From June 19-27, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish, the home of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco, will host a parish mission conference called The Source and Summit of Catholic Life. The conference will be led by Father Paul Nicholson, a diocesan priest incardinated in the diocese of London, Ontario.
The conference begins on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Thursday, June 19, with a 6:30 p.m. Mass in the Extraordinary Form, followed by a Eucharistic procession. In each of the following eight days Mass will be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form. On Sunday, June 22, there will be a Solemn High Mass in the Ordinary Form celebrating Corpus Christi Sunday, which will also be followed by a procession.
On Monday, June 23 through Thursday, June 26, Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m., followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a mission talk. The topics are Eucharistic Radiance: Kneeling in the Center of the Universe on June 23; Eucharistic Ecstasy: Real Men Eat Divine Flesh on June 24; Eucharistic Harmony Where Flesh and Spirit Unite as One on June 25; and Eucharistic Beauty: Vanquished Victim. Victorious Viaticum on June 26. The conference closes on Friday, June 27, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6:30 p,m., followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Individual confession will be available following all the mission talks.
Father Nicholson, who celebrated 2014’s Sacred Triduum at Star of the Sea, will preach at all the Masses. He was ordained in 1997, and has served at parishes in southwest Ontario. According to the website of the mission conference, “Appointed on July 1st, 2013 by Bishop Ronald Peter Fabbro CSB, Father Nicholson has been given the ecclesiastical office of Missionary Preacher. This new office mandates, with the bishop’s blessing, a new effort for the New Evangelization, with new ardor, new methodology, new methods. Offering the traditional parish mission and giving retreats and conferences, Father Nicholson is granted the capacity to work vigorously in the social media and preach daily video homilies.”
The website describes the aim of the conference: “Every faithful Catholic is set aflame and fortified in the Heart of Christ in every Mass and is sent out as fresh arterial blood to a dying world. Far from retreating, the Church looks toward the challenges of modern paganism with the same charity and hope as she did at her beginning. The Divine Majesty hidden in the Host comes to liberate us by stooping down beneath us, to lift us up so as to change the world. Celebrating both the missals of Bl. John XXIII and Paul VI in a unique liturgical mission, Eucharistic Pride 2014 aims to give the Heart of Christ adoration and reparation through liturgical excellence, preached conferences, Eucharistic processions, and silent adoration.”
Star of the Sea Church is located at 4420 Geary Boulevard (at 8th Avenue) in San Francisco.