2014 International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima – San Francisco Tour

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International Pilgrim Virgin to Visit Star of the Sea Church

January 7, 2014 Schedule

7:30 AM Traditional Latin Low Mass; followed by the praying of the rosary

10:00 AM Talk given by the official custodian, Mr. Carl Malburg

12:00 PM English Mass; followed by the praying of the rosary

The Pilgrim Virgin Statue will also be brought to other parishes around the Archdiocese of San Francisco. View the updated schedule here.

In a program that will involve many of the parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue from Fatima will be at the Star of the Sea Church on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014. This statue is an exact replica of the statue from the famous shrine of Our Lady in Fatima and has traveled throughout the world many times over. You may recall that the Church officially approves the apparitions and message of Our Lady to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal from May through October of 1917. Many graces have been received by those who fervently and faithfully approach Our Lady in prayer. She has touched many hearts to bring conversions to those present and their loved ones. Her message is one that our modern world often does not want to hear, but needs to hear. It is the message of the Gospel. The official custodian, Mr. Carl Malburg, will be present to give a talk at 10:00 AM, followed by the praying of the rosary. The Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 AM, and there will be the English Mass at noon, both followed by the praying of the rosary. Our day with Our Lady will conclude after the rosary that will follow the noon Mass.

Epiphany Vespers with Archbishop Cordileone – Jan. 5, 2014

Epiphany Vespers with Archbishop Cordileone
January 5, 2014 (4PM)

St Sebastian’s Catholic Church
373 Bon Air Rd, San Rafael, CA 94904-1709

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will introduce the new Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship. Fr. Samuel F. Weber, OSB will give a talk on the spirituality of chant. Afterwards, we will celebrate vespers with the Archbishop. Refreshments will be provided. For the latest updates, visit: http://www.benedictinstitute.org/

A Letter from the Assistant Chaplain | Most Holy Name of Jesus (January 5, 2014)

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Today we celebrate the Twelfth Day of Christmas, which is also the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. We do well to remember on today’s feast that the Name of Jesus, given to Him at His circumcision on the eighth day after His Birth, is so holy and efficacious that it is in itself already a prayer. We can pray well simply by speaking with reverence the Holy Name of Jesus!

Tomorrow we celebrate the great feast of Epiphany of the Lord. This marks a change in the Christmas season. The Twelve Days of Christmas celebrate the Nativity of the Lord in the cave of Bethlehem from His Virgin Mother. On the Thirteenth Day, the season changes its focus from the Birth to the Manifestation of the Divinity of the One Born. It will still be the Christmas season tomorrow, but it will be “Epiphany-tide” rather than “Nativity-tide.”

 The Manifestation of the Divinity of the Savior is accomplished in the threefold mystery of His Epiphany: in the Adoration of the Magi, in the Lord’s Baptism in the Jordan River, and in the miracle of the Wedding Feast of Cana. All three of these events in the life of the Lord reveal to us that the little baby born of Mary is the Almighty Creator of the Universe. In the season of Christmas, we are especially drawn to the mystery of the visit of the Wise Men from the East, who come to Bethlehem on the Thirteenth Day, led by a supernatural Star, in order to worship the newborn King of the Jews.

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Feature of the week: Eight New Year’s “Resolutions” from St. Padre Pio


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(Source: Frank Rega, http://divinefiat.blogspot.com/2014/01/eight-years-resolutions-from-padre-pio.html)

These “resolutions’ are taken from the booklet “Buona Giornata,” (Have a Good Day), which is a compilation of daily meditations and observations from St. Pio’s writings and comments, published by his Friary in San Giovanni Rotondo.  Here are his thoughts – exhortations – admonitions for Dec. 31 thru Jan 7.

1.  The palm of glory is reserved only for those who fight valiantly to the end.  Therefore, let us begin our holy battle this year.  God will help us and crown us with eternal triumph.

2.  We are by Divine Grace at the dawn of a new year.  Since only God knows whether we will finish this year, we should spend it in reparation for the past, and in preparation for the future.  Good works go hand in hand with good intentions.

3.  Let us say to ourselves, with the full conviction of telling the truth, “My soul: begin today to do the good works which to date you have not done.”  Let us be moved by the presence of God.  “God sees me,” let us often say to ourselves, “and by my actions will He judge me.”  Let us be sure the He will always see only goodness in us.

4.  If you have time, do not wait for time.  Let us not put off until tomorrow what we can do today.  The graves are full of good intentions that never came to pass.  Besides, what assurance do we have that we will be alive tomorrow?  Let us listen to the voice of our conscience, as said the royal prophet: “Today, if you hear the voice of the Lord, do not turn a deaf ear.”  Let us come forth and treasure the fleeting moment which alone is ours.  Let us not waste time, from one moment to another, because the latter is not yet ours.
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REMINDER: Holy Day of Obligation on New Year’s Day

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD  JANUARY 1, 2014

EF MASSES AROUND THE BAY AREA

Star of the Sea Church (4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118)  (11 AM)

St. Margaret Mary (1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610)  (12:30 PM)

Carmel of the Holy Family Monastery (Canyon, CA)  (8 AM)
*How to find Canyon Carmel, which has no street number: from Canyon U.S. Post Office (99 Pinehurst Road), go north about one half mile
to “John McCosker Ranch Road” on right (easy to miss); take this mostly gravel private road up to the right turn onto “Old Home Ranch
Road,” which is signed for “Carmel.” It ends in the parking lot of the monastery.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory / Five Wounds Church (1375 East Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95116)   (12:30 PM)

Chaplain’s Corner | The Baptism of the Lord (January 13, 2014)

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The Baptism of the Lord reminds us of our own baptism, when we first entered into the death and resurrection of the Lord.  The waters of baptism wash away the Original Sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve that we are born into; and at the same time bring us into communion with God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit.  Because Jesus is the beloved Son of the Father, we are beloved sons and daughters of the same loving God.  We need to affirm this relationship every day.  Each of us is Continue reading