Saint Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church

A Latin Mass Community of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas

Mass Schedule

7:00 am (Low)
9:00 am (Low)
11:30 am (Sung)

  • Benediction follows the Sung Mass on the 4th Sunday of most months

PLEASE NOTE MASS TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE! Check the weekly bulletin for this week’s Mass times.

Monday: 6:30 am
Tuesday: 6:30 am & 9:00 am
Wednesday: 6:30 am & 6:00 pm
Thursday: 6:30 am & 12:00 noon
Friday: 6:30 am, 9:00 am & 6:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am & 9:00 am


  • Confessions are heard 30 minutes before all Masses
  • Holy Hour and Benediction after the 6:30 am Mass from Monday to Thursday, and before the 12:00 pm Mass on Thursday
  • Devotions to the Sacred Heart with Benediction after every Mass on Fridays
  • Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help every Wednesday at 5:30 pm
  • Devotions to the Immaculate Heart after the 9:00 am Mass on First Saturdays

Church Information

Fr John Fongemie FSSP, Chaplain
Fr Justin Nolan FSSP, Asst. Chaplain
Fr Joshua Curtis FSSP, Asst. Chaplain

5035 Rainbow Blvd.
Westwood, Kansas 66205-2063
Click here for directions.

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Phase III Building Project

A few weeks ago, our architect Daniel Himmelberg from Xpress Ideas joined us on a Sunday afternoon to give a short presentation of the proposed renovations to the exterior and grounds of the Church and Rectory. During that meeting he posted architectural illustrations in the Church Hall, which he has graciously allowed us to publish here for the sake of those who could not attend. Link is below.

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Fr. Nolan Talks on Liturgy

Click on the links below to listen to or download Fr. Nolan’s series of talks on the liturgy. (Apologies for the inconsistent audio quality of talks #1-5 due to technical problems with the recording equipment. These issues were resolved beginning with talk #6)


Talk #7: Commentary on the Mass Part III: From the Introit to the Collect
(Click to listen or right-click to download)

Fr. Nolan continues his commentary on the Mass with an explanation of the first series of the ancient prayers of the Mass: the Introit, Kyrie, Gloria, and Collect.   These prayers formally begin the Mass of Catechumens by disposing us to a spirit of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and petition: the four ends of the Mass.

Click here for the handout used for Talk #7 (same as talk #6)


Talk #6: Commentary on the Mass Part II: The Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
(Click to listen or right-click to download)

Fr. Nolan continues his commentary on the Mass with an explanation of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, their content and structure, and the spiritual significance of these prayers in relation to the context of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Psalm 42 is the Psalm of King David after he fled from his son Absalom across the brook Cedron into the garden of Gethsemane, mystically foreshadowing the actions Christ on the night of His passion.  This psalm serves then as a most fitting introduction to the Holy Sacrifice.

Click here for the handout used for Talk #6


Talk #5: Commentary on the Mass Part I: The Vesting of the Priest and Preparation of the Chalice
(Click to listen or right-click to download)

Fr. Nolan begins his commentary on the Mass with an explanation of each of the sacred vestments, their meaning and symbolism, the prayer the priest says while putting on each vestment, and its relation to the liturgy, followed by an explanation of the chalice, paten, and pall, how they are prepared and their meaning and symbolism in the Mass.

Click here the handouts used during Talk #5


Talk #4: Overview of the Prayers of the Mass and Explanation of the Liturgical Colors
(Click to listen or right-click to download)

Fr. Nolan gives a general overview of the Mass outlining the various parts of the Mass, how the prayers are structured and fit into the whole of the Mass, as well as the spiritual and theological significance of the liturgical colors.

Click here for copies of the slides used during Talk #4.


Talk #3: Why is the Traditional Mass celebrated in Latin and why does the Priest Face the Altar?
(Click to listen or right-click to download)

This third talk explains in greater detail why the Mass was celebrated in Latin for so many centuries and why this liturgical language is still of benefit in modern times.  Also, the reasons why the priest faces the altar during the celebration of Mass and how this mode of celebration more richly expresses the underlying principles of the liturgy as explained in the previous two talks.

Click here for copies of the slides used during the third presentation.


Talk #2: The Proper Roles of the Priest and Laity during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
(Click to listen or right-click to download)

The second talk covers the Church’s theological understanding of the distinction between the general priesthood of the laity and the ministerial priesthood and how this distinction is reflected in the roles of priest and laity during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  It also covers the many varied ways the faithful can more fruitfully participate when attending the Holy Sacrifice.

Click here for copies of the slides used during the second presentation.


Talk #1: Fundamental Liturgical Principles of the Roman Rite
(Click to listen or right-click to download)

This first talk given on Oct. 17, 2014 covers the basic principles that govern the celebration of the Mass and specifically the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Click here for copies of the slides used during the first presentation.


15th Annual Parish Dinner

St. Philippine Duchesne parish in Kansas City is having its 15th annual Parish Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 18th. The guest speaker this year is Abbot Phillip Anderson, from Clear Creek Monastery (the dinner profits will go to the abbey construction fund).

Abbot Anderson will speak on the long journey that he and so many other converts took, beginning with the Integrated Humanities Program (IHP) at KU back in the ’70’s. His trip led to Fontgombault Monastery in France and has ended with the establishment of Clear Creek Monastery in Oklahoma.

The dinner will begin with a social hour (wine served) at 6pm, followed by dinner (beef and chicken, salad, veggies and dessert), followed by Abbot Anderson’s talk. The dinner location is the Shawnee Civic Center, 13817 Johnson Dr., Shawnee KS 66216 (just off of I-435 South for those coming from the west on I-70).

Ticket prices are $35 each and can be reserved by mailing a check (made out to ‘SPD Dinner’) to the KC rectory (5035 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood KS 66205). Please act soon as seating is limited. For further information call John Watkins at 785-331-8232.

Additional Weekday Masses

Please take note of the additional Mass times which were added to the existing weekly schedule: Tuesday at 9:00 am, Friday at 6:00 pm, and Saturday at 7:00 am. These changes are reflected on the website and in the weekly bulletin.

Wake & Funeral of Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP

The body of Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP will be viewable on Thursday, June 19 at Piper Funeral Home, from 2:00pm until 5:00pm.

Piper Funeral Home
714 Maple St.
St. Marys, KS
Click here for directions.

A Rosary will be said at Sacred Heart Church at 7:00pm on the evening of Thursday, June 19. The funeral will be held there, as well, this Friday, June 20 at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend.

Sacred Heart Church
2298 Newbury Rd.
Paxico, KS 66526
Click here for directions.

Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP ~ Requiescat in pace!

Special Mass Times June 19 & 20 (Thurs. & Fri.)

Due to the events surrounding the funeral of Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, the Mass schedule here in Kansas City will be altered as follows:

Thursday, June 19th – Mass 6:30am, 9:00am. Note there will NOT be a noon Mass this day.

Friday, June 20th – Mass 6:30am. There will be no other Masses this day.

Opening Day!!!

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.



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