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Bishop Faure sermon at Stella Maris Chapel, Houston, TX

His Excellency, Bishop Faure offered a High Mass at Stella Maris Chapel outside Houston, TX (La Marque) on November 29, 2015. A conference and dinner followed the Mass. The conference will be posted later as well.

Bishop Faure was consecrated earlier this year by Bishop Williamson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgyo_Yfnn9I

 

Here is the conference that took place afterwards:

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Chapel Bulletin for the Last Sunday after Pentecost – Nov. 22, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin11-22-15.htm

 

Follow the Mass – Today is the Last Sunday after Pentecost. So the readings are taken from the “24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost” in your missal.
Bishop Faure VisitThe Sunday immediately after Thanksgiving (November 29th) there will not be Mass at St. Dominic’s; everyone is invited to attend Bp. Faure’s Mass at Stella Maris Chapel, 1131 Delaney Rd, La Marque, TX 77568 (outside Houston) at 9:30 AM, followed by a reception and conference. Bp. Faure was consecrated by Bp. Williamson earlier this year.
A Look Ahead – Next Sunday (November 29th) there will be no Mass here. But the following Sunday, December 6th, is the 1st Sunday of the month and we will have High Mass as usual. It is also the feast of St. Nicholas!
Catholic Faith Fact – The second of FOUR grave omissions of Vatican II is: the absence of the notion of supernaturality and lack of mention of Heaven.

Chapel bulletin for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost – November 15, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin11-15-15.htm

Catechism Classes  Sunday, 2:30 – 3:15 PM
Rosary & Confessions Sunday, 3:30 PM
Low Mass Sunday, 4:00 PM
Benediction Sunday, 5:00 PM

Follow the Mass – Today is the 25th Sunday after Pentecost, but it is NOT the “24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost”. So the readings are taken from the 6th Sunday after Epiphany. Next Sunday will be the “24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost” in your missal.
Benediction after Mass – Today being the 3rd Sunday of the month, we will have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after today’s Mass. Booklets are available in the back of the chapel for the various benediction hymns: O Salutaris Hostia, Ave Maria, Tantum Ergo, Oremus Pro Pontifice, Adoremus in Aeternum, and Holy God We Praise Thy Name.
Bishop Faure VisitThe Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 29th) there will not be Mass at St. Dominic’s; everyone is invited to attend Bp. Faure’s Mass at Stella Maris Chapel, 1131 Delaney Rd, La Marque, TX 77568 (outside Houston) at 9:30 AM, followed by a reception and conference. Bp. Faure was consecrated by Bp. Williamson earlier this year.
Catholic Faith Fact – The first of FOUR grave omissions of Vatican II is: the failure to condemn the major errors of the 20th century.

Chapel bulletin for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost – November 8, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin11-8-15.htm

Follow the Mass – Today is the 24th Sunday after Pentecost, but it is NOT the “24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost” so some of the readings are taken from the 23rd Sunday, with the Epistle and Gospel taken from the 5th Sunday after Epiphany. Next Sunday’s readings will be from the 6th Sunday after Epiphany, and the week after that will be the 24th and Last Sunday after Pentecost.
Benediction next week – On November 15th, the 3rd Sunday of the month, we will have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Bishop Faure Visit – The Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 29th) there will not be Mass at St. Dominic’s; everyone is invited to attend Bp. Faure’s Mass at Stella Maris Chapel, 1131 Delaney Rd, La Marque, TX 77568 (outside Houston) at 9:30 AM, followed by a reception and conference. Bp. Faure was consecrated by Bp. Williamson earlier this year.
Catholic Faith Fact – November is the month of the Holy Souls. During the octave of All Souls Day (Nov. 2 – Nov 9) one can gain a Plenary Indulgence by visiting a cemetery and praying for the poor souls.
Last week’s question: How many religious sisters were there in the United States in 1965 vs. 2014? Answer – In 1965 there were almost 180,000 nuns, but by 2014 that number was down to less than 50,000.

Chapel Bulletin for the Feast of All Saints – November 1, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin11-1-15.htm

High Mass – This week we will have a High Mass and Potluck for the Feast of All Saints. We will also have a couple of games for all ages in honor of All Saints’ Day. Please join us in the fun and festivities!
Bishop Faure Visit – The Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 29th) there will not be Mass at St. Dominic’s; everyone is invited to attend Bp. Faure’s Mass at Stella Maris Chapel, 1131 Delaney Rd, La Marque, TX 77568 (outside Houston) at 9:30 AM, followed by a reception and conference. Bp. Faure was consecrated by Bp. Williamson earlier this year.
Catholic Faith Question – How many religious sisters were there in the United States in 1965 vs. 2014?
Last week’s question: When was the Feast of Christ the King instituted? The Feast of Christ the King was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.

Chapel Bulletin for the Feast of Christ the King

Here is a recording from last week’s Mass (10/18/15):

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin10-25-15.htm

Feast of Christ the King – In honor of Christ the King, after Mass today we will have Benediction during which we will recite the Consecration of the human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Litany to the Sacred Heart. There are sheets in the back of the chapel for these two prayers. And, as usual, there are booklets with all the Benediction hymns as well. Viva Cristo Rey!
High Mass next week – Next week we will have a High Mass and Potluck for the 1st Sunday, which is also the Feast of All Saints. We will also have a couple of games for all ages in honor of All Saints’ Day.
Fr. Zendejas Sermons – can be found every week at www.StDominicsChapel.com
Fr. Garcia’s Ordination Anniversary – October 22nd was the 15th anniversary of Fr. Garcia’s priestly ordination. We are blessed to have him serving our chapel. Congratulations, Fr. Garcia!
Bishop Faure Visit – The Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 29th) there will not be Mass at St. Dominic’s; everyone is invited to attend Bp. Faure’s Mass at Stella Maris Chapel outside Houston at 9:30 AM, followed by a reception and conference. Bp. Faure was consecrated by Bp. Williamson earlier this year.
Catholic Faith Question – When was the Feast of Christ the King instituted?
Last week’s question: Which Vatican II document encouraged the wider use of local languages in the Mass and Sacraments? Sacrosanctum Concilium.

Chapel bulletin for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin10-18-15.htm

Catechism Classes – Catechism classes have started. There are two classes available. Adults are welcome to attend the upper class. Catechism will run from 2:30 to 3:15 each Sunday.
Benediction this Week – This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday, so we will have Benediction as usual. There are booklets in the back of the chapel.
Organ Accompaniment – St. Dominic’s Chapel now has an organist. We will have organ accompaniment twice a month. Deo Gratias!
Catholic Faith Question – Which Vatican II document encouraged the wider use of local languages in the Mass and Sacraments?
Last weeks’ question: Which Vatican II document invited the Freemasonic concepts of Fraternity and Secular Humanism into the Catholic Church? Gaudium et Spes, Latin for “Joy and Hope”

Chapel Bulletins for the 19th and 20th Sundays after Pentecost

Last week’s bulletin:
http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin10-4-15.htm

Chapel bulletin for THIS week:
http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin10-11-15.htm

Catechism Classes – Catechism classes have started. There are two classes available. Adults are welcome to attend the upper class. Catechism will run from 2:30 to 3:15 each Sunday.
Benediction Next Week – Next week is the 3rd Sunday, so we will have Benediction as usual.
Organ Accompaniment – St. Dominic’s Chapel now has an organist. We will have organ accompaniment twice a month. Deo Gratias!
Fr. Zendejas Sermons – can be found every week at www.StDominicsChapel.com
Catholic Faith Question – Which Vatican II document invited the Freemasonic concepts of Fraternity and Secular Humanism into the Catholic Church?
Last weeks’ question: How many United States priests were there in 2014 vs. 1965? Answer: Compared to 1965, there were 34.72% less priests in 2014.

High Mass on October 4th, 2015 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost

Catholics from a large radius around San Antonio, from as far away as Austin, Georgetown, Seguin, Columbus and Bandera came to St. Dominic’s Chapel on the first Sunday of October for our monthly High Mass. And, of course, Fr. Zendejas came all the way from Houston! This was also a special occasion, as it was the first time our new volunteer organist, a boy just 9 years old, played organ accompaniment during Mass. See the videos below to hear how the Mass sounded! The first video clip is of Kyrie XI, Orbis Factor (Latin, “Maker of the world”). The second clip is the traditional Catholic hymn, “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King”.

Traditional Latin Mass - High Mass near San Antonio

Catholics from San Antonio, Austin, and elsewhere assist at a High Mass on October 4, 2015.

Organist for San Antonio Latin Mass

Our young organist waits for the High Mass to start.

To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King

Chapel Bulletin for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost – September 27, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin9-27-15.htm
Fr. Adrian Garcia will be here this week.

Catechism Classes – Catechism classes have started. There are two classes available. Adults are welcome to attend the upper class, held in the chapel. The class for First Communion and younger children is held in the house. Catechism will run from 2:30 to 3:15 each Sunday.
High Mass Next Week – Next week will be the 1st Sunday of the month, so we will have a High Mass. We will sing Mass XI (Orbis Factor), Credo IV, and various traditional Catholic hymns for the processional, recessional, offertory and communion.
Potluck Next Week – We will have a Potluck after the High Mass next Sunday.
Fr. Zendejas Sermons – Fr. Zendejas’ written sermons or “Blue Papers” can be found every week on this website.
Catholic Faith Question – What percent of Catholics attended Mass every week in 2014?

Chapel bulletin for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost – September 20, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin9-20-15.htm

Catechism Classes – Catechism classes have started. There are two classes available. Adults are welcome to attend the upper class. Catechism classes, covering everything from First Communion and Confirmation to the Liturgy, Holy Scripture and Catholic Church history, will run from 2:30 to 3:15 each Sunday.
Benediction today – Today is the 3rd Sunday of the Month, so there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass. There are Benediction hymn booklets in the back of the chapel containing everything that is sung (O Salutaris Hostia, Ave Maria, Oremus pro Pontifice, Tantum Ergo, Holy God We Praise Thy Name).
Mass Time Change – From now on, Sunday Mass time will be at 4:00 PM to allow Fr. Zendejas and Fr. Garcia more time to travel here from Houston. The Fathers drive a good 4 hours to be here and offer us the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every Sunday. Traditional priests are a rare gift; we should be grateful to God for what He has given us!

Fr. Patrick de la Rocque speaks out on upcoming Jubilee, is censored by SSPX

UPDATE October 9, 2015:
There is now a whole page dedicated to Fr. Zendejas’ sermons:
https://latinmasstexas.wordpress.com/fr-gerardo-zendejas-sermons/

Read the latest sermon from Fr. Zendejas, which is mostly the contents of Fr. Patrick de la Rocque’s recent sermon about the upcoming Year of Mercy and fifty years of Vatican 2. Should Traditional Catholics celebrate fifty years of Vatican 2? Or should they maintain a firm resistance to everything associated with Vatican 2 and its spirit, which is Modernism (a heresy condemned by St. Pius X)

Fr. Gerardo Zendejas – Blue Paper – St. Dominic’s Chapel Sept 13

Blue Papers are written sermons, discussing important points of Catholic doctrine that the faithful should learn about, understand, and discuss. They are written shortly before they are released, so they are always relevant to the problems Catholics face on a daily basis, whether in the modern world or in the various traditional Catholic churches they attend.

Here are a couple of other recent sermons (known as Blue Papers) from Fr. Zendejas:
https://latinmasstexas.wordpress.com/fr-gerardo-zendejas-sermons/

UPDATE Is the Antichrist come in a same-sex union? St. Dominic’s Chapel Sept 20 2015
What is a remnant? St. Dominic’s Chapel Sept 6
The family was created by God, or by men? St Dominics Chapel Aug 30
Russia’s errors, Immaculate Mary’s truths St Dominic’s Chapel Aug 23
The Offertory of the New Mass St Dominic’s Chapel Aug 16
The Catholic Mass St Dominic’s Chapel – August 9th
Basic Doctrine of the Holocaust of Calvary St Dominic’s Chapel – August 2

Chapel Bulletin for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost – September 13, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin9-13-15.htm

Catechism Classes – We will start Catechism classes this week. There will be two classes for the children and older children/adults. Besides the usual preparation for First Communion and Confirmation, other topics will be covered including Church history, the Mass, Scripture, lives of the saints, and the recent crisis in the Church including Vatican 2. Catechism will run from 2:30 to 3:15 each Sunday.
Mass Time Change – From now on, Sunday Mass time will be at 4:00 PM to allow Fr. Gerardo Zendejas and Fr. Adrian Garcia more time to travel here from Houston. This will allow people more time to get from their homes to their respective churches. The Sunday traffic near Houston — both church related and otherwise — was causing Father some delays in getting to the chapel.
Benediction next week – Next week, on the 3rd Sunday of the Month, there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass. On this note, we have a bit of a surprise for everyone next Sunday!

Chapel Bulletin for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost – High Mass – September 6, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin9-6-15.htm

High Mass This Week – Today, Sept. 6, is the 1st Sunday of the month, so Fr. Zendejas will be having a High Mass. We will be singing the Kyrie preferred by the Church for Sundays after Pentecost, namely Kyrie XI (Orbis Factor) and Credo IV. The Catholic Church really has the best music of all the self-proclaimed churches.
Church Potluck – We will have our monthly church Potluck after today’s High Mass. Please bring a dish if you can, but it is not required. We hope to have a packed church for this Sunday’s High Mass!
Catechism Classes – We will start Catechism classes next week, on September 13th. There will be two classes for the children. Catechism will run from 2:30 to 3:15 each Sunday.
Mass Time Change – From now on, Sunday Mass time will be at 4:00 PM to allow Father more time to travel here from Houston. It is quite traditional for there to be a lot of traffic between San Antonio and Houston, and it’s not just people going to church (unfortunately). But by moving the time forward, it allows more people to get to church on time each Sunday, in Houston as well as San Antonio.

Chapel Bulletin for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost – August 30, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin8-30-15.htm

This will be the 18th consecutive weekly Sunday Mass here at St. Dominic’s. Since the beginning of May, there hasn’t been a single Sunday without a Mass here! Talk about reliability and commitment. Thank you, Fr. Gerardo Zendejas and Fr. Adrian Garcia!

High Mass Next Week – Next Sunday, Sept. 6th, is the 1st Sunday of the month, so we will have a High Mass, as well as our monthly Potluck after Mass. Hope to see you there!
Catechism Classes – We will start Catechism classes in two weeks, on September 13th. There will be two classes for the children. Catechism classes will run from 2:30 to 3:15 each Sunday before Mass.
Pews Installed – St. Dominic’s Chapel was blessed to receive 12 beautiful pews, each are eleven feet long, solid oak with padded kneelers! They are in good condition, and we are quite happy to have them in the chapel for the past few weeks.  It really feels like a Latin Mass chapel now! After all, these are real Catholic pews, just like you have seen in countless churches before. They are a dark walnut color and have a very traditional style. Deo Gratias, some Catholic church somewhere was willing to part with them. Donations to help cover this expense can be placed in the Donations can by the main entrance. The pews had to be transported from Houston, TX, which was an all-day project, as Houston is quite a drive (about 240 miles). San Antonio and Austin are right next door compared to how far away Houston is!
Mass Time Change – From now on, Mass every Sunday will be at 4:00 PM to allow the Fathers more travel time to drive here from Houston. Sunday afternoon traffic was making it difficult for them to get here by the old Mass time (2:30). Of course, a lot of those people clogging up the road weren’t going to church, but that’s another issue. Father is also changing the Sunday Mass time at Stella Maris Chapel in Houston to be 1 hour later, so more parishioners can make the long drive to church on time, every Sunday morning.

Chapel bulletin for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost – August 23, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin8-23-15.htm

Pews Installed – St. Dominic’s Chapel was blessed to receive twelve pews, each of which are eleven feet long, solid oak with padded kneelers! We have been excited to have them in the chapel for the past 2 weeks.  It really seems like a professional Latin Mass chapel now! They are just the kind you have seen in countless churches. The pews are a dark walnut color and are very traditional looking. Thank goodness some Catholic church was willing to part with them. Donations to help cover this cost can be placed in the Donations can by the main door. They had to be picked up in Houston, TX, which was an all-day project, as Houston is quite a drive (about 240 miles). San Antonio and Austin are neighbors compared to Houston!
Mass Time Change – From this point on, Sunday Mass will be at 4:00 PM to allow Father more time to travel here from Houston. Sunday traffic made it difficult for him to get here by the old time (2:30). Yes, I’m sure a lot of those people on the road weren’t going to church, but what can you do. In addition, Father is changing the Mass time at Stella Maris Chapel in Houston to be 1 hour later, so more people can make the sometimes long drive to church on Sunday morning.

Chapel bulletin for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost – August 16, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin8-16-15.htm

Pews Installed – St. Dominic’s was able to acquire (12) eleven-foot, solid oak pews with padded kneelers! They were installed in the chapel in time for last Sunday’s Mass. Wow! It really feels like a proper Latin Mass chapel now. The pews are a dark brown or walnut color and have a very traditional design — exactly like you have seen in countless churches. They were sold by a church that was moving, apparently. Donations to help cover this cost can be placed in the Donations can by the main door.

Last week, they had to be picked up 240 miles east of here, in Houston, TX. It was an all-day project, as Houston is quite a bit further away than Austin, New Braunfels, San Marcos, or other nearby cities. Houston is a drive, and recall that is where Father has to drive from to get here for Mass every week! Normally San Antonio is a big enough city that it’s independent of Houston, but in the Traditional Latin Mass church world, we at St. Dominic’s are going to be very involved with Houston for the forseeable future! Besides, Traditional Catholic Churches have to stick together.

Holy Day – Mass on August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will be at 10:00 AM. the Holy Rosary and Confessions are 1/2 hour before, as usual.
Mass Time Change – From now on, Sunday Mass time will be at 4:00 PM to allow Father more time to travel here from Houston. Sunday morning traffic (probably people heading to shopping rather than church) made it difficult for him to get here at 2:30. Plus he is changing the Mass time at Stella Maris Chapel in Houston to be 1 hour later.
Benediction Today – Today is a third Sunday of the month, so we will have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament immediately following the Mass. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is a beautiful Catholic practice that used to be seen commonly in churches all over the world.

Stella Maris Chapel in Houston – Curious about our sister chapel in Houston? The new chapel property in La Marque, outside Houston, started being used for weekly Mass on August 2nd. The group of traditional Catholics there in Houston no longer have to rent a facility for Mass every week. The priests’ residence next to the chapel was also vacated by the previous owners shortly before this (there was some resistance on the part of the renters to move out, but they did move out just before their 30 day deadline expired). All churches need a certain amount of work right after they are purchased. As we speak, work continues on refurbishing the various buildings (including the chapel, school, and rectory) and rapid progress is being made. Deo Gratias! This should really help the Catholic Church in Texas.

Chapel bulletin for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost – August 9, 2015

New Pews at St. Dominic's Traditional Catholic Chapel
New Pews at St. Dominic's Catholic Chapelhttp://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin8-9-15.htm

Last week had enough big news, but we have some more extraordinary news this week — St. Dominic’s Chapel now has proper Catholic pews, just like every church or chapel you’ve ever been in! 12 of them to be exact. And don’t forget we’re having Mass here at 10:00 AM next Saturday, on August 15th.

Pews Installed – St. Dominic’s Chapel was able to acquire (12) eleven-foot, solid oak pews with padded kneelers! They have been installed in the chapel, which has never looked better! It’s really starting to look like a proper Latin Mass chapel now. The pews are a dark brown color and very traditional in their design. These are typical pews with kneelers, just as you’ve seen in all the churches you’ve ever been in. Donations to help cover this cost can be placed in the Donations can by the main door.

They had to be picked up in Houston, TX about 240 miles away. It was quite a drive, as Houston is quite a bit further away than Austin, San Marcos or one of the many other cities it’s easy to get to from here. Normally San Antonio is pretty independent of Houston, but in the world of Traditional Latin Mass chapels, we are going to be very involved with Houston for the forseeable future!

Transporting these pews to the chapel was a much bigger deal than ordering a 1962 Missal, thurible, or incense boat (which is shipped right to you) — but to make St. Dominic’s seem more like a proper church, it was well worth it! Churches are expected to have pews.

Holy Day this Saturday – Mass on August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will be at 10:00 AM.

Mass Time Change – After today, Sunday Mass time will change to 4:00 PM to allow Father more time to travel here from Houston. Sunday morning traffic made it difficult for him to get here at 2:30. Plus he is changing the Mass time in Houston to be 1 hour later. Sometimes travel between the two churches is difficult, due to weekend or daytime traffic.

Stella Maris Chapel – For those curious about how things are going at our neighboring chapel in Houston: As of August 2nd, the new chapel property outside Houston is being used for Mass for the group of traditional Catholics there. The priests’ residence or rectory on the property was also vacated by the previous owners about this time (there was some resistance on the part of the renters to move out, but they did move out during the 30 day timeframe). Currently, work on the refurbishing the various buildings (including the chapel, rectory and school) is proceeding at a fast pace. This is great news for the Church in south-central Texas.

Chapel bulletin for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost – August 2nd, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin8-2-15.htm

We have some extraordinary news items this week — a feast in honor of our patron, and a Holy Day Mass coming up on August 15th!

Feast of St. Dominic – This Sunday we will be celebrating the feast of our patron, St. Dominic. St. Dominic saved the Church from the Albigensian heretical scourge many centuries ago, and we plan to honor this friend of God — and our chapel’s patron — on his feast day. There will be High Mass followed by a pot luck and a few games for the children. Please join us in our joyful celebration!

High Mass this Sunday – August 2nd is the 1st Sunday of the month, so there will be a High Mass this Sunday. We will be singing Kyrie XI and Credo I. You will find the Gregorian chant for Mass XI in your Traditional Roman Hymnal or hand missal.

Holy Day coming up – Mark your calendars! Mass on August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will be at 10:00 AM. The Church rejoices on this great feast day of the Blessed Mother. We are happy to celebrate the Assumption on August 15th, as it should be, rather than on the following Sunday as is done in countless modern, Vatican II Catholic churches.

San Antonio, Texas and the Catholic Church

The San Antonio Missions

San Antonio, Texas – An Important City in the Catholic Church

The city of San Antonio, Texas, named after the great St. Anthony of Padua, has traditionally had a large role to play in the Catholic church. Centrally located in south-central Texas and close to various independent sources of water, San Antonio has a long history of being a headquarters or focal point for Catholicism and the Church’s missionary work in Texas. May it regain this old status again someday! If Texas is ever to be converted to the Catholic Faith more completely, the layout of the missions will need to take a similar form – with San Antonio at the center. After all, San Antonio is quite centrally located. No wonder the Catholic Church chose this city for the focal point of Texas evangelization. You have Austin 1 hour to the north; Houston 3 1/2 hours to the east, Dallas 4 hours to the north, and many small and mid-size towns that can reach San Antonio within a 2 hour drive or less. Now that is a city ideally situated for Catholic Church missionary work. The Catholic Faith is never easy, but Our Lord’s yoke is light and sweet compared to any other yoke. Why resist Him who wants to give you eternal life? But resistance is natural for fallen human nature, which wants to be independent of God, hates any kind of self-denial, and is enticed to follow the Broad Path of Destruction by the world, the flesh, and the devil.

The San Antonio Missions

The Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio, Texas are a chain of five colonial era compounds located in a southern line from the center of downtown San Antonio to the southern edge of the city. Each of the old compounds has a church, and is independent of the others. The Missions were built in San Antonio in the 18th Century as an extraordinary outpost of the Spanish Government and the Catholic Church.

The Franciscan Fathers of that era founded each mission to evangelize the local indian population, minister to their needs both material and spiritual, as well as bring them up to speed in the ways of Spanish civilization. There was some resistance to the Spaniards, but the Catholic priests were the best ambassadors. An additional goal was to make them active citizens of the Spanish province of Tejas. And to offer protection in a very dangerous age, military forces were often located in the vicinity of each Mission. The San Antonio Spanish Missions formed part of a independent colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Four of the five original missions (Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan and Espada) still function as active Catholic parish churches, albeit offering only the Novus Ordo Mass. (Which is unfortunate, as the priests who offered Mass in the Missions over the past few centuries wouldn’t recognize the Mass said there today. They would innocently mistake it for Luther’s service, or something similar. Meanwhile, the old pre-Vatican 2 or 1962 Mass said at many traditional chapels today is almost identical with the Tridentine Mass as it was said when the Missions first opened. Resistance to unnecessary change is a good thing.)

The San Antonio Missions are managed by the Catholic Church today. Specifically, they are run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio as the Old Spanish Missions, Inc., an independent, non-profit organization which provides for their care and upkeep. Since they are still managed by the Catholic Church, the Archbishop of San Antonio, TX appoints the Director of the Old Spanish Missions. This Director is in turn responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the mission churches, as well as any restoration work that needs to be done. San Antonio de Valero, known as the Alamo, is owned by the State of Texas and up until recently was operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. It does not function as an active parish church and does not form part of the Old Spanish Missions, Inc. It operates independently of the other missions. So this most famous of the San Antonio Spanish Mission churches — this symbol of American resistance to anyone and anything who would take away our freedom — is nothing but a tourist attraction today.

At present, the National Park Service is in charge of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, in cooperation with the Church, or the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas. The two organizations divide the responsibilities of running the Spanish Missions in the following manner: the Park Service is responsible for all the material elements of the four properties, including the buildings, landscaping, visitor centers, etc. The Archdiocese of San Antonio, on the other hand, continues to care for the church buildings in each Mission. The two domains of responsibility are independent of one another.

San Antonio and St. Dominic’s Chapel – the yearly San Antonio Mission Pilgrimage

In 2015, about 20 parishioners from St. Dominic’s attended the yearly San Antonio Mission Pilgrimage organized every year by a group of Traditional Catholics. Everyone was glad they came (some from as far away as Austin, Dallas, Columbus, and Bandera), and got a good look at our Catholic history in this area. Quite a large group of devout Catholics took form! Many traditional hymns were sung, many sacrifices were offered up, and many Rosaries were prayed and sung. San Antonio, ora pro nobis! Santo Domingo, ora pro nobis!

Chapel Bulletin for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost – July 26, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin7-26-15.htm

There will be a small celebration after Mass next Sunday, August 2nd, to celebrate the feast day of our chapel’s patron, St. Dominic! His feast day is August 4th (at least in the Traditional 1962 liturgical church calendar), which falls on a Tuesday this year. All faithful Catholics in the San Antonio and Austin areas are welcome to come and join us in our celebration!

St. Dominic received for the Catholic Church the Holy Rosary from the hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This was to be an extraordinary and powerful spiritual weapon in the centuries to come, as millions of Rosaries were prayed in churches all over the world. The Order he founded, the Dominicans, put up a firm resistance to, and even destroyed, the Albigensian heresy. His Order of Friars Preachers laid the foundation for spiritual and intellectual giants such as St. Thomas Aquinas.

August 2nd also happens to be the 1st Sunday of the month, so we will be having a High Mass as usual at our chapel. (We have High Mass every 1st Sunday of the month, and Benediction after Mass on every 3rd Sunday of the month.) We look forward to a large turnout from Austin, San Antonio, Bandera, Columbus, and other cities.

Benediction after Mass on July 19, 2015 – Fr. Gerardo Zendejas

We were literally blessed to have a Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass at our chapel last Sunday. Benedictio is Latin for “blessing”. A lot has changed in the Church since Vatican 2 started in 1962, but there are still places where everything is beautifully and perfectly Catholic. A church here, a small chapel there. Resistance to reckless change is a virtue. (How sad that a reverent Mass is now something extraordinary! In fact, the modern Church even calls our Tridentine Mass the Extraordinary Form) We sang O Salutaris Hostia, Tantum Ergo, and many other traditional Catholic hymns in Latin. Everyone in the chapel was glad to have attended, and all were very grateful to Fr. Zendejas. I’m sure St. Anthony is also grateful that there is such a devout and faithful priest near the city named after him (San Antonio).

But here’s a thought — The blessed Patron of our city, San Antonio, if he came back to earth today, he would instantly recognize our Mass (1962 Missal) as a Mass of the Catholic Church, since the form is almost the same. But what would he think of the Novus Ordo? This Mass (Novus Ordo Missae) is more than just a new form of Mass; it suits a whole different religion. It is the Tridentine Mass stripped down to a bare skeleton, with new human elements inserted to flesh out its form. Thus we must keep up our resistance to the modern world and Vatican 2, even though both are embraced completely by the modern Church. Countless damage was done to the Church after the changes of Vatican 2 were implemented in the early 1970’s. By the Church’s direction, our arms were laid down, the white flag was raised, and our resistance to the evils of the modern world was dropped. Many Catholics stopped going to Mass (at least regular weekly Mass), vocations were abandoned or lost, and some Catholics stopped believing many dogmas of our Catholic Faith over the course of the next few decades.

Here is a video of the entire Benediction:

Chapel Bulletin for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost – July 19, 2015 – Benediction after Mass

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin7-19-15.htm

Note that there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass this week.

Just think: isn’t it extraordinary that this is the same kind of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the same Latin lyrics, and maybe even the same melodies, that might have been sung at the San Antonio mission churches several hundred years ago! The traditional Mass as it is found in the 1962 Missal, still used by Traditional groups all over the world, is substantially the same as the Mass codified by the Catholic Church in the Council of Trent 500 years ago. If the city of San Antonio were a person, it would already be quite familiar with golden, ornate Monstrances, gothic/traditional style thuribles, fancy incense boats made of brass, the smell of frankincense, and the melody of the familiar Latin hymns and chants. And the Faith itself hasn’t changed at all from that of the first Spanish missionaries when they built the first Mission in San Antonio. The same Faith, the same devotions and expressions of that Faith. In short, the same Church. Remember, the 1962 Missal is substantially the same as the Catholic Mass was in 1600. Virtually no changes; maybe a few more saints in the Church calendar.

Here are some pictures from our last Benediction (as usual, this was right after Mass):

https://latinmasstexas.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/corpus-christi-benediction/

Chapel Bulletin for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost – July 12, 2015

Low Mass this week.

Note: Next week there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament immediately following the Mass. There was a time when Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was a common practice in Catholic churches all over the world. Today it is more rare, but just as necessary! Our Lord deserves to be worshiped in this most Holy Sacrament.

Benediction is sometimes called Adoration, Eucharistic Adoration, or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

We look forward to a good turnout from many traditional Catholics in the area, from Austin, San Antonio, Bandera, Columbus, and other cities.

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin7-12-15.htm

Bishop Williamson – Mass and Confirmations in Houston, Texas – July 6, 2015

Quite a few Catholics traveled to Houston, Texas from San Antonio — and much further away — to be there for this extraordinary occasion. We would have even had some from Austin, but they had car problems.

At Mass during the sermon, Bishop Williamson endorses the apostolate of Fr. Zendejas and Fr. Garcia:

There are now TWO permanent locations in Texas for the Traditional Latin Mass being served by this small group of priests alone: San Antonio, TX and Houston, TX. (Of course, the San Antonio location is close enough for Austin residents as well.) Both locations use the 1962 Missal, which is completely traditional, and free from all the 1960’s changes inflicted by the Second Vatican Council. We must never cease our resistance to Vatican 2, which caused so much damage to the Catholic Church and to souls!

Blessing of new Texas Chapel

Bishop Williamson – Sermon before Confirmations (19 minutes):

Bishop Williamson Conference (16 minutes):

Bishop Williamson Q&A

Part 1 (24 minutes)

Part 2 (12 minutes)

Announcing Stella Maris Chapel near Houston, Texas

Congratulations to Traditional Catholics in Houston, Texas! And the Catholic Church in general will benefit by this new outpost of Catholic Tradition. Talk about building up the Church, even as the Conciliar Church sells off churches, schools, and other properties to pay for unmentionable and shameful lawsuits!

Fr. Zendejas recently purchased a church property south of Houston (in La Marque, TX) which includes a chapel or church, school, and rectory. Christened “Stella Maris Chapel” (star of the sea in Latin, one of the titles of Our Lady), the chapel was blessed by Bishop Williamson on July 6, 2015. He and Fr. Adrian Garcia will be saying Mass there on a weekly if not a daily basis.

Stella Maris Chapel
1131 Delaney Rd
La Marque, TX 77568

This extraordinary news is important for the Catholic Church, but especially for all Traditional Catholics who attend traditional churches throughout Texas, since we now have another bulwark of the Faith so close by in Houston. It will certainly benefit St. Dominic’s and other traditional churches, especially in the San Antonio and Austin areas, in the long run. It isn’t every day that a new “priory” or chapel/rectory/school complex is added to the world of Catholic Tradition. Deo Gratias!

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Chapel Bulletin for July 5th, 2015

This Sunday will make the 9th consecutive Sunday we have had Mass here! Thank you, Fathers Zendejas and Garcia, for driving so far every Sunday to offer the Holy Sacrifice of Mass here in Seguin. We pray that God will bless you for your generous sacrifices for the Catholics in and around San Antonio and Austin!

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin7-5-15.htm

Please Note: On Sunday, July 5th we will have something extraordinary here at St. Dominic’s Chapel: a HIGH MASS!

We will have a few more people than usual, coming from as far away as Austin, Georgetown, and Columbus.

Church Bulletin for June 28th, 2015

High Mass and Benediction – We are tentatively planning to have a Sung Mass on the 1st Sunday of each month, plus Benediction after Mass on one of the other Sundays. Stay tuned for more details.

Austin parishioners – We have a convenient map for those of you in Austin looking to travel to St. Dominic’s Chapel: https://goo.gl/maps/Mrxm5

Bishop Williamson – His Excellency will be in Houston, TX on the evening of July 6th for Mass, Confirmations, and a question & answer session with Bishop Williamson afterwards. If you are interested in attending, please ask Matthew for details.

Ready for Summer – We’ve installed a new, larger 25000 BTU air conditioner in the chapel. After trying it out last Sunday, it looks like we’re all set to stay comfortable during the hot Texas Summer! San Antonio doesn’t have a reputation for mild summers. Donations to help cover this expense can be placed in the donation can near the door of the chapel.

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin6-28-15.htm

Bishop Williamson – Mass and Confirmations in Houston Texas – July 6th

His Excellency, Bishop Richard Williamson will be conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation in Houston, TX on Monday, July 6th at 6 pm.

A potluck along with a question and answer session with Bishop Williamson will follow the Mass.

Anyone interested in more details, including those who wish to be confirmed, please send an e-mail to matthew (at) cathinfo.com

So far, there are several Traditional Catholic families from churches in the San Antonio and Austin areas interested in going.

Directions to St. Dominic’s Chapel

St. Dominic’s Chapel

All Catholics are welcome to attend the Traditional Latin Mass here at St. Dominic’s Chapel in Seguin, TX.

All Texas Catholics in and around San Antonio, who value the unchanging doctrine and timeless Liturgy and culture of the Catholic Church, should come visit us at St. Dominic’s Chapel! We offer the Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine Mass) exclusively.

367 Stagecoach Hill Dr
Seguin, TX 78155
(830) 914-6890

The chapel is located 20 minutes east of San Antonio.
About 35 minutes from the San Antonio airport to our door. (Driving directions from the San Antonio airport)

From San Antonio, you take I-10 East. The exit off I-10 is number 601.

St. Dominic's Chapel location - Click for Map

St. Dominic’s Chapel is nestled in the beautiful, open farmland between Marion and Seguin.

We are conveniently located, or at least decently close for a Traditional Latin Mass, to many major cities including Seguin, Marion, Austin, Santa Clara, McQueeney, Cibolo, New Braunfels, Schertz, Converse, Live Oak, Universal City, Garden Ridge, New Berlin, Spring Branch, Boerne, Stockdale, Nixon, Adkins, La Vernia, San Marcos, Floresville, Canyon Lake, Windcrest, Castle Hills, Castroville, Waelder, Schulenburg, Lockhart, Columbus, Bryan, College Station, and Luling.

Here is what the front entrance to the property looks like (the large tree in front is now gone, as well as the gate/fencing on either side of the driveway):
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Chapel Bulletin – June 21, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin6-21-15.htm

Bishop Williamson – His Excellency will be in Houston, TX on the evening of July 6th for Mass, Confirmations, and a 2-3 hour conference. If you are interested in attending, please ask Matthew for details. It’s a 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hour drive depending on how close you live to San Antonio or Austin.

Ready for Summer – We’ve taken advantage of special financing to purchase and install a new, larger 25000 BTU air conditioner. Having run some tests, it looks like we’re all set to stay comfortable during the hot Texas Summer! San Antonio (or Austin) isn’t known for its mild summers. Donations to help cover this expense can be placed in the donation can near the door of the chapel.

More Sidewalk – Thanks and prayers go out to the 2nd sidewalk work crew, who put in the next 8′ section of sidewalk last Saturday the 13th. This 4-foot-wide concrete sidewalk is now 16′ long.

New Driveway – After the record May rainfall in the greater San Antonio and Austin area washed out much of the driveway, our hosts have now re-topped the drive with new gravel. Please drive slowly to prevent the powder (which will eventually pack down) from blowing away in a dust cloud. The hosts — and your vehicle — will thank you!

Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart

Mass was celebrated by Fr. Adrian Garcia last Sunday on the solemnity of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

They say that rain is a sign of God’s blessing. Well, let’s just say that the San Antonio and Austin areas have been extremely blessed as of late!

We finished Mass with the consecration of the human race to the Sacred Heart, as well as the Litany of the Sacred Heart, to gain the plenary indulgence.

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Sidewalk Improvements

St. Dominic’s chapel now has a 4-foot-wide concrete sidewalk by the main entrance. So far, this permanent portion of sidewalk is 16 feet long. This should make life a lot easier, especially on rainy days. The San Antonio and Austin areas have received a lot of rain during April, May and June.

The second section alone took 24 bags of concrete — that’s about 3/4 of a ton!

It really makes getting to the chapel a lot more pleasant. More sections of sidewalk will follow in the Fall, when it cools off a bit.

New Air Conditioner

To make sure St. Dominic’s chapel is ready for the long, hot Texas Summer, we got a new 25,000 BTU air conditioner! We took advantage of special financing to buy and install it. Donations to help cover this expense can be placed in the donation can near the door of the chapel.

The 1200 sq. foot chapel now has 3 air conditioners totaling 51,000 BTU. That’s a lot of cooling power. The San Antonio and Austin areas are not known for their mild summers — at least now we’re ready! And once Summer starts to fade, and the high temps drop below 90, it’s going to be even better than it is now. We could make it as chilly as an ice cream establishment if we wanted to.

Sunday bulletin – June 14, 2015

http://www.cathinfo.com/StDominic/bulletin6-14-15email.htm

New Sidewalk – Thanks and prayers go out to the sidewalk work crew, who put in one section of the sidewalk last Monday, and who will hopefully put in another section soon.

Chapel Cleaning Guild – Thanks and prayers go out to the group that cleaned the chapel last Monday. All for the greater glory of God!

Picnic – Bring your sandwiches and join us for a picnic lunch after Mass this Sunday!

High Mass and Benediction – We are tentatively planning to have a Sung Mass on the 1st Sunday of each month, plus Benediction after Mass on one of the other Sundays. Stay tuned for more details.

New Driveway – After the record May rainfall around San Antonio and Austin washed out much of the driveway, our hosts have now re-topped the drive with new gravel. Please drive slowly to prevent the powder (which will eventually pack down) from blowing away in a dust cloud. The hosts — and your vehicle — will thank you!

 

Chapel improvements and projects

We are always looking to improve St. Dominic’s Chapel, including the equipment, chapel environment, grounds, etc.

Two weeks ago, we got a new statue of Our Lady of Fatima on “permanent loan” from a parishioner.

A few days ago, we repaired the very long gravel driveway. New gravel was added and the whole thing was smoothed and widened. Although this wasn’t done with chapel funds, it does certainly benefit the chapel as most people arrive here by car!

Meanwhile, the area under the 3-car carport was cleared out to fit an extra vehicle. It is noticeably more spacious now.

The same day, we poured the first section of a new sidewalk. We started at the chapel entrance, with an 8′ section. We hope to add another 8′ section this Saturday. The paving bricks that made up the previous “makeshift sidewalk” will be used to extend the sidewalk even closer to the parking area, which will help out on future rainy Sundays.

The sidewalk was done with the community spirit of a “barn raising”, with several boys helping out with the mixing of 1/2 a ton of concrete.

Pictures will follow in the coming days. Things have been very busy here in the past week; we are busy getting ready for the next work day, planned for this Saturday. We will keep you posted on our progress!

Corpus Christi – Benediction

Here are a couple pictures from last Sunday’s Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The hymns sung during the service (O Salutaris Hostia, Ave Maria, Oremus Pro Pontifice, Tantum Ergo, Adoremus in Aeternum, and Holy God We Praise Thy Name) were prepared into booklets, so everyone could easy follow along and join in the singing.  The singing went well, too — we had a sufficient choir, so the singing was on-key.

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Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass this Sunday, June 7th

Fr. Zendejas will offer the Mass this Sunday, June 7th, and after Mass there will be an Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

This Sunday is the solemnity of the Feast of Corpus Christi.

New Crucifix for the altar!

Deo Gratias — we got a beautiful new Crucifix for the altar a couple weeks ago!

We purchased a beautiful 26″ corpus online. Unfortunately, it arrived broken! Fortunately, the seller offered to refund half of our money if we could deal with the damage. Mr. Louis Doss, one of our parishioners, used his artistic and construction skills to not only fix the corpus, but build a beautiful rustic cross for it as well! Now it is a complete, finished Crucifix!

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Mass said at St. Dominic’s – Fr. Adrian Garcia

Fr. Adrian Garcia offered Mass today at St. Dominic’s at 2:30 PM.

He had to drive through the bad thunderstorm that walloped the San Antonio area to get here, but Fr. Garcia made it here safe and sound!

Meanwhile, the recent above-average and relentless rainfall caused some flooding — but thanks to quick work and a utility pump, the standing water outside the chapel was largely drained in time for Mass. Another utility pump is on the way, just in case this happens again! Apparently Texas weather patterns are changing for the wetter…

Weekly Sunday Mass from now on at St. Dominic’s!

Fr. Zendejas announced today that St. Dominic’s chapel will have SUNDAY MASS EVERY WEEK from now on, at 2:30 PM. Confessions start at 2:00 PM.

Also, Father started a new Mass location today in Santa Fe, TX (south of Houston) and will be offering weekly Sunday Mass there as well (8:30 AM).
The first Mass was offered there today; 90 people attended!

Each week, Mass will be offered by Fr. Zendejas or Fr. Garcia, depending on Father’s schedule.

Holy Week Liturgy at St. Dominic’s

We are pleased to announce that we will be having the complete Holy Week services at our chapel!

We will be offering the following Masses and Holy Week liturgy:

Palm Sunday: Confessions start at 11:30 AM; blessing/distribution of palms and procession starts at 12:00 PM; Mass immediately afterwards.
There will be a picnic gathering after Mass; please bring a sack lunch if interested.

Holy Thursday: Confessions at 6:30 PM; Mass at 7:00 PM (includes Washing of the Feet*, and procession with the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose)
Adoration until Midnight (*As of right now, we still need a few more Apostles)

Good Friday: 1:30 PM Stations of the Cross and Confessions; 2:00 PM Good Friday afternoon Liturgy

Holy Saturday vigil: 10:30 PM Liturgy (blessing of the holy fire, Exultet, lessons, blessing of Baptismal water, etc.); Midnight Mass immediately follows

Easter Sunday: 11:30 AM confessions; 12:00 PM Mass; potluck and Easter social follows

All are invited to attend.

St. Dominic’s Chapel

Welcome to the website for St. Dominic’s Chapel in Seguin, TX.

Catholics in and around San Antonio, who value the unchanging doctrine and timeless Liturgy and culture of the Catholic Church, should come visit us at St. Dominic’s Chapel! We offer the Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine Mass) exclusively.

367 Stagecoach Hill Dr
Seguin, TX 78155

The chapel is located 20 minutes east of San Antonio.
From San Antonio, you take I-10 East. The exit off I-10 is number 601.

St. Dominic's Chapel location - Click for Map

St. Dominic’s Chapel location – Click for Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Dominic’s Chapel is nestled in the beautiful, open farmland between Marion and Seguin. We serve San Antonio and the surrounding area, including: Seguin, Marion, Santa Clara, McQueeney, Cibolo, New Braunfels, Schertz, Converse, Live Oak, Universal City, Garden Ridge, La Vernia, and New Berlin.

Texas is a big place, and Traditional Masses are few and far between. So for those willing to drive over an hour to attend a Tridentine Mass, we are within driving distance of Spring Branch, Boerne, Stockdale, Nixon, Adkins, San Marcos, Floresville, Canyon Lake, and Luling.