Thursday, April 25, 2013

Liturgical Developments in San Francisco

One of our readers sent this news in:

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.

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.

I decided to take a look at the parish, and it looks well suited to this form of the Roman liturgy indeed. Here are some photos of the sanctuary, and here is one of the exterior.

I also noticed that in their recent parish bulletin they speak of this development and note that they are looking for some material assistance for some of the liturgical items that will be used in the celebration of the usus antiquior:

As was announced last week our parish will be one of the sites in the Archdiocese for the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass. Though we have had recently donated the refurbishing of our candle sticks, we still could use a few donations to help us out. The Roman Missal of 1962 for use by the priest costs $400.00. The Altar Cards cost $250.00 framed. The Sanctuary Door Bell costs $790.00. We need a new censer and boat for $440.00. A holy water font for the sanctuary entrance is about $400.00. We also need to refurbish our traditional processional cross and candlesticks as well as a chalice and two ciboria. Two communion patens need refurbishing.

Of course, I would point out as well that, except for the altar cards and missal -- which will be specific to the usus antiquior of course -- many of these items will also be of potential benefit to the modern Roman liturgy as well. A "win-win" as the saying goes.

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