Chaplain’s Corner | June 25, 2017

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In this Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we especially contemplate Jesus’s great Love for us, which is symbolized by His Heart, opened for us as He slept the death of the Cross. We are moved by His Love for us. We are struck by this beautiful surprise in this dark world, that our God is Love, that He cares for us! We can even say that He thirsts for us, as He says on the Cross, “I thirst.”

Jesus’s thirst for us is His desire for our souls. It is a spiritual thirst for our love, as He says, “My son, give me your heart.” Jesus’s thirst for us creates in us a thirst for Him, a hunger for Him. This hunger and thirst can be satisfied only in the Eucharist, in which He feeds us with His very self, answering all our needs, as the Scriptures say. Jesus hungers for me, which creates in me a hunger for Him, which can only be fulfilled in the charity-filled reception of the Holy Eucharist. Thus, our devotion to the Sacred Heart leads us to hunger and thirst for Him, for His Love, for His Hunger and Thirst.

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EF Solemn Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul, San Francisco on July 2, 2017

All are cordially invited to

The First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in
The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

For the External Solemnity of the Holy Apostles
Saints Peter and Paul

Sunday, July 2, 2017
1:00 pm

Saints Peter and Paul Church
666 Filbert Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

The first blessings of a newly ordained priest will be given at the reception following the Mass

Trinity Sunday – 4th Anniversary of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco!

Today is the 4th anniversary of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco! Founded on Trinity Sunday of 2013, the Society dedicates itself to promote the Extraordinary Form in
whatever means possible, connecting TLM communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. They have been assisting with various activities of the Institute of Christ the King Apostolates across the country, especially at Oakland and San Jose, taking photos and videos of special events (i.e. Society of the Sacred Heart annual retreats) and Masses. But they also cover noteworthy events of other religious communities and priestly societies (Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Dominicans, Norbertine Fathers, Canons Regular of St. John Cantius; to name a few).  They maintain an active presence online, via website and social media (Facebook, Twitter), which offers abundant resources about the Traditional Latin Mass. This includes gathering and compiling of EF Masses in the San Francisco Bay Area which helps the faithful in locating the nearest church which offers the TLM. Every year, the Society teams up with the Oakland Apostolate in putting up a booth at the Walk for Life West Coast Info Faire in San Francisco where they provide brochures, flyers, and other informational giveaways. The TLM of SF have been put in charge of maintaining the California Apostolates photo webpage https://icksp-cal.smugmug.com/. Your prayerful support to the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco over the past years is very much appreciated, as it looks forward on continuing it’s mission of getting the Traditional Latin Mass more widely known.

Chaplain’s Corner | Trinity Sunday – June 11, 2017

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The Octave of Pentecost is one of my favorite times of the liturgical year. During the past week, the Church has been relishing the Gift of the Divine Holy Spirit. The Church has been reflecting on the marvel and power of this Gift, Who is our Consoler and Strength. Here in Half Moon Bay, where I live, we even have the beautiful Portuguese Holy Ghost Festival to celebrate His descent upon Mary, the Apostles, the disciples, and the whole Church. How blessed we are!

The Gift of the Holy Spirit makes us immediately aware of the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. St. Paul writes: “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” The Gift of the Holy Spirit makes us one with God the Son in His Sacred Humanity, through which we have access in one Spirit to the Father!

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Ordination to the Priesthood: Rev. Mr. Alvin Antonio Yu on June 10, 2017

With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God everyone is cordially invited to the Ordination of

The Reverend Mister Alvin Antonio Yu

to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ through the Imposition of Hands and the Invocation of the Holy Spirit by

The Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone

Archbishop of San Francisco

Saturday, June 10, 2017 (10:00 AM) at the

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption (1111 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94109).

Reception to follow in the Cathedral Hall.

First Masses (First blessings of the newly ordained priest will be given at the reception following each Mass):

Ordinary Form – Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity:  Sunday, June 11, 2017, 5:00 PM, at Saints Peter and Paul Church (666 Filbert St., San Francisco, CA 94133). 

Extraordinary Form – External Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul: Sunday, July 2, 2017, 1:00 PM, at Saints Peter and Paul Church (666 Filbert St., San Francisco, CA 94133). 

The Great Marian Procession – May 13, 2017

We are now in the month of May, the month of our Lady! We here in the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco are looking forward for this year’s Great Marian Procession to take place at exactly May 13, 2017, which marks the 100 years of our Lady of Fatima’s apparition! This year, a new route has been set so please take note of the new details given below (courtesy of BringMary.com). Please come and bring your friends and family!

SACRAMENTO: NOTE: LOCATION CHANGE. There is a NEW ROUTE. Please see below. – Saturday May 13, 2017 8:00 AM – Save the date! Honor our Blessed Lady and join the crowds in this spectacular 3.5-mile pilgrimage through the city. Here is your opportunity to give public witness to our Lord, our Faith, our Lady! Event concludes in Solemn Mass and glorious May Crowning ceremony. If you are Catholic and live on the West Coast, join the crowds for this EPIC Annual Marian Procession, Mass and Crowning! The glorious statue of the Blessed Virgin of Fatima is led out from the Cemetery to the haunting sounds of drums and bagpipes (performed by The City of Sacramento Pipe Band). The statue is flanked by Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Honor Guard. Boulevards and streets are closed-down by the Sacramento Police Department as the crowds make their 3.5-mile pilgrimage through the city, praying Our Lady’s Holy Rosary which is broadcast by Immaculate Heart Radio for the event. The procession concludes with May Crowning of our Blessed Lady, immediately followed by the breathtaking Solemn High Mass in the traditional Latin form – The Extraordinary From of the Roman Rite!

Departure Address:
St. Mary Cemetery, 6509 Fruitridge Rd. Sacramento, 95820
Arrival Address:
East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, 95819

Chaplain’s Corner | 2nd Sunday after Easter / Good Shepherd Sunday – April 30, 2017

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In today’s Gospel in the traditional Roman Liturgy, we meditate on the beautiful Easter figure of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, Who lays down His life for His sheep and Who has power to take up His life again. We marvel at the humility of the Shepherd Who became a Lamb, bleeding for the salvation of the sheep who had gone astray. We can never meditate enough on this solemn doctrine: that our Shepherd has loved us before we were good sheep, that while we were yet sinners He died for us.

The image of the Shepherd with His sheep comes to life if one studies the life of shepherds, so common in Jesus’s culture. I had occasion once to read a meditation on Psalm 22 from a Basque shepherd in Nevada. Among the fascinating details revealed in the shepherd’s simple work, I was most struck by the fact that each sheep personally checks in with the shepherd two times each day.

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Chaplain’s Corner | Palm Sunday – April 9, 2017

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Today the Church enters the most solemn week of her liturgical year. During Holy Week, we accompany Jesus Christ in His Passion and Death, which finally bear fruit in His most sacred Resurrection. We are not mere bystanders at these events, but they enter into our souls to the extent that we open ourselves to them.

The Sacred Liturgy is our teacher in the spirituality of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, we welcome with joy into our hearts Jesus Christ our King, so that we might be filled with the hope of entering one day into the New and Heavenly Jerusalem, following where our Head has gone before us.

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Help St. Francis de Sales Oratory become “America’s Most Beautiful Church”!

The Institute’s apostolate, St. Francis de Sales Oratory, recently made it to the finals of an interesting online contest titled “Church Madness 2017: National Churchpionship”, where it’s competing with St. James Church (Louisville, Kentucky) for the title of “America’s Most Beautiful Church”! The competition even got to be featured on this Fox TV segment. Click here to vote (voting ends on Thursday, April 6 at 11:59PM Central Time) and let’s help make St. Francis de Sales the Most Beautiful Church in America!