December 9, 2012

High Mass on the Feast of the Circumcision of the Lord

The Solemnity of the Feast of the Circumcision is a Holy Day of Obligation - please join us on Tuesday, January 1st. for High Mass at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel at 10:30 am.

The Feast of the Circumcision was instituted in honor of our Lord's receiving, on the eighth day after His birth, the mark of God's covenant with Abraham.

And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb (Luke 2:21)

November 19, 2012

High Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2012

The Solemnity of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation - please join us on Saturday, December 8th. for High Mass at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel at 10:30 am.

In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus of December 8th., 1854, Pope Pius IX pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary "in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin."
Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United States, Pray for Us~

November 8, 2012

2012 Latin Mass Conference in Monterey

The Latin Mass Conference, sponsored by Keep The Faith and Latin Mass Magazine: The Journal of Catholic Culture and Tradition, invite you to the 11th. Annual Latin Mass Conference to be held in Monterey the weekend of  Sat. Nov. 17, and Sun. Nov. 18, 2012 at the Monterey Beach Resort 2600 Sand Dunes Dr., Monterey, CA. The conference features a number of great speakers, like Fr. Kenneth Baker and Christopher A. Ferrara. Our own Chaplain, Fr. Nicholas Milich, has been a past Celebrant and speaker at the Latin Mass Conference, and writer for Latin Mass Magazine.
To register by mail or by phone, see brochure
To register online, click here
For further information phone (201) 327-5900

Note: Due to the requests for a copy 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:

October 23, 2012

Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass - November Events

November is a busy month for the Monterey Bay Area Traditional Latin Mass community - we will have Mass on All Saint's Day, Thursday, Nov. 1st. at 6:00 pm, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have High Mass on All Soul's Day, Friday, Nov. 2nd., at 12:00 noon, First Saturday Mass on Nov. 3rd. at 12:00 noon, and of course our usual Sung High Mass at 10:30 am on Sundays, all at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel.
We will also be having Confirmation for 17 members of our community at Mission San Juan Bautista on Tuesday, Nov. 6th., at 6:30 pm. All are invited and encouraged to attend~

September 22, 2012

First Saturday Mass

Starting October 6th., 2012, Low Mass will be offered at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel every first Saturday of the month. Mass will start at 12:00 noon. Fr. Nicholas A. Milich will be our celebrant.

This is a devotion of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, done to honor Our Lady's sorrows as suggested by Our Lord in an apparition to Sister Lucia a visionary from Fatima in 1925 and as requested by Our Lady. The First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was first mentioned by Our Lady of Fatima on July 13, 1917
Christians have always honored the Blessed Virgin on Saturday because of her constant faith in Jesus on that first Holy Saturday before the Resurrection. Five first Saturdays of reparation were requested to atone for the five ways in which people offend the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
1.attacks upon Mary's Immaculate Conception
2.attacks against her Perpetual Virginity
3.attacks upon her Divine Maternity and the refusal to accept her as the Mother of all mankind
4.for those who try to publicly implant in children's hearts indifference, comtempt and even hatred of this Immaculate Mother
5.for those who insult her directly in her sacred images.
Please join us for our next First Saturday Mass on November 3rd., 2012, at 12:00 noon.

September 14, 2012

Seminarian Update

The following is an update from Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter seminarian Andrew Rapoport:

Everything is going very well for me. I enjoyed my summer but I'm
definitely glad to be back at the seminary.
Last week we had a 5 day silent retreat in preparation for the new
academic year. This week is our first week of classes. I am beginning my
first year of philosophy. I have 3 philosophy classes along with Latin,
Church history, Gregorian Chant and a class on the Roman Missal. I have
not had any previous philosophy classes so I'm greatly looking forward to
this experience.
Later this week 16 new first year men will be arriving.
On October 20th my class will have our tonsure ceremony. There will be a
Solemn Pontifical Mass and I will receive the cassock. My family and some
of my friends will be coming, so I'm excited for that.
I hope everything has been going well for you and the Latin Mass
community. I continue to pray for all of you and especially Fr. Milich.
Please keep me in your prayers as well.

In Jesus and Mary,
Andrew Rapoport

August 22, 2012

Traditional Latin Mass Confirmation Information

His Excellency Bishop Richard Garcia will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation for our Traditional Latin Mass community on November 6th., at 6:30 p.m. at Mission San Juan Bautista.
Confirmation classes will be at 6:30 pm in Room 3 of the Mission Teaching Center. Dates for classes are September 10th., 24th., October 8th., 22nd. and 29th.
For information regarding Confirmation classes, please contact us at

August 5, 2012

High Mass on the Feast of the Assumption of the BVM

The Solemnity of the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation - please join us on Wednesday, August 15th. for High Mass at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel at 6:00 pm.

July 31, 2012

Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass Schedule

We have High Sung Mass every Sunday at 10:30 am, and Low Mass on every First Saturday of the month at 12:00 noon. All Masses are celebrated at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel, except for Confirmation, which will be at Mission San Juan Bautista. Here is the Mass schedule for Holy Days of Obligation, extra Masses, and for Confirmation this year:

August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mass at 6:00 pm
October 6, First Saturday Mass at 12:00 noon
November 1, the solemnity of All Saints - Mass at 6:00 pm
November 2, the solemnity of All Souls - Mass at 12:00 noon
November 3rd. First Saturday Mass at 12:00 noon
November 6, Confirmation at Mission San Juan Bautista - 6:30 pm
December 1, First Saturday Mass at 12:00 noon
December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - Mass at 10:30 am
December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Mass at 10:30 am
January 1, the Feast of the Circumcision - Mass at 10:30 am
January 6, First Saturday Mass, 12:00 noon
Easter Week - To Be Announced
Thursday of the 6th Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension - Mass at 6:00 pm

July 19, 2012

A Letter To Our Community From A Seminarian

Recently the Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass Community received the following letter from a Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Seminarian, who credits in part our Latin Mass for his decision to enter the priesthood. Thank you for any support you are able to send him.

I am a first year seminarian at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska. I am originally from Los Osos, Ca (15 min. from San Luis Obispo.) The reason I am contacting the Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass Community is because the High Mass that used to be at Mission San Juan Bautista played an important role in my discernment.
I started to discern the priesthood in August of 2010 after I began to feel an interior calling. At the time I had no clear idea of where God was calling me. I had been going to the Newman Center at Cal Poly and I met some very devout young Catholics. One of my more traditional friends invited me to the Byzantine Liturgy and then to the Traditional Latin Mass. After these experiences, I had a great desire to learn more about the traditions of the Catholic Church. I started to read books about the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Mass.
Before long, my friend and I planned a trip to San Juan Bautista for the Sung Latin Mass. This was our first time to a High Mass and we were completely amazed, especially by the beautiful Gregorian Chant and Fr. Milich's powerful preaching. After that I definitely felt God calling me to pursue the traditional priesthood. I had been doing much research online and came across the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. I was attracted by the seriousness with they placed on the formation of priests and their love for the Traditional Latin Mass. I soon arranged a meeting with an F.S.S.P. priest at their apostolate in San Diego. The meeting went very well and the priest encouraged me to apply to the seminary for the following year. Two months later I visited the seminary. This also went very smoothly. I got along well with the seminarians and was impressed by the formation program. I was most impressed by the reverence of the priests and seminarians.
Upon returning home, I began the application process. I continued to prayerfully discern and I would attend the Latin Mass at Mission San Juan Bautista when I had the chance. In May of 2011 I attended the F.S.S.P. vocation retreat and was accepted to Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in July.
Being here at the seminary has been a great blessing. We have daily Mass and we chant Lauds, Sext, Vespers, and Compline in common. The classes have been excellent and I have met many outstanding seminarians.
If any members of the Latin Mass Community are interested in sponsoring
me, if there are any questions, my address is:

Andrew Rapoport
7880 West Denton Rd.,
P.O. Box 147
Denton, NE 68339

The seminarians here 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.)
My Summer break begins in the end of May and I am definitely looking forward to attending the Holy Latin Mass with the Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass community. Until then I will continue to keep the Latin Mass Community in my prayers.

In Jesus and Mary,
Andrew Rapoport

July 3, 2012

Maps to the Monterey Bay Area Traditional Latin Mass

NOTE: The Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass community has merged with Sacred Heart Parish in Hollister as of May, 2016. The Sung High Mass is still at 10:30 am, now at Sacred Heart Church, 680 College St., Hollister, CA 95023. Please email or go to for more information.

June 18, 2012

California Catholic Daily Online News Story

The following is a news story regarding the move of the Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass community to our new home at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum. Thank you for posting this story~

“A more normal parish life”

Latin Mass community in Monterey diocese moving to ‘stable home’ on cemetery grounds

Less than a year after relocating to the Shrine of St. Joseph in Santa Cruz, members of a Traditional Latin Mass community in the diocese of Monterey are moving again -- this time to a location they hope will be their permanent home.

Last year, Monterey bishop Richard Garcia asked the Traditional Latin Mass Community, which had been celebrating the Extraordinary Rite at Mission San Juan Bautista since 2008, to move to the Santa Cruz shrine. The first Traditional Latin Mass was celebrated there on July 3, 2011.

“It is Bishop Garcia’s intention that we find a church for ourselves, a church for the Traditional Latin Mass, our own parish,” Father Nicholas Milich said in a message to the Latin Mass Community at the time.

The last TLM at the Shrine of St. Joseph was celebrated on Sunday, June 10. Beginning next Sunday, June 17, the Extraordinary Rite will be celebrated at Queen of Heaven mausoleum, located between Prunedale and Salinas.

“Established in 1964 by Monsignor Thomas Earley, this cemetery was originally opened as the parish cemetery for Sacred Heart Church in Salinas,” says an entry on the cemetery’s website. “The 30-acre site, with approximately 12 developed acres, offers a majestic view of the Salinas Valley. With its beautifully landscaped environment and recent plant renovations, Queen of Heaven is the most attractive cemetery in the county.”

“The reason we are moving is that our Mass site in Santa Cruz was a temporary one,” explained June Ely, secretary of the Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass Community, in an email to California Catholic Daily. “The Oblates of St. Joseph had generously allowed us use of their Shrine in Santa Cruz while we were searching for a more permanent home. Our chaplain and other members of our community had been looking for a home the past year, when we finally found out about the Queen of Heaven Mausoleum between Prunedale and Salinas, right off of Hwy. 101. The Mausoleum church there was only used once a month on Saturday's for a memorial Mass, and very occasionally for funerals.”

“This beautiful location, overlooking the Monterey Bay Area, is about as central as possible for our spread out community,” Ely continued. “When we approached our bishop about using it, he said it was a great idea. The director of Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Mr. Charles Fowler, has been very welcoming to our Traditional Latin Mass community, and is working closely with us to get it ready for our intended move date of June 17th. We will be having High Mass at 10:30 every Sunday, and will be able to observe all the Holy Days of Obligation.”

“Our parishioners are very grateful to our bishop and the cemetery directors, and are excited about having a stable home where they can have a more normal parish life,” Ely said.

The mausoleum chapel at Queen of Heaven Cemetery is located at 18200 Damian Way, Salinas. For a map to the new location, Click Here.

A second Traditional Latin Mass in the Monterey diocese is offered at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Pismo Beach.

To visit the website of the Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass Community, Click Here.

June 13, 2012

Welcome to the Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass Community

Welcome to the Monterey Bay Area Traditional Latin Mass. On Sundays and Holy Days we have the privilege of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in what is known as the Traditional Latin or Tridentine form. The Mass is normally a High or “sung” Mass with the schola singing the ordinary and the propers. The readings from the Epistle and Gospel are read also in English, and the sermon is in English. Other differences you may observe: All kneel (unless a physical handicap prevents them from doing so) and receive Holy Communion on the tongue. Only the sacred Host is given at Communion. Mantillas are available at the rear of the church for those wishing to pray the Mass this way, as are missals translating the Latin into English or Spanish. We hope that you will feel, in a way that may surprise you, that you are “at home” in what was the Mass of most of our ancestors.