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Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa issues Pastoral Guide for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

The following is excerpted from a July 2018 pastoral guide for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from Bishop Vasa of Santa Rosa: The goal of this booklet and other liturgical directives is to assure that we always approach Sacred things with a clear and considered respect. The terms I like to use are: Reverence, Attention and Devotion. The General Instruction of the … [Read more...]

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‘Bishop Vasa should be applauded’

Catholic newspaper in Britain praises Santa Rosa bishop for banning "lay-led services that invite a parody of the Mass"

A friend of mine texted me last week to say that she’d found a nice church round the corner from her office and had just “popped in for a lunchtime Communion service”. Which puzzled me, because this lady is a Catholic and the word we use is “Mass”. Was this my friend’s way of letting me know that she’d swum the Tiber in the wrong direction? As it turned out, the church was … [Read more...]

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Santa Rosa bishop orders halt to Communion services without a priest

Bishop Robert Vasa: "The practice, while popular, is not consistent with the Instructions from the Holy See"

The following is a message from Bishop Vasa of Santa Rosa: I use my space in the North Coast Catholic this month to communicate to all the people of God a Directive already shared with the priests of the Diocese regarding “Communion Services”. In the Instruction on the Eucharist issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments on March 25, 2004, … [Read more...]

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Monterey bishop issues pastoral letter on Holy Communion

Both the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Mass are options for the faithful, but "we should not attempt to confuse aspects of the two different forms by adapting or promoting practice from one to the other"

Dear Friends in Christ, This Pastoral Letter on The Eucharistic Procession and the Reception of Holy Communion has come together at the direction of Bishop Garcia. With the encouragement of the Presbyteral (Priest) Council the writing of the Pastoral was begun in 2017.  At its core this Pastoral Letter reminds us that the Ordinary Form (Post Vatican II Mass of Pope Paul VI) … [Read more...]

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Latin Mass finds permanent home in Los Angeles archdiocese

St. Vitus Catholic Church in San Fernando will be first parish in Los Angeles run by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter; Archbishop José Gomez dedicated the church according to the Latin liturgy

The smell of incense and drywall mingled while more than two hundred people attended the dedication of St. Vitus Catholic Church in San Fernando. This church is the first in Los Angeles to be operated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), an order of priests dedicated to traditional liturgy, specifically the Latin Mass. As the FSSP is dedicated to the Latin Mass, so … [Read more...]

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Liturgy remains a priority in Oakland diocese

Bishop Michael Barber reflects on his first five years as bishop

The Catholic Voice asked Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, to talk about his first five years as bishop of Oakland, and what he wants to accomplish: What about being in Oakland has surprised and/or delighted you? When I arrived, I had priests tell me that Oakland had some of the biggest challenges of any diocese in the United States but also some of the biggest opportunities and … [Read more...]

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Santa Rosa bishop reflects on the meaning of “active participation” in the liturgy

Bishop Robert Vasa: “I can be fully actualizing my ability to be acted upon at Mass by the chants, prayers, and ceremonies, without my doing much of anything that would be styled ‘active’ in contemporary English”

The Second Vatican Council called for all of us, laity and clergy alike, to a full, active and conscious participation in the sacred liturgy. There has been and continues to be a strong emphasis on ‘active’ participation but this is only one part of what the Council called for. It is also necessary to understand properly the meaning of “active” participation. If this level of … [Read more...]

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Parade of Parols from 125 LA parishes

40 Filipino priests at cathedral altar singing Simbang Gabi songs

The following comes from a Dec. 18 story in Angelus News. Thousands of Filipino Catholics from throughout Southern California celebrated the beginning of Simbang Gabi, one of the oldest Filipino Christmas traditions, with a special Mass this evening at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez presided at the liturgy presented … [Read more...]

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Palo Alto’s secret gift to the Church

St. Ann choir Christmas schedule and the loose connection to Peter Thiel

Exclusive to California Catholic. By Roseanne Sullivan The St. Ann choir  has continually performed the Church’s traditional music for 54 years, starting before radical changes to Roman Catholic liturgy and music occurred after the Second Vatican Council. The choir’s schedule for Christmas and Epiphany this year includes Masses by Renaissance composers, Victoria, Byrd, … [Read more...]

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FSSP choir to sing at Jesuit parish

Feast of Immaculate Conception - December 8

The choir for St. Anne parish in San Diego has been asked to sing a solemn high Mass on Friday, December 8 for the 100th anniversary of its neighbor, Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, run by Jesuit priests. St. Anne, staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) since 2008, features five Sunday Masses and two daily Masses in the Extraordinary Form (Latin). The choir … [Read more...]

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