Chant, Eat, and Meet: Recruiting Young Adults for First Saturday TLM Chant Choir and Meet Ups at St. Monica Church San Francisco

Great news! First Saturday TLMs in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary will begin December 4 at 11 AM at St. Monica Church, 470 24th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121.

Singer and choir director Rebekah Wu (puretonesoprano@yahoo.com) is recruiting Bay Area young adults (20-32) for a new Young Adults Chant Choir to sing at these Masses. Scroll down for the rehearsal schedule and additional detail. Contact Rebekah with any questions or to sign up.

We currently have 5 awesome young singers (all in their early 20’s) coming from as far as Hayward! My goal is to get ten young adults singing in the choir on Dec 4th if at all possible. We will have two rehearsals at St. Monica Church:

+ Saturday November 20th 1-3 PM

+ Monday November 22 6-9 PM

A lunch will be served after the mass for young adults to meet and get to know each other. If you are not yet comfortable with the idea of chanting (yet) but want to join the lunch, email puretonesoprano@yahoo.com so that we will have enough food for everyone. If you have dietary restrictions, you may want to bring your own food.

Of course, everyone of any age is very welcome to attend these new First Saturday TLMs at St. Monica’s!

—Rebekah Wu

You’re Invited to the Twelfth Annual Celebration of the Feast of St. Cecilia and the Anniversary of the Death of Fr. Magin Catalá

The Twelfth Annual Celebration of the Feast of St. Cecilia and the anniversary of the death of Fr. Magin Catalá will be held on Monday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Santa Clara Mission Church, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (which is the Santa Clara University chapel, located on the campus).

A Sung High Mass will be celebrated at the High Altar, which is otherwise used only for weddings of alumni. Prayers will be offered for the canonization of Fr. Catatá at the Altar of the Crucifix. (For the significance of the crucifix, see more to follow.)

Original “California Mission Mass” music will be sung during the Mass. This music may very well have been sung in Mission Santa Clara when Father Catala was there, since it is part of a collection compiled by California composer John Biggs from music written down by the Franciscan missionaries to be sung at the California missions. The choir also will sing Cantico del Alba from that same collection.

This annual event when the TLM is allowed once a year at the SCU chapel provides a profound glimpse into how much beauty the padres brought to the natives in their worship of the one true God and how much hope and love they shared in the religion they taught.

Fr. Catalá is much less well known than St. Junipero Serra, but he was highly revered as a miracle worker during his lifetime and after his death. Fifty-four years after he died in 1830, Father Catalá’s cause for canonization was taken up by Archbishop Joseph Alemany, the first bishop of San Francisco. Testimony about his life and virtues was submitted to Rome in 1909, but the cause for canonization of this worthy servant of God has stalled for the past 112 years. Reports of several reliable witnesses (whose letters still can be viewed in the University of Santa Clara Library Archives) were given to church officials who were investigating the holy man’s cause for sainthood. Several reported they saw Father Catalá levitate when he prayed in front of a crucifix, and that the figure of Christ detached his hands from the cross and laid them on Father Catalá’s shoulders.

That very same life-sized crucifix still hangs over a side altar in the restored Santa Clara Mission Chapel. The “Catalá Crucifix” was probably carved in Mexico and brought to the Mission with other decorations for the fifth mission church in 1802 or 1803. It resembles crucifixes of Mexican and Spanish origin dating to this period. These words, which describe Cristo Aparecido, another famous crucifix that reportedly appeared miraculously in Mexico in the previous century, could very well apply to this one. “Bloody, tortured, the lifeless head crowned with thorns, and matted hair, bowed slightly to the right. Sinew, muscle, and veins were all visible in his emaciated arms.” The description mentioned the ‘exaggerated realism’ of the sufferings of Christ … detailed depictions of blood, torn skin, and open wounds.’”

The amateur iPhone video records the Kyrie Eleison from California Mission Mass sung at Mission Santa Clara, November 22, 2019.

Here is the complete playlist.

Reminder: Pontifical Mass with Archbishop Cordileone tomorrow, Oct. 21, 6PM at St. Mary’s (Vacaville, CA)

Just a reminder for tomorrow’s Pontifical High Mass to be celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone for the feast of Blessed Karl, Emperor of Austria, at St Mary’s Church (350 Stinson Avenue, Vacaville, CA). Mass will be at 6PM followed by a reception in the parish hall.

New web domain – tlmofsf.com & livestream archive of Holy Mass for Pentecost Sunday (May 31, 2020)

The Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco has just obtained a new web domain! An easier way to remember our website, would be to go to tlmofsf.com. Clicking our former domain (sanctatrinitasunusdeus.com) will be directed to the new one.

The livestream archive for the Feast of Pentecost (May 31, 2020) can now be viewed here.

Live Stream Holy Mass for the Sunday after Ascension (May 24, 2020)

Live Stream Holy Mass for the Sunday after Ascension (Traditional Latin Mass / Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) will be celebrated by Fr. Alvin Yu today (May 24, Sunday) at 2:00 PM PST. There are news reports that this coming Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom will release guidelines for churches to reopen. We will post on our website once we hear any definite news from the Archdiocese of San Francisco on the reopening of churches. In the meantime, let us continue praying fervently for the resumption of public masses. Please continue inviting new friends on our YouTube channel! Our masses will continue to be available for viewing also on our Facebook page.

Live Stream Holy Mass for the 5th Sunday after Easter (May 17, 2020)

Live Stream Holy Mass for the 5th Sunday after Easter (Traditional Latin Mass / Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) will be celebrated by Fr. Alvin Yu today (May 17, Sunday) at 2:00 PM PST. We’ve recently acquired better video equipment that resolved issues we’ve had on our live streaming. Also, we would like to thank you for your help in reaching our goal of 1,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel! Our masses will continue to be available for viewing also on our Facebook page.

2nd Saturday of January 2020 (Jan. 11) EF Mass at Church of the Nativity (Menlo Park, CA) canceled

We wish to inform our readers that due to a conflict in the parish schedule, the monthly TLM at the Church of the Nativity, Menlo Park, CA (Second Saturday of the Month at 9AM) will be canceled for January 11, 2020. The next EF Mass will be on February 8. Please mark your calendars and invite your friends!

Updated TLM/EF Mass times and locations for the Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco (as of Nov. 1, 2019)

We have just updated our listing of times and locations of Masses in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) covering the Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco as of today, 11/1/2019. Click below for the PDF version:
The Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco

We try to keep this list as updated as possible, so feel free to email us (tlmofsf@gmail.com) for any new locations or for any updates / corrections. Thank you!