, to continuing conversion in Christ.

Archbishop Burke Celebrates Pontifical Mass in the Usus Antiquior in Lourdes

H.E. Archbishop Raymond Burke

H.E. Archbishop Raymond Burke

Last Saturday, Feast of St. Marcus, Archbishop Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, pontificated in the Extraordinary Form in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Lourdes in the context of the annual pilgrimage of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICRSS). As the Spanish blog Benedicámus Dómino reports, afterwards the Archbishop gave a talk and a Q&A session, and on the Sunday the Superior of the ICRSS, Gilles Wach, celebrated Solemn Mass, again in the Basilica, at which Archbishop Burke assisted.

Read the entire article at NLM





     As to-day is not a day of fasting, there is no collecta previous to the stational procession, this procession being a rite of a distinctly penitential character, and therefore not in keeping with the Sunday festival.
     St. Peter’s is the ancient liturgical cathedral of the Roman Pontiffs, who repair there to officiate on all the great festivals, but the habitual seat, the normal residence of the Popes, is the Lateran, and for this reason the Basilica Salvatoris (St. John Lateran) can claim the title of Mother and Head of all the churches of the city and of the world.
     In the Mass for this Sunday great prominence is given to Psalm 90 that psalm which was quoted by Satan when tempting Our Lord. The faithful should contemplate with special devotion the mystery of Christ tempted in the desert, for there is no other which shows more clearly how the divine Providence makes even the wiles of the devil serve to our sanctification.
    Although the faithful have already been fasting for four days, it is only to-day that the Liturgy celebrates the beginning of Lent, for until this Sunday nothing has been changed either in the divine Office or in the Mass. The proper Preface and other prayers are now used and the Lenten forms are followed in the divine Office.