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.