His Eminence, Joseph Cardinal Zen (Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong), is currently visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. Given his very tight schedule, we are happy to report that arrangements for him to celebrate the Extraordinary Form had been successful and that he will be coming to St. Margaret Mary’s Church (1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610) on Tuesday, August 22nd, at 6:00PM for the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Everyone is invited!
With kind permission from Rev. Canon H. Fragelli, we reproduce here his latest correspondence with us, seeking generous souls to help build a Catholic school in Gabon, Africa!
Dear Friend of the Mission,
I sent you, last week, 17 pictures of the beginning of the building of our school. (TLMS Note: Feel free to send us a note via email, firstname.lastname@example.org , and we will be happy to forward the pics to you)
Allow me to share with you one more:
The first school bench made at the Mission’s Carpentry Shop.
I am sending you as well the School’ logo. Like it?
Did you get my previous email? (with the 17 pictures?)
* For those that donated: a BIG, BIG thank you.
* To those that promised to donate: a kind reminder.
* For those that haven’t donated: Please!!!
… as we will have to stop the school construction in two weeks due to lack of funds. We are praying for a miracle so that this fall 500 children may have a beautiful Catholic School. That miracle could be you!
God bless you always!
Please visit www.friendsofthemissions.com to make a donation! God bless your generosity!
Full HD video of Father Alvin Antonio Yu’s First Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) last month at Sts. Peter and Paul in San Francisco is now available for viewing by clicking here.
As part of his “First” Masses, he will be coming to St. Margaret Mary’s (1219 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94610) on August 6, Transfiguration Sunday, to celebrate the 12:30PM Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Potluck reception follows at the Father Kozina Hall (parish basement). Everyone is invited!
We express our gratitude to Fr. Joseph Previtali, who has written extensively for our blog’s Chaplain’s Corner since the beginning of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco way back in 2013. Fr. Previtali is departing to Rome for a new assignment and has indicated to us the need for him to step aside as the Assistant Chaplain. We are thus grateful to the recently-ordained, Fr. Alvin Yu, who has agreed to step up to be our new Assistant Chaplain, thus continuing the work begun by Fr. Previtali.
We are now therefore pleased to share Fr. Alvin Yu’s first Chaplain’s Corner article for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost:
“If you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift before the altar and go first to be reconciled to your brother; and then come and offer your gift.”
In our Gospel from St. Matthew for this 5th Sunday after Pentecost, we learn how our love of God and our love of neighbor are not two things that are separate, exclusive and distinct from one another. First of all, our love of God is something that must flow into a love of neighbor and even our enemies. This is after all what our Lord commanded us to do in the New Commandment, “To love one another as I have love you.” If we love God, than we must also love those who God loves.
In this Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we especially contemplate Jesus’s great Love for us, which is symbolized by His Heart, opened for us as He slept the death of the Cross. We are moved by His Love for us. We are struck by this beautiful surprise in this dark world, that our God is Love, that He cares for us! We can even say that He thirsts for us, as He says on the Cross, “I thirst.”
Jesus’s thirst for us is His desire for our souls. It is a spiritual thirst for our love, as He says, “My son, give me your heart.” Jesus’s thirst for us creates in us a thirst for Him, a hunger for Him. This hunger and thirst can be satisfied only in the Eucharist, in which He feeds us with His very self, answering all our needs, as the Scriptures say. Jesus hungers for me, which creates in me a hunger for Him, which can only be fulfilled in the charity-filled reception of the Holy Eucharist. Thus, our devotion to the Sacred Heart leads us to hunger and thirst for Him, for His Love, for His Hunger and Thirst.
All are cordially invited to
The First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in
The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
For the External Solemnity of the Holy Apostles
Saints Peter and Paul
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Saints Peter and Paul Church
666 Filbert Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
The first blessings of a newly ordained priest will be given at the reception following the Mass
Today is the 4th anniversary of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco! Founded on Trinity Sunday of 2013, the Society dedicates itself to promote the Extraordinary Form in
whatever means possible, connecting TLM communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. They have been assisting with various activities of the Institute of Christ the King Apostolates across the country, especially at Oakland and San Jose, taking photos and videos of special events (i.e. Society of the Sacred Heart annual retreats) and Masses. But they also cover noteworthy events of other religious communities and priestly societies (Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Dominicans, Norbertine Fathers, Canons Regular of St. John Cantius; to name a few). They maintain an active presence online, via website and social media (Facebook, Twitter), which offers abundant resources about the Traditional Latin Mass. This includes gathering and compiling of EF Masses in the San Francisco Bay Area which helps the faithful in locating the nearest church which offers the TLM. Every year, the Society teams up with the Oakland Apostolate in putting up a booth at the Walk for Life West Coast Info Faire in San Francisco where they provide brochures, flyers, and other informational giveaways. The TLM of SF have been put in charge of maintaining the California Apostolates photo webpage https://icksp-cal.smugmug.com/. Your prayerful support to the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco over the past years is very much appreciated, as it looks forward on continuing it’s mission of getting the Traditional Latin Mass more widely known.
The Octave of Pentecost is one of my favorite times of the liturgical year. During the past week, the Church has been relishing the Gift of the Divine Holy Spirit. The Church has been reflecting on the marvel and power of this Gift, Who is our Consoler and Strength. Here in Half Moon Bay, where I live, we even have the beautiful Portuguese Holy Ghost Festival to celebrate His descent upon Mary, the Apostles, the disciples, and the whole Church. How blessed we are!
The Gift of the Holy Spirit makes us immediately aware of the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. St. Paul writes: “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” The Gift of the Holy Spirit makes us one with God the Son in His Sacred Humanity, through which we have access in one Spirit to the Father!
With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God everyone is cordially invited to the Ordination of
The Reverend Mister Alvin Antonio Yu
to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ through the Imposition of Hands and the Invocation of the Holy Spirit by
The Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco
Saturday, June 10, 2017 (10:00 AM) at the
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption (1111 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94109).
Reception to follow in the Cathedral Hall.
First Masses (First blessings of the newly ordained priest will be given at the reception following each Mass):
Ordinary Form – Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: Sunday, June 11, 2017, 5:00 PM, at Saints Peter and Paul Church (666 Filbert St., San Francisco, CA 94133).
Extraordinary Form – External Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul: Sunday, July 2, 2017, 1:00 PM, at Saints Peter and Paul Church (666 Filbert St., San Francisco, CA 94133).
EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo recently interviewed two priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP): Fr. Gerard Saguto (US District Superior) and Fr. Zachary Akers (FSSP Director of Development) on the Fraternity’s new album, “Requiem”. Don’t forget to buy yourself a copy here!