Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hutson's Baptism - October 24, 2010

Welcome to the family of God, Hutson Benedict Guosheng!! Your heavenly Father loves you beyond measure. We give thanks to Him every day because He chose US to be YOUR Dad and Mom. We love you, son.

We feel so blessed and honored that Hutson has such devout godparents.  Terry and Lisa will be the perfect mentors for Hutson's faith journey.  We also appreciate Patrick, Terry and Lisa's son, for serving during Hutson's baptism. And thank you, Father Remski!

Beautiful Baptismal Font at St. Damien Catholic Church

"Hutson Benedict Guosheng, Ego te baptizo In n√≥mine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti." 
("Hutson Benedict Guosheng, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.")

"Receive this burning light, and keep the grace of your Baptism throughout a blameless life.  Observe the commandments of God.  Then, when the Lord comes to His heavenly wedding feast, you will be able to meet Him with all the saints in the halls of heaven, and live for ever and ever.  Amen."

Hutson's godparents, Terry and Lisa, Hutson, Father Howard Remski, Patrick, Clare, Brycie & Jim.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lookin' For the "Man in the Moon" - Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fall Carnival at Villa Teresa, October 23, 2010

We enjoyed the evening at Villa Teresa's Fall Carnival.  Hutson and Clare got to try-out their Halloween costumes and had a good time.  Brycie and Jim worked the Bingo game.  Hutson got his first "Bingo." 

 Hutson in his Transformer Bumble-Bee costume.  Lookin' "space-age."

 Can you say "B-9"?

 Clare is a cheerleader.  Go Falcons!.

The halls of Villa Teresa became a haunted castle.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

First High Mass at St. Damien of Molokai, Sunday, October 3, 2010

After a glorious celebration on Friday evening, we were privileged to attend our first High Mass on Sunday, October 3.  The choir was simply beyond words; the pews were full of wonderful Catholic Christians; Christ was present in the Holy Eucharist .  .  . a day to remember. 

 Our friend, Terry, was interviewed by Channel 9.  Terry is a humble Catholic Christian . . . the way we all ought to be. 

 The family on the left, Matt, Cathy, Suzanne, and William (the young man in the blue shirt in front) are friends from Fredericksburg, Texas.  They love the Traditional Latin Mass, and come visit St. Damien often.  A fabulous family.  The other family, Terry, Lisa, and Patrick, are the kindest, most decent family you will ever meet.  They are wonderful.  We cherish their friendship.

Here we are, celebrating our first High Mass at our new Church, and celebrating Brycie's birthday.  What a day!!!

Consecration of the Altar and Blessing of St. Damien Catholic Church - October 1, 2010

On Friday evening, October 1, 2010, Archbishop Eusebius Beltran blessed our new Church, St. Damien of Molokai.  Many priests from the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) came to Oklahoma City to participate in the blessing of St. Damien and the consecration of the altar.  The sanctuary was packed with parishioners and friends.  What a joyous occasion.  Later in the evening, Fr. Remski celebrated the first Mass.  We thank you, Jesus.

 Welcome to St. Damien of Molokai.

 Isn't the altar magnificent?

 We waited outside for Archbishop Beltran.

 St. Damien is so blessed with many young acolytes who, by the way, participate during Mass in Latin.  It is wonderful. 

 Archbishop Beltran kneeling before the altar.

 We are so grateful for Archbishop Beltran's support of our new Church, and we appreciated his kind remarks.

 Archbishop Beltran descending from the altar.

 The young men are so reverent.

 The priest with the dark glasses will be our new priest beginning on October 31.  He is Fr. Carlos Casavantes, FSSP.  Fr. Howard Remski (back left) has been our priest for six years and is being reassigned to Sarasota, FL.  Thank you for your priestly service, Fr. Remski.

The sun sets on a beautiful evening and a wonderful occasion.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Assembling the Marble Altar

St. Damien Catholic Church has been blessed to be the recipient of the interior furnishings of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Amsterdam, New York.  The pastor and parishoners donated the marble altar, the retablo with side altars, statutes, stained glass windows, pews and light fixtures.  The entire altar weighs approximately 4,000 pounds.  Men from the parish gathered on September 27, 2010, to assemble the altar.  Our present building will contain only the altar, some of the pews, and the holy water fonts.  When the funds are raised, we will be building a permanent church which will be adorned by all the furnishings so graciously donated. Our present building will then become our parish hall.

Thank you, Jesus for our beautiful new church.  St. Damien, ora pro nobis!!

The Building of St. Damien Catholic Church

For some time we have felt drawn toward the Tridentine form of the Catholic Mass.  We most appreciate the quiet reverence of the Latin Mass and the respect parishioners show for our Lord and for the dignity of the human person by dressing modestly.  The ladies and girls wear veils in the presence of our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.   

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI, in his "Motu Proprio data," "Summorum Pontificum," promoted the use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970.  This is known as the Traditional Latin Mass.  We began attending St. Michael Chapel in February, 2010, which is a privately owned chapel leased by the FSSP (Fraternity of St. Peter).  The congregation had been raising funds to build a new Church.  The Archbishop, Eusebius Beltran, gave our Church the name St. Damien of Molokai.  St. Damien was canonized in 2009.  To learn more about St. Damien, go to  Below is a photographic journey of the building of St. Damien of Molokai Catholic Church located just west of Council Road on 234th Street/Sorghum Mill Road in Edmond, Oklahoma.   

March 21, 2010

 March 26, 2010

 March 30, 2010

 April 2, 2010

 April 9, 2010

 April 13, 2010

 May 2, 2010

 May 9, 2010

 May 22, 2010

 June 4, 2010

 June 20, 2010

 August 15, 2010

 August 22, 2010

 August 22, 2010

September 19, 2010