Skip to comments.Tridentine Mass returns to San Jose Diocese
Posted on 01/13/2007 3:43:12 PM PST by NYer
From the California Catholic Daily:
Not just a Tridentine indult Mass, but a full-fledged oratory authorized to administer all the sacraments according to the traditional Latin Rite has been established in Santa Clara.
Augustinian priest Father Pedro Ottonello will serve as chaplain at the Oratory of the Chapel of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, located at 1298 Homestead Road in Santa Clara, telephone (408) 248-4330.
San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath not only granted Father Ottonello faculties to celebrate Mass according to the 1962 Latin Rite missal, but also granted the oratory a full canonical establishment on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Jan. 7. This means that it will be able to administer all the sacraments according to the traditional rite.
The oratory will function under the supervision of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, a worldwide foundation of priests founded in 1990 exclusively to celebrate the Mass and sacraments according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.
In addition to permitting the sacraments according to the traditional rite, Bishop McGrath has granted the privilege of the sacramental registers to the Oratory, whose faithful can accordingly receive the sacraments of marriage and confirmation directly at the Oratory, and also the Rite of Christian burial, said a Jan. 3 statement by Msgr. R. Michael Schmitz, vicar general for the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest and its U.S. provincial superior.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help has Masses at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. and at 5:30 p.m. Confessions are 30 minutes before Mass.
If someone needs it, they can have access to the sacrament. He's very clear about that. We recipients also have to be responsible on the scheduling, we're the ones who know what we need. Arriving at the end of the scheduled time and expecting no line is, mmmm, hoping for the best.
It's not like most parishes are overflowing with priests twidddling their thumbs looking for something productive to do. They really are pretty busy.
"It's not like most parishes are overflowing with priests twidddling their thumbs looking for something productive to do. They really are pretty busy."
In Tokyo at Sophia University they have confession for two hours every day of the year.
Since returning to the states and arriving in Boise, I've been wondering just what it is that the priests do that keeps them so busy here.
Maybe they should do a 'ride along' like the cops so people have an idea what an average day looks like.
"Maybe they should do a 'ride along' like the cops so people have an idea what an average day looks like."
I think a little transparency of some sort would be appropriate.
This business of disappearing after Mass on Sunday and not surfacing again until 1530 on Saturday could be interpreted in a number of ways.
Because weekly confession is not necessary for salvation, nor is it physically possible for all Catholics. There are 400,000 priests in the world. If every confession was just 3 minutes long on average, absolving every Catholic weekly would require all priests to hear confessions 150 hours per week.
Confession is only necessary for salvation if one is committing mortal sin. If you are committing mortals sins every week, you probably have some pretty serious life issues, and just going to confess them all the time is probably not the answer. Confession is only effective if you've already resolved to change to life and are actually doing so.
Its nice to go to confession just for venial sins weekly or monthly, but we need to be aware of laying up burdens upon people that are apart from the Gospel. Regular reception of the Eucharist, and regular prayer, are more than sufficient to cure most of our venial faults.
We need to keep in mind that the first Christians managed to make it through life with usually just a single opportunity for confession after Baptism. Frequent confession was not widely practiced until at least 1000 years after the time of Christ.
We got the announcement about this at Mass last week when they let us know they were no longer going to have the Tridentine Mass on the first Saturday every month. I'm glad that Bishop McGrath is regularizing Fr. Ottonello's relationship to the diocese. He has been saying the Tridentine Mass in the diocese for years in a irregular manner.
Located on the grounds of the Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Retreat Center,
19101 Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos, CA
Latin Mass times are:
Sunday - 8:00am & 10:00am (High Mass)
Daily - 7:15am
Saturday - 7:30am
The Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Retreat Center's telephone number is 408-354-7703
Inasmuch as the only holy priest who took public exception to the yet to be retracted blasphemy ( See below.) of Bishop Patrick McGrath, was a priest attached to the SSPX Chapel of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Los Gatos, it's curious the diocese's Santa Clara chapel bears the same name as the older and well established SSPX chapel in Los Gatos.
May the God Lord assist this bishop in overcoming his obvious lack of decorum, and propensity for pettiness.
To add to his bag of foibles, Bishop McGraw put a hold on any suggestion he was going 'traditional' by simultaneously proclaiming - in the same notice to every parish in the diocese about his copy-cat 'Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel' - a notice that he was directing a cease and desist command to Our Lady of Peace Parish in Santa Clara to halt the monthly Holy Latin Mass it had been celebrating since before the mockery created by Vatican II came into being.
For a bishop who boasts a knowledge of Canon Law, he sought to belittle the film "The Passion of The Christ" , by publicly declaring:
For one who is allegedly steeped in Canon Law, and the Sacred Dogma of the Holy Mother Church, the good bishop either intentionally or neglegently and falsely misled the faithful of Santa Clara County as well as the Mercury's readership throughout the nine county Bay Area Jose by denying Sacred Dogma:
Further, in paragraph 19 of The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), solemnly promulgated by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI on November 18th, 1965, it states:
To this day, I can not find a retraction of those blasphemous words written in a daily newspaper by this man who insists upon wearing the mantle of shepard for the faithful of Santa Clara County.
Thanks to the good bishop we now have a second Chapel of Our Mother of Perpetual Help within Santa Clara County. Go figure.