Thursday, September 17, 2009

Upcoming Pontifical Mass in California

The Institute of Christ the King - which recently had its chapter at their mother house in Gricigliano, Italy, where Archbishop Burke celebrated Pontifical Mass for them, see image above - has sent in news about an upcoming Pontifical Mass in California:

Pontifical Solemn High Mass in Oakland, CA

His Excellency, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, CA, will offer a Pontifical Solemn High Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church, an apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, this Sunday, September 20, at 12:30 PM.

The occasion is the 20th Anniversary of the first indult Traditional Latin Mass celebrated at this church in 1989. St. Margaret Mary was the first church in California to offer the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday under the indult granted by Pope John Paul II. in 1988. In 2005, the Institute was invited to the Oakland Diocese by then-Bishop Allen Vigneron. Under the Institute’s care, not only is the Traditional Mass offered on Sundays, but daily as well, and all sacraments administered according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. This anniversary celebration poignantly highlights the continuation of the Traditional Mass at this church, from an indult Mass to a full-fledged expression of the beauty of the Extraordinary Form, including Gregorian chant propers at every sung Mass.

This will be Bishop Cordileone’s first Pontifical High Mass at St. Margaret Mary since his installation as Bishop in May of this year. Assisting Bishop Cordileone at the altar will be four Canons of the Institute: Canon Guitard (Master of Ceremonies of Monsignor the Prior General of the Institute), Canon Talarico (Chicago), Canon Avis (Kansas City, MO), and Canon Moreau (Oakland). Also in attendance will be Bishop Emeritus John Cummins, who granted the Indult in 1989, and Fr. Vladimir Kozina (retired), the first priest to celebrate the indult Mass in September 1989.

We will post pictures of the occasion as soon as we get them.

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