Kansas Red Mass

A votive Mass of the Holy Spirit

Offered by the Catholic bishops of KS

+ Most Reverend Edward Weisenburger, Bishop of Salina – Homilist


5:30 P.M.

30 January 2013

Church of the Assumption, Topeka


For the WELL-BEING of the State &

For the WISDOM of Its Government




Guidelines for receiving Holy Communion

Music by the polyphonic ensemble Sursum Corda

Organist – Dr. Kevin Vogt, Director of Music

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Leawood

(Music made possible in part by the Joy Foundation.)

Altar servers from Mater Dei Catholic School and Hayden Catholic High School

Free parking available along 8th Avenue & adjoining streets after 5 P.M.

Public pay parking available at the Crosby Place Garage

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Each year at the beginning of the state’s legislative session, the bishops of Kansas invite Catholics in public office or employed in the public service to seek the counsel of the Holy Spirit for their endeavors in the common good.  As men and women of the Faith, charged with ordering the temporal affairs of the State, they are in need of particular wisdom and so also in need of prayers from the local Church.

When the 90-day legislative session begins each January, the three branches of Kansas government are visibly active as at no other time during the year.  The Governor presents a “State of the State” address.  The Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court offers a “State of the Judiciary” report.  Both, to inform the newly convened Legislature of the status of government and the law before deliberating revisions to them.

Law and politics are honorable pursuits when those granted temporal authority exhibit virtue.  Intercessory prayers for Catholics and for all in the public service contribute to that end.  Join yours with the bishops’ of Kansas in a singular mark of communion in the midst of this state’s public discourse.

A “Red Mass” is a centuries-old tradition within the Catholic Church commonly associated with the judiciary and legal community.  It is so-called for the red vestments evoking biblical images of the Holy Spirit used during the liturgy, and for the red academic garb once worn by doctors of the law during the Middle Ages.  A Red Mass sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington DC and the John Carroll Society is held in Washington DC each year on the eve of the Supreme Court’s annual term.