Video: Diocese of Sacramento – Ordination of Deacons (June 28, 2014)

Diocese of Sacramento – Ordination of Deacons (Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite) on June 28, 2014. Celebrated by the Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento, CA, USA. The 19 men who were welcomed into the permanent diaconate were: Brad Bell, John Bockman, David Cabrera, Sergio Diaz, John Fio, Paul Friedrich, Lawrence Hiner, Mark Hronicek, Sang Dominic Kim, David Leatherby, Timothy Louie, Juan Moreno, James Ogbonna, Dennis Purificacion, Mark Ruiz, Paul Sajben, Michael Turner, Robert Vandergraaf and Charles Warner.

Video recording courtesy of Sancta Trinitas Unus Deus – The Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco (

Feast of SS. Peter and Paul

Canon Richard von Menshengen, ICKSP St Gianna Oratory, Tucson AZ Photo credit TLM of SF

Canon Richard von Menshengen, ICKSP
St Gianna Oratory, Tucson AZ
Photo credit TLM of SF

Tucson, June 29, 2014

Dear Faithful:

I would like to wish you a very blessed Feast of SS. Peter and Paul, the Princes of the Apostles. Our Lady of Fatima reminds us how important it is to pray for the Holy Father. The Institute of Christ the King, with its Roman Spirit, is naturally most intimately dedicated to the rich Tradition of Holy Mother Church. The Princes of the Apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul, are witnesses to Christ Who is the Cornerstone of the Church, Who is the Head of His Mystical Body, and Who reigns victoriously, even if at times some dark clouds may hang over the Church.

The Popes are the uninterrupted successors of St. Peter. Each Pope considers himself the “Servant of the Servants of God” and he knows that the Church does not belong to him, but to Christ, and that he is a steward only and must give an account one day to the Master. True humility, faithfulness, courage, perseverance, the uncompromising love for the Truth of our Holy Catholic Faith, together with profound charity and true wisdom, have characterized the saintly Popes of history. The Catholic Church is there where the Pope is, and so we have to be always gathered in mind and heart prayerfully around the Holy Father, and offer sacrifices to the Most Holy Trinity so that he may discharge his Holy Office for the greater glory of God Almighty and for the salvation of souls.

The Holy Sacrifice of Mass will be offered at High Mass today for Our Holy Father Pope Francis. I ask you for your prayers for the four priests, ten deacons and nine sub-deacons who will be ordained for the Institute of Christ the King this week in Florence, Italy. Visit our website at and!

With the assurance of my prayers, Canon Richard von Menshengen

TLM Workshop at Mater Dolorosa (San Francisco, CA) on June 28, 2014


You are cordially invited to a workshop on…

Understanding and Praying the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Latin)
in the Extraordinary Form

June 28, 2014 (Saturday)
Mater Dolorosa Parish Hall
307 Willow Avenue, South San Francisco
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Rev. Fr. Vito Perrone, COSJ
Rev. Fr. Joseph Homick, COSJ
Mr. Ricky Wong

Workshop Schedule:
Breakfast: 9:00
Workshop: 9:30
Preparation for Mass: 11:30
Mass: 12:00
Lunch: 1:15
Q&A: 2:15

Books will be available for sale

Cash or check payable to Star of the Sea

For more details, please contact Ando Perlas

N.B. Star of the Sea will have a TLM Workshop in October. More details will be posted soon!

Abp. Cordileone’s speech at the March for Marriage (h/t Catholic World Report)

“No justice, no peace, no end to poverty, without a strong culture of marriage and the family.”

Source: Catholic World Report. Audio recording is available here.


In our Catholic faith tradition, young people around the age of junior high school or high school receive the sacrament of Confirmation, normally administered by the bishop. At a Confirmation ceremony I celebrated recently in a large, Hispanic parish, two of the young people shared some reflections on what their Confirmation meant to them. They said that their Confirmation gave them the grace to go forth and “build a civilization of truth and love.” I could not have said it better myself! And that, my friends, is why we are here. Both are necessary, both, together, if we wish to have a flourishing society: truth and love.

This is the legacy we have received from our ancestors in faith. To my fellow believers in Jesus Christ I would call our attention to those first generations of Christians in the city of Rome, who were so often scapegoated by the powerful pagan Roman government. But when a plague would strike the city and the well-to-do fled to the hills for safety until the plague subsided, it was the Christians who stayed behind to care for the sick, at great risk to their own health and very lives. And not just the Christian sick: all the sick, regardless of religion, of how they lived their lives, or even what they thought of the Christians themselves. The historian Eusebius noted about the Christians of his time, “All day long some of them tended to the dying and to their burial, countless numbers with no one to care for them. Others gathered together from all parts of the city a multitude of those withered from famine and distributed bread to them all.” Likewise, the Emperor Julian complained to one of his pagan priests, “[They] support not only their poor, but ours as well.”

It is this kind of love and compassion in the service of truth, especially the truth of the human person, that has marked the lives of the holy ones of our own faith tradition and others as well: hospitals, orphanages, schools, outreach to the poor and destitute – giving without concern for getting anything in return, seeing in each human being, especially in the poor and destitute, a priceless child beloved by God, whom God calls to turn away from sin and toward Him, so that they might be saved. In 1839 Jeanne Jugan met one such priceless child of God, a blind old crippled woman whom nobody cared for. That night, Jeanne carried the woman home to her apartment, and put her to sleep in her own bed. From this profound encounter was born the Little Sisters of the Poor, who even today are loving, caring for and providing homes for thousands of elderly who deserve dignity as well as care. These are the very nuns who now face the possibility of being shut out of spreading the love of Jesus to the needy because of their refusal to comply with a healthcare mandate that violates their moral convictions, convictions which stand on the truth of basic human dignity.

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