By Roseanne T. Sullivan
Another historically significant event in the history of the Latin Mass in the San Francisco Bay Area will take place this Saturday evening, November 15, 2014. At 5:30 pm at Five Wounds Portuguese National Church in San José, the pastor, Rev. António A. Silveira, will celebrate his first-ever Extraordinary Form Mass. Fittingly, Fr. Silveira will celebrate the traditional Latin High Mass in the same form in which the first Mass was celebrated a hundred years ago in a temporary chapel at the newly created parish on November 15, 1914. Several parish music groups will join to sing Gregorian chant and selected motets at the Centennial Mass.
Fr. Silveira became pastor in 2013, and his family has deep ties to the parish. Fr. Silveira was born in the Azores. He began seminary education there as a youth, but later he married and had two children. He was ordained as a deacon in 2012, after his wife of 25 years had passed away. He began serving the parish as a deacon, and then he went on to complete his seminary education and was ordained to the priesthood in 2013.
The architecture of Five Wounds Church was inspired by the Igreja de Santa Cruz of Braga in Northern Portugal, which was built in the Baroque Mannerist style. (Five Wounds Church is often mistakenly said to be Manueline or Mission Revival style.) The first Mass in the current church was celebrated on June 28, 1918, and the church was dedicated on July 14, 1919. The church is located near the intersection of highway 101 and Santa Clara Street in San José, and its two imposing white towers and facade can be glimpsed from the freeway The impressive church stands out in great contrast against the surrounding low rise architecture and foothills on the northeast side of the city..
The Centennial Mass is part of the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the parish, and it will be the first Extraordinary Form Mass held under parish auspices since the changes to the liturgy that began during the Second Vatican Council. However, Extraordinary Form Masses are already being celebrated in the church almost every day under the direction of rector Canon Raphael Ueda of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. In December of 2013, the church became the home of the new Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory, which was erected by Bishop Patrick McGrath as the center for the Extraordinary Form and sacraments for the diocese of San Jose. Regular Extraordinary Form Masses are celebrated on Sundays at 12:30 pm and Mondays through Fridays at 12:15 pm.
Former pastor Fr. Donald Morgan is expected to attend the Centennial Mass, along with Canon Ueda and Canon Olivier Meney. Fr. Morgan began celebrating Extraordinary Form Masses starting in 2009 while he was pastor at Five Wounds during the period of about a year when the Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Santa Clara was permitted to hold a 9:15 Mass at the church every Sunday morning. In 2011, Fr. Morgan moved on to another assignment in the diocese, but he has become since then an affiliate of the Institute and continues to celebrate the EF Mass frequently at the Oratory and at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland, and other locations, while remaining a diocesan priest.
The history of the parish is documented with brilliant photos in a centennial book, A Vestibule to Heaven, authored by Miguel Valle Ávila. Copies may be purchased at the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California’s website: http://portuguesebooks.org/books/a-vestibule-to-heaven.
The Centennial Mass
Sat, November 15, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, 1375 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA, United States
Traditional Latin Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Mass at the parish.
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The first silent retreat for women in North America was held on October 31, 2013 to November 2, 2014 in Oakland California. The retreat was booked solid. Women were placed on a waiting list for the next retreat to be given at a later date TBD.
Each full day of the retreat included the Holy Mass, meditations, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary and spiritual direction and confession.
The priests conducting the retreat was Canon Olivier Meney and Canon Matthew Talarico. Canon Rafael Ueda was also there assisting with spiritual direction and confessions.
Talks were video recorded: “Resting with God”, “The First Step”, “Prayer and Sacraments” and “Be an Apostle”
The Holy Redeemer Retreat Center “chapel” was transformed into a beautiful chapel. I wished I had taken photos prior to transforming the “chapel” into a chapel!!…you would of been amazed!!!!!
I believe Canon Meney will be having a Men’s Silent Retreat in the future…we will keep you posted when we know!!
More photos of the retreat…click on any photo below…
Click on the photo above for the picture gallery of the Confirmations at St. Margaret Mary in the Extraordinary Form by his Excellency, The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S. J., Bishop of Oakland, CA, followed by Solemn High Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the Pontifical Assistance of his Excellency on November 7, 2014.
Click on the photo above for the picture gallery of the All Souls Day at St. Margaret Mary’s (Oakland, CA), celebrated by the Reverend Canon Matthew Talarico, Vice Provincial of the American Province of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.
Please be advised of the two very important dates for the Latin Mass here in the South Bay:
Saturday, Nov. 15th at 5:30PM – Centennial Latin Mass at Five Wounds Church to be celebrated by Rev. Fr. Antonio Silveira, Pastor. First Mass at Five Wounds was Nov. 15, 1914.
Friday, Nov. 21st at 6:30PM – 6th Annual celebration of St. Cecilia and Fr. Magin Catala at Mission Santa Clara to be celebrated by Canon Rafael Ueda.
Please spread the word and see you there.
Today the Church celebrates the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, the cathedral church of the Bishop of Rome. This beautiful temple of the Eternal City, being the Pope’s cathedral, is the Church’s only archbasilica and is given the honorific title of “Mother and Head of all churches.”
The celebration of the dedication of a church allows us to meditate on the importance of beautiful churches. The beauty of a church building is meant to reflect the beauty of the Church herself, which is made beautiful especially by the holiness of her Saints. The church building is a marvelous temple consecrated to God, just as a saint is a temple of the Holy Spirit in his soul and in his body.when we celebrate the dedication of a church, we are reminded of this truth of our faith: that each of us is called to be as beautiful as even the Lateran Basilica in our wholehearted love for God and neighbor. In truth, the soul and body of a saint are even more the temple of God, and reflect even more His Beauty, than the most beautiful of church buildings!