Una Voce Des Moines

Promoting the Traditional Latin Mass in Central Iowa

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Day of Recollection a Success!

Many thanks to Fr. Cassian of the Benedictine Monks of Norcia for joining Una Voce Des Moines for our kickoff event on Saturday, Sept 30th at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa!

Here are some photos of the event (courtesy of Lisa Bourne)!  Some audio and text are (possibly) forthcoming.

Here was the schedule of the event, and we had a great turnout!  More than 100 guests joined us for the Day of Recollection, more than 150 for Mass (the first TLM at the Basilica of St. John’s in 25 years), and then we finished the day with Monastic None.  Thanks for all who drove from far and wide — we had guests from 7 states, including a few seminarians!










Day of Recollection: Sept 30th: Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB

Day of Recollection

Una Voce Des Moines is proud to welcome Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB to Des Moines on Saturday, Sept 30th for a day of recollection.

His conferences will focus on presenting a basic understanding of the Extraordinary Form (also known as Traditional Latin Mass, Tridentine Latin Mass, usus antiquior, or the old mass).

Please RSVP (info@unavocedsm.org) so we have a number of participants for food and beverage, as well as any materials that Fr. Cassian will want to prepare ahead of time.

We look forward to this unique opportunity, too, to celebrate a Missa Cantata in a minor basilica, the Basilica of St. John.

If you’re interested in helping sponsor the event or underwriting Fr. Cassian’s travels & honorarium, please contact: info@unavocedsm.org, or write us below:


Happy Anniversary, Summorum Pontificum!

On Sunday, July 16th, Una Voce Des Moines and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church celebrated the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum.  Here are some photos of a solemn high mass with the following servants:

Priest:              Rev. Msgr. Frank Chiodo
Deacon:           Rev. Guthrie Dolan
Subdeacon:    Mr. Andy Milam

Afterwards, the community enjoyed fellowship and food at a potluck serving the nearly 200 in attendance!

Photos courtesy of Lisa Bourne and JLV Photos.

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Solemnity of the Assumption

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Join us on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

Mass @ 7pm according to the Extraordinary Form in the upper church of St. Anthony’s in Des Moines, Iowa.

Here’s a flyer you can print, forward, or pass around to your friends and family!

New TLM Time & Location Starting Sept 3rd

New Mass Time
New Mass Location
Same Beautiful Form

The Traditional Latin Mass is moving to the Main Church!

Join us on Sunday evenings at 5pm for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Main Church at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

**Starting September 3**



Solemn Mass for the 10th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum!

We look forward to you joining us for the 10th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio which allowed for the newly coined “Extraordinary Form” (also known as the Tridentine Rite or Traditional Latin Mass) to be celebrated more liberally.

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The Latin Mass or the Extraordinary Form: A Little History & Context

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church is fortunate to celebrate Mass according to both the 1962 and 2002 editions of the Roman Missal.  The 1962 edition is what is properly called the “Extraordinary Form” of the Roman Rite and popularly known as the “Tridentine Mass” or “Traditional Latin Mass”.  The 2002 edition is known as the “Ordinary Form” of the Roman Rite or the “Novus Ordo Missae” (New Order of the Mass), and is the form of Mass celebrated in most Roman Catholic parishes today.

The Tridentine Mass, which was promulgated in 1570 by Pope St. Pius V after the Council of Trent (“Tridentine” means “pertaining to Trent”), underwent a number of minor revisions through the years.  As celebrated today, the Tridentine Mass follows the edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope St. John XXIII in 1962.  After the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), a much more thorough revision of the Roman Missal was completed in 1970.  This revision implemented many changes in the way Mass was celebrated.

While many Catholics embraced these changes enthusiastically, some preferred the beauty, reverence, liturgical poetry, and profound expressions of holy truths of the usus antiquior (ancient rite), and so Pope St. John Paul II gave permission in 1984 — and widened this permission in 1988 — for it to be celebrated in those dioceses whose bishop permitted it.

On July 7, 2007, in the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI widened permission for the Latin Mass to be offered by parish priests for any stable group within the Church requesting worship according to the 1962 Missal.  This letter replaces the Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei of 1988, and its issuance is a most encouraging development i the liturgical life of the Church.

In July 2007, Msgr. Frank Chiodo, pastor at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, began celebrated the Extraordinary Form and has celebrated it weekly ever since.  Additionally, on certain feasts, he also celebrates the Mass which he holds near and dear to his heart.


Why is Latin the Church’s official language?

When the apostles first carried Christ’s Good News to the world, they traveled throughout the Roman Empire, which governed most of the lands around the Mediterranean Sea and in western Europe.  Since the Romans spoke Latin, this language was once used by many people at that time, much as today many people in the world know English because it is economically and socially advantageous.  As the Roman Empire disintegrated in the 4th and 5th centuries, the emerging Church, led by the Bishop of Rome, stepped in to provide a stabilizing cultural force, and through the centuries has retained the use of Latin in official communications as a means to unity.

The Latin language is the national property of no one people, yet, through learning, can be common to all.  This feature makes it especially appropriate for a universal Church.  The use of Latin by the Church started as a happenstance of history and geography, but has enabled the Church to maintain unity amidst the disciples she has made of all nations.

(Excerpts taken and adapted from Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Indianapolis, IN)

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St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
15 Indianola Road
Des Moines, IA  50315

Marian Antiphons: Regina Caeli

Throughout the year, the Church prays different Marian Antiphons based on the proper liturgical season.  We’ll post the current Antiphon throughout the year:

Advent/Christmas:  Alma Redemptoris Mater
Lent:  Ave Regina Caelorum
Easter: Regina Caeli
Pentecost:  Salve Regina

Here’s a great article about the different seasons, highlighting the Regina Caeli, which is sung through the Octave of Pentecost.

The four Marian Antiphons have traditionally been sung at the end of Compline – each one during a particular season of the Church Year.  Regina Caeli is sung from Easter Eve until Pentecost.

Here’s the antiphon sung to the Simple Tone by the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. Chant score from the Liber Usualis (1961), p.278.    (English translation below.)

Here’s the chant score of the Simple Tone version, from the Liber Usualis:

Here it is sung to the Solemn Tone, by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint Maurice et Saint Maur de Clervaux. (Chant score from the Liber Usualis (1961), p. 275.)

Read more here.

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