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Events and Other Information

Are you new to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory?  Read through the information on this page and on the pages linked to the tabs. Check back from time to time for updates.

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Click the links in the list below to read about the topics covered on this page.

  • Annual Mission Santa Clara Mass
  • Canon Moreau's Visit
  • Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory

 

November Events and Information

Annual Mission Santa Clara Mass

Friday, November 22, on the Feast of St. Cecilia, Canon Ueda and Canon Moreau will celebrate a Solemn High Mass at Mission Santa Clara and pray for the canonization of Father Magin Catala, the Holy Man of Santa Clara. For more information, read the News page Annual High Mass at Mission Santa Clara, on the 189th Death Anniversary of Fr. Magin Catalá.

Canon Moreau's Visit

Canon Jean-Marie Moreau returned for a one week visit eight years after he served at both the Bay Area apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King at the same time. Between 2008 and 2011, he was rector of the former Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Santa Clara and also at the institute apostolate in Oakland at St. Margaret Mary Church.  See this News page for more about  Canon Moreau's Return Visit, November 2019

November Prayers for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

November is the month the Church dedicates especially to prayers for the souls in purgatory.  Our prayers for these souls can help alleviate their sufferings and help them reach heaven more quickly.  Although they can no longer pray for themselves, they can and do pray for us.

"In Purgatorio, Dante meets the souls who are being cleansed of their sins and vices. And while there is a certain suffering in this state, they are suffused with a quiet joy, for these souls know that heaven awaits at the end of their trials.

"Many times throughout Purgatorio, the souls of the 'Church Expectant' implore Dante to tell those us back in the world to pray for them. In other scenes, the souls related how the prayers of a beloved child or spouse have assisted them in their climb toward final blessedness. Dante clearly expounds the Church's perennial teaching about the importance of prayer for the faithful departed."

—Father Peter Funk, O.S.B, Prior, Monastery of the Holy Cross in Chicago

During November, you can gain a plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions described here) only applicable the Souls in Purgatory if you:

  • From November 1 to 8: visit  a cementery and pray for the departed souls.

  • On November 2 : visit a church or oratory and recite an Our Father and the Creed

Partial indulgences can be earned for the souls in purgatory any day of the year if you:

  • Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead

  • Recite lauds or vespers from the Office of the Dead or this prayer:

           Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
           May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Other Spiritual Acts of Mercy to Help Souls in Purgatory

  • PRAYER—Offer prayers at any time for the souls in Purgatory.

  • SACRIFICES—Offer up, give up, sacrifice something that you like to help the souls in Purgatory. Give to the poor and offer it for the poor souls in Purgatory. 

  • HOLY COMMUNION—Offer your Holy Communion for the poor souls. 

  • HOLY MASS—Have a Mass offered for a soul in Purgatory, so the priest offers this Mass specifically for this soul and the people pray for him. And even if you do not officially request the intention from the celebrant, you can spiritually offer any Mass that you attend for this intention. 

  • GREGORIAN MASSES—Have 30 consecutive Masses offered for a dead person.  This devotion is called “Gregorian” because the first to undertake this practice was Pope Saint Gregory the Great.

          Another very useful thing is to pray nine straight days for the soul after the person dies.

  • CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY. This practice of the Chaplet offers the Precious Blood of Jesus for the sake of the souls of the whole world—this includes the souls in Purgatory.

  • PERSONAL SUFFERINGS. All of us have our own crosses and sufferings. We should offer them for the souls in Purgatory, especially the ones that nobody prays for.Indulgenced acts to be performed for obtaining a plenary indulgence:

Six General Rules for Obtaining a Plenary Indulgence

1.  State of grace at least when performing the indulgenced act (#6)
2.  Complete detachment from sin, even venial sin
3.  Confession (20 days before or after the indulgenced act)
4.  Communion (20 days before or after the indulgenced act)
5.  Prayers for the supreme Pontiff (20 days before or after the indugenced act)
6.  Indulgence act: a special good work with special conditions of place and time

Oratory FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Tab

Get the answers to the following questions at our FAQ page. Either click this link : http://www.institute-christ-king.org/sanjose-faq. Or click the FAQ tab.

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Benediction and Adoration

Benediction followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is offered every Thursday after the 12:00 noon Mass, and on First Sundays after the 3:00 Vespers.

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Stations of the Cross

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Stations of the Cross are held every First Friday, after the 12:00  P.M. (noon) Mass and every Friday during Lent.

Sunday Socials Map

Click the News tab to see the Sunday Socials schedule, which is posted for three months at a time. For example, the schedule for September through December is at the San José News page here

The listed events take place after the 12:30 Sung High Sunday Mass in different locations around the church, in the parish rectory, in the Cristo Rey school, and at the nearby I.E.S. Chapel.

Important: Watch the Sunday Bulletin (posted at the BULLETINS tab and on Facebook) for dates and times and occasional cancellations.

All are invited to attend. These socials are a great opportunity to get to know other members of the oratory. We hope to see you there. 

Optional: Bring a dish or a drink to share.

  • First Sundays, Finger Foods Potluck before Vespers at 3:00 p.m. 
    Between the 12:30 Sung Mass and Vespers, all are invited to a finger foods potluck behind the church. See the BLUE arrow. Finger foods are foods that can be easily eaten without heating or refrigeration or utensils. 

  • Once a month, Birthday Potluck in the Cristo Rey Cafeteria
    Everyone whose birthday is in that month gets a blessing, a song, and a sweet treat. There will be cake!  The entrance to the Cristo Rey cafeteria is on the right when you are facing the church towards the rear. You can access it through a gate in the fence that separates the church property from the school. See the RED arrow.

  • Once a month, Coffee Hour (Sunday Social) with coffee, tea, and snacks in the Rectory Meeting Room.
    The Five Wounds Rectory is to the left when you are facing the church.  The meeting room is in the front of the rectory on the left side off the veranda. See the GREEN arrow.

The map is color coded with the event listings to help you find the locations for the oratory's monthly get togethers. Click the map to bring up a downloadable PDF.

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Administration of the Sacraments 

  • Infant Baptism: Parents requesting Baptism for a child must be registered members of the Oratory.

  • First Holy Communion and Confirmation: Children must attend the sacrament-preparation catechism classes at the Oratory.

  • Holy Matrimony: Couples planning to marry at the Oratory must contact a priest of the Institute of Christ the King for the proper instructions.

  • Anointing of the Sick: Members facing surgery, serious illness or death may obtain the sacrament.

    Never wait, never hesitate ... remember: physical healing can also be an effect of the sacrament. Don’t deprive yourself or a loved one of God’s help.

  • For more information, contact Canon Ueda at: (408) 781-9497 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mass Intentions

View our Mass intentions calendar here. The suggested donation for a Mass intention is $10 in the diocese of San José.

Masses on First Fridays are reserved for the intentions of the men’s and women’s groups of the Oratory. Three Mass Intentions are allowed per month per family. If you submit a request for a date that is already assigned, you will be assigned another date.

You can get envelopes for Mass requests and Mass cards from ushers at the front entrance to the church, and you can put the Mass requests in the collection basket with your donation.
 
Or you may mail your request along with the donation to:

Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory
Clergy Residence
Mass Intentions
746 North Third Street
San José, CA 95112
 

Input to the online Mass intentions calendar is usually made at the oratory on Thursdays, so it is a good idea to check after Thursday to see if your desired date is available before submitting a new request.

After the Mass intentions calendar for the calendar year gets full, we stop accepting Mass intentions until close to the start of the next year. Watch the bulletin for announcements.

Other Information and Building Map

The latest information about schedules is always on the weekly bulletins. Sign up for the oratory email list This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for bulletins and announcements from our chaplain.

To find details about parish groups, click the Groups tab.

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Use the following map to find the church bathrooms, IES chapel, rectory meeting room, Cristo Rey cafeteria and classrooms.

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