We have been informed that Star of the Sea Church (4420 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118) will be having two Requiem Masses in the Extraordinary Form on November 2, 2015 (Monday). See schedule below:
Low Requiem Mass at 7:30am
High Requiem Mass at 7pm.
Photo archives: (Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes at Star of the Sea back in 2013).
His Excellency, Bishop Michael Barber, SJ (Diocese of Oakland), together with Fr. Rafal Duda and Rev. Canon Olivier Meney, hosted a dinner at the Father Kozina Hall last week to thank the parishioners of St. Margaret Mary for the efforts with the capital campaign project. In a short period of time, the parish went beyond 110% (more than $400,000) of the original goal — an incredible success for a small parish in the diocese. Bishop Barber also announced that due to health issues, Pastor Fr. Stan Zak is going into retirement. Father Rafal Duda, who was generous with his time as parochial administrator has been appointed as parochial vicar in Pleasanton. Father Glenn Naguit, will be taking the administrator position at St. Margaret Mary’s effective November 2015. Click here for photos of the dinner.
St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland, California has a distinct honor of being the first church in the world to have been dedicated to this great saint of the Sacred Heart after her canonization. Last October 18, 2015, an External Solemnity of her feast was celebrated, followed by the veneration of her relic by the faithful. Click here for photos of the Mass and veneration of her relic.
The next Theology Class at St. Margaret Mary’s (Oakland, CA) will be on November 4, 2015 (Wednesday) after the 6pm Low Mass at the Father Kozina Hall. Current topic will be on the Kingdom of God, third chapter of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s book, “Jesus of Nazareth”. Come join us!
Beginning Saturday 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!
We have recently received alarming information about the “Latin Mass Society” being run by Anthony Perlas that has an online presence on various social media websites (facebook, etc). We originally heard about them from their chapel veils project that was initially promoted on other Catholic websites. Unfortunately it has deteriorated and seriously reached new lows (as Fr. Fryar describes here). We encourage others to be vigilant and spread this warning around.
On Thursday, the Church celebrated the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite mystic and Doctor of the Church. 2015 marks the fifth centenary of the birth of this great saint, who was born on March 28, 1515. The Church rejoices this year to celebrate her 500th birthday!
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.
Teresa was a young woman of extremely high voltage. She was intelligent and talented and charming and relatively worldly as a young Carmelite nun. She would visit regularly with family and stay current on worldly affairs. However, God had other plans for this impressive bride of His. Even in the midst of her sinfulness and imperfections, God began to favor her with special locutions and visions. She received spiritual assistance from St. Francis Borgia and St. Peter of Alcantara, who helped her to discern that these experiences were from God.
Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ of Dom John Berchmans Tonkin, CRNJ and Dom Alban Baker, CRNJ — Solemn Pontifical Mass of Ordination according to the Missale Romanum of 1962, celebrated by the Right Reverend Athanasius Schneider, ORC (Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Maria Santissima, Astana, Kazakhstan) on October 17, 2015, at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Charles Town, WV.