Full-length HD video of last Saturday’s (June 27, 2015) Mass “Mob” at St. Edward’s Church (Newark, CA) to bid farewell to Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. Fr. Keyes celebrated a Solemn Vigil Mass (Sung Mass in the Ordinary Form). After mass, the multitude of faithful flocked to the church hall for a potluck reception to thank Fr. Keyes.
Last Saturday’s (June 27, 2015) Mass “Mob” at St. Edward’s Church (Newark, CA) to bid farewell to Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S, turned up an estimated 500 people (St. Edward’s has a seating capacity of 450 people) as Fr. Keyes celebrated a Solemn Vigil Mass (Missa Cantata in the Ordinary Form). After mass, the multitude of faithful flocked to the church hall for a potluck reception to thank Fr. Keyes. Click on the photo for the photo gallery of last Saturday’s Mass Mob and farewell reception.
As mentioned earlier, the weekly 5:30pm Thursday TLM / EF Mass that Fr. Keyes started at St. Edward’s will continue, but it would be celebrated by Fr. Brandon Macadaeg, Parochial Vicar of the Holy Spirit Church (Fremont, CA).
Fr. Keyes has also started a podcast of daily reflections that can be accessed at http://www.fatherkeyes.com/blog — be sure to check out his first podcast here: http://www.fatherkeyes.com/blog/first-day-of-exile
On Wednesday, the we joyously celebrated the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The Church celebrates the birth of only three saints: Our Savior, Our Lady, and the Precursor of the Lord. Usually, we celebrate the feast of a saint on the day of his death, which is his “dies natalis” into Heaven. The feast of John’s Nativity teaches us first of all that John is already holy at his birth. Indeed, John was sanctified by Jesus through Mary when he was six months old in his mother’s womb and, recognizing the Bridegroom of Israel, leapt for joy at the sound of Our Lady’s voice. John is made holy, consecrated as a prophet, and already acknowledges Jesus, while he is still in the womb. This is Jesus’s first miracle of grace, whereby John is given a passing share in the beatific vision in order to have the use of reason in the womb. Thus, he knows and loves his Savior and the Friend of the Bridegroom rejoices to hear the Bridegroom’s spiritual voice.
Many marvels mark the mystery of the Nativity of the Baptist. John is born on the longest day of the year, at the summer solstice. From the time of his birth, the days get shorter. Jesus is born on the shortest day of the year, at the winter solstice. From the time of His Birth, the days get longer. This is the cosmic meaning of the powerful mission statement of St. John: “He must increase; I must decrease.” John exists entirely to point out Jesus. He is His Precursor, who goes “before the Lord to prepare His way, to give His People knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.” John’s birth and Jesus’s Birth are united liturgically in the use of the identical Alleluia tone for both the Nativity of John and Christmas Day Mass.
Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S, celebrated his last Traditional Latin Mass / Extraordinary Form at St. Edward’s yesterday (June 25, 2015). Click on the photo for the photo gallery of the low mass. The weekly 5:30pm Thursday TLM / EF Mass at St. Edward’s will still continue, but a different priest will be celebrating it (Fr. Brandon Macadaeg, Parochial Vicar of the Holy Spirit Church in Fremont, CA). Tomorrow, June 27 (Saturday, 5pm) a Solemn Vigil Mass in the Ordinary Form will be celebrated by Fr. Keyes, followed by a potluck reception.
You can follow Fr. Keyes on his sabbatical at his blog: http://www.fatherkeyes.com/blog
From Sept 6 to Nov 21 Fr. Keyes’ address will be as follows:
Fr. Jeffrey Keyes
Institute for Continuing Theological Education
North American College
00120 Vatican City State
We were able to attend the Society of the Sacred Heart Annual Spiritual Retreat at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center, Mundelein, IL (also known as the Mundelein Seminary) last month. The Society is the lay association within the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. This video is a recording of the Solemn High Mass of Ember Saturday in Pentecost Octave, celebrated by the Very Rev. Msgr. Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General of the Institute. We will be posting some pictures from the retreat in the next few days or so.
Great news from Fort Worth, Texas….
They will have their own parish!!!!
Full HD video of the High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) offered by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes for the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord last May 14, 2015, at St. Edward’s Church in Newark, CA. This mass is the last High Mass in the Extraordinary Form to be celebrated by Fr. Keyes as Pastor of St. Edward’s as he departs the parish and goes on a sabbatical after June 28, 2015. His last low mass will be this Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 5:30pm.
There is also a lay initiative / petition ongoing to keep Fr. Keyes in the Bay Area. Be sure to visit http://www.isupportpaterjeffreykeyes.org/ for details. Also, there’ll be a Bay Area Mass Mob for Fr. Keyes at St. Edward Catholic Church, June 27, 2015 at 5pm. Please go to http://www.bayareamassmob.com for details and to sign the Spiritual Bouquet that will be presented to Fr. Keyes before he leaves.
In this Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we especially contemplate Jesus’s great Love for us, which is symbolized by His Heart, opened for us as He slept the death of the Cross. We are moved by His Love for us. We are struck by this beautiful surprise in this dark world, that our God is Love, that He cares for us! We can even say that He thirsts for us, as He says on the Cross, “I thirst.”
Jesus’s thirst for us is His desire for our souls. It is a spiritual thirst for our love, as He says, “My son, give me your heart.” Jesus’s thirst for us creates in us a thirst for Him, a hunger for Him. This hunger and thirst can be satisfied only in the Eucharist, in which He feeds us with His very self, answering all our needs, as the Scriptures say. Jesus hungers for me, which creates in me a hunger for Him, which can only be fulfilled in the charity-filled reception of the Holy Eucharist. Thus, our devotion to the Sacred Heart leads us to hunger and thirst for Him, for His Love, for His Hunger and Thirst.
Full HD video of the High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) offered by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes on the occasion of his 25th anniversary of profession to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood last May 7, 2015, at St. Edward’s Church in Newark, CA. After Mass, a festive reception was held in the parish hall of St. Edward’s to celebrate this important milestone!
View photo gallery here.