Chaplain’s Corner | 9th Sunday after Pentecost (July 26, 2015)


Yesterday the Church celebrated the feast of the first Apostle to suffer martyrdom, St. James, the brother of John, the son of Zebedee and Salome (St. Joseph’s niece and St. Cleophas’s daughter), nicknamed by Our Lord, along with his brother, Boanerges, the Sons of Thunder. St. James is called “the Greater” to distinguish him from the other Apostle of that name.

James was one of the most beloved Apostles. It is Peter, James, and John who are privileged to be present at the healing of the daughter of Jairus, the Transfiguration, and the Agony in the Garden. These intimate experiences with Jesus prepared James to become the first Apostle to shed blood for Jesus.

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Updates from the Latin Mass Community of St. Catherine’s (Burlingame, CA)

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(1) On the 4th October Sunday (Oct 25) is the Feast of Christ the King (in the 1962 calendar used by the Traditional Latin Mass) and to celebrate, a HIGH Mass at St. Catherine’s is planned, with singing, etc. Anyone interested in singing in that St. Catherine Latin Mass should visit and there is a signup link there. Or you can email Jessica (themunns @ and she will put you in the email loop regarding that.

(2) Beginning this Sunday, beside having a Rosary in LATIN preceding the Mass (at 5pm), we are going to initiate the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in LATIN after the Mass. We will have the Latin words available. 🙂

So coming:
Sunday, July 26, 2015
5pm – Rosary in Latin
5:30pm – Traditional Tridentine Latin Mass
6:30pm – Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Latin
St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church
1310 Bayswater, Burlingame

Fr. Timothy O’Brien, FSSP – 1st assignment: Nigeria!


We have been recently informed that last Sunday (July 19), an announcement was made at the Mater Misericordiae Mission (Phoenix, AZ) that the recently ordained Fr. Timothy O’Brien, FSSP, will be going to Nigeria for his first assignement. We were blessed to have covered some of his first Masses here in California (Kensington, Mission San Juan Bautista and Carmel) last month. In your charity, please offer your prayers for Fr. O’Brien and his new assigned parish.

Chaplain’s Corner | 8th Sunday after Pentecost (July 19, 2015)


On Thursday, the Church celebrated the great feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It was on July 16, 1251, that the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Simon Stock to entrust to him her Brown Scapular, with the promise that “those who die wearing this habit will not suffer eternal fire.” This feast commemorates the apparition and the love and protection of Mary signified by the Scapular.

The Scapular is the ancient Jewish garment worn underneath the clothes to signify that the Jew belonged to God and His Covenant. It is prescribed in the Book of Numbers and was worn by Jesus, Mary, St. Joseph, and all observant Jews. Our Blessed Mother has adopted this Jewish custom and fulfilled its usage to her own purposes. The Scapular signifies now that the wearer belongs to the Blessed Virgin Mary and is under her special protection.

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2015 National Pilgrim Virgin Statue Visitation of Our Lady of Fatima in the Archdiocese of San Francisco


The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima (organized by the World Apostolate of Fatima) is currently making the rounds in the Archdiocese of San Francisco this month of July, 2015. Please see below the schedule of churches that’s hosting the pilgrim statue.


Chaplain’s Corner | 7th Sunday after Pentecost (July 12, 2015)


July is the Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus. We celebrated this feast in the Extraordinary Form on July 1. The Blood of Jesus is the special object of our meditation and devotion this month, as Our Lady is in May and the Sacred Heart of Jesus is in June.

The Blood of Jesus began as the blood of Mary. We can venerate Mary’s holy blood, made holy by its being hers. At the moment of Jesus’s virginal conception in the womb of Mary, a portion of the blood of Mary was assumed by the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity and became something totally new. This new thing that God did in Mary is the Divine Blood of Our Savior. We worship this Blood because it is the Blood of God. Indeed, we can say that, because of its union with the Person of the Eternal Word, the Precious Blood is God!

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Dom Yves Chauveau, OSB and Rev. Father Denis Coiffet, FSSP – Rest in peace


Dom Yves Chauveau, OSB


Rev. Father Denis Coiffet, FSSP (meeting with Pope Benedict XVI with Fr. John Berg, FSSP Superior General)


We request our blog readers to pray for Dom Yves Chauveau, OSB (Rev. Father Prior of the Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault) and Rev. Father Denis Coiffet, a founding member of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP). Both recently passed away. May their souls rest in peace! (Original post from Rorate).

Chaplain’s Corner | 6th Sunday after Pentecost (July 5, 2015)


Last Monday, the Church celebrated the august solemnity of the Blessed Apostles, Peter and Paul, both of whom were martyred in Rome on June 29 in the year 67 A.D. We are still in the octave of this feast and we continue to celebrate this very ancient festival of the Roman Church. Indeed, it is a celebration of Rome herself!

St. Paul was beheaded on the Via Ostia. His sacred head bounced three times on the ground, from each of which bounces flowed a miraculous spring of water. The Monastery of the Three Fountains now stands at the holy site. St. Peter was crucified upside down on the Vatican hill in the Circus of Nero. He was buried nearby. His basilica stands now above his tomb and place of his martyrdom is within the walls of Vatican City, to the left of the facade of St. Peter’s.

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