Una Voce Des Moines

Promoting the Traditional Latin Mass in Central Iowa

The Diocese of Des Moines Responds to Traditiones Custodes

Back in mid-July, Pope Francis issued a motu proprio which made certain restrictions regarding the Usus Antiquior, the use of the 1962 Missal.

On Sunday, October 10th, His Excellency, William Joensen, Bishop of Des Moines, issued the following document which was read at the weekly TLM at St. Anthony’s.

On behalf of Una Voce Des Moines, we’re grateful to both His Excellency for his continued pastoral care to and support of those who are spiritually fed and nourished by the the ancient form of the Mass, as well as to the dedicated priests who faithfully celebrate it, especially Msgr. Chiodo and Fr. Dolan.

Ad multos annos!

The PDF can be viewed here.

Response to today’s Motu Proprio, Traditionis Custodes

This morning, His Holiness, Pope Francis issued a motu proprio called Traditionis Custodes, along with a clarifying letter to the Bishops of the World, which addresses the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Una Voce Des Moines has been in touch with the Diocese and with St. Anthony’s, who published a statement on their Facebook page.

If you do have questions or concerns, please direct them to Una Voce Des Moines Officer, Andy Milam (camilam42@gmail.com).

When we know more information, we’ll share as soon as possible. 

As more comes to light, let us offer prayers and fasting for all involved, including the Bishops, Priests, and Faithful of the world who have a devotion to the Traditional Latin Mass.

Beatae Mariae Virgine de Monte Carmelo, ora pro nobis.

A Gift to St. Anthony’s: A St. Padre Pio Statue

Dear Friends of Una Voce Des Moines,

Blessings to you on this Tuesday following Laetare Sunday!

The Officers of Una Voce Des Moines wish to invite you to a unique opportunity to say “thank you” to St. Anthony’s for hosting the Traditional Latin Mass (or the Extraordinary Form) for the past 13+ years.  With this gift, we hope to continue being here for many years to come.

The Una Voce Des Moines patron — as you recall from the 2021 calendar — is St. Padre Pio.  He’s a holy saintly confessor, priest, stigmatist, and Italian, which makes him a natural fit for a parish with Italian roots to be the beneficiary of a statue of Padre Pio.

Padre Pio is an interesting saint.  While he is considered a contemporary Catholic, he was trained and celebrated exclusively the Traditional Latin Mass during his lifetime.  When the liturgical changes occurred at the end of his life, his vision was poor and declining, so he celebrated the “Mass of the Ages” which he had been celebrating for 50+ years by heart.  The traditional Mass was a part of his very being.

Una Voce Des Moines is delighted to commission this custom statue to be produced by the Fathers of Mercy, 50″ in height, a 12″ x 12″ base:  fiberglass, oil painted finish, and glass eyes.   The estimated time arrival of the statue is this summer.

The cost of the entire project is $3,000, and it is our hope to find 15 donors who can cover $200.  A plaque will be created with an inscription attributing the donation to Una Voce Des Moines, as a gesture of our gratitude to St. Anthony’s for hosting the TLM over these years, so any amount will be helpful in achieving our goal.

If you’re able to support this noble endeavor, please consider making a donation via PayPal (keep in mind, there are fees, so if you’re going to cover $200, please add a little extra to cover the fees).

Otherwise, feel free to find me at Mass on Sunday, where I plan to make another announcement.

Since Una Voce DSM is *not* a non-profit organization, your donation isn’t tax deductible.  Nevertheless, we invite you to do something special for St. Anthony’s.

Per il mondo sarebbe più facile esistere senza il sole che senza la Santa Messa.
(It would be easier for the world to exist without the sun than without the Holy Mass.)- Padre Pio

With gratitude for your anticipated generosity which you show towards St. Anthony’s,
Bryan Gonzalez
President, Una Voce Des Moines

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We have a 2021 Liturgical Calendar!

UPDATE: 12/29/2020 We are completely sold out of our 2021 calendars! Thank you to everyone for their patronage!

Friends, we have a personalized 2021 liturgical calendar!

Thanks to TAN Press and the graphic design of Jose Vitteri, we have a 2021 Liturgical Calendar just in time for Christmas shopping!

The unique 12″ x 12″, card stock cover calendar contains high quality images of St. Padre Pio, the patron saint of Una Voce Des Moines, and a beloved Italian stigmatist and priest.

Here are some images:

Each day has indications for the liturgical calendar in both Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms, as well as abstinence or fast symbols.  Note that under each day of the week there is a theme which is traditionally observed.

There’s an entire page on spiritual fasting and the symbols that each day indicate.

Proceeds benefit Una Voce Des Moines and the continued promotion of the Traditional Mass throughout Central Iowa.  Be sure to share with your friends and family, but order quickly as Christmas is in a few weeks and we have a limited supply!

Calendars are $20 a piece (additional cost for shipping TBD).

For more information, email Bryan @ info@unavocedsm.org or call/text 812.686.6102.

A Protestant Goes to Mass…

As someone who only fairly recently in his life started attending Latin Mass, I can related to awe this man felt at his first couple Latin Masses.

Meditation for a Time of Pestilence

One of our favorite places is Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma. Abbot Philip sent this reflection, which is so apropos during this time of crisis, and we wanted to share it with you. The article can be found on their website here: https://clearcreekmonks.org/meditation-for-a-time-of-pestilence/

It would be the understatement of the millennium to suggest that, perhaps, something is awry in the world at present and that a global health crisis has sadly impacted the way we live as Catholic Christians. Not only are we witnesses to the spectacle of so many people growing ill and even dying, but the very Bread of Life entrusted to us from Heaven has been locked up in such a manner that the great number of the faithful is unable to receive this vital spiritual nourishment. I blame no one in particular.

Pandemic need not become Pandæmonium. After all, the Holy Trinity is still supreme in Heaven; the choirs of Angels still hold together in perfect order; the stars continue to follow their perpetual track; the birds are already busy building nests; and, as has been famously said, the “snail’s on the thorn”. We still have (quite intact) the faith along with all the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. The grace of God is operating now as ever. While some may not be able to assist in person at the Holy Sacrifice of Mass and receive Our Lord in Communion, we are free to visit in spirit all the tabernacles of the world, where the real presence reigns in humble and silent majesty. All may still receive Holy Communion in a spiritual manner. What did the Lord tell us? “But thou when thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee” (Mt. 6:6). Who cannot do this even now? We must all become contemplatives for a time.

While I well appreciate that the phenomenon of live streaming enables many faithful to participate in some manner in the celebration of Mass, I worry that some will be under the impression that their television or computer screen has become their only hope, the only contact with God that is left to them. What folly! In various times and places throughout the centuries Christians have found themselves unable for a time to receive the sacraments. Some of the first holy hermits lived so far away in the desert as never to be able to receive the Holy Eucharist. As Our Blessed Father Saint Benedict teaches us, “Let [the monk] consider that he is always beheld from heaven by God, and that his actions are everywhere seen by the eye of the Divine Majesty, and are every hour reported to Him by His angels” (Rule, Chapter 7). Each one can be creative in living the faith in this dramatic circumstance.

Who is responsible for the novel corona virus outbreak? You and I. In a time when thousands upon thousands of the unborn are legally deprived of life across the globe and when the sacred institution of marriage has been flouted and ridiculed in so many places, there should be no surprise that God would allow a microbe to bring mankind to its knees. So, what must be done? The entire world is wondering.

The Governor of Texas, it seems, has signed an executive order prohibiting counties and cities in his State from banning religious services during the coronavirus crisis. Such services will be considered essential in Texas. Now there is an Abbott after my heart: he may not be a Benedictine, but he is one courageous Abbott! Would that his wise and very practical advice be widely appreciated and taken into consideration.

We monks, the sons of Our Lady, will celebrate this year, possibly as never before, the great liturgical ceremonies of the Sacred Triduum. We will do this with you and for you (although attendance at public masses remains suspended), wherever you may be. “But the hour cometh,” said Christ to the Samaritan woman, “and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him” (Jn. 4:23). Above all, with you and for you, we will live in the joy of belonging to God of Whom no virus can deprive us. Soon the Son of God will triumph over the darkness of death. Soon the global health crisis will subside and disappear, even if more patience be needed. May our hearts be found faithful and full of that hope and love that give the supernatural measure of the great endeavor we are engaged in as Christians. “And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity” (I Cor. 13:13).

Abbot Philip Anderson, O.S.B.

A Mass Reflection

To many of the faithful, Holy Week without mass is such a foreign concept, Easter Sunday has been taken for granted. Even many who do not regularly attend mass (or even the nonbelieving) still always find themselves sitting down in a pew on Easter Sunday. This year millions of Catholics around the world will instead find themselves at home (hopefully) watching a livestream of mass instead.

What makes mass so special? Other than receiving the Body of Christ, mass in itself is a reminder of the suffering Jesus himself went through for our sake. This week, let’s all reflect on what we cannot attend in person.

Habemus Kalendarium! (We have a Calendar) SOLD OUT

UPDATE 2/4/2020 We are sold out for the year. We would like to thank everyone for their patronage and hope they return next winter for the 2021 calendar.

Friends, we have a personalized 2020 liturgical calendar!

Thanks to the excellent photos of Lisa Bourne, as well as Jose Vitteri’s graphic design skills, we have a 2020 Liturgical Calendar just in time for Christmas shopping!

The unique 12″ x 12″, card stock calendar contains high quality images of Traditional Masses celebrated at St. Anthony’s and the Basilica of St. John by Msgr. Chiodo, Fr. Chicoine, Fr. Dolan, Fr. Cassian, and Fr. Benedict.

Here are some images:

Each day has indications for the liturgical calendar in both Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms, as well as abstinence or fast symbols.  Note that under each day of the week there is a theme which is traditionally observed.

There’s an entire page on spiritual fasting and the symbols that each day indicate.

Yes, friends, it looks like this:

Proceeds benefit Una Voce Des Moines and the continued promotion of the Traditional Mass throughout Central Iowa.  Be sure to share with your friends and family, but order quickly as Christmas is in a few weeks and we have a limited supply!

Calendars are $20 a piece (additional cost for shipping TBD).

Can be purchased through PayPal or make a check payable to “Una Voce Des Moines” or give us a check at Sunday Mass. SOLD OUT

For more information, email Bryan @ info@unavocedsm.org or call/text 812.686.6102.

Attendance Increases, Average Age Decreases at St. Anthony TLM

Since the Traditional Latin Mass has moved upstairs in Sept 2017, we have seen a 140% increase in mass attendance, while the average age (as estimated during July 2019) is 28.6 years old.  

Many young people are serving, sure, but we have many young families with young children praying weekly in the pews.  

If you are interested in learning more about the Traditional Latin Mass, or maybe you want to explore if it’s a good option for your children’s religious formation, join us on a Sunday at 5pm, and be sure to read this article before you attend.

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