Monday, June 22, 2009

External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart Homily (June 21, 2009)

Canon Moreau expounds further on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. He urges us not to have a false idea on what the Sacred Heart devotion is about. It's a terrible mistake if one thinks that God does not care about our sins or virtues. We have lost the sense of sin (or the gravity which offends God), which is the sin of the modern world.

Feast of the Sacred Heart (Low Mass) Homily

Although an External Solemnity of the Feast of the Sacred Heart was transferred to the following Sunday (June 21, 2009), a low mass with organ and benediction took place last Friday (June 19, 2009). Canon Moreau explains how the devotion to the Sacred Heart was revealed by our Lord to St. Margaret Mary. The two characteristics of this devotion are Consecration (out of love) and Reparation (out of justice).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Feast of Corpus Christi (pictures)

Slideshow of pictures taken from the Feast of Corpus Christi Latin High Mass at St. Margaret Mary's Church in Oakland, California, USA last June 14, 2009. 14 children also received their First Holy Communion that day. Videos to follow.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Trinity Sunday Homily of Canon Jean-Marie Moreau

In the 3-part video clips below, Canon Jean-Marie Moreau, Episcopal Delegate of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Diocese of Oakland, and Rector of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest parish Apostolate of St. Margaret Mary (Oakland, California, USA) gives his Trinity Sunday Homily (June 7, 2009). He discusses the Sacrament of Baptism and it's effects. One important quality that is derived from Baptism is sanctifying grace. It is through this grace that we become part of God's family -- God's adopted children. We cannot please God unless we are in the state of grace.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Last Tuesday's (June 9, 2009) Catechism class with Canon Moreau was about Article XI (Part I: The Creed) of the Catechism of the Council of Trent -- "The Resurrection of the Body". The ongoing Catechism classes (every other Tuesdays -- the next one is scheduled for June 30, 2009) was initiated by Canon Moreau several months ago and are being attended by mostly young adults and college-based students of St. Margaret Mary Parish (Oakland, CA).

The "Resurrection of the Body" is connected in a lot of ways with the "Theology of the Body" that's being discussed nowadays on some Catholic circles. Canon Moreau explains beautifully that the thelogy of the body is really a union of our earthly body and soul with God. We need to consider everything we do, from the
stand point of eternity.

Below are some excerpts taken from Article XI concerning the attributes of our heavenly and glorified body:

The Qualities Of A Glorified Body

In addition to this, the bodies of the risen Saints will be distinguished by certain transcendent endowments, which will ennoble them far beyond their former condition. Among these endowments four are specially mentioned by the Fathers, which they infer from the doctrine of St. Paul, and which are called gifts.


The first endowment or gift is impassibility, which shall place them beyond the reach of suffering anything disagreeable or of being affected by pain or inconvenience of any sort. Neither the piercing severity of cold, nor the glowing intensity of heat, nor the impetuosity of waters can hurt them. It is sown says the Apostle, in corruption, it shall rise in incorruption This quality the Schoolmen call impassibility, not incorruption, in order to distinguish it as a property peculiar to a glorified body. The bodies of the damned, though incorruptible, will not be impassible; they will be capable of experiencing heat and cold and of suffering various afflictions.


The next quality is brightness, by which the bodies of the Saints shall shine like the sun, according to the words of our Lord recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew: The just shall shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. To remove the possibility of doubt on the subject, He exemplifies this in His Transfiguration. This quality the Apostle sometimes calls glory, sometimes brightness: He will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of his glory; " and again, It is sown in dishonour, it shall rise in glory. Of this glory the Israelites beheld some image in the desert, when the face of Moses, after he had enjoyed the presence and conversation of God, shone with such lustre that they could not look on it.

This brightness is a sort of radiance reflected on the body from the supreme happiness of the soul. It is a participation in that bliss which the soul enjoys just as the soul itself is rendered happy by a participation in the happiness of God.

Unlike the gift of impassibility, this quality is not common to all in the same degree. All the bodies of the Saints will be equally impassible; but the brightness of all will not be the same, for, according to the Apostle, One is the glory of the sun, another the glory of the moon, and another the glory of the stars, for star differeth from star in glory: so also is the resurrection of the dead.


To the preceding quality is united that which is called agility, by which the body will be freed from the heaviness that now presses it down, and will take on a capability of moving with the utmost ease and swiftness, wherever the soul pleases, as St. Augustine teaches in his book On the City of God, and St. Jerome On Isaias. Hence these words of the Apostle: It is sown in weakness, it shall rise in power.


Another quality is that of subtility, which subjects the body to the dominion of the soul, so that the body shall be subject to the soul and ever ready to follow her desires. This quality we learn from these words of the Apostle: It is sown a natural body, it shall rise a spiritual body.

These are the principal points which should be dwelt on in the exposition of this Article.

Advantages of Deep Meditation on this Article

But in order that the faithful may appreciate the fruit they derive from a knowledge of so many and such exalted mysteries, it is necessary, first of all, to point out that to God, who has hidden these things from the wise and made them known to little ones, we owe a debt of boundless gratitude. How many men, eminent for wisdom or endowed with singular learning, who ever remained blind to this most certain truth ! The fact, then, that He has made known to us these truths, although we could never have aspired to such knowledge, obliges us to pour forth our gratitude in unceasing praises of His supreme goodness and clemency.

Another important advantage to be derived from reflection on this Article is that in it we shall find consolation both for ourselves and others when we mourn the death of those who were endeared to us by relationship or friendship. Such was the consolation which the Apostle himself gave the Thessalonians when writing to them concerning those who are asleep.

Again, in all our afflictions and calamities the thought of a future resurrection must bring the greatest relief to the troubled heart, as we learn from the example of holy Job, who supported his afflicted and sorrowing soul by this one hope that the day would come when, in the resurrection, he would behold the Lord his God.

The same thought must also prove a powerful incentive to the faithful to use every exertion to lead lives of rectitude and integrity, unsullied by the defilement of sin. For if they reflect that those boundless riches which will follow after the resurrection are now offered to them as rewards, they will be easily attracted to the pursuit of virtue and piety.

On the other hand, nothing will have greater effect in subduing the passions and withdrawing souls from sin, than frequently to remind the sinner of the miseries and torments with which the reprobate will be visited, who on the last day will come forth unto the resurrection of judgment.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Archbishop Carlson's Installation Mass

His Excellency, Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, was installed today as Archbishop of St. Louis. Let us keep him in our prayers!

Video below shows the multitude of clergy processing out after the installation mass has ended. One can easily spot Msgrs. Wach and Schmitz, along with Canon Wiener.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Msgr. Wach, Prior General and Co-Founder of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest visits the St. Margaret Mary Apostolate in Oakland, CA

NEW: Videos updated as of 6/7/09.
On June 5, 2009, the Prior General and Co-Founder of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, Monsignor Gilles Wach, along with the Vicar General, Monsignor Michael Schmitz, visited St. Margaret Mary (Oakland, California) - one of the parish apostolates of the Institute.

Monsignor Schmitz also announced during the homily that they had met with Bishop Salvatore Cordileone earlier the day to confirm that a Pontifical High Mass marking the 20th Anniversary of the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Margaret Mary is confirmed on Sept. 20, 2009. On Sept. 20, 1989, Fr. Vladimir Kozina was the first priest to have celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Margaret Mary (under the indult from then Bishop John Cummings) in the entire state of California.

There was benediction after the mass, and Canon Jean-Marie Moreau, the Episcopal Delegate of the Institute for Diocese of Oakland, led the consecration prayer of the Institute to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Reception was followed afterwards at the parish basement.


VIDEOS (NEW--Updated 6/7/09)