IHM Oratory: Visit of Bishop Oscar Cantu this Saturday (March 2)

Join the lay faithful of the Oratory as they welcome San Jose’s Coadjutor Bishop Oscar Cantu, who will succeed Bishop McGrath when he retires at some unknown future date. Bishop Cantu will give the homily at a Solemn High Mass this Saturday (March 2, 1:00 PM) that will be celebrated by the U.S. Provincial Superior of the Institute of Christ the King, Canon Matthew Talarico, who will fly here from Chicago. Welcoming reception follows the Mass.

Canon Ueda’s Ordination Anniversary today!

Today, July 2nd, Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is also the ordination anniversary of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory Chaplain, Reverend Canon Raphael Ueda! Ordained on July 2, 2009 (alongside Canon Jason Apple and Canon Frederic Goupil), at the Chiesa dei Santi Michele e Gaetano in Florence, Italy, by the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, then Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (now Cardinal Burke of the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta). Ad multos annos! Please remember to include our dear Canons in your prayers on this special day.

Photo: Canon Ueda giving his first blessing to then Archbishop (now Cardinal) Burke

Prayer request…

Prayer request…. Anna  and Jay will be attending the Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat at Mundelein Seminary (Chapel of the Immaculate Conception) in Illinois this weekend. Anna will be receiving the Cross of St. Francis de Sales. Jay has been a member for over 5 years.

If you would like more information about the Society…email us.

The Society of the Sacred Heart is a lay association within the spiritual family of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Through membership in the Society of the Sacred Heart, lay faithful can participate in the spirituality of the Institute directed to expand the kingship of Our Blessed Lord in all realms of the Church and society under the patronage of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

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.


Constitution of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest approved by CDF!


Deo gratias! We have just been informed of the joyful news that today, January 29, 2016, Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the Constitution of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest receives final approval from the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei signed by His Eminence, Cardinal Gerhard Müller – Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). A fitting way to mark the 25th anniversary of it’s founding. The Institute apostolate in Oakland (St. Margaret Mary) will have a veneration of the relic of St. Francis de Sales today (Friday, Jan. 29) after the 6PM Low Mass. A plenary indulgence may be obtained by assisting mass of one of the Institute apostolates under the usual conditions: Praying the Creed, Confession, Receiving Holy Communion and Praying for the Intentions of the Holy Father (One Our Father, One Hail Mary, One Glory Be). The External Solemnity of St. Francis de Sales will be celebrated on Sunday, January 31 at both St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland and at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory in San Jose, CA.


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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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.