Fr. Pedro Ottonello (RIP) – funeral arrangements

According to his desire the ceremonies will be at St. Margaret Mary in Oakland (1219 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94610)

Funeral arrangements: Visitation will be at 7:45 pm on Friday, April 4th, with open casket . Rosary at 8:00 pm. Vespers and Compline. Absolution before closing the casket at 9:30 pm. (the Mass on Friday 4th will be at 6:00 pm followed by the Station of the Cross). The Solemn High Requiem Mass will be at 10:00 am on Saturday April 5th followed by the burial at St. Mary’s cemetery (4529 Howe St, Oakland, CA 94611). No flowers, but prayers and Masses! May God give him rest.

YouTube video: Fr. Pedro Ottonello’s sermon during a low mass on the occasion of his 90th birthday

Feature of the week: Society of the Sacred Heart


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.

The spirituality of the Institute of Christ the King stems from the writings and example of St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis de Sales. With these patron Saints, the members of the Society of the Sacred Heart strive to live a Catholic life in an ever-growing harmony between nature, grace, faith, and culture, totally faithful to the teachings of Holy Mother Church and to the See of Peter, with an emphasis on charity toward God and our neighbor.

In this holy endeavor, the members of the Society place themselves under the spiritual direction of the priests of the Institute of Christ the King and are supported by the prayers of the priests, oblates, and seminarians of the Institute, and the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus.

Members of the society work to sustain the apostolic work of the Institute of Christ the King. They also live the spirituality of the Institute and can participate in spiritual retreats and gatherings of the Institute’s family organized locally or nationally by the chaplains of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Youth events and retreats in the spirit of the Institute are offered to the families engaged in the Society of the Sacred Heart. Friends and guests are welcome at the retreats of the Society.

Interested lay faithful can become members of the Society of the Sacred Heart by contacting the Institute’s apostolate nearest to them. The nearest apostolate in the San Francisco Bay Area is St. Margaret Mary’s (Oakland, CA). It is possible for those who do not live near the current apostolates of the Institute to become members of the Society of the Sacred Heart. They would need, however, to attend the yearly retreat offered to all the members. This coming June 13-15, 2014, the Annual Retreat will be held at the University St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center located at 1000 East Maple Ave., Mundelein, IL 60060 (30 miles North of Chicago). For more information, please contact Canon Matthew Talarico at 773-363-7409 (ext 4) or email: sacredheart@institute-christ-king.

Download Invitational PDF files: Cover letter, Retreat Flier, Society RSVP 

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From the Assistant Chaplain | Laetare Sunday – March 30, 2014


Today the Church celebrates “Laetare Sunday,” taken from the first word of the Introit for today’s Mass. This marks one of the two times in our liturgical year in which the priest may wear rose-colored vestments (the other is “Gaudete Sunday” in Advent). The rose color of the vestments today is meant to cheer us up as we feel the length of our Lenten fast setting in during this penitential season.

The joy of Laetare Sunday – “Laetare” is the command to “Rejoice” – reminds us of the hidden kernel of wisdom in our Lenten observance. The sadness or suffering that we feel in depriving ourselves of certain created goods is only temporary. Even in this life, that sadness will give way to an abiding divine joy, if we allow God to do the work in our souls that He wishes to do. The saints are clear on this point: the more our wills are in harmony with God’s will, the happier we will be.

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Friday Meat Free Supper

Open-Face Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
1 small bunch asparagus, trimmed and spears cut in half
1 large red bell pepper, halved and seeded
4 slices Italian bread
3 ounces goat cheese

Preheat grill or broiler.
In small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Brush mushrooms, asparagus, and bell pepper with oil mixture.
Grill or broil vegetables 4 inches from heat, turning over once, until tender, about 10 minutes for asparagus and bell pepper, and about 12 minutes for mushrooms. When cool enough to handle, peel and slice pepper.
Turn off grill or broiler. Place bread on grill or broiler rack until warm, about 2 minutes.
Spread goat cheese on bread. Place mushrooms on each slice. Top with bell pepper and asparagus. Serve warm.