Special Event! The Family and the Traditional Mass (with Fr. John Berg, FSSP Superior General) – Nov. 15, 2015

We are excited to share with you this special event, organized by our friends from the Fresno Traditional Latin Mass Society. Fr. John Berg, Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), will be offering a Traditional Latin Mass on Sunday, November 15, at 3:30pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church (5770 N. Maroa, Fresno, CA). Following the mass will be a reception dinner at the Social Hall where Fr. Berg will be speaking about “The Traditional Mass and the Family”.

Reservations to the dinner must be made by calling (559) 277-1731 prior to November 10.  Ticket prices are: Ages 12 and up ($9.50), Ages 5-11 ($5), Under 5 (free). Feel free to click on the photo to download a PDF flyer of the event and share with your friends!!

Chaplain’s Corner | Our Lady of the Pillar (October 11, 2015)


In the year 39 A.D., St. James the Greater (the son of Zebedee and the brother of John) was preaching the Gospel in the Roman province of Hispania (Spain) and he was making very few converts. He was quite discouraged and found himself praying one day (January 2, 39) on the banks of the Ebro River in the Roman city of Caesaraugustus (Zaragoza). It was right then and there that James received the first Marian apparition.

Our Blessed Mother, who was still living on Earth, appeared to him by bilocation, consoling and encouraging him in his apostolic endeavors. She was standing on a pillar, surrounded by six angels, and she promised him that the faith of the Spanish people would be as strong as the pillar upon which she stood. As a pledge of her maternal care, Our Lady gave to him a small wooden statue of herself and a pillar made of jasper. She instructed him to build an oratory at the place as a sign of her special love where great miracles would be worked throughout the ages.

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Oblates 4th Annual Retreat

Front row (right to left)
-Mr. Matthew O’Hora, (Tucson)
-Abbé Francis Bennell, St. Mary Oratory, Rockford Il
-Abbé George Baird, St. Stanislaus Oratory, Milwaukee WI
-Abbé John Ciambrano, St. Mary’s Oratory, Wausau WI
-Abbé David Meza, Shrine of Christ the King, Chicago IL
-Abbé Kevin Koski, St. Mary’s Oratory, Wausau WI
Back row (right to left)
-Abbé Kevin Kerscher, St. Margaret Mary’s, Oakland CA
-Canons Andrew Todd, Michael Wiener, Antoine boucheron (Sp?) St. Francis De Sales Oratory, St. Louis MO
-Abbé Alex Barga, St. Francis De Sales Oratory, St. Louis MO.

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The Sacrifice of the Holy Mass and Fr. Peter Carota


We recently had an opportunity to assist at one of Fr. Peter Carota’s daily masses while he continues to rest at a family’s residence in California. With his current health condition, Father has managed to still celebrate low mass but in silence. It is truly edifying to witness his love for our Lord, and uniting his own sufferings at the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass. Father has always said that what he is undergoing helps him to become more charitable to those who are sick and in deep pain. Let us all continue our prayers that in due time, he may quickly recover from his ailments and be restored to full health!

Shrine update #5: “Our community will rebuild” – statement from Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico


October 8th 2015

“Our community will rebuild”

That is the statement the Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior of the US Province of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, would like to pass on to the many friends, benefactors, and residents of the city of Chicago regarding the October 7th fire that has devastated for a second time the historic church, now known as the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, on 64th and Woodlawn. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the extra-alarm blaze. We are also very grateful to the Archbishop of Chicago, the Most Reverend Blase Cupich for expressing his support and prayers at this time from Rome.

The 92-year-old church landmark was in the second phase of a six million dollar renovation when fire broke out Wednesday morning destroying large parts of the roof, the choir loft, some of the windows, and apparently most of the interior furnishings of the church. The damage from water and smoke in the church and sacristy is extensive with early estimates running upwards of 3 million dollars.

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Since 2004, when the congregation of the Institute of Christ the King took over the historic church, the community and neighborhood has witnessed a great transformation. The Infant King devotion, introduced by the congregation, has attracted adherents from all over the country. “Hundreds of prayer requests come in weekly from the local area and across the country and it has been a great source of joy in watching this devotion grow,” said the Rev. Canon Talarico.As the interior and the exterior of the church were slowly renovated, the Shrine congregation, composed of members and families from the local community, some from as far away as Indiana, grew steadily.

The renovation of the church also positively touched the local community by reviving the cultural life of the neighborhood, offering concerts and social events that edified many. Mike Medina, president of the Woodlawn Residents Association, said “From organizing block clean-up days and hosting meetings with city and civic leaders, to promoting local businesses and teaching hockey to neighborhood youth, the Shrine of Christ the King has been a tireless advocate for Woodlawn and serves our neighborhood with a giving and gracious heart. We stand together with the Shrine!”
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Shrine update #2: Video– Chicago Fire Department turning over the Infant Jesus unharmed to Canon Talarico!


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Photo credits: Chicago Fire Media

5th Annual San Francisco Rosary Rally (October 10, 2015)


Everyone is invited to participate at the 5th Annual San Francisco Rosary Rally that will take place this weekend, on October 10, 2015 that will start with a Holy Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession to be led by Archbishop Cordileone.

Below is the schedule for the rally:

– 10:00 AM Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral followed at 11:15 by a Eucharistic procession from the Cathedral to UN Plaza (on Market Street, between 7th and 8th Streets, 1 mile from the Cathedral). Archbishop Cordileone will lead the procession with the Blessed Sacrament.

– 11:50 AM Procession arrives at UN Plaza
Rosary Crusade Schedule
Noon to 1:30 pm at UN Plaza

– 12:00 The Rosary Rally begins.
– Spanish Welcome – Fr. Arturo Albano, Rector, St. Mary’s Cathedral
– Tagolog Welcome – Fr. Arturo Albano, Rector, St. Mary’s Cathedral
– Deacon Robert E. Ellis, National Coordinator of the World Apostolate of Fatima will speak
– The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be on the stage!
– Archbishop Cordileone will speak (English).
– The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available during the Rally!
– Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction!
-1:30 PM. The Rally will conclude

Download rally brochure here. For more information, please contact info@rosaryrallysf.com