Archbishop Naumann Blesses St. Philippine Duchesne for the Kansas City Apostolate

by Fr. Justin Nolan, FSSP
Assistant Chaplain, St. Philippine Duchesne

A joyous day was had by all as we witnessed St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church officially come into existence. All of Kansas City rejoices as a humble structure built by human hands has the supreme honor of becoming a dwelling place for Almighty God and the offering up the Eternal Sacrifice of His Son for the Redemption of sin and the Sanctification and Salvation of the world!

A chilly winter morning greeted the crowds and the arrival of Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. His Excellency performed the ceremony for the Blessing of a New Church. After the Blessing, the North American District Superior of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Eric Flood, FSSP, celebrated the First Solemn Mass in honor of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne with His Excellency, Archbishop Naumann, assisting from the Throne. Many visiting clergy were also in attendance, both from the Fraternity of St. Peter as well as local priests and religious from local parishes here in Kansas City. Over 400 of the faithful were in attendance, packing the new church and offering up their prayers in union with the Archbishop for the glory of God and the sanctification of souls.

Many countless hours of work have gone into this project and we thank all especially who were directly involved, our benefactors, our parishioners, the contractors and laborers who have worked so tirelessly these past months to make the church so beautiful and worthy of God and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Visit the St. Philippine Duchesne parish website for more pictures.

Before Renovations: Front of the Church

After Renovation: Front of the Church

Before Renovations: Rear of the Church

After Renovations: Rear of the Church

Archbishop Begins with Blessing the Door

Archbishop Blesses the Stained Glass Windows

Archbishop Naumann Gives a Moving Sermon

Archbishop in Choir During the First Mass

Schola Sings the Propers in the Renovated Choir Loft

Reception After Mass Enjoyed by All

January 23, 2013