—November 22: Sung Traditional Latin Mass in honor of Franciscan missionary and noted Holy Man Magin Catala on the feast of St. Cecilia at Mission Santa Clara.
—November 23: Thanksgiving history and reflection from Fr. Joseph Illo at Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco (and Thanksgiving Mass time) 7:00am
—November 23: Thanksgiving clothing and food drive for the poor and Thanksgiving Mass time, from Canon Benjamin Norman from the Institute of Christ the King apostolate at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland (and Thanksgiving Mass time)
—November 23: Thanksgiving reflection from Fr. Mark Mazza at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Belmont 9am Novus Ordo Mass
—How to view “The Remarkable Sixty-Year Survival of Prof. Mahrt’s St. Ann Choir” presentation given at The Musical Shape of the Liturgy Conference
—TLM Schedule for Sacred Heart Church in Hollister
+ List of times and locations for TLMs and other reverent liturgies
The Annual Celebration of the Feast of St. Cecilia and the 193rd anniversary of the death of Padre Magin Catala, the Holy Man of Santa Clara, will be held on Wednesday, November 22, at 6:30 PM in the Santa Clara Mission Church, on the Santa Clara University Campus, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. A Sung High Mass will be celebrated at the High Altar. Two choirs will sing The Mission Mass and two motets: Five-voiced Cantatibus organis, by Severin Cornet (1520-1582) in honor of St. Cecilia, and Iste Confessor Domini sacratus, by Giovanni Asola (1532-1609) to recall Fr. Catala.
This is the only TLM allowed to be celebrated each year in the reconstructed Mission Santa Clara, which now serves as the chapel for Santa Clara University and is located on campus at the end of Palm Drive.
“When the first Spanish settlers landed in what is now St. Augustine [on September 8, 1565 the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady] to build a settlement, their first act was to hold a religious service to thank God for the safe arrival of the Spanish fleet… After the Mass, Father Francisco Lopez, the Chaplain of the Spanish ships and the first pastor of St. Augustine, stipulated that the natives from the Timucua tribe be fed along with the Spanish settlers, including Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the leader of the expedition. It was the very first Thanksgiving and the first Thanksgiving meal in the United States.”
“The Spaniards, with food that they brought with them on the ship, prepared the communal meal. . . . This account of the first ‘thanksgiving’ reflects what was found in Father Francisco’s memoirs. In it we read, ‘the feast day [was] observed . . . after Mass, ‘the Adelantado [Menendez] had the Indians fed and dined himself.’
For more, see this account, which is quoted above and below.
“Trumpets blared and artillery was fired as they waded ashore at what would become St. Augustine, on September 8, 1565. At the head of the procession was Father Francisco Lopez holding a cross aloft that Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés kissed as he claimed Florida for both his God and his country.
Watching this scene was the local Timucua tribe. The entire group (2646 members of the expedition as well as the Indians) then gathered around a makeshift altar and Father Lopez performed a Catholic mass of thanksgiving for the safe arrival. At the invitation of Menéndez, everyone including the Timucuans joined in a simple communal meal of hard biscuits and “cocido”, a stew made with pork, garlic, saffron, cabbage. garbanzo beans and onion, washed down with red wine.
This historical event reminds us that the Eucharist (from the Greek that literally means “thanksgiving”) is the primary way to offer thanks on Thanksgiving Day, followed by a meal shared in a spirit of fraternity.—Aletelia