January 28, 2014
This coming Sunday coincides with the Feast of the Purification, also known as the Presentation, and also known as Candlemas. This has long been one of the beloved festivals of the Catholic people. In England and Ireland, it was a particularly important day, when the candel makers' guilds (an important part of the economy in that time) would bring their wares to the local parish church and offer them to the parish. Candles are to be blessed before Mass, recalling that Christ is the Light of the World. So...if you have candles to be blessed, bring them. Be sure you are there before Mass. We will also provide enough candles for each individual or family. We have chosen candles that will not drip on the floor. This is of special importance. We will bless all candles, but we ask that any candles used in the rite at the beginning of Mass be equipped to catch melting wax so that none of it drips on the floor. As you know, we only rent the chapel at Queen of Heaven and we wish to be respectful to the site. Also we would ask that no small children carry candles. Every priest has known at least one or two incidents of children being burned or burning another accidentally during such rites. The candles will not be burning for a terribly long time, so at the very least exercise parental oversight on this, and on the question of dripping wax. The rite should start at 10:30 and candles to be blessed must be in place before then. Thank you for your cooperation and your commitment to things Catholic.
January 26, 2014
January 7, 2014
Join fellow Catholics and Pro-Lifers from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 10th. Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 25, 2014. The pre-walk rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk for Life, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30. Last year’s Walk drew 40,000+ people and eleven Catholic bishops and a personal message from then Pope Benedict XVI. For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com .
The San Fransisco Traditional Latin Mass Society will be participating in the Walk for Life Info Faire at the Civic Center Plaza. Fliers and other informational materials on the Traditional Latin Mass will be distributed. Volunteers are needed! Please e-mail the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org If anyone can help out and volunteer at the San Francisco Latin Mass booth, they will be at table #20 of Tent One (facing toward Grove Street and the EWTN Stage).
There is also a High Mass at the Carmelite Monastery of Christo Rey at 10:00 a.m. prior to the start of the Walk for Life.
At 5:00 p.m. after the 2014 Walk for Life West Coast, join us for a Solemn High Mass for Life in the Extraordinary Form at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, 610 Vallejo St. in North Beach, San Francisco. This is about a 20 minute walk from the end point of the Walk for Life. Fr. Francisco Nahoe, OFM Conv, Rector of Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, NV will be celebrant. Saint Anne's Choir of Palo Alto, directed by Prof William Mahrt, will sing/chant the Mass.