The following comes from a Mar. 19 story in Catholic San Francisco.

A Canadian priest will travel to California specifically to celebrate the Easter triduum in the extraordinary form at Star of the Sea Parish this year, bringing the traditional Latin Mass liturgies of Holy Week and Easter to San Francisco for the first time in 50 years.

Canadian Father Paul Nicholson was invited to celebrate the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil liturgies because of his deep knowledge of the extraordinary form liturgies for the triduum, said Anna Guerra of the Traditional Latin Mass Society.

Father Nicholson will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 5 p.m. on April 17, the Good Friday liturgy at 6:30 p.m. and Easter Vigil at 11:30 p.m.

At the request of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Star of the Sea pastor Father Mark Mazza recently learned how to celebrate the extraordinary form and celebrates both daily and Sunday Mass in the older form of the Roman rite as well as Mass in English.

During Lent, the Geary Boulevard church will offer confessions every Friday at 6 p.m. followed by traditional Stations of the Cross using the meditations of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Guerra said. A light soup supper will follow stations each Friday, sponsored by different parish organizations.

Father Nicholson was appointed by London, Canada, Bishop Ronald Fabbro as the “missionary preacher of the new evangelization” in July 2013 he explained in an email and noted he blogs at

“The rich fruit of the liturgical renewal of the Second Vatican Council springs from a venerable old tree of the extraordinary form of the Mass. The triduum in the extraordinary form is a bit intimidating but by no means alien,” Father Nicholson wrote. “I hope that those who participate in the sacred triduum according to the older books will come to a deeper spirit of contemplation in the ordinary life, and experience an abiding presence of the timelessness of God.”
The renewed presence of the traditional Latin Mass at Star of the Sea and elsewhere in the archdiocese of San Francisco has drawn the attention of Eternal Word Television Network, according to the Traditional Latin Mass website and EWTN will be interviewing Archbishop Cordileone and Star pastor Father Mark Mazza during a visit to San Francisco March 21-23.

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