We are pleased to share this good news coming from the Franciscan Friars (OFM, Conv) in Castro Valley, where the Traditional Latin Mass will now be celebrated every First Fridays at their chapel (Casa Kolbe, 19950 Anita Ave., Castro Valley, CA) starting on February 1, 2019.
The Catholic Church is well known for its use of blessed, lighted candles, which are a traditional symbol that represents Jesus, the light of the world, a light shining in the darkness. You may recall that Christmas is celebrated at the darkest time of the year to symbolically show the contrast between spiritual light and dark: the light that Christ brings to the world and to souls opposes and triumphs over the darkness brought by Satan. The Church has traditionally used beeswax candles to further symbolize purity, authenticity, and industry as reflected in the work of virgin bees. In addition, to give light the candle is burned, it is sacrificed, as a reminder in our worship that Jesus Christ saved us by His Sacrifice on the Cross, the Supreme Sacrifice of Love. To know true love we too must take up the cross and lay down our lives in love of God and neighbor.
We are pleased to announce this upcoming Solemn High Mass for the External Solemnity of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as ‘Candlemas’, that will take place at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Belmont, CA) on February 3, 2019 (Sunday). Solemn Blessing of Candles begins at 4:30PM followed by a candlelight procession. Solemn High Mass then takes place at 5:00PM, with Fr. John Fewel as the celebrant. After mass, there will be the Blessing of Throats. A box of blessed candles for home use will also be available after Mass for a donation of only $5.00. Everyone is invited!