June is the month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

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June is the month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. As we transition from the season of spring to summer, and embrace the warmth of God’s unconditional love, let us in return show our great love and devotion through the Sacred of Heart of the Infant King. http://infantkingoffering.org/

Join us at the Shrine of Christ the King and participate in the monthly novena to the Infant King from June 17th to June 25th. The Christ Child has promised us, “The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you.”

While you meditate on the Most Sacred Heart’s divine love for all of humanity, please prayerfully consider offering a candle or flower in honor of the Infant King, as a visible symbol of your love, devotion and thanksgiving. Your intentions will be placed at the foot of the altar of Christ our Infant King and will be remembered on the 25th of June during a Solemn High Mass, offered for your petitions.https://infantkingoffering.org/offering

ON KISSING THE PRIEST’S HAND

A few of our new inquirers have asked about the practice of kissing the priest’s hand. For people outside of the Orthodox Tradition (and even for some of the Faithful), this is one of those foreign, counter-cultural and awkward practices that can be difficult to grasp. The following article may shed some light on this ancient practice.

The real question is, “Why don’t we kiss more people’s hands?” Kissing the hand of the priest is not an exceptional thing, but rather is the remnant of what was once a perfectly normal custom: showing reverence to our elders by kissing their right hands. There are certainly many people alive today in Greece who remember that the kissing of the hand was the normal and expected way to show reverence not only to the clergy but to parents, grandparents, godparents, and others in authority over us or holding a revered position in our lives. The disappearance of this custom is part of the disintegration of traditional Christian society, which was based on hierarchy, humility, and respect. And based, of course, on love, which does not exist without respect.

When we kiss the hand of the bishop or priest, we are not showing respect to the person of the priest but to his sacred office. The priest as a man is a sinner, but the priest as priestrepresents Christ; he is an icon of Christ. Also, though his hand is unworthy, yet it touches the Most Holy Things – the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord. Furthermore, despite his unworthiness, in Holy Ordination he has received the Grace of God to impart spiritual gifts and blessings. Why would we deprive ourselves of the blessings of our Lord Himself, by not seeking the priest’s blessing?

So when would we ask for a blessing? We typically seek this blessing whenever we greet and bid farewell to our spiritual fathers. Also, we kiss their right hands when we receive the prayer of absolution at confession or at other prayers. We do not, however, kiss the priest’s hand when receiving Holy Communion, lest we risk an accident with the Holy Chalice.

 

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Fr. Gabriel Mosher, O.P.’s First Mass at St. Margaret Mary’s (Oakland, CA)

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Fr. Gabriel Thomas Mosher, O.P, celebrated his First Mass of Thanksgiving – A Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Roman Rite), at St. Margaret Mary’s Church (Oakland, CA) last June 14, 2015. The mass celebrated was the External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with the composition “Missa Cordi Sacro” by Frank LaRocca sung by the Pacific Collegium Choir. He was assisted by Fr. Donald Morgan (Deacon) and Abbe Kevin Kerscher (Subdeacon).  Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., was the homilist.

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After mass, Father Gabriel imparted his first blessing. A festive reception followed at the Father Kozina Hall. Click on the photos for the full photo gallery of the Solemn High Mass, first blessing and reception. Video of the entire mass recorded by the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco will be posted shortly.

Chaplain’s Corner | 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (June 14, 2015)

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On Friday, the Church celebrated the great Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which sets the devotional tone for the month of June, which is dedicated to His Heart. This feast connects nicely with the feasts of the Blessed Trinity and Holy Eucharist, revealing in human terms the profound Love at the root of reality and salvation. The Heart of Jesus also leads us forward to celebrate well the coming feasts at the end of this month, the Birth of John the Baptist and the glorious Princes of the Apostles, Peter and Paul. Both the Precursor and the chosen Apostles are true witnesses to and extensions of Jesus’s Heart, especially in their laying down their lives for Him in martyrdom.
The mystery of the Sacred Heart places before us the truth of the accessibility of salvation. It was prophesied to St. Gertrude the Great, who is the foundress of this devotion, that devotion to Our Lord’s Heart would only be given to the universal Church when her love had grown cold. This coldness of love was especially brought about by the heresies of Protestantism and Jansenism, which both deny, in their own way, the possibility of real holiness. The revelation of Divine Love in the human Heart of Jesus is a kind of catalyst for us to trust in Him, to rely only upon His grace, which flows entirely to us from the Blessed Trinity through the Sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ.

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Fr. Gabriel Mosher (OP)’s Solemn Mass in the Dominican Rite (St. Dominic’s, San Francisco, CA)

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The newly ordained Fr. Gabriel Thomas Mosher, O.P, continued to celebrate his First Masses of Thanksgiving this past few days. On June 11, 2015, he celebrated a Solemn Mass in the Dominican Rite – A Votive Mass of the Holy Name of Jesus, at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco, CA. He was assisted by Br. Chris Brannan, O.P., (Deacon) and Fr. Peter Hannah, O.P. (Subdeacon). Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P., was the homilist. Br. Gregory Liu, O.P., was the Senior acolyte; Br. Joseph Selinger, was the Junior acolyte; Br. Damien Lach, was the Thurifer; and Br. Matthew Heynen, was the Crucifer. Music was provided by the St. Dominic’s Schola Cantorum.

Fr. Gabriel Mosher is scheduled to celebrate a Solemn High Mass (Roman Rite) at St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland, CA on June 14, 2015, at 12:30pm. There is a special reception following the mass at the Fr. Kozina Hall.

Click on the photo above for the full photo gallery of the Solemn High Mass and first blessing.

Fr. Timothy O’Brien’s (FSSP) Mass at Mission San Carlos Borroméo (Carmel Mission)

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Fr. Timothy O’Brien, FSSP, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving (Missa Cantata) at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Mission San Carlos Borroméo (Carmel Mission, Carmel, CA). Fr. O’Brien was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. James Douglas Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska last May 30, 2015. After Mass, the lay faithful were able to venerate a relic of the soon-to-be-canonized saint, Bl. Junipero Serra; then Fr. O’Brien gave his first blessing. The Carmel Mission’s close proximity to a beach nearby enabled a few of the faithful present, along with Fr. Peter Carota of the Traditional Catholic Priest blog (www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com) to explore.

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The schedule for the remainder of Fr. O’Brien’s First Masses in California are as follows:

June 12: St. Victors (LA) 6:30 pm
June 13: San Juan Capistrano Mission (9:00am)

Click on the photo above for the full photo gallery of the High Mass and beach outing.

 

 

Fr. Timothy O’Brien’s (FSSP) High Mass at San Juan Bautista Mission

This morning (June 9, 2015), the recently ordained Rev. Fr. Timothy O’Brien, FSSP, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving (Missa Cantata) at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista (San Juan Bautista, CA). Fr. O’Brien was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. James Douglas Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska last May 30, 2015 (Ember Saturday of Pentecost). After Mass, the lay faithful were given the opportunity to receive his first blessing, and then all went outside the church yard to enjoy a potluck breakfast picnic organized by Fr. Peter Carota of the Traditional Catholic Priest blog.

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The schedule for the remainder of Fr. O’Brien’s First Masses are as follows:

June 10: San Carlos Borromeo Mission (3 pm) (not in the main chapel)
June 11: San Miguel Mission (TBA)
June 12: St. Victors (LA) 6:30 pm
June 13: San Juan Capistrano Mission (9:00am)

Click on the photo above for the full photo gallery of the High Mass and picnic.

 

Photos: Fr. Timothy O’Brien, FSSP, First Mass at Carmel Monastery (Kensington, CA)

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This morning (June 8, 2015), the recently ordained Rev. Fr. Timothy O’Brien, FSSP, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving (Solemn High Mass) at the Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Kensington, CA). Fr. O’Brien was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. James Douglas Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska last May 30, 2015 (Ember Saturday of Pentecost). Click on the photo above to view the photo gallery of the Solemn High Mass. The schedule for the remainder of his First Masses in California are as follows:

June 9: San Juan Batista Mission (8:30 am)
June 10: San Carlos Borromeo Mission (3 pm) (not in the main chapel)
June 11: San Miguel Mission (TBA)
June 12: St. Victors (LA) 7 pm
June 13: San Juan Capistrano Mission (9:00am)

Photos: 2015 External Solemnity of Corpus Christi at St. Margaret Mary (Oakland, CA)

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The External Solemnity of the Feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated with a Solemn High Mass at St. Margaret Mary (Oakland, CA) last Sunday, June 7, 2015, by Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, Substitute for the Provincial of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Mass was followed by an outdoor Eucharistic procession around the church block that stopped at two outdoor altars before going back to the church. Click on the photo above for the photo gallery of the Mass and procession.