Monthly Novena



Lent will soon be upon us – a penitential season of devotion and almsgiving. Through a meditative praying of the novena to the Infant King, let us show our love and devotion to Jesus Christ as He prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice on Calvary in reparation for our sins. Make a spiritual and contrite journey this Lent by joining us at the Shrine of Christ the King and participating in the monthly novena to the Infant King from February 17th to February 25th. The Child Jesus has promised us, “The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you.”

In the spirit of almsgiving, please prayerfully consider offering a candle or flower in honor of the Infant King, as a visible symbol of your love and devotion. Your intentions will be placed at the foot of the altar of Christ our Infant King and will be remembered on the 25th of February during a Solemn High Mass, offered for your petitions.
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Spiritual Bouquet for Archbishop Cordileone


Spiritual Bouquet for the Archbishop

You are of course aware that Archbishop Cordileone has been beat up in the press quite a bit lately, for his support of Father Illo at Star of the Sea who is phasing out altar girls, and for the language change to the teacher contract at Catholic schools. A petition is circulating to support the Archbishop and everyone should sign it.

Meanwhile, it would be great to deliver the Archbishop a different sign of support—a spiritual bouquet. In short this consists of prayers offered to the Archbishop on his behalf. These are usually rosaries, but could be Masses offered, hours from Divine Office, etc. I will collect the names, types, and numbers of prayers, and present them to the Archbishop. Because my wife works for him it will not be a problem to get the names into his hands.

What to Do

To join the spiritual bouquet, please send an email no later than February 16th to with the following information:

1. Name(s) of participants
2. The types of prayers to be offered (per person)
3. The number of prayers to be offered (per person)

I will send one follow up email to the list to confirm he has received the list, after which I will not use your email address for anything else related to this.

A single rosary takes about 20 minutes, so if you offer three rosaries you are spending an hour praying for our Archbishop!

This is going out to a group of people I know, but please feel free to forward on to anyone who might be interested. As the season of Septuagesima moves on into Lent, now is a great time to ramp up the prayers and there is no better cause!

Requiescat in pace, Mr. Jacques Wach


It is with deep sadness that we have learned that Mr. Jacques Wach, father of the Founder and Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Monsignor Gilles Wach, just passed away. This is just a few weeks after Mr. Wach’s wife, Mrs. Simone Wach, passed away last September 7. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Monsignor Wach’s parents, now both deceased, as well as for the Wach family and the Institute in this time of grief.

Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest’s Annual Chapter this week!

SAMSUNG CSCThis week, all the priests of the Institute of Christ the King are gathering in Florence, Italy for the annual chapter meeting. The chapter is a very important moment in the life of the Institute. Being a time of prayer and study, it is at the chapter that each canon receive their new assignment or reaffirmed in the present one. Please pray for its success!

Happy birthday, Canon Estrada!


We would like to greet Rev. Canon Joel Estrada, a blessed and happy birthday!! Canon Estrada was one of the 4 deacons ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, on August 5, 2014, at the St. Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis, MO. Today, August 17, he celebrates his birthday for the first time as priest! Canon Estrada is scheduled to celebrate his first principal mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory / Five Wounds Church (San Jose, CA) on Sept. 13 (Saturday) and on St. Margaret Mary (Oakland, CA) on Sept. 14 (Sunday). Please contact Diana Henriksson ( to help out for the special reception at Oakland or Jerry and Emy Nilsen ( at San Jose. A spiritual bouquet for Canon Estrada is currently available online  (see link here).

 Pass it on or offer a sacrifice of prayer for our brothers in Christ.

On Saturday, August 2, there will be a worldwide demonstration of solidarity with the Christians of Iraq who are being terribly persecuted. They have been given an ultimatum by the ISIS terrorists: convert to Islam, pay the jizya (a tax levied on non-Muslims), or leave Iraq. Many are fleeing the place that has been there home for 2000 years. Men are being killed, women raped, churches far older than the United States are being destroyed. According to the BBC “Only 20 Christian families remain in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, an ancient center of Christianity, following the city’s conquest by ISIS forces.”
The worldwide protest includes London, New York, Los Angeles, Australia, may places. In San Francisco, the demonstration of solidarity will take place at 10AM, thisSaturday, August 2, at Justin Herman Plaza. The U.S. Bishop have urged our government to take action to help our brothers and sisters in Christ—here is our chance to show our support.
A flyer for the event is attached. Please share it with your friends.
Your brother/son in Christ,
Gibbons J. Cooney
” A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it is hidden in the shell, at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, this pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus the pure soul, which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the Angels in the sunshine of eternity.” – Saint John Vianney
” Chastity, or cleanness of heart. holds a glorious and distinguished place among the virtues, because she, alone, enables man to see God; hence Truth itself said, “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.” – Saint Augustine
” ( M )ercy does not mean approving of something that is sinful, but does absolve the wrongdoer after a change of heart takes place in the sinner through the gift of God’s grace.” –Saint Vincent de Paul

” The pure soul is a beautiful rose, and the Three Divine Persons descend from Heaven to inhale its fragrance.” – Saint John Vianney


NunIn solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria


Friday, August 1, 2014


This was the day chosen by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) for a worldwide day of Public Adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament in supplication for our persecuted brethren in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East:

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter asks all of its apostolates around the world to dedicate Friday, August 1 to a day of prayer and penance for the Christians who are suffering terrible persecution in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.

August 1 is the First Friday of the month and the Feast of St. Peter in Chains, which is celebrated as a Third Class Feast in FSSP houses and apostolates. It is the feast in which we read of the great power of the persevering prayer of members of the Church: “Peter therefore was kept in Prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5)

This feast of our Patron should be an invitation to the faithful to join us in Holy Hours and other fitting prayers to beg the Most Holy Trinity that these members of the Mystical Body may persevere in the faith, and that, like St. Peter, they may be delivered from this terrible persecution. May such a day serve as a reminder to us of the stark contrast that stands between our days of vacation and ease, and their daily struggle for survival as they are killed or exiled from their homes. (Source)

It is a day, we believe, chosen wisely by that Fraternity: we please upon all our Catholic brethren, East and West, attached to the Ordinary Form (Mass of Paul VI) or to the Extraordinary Form (Ancient Mass), whatever their theological bent, to join this worldwide prayer day. Whether you consider yourself a more liberal, conservative, traditional, or just plain Catholic, let us join together in this worldwide Adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, together with all the Angels and Saints.

It is also appropriately chosen because Pastors and Chaplains will have 10 days to prepare properly, to contact projects that help Christians in need and collect all kinds of contributions for the Christians of the Middle East (from Aid to the Church in Need to CNEWA, the Syrian and Chaldean Catholic Churches, and other organizations), and, in particular, to add to their bulletins and convey to their congregations how to participate next Sunday, July 27.

Please, spread this initiative around. No need to link to us, or to even mention you saw it here — just copy, paste, and just let this idea spread around throughout the world, through the web, through social networks, to your family and friends.

Bishops, Pastors, priests, join us. First Fridays are a special day of the month, and nothing better next First Friday, August 1, than for all Catholics around the world to join in Adoration before Our Lord to implore his mercy and kindness for our most neglected brethren in Iraq, Syria, and throughout the Middle East.