4pm Friday, Feb 28
1pm Sunday, March 2
Vocations find their true meaning in Christ
Three young men share their stories as they are just days away from receiving an irreversible grace of being ordained priests. They speak about how they were influenced by others and how they could not avoid the call from God to be men who serve others.
Click here to see their video.
Keeping the Light Burning
Your prayers, service and donations help us to keep the flame of Dominican Vocations bright in the Western United States. Please do consider making a regular contribution for future preachers for the salvation of souls.
Walk for Life - West Coast
Holy Rosary is sponsoring a bus to take approximately 40-50 people to San Francisco, California for the 11th Annual Walk for Life West Coast, January 23-26, 2014. We depart from Holy Rosary Thursday, January 23rd after the 7 am Mass, arriving at the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco Thursday evening. On Friday, we will have Mass at neighboring St. Dominic's Church and meet the Dominicans there; the remainder of the day is free for sightseeing. Saturday we will attend the Walk For Life Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral with Archbishop Cordileone (just three blocks from the hotel). Following Mass, we will walk to the Pro-Life Rally followed by the Walk for Life through Downtown San Francisco. Last year, over 50,000 people participated. It has grown each year since its beginning. Saturday evening, we will attend the Solemn Extraordinary Form Latin Mass for Life (Sunday Mass) at the National Shrine of Saint Francis followed by dinner on your own at any number of great Italian restaurants in North Beach or Chinese food in next-door Chinatown. Sunday morning we depart after breakfast for the drive home, arriving at Holy Rosary that evening. Families are encouraged to attend. For full itinerary including pricing, please pick up a flyer in the office.
See Holy Rosary Bulletin for details.
The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome has produced another fine video of the University and its mission.
Prior's Window and Sunday
Although the "From the Prior's Window" for October has been available in the Chapel of St. Albert Priory, it was not until today that it was posted for the benefit of our Internet visitors. Even so, it will not appear on-line until tomorrow morning. For your reading pleasure, please see the Sunday homily preached by that same prior before the group gathered for the Vocation Weekend.
Look for the October "From the Prior's Window" in the morning of the 5th of November. The November edition should be following soon.
Contemplative Shock Troops
Dominican Renewal after Vatican II
Submitted by Br. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, O.P. on Mon, 10/28/2013
Anniversaries are unique phenomena where the past takes priority over the present time, illumining it with a light of meaning that permits a clearer vision of our self-identity, of our goals for the future, and of what truly ought to matter in life. For example, wedding anniversaries remind couples of love and commitment and the gift of their lives to one another. The particular day, be it December 21st or April 27th, is not significant of itself, but because of what happened in the past, i.e., marriage, a couple recalls who they are to one another, where they hope to be in the future, and why they came together as man and wife. Anniversaries, then, if we are attentive and mindful, can be moments of profound change as we are awakened to something greater than the routine now of everyday life.
It is for this reason that Catholics, especially vowed religious, should hold very dear the date of October 28 as the anniversary of Perfectæ Caritatis, the Second Vatican Council Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, proclaimed by Pope Paul VI on this date in 1965. Of particular significance in this document is the call for religious orders and institutes to look back to their founders and bring their inspiration to life in the contemporary world: "The adaptation and renewal of the religious life includes both the constant return to the sources of all Christian life and to the original spirit of the institutes and their adaptation to the changed conditions of our time." (#2)
Read more at the Student Blog: To God, About God
Halloween:The Real Story!
Father Augustine Thompson, O.P.
We've all heard the allegations. Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped Church suppression. Even today modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. If you let your kids go trick-or-treating, they will be worshiping the devil and pagan gods.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian and rather American. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.
It's true that the ancient Celts of Ireland and Britain celebrated a minor festival on Oct. 31 — as they did on the last day of most other months of the year. However, Halloween falls on the last day of October because the Feast of All Saints or "All Hallows" falls on Nov. 1. The feast in honor of all the saints in heaven used to be celebrated on May 13, but Pope Gregory III (d. 741) moved it to Nov. 1, the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in St. Peter's at Rome. Later, in the 840s, Pope Gregory IV commanded that All Saints be observed everywhere. And so the holy day spread to Ireland. The day before was the feast's evening vigil, "All Hallows Even" or "Hallowe'en." In those days, Halloween didn't have any special significance for Christians or for long-dead Celtic pagans.
In 998, St. Odilo, the abbot of the powerful monastery of Cluny in Southern France, added a celebration on Nov. 2. This was a day of prayer for the souls of all the faithful departed. This feast, called All Souls Day, spread from France to the rest of Europe.
So now the Church had feasts for all those in heaven and all those in purgatory? What about those in the other place? It seems Irish Catholic peasants wondered about the unfortunate souls in hell. After all, if the souls in hell are left out when we celebrate those in heaven and purgatory, they might be unhappy enough to cause trouble. So it became customary to bang pots and pans on All Hallows Even to let the damned know they were not forgotten. Thus, in Ireland, at least, all the dead came to be remembered — even if the clergy were not terribly sympathetic to Halloween and never allowed All Damned Day into the Church calendar.
But that still isn't our celebration of Halloween. Our traditions on this holiday centers around dressing up in fanciful costumes, which isn't Irish at all. Rather, this custom arose in France during the 14th and 15th centuries. Late medieval Europe was hit by repeated outbreaks of the bubonic plague — the Black Death — and she lost about half her population. It is not surprising that Catholics became more concerned about the afterlife. More Masses were said on All Souls' Day, and artistic representations were devised to remind everyone of their own mortality.
We know these representations as the "Dance Macabre" or "Dance of Death," which was commonly painted on the walls of cemeteries and shows the devil leading a daisy chain of people — popes, kings, ladies, knights, monks, peasants, lepers, etc. — into the tomb. Sometimes the dance was presented on All Souls' Day itself as a living tableau with people dressed up in the garb of various states of life. But the French dressed up on All Souls, not Halloween; and the Irish, who had Halloween, did not dress up. How the two became mingled probably happened first in the British colonies of North America during the 1700s when Irish and French Catholics began to intermarry. The Irish focus on hell gave the French masquerades and even more macabre twist.
But, as every young ghoul knows, dressing up isn't the point; the point is getting as many goodies as possible. Where on earth did "trick or treat" come in?
"Trick or treat" is perhaps the oddest and most American addition to Halloween, and is the unwilling contribution of English Catholics.
During the penal period of the 1500s to the 1700s in England, Catholics had no legal rights. They could not hold office and were subject to fines, jail and heavy taxes. It was a capital offense to say Mass, and hundreds of priests were martyred.
Occasionally, English Catholics resisted, sometimes foolishly. One of the most foolish acts of resistance was a plot to blow up the Protestant King James I and his Parliament with gunpowder. This was supposed to trigger a Catholic uprising against their oppressors. The ill-conceived Gunpowder Plot was foiled on Nov. 5, 1605, when the man guarding the gunpowder, a reckless convert named Guy Fawkes, was captured and arrested. He was hanged; the plot fizzled.
Nov. 5, Guy Fawkes' Day, became a great celebration in England, and so it remains. During the penal periods, bands of revelers would put on masks and visit local Catholics in the dead of night, demanding beer and cakes for their celebration: trick or treat!
Guy Fawkes' Day arrived in the American colonies with the first English settlers. But, by the time of the American Revolution, old King James and Guy Fawkes had pretty much been forgotten. Trick or treat, though, was too much fun to give up, so eventually it moved to Oct. 31, the day of the Irish-French masquerade. And in America, trick or treat wasn't limited to Catholics.
The mixture of various immigrant traditions we know as Halloween had become a fixture in the Unites States by the early 1800s. To this day, it remains unknown in Europe, even in the countries from which some of the customs originated.
But what about witches? Well, they are one of the last additions. The greeting card industry added them in the late 1800s. Halloween was already "ghoulish," so why not give witches a place on greeting cards? The Halloween card failed (although it has seen a recent resurgence in popularity), but the witches stayed. So, too, in the late 1800s, ill-informed folklorists introduced the jack-o'-lantern. They thought that Halloween was druidic and pagan in origin. Lamps made from turnips (not pumpkins) had been part of ancient Celtic harvest festivals, so they were translated to the American Halloween celebration.
The next time someone claims that Halloween is a cruel trick to lure your children into devil worship, I suggest you tell them the real origin of All Hallows Even and invite them to discover its Christian significance, along with the two greater and more important Catholic festivals that follow it.
[Reprinted with permission]
St Jude Pilgrimage & Mass
Bilingual Solemn Mass: 12:00 pm - St. Dominic's Church.
This 10th annual pilgrimage procession in honor of St. Jude happened on 26 October 2013 . As has been the past history, the event was very well attended on a day in which the weather cooperated beautifully.
Main Celebrant and homilist for the St. Jude Novena Mass, which ended the pilgrimage, was the Most Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of San Francisco
Time of Pilgrimage: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Length of Pilgrimage: approx. 2.2 miles.
Start of Pilgrimage is Star of the Sea Church
4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
End of Pilgrimage is at St. Dominic's Church
Home of the Shrine of Saint Jude,
2390 Bush St., San Francisco
Transportation: Buses from St. Dominic's Church to Star of the Sea Church from 7:30 am to 9:30 am only.
Parking: Available at St. Dominic's Church parking lot.
Rosary begins at Star of the Sea Church at 9:00 am.
East on Geary Blvd toward 8th Avenue.
Turn left onto 8th Avenue.
Turn right onto California Street.
Turn right onto Steiner Street.
For more Information: Shrine of Saint Jude (415) 931-5919 Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jaime or Rosa Pinto: (415) 333-8730
Please be advised that the Shrine of St. Jude, as sponsor, will photograph and video record this event. The photographs or video recording may be used in St. Jude Shrine publications and posted on their website, for educational and religious training purposes, and/or for other non-commercial uses. By participating in this event, participants are deemed to have given their consent and approval to the St. Jude Shrine to use a photographic or digital likeness or reproduction of themselves and any minors in their custody or control without further permission or notification.
How Holy Rosary Parish Thrives
It should have been the death of an urban parish.
In 1980, Holy Rosary Church and Priory in northeast Portland, Oregon was an island in a vast sea of debris. What had been a classic American working class Catholic neighborhood had been utterly destroyed. Sixties-era government 'urban renewal' programs had driven out families and small businesses. Land prices plummeted, and Motel 6, car washes, parking areas, and gas stations took their place.
In short order, the parish community evaporated. There were no more than a dozen families who came to Mass at the Dominican church on Sundays. The church was surrounded by vacant lots, choked with litter.
Today, Holy Rosary has over 900 families on the parish rolls, who faithfully fill the pews for six Masses every weekend. What's more, many Catholics drive from the areas around Portland for Mass, socializing, catechism, Bible classes and book groups.
How did this miracle happen, in Portland, Oregon - a town known for its militant atheism and West Coast liberalism?
Father Vincent Kelber, OP, Holy Rosary's hard-working pastor, tells us in this exclusive Regina Magazine interview:
Read the entire article at "Regina Magazine."
Growing a Parish: An Interview with Jesson Mata
Director of Liturgy and Music - Blessed Sacrament Parish
Western Dominican Province
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Vision and mission
40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.
The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God's favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.
Catholic Outlook Letter September 2013 of
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
As this issue of Catholic Outlook goes to press Australians are about to vote for a new Commonwealth government. Many feel there’s little to distinguish the major parties.
Though we all recognise that the asylum-seeker issue is a hard one, for instance, no one would pretend the major parties are appealing to our noblest ideals.
On education funding the major parties have matched each other's promises, at least for the next few years.
In Vote for the Common Good the Australian Catholic Bishops encourage us all to take our democratic responsibilities seriously and participate in the political process: http://www.catholic.org.au/catholicsvote2013/
We must elect the government we believe will best serve the common good, by protecting life, promoting rights, providing opportunity and fostering human dignity.
One issue over which there are clear differences of opinion is marriage. Prime Minister Rudd, for instance, has announced that if re-elected he will introduce a bill to legalise ‘same-sex marriage’ in his first 100 days.
Whatever one’s views on this issue, you might have thought there were more pressing issues to address in the first days of a new government.
In Western Sydney, at least, people are much more concerned about job security, difficulties commuting to work, services such as health, education and childcare, and migration and refugee issues.
Every major religion, civilisation and legal system in history has, until very recently, seen marriage as the exclusive lifelong union of a man and a woman open to raising children.
Mr Rudd says his family called him a ‘dinosaur’ for supporting that view and so he now thinks that (more or less) anyone who wants to promise their love in public (and perhaps seal this with sex) should be able to get married.
The Catholic Church disagrees.
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