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