December 19, 2016

Sacred Heart’s Latin Mass Christmas schedule

Sacred Heart’s Latin Mass Christmas schedule:
Saturday, December 24th.: Christmas Vigil 10:00am
Saturday, December 24th.: 11:00pm Christmas Vigil with Christmas carols, then
Sunday, December 25th.: Midnight Mass - Solemn High Mass. After Midnight Mass there will be hot chocolate and pastries.
Sunday, December 25th.:  Solemn High Mass 10:30am

December 2, 2016

JMJ Home Christmas outreach update

JMJ Home Christmas outreach update:
This coming Sunday I will have the JMJ Home tree set up again in the vestibule of Sacred Heart Church for anyone that was unable to pick an ornament, or maybe you want to grab another one.
There are 5 children ornaments and 6 mom gift card ornaments left. The amount on the gift card is your choice. It gives the mom a chance to buy whatever need may come up or get something for herself.
One mom is asking for pots, pans and dishes. She was a resident with her son and they just moved out 2 weeks ago. She has a steady job and was able to get a home of their own. That is why she is requesting those items.
We have been invited to the home on Saturday, December 17th. at 4:30. Bring the gifts and a dish to share. They so enjoy our presence and love to give thanks in person. If you are able to make it please R.S.V.P. to me, so that I can give the director an idea of numbers.
Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets this Advent season.
Erin Walbeck

Happy Advent! This Sunday is the day to bring the gifts for the Jesus Mary Joseph home. Please bring the wrapped gifts with the name tag taped to the gift to the Sacred Heart Latin Mass. If you lost the tag please put the name on the gift, so it goes to the designated resident. If you would like to deliver the gifts yourself please join the residents at their home in Santa Cruz on Saturday, December 17th at 4:30. Bring the gifts and a dish to share. If you plan on attending please let me know by early next week, so I can give the director the number of us that will be coming. I will also give you the address when you R.S.V.P. Thank you again for making this year's Christmas Outreach a great success!
God bless, Erin Walbeck

November 29, 2016

Sacred Heart Latin Mass Christmas outreach update, 2016

Sacred Heart Latin Mass Christmas outreach update:
Happy Advent!! Thank you to all those who took an ornament from our JMJ home tree. I want to explain what the home is about for those who are new to our community. The Jesus Mary Joseph Home is located in Santa Cruz. It is a shelter for homeless mothers and their children. They also take in the terminally ill. It is a unique home in the community.
For the passed 5 years the Latin Mass community has brought the families gifts for Christmas. It is a special time of year to show God's love through charity and compassion. I am including a link to the home, so you can read up on this special place:
If you did pick an ornament today please hold onto it. You will place the tag ornament on the wrapped gift. I am keeping track of the gifts by the gift tags. You can give the wrap gift to me before or after Mass up until December 11th. or I can make arrangements and pick up at a later date.
If you would like to deliver the gifts yourself please do so and join us for a Christmas Party at the home on Sat., Dec. 17th. at 4:30. More on the party in the weeks ahead.
I will have the tree set up next Sunday on the 4th. for those who missed the chance to pick an ornament gift tag. We have plenty left over, so please be open to getting involved and helping those in need.
Thank you for your generosity and kindness.
God bless,
Erin Walbeck

November 22, 2016

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 2016

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Thursday, December 8th., is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass time for the Latin Mass is 6:30 pm at St. Benedict Church, 1200 Fairview Rd., Hollister, CA 95023
For those who work in the San Jose area, the Institute of Christ the King will celebrate High Mass at 6:30 pm at Five Wounds Church, 1375 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95116

Receive O Lord, the saving oblation which we offer Thee on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grant that, as we confess her to have been preserved, by Thy prevenient grace, from all taint of evil, so, through her intersession, we may be freed from all sin, through Our Lord.  Amen.

November 16, 2016

Restoring Sacred Heart Church - part 3

old choir loft railing

New choir loft railing

Here are before and after pictures of Sacred Heart Church's choir loft railing - a special thank you to Latin Mass parishioners Perry Hall and Adam Nannini for fabricating and installing the beautiful new railing this past week. Click the link below to see pictures from some of Sacred Heart’s construction, repair and improvement projects from this past year. Latin Mass parishioners have paid for and done repairs to and re-installment of the kneelers, repairs to the confessional, to the organ, restoration and installment of the altar, altar rail and altar steps, many other small repairs and improvements, plus the new choir loft railing is now compliant with safety laws. A huge thank you to all that have worked so hard to make our new parish home a more beautiful and safe environment for everyone~

November 2, 2016

St. Therese Mission in Gabon, Africa Update

For years the Latin Mass community in the Diocese of Monterey has supported with prayers and donations Mission St. Therese in Gabon, Africa. Click the link below for the latest update on the Mission from Fr. Fragelli. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for Mission report #10:

October 22, 2016

All Saints and All Souls Day Masses, 2016

All Saints Day, Tuesday, November 1st., is a Holy Day of Obligation - Low Mass will be at 7:00 pm. The following day, All Souls Day, Low Mass will be at 5:00 pm. Mass both days will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 680 College Street, Hollister.

Indulgences for the Poor Souls during November:
A plenary indulgence, which is applicable only to the Poor Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the Christian faithful who devoutly visit a church or an oratory on November 2nd., All Souls Day. The requirements are:
  • Visit a church and pray for souls in Purgatory
  • Say one “Our Father” and the “Apostles Creed” in the visit to the church
  • Say one “Our Father” and one “Hail Mary” for the Pope’s intentions
  • Worthily receive Holy Communion (ideally on the same day if you can get to Mass)
  • Make a sacramental confession within 20 days of All Souls Day
  • For a plenary indulgence, be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin
You can also acquire one plenary indulgence a day from November 1st. to November 8th. A partial indulgence can be obtained by visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed.  You can gain a plenary indulgence by visiting a cemetery each day between November 1st. and November 8th. and while there praying one Our Father and the Apostles Creed. A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, can be obtained when saying the “Eternal rest … Requiem aeternam…” prayer:
Requiem aeternam dona ei [pl.eis], Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei [eis]. Requiescat [-ant] in pace Amen.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

September 28, 2016

40 Days For Life - 2016

40 Days For Life - Wed., Sept. 28 through Sun., Nov. 6 ~ Please join the worldwide campaign of prayer and fasting to protect mothers and children from abortion. All are invited to stand vigil for an hour once a week in front of Planned Parenthood, 625 Hilby, Seaside, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. Candlelight Vigils are Thursday evenings from 7-8 p.m. when the clinic is closed. This is a good time to join if you are new, or would like to include your children. Bishop Richard Garcia will be leading the vigil on Nov. 3rd. Together we can save lives!

For those who live in and around the Gilroy area: The 40 Days For Life prayer vigil will go from Sept.28th - Nov. 6th., every Wed. & Fri. from 11:45 to 1:00 near Planned Parenthood, 760 Renz Lane, Gilroy.
40 Days for Life National Bus Tour to Visit Gilroy Monday October 24th

Walk For Life San Luis Obisbo - Saturday Oct. 22nd. Go to for the schedule of events.

Hollister Walk For Life - Saturday October 15th; 8am-12pm at the Hollister Pregnancy Center, located at 483 Fifth Street, across the street from the library, on the corner. Come join the fun - Jump house, face painting, music, Zumba warm up, walk-a-thon, raffles, prizes, awards, BBQ and more

September 4, 2016

Potluck thank you

Photo credit and thanks to Linda Renz
A huge thank you to Susie, Pam, Linda, and everyone that helped out hosting such a great 
potluck at the new home of the Latin Mass, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hollister

August 24, 2016

Sacred Heart’s Latin Mass assistance

    The new High Altar at Sacred Heart Church - Photo credit Linda Renz

This past Sunday at the Latin Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Hollister, Chaplain Fr. Nicholas Milich mentioned in his sermon the need for parishioners to get more involved. Many people have asked how they can help; here is a list of needs and who to contact. Please contact one or more of the following people after Mass, or email Latin Mass Secretary June Ely and mention what area you would like to assist in.

Altar Servers -  This is the greatest area of need. All men and boys who have received First Communion are encouraged to learn how to serve at the altar. For more information on how you can serve, contact Altar Server coordinator Adam Nannini.
Music - You do not need to be a professional, or even musically trained.  Just a voice, a willingness to learn, and a desire to worship is needed.  Practice is held an hour before Mass. To inquire about joining the Schola, contact Music Director Greg Plese.
Hospitality -  There is coffee and snacks after each Sunday Mass, if you would like to bring some food, or help set up or take down, contact Susie AmRhein.
Outreach & General Help - If you would like to help hand out Latin Mass information cards, welcome newcomers, put out flyers, or any other general help areas, contact Latin Mass Secretary June Ely.

August 11, 2016

16th. Annual High Mass in honor of St. Philomena

The Institute of Christ the King will have High Mass in honor of St. Philomena at Five Wounds Church in San Jose on Sat., August 13th., at 7:30 pm. Confession will be available starting at 7:00 pm. The 16th. annual celebration will also include the Litany of St. Philomena, a candle-light Rosary Procession, and Veneration of the first class relic of St. Philomena. A potluck of finger foods to follow in the meeting room of Five Wounds Church. For address and directions please visit their website:

August 4, 2016

Mass for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2016

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation. All are invited to Low Mass for the Feast of the Assumption on Monday, August 15th., at 5:30 pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hollister. Fr. Nicholas A. Milich will be the celebrant. Please note that the highways into Hollister at that time of day have a lot of traffic, so more time will be needed to get to Mass.

July 27, 2016

Restoring Sacred Heart Church - part 2

Before the Monterey Latin Mass Community could move into our new home at Sacred Heart Catholic Church a lot of repairs and improvements needed to be made - our volunteers donated time, energy, and financial support to make this happen before the move in date. All work and supplies seen in the pictures below were generously donated in whole by the Monterey Latin Mass Community~

The Altar arrives, shipped from a consignor Back East. The Altar chosen was one 
that looked the most like the original Gothic High Altar in Sacred Heart Church.

The new-to-us Altar needed some TLC

It gets fixed up and a fresh coat of paint

It was a lot of hard work to get the Altar moved into the church and installed

Our Chaplain Fr. Milich stops by to check on progress - he has a lunch break with Adam Nannini and the other volunteers. Thanks so much to all those who did so much to help, but especially to Adam who coordinated and implemented the vast majority of the repairs and improvements in Sacred Heart Church~

July 17, 2016

Restoring Sacred Heart Church - part 1

Before the Monterey Latin Mass Community could move into our new home at Sacred Heart Catholic Church a lot of repairs and improvements needed to be made - our volunteers donated time, energy, and financial support to make this happen before the move in date. All work and supplies seen in the pictures below were generously donated in whole by the Monterey Latin Mass Community~

1/3 of all the kneelers in the church needed to be repaired and reinstalled

The building of the steps that will lead up to the High Altar

The vintage candlesticks purchased from Back East that look as close 
as possible to pictures of the ones that were on the original High Altar

July 8, 2016

Fr. Peter Carota - Rest In Peace

We are grieved to learn the news that Traditional Catholic priest Fr. Peter Carota, originally from Santa Cruz, CA., in the Diocese of Monterey, a great lover and promoter of the Traditional Latin Mass, has passed away following a long illness.
There will be a service for Fr. Carota at the Cathedral of The Annunciation in Stockton, California. It is located at 425 West Magnolia St., Stockton 95213. Beginning with a reception of the body on Thursday July 14th at 5:00pm. The Rosary will follow at 6:00pm and a vigil at 7:00pm.
Father Carota’s funeral will be on July 15th and 10:00am at the Cathedral of The Annunciation in Stockton, California. Procession following from Stockton, Ca to Ripon, Ca.
Graveside service: 19399 W Hwy. 120, Ripon, Ca 95366 at St. John Cemetery.

One Requiem Mass was already celebrated on the evening of Fr. Carota's passing at St. Catherine of Siena (Phoenix, AZ), which is available for viewing at Sancta Missa’s YouTube page.  The following is a list of other upcoming Traditional Latin Requiem Masses:

July 15, 2016 (Friday), 12:15 PM
St. Stephen the First Martyr Church
5461 44th St
Sacramento, CA 95820
Phone: (916) 455-5114

July 16, 2016 (Saturday), 12PM
Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Illo
St. Joseph Catholic Church
1813 Oakdale Road
Modesto, Ca 95335
Phone: (209) 551-4973

July 23, 2016 (Saturday), 10AM
Solemn High Requiem Mass
Celebrant: Rev. Canon Olivier Meney, ICRSS
St. Margaret Mary’s Church
1219 Excelsior Ave,
Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: (510) 482-0596

Here is a link to an article from the Monterey Latin Mass blog from 2013, when Fr. Carota lead the annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem:

 Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine.
Et lux perpetua luceat ei.

June 14, 2016

Salve Regina

Here is the Marian Antiphon for Sundays after Pentecost until the first Sunday of Advent.

May 23, 2016

Sung High Mass at our new home - Sacred Heart Catholic Church

On May 22nd., 2016, the Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass Community officially became part St. Benedict’s / Sacred Heart Parish in Hollister, California. A Sung High Mass was followed by a taco feed reception in the courtyard of the Church. The day before, the first Traditional Latin Mass at Sacred Heart Church in two generations was celebrated by our Chaplain Fr. Nicholas Milich after the blessing of the new High Altar. Many blessings and thanks to all who worked so hard to make this move happen~

May 18, 2016

6th. Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem 2016

The weekend of May 20th.-22nd. will be the 6th. annual pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Bethlehem, whose statue was the first to arrive in California with St. Junipero Serra, and is now 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 prayed asked for the elevation of St. Serra to the altar (which did happen this last October.)
On May 20th. the Pilgrimage will start with the Traditional Latin Mass around 7:45 am at Mission San Juan Bautista, and on May 22nd. the ending will be a High Mass at 3:00 pm at Mission Carmel. All are invited and welcome to attend one or both Masses.
For the history of Our Lady of Bethlehem’s statue please visit

May 15, 2016

Last Mass at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel

Today was our last Mass at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel. A huge thank you to the Queen of Heaven Cemetery management and staff for their charity and hospitality these past four years. We will be joining Sacred Heart Parish in Hollister as of our first Mass on May 22nd. After Mass all are welcome and encouraged to attend our taco feed reception, to meet and greet our new Parish staff and fellow Sacred Heart parishioners.

Thank you to California Catholic Daily for posting a story about our move on their website, click here to view it.

May 14, 2016

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

All are invited to pray the following Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the intention of peace and grace at Sacred Heart Church. The Novena begins Saturday, May 14th. in preparation for our move to Sacred Heart Church, and ends on the day of our first Mass, May 22nd.:

Lord Jesus, Who has deigned to open by Your special love the unutterable goodness and riches of Your Heart to Your Bride, the Church: grant to us, Your servants, that we may merit to be enriched and refreshed by Your heavenly graces, flowing from this sweetest of fountains. Amen.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…

May 10, 2016

The Monterey Bay Area Latin Mass Community is moving

Starting Trinity Sunday, May 22, the old Sacred Heart Church in Hollister will become the new site for the Traditional Latin Mass in the Monterey Bay Area.
A Misa Cantata--also known as a sung High Mass--will be offered on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the historic church located at 680 College Street in Hollister (95023).
A reception will follow in the courtyard outside the church.
Although much work remains to be done, the Latin Mass community is restoring the sanctuary of the old church, following as much as possible the original design. The restoration work and other improvements will continue in the months to come. 
The Latin Mass community, which has been active in the Monterey Diocese for eight years, most recently at the chapel of a Catholic cemetery near Salinas, will now become part of the Hollister parish. It has been the only public Mass regularly offered in the ancient rite in the Monterey Bay Area.  The Traditional Latin or Tridentine Mass is the classic rite of the Roman Catholic Church and was the norm until it was replaced in most churches in the late 1960s by a new form of Mass celebrated in modern languages.  Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia has supported the restoration of the Mass and of Sacred Heart Church, as has Fr. Claudio Cabrera, the new pastor of the Hollister parish.

May 9, 2016

May Crowning of Our Blessed Mother

Thank you to all that helped organize and participate at the May crowning of Our Blessed Mother this past Sunday at our Mass site, Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel.


May 2, 2016

May Crowning of Mary, 2016

The Legion of Mary is sponsoring a May Crowning on Sunday, May 8th. immediately following Mass. One of the little girls from the parish will crown the Queen of Heaven statue outside the chapel while we sing Marian hymns. Please bring flowers to lay at Our Lady's feet to begin the month in which we honor Our Blessed Mother.

April 29, 2016

Ascension Thursday Mass 2016

The Ascension of Our Lord celebrates the day that Christ ascended bodily into Heaven, on the 40th. day of Easter. Join us for Low Mass on Ascension Thursday, May 5th., at 6 pm at our Mass site, Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel.

April 24, 2016

First Saturday Mass for May, 2016

All are invited to our First Saturday Mass on May 7th. at 12:00 noon at our Mass site, Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel. Confession will be available before Mass between 11:30 - 11:50 am. After Mass there will be the recitation of the Rosary.