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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‘What we have in common is far more than that which still divides us’

Catholics, Lutherans look toward Christian unity in Reformation statement

The Reformation anniversary gives us a renewed impetus to work for reconciliation, said a statement released jointly Tuesday by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation. “We recognize that while the past cannot be changed, its influence upon us today can be transformed to become a stimulus for growing communion, and a sign of hope … [Read more...]

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The case for the Traditional Latin Mass

A review of Peter Kwasniewski’s new book, an eloquent apologia pro usu antiquiore

Disagreement over how the faithful should conduct their liturgy, or public worship, has dogged the Catholic Church for the past 50 years. The reasons are many, but three are especially salient: The liturgical changes that were introduced after the Second Vatican Council (1962–65) were sweeping — especially the new Mass, which replaced the centuries-old Latin Mass in 1969. Taken … [Read more...]

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Mass of Syro-Malabar Rite now celebrated at Grand Terrace parish

Latest Eastern Rite Catholic Community to be welcomed in San Bernardino diocese

Every Sunday around 2 p.m., children from the Syro-Malabar Catholic Community busily help their parents prepare for a liturgy celebrated completely in Malayalam, a language spoken predominantly in the Kerala region of India.  Since May, about 30 families of the Syro-Malabar Community have been celebrating Mass at 2 p.m. every Sunday at Christ the Redeemer Church in Grand … [Read more...]

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