The Mystery of Suffering

My Dear Friends,

We need to approach the mystery of suffering with humility. In the recent Mass for Anointing I asked, “Can we really challenge God about the injustice of human suffering while we contemplate a crucifix?”
God freely chose to suffer in the most humiliating, brutal and painful death for us, and triumphed over it. That is God’s response to our suffering.
Such trials in life are opportunities to unite ourselves more deeply with Him and respond to the call of holiness. I pray that you may gain strength and peace from meditating on the cross of Christ.
With my Blessing,
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

We need your help to promote the EF Mass

Ash Wednesday


Dear Friends living in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the entire ecclesiastical province of San Francisco. Its suffragans include the Dioceses of Honolulu, Las Vegas, Oakland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Stockton.


Please email us at with the EF Mass times for Ash Wednesday and also if there are special EF Masses during Lent at your parish.  Send us the name of the parish, address and EF Mass times. 


We will post the information on our website. 


Thank you in advance for helping us  inform others interested in the Traditional Latin Mass

The Arms of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco

The Arms of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco

designed and delineated by Matthew Alderman

Coat of Arms

Blazon: Or, a bear rampant sable, languered gules and armed argent, holding in the forepaws a Latin cross fleury gules, all within a bordure compony gules and argent, the pieces gules charged each with an escallop or and the pieces argent with a mullet of six points azure.

Motto:Ut Operi Dei nihil praeponatur” taken from the Rule of St. Benedict which translates to “Let nothing be given precedence over God’s work”

The arms may be shown with the decorative additions of an olive bough to the sinister and an oak bough to the dexter, all proper.

Description in Modern English: On a gold background is shown a black bear standing upright holding a red cross between its paws with the arms terminating in floriated ends. The bear’s teeth and claws are white (or silver) and his tongue is red. A border divided into alternating red and white pieces surrounds the entire shield, each piece depicting, respectively, a gold escallop shell or a blue six-pointed star.

Symbolism: The central charge of the arms, the bear, refers both to the Bear of St. Corbinian which appears in the arms of Benedict XVI, in honor of his work in restoring and rejuvenating the traditional sacred liturgy, and also the bear that has long been associated with California and the Californian people, from the time of the “Bear Flag Republic” to the present day.  The cross between his hands represents the Traditional Latin Mass Society’s mission to show forth the Cross of Christ in all its works. The fleury ends of the cross are a reference to the fleurs-de-lys, a symbol associated with the Holy Trinity and alludes to the chastity and purity of the Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph.  The bordure is derived from Spanish examples, with the stars refer to Our Lady’s title as Stella Maris and the scallops being a reference to pilgrimage, and, once again through the arms of Pope Benedict, Saint Augustine and the Holy Trinity.  An escallop also appeared on the arms of the historic Spanish province of Alta California.  The gold and red colors allude to the arms of Benedict XVI, the red, white and blue, to the United States, while blue and gold and red and white also have special significance in the symbolism of California as well.  Black, the color of the bear, may denote humility and turning away from the world.  Blue and white are also an allusion to the Virgin Mary.  The round shape of the shield, while not specified by the blazon, is a reference to Italian examples, and recalls the Italian heritage of the Archbishop of San Francisco and the Reverend Chaplain of the society.  The olive and oak branches represent peace and strength, and are a decorative addition inspired by similar details in an engraving of the arms of Blessed Pope Pius IX.

St. Philip Neri Oratory UPDATE

_275052273Your prayers, fasting, and sacrifices are the most important thing the fledgling San Francisco Oratory of St. Philip Neri needs from you today. There are still some non-financial pieces of the puzzle that only God can fit together.  Please pray especially for the priests, brothers, bishops and archbishops involved.

A special thank you to everyone who has pledged to pray and support the oratory thus far; we are halfway into the pledge drive and your generosity has helped us attain 54% of our monetary goal!

I sent out confirmation e-mails to everyone who made a pledge as of Sunday night. I am at a priests’ workshop through Friday with limited internet and so I will send acknowledgements for all who pledged since Sunday a when I get back to the College on Friday.

Again, thank you for your continued support! Please pray also for us fifteen priests at a Corpus Christi Movement workshop until Friday. The priests (from six countries) give retreats or direction to the Missionaries of Charity, and we are being trained to give retreats and spiritual direction using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. It’s been wonderful so far!

Appeal for the San Francisco Oratory of St. Philip Neri

Feb 13th: Appeal for the San Francisco Oratory of St. Philip Neri

PictureSome men of the Toronto Oratory

I’ve been serving as chaplain to Thomas Aquinas College for the last two years and feel greatly privileged to work among such deeply Catholic educators and students. Recently, however, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has invited a priest-friend and Continue reading