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  • CFebruary 2001 Monthly, Number 110


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    Regina oeliREGINA COELI HOUSE, 2918 Tracy Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109Tel: (816) 753 0073 FAX (816) 753 3560



    It was in the early 80s, when St. Thomas Aquinas Semi-nary was located in the present facilities of St. IgnatiusRetreat House in RIDGEFIELD, CT that the plan wasformulated to construct a magnificent Roman basilica stylechurch, large enough for Seminary ceremonies and especiallyfor Masses of ordination. This project had to be abandoned in1983 when the nine sedevacantist priests betrayed Archbish-op Lefebvre and left the Society. The growth that followed,thanks to Gods blessings, made it obsolete, since in 1988 theSeminary had to acquire a much large facility in Winona toaccommodate the growing number of seminarians.

    For over a decade the imposing structure was left untouchedand unused. It was in 1996 that Father Timothy Pfeiffer for-mulated a four-year plan to raise the large sums of money need-ed to finish the imposing church as a parish church for thefaithful of St. Ignatius Retreat House. At that time the goal ofthe feast of Christ the King, 2000 was set for the first Mass,and the new name of Christ the King was given to the unfin-ished church, fruit as it is of the Ignatian retreats preached inRidgefield for more than 12 years now. The first step was tocomplete the basement by dividing it up into classrooms for

    Masons complete themain staircase going up

    into the new Christthe King church.

    The new masonry work leading up to themain entrance of the new church.

    Completing the landing in front of the entrance to the church.

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    CHRIST THE KING...Continued from p.1

    Building a sidewalk along the side of the church to the St. IgnatiusRetreat House, seen in the background.

    Building a concrete sidewalk to the parking lot.

    Installation of radiation heat in the floor. Hot water is pumpedthrough these small tubes, from a boiler in the basement.The view

    is taken looking back towards the main entrance.

    Painting the interior dry wall at 50 feet up, at the junctionbetween the nave and the transept.

    conferences, catechism, tutorials and parish activities, completedin 1997. Then came the massive undertaking of finishing thechurch, beginning with a new roof, new exterior stucco and allthe plumbing, carpentry, dry wall, electrical and other that hadnever been done in the empty shell.

    The new prior, Father Zendejas, took over the unfinishedproject from Father Pfeiffer last summer, aware that the dead-line could no longer be met. However, six months of intensivefundraising and weekly work crews did not go to waste. As wellas the work being done by contractors, numerous were the parish-ioners who donated time to paint, clean or help in any waythat they could. One Saturday in December there were no lessthan 70 people working at one time in the massive empty church.

    And thus it is that although the church is still not entire-ly finished, the Ridgefield town authorities permitted its usefor Christmas and every Sunday thereafter, with the occupan-cy permit to follow when the necessary final touches and land-scaping are completed to their satisfaction. The recent growthin attendance at Sunday Mass at the retreat house, with near-ly 200 people overcrowded into each of the two Sunday Mass-es in the retreat house basement, precipitated the occupationof the building. Something had to be done.

    Consequently, a frantic and partially successful effort wasmade to finish the expensive landscaping work during the wan-ing days of Fall, carpet was installed temporarily throughout,

    in order to obtain the necessary occupancy permit, and a tem-porary altar was installed. The first Mass to be celebrated wasat midnight on Christmas, just two months after the originaldeadline. When funds are available the carpet will be replacedwith tile, the sanctuary will be remodeled and a new altar con-structed to match the magnificent Romanesque architectureof the building. The formal dedication will take place whenthese important details have been completed.

    Building the retaining walls and handicap-accessible ramp, with anentrance under the new bell tower.

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    The laying of temporary carpet throughout the church, in orderto meet up with fire regulation codes for occupancy.View

    towards the main entrance.

    The faithful devoutly assist at the prayers at the foot ofthe altar, kneeling on soft carpet and sitting on chairsuntil the tile floor and pews can be installed.Themagnificent dimensions of this church draw all eyes tothe altar and to the Sacred Heart.

    The ever-present Father Zendejas watches on as a very lightcement is poured on to the floor, into which the coils of heatingtubes are laid, thus ensuring the gradual diffusion of the heat.

    Father Zendejasincenses the altarat the Offertory

    of Mass.A zoom-in from the choir loft while Father preaches his homily.

    Finally, Father processes in, precededby the altar boys, to celebrate themidnight Mass, filled with gratitude.

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    Society of Saint Pius XDistrict of the United States of America

    REGINA COELI HOUSEFather Peter R. ScottDistrict Superior

    J.M.J.February 1, 2001

    2918 Tracy AvenueKansas City, MO 64109

    (816) 753 0073FAX (816) 753 3560

    Dear friends and benefactors of the Society of Saint Pius X,

    As soon as the weather warms up sufficiently the Districtis waiting to accomplish a long awaited project. It is thebuilding of a new large commercial building for AngelusPress. When the District office moved to Kansas City in1991 and Angelus Press in 1992, we both vacated schoolfacilities, allowing the schools to expand, Queen of theHoly Rosary in St. Louis, MO and Queen of Angels inDickinson, TX. When we first moved here, the 33 roomfour level building of the Regina Coeli House was amplefor all our needs, Angelus Press taking the basement andfirst floor and the District Office the second and thirdfloors. However, with time and the development of theSocietys apostolate nationwide, and the multifold growthof Angelus Press, both Angelus Press and the District Officeran out of space long ago. Secretaries are crowded two toa room, and rooms are used for multiple different purposes.For now, as well as five priests, their living facilities andoffices, and rooms for visitors and workers, you will findin the Regina Coeli House seven full time lay people workingfor the District and six for Angelus Press.

    Hence the time is ripe for the construction of a newbuilding for Angelus Press, on land immediately adjacentto the Regina Coeli House. This will enable for the continuedexpansion of the publishing activities of Angelus Press,increasing their storage capacity for stock and titles, butespecially increasing their efficiency for shipping andhandling. No longer will it be necessary to carry everybook into a basement and out of a basement. This onelevel metal building has been designed for ease of shippingand handling, and storage, with a complete office area,the whole with central air conditioning to protect the booksfrom the humidity. The 5,000 square foot building willcost, all told, $250,000. It will also be of great help to theDistrict administration, for it will enable the DistrictHeadquarters and the priory to expand into the areas ofthe Regina Coeli House previously occupied by theAngelus Press.

    The Angelus Press is being run efficiently as a business,and is able to pay all its bills and salaries, without beingdependent upon the District or getting into debt. However,it is simply not possible for the Angelus to find the fundsto finance a new building of this magnitude. Consequently,

    I am asking for your generous support and help to makethis project possible. I rarely ask for money, but our donationsdid diminish somewhat during the year 2000, and I dobelieve that the apostolate of the Catholic press is a worthyone. Nothing can replace good Catholic books in helpingCatholics to understand the crisis in the Church and todeepen our spiritual lives.

    Concerning the importance of good, doctrinally solid,reading I cannot do better than quote the words of ourholy patron saint, to all the worlds Catholic clergy, wordswhich apply to all generous souls:

    Now we ought to make pious books our faithful friends.They tell us of our duties and they give rules of legitimatediscipline; they arouse the heavenly voices that are silentin our souls; they chastise the idleness of our designs; theydisturb our deceitful tranquillity; they throw into a clearlight our less worthy affections that are sometimes dis-guised; they show the dangers that lie before the impru-dent. All these favors they show us with such silent benev-olence that we may regard them not only as friends, butas the best of friends. For, indeed, we have them when-ever we wish, clinging as it were to our side, ready at anytime to assist us in our immediate necessities whose voiceis never harsh, whose advice never partial, and whose wordsare never timid or deceitful. (St. Pius X, Haerent animo,August 4, 1908).

    Such is the importance of the supernatural wisdomand prudence that Angelus Press strives to make availablethrough its books and magazine. Let us be convinced thatthese advantages of good books are perennial, and will notbe replaced by other means of communication, neithervisual nor electronic. There is, in effect, a tendencyamongst certain of our faithful to place undue importanceon electronic communications through the Internet.While adapted for the rapid communication of facts, dataor scientific information, it is the means least adapted tothe communication of wisdom, and least apt for preparingsouls for an understanding of the truth. For there is nothingthat more tantalizes our dis

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