Worshippers gathered Dec. 28 for the last Mass in Chinese at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in [the Sunset area of] San Francisco. The Mass had been a regular part of the liturgy schedule at Holy Name each Saturday at 3 p.m. with Father Simon Jin as celebrant. Father Jin is a diocesan priest of China and recently transferred to the Diocese of Oakland to minister to Chinese Catholics in the East Bay.

The Chinese Mass has been a tradition at Holy Name since 1984 and some 40 people attended the liturgy regularly, Holy Name parishioner Louis Chan told Catholic San Francisco.

The Mass assembly is “mostly seniors,” Chan said but people “in their 20s and 30s also attend.” Along the way, the assembly has welcomed “a young family from China, plus visitors from the Far East now and then,” Chan said.

While it is unlikely that a new celebrant will come forward, Chan said the Chinese assembly “is still praying” one will….

The above comes from a Jan. 15 story in Catholic San Francisco.