FEATURE OF THE WEEK: Understanding When to Kneel, Sit, and Stand at a Traditional Latin Mass

Understanding When to Kneel, Sit, and Stand at a

Traditional Latin Mass

A Short Essay on Mass Postures by Richard Friend

The author, a married father of three boys, lives in Southern California where he promotes the Traditional Latin Mass. He developed a love for the traditional liturgy through exposure to the Norbertines of St. Michael’s Abbey, culminating in a rediscovery of the timeless beauty of the Mass of his birth.

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Solemn High Mass (EF/TLM) after the 2014 Walk for Life West Coast

stfrancisPhoto: Solemn High Mass after the 2013 Walk For Life West Coast


On Jan 25th, at 5:00 p.m. after the 2014 Walk for Life West Coast, join us for a Solemn High Mass for Life in the Extraordinary Form at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, 610 Vallejo St. in North Beach, San Francisco. This is about a 20 minute walk from the end point of the Walk for Life. Fr Francisco Nahoe, OFM Conv, Rector of Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, NV will be celebrant. Saint Anne’s Choir of Palo Alto, directed by Prof William Mahrt, will sing/chant the Mass. 

A Letter from the Assistant Chaplain | Feast of the Holy Family (January 12, 2014)


Today the Church celebrates on the traditional calendar the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. It is the feast of the only truly functional family in human history, the only family for whom Love was always the rule of the house. It is the feast of God’s Family, to which we all belong as members of Jesus Christ.

It is deeply important for each one of us to realize that we are truly members of the Holy Family. We live in a time in history when family life is particularly damaged by sin and selfishness and dysfunction of all kinds. So many of us come from broken homes or from family situations marked by abuse or addiction or neglect. So many of us bear within us the wounds and scars of family disorder. The darkness of the state of family life today makes ever more sweet the truth that we all belong to the Holy Family.

            In our formation in the Holy Family, with St. Joseph as our father and Blessed Mary as our Mother, we have Jesus as our Brother and Lord. We live in Him and receive in Him the Love of God manifest in the holy charity of this home in Nazareth. Here we find all the love and security and trust we need in order to bring divine love into our own family situations, whatever they may be.

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Feature of the Week: Fr. Peter Carota


Like Britain’s Fr. Thwaites, he will have a profound influence on the Catholic world
Source: http://thepathlesstaken7.blogspot.com/2013/01/fr-peter-carota-like-britains-fr.html

Fr. Peter was a late-vocation, having been a hugely successful and affluent real estate agent in California, before forsaking his glittering career to found and run a soup kitchen. When he was serving poor people, they mistook Fr. Peter for being a priest, and so he followed his childhood dream of pursuing a vocation. As a child, he would role-play as a priest. Ordained a priest in May 1997, ten years later he started offering the Extraordinary Form and has this to say, “Five years ago, the Pope encouraged saying the Latin Mass again. Since saying it these last five years, I have truly understood my priesthood in a totally deeper way as being sacrificial. Above all, I love the reverence and sacredness of this Mass. Jesus is God and truly present in Holy Communion. Therefore we should kneel and receive Him with all reverence that God deserves.”

As of November 2012, he started a sabbatical, and took leave from his Californian parish, with the aim of concentrating his priesthood on making the riches of the Tridentine Mass available by doing research on how he may found a new religious order and start a TV station that broadcasts the Latin Mass every day. Currently, he is travelling around America and staying with various monasteries that have the Tridentine Mass at the heart of their liturgical life, as well as visiting Latin Mass communities. Just last weekend, he was travelling around Detroit, and did the rounds of many historic churches, that have been hosted/or are in the practice of hosting regular Tridentine Masses, including, St Albertus, St Joseph and Holy Family.
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Special Event — Beautiful Prayer: Transforming Today’s Culture Through The Liturgy

Special Event:

Beautiful Prayer: Transforming Today’s Culture Through The Liturgy

A Talk by David Clayton – Monday, January 13, 2014 (7:00 PM)

St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman Ave., Berkeley, CA

David Clayton is an internationally known artist, teacher, writer, and broadcaster, who is on the faculty at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Merrimack, NH. He writes for his weekly blog www.thewayofbeauty.org and is the sacred-art writer for the highly influential and widely read New Liturgical Movement website (www.newliturgicalmovement.org).




On Jan 25th as you may know is the Walk for Life. Sancta Trinitas, Unus Deus: The Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco will have a table at the Walk for Life Info Faire at the Civic Center Plaza. We would like to see the TLM Communities join forces and possibly walking together with banners of their communities. And also helping out at the Info Faire table.

Each TLM Community are asked to bring brochures, business cards or other material fit for the occasion to promote the sanctity of life and of your TLM community.

If you know of any other TLM Communities please pass it along.

For more information please contact us TLMofSF@gmail.com or call Jay Balza at 707-319-7549

*The Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco*


Mark your calendars!! Walk for Life West Coast – January 25, 2014


MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Walk for Life West Coast 2014 – January 25!

Join fellow Catholics and Pro-Lifers from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 10th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 25, 2014. The pre-walk rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk for Life, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30. Last year’s Walk drew 40,000+ people and eleven Catholic bishops and a personal message from then Pope Benedict XVI! For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415-658-1793.

The TLM Society will be participating in the Walk for Life Info Faire at the Civic Center Plaza on January 25, 2014. Fliers and other informational materials on the Traditional Latin Mass will be distributed. Volunteers are needed! Please e-mail the Society at tlmofsf@gmail.com or call Jay Balza (707-319-7549).