St. Mary’s Cathedral’s (San Francisco) 1st Mass in the Extraordinary Form

In celebration of the 14th anniversary of the publication of Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum, St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco will host the first public Traditional Latin Mass since the current Cathedral opened in 1971. The Mass in the Extraordinary Form with organ will take place on July 7, 2021, at 3:00pm, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Fr. John Chung as celebrant. St Mary’s Cathedral is located at 1111 Gough St, San Francisco CA 94118.

Everyone is welcome. To reserve a seat, please call the Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco: 415-751-0450 or email Juan Carlos, Star of the Sea Parish Sacristan, at jc.lupus@gmail.com

Palm Sunday – Solemn High Mass on April 5, 2020 [UPDATE: Canceled]

Update as of 3/17/2020: PALM SUNDAY MASS has been canceled

On April 5, 2020 (3:00 PM), there will be a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form for Palm Sunday at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (1040 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA 94002). The Blessing of Palms and Procession will take place before mass. Click here for details on the COVID-19 guidelines set by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Reminder: Solemn High Requiem Mass this Saturday (November 16) at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA

Just a gentle reminder of our upcoming Solemn High Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) to take place this Saturday, November 16, 2019 (10:00 AM), at the Holy Cross Mausoleum, Holy Cross Cemetery – 1500 Mission Road, Colma, CA 94014. We have included a map of the cemetery below as a point of reference. Please invite your family and friends!

2019 Ordination for the Archdiocese of San Francisco; First Masses of Thanksgiving

Deacon Michael Rocha shared with us the good news of his upcoming ordination to the priesthood taking place this Saturday, May 18, at 10:00 AM (alongside Deacons Kyle Faller and Ernesto Jandonero for the Archdiocese of San Francisco) at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption (1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA) by His Excellency, Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco. There is a reception following the ceremony.

The Masses of Thanksgiving schedule for the newly ordained priests is as follows:

Reverend Kyle Faller
Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 9:30 AM
Most Holy Rosary Chapel (1 Saint Vincent Dr., San Rafael, CA)

Reverend Ernesto Jandonero
Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 5:00 PM
Saint Pius Parish (1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA)

Reverend Michael Rocha
Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 11:30 AM
Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form / Traditional Latin Mass
Star of the Sea Parish (4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA)

Of particular interest for Rev. Michael Rocha’s 1st Mass is that the mass setting will be William Byrd’s Mass of Five Voices. Fr. Alvin Yu (Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew Church, San Mateo, CA) will be the deacon and Abbé Kevin Kerscher (Oblate for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest) the subdeacon. Fr. Joseph Illo will give the homily. Reception to follow afterward. The following week, there will be three additional first masses in Modesto:

St Joseph’s Catholic Church
1813 Oakdale Road
Modesto, CA 95355

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at 5:30pm (English)
Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at 9:00am (Latin)
Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at 5:30pm (English)

A Solemn High Mass in the EF is also scheduled on June 30, 2019 (12:30 PM) at St. Margaret Mary’s Church (1219 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94610).

Please keep the soon-to-be priests in your prayers!

Solemn High Masses at Star of the Sea for May; schedule changes plus updated listing of TLMs in SF Bay Area

This month Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco will be having two Solemn High Masses. One will be on Thursday, May 10th (Feast of the Ascension), and the following one will be on Thursday, May 31st (Corpus Christi). Both masses will be celebrated at 6:30 PM. The priests involved are Fr. Joseph Illo, Fr. John Mary Chung, and Fr. John Fewel (all diocesan priests residing at Star of the Sea), though from time to time the canons of the Institute of Christ the King apostolates St. Margaret Mary’s (Oakland, CA) and Immaculate Heart of Mary (San Jose, CA) would come to fill in.

Also, the 5PM Sunday Missa Cantata is going to be canceled. Father Young will continue his Sunday 12:15 p.m. Mass at Most Holy Rosary Chapel in San Rafael as usual, but his doctor ordered him to discontinue the Sunday 5:00 p.m. Mass at Star of the Sea for health reasons. Mater Dolorosa in South San Francisco still has a 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass. This upcoming Sunday (May 6) will be the last of the 5PM EF Masses. Star of the Sea will still have a weekly Missa Cantata on Sundays at 11:30 AM, and Fr. Young will continue to celebrate Low Mass from Monday to Saturday at 12:00 PM at St. Monica’s Parish just up the street on Geary Blvd. (Geary & 24th).

Finally, we are happy to announce that our  listing of Traditional Latin Masses in the San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond) has just been updated as of today (May 4, 2018). Feel free to download and share this PDF schedule.

Photos: Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form in San Francisco (Dec. 3, 2016)

Last Saturday (December 3, 2016), his Excellency, the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco conferred the sacrament of Confirmation to a group of mostly young Catholics from various parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The rite of Confirmation was done in the Extraordinary Form, which was followed by a Solemn Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco. To our knowledge, this marks the first time the Sacrament of Confirmation was done in the archdiocese using the traditional Roman Rite since the post-Conciliar liturgical reform of the 60’s. Liturgical assistance was provided by some seminarians from the nearby St. Patrick’s Seminary and University at Menlo Park. Here are a few photos of the Confirmation ceremony (click here to view the rest on our smugmug photo gallery).

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Deacon Alvin Yu’s Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter (April 16, 2016)

Deacon Alvin Yu was one of the candidates from the Archdiocese of San Francisco that was ordained deacon by the Most Reverend Stephen Blaire, D.D., Bishop of Stockton at the St. Pius Catholic Church in Redwood City, CA on April 16, 2016. We were blessed to have been able to go to the Saturday 5PM mass at Saints Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco, CA, where he gave his very first homily after his diaconate ordination that very morning! Here is the HD video of his homily. We hope to post the pictures shortly. Please keep him and the other newly ordained deacons on your prayers!

Video: Homily of Bishop Steven J. Lopes (Solemn Vespers at St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco, CA)

Youtube video of the homily of Bishop Steven J. Lopes, First Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, during the Evening Prayer (Solemn Vespers) at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, California, USA last March 3, 2016.