Solemn High Dominican Rite Mass – April 2, 2016 (10AM) at St. Albert the Great Priory

There will be a Solemn High Dominican Rite Mass tomorrow, Saturday (April 2), 10AM at the St. Albert the Great Priory (6172 Chabot Rd., Oakland, CA). The celebrant will be Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP, Professor of Philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology. Recitation of the Marian Rosary will follow immediately. Visitors and guests are welcome; pew booklets with the text of Mass in Latin and English will be provided.  There is ample parking on the street and in the priory parking lot next to the chapel.

Lenten Rules

Don’t forget….Ash Wednesday is this week…


ABSTINENCE In the Latin Church, abstinence means refraining from eating the meat from mammals or fowl, and soup or gravy made from them. Fish is allowed, hence Fridays are known as “Fish Fridays.” Traditionally, the laws of abstinence apply to all aged 7 and over, but the new Code of Canon Law applies it to all who have completed their 14th year.

PARTIAL ABSTINENCE Meat and soup or gravy made from meat may be eaten once a day at the principle meal.

FASTING Fasting is the taking of only one full meal (which may include meat) and two smaller, meatless meals that don’t equal the large one meal. No eating between meals is allowed, but water, milk tea, coffee, and juices are OK. Meat is allowed at one meal (assuming abstinence isn’t also expected on a given day). Traditionally, everyone over 21 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to observe the law of fast; but the present Code of Canon Law sets the ages of 18 and 59 as the limits.

Dominican Rite Mass Announcement

SAMSUNG CSCDue to a funeral, our Dominican Rite Mass on Saturday, February 6, is cancelled. For the remainder of the semester, the monthly Mass according to the Dominican Rite will be offered as follows:

Saturday, March 12, 10:00 am
Saturday, April 2, 10:00 am
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 am

St. Albert the Great Priory Chapel is located at 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland, CA 94618.


Great Grace From Saint Francis de Sales

Great Grace From Saint Francis de Sales

On the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patronal feast of our Institute, we are very grateful and glad to announce that, after formally concluding the apostolic visitation of the worldwide houses of the Institute, the Holy See has given its final and permanent approval of the Institute’s constitutions in a decree signed by His Eminence, Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In the 26th year of its foundation by the Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, the Institute’s family of canons, oblates, seminarians, sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart, and lay members of the Society of the Sacred Heart rejoice in this new affirmation of the work and spiritual character of our community.

In the name of our Prior General and of all superiors we thank you, dear faithful, for your   continuous prayers as well as for your ongoing spiritual and material support which makes it possible for us to continue our service of the universal Church as disciples of our beloved patron, St. Francis de Sales, the “Doctor of Divine Charity. ” The apostolates of the Institute worldwide will chant the Church’s   solemn hymn of thanksgiving, the “Te Deum,” in gratitude to the Holy Trinity for this special grace.


2016 Walk for Life – TLM/EF Mass schedules, Info Faire

There are at least 3 Traditional Latin Masses scheduled at the vicinity of this weekend’s Walk for Life in San Francisco:

1) Sung Traditional Latin Mass preceding the West Coast Walk for Life, 10:00 am, Saturday, January 23rd at Carmel of Cristo Rey, the Feast of St. Raymond of Penafort. The church is located at 721 Parker Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118.

2) Holy Mass will also be celebrated, 10:00 am, at the historic St. Brigid Church on Van Ness Avenue by His Excellency, Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X at the Old St. Brigid’s Church at the corner of Van Ness and Broadway. There is limited parking available behind the church accessible on Broadway around 1682. Otherwise street parking is advised. The church is 1.3 miles from Civic Center Plaza where the Walk for Life begins and so those who wish will have an hour or so before the walk to get lunch and walk down. Or there is a bus line that stops right in front of the church that can be taken for $2 straight down Van Ness to City Hall – the march starts in front of City Hall at the Civic Center Plaza. Another option for parking would be to park near the civic center and take the bus back down Van Ness to the church.

3) National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, 5:00PM
After the Walk, a Solemn High Mass for life in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated by Friar Anthony Lajato, OFM Conv. The St Ann Choir of Palo Alto, directed by Prof. William Mahrt, will sing. The Mass will start at 5:00 p.m., a short walk from the end of the Walk for Life.

The California Apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (Oakland and San Jose) have teamed up again this year with the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco and will have a booth at the Info Faire from 11:00AM to 12:30PM at the Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco. We will be at Tent One (facing toward Polk Street / City Hall), Table #22 (between Our Lady of Peace Church and Catholic Answers booth). Please feel free to stop by and say hello! After the Info Faire ends, we will be gathering under the third flag pole (counting from the building on the right as you look at the Civic Center), and will walk together after the rally, which is ending at 1:30pm.


Due to the presence this year of the ‘Super Bowl City,’ which is under construction on the day of the Walk, we won’t be able to end at Justin Herman Plaza (though you’re most welcome to walk there from our ending location). Instead, the Walk will turn right on Fremont Street, four blocks before Justin Herman Plaza, and end at the intersection of Howard Street (see map above).

After the Walk ends, we invite you to proceed 4 blocks east to Rincon Park on San Francisco’s waterfront. There you will be met by Mariachi Real de San Pablo, the Walk’s traditional mariachi band. Here you will be able to relax, meet up with friends, take group pictures and enjoy beautiful views of the Bay. There is a walking path along the waterfront from Rincon Park to the Ferry Building, where you can enjoy a number of food shops and other attractions, or even walk another mile to Pier 39 (Fisherman’s Wharf) and its attractions. For a quieter, more reflective time, proceed south on the Embarcadero along the walking path for beautiful views of the bay, the Bay Bridge, and Oakland.

2015 Treasures of the Church Relics Exposition

Photo: 2013 Slideshow presentation of Fr. Carlos Martins at St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland, CA

The month of December gives an opportunity for all to be able to venerate more than 150 relics at churches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Treasures of the Church is a ministry of evangelization of the Catholic Church. Run by Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, its purpose is to give people an experience of the living God through an encounter with the relics of his saints in the form of an exposition. Each exposition begins with a multi-media presentation on the Church’s use of relics that is scriptural, catechetical, and devotional, leading to a renewal of the Catholic faith for many people. After the teaching those in attendance have an opportunity to venerate the relics of some of their favorite saints. An exposition involves some 150 relics, including those of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska. The supreme highlight is one of the largest relics of the Church’s claim to the True Cross in the world and a piece of the Veil that, according to sanctioned tradition, is believed to have belonged to Our Lady.

The date and location of the next expositions are as follows (check the website for any last-minute changes):

Don’t forget to bring your religious items (rosaries, medals, scapulars, etc). Having them touched to the relics make those items 3rd class relics!
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