Chaplain’s Corner | Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Tota pulchra es, Maria, et macula originalis non est in te. Tu gloria Jerusalem, tu laetitia Israel, tu honorificentia populi nostri; You are all beautiful, Mary, and the original stain (of sin) is not in you. You are the glory of Jerusalem, you are the joy of Israel, you give honor to our people.

On the eve of this Solemnity, exactly seventy-seven years ago, the Empire of Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The next day, President Roosevelt announced that we were at war. He spoke of “the day that will live in infamy.” Thus began our participation in the sad events of World War II, which had already begun in Europe in 1939. We would be at war until the defeat of Japan on August 15, 1945. A whole generation, and indirectly those after, would be formed by these tragic years of war.

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Christmas Midnight Mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Belmont, CA)

The Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a Christmas Midnight Mass in the Extraordinary Form. The celebrant will be our Assistant Chaplain, the Rev. Fr. Alvin Yu, Parochial Vicar at St. Matthew Church in San Mateo and Director of Liturgy at St. Patrick’s Seminary. The traditional Proclamation of the Birth of Christ – also known as the Christmas Proclamation – will be chanted, followed by the procession of the infant child around the church before mass. We are most grateful to the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the pastor, Fr. Mark Mazza, for graciously hosting this special mass. Everyone is encouraged to bring family and friends!

Advent Reflections | The First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 2, 2018

Right is right even if no one is doing it. Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.

The First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 2, 2018

Romans 13:14 Abjiciamus ergo opera tenebrarum, et induamur arma lucis; Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.
Luke 21:33 Coelum et terra transibunt; verba autem mea non transibunt: Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away.

Dear Friends,

At the urging of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco, I have agreed to write occasional reflections.

On the first Sunday of Advent the Church begins a new Church year. Once again we begin to come in contact with the central mysteries of our faith. Actually we are invited to respond in faith to God, who lives and loves. We are drawn into His Being. This is not done in a merely nostalgic way, nor in a way that merely recalls events of long past. No, the Church believes that in its Sacred Liturgy what happened then happens now.

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Full length high-definition (HD) video of the 2018 Institute ordinations

We are pleased to offer to our blog readers the full length high-definition (HD) video of the Rite of Ordination to the Subdiaconate and Rite of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood celebrated by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke (Cardinal Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) held last Thursday, August 2, 2018, at the St. Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis, MO. This includes additional footage outside the church and close up views of the sanctuary. Feel free to share!

Solemn High Masses at Star of the Sea for May; schedule changes plus updated listing of TLMs in SF Bay Area

This month Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco will be having two Solemn High Masses. One will be on Thursday, May 10th (Feast of the Ascension), and the following one will be on Thursday, May 31st (Corpus Christi). Both masses will be celebrated at 6:30 PM. The priests involved are Fr. Joseph Illo, Fr. John Mary Chung, and Fr. John Fewel (all diocesan priests residing at Star of the Sea), though from time to time the canons of the Institute of Christ the King apostolates St. Margaret Mary’s (Oakland, CA) and Immaculate Heart of Mary (San Jose, CA) would come to fill in.

Also, the 5PM Sunday Missa Cantata is going to be canceled. Father Young will continue his Sunday 12:15 p.m. Mass at Most Holy Rosary Chapel in San Rafael as usual, but his doctor ordered him to discontinue the Sunday 5:00 p.m. Mass at Star of the Sea for health reasons. Mater Dolorosa in South San Francisco still has a 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass. This upcoming Sunday (May 6) will be the last of the 5PM EF Masses. Star of the Sea will still have a weekly Missa Cantata on Sundays at 11:30 AM, and Fr. Young will continue to celebrate Low Mass from Monday to Saturday at 12:00 PM at St. Monica’s Parish just up the street on Geary Blvd. (Geary & 24th).

Finally, we are happy to announce that our  listing of Traditional Latin Masses in the San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond) has just been updated as of today (May 4, 2018). Feel free to download and share this PDF schedule.

Institute of Christ the King coming to Pittsburgh, PA

Upon invitation by Bishop David Zubik, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will be establishing a new apostolate at the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Effective October 15, 2018, two priests of the Institute will assume responsibility as Administrator and Parochial Vicar for St. John XXIII Parish, as announced during Sunday masses last April 29 (view two-page letter from the bishop below).

The Traditional Latin Mass is offered daily at Saint John XXIII Parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For more information about the parish, visit http://stjohnxxiiiparish.org