Pontifical Mass in Oakland
On Sunday, September 18, 2011, His Excellency the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland, California, visited again the Oakland apostolate of the Institute, where, in the presence of about four hundred faithful, His Excellency celebrated a Pontifical High Mass at Saint Margaret Mary church on the occasion of his pastoral visit.
This is the third time in three years that this Institute apostolate in Oakland has been honored to welcome Bishop Cordileone as the celebrant of the Extraordinary Form. The previous occasions were: Solemn Pontifical Mass on the twentieth anniversary of the Extraordinary Form in September 2009, and a Low Mass of a Bishop when Bishop Cordileone conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation upon twenty-nine youths and adults in May, 2010.
The Pontifical Mass this year was offered on the twenty-second anniversary of the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Liturgy at Saint Margaret Mary. In keeping with this venerable tradition, the Pacific Collegium choir sang beautifully a remarkable program of sacred polyphony and Gregorian Chant.
The Pontifical Mass was followed by a splendid reception of fine food and refreshments prepared by the many good faithful in honor of His Excellency. On behalf of Monsignor Gilles Wach, Prior General and Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, Vicar General and Provincial Superior, Canon Matthew Talarico, substitute for the Provincial, offered some words of gratitude to Bishop Cordileone for his constant support of the Institute's apostolate in the Diocese of Oakland and presented His Excellency with a gift of appreciation.
This pastoral visit of Bishop Cordileone also coincided with the transition in the leadership of the Institute's apostolate. Canon Henry Fragelli has succeeded Canon Jean-Marie Moreau as the Episcopal Delegate for the Implementation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum in the Diocese of Oakland. The faithful were privileged to receive the blessing of their Bishop as they bid a fond farewell to Canon Moreau, and extended a hearty welcome to Canon Fragelli, their new spiritual father.
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