Messages from Canon Benjamin Norman..

External Solemnity of the Purification, Sunday, February 5, 2023:

Dear faithful,
In commenting on the liturgical texts for this Septuagesima Sunday, on which we honor the Feast of the Purification of Our Lady, Dom Guéranger tells us that nothing can make a salutary impression on a heart which is stubbornly attached to finding its happiness, and therefore its treasure, in the passing pleasures of this earthly life. Such a soul is forced each day to accept the fact of the utter vanity of worldly pleasures, and even the harm that they pose to the interior life. And yet for some mysterious reason, each day the soul returns to them and prefers these apparentgoods to the Sovereign Good, God Himself.
It should be with great confidence and great desire, therefore, that we turn today to Mary, the Mother of God, in recalling the scene of her Purification at the Temple. In this moment she was told and she accepted with a whole heart the prophecy of the wounding of her soul by a terrible sword of grief. It was not however in a spirit of melancholy or of refusal that she listened to this prophecy, for she knew that this sword must pierce her heart not only for the fall but for the resurrection of many in Israel. 
The humble surrender of Our Lady before the prophecy of suffering to come is that which Holy Mother Church proposes to us today for a model. Let us ask her to obtain for us a true purification of our souls by the penances we will offer to God in the coming holy season of Lent.
With The Feast of the Purification comes the change in our seasonal Marian Antiphon. The hymn of the season of Septuagesima and of Lent is Ave Regina Caelorum, which is chanted until the beginning of Paschaltide. Please find copies available in church and a digital copy attached to this email.
The entire U.S. Province of the Institute thanks you for all your generous supportduring the last year. Please find in Flocknote a letter of gratitude from Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior. Copies are available in church as well.
Your end-of-year tax letters for donations to the Oakland Apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King have now been mailed from our headquarters in Chicago, hopefully you’ll receive them soon if not already. For donations to the U.S. Province of the Institute (special Lenten appeal, general donations, Provincial Shrine restoration, etc.), a separate tax letter will be mailed in addition to the above letters. Thank you for your generosity!
Our monthly Men’s Group meeting is this Wednesday, February 8 at 7:15 pm in Kozina Hall. We hope to see you there for a talk and social dinner! Please rsvp to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
I will be heading home to Virginia for a week’s vacation from Monday, February 13 – Monday, February 20. Canon Bryan Silvey will once again be replacing me for part of that time (February 17 – 20). A few generous priestly confreres from nearby parishes will also be helping out. Thank you for your prayers! 
Wishing you a blessed Sunday, 
Canon Norman

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church
1219 Excelsior Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610

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Marian Antiphons: link

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White cloth attached to the Communion rail: This is a precaution taken to protect the Blessed Sacrament from defilement by falling on the floor. All you have to do when receiving Communion is place your hands together, turn them over palms-up, and insert them underneath the cloth. This way, you form a little covered plateau (like a little altar!) to protect Our Lord from falling.

Blessing of items: Please contact Canon Norman to schedule a time to have your items blessed. 

Leading the Rosary: Men who are interested in leading the Rosary before the Sunday 7am and 12:30pm Masses, please contact Cann Norman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before mass.

Marian Antiphons:

The Institute’s recent Gregorian chant recording, Gaudeamus Omnes, contains the four seasonal Marian antiphons as part of the Office of Compline, in simple and solemn tones. These Marian anthems can be downloaded individually on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, CD Baby and more. For details and to hear clips of each track, go to:

Cell Phones: Please have your cell phones on silent. 

Prayer Responses during Masses: Low Mass: The altar servers are responding for the faithful so there is no need for the faithful to respond. High Mass: The faithful are welcomed to sing/respond for the Ordinaries. 

Parking Tickets: Please be aware of street parking/street cleaning to avoid parking tickets.