Church offering Latin mass opens Saturday

A new church opens its doors on Rainbow Blvd. in Mission Woods tomorrow morning with a special blessing. The Kansas City Latin Mass Community of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne will open at 9 a.m. with a blessing from Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann.

Travelers along Rainbow Blvd. have watched the progress on the church renovation since the archdiocese purchased the property in 2011 from Westwood Lutheran Church, whose congregation had dwindled over the years. The church offers Mass in Latin following the older form of Mass from 1962, according to the church chaplain Fr. John Fongemie. It is one of two recognized congregations in the metro offering Latin Mass.

The congregation has met for 15 years at Blessed Sacrament in KCK and spent 18 months scouring Johnson and Wyandotte Counties for a church property before finding its new home in Westwood. While a small minority of the Catholic population, the Latin Mass congregations continue to attract more followers, Fr. Fongemie said. Not its own parish as yet, the new congregation is operating under the St. Agnes parish.

The blessing will be followed by a Missa Solemnis in honor of the patroness, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. Following the opening Saturday, the church will begin a regular schedule for Mass Sundays at 8 a.m. (Low) and 10:30 a.m. (Sung); weekdays at 6:30 a.m. (an additional 9 a.m. service on Wednesday and Friday) and Saturday at 9 a.m.

The church is at 5035 Rainbow. Fr. Justin Nolan is assistant chaplain.

More information can be found on the church website.