|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.|
|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.
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.
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)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.