Dear Faithful of the Oratory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I got the message from Father Antonio. He asked us to move Mass time on Saturday November 1st, from 12:30PM to 10:00AM due to Mass scheduled by five wounds parish from 12:30PM to 2:30PM. They will have a special occasion of the celebration of Mass.
There was some miscommunication.
I am sorry for last moment notice. But fortunately we could avoid a worst situation in which both congregations meet at the same time for Mass.
I pray that God turns this into good.
I ask for your prayers and understanding. Could you call your friends who do not use email? I appreciate your kindness.
In Christo Rege,
Canon Raphael Ueda
Institute of Christ the King
Chaplain for the Oratory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
1375 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA
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Beginning Friday night with All Hallows’ Eve, the Church celebrates on November 1 the solemn feast of All Saints. In the month of November, the last month of the liturgical year, the Church turns her gaze to the Last Things. She delights to begin this annual month-long meditation with the superabundant glory of the feast of all the sanctity that has been communicated to angels and men.
The feast of All Saints is deeply encouraging. It teaches us that holiness is for everyone, in every state and walk of life. Contemplating all the saints, we are encouraged to learn that heroic virtue and perfect divine love are possible for us in the concrete details of our lives. We discover with joy that there are pope saints, bishop saints, priest saints, deacon saints, religious saints, married saints, widow saints, single saints; there are children saints, elderly saints, penitent saints, royal saints, wealthy saints, poor saints; there are saints of every temperament, occupation, race, language, land, nation, and time. Our celebration is a veritable symphony of sanctity!
On Wednesday, the Church celebrated the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite mystic and Doctor of the Church. With her feast day in 2014, the Church begins her preparation for celebrating the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Teresa on March 28 of next year.
Teresa is a true treasure of the Church. She grew up in a fairly comfortable Spanish family. Her father was very holy and her mother, who died when Teresa was 14, also formed her in the Catholic faith. Her decision to enter religious life came after she read her father’s copy of the “Letters of St. Jerome.” In his letters, Jerome gives the traditional teaching that the contemplative life of religion is the safest path to salvation. Seeking this secure path, Teresa entered Carmel, leaving home without her father’s permission, at the age of 20.
In an interview with LifeSiteNews during a break in the Synod on the family last week, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, stressed the importance of parents as the primary educators of their children.
The concept of parents as primary educators is taught by the Church and was given emphasis by the late St. Pope John Paul II. It is also a founding principle of Voice of the Family, the coalition of life and family groups around the world represented in Rome to assist the Synod Fathers in defending the family.
“The children who come to life by means of the cooperation of their parents with God are given to their parents for their education and upbringing,” said Cardinal Burke. “And it’s actually the parents who choose any kind of outside education that the children receive.”
In a position paper on the subject, Voice of the Family says, “Parental rights are under threat as never before, especially through the imposition of anti-life, anti-family sex education in schools and through the provision of abortion and contraception without parental knowledge.”
Having seen those threats over thirty years ago, St. Pope John Paul II wrote in his 1981 encyclical Familaris Consortio: “Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centres chosen and controlled by them.”
He added, “In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education, by entering into the same spirit that animates the parents.”
Cardinal Burke’s full remarks regarding parents as primary educators follow:
LifeSiteNews: Why does the Church teach that parents are the primary educators of their children. What does this mean and why is it important?
Cardinal Burke: When the Church teaches about the crowning of married life in procreation, in the notion of procreation is understood also the education of children. In other words, the children who come to life by means of the cooperation of their parents with God are given to their parents for their education and upbringing. And it’s actually the parents who choose any kind of outside education that the children receive.
Saint Augustine said that the child begins to imbue the faith already from his mother’s milk. And, it’s very true that children are formed by the faith of their parents, the attitudes, the virtues which their parents embody. And this is communicated to them both with words, but most of all, by the example of their parents.
For that reason, the Church stresses this [role of parents as primary educator] very much so that parents wouldn’t think [that] because there are nursery schools and other kind of schools that somehow the schools would take their place or relieve them of the responsibility of educating their children, when in fact they have that primary responsibility.
I saw myself, in my years as an educator — which I enjoyed very much and consider it to be very important work — [that] it was always clear to me that the primary influence in young people’s lives were their parents. And as I’ve met those young people, now that they’re getting older, they’re very much like their parents. And I have to say myself, the older I get, I can see more and more in my own life the influence of my parents.
It is with deep sadness that we have learned that Mr. Jacques Wach, father of the Founder and Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Monsignor Gilles Wach, just passed away. This is just a few weeks after Mr. Wach’s wife, Mrs. Simone Wach, passed away last September 7. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Monsignor Wach’s parents, now both deceased, as well as for the Wach family and the Institute in this time of grief.