Frequently Asked Questions
A. Saint John Vianney Maple Hill is an apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), dedicated to offering the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Kansas City the sacraments and traditional devotions of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. For more information, please see About Us.
Q. Is Saint John Vianney Maple Hill in communion with Rome and The Holy Father?
A. Yes. The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and its apostolates have always been in good standing with the Holy Father.
Q. But what’s all this I hear about reunion and reconciliation talks?
A. Those regard the Society of St. Pius X, not the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. When you read or hear stories, please note carefully the difference between “FSSPX” (or “SSPX”), which mean the Society of St. Pius X, and “FSSP”, which means the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. The FSSP is under the Ecclesia Dei Commission in Rome and is not affiliated with the SSPX.
Q. So Saint John Vianney Maple Hill is not schismatic?
A. No, and it never has been.
Q. Is Saint John Vianney Maple Hill part of the Archdiocese of Kansas City?
A. Yes. All of the ministry carried out through the Chaplaincy is done in accordance with faculties and permissions given by Archbishop Joseph Naumann and the Archdiocese of Kansas City.
Q. When is Mass?
To view our full schedule, click here.
Masses are at 14611 Waterman Crossing Rd., Maple Hill, KS. In addition, on Sundays at 11 a.m. we have a Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Topeka.
All communication should be directed to Fr. John Rickert, (785) 256-4727.
Q. Do you have Mass only in Latin, or is there also Mass in English?
A. Saint John Vianney Maple Hill offers only the Traditional Latin Mass, also called the Tridentine Mass or the Extraordinary Form, according to the books in force at the end of 1962. Sermons are, of course, in English. Fr. Rickert knows Spanish well enough to hear Confessions in it.
Q. Where can I find you on the internet?