February 4, 2016
Lent arrives this Wednesday, February 10th. We will have Mass at 6 p.m. with distribution of Ashes. But Lent is also a time for fasting, prayer and penance. Traditional Lenten fasting was rigorous. And even in the 20th century it involved fasting every day (except for an occasional Holy Day). Fasting is not just giving up something like candy. It is usually understood as one normal sized meal a day, and two smaller meals which combined are less than a full meal. Only at that meal was meat allowed. And of course, no meat was allowed on Ash Wednesday nor on any Friday, with the exception of Holy Days of obligation, just as during the rest of the year. Abstinence was required from seven years old on. Fasting applied to those aged 21-59, with exceptions made for the sick, certain workers, pregnant and nursing women, etc. That discipline was in effect until about 50 years ago. Now, fasting is only required on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (along with abstinence from meat of course on both days). Abstinence is required for those from 14 on, and fasting goes from 18 to 59. So, the LAW of the Church currently does not ask for as much--but people are still free to take on the older discipline. And in fact, most traditional Catholics practice at least part of the older discipline because it is, well, a discipline, undertaken for Christ.
Have a blessed LentFr. Nicholas Milich
January 28, 2016
The Latin Mass Conference, sponsored by Keep The Faith and Latin Mass Magazine: The Journal of Catholic Culture and Tradition, invite you to the 14th. Annual Conference to be held in Monterey, California the weekend of Saturday, Feb. 27 - Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. The conference is especially for those committed to the timeless spiritual treasures of the traditional Mass, and features a number of great traditional Catholic speakers, including Fr. Joseph Illo and Christopher A. Ferrara. Our own Chaplain Fr. Milich has been a past Celebrant and speaker at the Latin Mass Conference, and writer for Latin Mass Magazine.
For the informational flyer and both online and mail registration, click the link below: www.latinmassmagazine.com/conferences/conferences_main.html
Note: Due to the requests for copies of Fr. Nicholas Milich's talk given at the 2010 Latin Mass Conference in Monterey, here is a link to purchase a download of it from Keep The Faith's website. All proceeds go directly to supporting Keep The Faith's apostolate:
January 17, 2016
January 11, 2016
For those that would like to continue privately sponsoring Andrew during the seminary, here is his contact and check information:
Andrew Rapoport, FSSP
7880 West Denton Rd.,
P.O. Box 147
Denton, NE 68339
The seminarians are required to provide $7,000 for tuition each year. Any financial contributions would be of great assistance.
Checks can be made out to: Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary (The memo section of the check should be left blank.)
January 4, 2016
Walk For Life West Coast is coming soon: January 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. There will be a Sung Traditional Latin Mass preceding the West Coast Walk for Life at 10:00 am at Carmel of Cristo Rey. The Monastery is located at:
Also after the walk, beginning at 5:00 pm, Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated at the Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi. The Shrine is located at:
610 Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
721 Parker Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118
610 Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
January 3, 2016
Thanks to all of you who contribute to our weekly Sunday potluck table. We are going to try something new for the New Year. Hearing from many people (except the children of course) that their minds and bodies are fatiguing of the sweets, we have decided to designate one Sunday a month to "healthier" options. So starting this Sunday, January 3rd., and then every first Sunday of the month we will have "Savory Sunday". We encourage everyone to leave the sweets at home and bring high protein, healthy options. Some ideas for these Sundays could be any hot food item such as soups and stews or sandwiches, cheese and crackers, salads, fruits and healthy dips. Cold or hot beverages are also welcomed. See you at the potluck table! -Pam Flanders
January 1, 2016
After First Saturday Mass at 12 noon on Jan. 2nd., all are invited to attend the fundraising event for Seminarian Andrew Rapoport, FSSP. Tickets for the lunch fundraiser are $25.00 each at the door, children 10 years old and younger are free. Lunch includes: Chicken or Tri-tip, salad, beans, bread, dessert and drinks - lunch can be eaten there or taken to go. There will also be a live auction. All money raised is to assist Andrew with his seminary tuition.
Date of fundraiser: Saturday, January 2nd., 2016
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Salinas Portuguese Hall, 490 San Benito Cir., Salinas. Thank you for your support - Andrew's family and friends hope to see you there.
For those that would like to read about Andrew's path to his vocation, and how to help him pay for the seminary expenses, click here to read a past post about Andrew on our blog.