Matthew 5:23-24 Si ergo offers munus tuum ad altare ebi recordatus fueris quia frater tuus habet aliquid adversum te, relinque ibi munus tuum ante altare, et vade prius reconciliari fratri tuo, et tunc veniens offeres manus tuum; Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar and there shalt remember that thy brother hath anything against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Dear Traditional Latin Mass Faithful,
I have in my possession a copy of a little book entitled The Baltimore Catechism No. 2 with explanations by Rev. E.M. Deck, printed by the Rauch & Stoeckl Printing Co., Inc. from Buffalo, N.Y. It has a copyright of 1929 and remained in print until the 1970’s. It was a series based on the catechism issued by the American Catholic bishops during their plenary council held in Baltimore, Maryland in the 19th century, the same one that promoted catholic schools. It was later revised in the 1940’s and has never been replaced with an official catechism for children, though the bishops currently have one for adults based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, first published in Rome about twenty years ago. During this Year of Faith Pope Benedict XVI recommended that we read and study the Church’s official catechism. That is a grand idea, because many are confused about what is and what is not authentic Catholic doctrine. It can readily be said that if a teaching contradicts or undermines a teaching set forth clearly in the Church’s official catechism than that teaching is not genuinely catholic. It becomes a counterfeit -catholic position, and thus not catholic at all. This advice was given by Pope Benedict XVI to seminarians and priests.
Romans 8:18 Fratres, Existimo, quod non sunt condignae passiones hujus temporis ad futuram gloriam, quae revelabitur in nobis; Brethren, I reckon that the suffering of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall be revealed in us.
Luke 5:10b Et ait ad Simonem Jesus: Noli timere: ex hoc jam homines eris capiens; And Jesus saith to Simon: Fear not, from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
Dear Traditional Latin Mass parishioners and friends,
I hope that week by week those who attend the Traditional Latin Mass are becoming more comfortable with these ancient rites. It is well worth the time to learn to pray the Traditional Mass well. I sincerely believe that the best method is one that leads to contemplation. In that contemplation many graces are given, many consolations. Of course, the Christian life is one of struggle between good and evil. The obvious place to turn to inspire prayer are the Scriptures and prayers the Church has selected for us from week to week at Continue reading
Dear friends of the traditional Latin Mass,
Again, thank you to all those who have generously given of themselves in bringing about the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass at the parish of Star of the Sea in San Francisco. You are doing a great job. Your patience with me and my helpers from nearby and further afield is much appreciated. The traditional Mass requires attention to many details and the cooperation of many people. Let us resolve from the beginning to be united in our efforts for the greater honor and glory of God and our Holy Mother the Church.
Those who pray Compline are familiar with the epistle used at Holy Mass today. The image of the devil like a hungry, roaring, lion is meant to wake us up before it is too late and our souls have been lost for all eternity. “Be sober and watch” could not be clearer. The image of the devil just eating up souls is developed Aquinas tells us that the Lord would have gone through with His suffering and death to save just one soul, yet He has brought salvation to countless souls. The image of the lost sheep or coins is familiar to us. In the Douay-Rheims translation the silver coins are called “groats.” In later translations they were called “drachmas.” Jesus offers each of us all the graces and love needed to go to well in C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. Our discipleship is that important. We need to be vigilant, on guard, least we be deceived by the evil one. Nevertheless, we must not exaggerate his power. He is not equal to God. He has been defeated by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Gospel this week from Luke 15: 1-10 brings out the point that Jesus wants all to be saved. Of course, that does not mean that all will be. Clearly there are souls that will be lost, but the Lord does not want that. His love reaches out to forgive. Jesus does not gladly condemn. Saint Thomas heaven, but He never forces us. We must respond in faith, in love, in hope. Therefore, may each of us renew our commitment to be loyal and faithful Catholics “fortes in fide.”
Yours in the Lord,
The Reverend Father Mark G. Mazza
Chaplain to the Latin Mass Society
Star of the Sea Church (Google map)
4420 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94118
UPDATE (6/3/13): Confessions are also available starting 6pm.
Photos: Low Mass for Corpus Christi on May 30, 2013, celebrated by Fr. Mark Mazza at Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco.
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Star of the Sea Church, San Francisco, California (map): The first public Traditional Latin Mass (now known as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) since the post-conciliar liturgical reform was celebrated in this parish last May 26, 2013 (Trinity Sunday), by the Pastor, Fr. Mark Mazza. During the sermon, Fr. Mazza announced that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has designated the Star of the Sea Church as one of the Latin Mass sites for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. This mass will continue to be celebrated at 11AM every Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation (check weekly bulletin here). About 270 people were in attendance. The Chinese-American Association generously offered refreshments for the visitors at the parish hall after mass.
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