Messages from Canon Benjamin Norman...

External Solemnity of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

 October 2, 2022
Dear faithful, 

Each year at the beginning of the month of October, Holy Mother Church turns her gaze in an intensified way to the Mother of God, Mary, and to the prayer justly referred to as “Our Lady’s psalter;” the Holy Rosary. How many times will these venerable beads pass through our fingers in this life? Indeed if we are fortunate and keep always deep in our hearts an ardent love for this good mother and her most cherished prayer, we will one day be able to look back on the course of our entire life and see it as one uninterrupted chain of these holy decades; our prayers rising up to God and always presented lovingly to him through the hands of Mary. In his 1891 encyclical Octobri Mense, Pope Leo XIII reminds us of the necessary place that Mary holds in obtaining for us the graces needed for our salvation:

“With equal truth may it be also affirmed that, by the will of God, Mary is the intermediary through whom is distributed unto us this immense treasure of mercies gathered by God, for mercy and truth were created by Jesus Christ. Thus as no man goeth to the Father but by the Son, so no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother.” 

It is most fitting therefore that we celebrate this Sunday the External Solemnity of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the date of which is October 7 in the liturgical calendar (this Friday). We began our Novena in preparation for this feast last Thursday. 

Let us remember that the particular intention of this novena is the defeat of an evil piece of proposed legislation; Proposition 1. If passed, this constitutional amendment that would permanently expand and vastly increase abortions in California. What a travesty this proposition must be in the all-pure eyes of Our Blessed Mother. Let us do all in our power to wipe the tears from her motherly eyes by preventing any further slaughter of unborn children. More information is available here:

I would also like to thank all those who participated in the Eucharistic Procession and Rosary Rally led by Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco yesterday. Heaven was inundated with pious praises in honor of Our Lord and Our Lady, and in addition, the general public was reminded that we Catholics have not disappeared from the face of the earth, and that we will not sit idly by and allow Satan’s minions to run roughshod over us. I could not be there physically because of my duties here at St. Margaret Mary’s, but my prayers were in union with yours.

Would you like to fulfill a work of Christian charity for another one of our faithful? An aging individual is currently walking from his home (just off Park Boulevard, not far from the church) to the 12:30 Mass each Sunday, trudging along in the California sun like the elderly Moses in the desert. It’s not easy for him! Would there be one among you who could pick him up before Mass and drive him back to his home afterwards? If so, please contact me.

Have you picked up your reserved copy of My Catholic Faith? Or would you like to purchase one? This excellent traditional catechism was composed by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow, of Krishnagar, India, and we still have a fair number of copies of the 1954 edition in our inventory. This superb manual of instruction in the Faith is used for our Confirmation Catechism class, and our price surely beats the online competitors! What are you waiting for?

Wishing you a blessed Sunday, 

Canon Norman

Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
Oakland Apostolate
St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church
1219 Excelsior Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610

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Marian Antiphons: link

Other information...

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.