2016 started with a Sung High Mass for the Octave of Christmas at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory (San Jose, CA). The Veni Creator, a hymn invoking the Holy Ghost was chanted before the Mass. View more photos of here.
On the last day of the year 2015, St. Margaret Mary’s had a Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the 7th day in the Octave of Christmas, which was followed by a sung Te Deum and concluded with a Benediction. See more photos here. The Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco wishes everyone a Blessed and Holy Year of Mercy 2016!
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!
Photo: Christmas Day High Mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory (San Jose, CA). View photo album here.
From the Desk of the Oratory Chaplain, Canon Raphael Ueda:
The old year is coming to a close and the new year, A.D. 2016, will begin very soon. The term A.D. stands for Anno Domini, a Latin phrase meaning “in the year of the Lord” which is often translated “in the year of Our Lord”. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. With His coming, the Old Covenant came to an end, and the New Covenant, the new time of salvation, arrived. So we see the end of the old and the beginning of the new. Thus it is that the season of Christmas brings with it both a sense of closure as well as a sense of expectation. It is a time to look back with gratitude and to look forward with anticipation. By the grace of God we made it through 2015 together, and now we look ahead to 2016, which will begin very soon. May the breath of the Holy Ghost refresh and renew our hearts during this holy season and throughout the coming year.
Christmas is finally here! Folks, remember that Christmas season has just started – it’s not just a one-day event as observed by the secular society. Traditional custom presents Christmas as a 40-day season; which ends on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord. Photos from the Christmas Midnight Mass at St. Margaret Mary’s is now available for viewing here!
Finally, Advent Season has begun! A time of spiritual preparation similar to Lent. Here are photos from the First Sunday of Advent High Mass which was followed by the blessing and distribution of the Miraculous Medal at St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland, CA.
It was a great joy to welcome back Fr. Eric Forbes, OFM Cap., last Sunday (November 8, 2015) at St. Margaret Mary’s on the occasion of his 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood that he is celebrating this year. The special event started with a Solemn High Mass with Father Forbes as the celebrant. Various seminarians from the nearby dioceses were on hand to assist at the mass in choro. After mass, a festive reception was hosted at the Father Kozina Hall. We had a chance to welcome back Fr. Gabriel Mosher, O.P., as well , who was also visiting that weekend. Click on the photo to view pictures on our smugmug gallery.
We recently had been blessed to be at the Inaugural Mass of the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers at the beautiful St. Dominic’s Church here in San Francisco, where the Master of the Order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré, O.P., was the celebrant. Click on the picture to view the entire photo gallery of this very special event!
We have been informed that Star of the Sea Church (4420 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118) will be having two Requiem Masses in the Extraordinary Form on November 2, 2015 (Monday). See schedule below:
Low Requiem Mass at 7:30am
High Requiem Mass at 7pm.
His Excellency, Bishop Michael Barber, SJ (Diocese of Oakland), together with Fr. Rafal Duda and Rev. Canon Olivier Meney, hosted a dinner at the Father Kozina Hall last week to thank the parishioners of St. Margaret Mary for the efforts with the capital campaign project. In a short period of time, the parish went beyond 110% (more than $400,000) of the original goal — an incredible success for a small parish in the diocese. Bishop Barber also announced that due to health issues, Pastor Fr. Stan Zak is going into retirement. Father Rafal Duda, who was generous with his time as parochial administrator has been appointed as parochial vicar in Pleasanton. Father Glenn Naguit, will be taking the administrator position at St. Margaret Mary’s effective November 2015. Click here for photos of the dinner.