From the Desk of Canon Olivier Meney, ICRSS

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The 7 Steps of Ordination Part III

The Sub-diaconate

                   In the first two parts of this series, we have seen how the Church disposes her seminarians for the grace of the holy priesthood through the reception of four minor orders: that is, the orders of porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte.  Now we will turn our attention to the major or sacred orders.

In the ordination of acolytes, there is already a foretaste of the major orders, since the acolyte, by his function, is designated to assist the sacred ministers in the liturgical functions of the holy sacrifice of the Mass.  However, the sub-deacon is given an even greater role.  As his name suggests, he is the servant of the deacon at the altar.  This aspect of the sub-diaconate is represented by the manner in which the sub-deacon presents the chalice and the cruets at the offertory.  The deacon pours the wine into the chalice and the sub-deacon pours the water.  Also, while the deacon chants the holy Gospel, it is the sub-deacon who holds the book for him.  Furthermore, during the Mass the sub-deacon never sits nor covers his head while the deacon fulfills his liturgical functions.

The sub-deacon chants the books of the prophets and the epistles, which are preparations for the highest doctrine of the Gospel.  This is one reason why the sub-deacon holds the paten with the humeral veil before his face during the Canon.  He represents the Old Testament, in which the fullness of Christ’s glory was still veiled and no one could look upon the face of God and live (e.g. Exodus 33:12-22).

The sub-deacon is thus the servant of the servants of God (the word deacon in Greek means “servant”).  In this, he ought to imitate the humility of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who said to his apostles: “I am in the midst of you as one who serves” (St Luke 22:27).

The Church calls upon the sub-deacon to unite the virtue of humility to a perfect chastity.  Before his ordination, the Bishop warns him that, whereas before he had been free to leave the clerical state, now he will make a permanent commitment to clerical celibacy.  He also takes on the obligation of reciting the entire office.  The prayer of the office both glorifies God and gives the sub-deacon the graces necessary to fulfill his sacred duties.

Here at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, we have our own sub-deacon, Abbé Kevin, who fulfills beautifully this role of servant of the servants of God.  Let’s keep him in our prayers and thank God for the grace of his vocation among us!

Abbe Ryan Post, 4th Year Seminarian for the ICRSS

 

 

 

Listing of Requiem Masses in the EF (TLM) for Fr. Peter Carota

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We are putting this information out (distinguishing it from the main funeral information on July 14 & 15,  which is mainly in the Ordinary Form under the Diocese of Stockton’s Cathedral of the Annunciation) as a one-stop information post related to the Traditional Latin Requiem Masses offered for the soul of our beloved Fr. Peter Carota who died last July 8, 2016. So far, one Requiem Mass in the EF was already celebrated on the evening of Father’s passing at St. Catherine of Siena (Phoenix, AZ), of which a video is available for viewing at Sancta Missa’s YouTube page.  The following is a list of other upcoming Traditional Latin Requiem Masses:

July 15, 2016 (Friday), 12:15 PM
St. Stephen the First Martyr Church
5461 44th St
Sacramento, CA 95820
Phone: (916) 455-5114
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Funeral arrangements for Fr. Peter Carota (Updated as of 7/13/16)

Funeral Arrangements for Father Peter Carota (Updated as of 7/13/16)

Cathedral of the Annunciation
425 West Magnolia St. Stockton 95213

Vigil Thursday
July 14, 2016
5:00 PM Reception of the body
6:00 PM Rosary
7:00 PM. Vigil Holy Mass
Friday (Ordinary Form)
July 15, 2016
10:00 AM Procession following Holy Mass from Stockton to Ripon

Graveside Service
St John Cemetery
19399 E Hwy 120
Ripon CA 95366

Updated schedule of Requiem Masses in the Extraordinary Form / Traditional Latin Mass:

July 15, 2016 (Friday), 12:15 PM
St. Stephen the First Martyr Church
5461 44th St
Sacramento, CA 95820
Phone: (916) 455-5114

July 16, 2016 (Saturday), 12PM
Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Illo
St. Joseph Catholic Church
1813 Oakdale Road
Modesto, Ca 95335
Phone: (209) 551-4973

July 23, 2016 (Saturday), 10AM
Solemn High Requiem Mass
Celebrant: Rev. Canon Olivier Meney, ICRSS
St. Margaret Mary’s Church
1219 Excelsior Ave,
Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: (510) 482-0596

 

Photos: 1st Holy Communion at St. Stephen’s, Sacramento, CA (May 7, 2016)

Around 40+ girls and boys had the joy of receiving our Lord Jesus Christ for the first time last Saturday (May 7, 2016), during a Solemn High Mass celebrated at St. Stephen the First Martyr parish in Sacramento, CA (an apostolate parish of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter or FSSP). Click on the photo to view the picture gallery of this special event. Please note that we have taken a limited number of pictures due to the request made to the faithful to refrain from taking photos during mass (entrance and concluding procession were ok).

“Pursuing Holiness in a Secular World” : Talk by Fr. John Lyons, FSSP on May 1

Special event announcement from our friends at the Fresno Traditional Mass Society:

Sunday, May 1, 3:30PM: High Mass with Fr. John Lyons, FSSP, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (5770 N Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA 93704) followed by an Italian dinner and talk titled “Pursuing Holiness in a Secular World” at the Cafe Via Restaurant (6640 N. Blackstone Avenue). $50 per person includes lasagna, salad, bread, dessert, wine, tea and coffee. No host wine/beer bar before event. Proceeds go toward a Traditional Latin Mass parish approved by Bishop Armando X. Ochoa. SEATING IS LIMITED AND YOU MUST HAVE A PRE-PAID RESERVATION. Bring your check to Mass or mail to Tracy Cruz, 6357 N. Milburn Ave., Fresno, CA 93722.

Upcoming event: Palm Sunday Traditional Mass with Bishop Armando X. Ochoa in choir

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).
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TLMS of SF Coverage of the 2016 Walk For Life West Coast!

It was a full day for us last Saturday (Jan. 23, 2016), as we started the day getting organized for the Walk For Life Info Faire at Civic Center Plaza. This is what we’ve been doing for the past couple of years before the Walk For Life Program, where we display and distribute materials, flyers, brochures on the Traditional Latin Mass, along with 50 other vendors (ranging from pro-life pregnancy clinics to Diocesan and religious communities). We also volunteered to take photos of our fellow vendors at the Info Faire. We started to pack our display when the program started, which included an impressive line up of speakers such as Obianuju Ekeocha of Culture of Life Africa, Mexican musical superstar and pro-life activist Emmanuel, and also David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress (well known for his undercover videos on Planned Parenthood’s selling of body parts of aborted babies). Inspite of the rainy weather at the onstart of the Walk (it eventually stopped), it didn’t prevent several thousands of pro-lifers from filling up the streets of downtown San Francisco! It was also edifying to see various Traditional Latin Mass communities (specially the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and this year, the participation of more than 500 people from the Society of St. Pius X, where the Superior General, Bishop Bernard Fellay was present); walking side by side for the sanctity of life! After the Walk, we proceeded to the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi for a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form that was celebrated by Fr. Anthony M., OFM Conv., with assistance of Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP, and Fr. Ashley Perry from St. Stephen’s. Music was provided by the St Ann Choir of Palo Alto and directed by Prof. William Mahrt. We will be uploading shortly the video of Fr. Anthony’s sermon.

In the meantime, below are some of the photos we took. Photos can be downloaded and shared, though we are only requesting photo credits to go to the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco. More photos can be viewed at our smugmug photo gallery. Click here for the photo albums of the Info Faire, Walk For Life Program, and Solemn High Mass. But be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s walk, which will take place on January 21, 2017!

Info Faire Tent. There were two rows of tents setup across the Civic Center Plaza for various organizations.

The Gabriel Project, one of our booth neighbors, a parish-based ministry for pregnant mothers in need.

Our booth!! Filled with leaflets, flyers, brochures on the Traditional Latin Mass, plus a few sweets given out to everyone passing by!

Our chaplain, Reverend Canon Olivier Meney, Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICRSS, ICSKP)

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Photos: Sunday in the Octave of Christmas 2015 (St. Stephen’s, Sacramento, CA)

Last Sunday (Sunday in the Octave of Christmas) we revisited the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s (FSSP) Latin Mass community of St. Stephen the First Martyr Parish in Sacramento, CA. Here are some photos taken from the High Mass that was celebrated by Fr. Ashley Perry, Parochial Vicar. If you ever get to visit the parish, be sure to also check out their wonderful bookstore; located by the entrance of the courtyard leading to the church. One can find an abundant treasure of rosaries, missals, bibles, assorted Catholic books, First Holy Communion gifts, and a whole lot more!

Special Event! The Family and the Traditional Mass (with Fr. John Berg, FSSP Superior General) – Nov. 15, 2015

We are excited to share with you this special event, organized by our friends from the Fresno Traditional Latin Mass Society. Fr. John Berg, Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), will be offering a Traditional Latin Mass on Sunday, November 15, at 3:30pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church (5770 N. Maroa, Fresno, CA). Following the mass will be a reception dinner at the Social Hall where Fr. Berg will be speaking about “The Traditional Mass and the Family”.

Reservations to the dinner must be made by calling (559) 277-1731 prior to November 10.  Ticket prices are: Ages 12 and up ($9.50), Ages 5-11 ($5), Under 5 (free). Feel free to click on the photo to download a PDF flyer of the event and share with your friends!!