The schedule for the Traditional Liturgies during Holy Week is posted. We wish you and yours a blessed Triduum and joyful Easter.
A few additional notes:
- We had a wonderful showing for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning lectures for Dr. Denis McNamara the weekend of March 23/24th. His presentations on Church Architecture were so important in our times, and then to see the worldwide reaction to Monday’s tragedy in Paris (see these stunning images!) gave me a sense that deep down inside, people have a longing for beautiful church architecture. Pray for the people of Paris — and for the world — that McNamara’s work may continue to influence architects to a return to the classical approach. (N.B. Thanks to those who helped financially support the event, especially a recent donor who helped us break even with a generous $400 donation!)
- For those who are parishioners at St. Anthony’s, the Annual Diocesan Appeal is ongoing. It’s important to show our support of Msgr. Chiodo, St. Anthony’s, and the Traditional Latin Mass community that we participate. If you’ve not already done so, please consider a gift to the ADA. If you do, write something like “TLM” or “Latin Mass” in the memo line, or write a note that says, “I support the Extraordinary Form” in a letter to let both the Diocese and St. Anthony know that we are doing our part.
- On Sunday, May 5th, you are cordially invited to the First Holy Communions of four of our children. It is in conjunction with the 1st Sunday of the month potluck, so nothing is different, other than the potluck will be in the parish hall (ie, the gym), since we anticipate more people to celebrate the 1st Communions of Antonia, Matthew, John Paul, and Damien.
- Finally, Una Voce Des Moines has a unique opportunity to participate in extending the altar rail at St. Anthony’s! St. Anthony’s has benefactors funding the rail itself (as I understand it, it won’t go across the entire entrance of the sanctuary, but close). To underscore the importance of the communion rail to our traditional style of worship, Una Voce Des Moines has agreed to fund the padding for kneeling, so that the faithful can more reverently receive the Eucharist. This padding is estimated to be $500, and we are encouraging you — after you’ve made your donation to the ADA! — to assist Una Voce Des Moines with a financial contribution to this noble project of adding reverence to the Holy Mass at St. Anthony’s.
The officers and I plan on being around at the Holy Week liturgies, if you have any questions about these projects/events.
With gratitude for your service to Our Lord in the traditional expression of liturgical worship throughout central Iowa, we wish you a joyful Eastertide!