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Chapel Bulletin – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost – October 23, 2016

23rd Sunday after Pentecost
October 23, 2016

Mass on October 31st – On Monday, October 31 at 4:00 PM Fr. Zendejas will offer Mass here. It is the vigil of All Saints Day, which is why the day is called All Hallows Eve.
No Mass this Sunday – The next Mass will be said by Fr. Zendejas on Monday, October 31 at 4:00 PM.
Check Website For Updates – For the next 2 months, there will be disruptions to the normal Mass schedule: weekly Mass at 4:00 PM every Sunday at St. Dominic’s is NOT guaranteed. For the latest information, please check our website http://www.StDominicsChapel.com or read the e-mail bulletin. These sources will always have the very latest information. If you are not on the chapel’s e-mail list yet, please give Matthew your e-mail address (or phone number) so you can be kept in the loop.
Continued Chapel Improvements – On the day after the most recent Mass at St. Dominic’s, we began several chapel improvement projects. Work is being done to stain the new altar. The chapel sidewalk has also been lengthened by 10 feet, replacing dozens of paver bricks. And stay tuned for the announcement of another major chapel improvement!
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Chapel Bulletin – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost – October 16, 2016

22nd Sunday after Pentecost
October 16, 2016

No Mass this Sunday – We will let you know via this bulletin, as well as the chapel website, as soon as another Mass is planned at St. Dominic’s Chapel.
Check Website For Updates – For the next 2-3 months, there will be disruptions to the normal Mass schedule: weekly Mass at 4:00 PM every Sunday at St. Dominic’s is NOT guaranteed. For the latest information, please check our website www.StDominicsChapel.com or read the e-mail bulletin. These sources will always have the very latest information. If you are not on the chapel’s e-mail list yet, please give Matthew your e-mail address (or phone number) so you can be kept in the loop.
Continued Chapel Improvements – It is easier to do construction projects when the chapel is closed, even if that closure is only temporary. So last Monday we began several chapel improvement projects. Work is being done to stain the new altar. The chapel sidewalk will also be enlarged, replacing more of the paver bricks. We have at least one other surprise planned.

Chapel Bulletin – 21st Sunday after Pentecost – October 9, 2016

21st Sunday after Pentecost
October 9, 2016

Rosary & Confessions Sunday, 3:30 PM
Low Mass Sunday, 4:00 PM

Welcome back, Fr. Trincado – We are honored to have Fr. Trincado offer the Holy Sacrifice of Mass.
Check Website For Updates – For the next 2-3 months, there will be disruptions to the normal Mass schedule: weekly Mass at 4:00 PM every Sunday at St. Dominic’s is NOT guaranteed. For the latest information, please check our website http://www.StDominicsChapel.com or read the e-mail bulletin. These sources will always have the very latest information. If you are not on the chapel’s e-mail list yet, please give Matthew your e-mail address (or phone number) so you can be kept in the loop.
Chapel Improvements – We have been upgrading the altar and sanctuary. So far, the altar backdrop has been enlarged, and there is a nice wooden step under the altar complete with hardwood flooring. A new altar has been built; it only needs to be stained and decorated. A big “thank you” to all those who contributed to this project so far!

Epistle Reading (Eph 6:10-17)
Brethren: Be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power. Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Gospel Reading (Matt 18:23-35)
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven likened to a king, who would take an account of his servants. And when he had begun to take the account, one was brought to him, that owed him

ten thousand talents. And as he had not wherewith to pay it, his lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. But that servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And the lord of that servant being moved with pity, let him go and forgave him the debt. But when that servant was gone out, he found one of his fellow servants that owed him an hundred pence: and laying hold of him, throttled him, saying: Pay what thou owest. And his fellow servant falling down, besought him, saying: Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he paid the debt. Now his fellow servants seeing what was done, were very much grieved, and they came and told their lord all that was done. Then his lord called him; and said to him: Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all the debt, because thou besoughtest me: Shouldst not thou then have had compassion also on thy fellow servant, even as I had compassion on thee? And his lord being angry, delivered him to the torturers until he paid all the debt.” So also shall my heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.

Chapel Bulletin – 20th Sunday after Pentecost – October 2, 2016

20th Sunday after Pentecost
October 2, 2016

Rosary & Confessions Sunday, 3:30 PM
High Mass Sunday, 4:00 PM

High Mass and Potluck – Today is a 1st Sunday, so we will have a High Mass as well as a potluck afterwards.
Music for today’s Mass – October 2 is the Feast of the Guardian Angels, so we will be singing Mass VIII, a.k.a. “Mass of the Angels”, for the High Mass today.
Good News – We have been upgrading the altar and sanctuary. So far, the altar backdrop has been enlarged, and there is a nice wooden step under the altar complete with hardwood flooring. A new altar has been built; it only needs to be stained and decorated. A big “thank you” to all those who contributed to this project so far!

Epistle Reading (Eph 5:15-21)
Brethren: See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise, But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; but be ye filled with the holy Spirit, Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father: Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ.Gospel Reading (John 4: 46-53)
At that time, there was a certain ruler, whose son was sick at Capharnaum.
He having heard that Jesus was come from Judea into Galilee, went to him, and prayed him to come down, and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him: Unless you see signs and wonders, you believe not. The ruler saith to him: Lord, come down before that my son die. Jesus saith to him: Go thy way; thy son liveth. The man believed the word which Jesus said to him, and went his way. And as he was going down, his servants met him; and they brought word, saying, that his son lived. He asked therefore of them the hour wherein he grew better. And they said to him: Yesterday, at the seventh hour, the fever left him. The father therefore knew, that it was at the same hour that Jesus said to him, Thy son liveth; and himself believed, and his whole house.

Chapel Bulletin – 19th Sunday after Pentecost – September 25, 2016

19th Sunday after Pentecost
September 25, 2016

Mass Time Change – Next Sunday (the 25th), Mass with be at 7:30 in the morning. There will not be Mass at 4:00 PM. Meanwhile, Bishop Williamson will be offering a High Mass at 9:30 AM Sept. 25 at Stella Maris Chapel (1131 Delaney Rd, La Marque, TX) followed by a potluck and conference.
Mission Pilgrimage Cancelled – We have been forced to cancel the Mission Pilgrimage originally planned for October 22nd. If we have Mass that week, it will likely be a substitute priest.
Good News – We have been upgrading the altar and sanctuary. So far, the altar backdrop has been enlarged, and there is a nice wooden step under the altar complete with hardwood flooring. A new altar has been built; it only needs to be stained and decorated. A big “thank you” to all those who contributed to this project so far!

Epistle Reading (Eph 4:23-28)
Brethren: Be renewed in the spirit of your mind: And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth. Wherefore putting away lying, speak; ye the truth every man with his neighbour; for we are members one of another. Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Give not place to the devil. He that stole, let him now steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need.Gospel Reading (Matt 22: 1-14)
And Jesus answering, spoke again in parables to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son. And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage; and they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my calves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready:
come ye to the marriage. But they neglected, and went their own ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise. And the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death. But when the king had heard of it, he was angry, and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good: and the marriage was filled with guests. And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.

Chapel bulletin – Solemnity of Corpus Christi – May 29, 2016

Solemnity of Corpus Christi
May 29, 2016

Rosary & Confessions Sunday, 3:30 PM
Low Mass Sunday, 4:00 PM

Thank You – A big “Thank You” to all those who helped make Bishop Williamson’s visit a success. We had a great turnout and everything went smoothly, both the Mass and the potluck. A special thanks to those who helped with the improvements and cleaning, those who donated to the chapel, those who arrived early to help set things up, those who served during Mass, and those who helped out in any way. Everyone coming together and lending their time and talents really helped make this event a success!
Bishop Williamson Sermon – You can watch it on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/qPD9yRudAJo
High Mass Next Week – Next week is the 1st Sunday of June, so we will have a High Mass.
Lost: Visa Gift Card – A $100 Visa gift card was lost in the back of the chapel two weeks ago (5/15). If anyone found it, or has any information as to where it ended up, please let Matthew know. Thank you.

Epistle Reading (1 Cor 11:23-29)
Brethren: I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me. In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me. For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.
Gospel Reading (John 6: 56-59)
At that time Jesus said to the crowds of the Jews: My flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever.

Traditional Catholic Chapels and Traditional Catholicism – What is the deal?

“We ought to obey God, rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)

“An illicit chapel doesn’t magically become licit after A) 25 years in operation B) getting their 200th parishioner, C) reaching a bank balance of $100,000 or D) acquiring a dedicated building for Mass. These growth milestones are important for any chapel, and a cause for celebration, but they are quite accidental to a chapel’s fundamental status in the Catholic Church.”

PART I: The Crisis in the Church and the Justification for Traditional Catholicism

Vatican II was the worst disaster in the history of the Catholic Church, even when considering the Arian heresy, the Great Schism, and the Protestant Revolt (“Reformation”). Never before has the Catholic Church embarked on a process of self-destruction, from the Papacy down. Traditional Catholics call this the Crisis in the Church.

Since the 1970’s, Catholics aware of this Crisis in the Church have been anxious to preserve their own Faith, and that of their loved ones. As part of their prudent reaction, they left their local parish churches to attend “Traditional” Catholic chapels, set up without the permission of Rome, which offer the Tridentine Mass exclusively. These Traditional parishes have no canonical standing in the (Conciliar) Catholic Church, but the state of necessity caused by the Crisis in the Church justifies their establishment, as well as the attendance of the Faithful at these locales.

The priests at these Traditional Catholic chapels are committed to the Tridentine Mass, and a staunch opposition to Modernism (a heresy condemned by Pope St. Pius X) and the errors and novelties which overwhelmed the Church after Vatican II. Furthermore, these priests promote the entire package of Catholicism as it was handed down to them: Not only is the Mass said in its pre-Vatican II form, but everything else is pre-Vatican II as well: belief in all Catholic dogmas, the content of sermons, advice in the confessional, morality, practices of piety (Rosary, Stations of the Cross, devotion to the Saints, etc.), attitude towards the World, dress, behavior, and many others.

TO SUMMARIZE:
1. The Faithful have a right and a duty to preserve their Faith
2. But there is an unprecedented Crisis in the Church: The Novus Ordo Missae destroys the Faith in Catholics, as proven over the past 45 years
3. Therefore, Catholics must extract themselves from the danger of the Novus Ordo Missae, and nourish their Faith in a Traditional Catholic parish where the Faith is taught and practiced as it was for centuries.

A Traditional Catholic is a Catholic who knows the danger posed by Vatican II, Modernism, and the Novus Ordo Missae, and who rejects all of these in favor of Catholic Tradition. What is meant by Catholic Tradition? The Tridentine Mass (canonized by St. Pius V in 1570), traditional doctrine, theology, philosophy, morality, liturgy, music, art, architecture, culture, and everything the Catholic Church has always held sacred. In short, Traditional Catholics cling to everything associated with the Catholic Church before the revolution of the 1970’s. They also believe, as a tenet not open for discussion, in the right of every Catholic to receive certain (doubt-free) Mass and Sacraments from certain (doubt-free) priests, by right of their Baptism. Traditional Catholics are extremely wary of all things Conciliar, including the New Mass, and the new Rite of ordination (which is at least doubtful)

Traditional Catholics are justified by several Church documents and principles:

Salus animarum suprema lex. “The highest law is the salvation of souls.”
Lex orandi, lex credendi. “the law of praying [is] the law of believing” – this means that the way we pray (liturgy) helps form our beliefs (theology). If our liturgy is basically protestant, we will inevitably take up protestant theology and beliefs.
Quo Primum – a papal bull from St. Pius V in 1570 canonized the Tridentine Mass to be used for all time. By this document, we do not need anyone’s permission to say (priests) or attend (faithful) this Mass.

Part II: Which Traditional Catholic venue should Catholics attend?

Many Traditional Catholic groups have been formed over the years: SSPX, SSPV, CMRI, as well as many independent chapels run by one or two priests. All of these groups have one thing in common: they do not have the approval of the Conciliar Church, a.k.a. Modernist Rome. They are technically “illicit” with no canonical status. They are operating independently of, and without the permission of, the Church authorities. They are all operating under supplied jurisdiction, due to the Crisis in the Church. Even if a given chapel is part of a worldwide Traditional organization with hundreds of priests, it does not thereby gain any special jurisdiction or legitimacy. A traditional priest operating under a worldwide Traditional organization with 500 priests, saying Mass for 500 faithful at a beautiful altar in a Gothic church specially built (or purchased) is fundamentally the same as an independent traditional priest saying Mass for 1 family of 6 in a hotel room with meager equipment. The accidentals are different (number of parishioners, chapel wealth, years in operation) but the fundamentals are identical.

An illicit chapel doesn’t magically become licit after A) 25 years in operation B) getting their 200th parishioner, C) reaching a bank balance of $100,000 or D) acquiring a dedicated building for Mass. These growth milestones are important for any chapel, and a cause for celebration, but they are quite accidental to a chapel’s fundamental status in the Catholic Church.

NOTE: The appearance or “feeling” of legitimacy or “being the real deal” does not equate to actual legitimacy. A man could fake being a priest for 15 years (from 2000 to 2015), and the youngest of his parishioners in 2000, who started attending his simulated “masses” at 5 years old, would certainly (at age 20) feel like this man is the most “real” priest they know! Nevertheless, every “mass” they attended would be just as invalid. Feelings don’t determine reality.

A Traditional Catholic will insist on 3 things from the place they attend Mass:

1. Validly ordained priest (priests ordained in the New Rite of Ordination should be conditionally ordained by a Traditional bishop)
2. Saying the Tridentine Mass (using a Missale Romanum from before the Vatican II changes began to be implemented, which was around 1964)
3. The priest has adequate training to be a Traditional priest – Either a full Traditional seminary formation, or at least a supplemental education after he discovered Tradition.

There are other things people look for in a Traditional chapel, which are quite optional: an association or connection with a large Traditional organization, a long-established location, a kind priest, a lot of friendly parishioners, a large number of parishioners, lots of eligible bachelors, lots of eligible maidens, a priest of your own nationality, a priest without an accent, a priest good with children, a priest with careful attention to Liturgical detail, a priest with a good singing voice, a priest with good sermons, a priest who is hard/easy on you in the confessional, a good choir, a vibrant parish life, presence of cry room, convenient to where you live, a beautiful building, close to shopping, close to a grocery store, location in the beautiful countryside, convenient location in the city, playground or swings for the kids to play, delicious donuts every Sunday, a de-facto petting zoo for parishioners’ children, free Wifi, guest cages in which to place livestock you bought on the way to Mass, etc.

Catholics must stubbornly insist on those 3 numbered points above (valid priest, valid Mass, Traditional formation) while being quite flexible about the other things. Staying home from a valid Mass every Sunday because the priest has an accent, or because a chapel is located in the city or the country, is not sufficient reason in God’s eyes.

When a Catholic has choices, he should exercise the virtue of prudence: gather as much information as possible, and choose the chapel which is most likely overall to help him (and his family) to keep the Faith and grow in holiness. Each person will have different priorities, and each chapel/priest is different. There is no universal or “hard and fast” rule, which is why it is a question of prudence. The only universal rules are those 3 points above: if the priest or Mass is not valid, you are wasting your time.

APPENDIX A: What about groups that have the approval of Rome to say the Tridentine Mass?

There are also several groups that have the permission of the Conciliar Church to say the “Latin Mass” (Institute of Christ the King, Fraternity of St. Peter, the Good Shepherd Institute, Campos Brazil, etc.), but they have issues which can’t be ignored:

1. They are, strictly speaking, not “Traditional Catholic” since a central tenet of Traditional Catholics is the belief that Catholics have a right, by virtue of their Baptism, to seek out doubt-free priests and sacraments — they don’t require Rome’s permission.
2. They offer the Latin Mass, but fall short in other areas: the priests don’t receive a specifically Traditional formation with Thomistic philosophy and theology, so the priest’s sermons and confessional advice will be somewhat defective. Because of this defective formation, many other consequences will flow: the rejection of the World is usually somewhat incomplete, certain practices are hit-and-miss (i.e., how the Faithful dress at Mass, use of chapel veils during Mass, etc.), and sometimes the other Sacraments are not given using pre-Vatican II rites.
3. Since these groups are “approved by Rome” they always refrain from criticizing the Conciliar Church, often going to absurd lengths to defend it. The compromised nature of these groups necessarily causes a straying from the objective truth, as they are biased in favor of their benefactors who “graciously” gave them canonical recognition. They will not soon bite the hand that feeds them.
4. Furthermore, some of these groups have to share facilities with Novus Ordo priests, and this is a grave problem. Either the Novus Ordo Masses are valid and you are stepping on Sacred Particles on the ground during your Tridentine Masses, or the Novus Ordo Masses are invalid and the priest could give you mere bread during the Mass, if you receive from the ciborium in the tabernacle (“consecrated” during the last Novus Ordo Mass). So any Indult Mass in a shared facility is a no-go, whether or not you believe the Novus Ordo Mass to be valid. Cathedrals are beautiful of course, but stepping on Our Lord is not acceptable, neither is receiving bread in place of Our Lord.
5. Another point of compromise: the Conciliar authorities are usually pretty strict about not allowing “strictly anti-Novus Ordo” groups to exist. They might approve certain Latin Mass-favoring groups, but these priests must at least agree that the Novus Ordo or “Ordinary Form of Mass” used by the Catholic Church is not bad. At most, they are allowed to say that the Novus Ordo is “not their cup of tea”. Priests are also required to say the Novus Ordo Mass on occasion, to consummate the compromise and weed out any die-hard, truly Traditional, anti-Novus Ordo dissenters.
6. The local bishop can take away the “privilege” of the Latin Mass at any time. Sometimes this happens when a new bishop is appointed in the diocese. This happened on a worldwide scale in 2013 when Pope Francis forbid the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate to say the Tridentine Mass any longer, after a small minority of friars complained to him.

These “approved by Rome” groups are Catholic, but defective insofar as they are compromised and neutered. You will get some good, but not the full package. But at any rate, Catholics should only consider these groups if they have their own Church to operate in (see point #4).

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 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/

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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