Latin Mass goes above ground in San Francisco

Star of the Sea

Star of the Sea

The following came from an April 23 email sent by our San Francisco correspondent.
If you enjoy the Traditional Latin Mass (as I do), it will soon be celebrated on a weekly basis at Star of the Sea.
From the Archdiocesan intranet:
At the request of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will begin to be celebrated at Star of the Sea Parish, 4420 Geary Boulevard (at 8th Avenue) in San Francisco on May 26th, Trin­ity Sunday, at 11:00 A.M. and will continue each Sunday and Holy Day on a regular basis. There is ample park­ing behind the church with entrance through the gates on 8th Avenue.
The Roman Missal of 1962, published by Blessed John XXIII and slightly amended by Pope Benedict XVI, will be used according to the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum and the Instruction Universae Ecclesiae. The rubrics and customs in use in 1962 will be observed.
To learn more about the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass you are invited to Star of the Sea School Auditorium for meetings on Tuesdays, May 7th, May 14th, and May 21st at 7:00 P.M. For further information please contact the pastor of Star of the Sea Parish, Father Mark G. Mazza, at 415-751-0450, extension 16.
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  1. Star of the Sea? Then we know who to thank for this.

  2. bwangi Kilonzo says:

    Finally. ABC does something great for the City of St. Francis

  3. Interesting that Fr. Steve Meriwether of Most Holy Redeemer fame is the priest in residence at Star of the Sea Parish. Maybe he will rediscover the Catholic Faith.

    • Pietyandcharity says:

      Ouch! If you’re going to be judged the way you judge, and Scripture s pretty absolute about that, then…

      • angela says:

        We MUST judge actions – good or evil. We are REQUIRED to judge actions – to remain in a state of grace – Maybe you are not aware of all the evil actions of Fr. Meriwether – the X rated Sisters of PERPETUAL INDULGENCE having bingo games in the church hall – giving sex toys and xrated videos as prizes… this went on for YEARS! Their motto? “Go and SIN SOME MORE!” – google Fr. and the sisters – pages and pages of assault on the teachings of the church. That requires battle armor.

    • Michael Celtland says:

      Cruel. Very cruel.

  4. Thanks Archbishop Cordileone

  5. Thank you archbishop lion-heart. What a difference a Bishop makes!

  6. Abeca Christian says:

    I don’t get it? Why do people think that just because a priest can say the mass in Latin that he is perfect? Gravey I don’t understand your comments. I don’t mean any offense, I respect your comments but I just don’t understand them. All throughout History we have always had good and bad priests. But the Mass is still the Mass, praise God for that.

    • “Saying it in Latin” – There is more to it than that – Many of us were raised in the period were the Catholic Ceremonies (all of them) were very different and took on much more meaning than what is done today – Many of you will disagree, but I can only say you should have been able to participate in that beautiful period of Church history – I truly believe that the old rituals will return and the Church will not be as divided as it is but ‘One’ again –

      • You are absolutely correct Eric! I am old enough to have been an altar boy in the early 1950’s. Today’s “Catholics” aren’t really Catholic at all, but think they are…That’s why you have bumper stickers on cars at today’s parishes that say, “God is prolife” on one end of the bumper, and “Obama-Biden 2012” on the opposite end! That’s the “fruit” of Vatican II and the Novus Ordo…Thank you “Blessed” John XXIII and Paul VI…..Thank you all ye masons in the Curia.

        • Steve Phoenix says:

          Well said, bien hecho, Jack. Obama-Biden 2012 bumper stickers on cars in the parking lot during Mass times are beyond belief. Literally, by the way.

    • wilhelmlna vredenburg says:

      The pope never said ,mass could not be said in latin ,for people ,whohad trouble with new mass ,as for me and many many others,l love the mass in my own language

    • gravey says:

      Abeca Christian, My comment had nothing to do specifically with equating priestly behavior with saying the Mass in Latin. I’m assuming the Bishop chose Star of the Sea because it is a Faithful Parish. As for Fr. Meriwether and his tenure as Pastor at MHR, he was clearly leading others into error and promoting scandal. Follow the attached link and I think you will understand:
      http://www.sanfrancisco-catholic.com/meriwether.htm

      • Gravey, don’t waste your breath. They won’t accept your true data about Meriwether because, again, like Adam, they, not God, will decide what is good and what is evil… That’s today’s Clinton/Obama loving average pseudo-catholic in today’s typical “Catholic” pew…They couldn’t begin to understand what you are saying…

    • angela says:

      When the “latin mass” is discussed, people really need to use the term TLM or ExtraOrdinary form or Tridentine – There are many parishes that offer the N.O. in Latin . They are NO WHERE NEAR THE SAME MASS! – see the difference in the actual prayers of the mass here – I guarantee you will be amazed at the level of sanctity, honor, actual worship in the Ancient Tridentine Mass – http://www.oocities.org/vienna/strasse/5816/compare.html

    • There is a difference between a mass and The Mass!
      If one purports to be a Catholic that person should know the difference and should also have the sense to steer clear of anyone who tries to convince you otherwise.

  7. This needs repeating, please pass info to your Catholic friends in SFO area – – –
    ” At the request of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone the EXTRAORDINARY FORM (Latin) of the Roman Rite will begin to be celebrated at Star of the Sea Parish, 4420 Geary Boulevard (at 8th Avenue) in San Francisco on May 26th, … at 11:00 A.M. and will continue each Sunday and Holy Day on a regular basis. There is ample park­ing behind the church with entrance through the gates on 8th Avenue.

    The Roman Missal of 1962, published by Blessed John XXIII and slightly amended by Pope Benedict XVI, will be used according to the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum and the Instruction Universae Ecclesiae.
    The rubrics and customs in use in 1962 will be observed.

    To learn more about the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass you are invited to Star of the Sea School Auditorium for meetings on Tuesdays, May 7th, May 14th, and May 21st at 7:00 P.M.
    For further information please contact the pastor of Star of the Sea Parish, Father Mark G. Mazza, at 415-751-0450, extension 16. “

  8. Nelson Rodrigues says:

    That’s excellent

  9. Joe V. says:

    This could very well be the first assault against the devil in the re-conquering of San Francisco!

  10. Phyllis Poole says:

    I wish I could be near to celebrate with them. There was supposed to be a Latin Mass celebrated in our diocese every Sun. but it is not published well to where it is and probably too far to attend each Sun. The Latin mass was what I grew up with and in following the missal as one is supposed to do, it is much more rewarding that all the singing, responses etc. that take one’s attention to what is really going on at the altar.
    PLEASE GOD ENLIGHTEN YOUR “SHEEP”!

    • Phyllis what parish are you in so more people can maybe attend the TLM there? I travel 36 to 70 miles each Sunday for the TLM, and it’s well worth it!

  11. Michael says:

    I wonder who the celebrant will be. Father Steve Meriwether is biritual and can celebrate the Eastern Liturgy as well as the Roman Mass, but I don’t know if he’s qualified to celebration the Tridentine Mass in Latin. However, given the departure of Father William Young from Most Holy Redeemer (San Francisco) to Star of the Sea (Sausalito), it seems that the people of San Francisco City no longer had a priest able to celebrate the Tridentine Mass. Now the TLM will be offered at BOTH churches named Star of the Sea — one in Marin County, one in San Francisco County!

  12. Michael says:

    Hopefully, offering the Tridentine Mass at Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco will help that parish survive — it is no longer much of a Catholic neighborhood, so perhaps this new initiative will bring in practicing Catholics from other parts of the Archdiocese of San Francisco who will be willing to support the parish and keep it alive.

  13. Rebecca says:

    There is also Latin Masses at Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Santa Clara.
    http://www.institute-christ-king.org/santaclara/

    Also at St. Margaret Mary in Oakland: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/oakland/

    • Bill S. Preston, Esquire says:

      This is certainly a huge win for the Bay area – At present, the only Traditional Mass in SF proper is in a tiny chapel on Fisherman’s Wharf from an independent, SV priest.

      The other in Santa Clara, while a beautiful locale, is too a small chapel-sized venue. The only real option of size is the Oakland venue, a gem unto its own.

      If you look at 100-mile radius, the number of TLMs is stunningly low relative to the population – especially when you compare it to a similarly sized analog like the LA/OC area. So all in all, this is a tremendous blessing to the faithful!

      • Gibbons in SF says:

        Bill, you (and some others her) are forgetting the TLM at Immaculate Conception Chapel on Folsom Street in San Francisco every Sunday at 5PM (except the first Sunday), celebrated by Fr. William Young.

      • Bill- what is an “SV proest?”

        • WhollyRoamin says:

          It’s shorthand for “Sede Vacante”, meaning a priest who has valid orders and can validly offer the Mass, but who has judged that the pope is somehow unfit for the papacy, so the seat (“sede”) is vacant (“vacante”).

  14. Ygnacia says:

    God bless Archbishop Cordileone, he is bringing new life to his Diocese~

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Father Mark is the BEST!!!!

    No wonder Our Lady choose his parish for this beautiful Mass.

  16. A friend of mine who is a member of the parish told me that Fr Mazza has been learning the Tridentine Mass over the past few months. Apparently then, he will be saying the Mass. I live about 10 blocks away from Star of the Sea, so I am very happy about this. I’ve been going to Sunday Mass at St Margaret Mary in Oakland for the past 8+ years. Thank you Archbishop Cordileone!

  17. good cause says:

    Shows the remarkable diversity of worship in our Church. If folks gravitate to the Latin Mass, all power to them. I was an altar boy in the early `60s and had to learn the Latin to do the job. Very difficult language, no wonder the Roman Empire fell!

  18. Patrick says:

    Source of great joy. I hope the attendance will be outstanding.

  19. cecilia says:

    Great!!! Latin Mass at Star of Sea !
    But please give us the regular mass on Tuesdays,
    instead of Communion Service conducted by LAYMAN or WOMAN
    at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Mill Valley.

  20. hosemonkey says:

    Thank you Abp. Cordileone. May this serve as a strong rebuke to the forces of evil in the city of St. Francis.

  21. Meanwhile…down south…on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, beginning at 5:30 pm at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Tustin, there will be workshops in English and Spanish on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, followed by the celebration of the Mass at 7:30 pm. Dessert to follow. RSVP to CatholicTradition@live.com. I am not familiar with this group, but this is a “first” for our diocese. We already have 3 or 4 EF liturgies each Sunday in Diocese of Orange. And they are attracting Catholics who have not been to Mass in decades. And young people!!!

  22. It would be interesting to see what the usual commentators at CathNewsUSA would say about this.

  23. bwangi Kilonzo says:

    I hope the next parish to adopt TLM is Most Holy Redeemer

  24. Marty Dancy says:

    I think english is a lot harder for people to learn than Latin is. However, when I was a teen, we all had to take Latin, even in public school and it greatly enhanced our understanding of the english language and other languages which have many Latin words and dirivitives in them. I am thankful every time I hear of another Tridentine Mass appearing. We Catholics have a heretage just like the eastern rites have a heretage and we have a right to keep that heretage alive if we want. Pope Francis, when asked how he felt about charismatics, he said he loved them very much. He also mentioned that the eastern rites should have all their traditions preserved and he said he loved to concelebrate the eastern liturgy. Now, I would love to hear him say that he also loves us who attend the Tridentine rite in an approved situation in harmony with the church. With all these rites and usages, it makes the church really universal which is what the word Catholic means anyway. I see no reason why any of us should be denied any rite formally approved before, if there are people still devoted to that rite. After all, if it brings people back to the faith, if it makes them more devoted, then it should be allowed all over without restrictions.

  25. Clinton R. says:

    I am very happy to hear Archbishop Cordileone bringing the Mass of All Time to Star of the Sea. The Holy Mass is our greatest prayer to God and the Tridentine Mass is the most reverent and beautiful sight this side of Heaven. Thanks to Benedict XVI for Summorum Pontificum, may the TLM someday be restored as the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite.

  26. im verry happy for you my famiy and i have been atending the latin mass for many years usually having to travell big distances but its been worth it these days we have been going a lot to the marounite mass wich is also a verry beautiful mass cause were getting older and dont want to travel so much ;IHOPE yourmass is a blessing for your area and they increase and multiply

  27. For those who continue to ask why is the Mass better in Latin than in English well try and go to an EF Mass and find out for yourself . Yes there are OF Masses that are said reverently but few and far between, it is more than just the Latin, it is the rubics of the Mass itself the movement of the priest, altar boys, deacon, sub-deacon and the reverance shown by the people in the pews who pray the Holy Mass with the priest with their Missals. We were told to “pray” the Mass with the priest, this is total “participation” by the people. When one attends the Mass of All Times you truly feel that this is what Heaven is like, with the sounds, chant, bells, incense, lovely vestments to glorifiy God and his Mother and the Church itself. To many of us here there is no comparing the EF to the OF with its giant puppets, hand holding, clapping, altar girls, dancing nuns, kiss of peace, polyester vestments, and banal music.Deo Gratias, Archbishop Cordileone!!

  28. A sad fact is that over 50% of so called Roman Catholics voted for the imposter in chief who advocates abortion and other evils on a daily basis.

  29. I for one will not go below ground anymore, I will not retreat to the S.S.P.X. but I understand why so many do. Lets fight for our Holy and True Mass of All Times, no more catacombs for me, spread the word with flyers in your parish, you would be amazed how many people don’t know they don’t need persmission from the priest or bishop to have the Mass of All Times. Kindly ask your parish priest if he is willing to say the Mass and many will glady do so. There are many priests who secretly love the Mass but are themselves afraid to admit it. Give your priest the support and means to say the TLM kk

  30. It seems to me that the church and the world has suffered spiritually since “Vatican II”. Maybe a return to the Latin Mass would be a step in the right direction.

  31. I noticed so many foreign tourists in your lovely city several years ago – especially Europeans. Please take advantage of this and do some outreach – such a wonderful opportunity, the world coming to you. Latin Mass is gorgeous, it’s in three churches in DC every Sunday, such a blessing.

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