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On Saturday, June 10, San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone ordained two men to the priesthood: Fr. Michael Liliedahl and Fr. Alvin Yu. The next day, each priest attended the others’ Mass of Thanksgiving at their respective home parishes. For Fr. Liliedahl that was San Francisco’s St. Dominic’s Church and for Fr. Yu that was San Francisco’s Saints Peter and Paul Church. Fr. Yu is not only a native San Franciscan, he was baptized, had his first holy communion, and was confirmed at Saints Peter and Paul. He also attended Saints Peter and Paul School, and the associated Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

This past Sunday, Fr. Yu celebrated a second Mass of Thanksgiving—this time in the Extraordinary Form. Because the Mass took place at Saints Peter in Paul, Fr. Yu was able to celebrate the Mass of the External Solemnity of the two great apostles of the church. Spiritually, the Mass was reverent and physically it was spectacular.

Preparation for the Mass was a  joint effort of Saints Peter and Paul and St. Margaret Mary in Oakland, with assistance from St. Patrick’s Seminary, and San Francisco’s Star of the Sea and St. Monica’s Churches.

Mr. Ricky Wong, of St. Margaret Mary Church served as the Master of Ceremonies. Mrs. Georgianna Askoff served as the organist, and the chant was performed by the Pacific Collegium. The homilist was Fr. Joseph Previtali, assistant chaplain of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco. The remarkable floral decorating was designed and led by Ms. Joan Konrad, also of St. Margaret Mary. Altar servers were from St. Margaret Mary and San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Parish, joined by seminarians from St. Patrick’s Seminary.

The Mass was videotaped and photographed by Jay Balza, of the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco. More of the photos may be seen on his Facebook page.