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Mass of the Ages Documentary

Discover the Latin Mass in a way you never have!


MASS OF THE AGES is a documentary trilogy that explores the richness of the Traditional Latin Mass through stunning cinematography and inspiring stories. But it’s not just three beautiful films. It’s also an investigation into the surprising events that led to the creation of the New Mass. MASS OF THE AGES will give you a deep appreciation for your Catholic faith.

Episode 1 debuted in August 2015 and Episode 2 debuted in May 2022.

Enjoy these two episodes, and encourage your family and friends to join us one a Sunday (or two) at St. Augustin’s Des Moines @ 5pm.

For more questions:

Diocesan Announcement about TLM Location Change

Dear Traditionally-minded friends,

Good evening! A special thanks to Fr. Chicoine for celebrating the TLM this evening, and to Fr. Pisut for announcing this news (see official announcement below) that will affect our TLM community. 

On behalf of Una Voce Des Moines, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to St. Anthony’s and Msgr. Chiodo, and all of the associate pastors who have celebrated the TLM over the years – most recently, Fr. Dolan – for their steadfast commitment to the traditional mass, the traditional sacraments, and our community. We will greatly miss the St Anthony community. 

Ever since last summer, when the motu proprio was issued, His Excellency has made it clear that the TLM community was an important part of the Diocese of Des Moines. 

This move to St. Augustin demonstrates the diocese’s ongoing commitment to providing stable pastoral care to the TLM community, for which we are all grateful. 

I am grateful to Fr. Pisut for his willingness to accept our young and growing community into his well-established parish.

The leaders of Una Voce Des Moines and the TLM community look forward to working  together with Fr. Pisut and St. Augustin to make this transition as smooth as possible. 

Wishing you and yours a blessed Mothers Day!

Oremus pro invicem,

Bryan Gonzalez
Una Voce Des Moines

Quo Primum

Promulgating the Tridentine Liturgy

Pope Pius V – 1570


From the very first, upon Our elevation to the chief Apostleship, We gladly turned our mind and energies and directed all our thoughts to those matters which concerned the preservation of a pure liturgy, and We strove with God’s help, by every means in our power, to accomplish this purpose. For, besides other decrees of the sacred Council of Trent, there were stipulations for Us to revise and re-edit the sacred books: the Catechism, the Missal and the Breviary. With the Catechism published for the instruction of the faithful, by God’s help, and the Breviary thoroughly revised for the worthy praise of God, in order that the Missal and Breviary may be in perfect harmony, as fitting and proper – for its most becoming that there be in the Church only one appropriate manner of reciting the Psalms and only one rite for the celebration of Mass – We deemed it necessary to give our immediate attention to what still remained to be done, viz, the re-editing of the Missal as soon as possible.

Hence, We decided to entrust this work to learned men of our selection. They very carefully collated all their work with the ancient codices in Our Vatican Library and with reliable, preserved or emended codices from elsewhere. Besides this, these men consulted the works of ancient and approved authors concerning the same sacred rites; and thus they have restored the Missal itself to the original form and rite of the holy Fathers. When this work has been gone over numerous times and further emended, after serious study and reflection, We commanded that the finished product be printed and published as soon as possible, so that all might enjoy the fruits of this labor; and thus, priests would know which prayers to use and which rites and ceremonies they were required to observe from now on in the celebration of Masses.

Let all everywhere adopt and observe what has been handed down by the Holy Roman Church, the Mother and Teacher of the other churches, and let Masses not be sung or read according to any other formula than that of this Missal published by Us. This ordinance applies henceforth, now, and forever, throughout all the provinces of the Christian world, to all patriarchs, cathedral churches, collegiate and parish churches, be they secular or religious, both of men and of women – even of military orders – and of churches or chapels without a specific congregation in which conventual Masses are sung aloud in choir or read privately in accord with the rites and customs of the Roman Church. This Missal is to be used by all churches, even by those which in their authorization are made exempt, whether by Apostolic indult, custom, or privilege, or even if by oath or official confirmation of the Holy See, or have their rights and faculties guaranteed to them by any other manner whatsoever.

This new rite alone is to be used unless approval of the practice of saying Mass differently was given at the very time of the institution and confirmation of the church by Apostolic See at least 200 years ago, or unless there has prevailed a custom of a similar kind which has been continuously followed for a period of not less than 200 years, in which most cases We in no wise rescind their above-mentioned prerogative or custom. However, if this Missal, which we have seen fit to publish, be more agreeable to these latter, We grant them permission to celebrate Mass according to its rite, provided they have the consent of their bishop or prelate or of their whole Chapter, everything else to the contrary notwithstanding.

All other of the churches referred to above, however, are hereby denied the use of other missals, which are to be discontinued entirely and absolutely; whereas, by this present Constitution, which will be valid henceforth, now, and forever, We order and enjoin that nothing must be added to Our recently published Missal, nothing omitted from it, nor anything whatsoever be changed within it under the penalty of Our displeasure.

We specifically command each and every patriarch, administrator, and all other persons or whatever ecclesiastical dignity they may be, be they even cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, or possessed of any other rank or pre-eminence, and We order them in virtue of holy obedience to chant or to read the Mass according to the rite and manner and norm herewith laid down by Us and, hereafter, to discontinue and completely discard all other rubrics and rites of other missals, however ancient, which they have customarily followed; and they must not in celebrating Mass presume to introduce any ceremonies or recite any prayers other than those contained in this Missal.

Furthermore, by these presents [this law], in virtue of Our Apostolic authority, We grant and concede in perpetuity that, for the chanting or reading of the Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment, or censure, and may freely and lawfully be used. Nor are superiors, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious, of whatever title designated, obliged to celebrate the Mass otherwise than as enjoined by Us. We likewise declare and ordain that no one whosoever is forced or coerced to alter this Missal, and that this present document cannot be revoked or modified, but remain always valid and retain its full force notwithstanding the previous constitutions and decrees of the Holy See, as well as any general or special constitutions or edicts of provincial or synodal councils, and notwithstanding the practice and custom of the aforesaid churches, established by long and immemorial prescription – except, however, if more than two hundred years’ standing.

It is Our will, therefore, and by the same authority, We decree that, after We publish this constitution and the edition of the Missal, the priests of the Roman Curia are, after thirty days, obliged to chant or read the Mass according to it; all others south of the Alps, after three months; and those beyond the Alps either within six months or whenever the Missal is available for sale. Wherefore, in order that the Missal be preserved incorrupt throughout the whole world and kept free of flaws and errors, the penalty for nonobservance for printers, whether mediately or immediately subject to Our dominion, and that of the Holy Roman Church, will be the forfeiting of their books and a fine of one hundred gold ducats, payable ipso facto to the Apostolic Treasury. Further, as for those located in other parts of the world, the penalty is excommunication latae sententiae, and such other penalties as may in Our judgment be imposed; and We decree by this law that they must not dare or presume either to print or to publish or to sell, or in any way to accept books of this nature without Our approval and consent, or without the express consent of the Apostolic Commissaries of those places, who will be appointed by Us. Said printer must receive a standard Missal and agree faithfully with it and in no wise vary from the Roman Missal of the large type (secundum magnum impressionem).

Accordingly, since it would be difficult for this present pronouncement to be sent to all parts of the Christian world and simultaneously come to light everywhere, We direct that it be, as usual, posted and published at the doors of the Basilica of the Prince of the Apostles, also at the Apostolic Chancery, and on the street at Campo Flora; furthermore, We direct that printed copies of this same edict signed by a notary public and made official by an ecclesiastical dignitary possess the same indubitable validity everywhere and in every nation, as if Our manuscript were shown there. Therefore, no one whosoever is permitted to alter this notice of Our permission, statute, ordinance, command, precept, grant, indult, declaration, will, decree, and prohibition. Would anyone, however, presume to commit such an act, he should know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.

Given at St. Peter’s in the year of the Lord’s Incarnation, 1570, on the 14th of July of the Fifth year of Our Pontificate.

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St. Padre Pio Statue is Installed and Dedicated

Back in the spring 2021, the officers of Una Voce Des Moines invited you to participate in a project to commission a statue of St. Padre Pio.  Despite delays due to covid and shipping complications, the statue arrived this month, and we have mounted it on the last colonnade near the SE doors.  

First, we want to thank you for your support in offering this as a gift to St. Anthony’s for their weekly celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass.  Following the announcement from His Excellency earlier this month, this gift seems all the more appropriate.

And, to Msgr. Chiodo, Father Dolan, and all the priests who celebrate this Mass and serve this community:  thank you for welcoming the Traditional Latin Mass into the parish on a regular basis.  We appreciate having a home and feeling so welcome.  We are honored and delighted to make this oblation to you.

Padre Pio is a beloved Italian saint, and its veneration will be well-received at St. Anthony’s.

You’ll notice below the statue, there’s a plaque, which reads:

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

In thanksgiving for the frequent offering
of the Traditional Latin Mass,
this statue of St. Padre Pio is a gift
from the Members of Una Voce Des Moines

This saying from Padre Pio highlights one of the reasons we all attend this solemn liturgical rite.

Here are some photos:

We have a 2022 Liturgical Calendar!

Friends, we have a personalized 2022 liturgical calendar!

Thanks to TAN Press and the graphic design of Jose Vitteri, we have a 2022 Liturgical Calendar just in time for Advent/Christmas shopping!

The unique 11″ x 11″, card stock cover calendar contains high quality images of Traditionis Pulchritudo, The Beauty of Tradition, which happens to be the theme of this year’s calendar.

Here are some images:

Each day has indications for the liturgical calendar in both Usus Antiquior (old calendar feast days) and the Usus Recentior (new calendar feast days), 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, whose home is at St. Anthony’s

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!

Calendar costs:

1 calendar – $20

6 calendar – $100

(Additional cost for shipping TBD)

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

The Diocese of Des Moines Responds to Traditionis 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 (

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 @ or call/text 812.686.6102.

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