Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Dominican Rite Solemn Mass for All Souls, Menlo Park CA

I am pleased to announce that the Dominican Rite Mass usually celebrated on First Saturdays at the Western Dominican Province House of Studies, St. Albert the Great Priory, Oakland CA, will this month, on November 2, be a Solemn Mass for All Souls at Corpus Christi Monastery, the community of cloistered Dominican nuns in Menlo Park CA.

The celebrant and preacher will be Fr. Vincent Kelber, O.P., director of the St. Jude Shrine at St. Dominic's Church in San Francisco. The deacon will be Fr. Christopher Wetzel, O.P., parochial vicar of St. Dominic's Church, and the subdeacon will be Bro. Joseph Selinger, O.P., student of the Western Province. The music of the Mass will be by the nuns of the monastery and the student brothers from St. Albert's Priory, who will also serve the Mass.

Fr. Kelber  will also give a short reflection on praying for the holy souls in Purgatory. The nuns will host a reception in the monastery parlor after the Mass.

Corpus Christi Monastery is located at 215 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park CA. There is ample parking at the monastery and on Oak Grove Avenue.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dominican Rite in the "Last Frontier"

Our friars in Alaska routinely travel from their home base in Anchorage to help out with Masses throughout the state in the Ordinary Form, but once a month they also offer a Dominican Rite Mass in Fairbanks, at the historic Immaculate Conception Parish.

The Diocese of Fairbanks is rich in territory size, but scarce in vocations, having only one bishop two priests, and a handful of deacons to call their own.  To fill the gaps, outside priests are invited to help out either long-term or short-term. 

Outside visitors and tourists are often surprised to encounter the beauty, not just of Nature and the Northern Lights, but that of a Missa Cantata here, in what is perhaps the most northernmost Dominican Rite Mass regularly offered.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dominican Rite Solemn High Mass and Talk in Silicon Valley

There will be a Solemn High Mass for All Souls' Day at 10:30 AM, hosted by our Dominican cloistered nuns in Menlo Park, CA.  Fr. Vincent Kelber, OP, will offer a short talk on "Dominican Devotion: The Holy Souls in Purgatory."

It has been said that the Dominican Order is not only a good Order to live in, but also a good order to die in, due to all the suffrages for our deceased brethren and families.  Praying for our dearly departed is a good and pious act, and a part of our Dominican spirituality.

In addition, visitors to Fátima might be familiar with the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary there and their Association of Holy Souls, a global confraternity, or Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, OP's famous book on praying for the Holy Souls, Read Me or Rue It.  One of our saints, St. John Macías, a contemporary and companion of St. Martin de Porres, earned the nickname "Thief of Souls" for his continual offerings for the Holy Souls that helped so many souls in need. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October is also Respect Life month in the States, and so our friars in Anchorage, Alaska thought it proper to do a votive Low Mass of St. Gerard Majella, complete with veneration of his relic, October 16, 2019, at 7 PM.

St Gerard, a Redemptorist, not a Dominican, happened to leave behind his handkerchief one day at a friend's family's house.  One of the daughters came after him to return it, but he told her to keep it, as it may come in handy one day.

When she later went into a troubled delivery with his unborn child, she remembered his words, and asked for the handkerchief to be brought to her.  On applying the handkerchief to her stomach, her pain disappeared, and she safely delivered a healthy child.  He is a patron for unborn children, pregnant women, young children, those falsely accused, and for making a good confession.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Daily Dominican Rite Mass - Portland, Oregon

We are pleased to announce that our friars in Portland, Oregon, have recently begun to publicly offer the Dominican Rite Mass daily, Monday-Saturday, at 6 AM.

This is a Low Mass, added to the regular Sunday 11 AM Solemn High or Missa Cantata.