San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Church will soon host a daily celebration of the traditional Latin Mass. Beginning on Monday, September 9, the old Mass will be celebrated Monday through Friday at 7:30 AM. Star of the Sea already celebrates the traditional Mass every Sunday at 11:00 AM.
Father Mark Mazza, the pastor at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Church, made the announcement at Mass on Sunday, August 17. At the same time he announced that there will now be a traditional Mass celebrated daily at 12 noon at San Francisco’s St. Monica’s Church, by Father William Young, who is now serving at St. Monica’s. The two churches are less than a mile apart in San Francisco’s Richmond District, prompting Father Mazza to call the Richmond San Francisco’s new Latin Quarter. Father Young, San Francisco’s long-time celebrant of the old Mass also continues to celebrate the old Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, in the city’s Bernal Heights neighborhood at 5PM on the 2nd through 5th Sundays of the month.
The extraordinary form Mass at Star of the Sea began on May 26, 2013, Trinity Sunday. Father Mazza told CalCatholic “We have a core group who come every week. They are enthusiastic and devoted. We are still educating people and doing catechesis on what the Mass is all about, and we have had a good response. We have a steady group of around 115 people every week.”
Star of the Sea’s choir has grown both in numbers, and in familiarity with the traditional Mass, since May. On Saturday, September 14–the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross– the parish’s first Missa Cantata (High Mass) will be celebrated. Following Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco will host a fundraising luncheon in the parish hall. All proceeds from the luncheon will help to advance the society’s ministries in San Francisco.
The help is needed. Father Mazza has begun to publish a weekly bulletin for the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco. Their bulletin is in addition to the regular parish bulletin. The announcements for August and September indicate that the parish’s second High Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, September 29 at 11 a.m.—the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel.
The bulletin also announces a list of needs: a 1910 Ciborium needs to be refurbished; two chalices need to be re-gilded at a cost of around $800 each; and a good quality copy machine. For more information about the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco, visit their website: