Although the changes to prayers and songs at Mass aren’t officially required until the beginning of Advent this year, many parishes and other Catholic communities (such as at Mission Santa Clara) in the Diocese of San Jose have already begun introducing some of the new music or wording to help Catholics adjust more easily.
I think this is a very good idea. While the history of the Church includes a good deal of “history of change”, it’s almost always a challenge for Catholics when they are in the midst of it. With the massive changes after Vatican II, some Catholics never accepted the modifications and sought solace in breakaway or schismatic groups where the Latin Mass was still the norm. Changes can cause alienation and I think we have learned that we need to be sensitive to the upset and introduce any alterations carefully.
Kudos to our bishop, and others, who wisely understand the need for the gradual adaption by the faithful.
Have you ever wondered what happens at the ordination to the priesthood? If you haven’t been to one of these beautiful services, this weekend you’ll have the chance to see it (and you won’t even need to go out into the rain).
The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose is going to live stream the ordination of three men to the priesthood today at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph:
You can also view the music which will be used in the multi-lingual Mass here:
Congratulations to Angelo De Leon David, Steve Ji Hoon Kim and Andrew Chithong Nguyen!
The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose lists all of its Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass times online. This comprehensive list also includes the languages in which Mass is offered in Silicon Valley or the South Bay Area:
Easter Vigil and Sunday Mass in San Jose (the diocese)