Saturday, January 1st is the beginning of the new year. The Veni Creator (the hymn to the Holy Ghost) will be sung before both Masses (8 & 11 a.m.) that day to invoke God’s protection and guidance in the new year. The faithful may gain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions by assisting at the Veni Creator.

On Friday, December 31st, in thanksgiving for all the blessings that God has granted us this year, there will be a special Holy Hour beginning at 6 p.m., ending with the Te Deum (the great hymn of thanksgiving) and Benediction of the most Blessed Sacrament. The faithful may gain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions by assisting at the Te Deum.

There is an Advent tradition of celebrating an early morning Mass by candlelight in honor of Our Lady. We will have the opportunity to live out this tradition on Thursday, December 16th at 6:30 a.m. with a Rorate Mass. “Rorate” comes from the Introit of the votive Mass of Our Lady during Advent. It celebrated before dawn and by candlelight to remind us to be ready and vigilant for the coming of the Lord. BYOC.
2019 Rorate Mass
View a gallery of photos from the 2019 Rorate Mass here.

Three Masses will be offered on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is a holyday of obligation:

  • 7 a.m. – Low Mass
  • Noon – Low Mass
  • 7 p.m. – Solemn Mass

Fr DeFourLong-time members of the “Latin Mass Group” fondly remember Father Reginald DeFour CSSp, one of the eight priests who offered Mass for us at St. Agnes Church in Oakland.
Father DeFour died in San Diego, California on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 at age 87.