December 30, 2014
On January 1st., the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, we will have High Mass at 10:30 am. On January 3rd. we will have our First Saturday Mass for the month at 12:00 noon.
December 26, 2014
The following is a Christmas greeting and update from Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter seminarian Andrew Rapoport, F.S.S.P.:
Dear Latin Mass Community,
I wish all of you a very blessed Christmas. I hope everything is going well on the Central Coast.
Things are great here in Nebraska. On the 19th I finished my finals for this semester. This is my first year of Theology and I have enjoyed all of my classes so far, though some were quite challenging. I had Moral Theology, Introduction to Dogmatic Theology, De Deo Uno (the study of the One God), Patristics, Canon Law, Scripture and Latin.
We recently finished construction on a new gymnasium, complete with basketball court, indoor track and weight room. It is great, especially now in the winter when the highs during the day are frequently below freezing.
On the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe we had a Pontifical High Mass with the Bishop of Lincoln, Bishop Conelly in the morning. In the afternoon the seminarians of St. Gregory's Seminary (the Seminary of Lincoln) came over for a basketball game, Vespers and dinner. It was very nice to meet the other seminarians. It was impressive to see them all, including their rector, in cassocks. Everyone enjoyed the evening. We are planning to visit St. Greg's next semester.
On Nov. 22nd I received the minor orders of Exorcist and Acolyte, which are the last of the minor orders before the sub-diaconate. On October 18th my good friend form college, Matthew Gonzalez was tonsured and received the cassock. I had the pleasure of serving at the Pontifical Mass. His family came out from Bakersfield and we had a very nice weekend with them.
I apologize that I have not been more consistent with my updates for the community. I do continue to pray everyday for the community. I am still on the email list, I enjoy receiving updates, prayer requests and hearing about special events.
I ask for your prayers, especially during my holiday travels. I thank all of you who have been praying for my vocation, May God reward you! I look forward to visiting Queen of Heaven in January.
In Jesus and Mary,
Andrew Rapoport, F.S.S.P.
The seminarians are required to provide $7,000 for tuition each year. Any financial contributions would be of great assistance. Checks can be made out to: Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary (The memo section of the check should be left blank.)
The mailing address is:
Andrew Rapoport, F.S.S.P.
7880 West Denton Rd.,
P.O. Box 147
Denton, NE 68339
December 21, 2014
Mass for Christmas Day will be at 10:30 am. Weather permitting, we are planning a short reception after Christmas Day Mass. Please join us before you head out after Mass. Food and beverages will be provided by the hospitality committee.
December 9, 2014
The Monterey Latin Mass Christmas Outreach to the Jesus Mary Joseph Home in Santa Cruz - check your email for details. The community can contact Erin Walbeck to tell her what gift you would like to purchase and for whom. We would like to avoid getting doubles of the listed items. All gifts need to be wrapped and brought to Mass Sunday December 14th. The gifts will be taken to the Jesus Mary Joseph Home on Saturday December 20th. by members of the community.
I just want to let everyone know our Christmas outreach for the JMJ Home has been very successful. Our little community has come together and fulfilled the gift list of everyone at the home. All the children got everything they wished for and all the moms will receive gift cards. Checks, gift cards and presents poured in and I thank you so much. The delivery will happen on Saturday. I will send an update of the day and possible pictures. Thank you again for your heartfelt generosity. God bless and great joy to all of you during this Advent.