A Letter from the Assistant Chaplain | Feast of the Holy Family (January 12, 2014)


Today the Church celebrates on the traditional calendar the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. It is the feast of the only truly functional family in human history, the only family for whom Love was always the rule of the house. It is the feast of God’s Family, to which we all belong as members of Jesus Christ.

It is deeply important for each one of us to realize that we are truly members of the Holy Family. We live in a time in history when family life is particularly damaged by sin and selfishness and dysfunction of all kinds. So many of us come from broken homes or from family situations marked by abuse or addiction or neglect. So many of us bear within us the wounds and scars of family disorder. The darkness of the state of family life today makes ever more sweet the truth that we all belong to the Holy Family.

            In our formation in the Holy Family, with St. Joseph as our father and Blessed Mary as our Mother, we have Jesus as our Brother and Lord. We live in Him and receive in Him the Love of God manifest in the holy charity of this home in Nazareth. Here we find all the love and security and trust we need in order to bring divine love into our own family situations, whatever they may be.

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Feature of the Week: Fr. Peter Carota


Like Britain’s Fr. Thwaites, he will have a profound influence on the Catholic world
Source: http://thepathlesstaken7.blogspot.com/2013/01/fr-peter-carota-like-britains-fr.html

Fr. Peter was a late-vocation, having been a hugely successful and affluent real estate agent in California, before forsaking his glittering career to found and run a soup kitchen. When he was serving poor people, they mistook Fr. Peter for being a priest, and so he followed his childhood dream of pursuing a vocation. As a child, he would role-play as a priest. Ordained a priest in May 1997, ten years later he started offering the Extraordinary Form and has this to say, “Five years ago, the Pope encouraged saying the Latin Mass again. Since saying it these last five years, I have truly understood my priesthood in a totally deeper way as being sacrificial. Above all, I love the reverence and sacredness of this Mass. Jesus is God and truly present in Holy Communion. Therefore we should kneel and receive Him with all reverence that God deserves.”

As of November 2012, he started a sabbatical, and took leave from his Californian parish, with the aim of concentrating his priesthood on making the riches of the Tridentine Mass available by doing research on how he may found a new religious order and start a TV station that broadcasts the Latin Mass every day. Currently, he is travelling around America and staying with various monasteries that have the Tridentine Mass at the heart of their liturgical life, as well as visiting Latin Mass communities. Just last weekend, he was travelling around Detroit, and did the rounds of many historic churches, that have been hosted/or are in the practice of hosting regular Tridentine Masses, including, St Albertus, St Joseph and Holy Family.
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Special Event — Beautiful Prayer: Transforming Today’s Culture Through The Liturgy

Special Event:

Beautiful Prayer: Transforming Today’s Culture Through The Liturgy

A Talk by David Clayton – Monday, January 13, 2014 (7:00 PM)

St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman Ave., Berkeley, CA

David Clayton is an internationally known artist, teacher, writer, and broadcaster, who is on the faculty at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Merrimack, NH. He writes for his weekly blog www.thewayofbeauty.org and is the sacred-art writer for the highly influential and widely read New Liturgical Movement website (www.newliturgicalmovement.org).




On Jan 25th as you may know is the Walk for Life. Sancta Trinitas, Unus Deus: The Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco will have a table at the Walk for Life Info Faire at the Civic Center Plaza. We would like to see the TLM Communities join forces and possibly walking together with banners of their communities. And also helping out at the Info Faire table.

Each TLM Community are asked to bring brochures, business cards or other material fit for the occasion to promote the sanctity of life and of your TLM community.

If you know of any other TLM Communities please pass it along.

For more information please contact us TLMofSF@gmail.com or call Jay Balza at 707-319-7549

*The Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco*


Mark your calendars!! Walk for Life West Coast – January 25, 2014


MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Walk for Life West Coast 2014 – January 25!

Join fellow Catholics and Pro-Lifers from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 10th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 25, 2014. The pre-walk rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk for Life, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30. Last year’s Walk drew 40,000+ people and eleven Catholic bishops and a personal message from then Pope Benedict XVI! For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415-658-1793.

The TLM Society will be participating in the Walk for Life Info Faire at the Civic Center Plaza on January 25, 2014. Fliers and other informational materials on the Traditional Latin Mass will be distributed. Volunteers are needed! Please e-mail the Society at tlmofsf@gmail.com or call Jay Balza (707-319-7549).

2014 International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima – San Francisco Tour


International Pilgrim Virgin to Visit Star of the Sea Church

January 7, 2014 Schedule

7:30 AM Traditional Latin Low Mass; followed by the praying of the rosary

10:00 AM Talk given by the official custodian, Mr. Carl Malburg

12:00 PM English Mass; followed by the praying of the rosary

The Pilgrim Virgin Statue will also be brought to other parishes around the Archdiocese of San Francisco. View the updated schedule here.

In a program that will involve many of the parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue from Fatima will be at the Star of the Sea Church on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014. This statue is an exact replica of the statue from the famous shrine of Our Lady in Fatima and has traveled throughout the world many times over. You may recall that the Church officially approves the apparitions and message of Our Lady to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal from May through October of 1917. Many graces have been received by those who fervently and faithfully approach Our Lady in prayer. She has touched many hearts to bring conversions to those present and their loved ones. Her message is one that our modern world often does not want to hear, but needs to hear. It is the message of the Gospel. The official custodian, Mr. Carl Malburg, will be present to give a talk at 10:00 AM, followed by the praying of the rosary. The Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 AM, and there will be the English Mass at noon, both followed by the praying of the rosary. Our day with Our Lady will conclude after the rosary that will follow the noon Mass.

Epiphany Vespers with Archbishop Cordileone – Jan. 5, 2014

Epiphany Vespers with Archbishop Cordileone
January 5, 2014 (4PM)

St Sebastian’s Catholic Church
373 Bon Air Rd, San Rafael, CA 94904-1709

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will introduce the new Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship. Fr. Samuel F. Weber, OSB will give a talk on the spirituality of chant. Afterwards, we will celebrate vespers with the Archbishop. Refreshments will be provided. For the latest updates, visit: http://www.benedictinstitute.org/

A Letter from the Assistant Chaplain | Most Holy Name of Jesus (January 5, 2014)


Today we celebrate the Twelfth Day of Christmas, which is also the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. We do well to remember on today’s feast that the Name of Jesus, given to Him at His circumcision on the eighth day after His Birth, is so holy and efficacious that it is in itself already a prayer. We can pray well simply by speaking with reverence the Holy Name of Jesus!

Tomorrow we celebrate the great feast of Epiphany of the Lord. This marks a change in the Christmas season. The Twelve Days of Christmas celebrate the Nativity of the Lord in the cave of Bethlehem from His Virgin Mother. On the Thirteenth Day, the season changes its focus from the Birth to the Manifestation of the Divinity of the One Born. It will still be the Christmas season tomorrow, but it will be “Epiphany-tide” rather than “Nativity-tide.”

 The Manifestation of the Divinity of the Savior is accomplished in the threefold mystery of His Epiphany: in the Adoration of the Magi, in the Lord’s Baptism in the Jordan River, and in the miracle of the Wedding Feast of Cana. All three of these events in the life of the Lord reveal to us that the little baby born of Mary is the Almighty Creator of the Universe. In the season of Christmas, we are especially drawn to the mystery of the visit of the Wise Men from the East, who come to Bethlehem on the Thirteenth Day, led by a supernatural Star, in order to worship the newborn King of the Jews.

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