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.

Star of the Sea SF: Solemn High Mass on Dec. 8, additional mass every 1st Friday & upcoming Latin Mass Conference

Some announcements shared to us recently:

1. Star of the Sea in San Francisco will offer a Solemn High Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 at 6:30pm, with Frs. Alvin Yu, Joseph Illo, and John Chung
2. ​Star of the Sea in San Francisco now offers a low votive Mass of the Sacred Heart every First Friday (beginning Dec 2) at 5:30pm.
3. The Latin Mass Magazine is sponsoring their annual Latin Mass Conference in Monterey on Feb 24 and 25, with Bp. Athanasius Schneider as keynote speaker. Fr. Joseph Illo, Pastor at Star of the Sea, is also a speaker. See conference poster below or click here.

Solemn High Requiem Mass at Star of the Sea – November 2, 2017 (6:30PM)

There will be a Solemn High Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form to be celebrated by Fr. Alvin Yu (assisted by Fathers Joseph Illo and John Chung) on November 2, 2017 (Thursday, 6:30 PM) at Star of the Sea Parish (4420 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118). Please come and join us in offering our prayers in this mass for our beloved deceased.

Eucharistic Miracles – Vatican’s International Exhibition in the SF Bay Area


Faith Based Communications was established to provide presentations/exhibits without charge to groups of any size on subjects related to Christian Faith anywhere in the United States or Canada. They have also has been authorized by the Vatican sponsored Real Presence organization to exhibit the Vatican International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles of the World.

They have selected for exhibition a subset of the 132 Eucharistic miracles (152 panels) approved by the church. The full exhibit is overwhelming for most and requires considerable time to properly peruse, whereas the 62 selected miracles (77 panels) can be absorbed during a 60-90 minute visit. The Vatican Exhibit is ordinarily made in conjunction with the presentation described below.

The Eucharistic Miracles presentation is intended as an introduction to the Vatican’s exhibit, however the presentation could easily stand alone. The presentation takes audiences through the origin of the Real Presence, addresses the various events that typically precede a Eucharistic Miracle (e.g. a priest that doubts the Real Presence, a calamity, etc.), and presents examples of each of the thirteen types of manifestations typically experienced during a Eucharistic Miracle. Scientific data associated with the study of a few of the miracles is also presented. The presentation includes modern Eucharistic Miracles to assure the audience that this is an ongoing phenomenon. Emphasis is placed on the fact that the Real Presence is there at every consecration regardless of any physical manifestations.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Eucharistic Miracles exhibit is scheduled as follows:

April 2 – 3, 2016 – Star of the Sea Church (4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco)
April 2nd – Saturday 3pm-7pm
April 3rd – Sunday 9am-6pm
April 2nd – Saturday 5:30pm
April 3rd – Sunday 9am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm

April 10 – Church of the Nativity (210 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025)
April 11 – Nativity Catholic School (1250 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025)