Mystic Monk Coffee for sale this coming Sunday (Nov. 17, 2013)

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Looking for a good Christmas gift? After the 11 AM Mass this Sunday (Nov. 17, 2013), everyone is invited to come down to the Star of the Sea school auditorium where the Mystic Monk Coffee will be on sale! Some of the coffee blend available for sale will include:

Christmas Blend ($15)
Jingle Bell Java ($12)
Vespers Decaf Ground ($12)

.. and many more!

Payment can be made by cash. The Mystic Monk Coffee is produced by the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, a monastic, cloistered Roman Catholic community founded in the Rocky Mountains of Northwestern Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park.

Chaplain’s Corner | 26th Sunday after Pentecost (November 17, 2013)

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As we come to the end of our liturgical year, the Church places before us the feasts of St. Albert the Great (November 15) and the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (November 21).

At first glance, these feasts have little in common. First, we have Albert, nicknamed “The Boot” because he was said to have walked all of Europe, the great scientist and scholar and bishop, who is the true patron saint of extroverts, as he carried out his peripatetic mode of holiness in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the world. Albert is famous, first and foremost, because he was the teacher of the great St. Thomas Aquinas, forming young Thomas in the philosophy of Aristotle, which was newly available in Latin-speaking Europe. Called the “Universal Doctor” because he studied everything, the Bishop of Regensburg is also the brightest-shining exemplar of the “Scientific Revolution of 1215.” In his intellectual labors and tireless travel and widespread influence, he is a brilliant example of the fruitfulness of the active life in the Church.

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Feature of the week: Low, Sung and Solemn Mass Distinctions

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Basic Differences between Low, Sung and Solemn Mass

Source: Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement (http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/)

One of our readers wrote in to ask the following: “…would you perhaps be able to describe in layman’s terms in a post on The New Liturgical Movement the difference between a Low Mass, a High Mass and a “Missa Cantata” in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite?”

With that in mind, here are some of the basic differences.

Low Mass

– no music for the ordinary or propers of the Mass

– no deacon or subdeacon

– two candles are lit upon the altar

– no incense

– one or two servers

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Events: FSSP 25th Anniversary Pontifical Mass

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The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the order with a Pontifical Mass at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala (10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108). Archbishop Cordileone will be the celebrant.  The Mass is scheduled for Friday, November 15, at 10 AM. The faithful are invited to come!  (Source: Rorate Caeli; Photo credit: Jay Balza).

Chaplain’s Corner | 25th Sunday after Pentecost (November 10, 2013)

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The great American Jesuit, James V. Schall, now retired in Los Gatos after almost 30 years at Georgetown University, and 15 more years before that in Rome and San Francisco, is an inspiration to many people in many different ways. For me, Fr. Schall is a true mentor in the leisure of the intellectual life, especially in his wonderful little book of “lighter Christian essays,” Idylls and Rambles. It was in one of those essays that Fr. Schall first introduced me to The Four Men by Hilaire Belloc.

The Four Men is a “farrago,” a literary mixture of many matters, sublime and mundane, which fits quite well the character of Belloc (and, I might add, of Schall), who had a particular genius for seeing the universal in the particular. The book tells the story of four Sussex men, who make a sort of honorific pilgrimage to their home County from October 29 to November 2 in the year 1902. It is a book meant to be read and meditated especially during these days of the year when the weather changes and the Sacred Liturgy teaches us about the Last Things.

The four men, Schall teaches us, are all parts of Belloc himself. It’s lovely to see how well Belloc knows himself, as we have the brute practicality of the Sailor balanced by the absentminded romance of the Poet. Their common foolishness is tempered by the wisdom of years in the old man, Grizzlebeard, with whom “Myself”, the fourth man, most often agrees. The dialogue of the four travelers often deals with issues related to the passing of temporal things, the ultimate futility of earthly happiness, and the preciousness of things that do not pass away. In essence, the book is an extended meditation on death.
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The Traditional Latin Mass- 25th Sunday after Pentecost-November 10, 2013

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Colossians 3: 14-15 Super omnia autem haec, caritatem habere, quod est vinculum perfectionis: et pax Christi exsultet in cordibus vestris, in qua et vocati estis in uno corpores: et grati estote. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection: and let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful.

Matthew 13:30 Sinite utraque crescere usque ad messem, et in tempore messis dicam messoribus: Colligite primum zizania, et alligate ea in fasciculos ad comburendum, triticum autem congregate in horreum meam. Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.

Dear Traditional Latin Mass Faithful and friends,

The few Sundays that remain on the Church calendar after the Feast of Christ the King resume the texts of the Sundays after Epiphany until the final Sunday of the Church year, which is the Last Sunday after Pentecost. Thus the adoration of the magi, when the three kings at the birth of Our Lord and Savior sought after and found the Lord of lords and the King of kings, is linked to our belief in Jesus Christ, our King, who reigns now and for all eternity. During these final weeks the Church wisely advises us how to live now and for all eternity. We are wise to take heart the Word of God spoken to us in such a timely fashion.
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Chaplain’s Corner | 24th Sunday after Pentecost (November 3, 2013)

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During these crisp autumn days, we breathe deeply what Hilaire Belloc called “the pure cold air that befits All Hallows.” The change in the weather is evocative for us also the change in the Church’s liturgical calendar as she enters the final month of her year. November indeed is the month of the Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven and Hell. It is the month dedicated to remembering our own mortality as we are still wayfarers in the Church Militant on Earth, praying for our beloved dead in the Church Suffering in Purgatory, and uniting ourselves in both longing and expectation with the Church Triumphant in Heaven.
On All Saints Day, we rejoiced to see the variety of God’s marvelous power at work in the hearts of believers who put His Word into action in their lives. On All Souls Day, we prayed for those who, having died in the friendship of God through grace, are still being purified of their attachment to sin in the fire of Purgatory. Today we are in the Octave of All Saints, which is also really also the continuation of All Souls Day. In fact, this time of All Saints is a particularly privileged time for our prayer for the dead. For the entire octave (through November 8), the Mass for the Dead becomes a third-class feast on all the ferial days. Continue reading