Chaplain’s Corner | Sunday Octave of Christmas (December 28, 2014)


The three Masses of Christmas celebrate the threefold Nativity of Christ: from the Father, in His Divinity, from all eternity; from His Virgin Mother, in His humanity, in created time; and by grace, in our hearts, in the present moment. This latter birth of Christ is celebrated especially at the Mass at Dawn because His birth in our hearts is the dawn of our salvation, and when He is born in our hearts His Light begins to shine therein.

Christ is born in our hearts principally through baptism, and when we have sinned after baptism, through the sacrament of penance. In baptism we are reborn in Him and His life is born in us. There are three types of baptism: of water (the sacrament), of desire (moral baptism caused by exercise of graced reason), and of blood (death for Christ). Of these, the baptism of blood is most perfect because it most clearly signifies His Saving Death. Christ is most clearly born in the heart of one who sheds his blood for Him.

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Christmas Day Masses in the EF / TLM on the San Francisco Bay Area (North California)


Christmas Day Masses in the Extraordinary Form / Traditional Latin Mass for the Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco, California, USA

Archdiocese of San Francisco

Star of the Sea
4420 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118
December 25
12 AM Midnight Latin High Mass with Choir
11 AM Latin High Mass with Choir

Most Holy Rosary Chapel
One Vincent Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Christmas Day High Mass at 10:00 AM (There will be no 12:15 PM Mass on Christmas Day)

Diocese of Oakland

St. Margaret Mary
1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
12:00 AM Solemn High Mass
7:00 AM, Low Mass
12:30 PM, High Mass

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
500 Fairview Avenue, Brentwood, CA 94513
Dec. 24, 8:00PM Traditional Latin Mass — Homily Bilingual/Homelia Bilingue

Carmelite Sisters of the Carmel of Jesus Mary and Joseph
68 Rincon Road
Kensington, CA 94707
11:30 am – Sung Extraordinary Form Mass

Santa Maria Parish
40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda, CA
Extraordinary Form Mass celebrated at Midnight

Diocese of San Jose

Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory at Five Wounds Church
1375 East Santa Clara Street, San José, California 95116
December 24: Christmas Midnight Mass (Dominus Dixit) at 9:00p.m.
December 25: Christmas Day Mass (Puer Natus Est) at 12:30p.m
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Chaplain’s Corner | 4th Sunday of Advent (December 21, 2014)


Caesar Augustus thought he was really something special. He was the second Roman emperor – probably the greatest of them all – and he had consolidated his territory such that the whole world enjoyed the “Pax Romana,” with the cessation of all hostilities. Such was his success that he even called himself a god and blasphemously appropriated to himself divine worship. Thus, he saw fit to take a census, to count the number of men under his pretended divine rule.

At his word, the whole world began scurrying across the globe to be counted, each to his own town. Venerable Prosper Gueranger makes the beautiful point that the emperor gave this command, and all these millions of people began moving about, solely in order that one married couple, soon expecting their first child, would travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Such is the mystery of Divine Providence, which guides and directs all the affairs of history, ordering all things strongly and gently.

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SACRA LITURGIA USA Conference (June 1 – 4, 2015)


From Rorate, comes this announcement on an upcoming international conference next year, with our very own Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone as one of the speakers…

June 1-4, 2015, an international conference on liturgical formation in light of the new evangelization will be held in New York, under the title:

Continuing the initiative of Sacra Liturgia 2013, organized by Bishop Dominique Rey (Fréjus-Toulon, France) in Rome, this conference seeks to support the Church’s saving evangelistic and catechetical mission, as well as the continued revitalization of the liturgical life of the Church, especially in the United States.
The sacred liturgy plays a central, vital role in the new evangelization, attracting souls to the heart of Christ and His Church. For the baptized, the sacred liturgy resides at the heart of the Christian faith and life — indeed it is the “source and summit of the life and mission of the Church.” As Bishop Rey stated at the opening of the 2013 conference in Rome, “The sacred liturgy is not a hobby for specialists. It is central to all our endeavors as disciples of Jesus Christ. This profound reality cannot be overemphasized. We must recognize the primacy of grace in our Christian life and work, and we must respect the reality that in this life the optimal encounter with Christ is in the Sacred Liturgy.”
The conference brings together a wide range of renowned international speakers including Raymond Cardinal Burke; Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone (San Francisco); Dom Phillip Anderson, OSB (Abbot of Clear Creek Monastery); and Dom Alcuin Reid (Monastère Saint-Benoît, Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France); among others. See the appendix for a complete list of speakers and topics.
Topics addressed at the conference will range from broad subjects like the relationship between liturgy and culture, Catholic identity, youth, the arts, and Catholic education to specific questions like the mid-20th-century changes to Holy Week and the post-Vatican-II reform of the calendar and lectionary. Lectures will take place at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues) which is conveniently located at a subway stop. Continue reading