May 29, 2015

Itinerary for pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem 2015

FRIDAY, June 5th:
8:30 am Mass at Mission San Juan Bautista
9:30 am Breakfast (provided)
10:15 am Departure
1:00-1:30 pm Lunch break
4:30-5:00 pm Arrive Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel
5:00-5:30 pm Benediction
Drive back to San Juan Bautista to retrieve vehicles
6 pm Dinner at Veteran's Memorial Park
9 pm Compline

SATURDAY, June 6th.
7:00 am Pack Up Camp/Drive to Queen of Heaven Cemetery
8:00 am Mass
9:15 am Breakfast before leaving (bring your own)
10 am Departure
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch Break (Castroville)
5:00pm Arrive St. Jude’s Church in Marina
Drive to Monterey Camp
6 pm Dinner
9 pm Compline

SUNDAY, June 7th.
Must be up early to get to Marina to start about 7:30am so we can get to Carmel by 2:30pm.
6 am Breakfast
7:00 am Drive to Marina
7:30 am Departure from Marina
11:00 am Lunch (Monterey)
12:00 pm Trek Uphill to Carmel
3 pm Mass at Mission Carmel with procession of Blessed Sacrament

Please pray this novena to Our Lady of Bethlehem for the success of the pilgrimage.  The following is the prayer that has been said for the past 5 years:

Novena To Our Lady Of Bethlehem

Dear Lady of Bethlehem, Virgin most pure, Mother of our Savior, may the memory of the cold night Thy Divine son was born cause Thy powerful intercession to overcome the world’s coldness towards the Babe of Bethlehem. Let the flames of love from Thy Immaculate Heart conquer the hearts of all thy children.
Do Thou who suffered such great loneliness when Thy Son was taken from Thee, look with pity upon the void in the hearts of those who know and love Him not. Lead them to Him and His Angels and Saints. Do
Thou who journeyed wearily to Bethlehem, look down with mercy upon mankind trudging along the way of evil, lost and confused. Guide us to Thy Son and the heavenly home He has prepared for us.
Look down with compassion upon us, as we commend to Thy maternal care the needs of Holy Mother Church, our beloved country, our state  and  our families. We place all our petitions at Thy blessed feet. Through Thy powerful intercession may God grant us and the whole world the sacred joy of Bethlehem.
Do Thou also regard with favor our beloved Father Junipero Serra, who brought Thy image to this land and whose remains rest in peace in Thy sanctuary. May he who in life held Thee in such great honor and first made Thy Son known on these shores, be found worthy to be raised to the altars of sainthood.
Our Lady of Bethlehem, pray for us, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

For the history of Our Lady of Bethlehem’s statue please visit

May 23, 2015

First Saturday Mass for June 2015

Please join us for our First Saturday Mass for June on June 6th. at 12:00 noon. Low Mass will be followed by the Rosary. The traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be present.

May 19, 2015

5th. annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem 2015

The weekend of June 5th.-7th. will be the 5th. annual pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Bethlehem, whose statue was the first to arrive in California with Fr. Serra and now is at Mission Carmel.  The initial purpose of the pilgrimage was to have Our Lady returned to the High Altar where she was originally and the novena we have prayed asks for the elevation of Fr. Serra to the altar.  (This will happen in October.) For the history of Our Lady of Bethlehem’s statue please visit

We will start with Mass at 8:30 AM at Mission San Juan Bautista with breakfast at 9:30, graciously provided by the members of the Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass Community.  We leave at about 10:15AM over Old Stage Coach Road and into Salinas/Prunedale.  The pilgrimage ends at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel where we hope to have Benediction at 5PM. (We may end at the bottom of Harrison and drive to the cemetery).  We will then camp at the Sheriff's Posse Grounds for one night, where accommodations are very bare boned.  We will probably have Compline in the evening at the camp along with conversation.  Fr. Zach Akers, FSSP will be the chaplain for the entire pilgrimage.

The second day (Saturday June 6) we will have Mass at the Cemetery at 8 AM. We will drive down to Russell and Harrison where we will begin the pilgrimage via Espinoza into Castroville and onto the Monterrey trail toward Marina.  We will stop at St. Jude's Parish, Marina but not into the parish itself.   We will then be transported to Veteran's Memorial Park campsite in Monterey for the overnight where we will again have Compline in the evening. 
(If there are any generous souls who would be willing to help, if needed, to drive from the cemetery on Saturday morning to the Veterans campsite to park vehicles in order to save and register the sufficient number of campsites, that would be great.  It is first come first serve (no reservations) and we need a contingent of vehicles to go there ahead of the pilgrimage to save at least 6 or 7 campsites.)
On the third day (Sunday External Solemnity of Corpus Christi) we will have to travel from Monterey back to Marina at the beginning of the Monterey Trail to begin the pilgrimage.  We must begin early in the morning as we must arrive at Carmel by 2:30PM for Mass at 3PM.  We should leave Marina at about 7:30 or 8 AM.  This part of the pilgrimage must proceed at a relatively quicker pace due to the time constraints at Mission Carmel. 

If there is interest in joining us, please let us know no later than the end of this week (May 22) as we need to restrict numbers somewhat due to both accommodation restrictions and also numbers on the roadways.  We presently have about 50 people (mostly families).  Local families can simply join the walk and return home for the evenings if they like.  There would be no problem joining the pilgrimage anywhere along the way.  (We do need to get information on those who plan to come in case things change or to contact the pilgrimage along the way.) Each person (family) is responsible for their own food and accommodation.  We may also collect a stipend for Fr. Akers but this is goodwill offering and intended only for those taking part in the whole "experience". There is a dress code of no jeans or shorts, as this is a religious event.  Pilgrims should wear collared shirts and suitable pants for Mass and walking (usually Kaki) for men and skirts or dresses for women.
Please let me or June Ely  know if you are interested in coming or helping. Thank you and God bless you.

Phil Carey
Sacramento Traditional Mass Society

May 16, 2015

A thank you from Mission St. Therese, Africa

The following is a thank you email from Canon Fragelli for our Lenten collection of religious items and donations, sent to Mission St. Therese in Mouila, Africa:

"I am at Mouila and since a more formal thank you can take some time to send and actually reach you, I would like to, by this email, thank the Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass Community for the wonderful packages that you sent our way. Every single item that you sent is well appreciated. Nothing goes to waste here at the Mission. Beyond the value of what you sent, there is the moral encouragement that reaches us here in the deep African jungle. A message that says: “Someone cares for us”.
Please be assured of our prayers for you and all your intentions. We make it our own. I will remember them especially at the altar.
May God bless you and Our Blessed Mother be always in your good hearts."
Rev. Canon H. Fragelli
Mission St. Therese of the Child Jesus

May 15, 2015

Fatima statues dedication photos

The following are pictures of the dedication of the new statues of Our Lady of Fatima and the children at Queen of Heaven Cemetery on May 13th., 2015, by Bishop Richard Garcia.

                                   Bishop Garcia speaks to the people attending the blessing.

                                           Bishop Garcia blesses the statues of the children.

                                                         Bishop Garcia's final blessings.

Thank you to Fr. Milich for offering Low Mass before the ceremony, to the Legion of Mary for leading the Rosary, and to all of our Latin Mass Community that were able to attend. A special thank you to the organizer of this event, Cemetery Director Sylvia Cortez.

May 12, 2015

Ascension Thursday Mass 2015

All are invited to join us for Low Mass on Ascension Thursday, May 14th., at 6:00 pm at our Mass site, Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel.

May 3, 2015

Bishop Garcia to bless new Fatima statues

Everyone is invited and encouraged to witness and celebrate with us on May 13th., 2015, as Bishop Richard Garcia will be blessing the new statues of Our Lady of Fatima at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  Please join us for Low Mass at 3:30 pm. No Confessions will be offered that day. Our new Legion of Mary praetorium will lead the Rosary, starting at 4:30 pm., followed by the blessing of the Fatima statues at 5:00 pm. After the blessings of the new statues, all are invited to share appetizers and refreshments.