What did the night of Easter witness? God had died. God’s dead body was in the tomb and His separated soul was freeing the just from the Limbo of the Fathers in Hell. But early on Easter Sunday morning, during the still of that holy night – this morning! – God rose from the dead! This is the great mystery of which the night alone was witness. How blessed the Easter night, which was alone worthy to see the Victory of Life over Death!
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2016 Schedule for the Extraordinary Form of the Sacred Triduum at St. Margaret Mary’s (Oakland, CA). Click to download the complete schedule here.
It was a blessing to witness the conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation by his Excellency, the Most Reverend Myron Cotta, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, to a large number of Confirmandi (50 in all!) at St. Stephen the First Martyr, an apostolate parish of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) at Sacramento, CA last March 13, 2016. Assisting the Bishop were Rev. John Lyons, FSSP, Rev. Lee Perry, and Rev. Zachary Akers, FSSP. The Rite of Confirmation was followed by the Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and concluded with a lively reception at the church gym. Here a few photos taken by the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco (view photo gallery here).
On Passion Sunday (March 13, 2016), the faithful at St. Margaret Mary’s (Oakland, CA) had an opportunity to venerate the relic of the True Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ after the 12:30PM High Mass. The relic is on loan from the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco. Here are some of the photos taken today (view photo gallery here).
Youtube video of the homily of Bishop Steven J. Lopes, First Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, 4th Sunday of Lent at St. Edward Catholic Church, Newark, California, USA last March 6, 2016.
Faith Based Communications was established to provide presentations/exhibits without charge to groups of any size on subjects related to Christian Faith anywhere in the United States or Canada. They have also has been authorized by the Vatican sponsored Real Presence organization to exhibit the Vatican International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles of the World.
They have selected for exhibition a subset of the 132 Eucharistic miracles (152 panels) approved by the church. The full exhibit is overwhelming for most and requires considerable time to properly peruse, whereas the 62 selected miracles (77 panels) can be absorbed during a 60-90 minute visit. The Vatican Exhibit is ordinarily made in conjunction with the presentation described below.
The Eucharistic Miracles presentation is intended as an introduction to the Vatican’s exhibit, however the presentation could easily stand alone. The presentation takes audiences through the origin of the Real Presence, addresses the various events that typically precede a Eucharistic Miracle (e.g. a priest that doubts the Real Presence, a calamity, etc.), and presents examples of each of the thirteen types of manifestations typically experienced during a Eucharistic Miracle. Scientific data associated with the study of a few of the miracles is also presented. The presentation includes modern Eucharistic Miracles to assure the audience that this is an ongoing phenomenon. Emphasis is placed on the fact that the Real Presence is there at every consecration regardless of any physical manifestations.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Eucharistic Miracles exhibit is scheduled as follows:
April 2 – 3, 2016 – Star of the Sea Church (4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco)
April 2nd – Saturday 3pm-7pm
April 3rd – Sunday 9am-6pm
April 2nd – Saturday 5:30pm
April 3rd – Sunday 9am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm
April 10 – Church of the Nativity (210 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025)
April 11 – Nativity Catholic School (1250 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025)
Great news from our friends at the Fresno Traditional Latin Mass Society:
His Excellency, Bishop Armando X. Ochoa, will be sitting in choir at our Traditional Mass on March 20, Palm Sunday. Please come and bring friends!
3:30PM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Guadalupe Chapel (5770 N. Maroa, Fresno, CA).