On September 14, 2013, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the first High Mass was celebrated for the first time since the weekly Traditional Latin Mass at Star of the Sea started on Trinity Sunday (May 26, 2013). Following the mass was the Italian Luncheon Fundraising Event that was held at the school auditorium. Here are some of the photos taken from the High Mass and Luncheon. The links to the photo gallery and video of the High Mass can be viewed at our Photos page.
Today the Church celebrates with great solemnity the dedication of the Church of St. Michael the Archangel on Mount Sant’Angelo in Apulia in southern Italy. The building of this church goes back to a miracle in the 5th century, in which St. Michael revealed that Mount Gargano was under his special protection and that he wished a church to be built there in his honor and in honor of all the holy angels. The local bishop piously complied, and the dedication of the construction of the basilica became a great feast in the Roman Church. We rejoice today with the holy angels! Continue reading
September 24, 2013
Commemoration of Our Lady of Ransom
It has come to my attention that I have missed mentioning a few people on my past Thank You Letter (dated September 15, 2013). Writing that letter was bittersweet for me since on the one hand, we can clearly see that God is at work among those gracious helpers, and on the other that I was not there myself personally to neither witness it nor be able to be part of it. My apologies for being remiss and do know that it is not intentional on my part to miss acknowledging everybody who was part of that great event.
In the fall of 1971, a small group of scholars set out on a mission that was both audacious in its scope and humble in its reliance on Divine Providence. With neither an endowment nor a steady stream of revenue, with a freshman class of just 33 students, and with only the leased site of a shuttered seminary for a campus, these men inaugurated the first semester of classes at Thomas Aquinas College.
Founded at a time when many Catholic institutions were straying from their loyalty to the teaching Church, Thomas Aquinas College would, by contrast, strive for fidelity to the Magisterium. In place of the burgeoning multiplicity of majors, minors, and electives elsewhere, it would offer a single, integrated curriculum employing the Continue reading
On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Most Holy Cross, we celebrated together the very first Missa Cantata in the parish of Star of the Sea for almost 50 years. This fact alone should give us tremendous joy knowing that through the countless work and sacrifices that all of us attached to the Extraordinary Form of the One Roman Rite has done and shared, we can truly say that Tradition can once again blossom in our little part of San Francisco.
In this letter, I would like to Continue reading
Yesterday the Church celebrated the feast of St. Matthew, also called Levi, who was a tax collector chosen by Jesus to become one of the Twelve Apostles. Matthew, of course, is also the human author of the first gospel, which was written originally in Aramaic (the spoken language of the Jewish people) around the year 43 A.D. Indeed, Matthew preached the Gospel for some years among his own people before sojourning also to other lands, especially to Asiatic Ethiopia to the south of the Caspian Sea (present-day Iran). It is in this place where he received Continue reading
On August 28th we celebrated the Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo, an early Church Father and Doctor of the Church. His life continues to fascinate us even though he died in 430 A.D. Every educated person, Christian or otherwise, should read his classic book The Confessions as well as his City of God. These are listed among the Great Books of all time. In addition, we have over five-hundred of his sermons to educate and inspire us in the Faith.
Perhaps the reason that St. Augustine intrigues us is that Continue reading