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