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TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

ST. JOHN'S ORATORY
Society of St. John the Apostle

OFFERING THE ONLY FULLY TRADITIONAL PRE-VATICAN II
ROMAN CATHOLIC LATIN MASS
AND DIVINE OFFICE WITH GREGORIAN CHANT
IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
CONTINUOUSLY SINCE 1992

NOT THE INVALID "NEW ORDER" SERVICE OF 1969
NOT THE HALF NEW ORDER VATICAN II "NEW LATIN"
(AKA ERRONEOUSLY AS "EXTRAORDINARY") SERVICE OF 1962
BUT THE
FULLY TRADITIONAL ROMAN CATHOLIC LATIN MASS (1950)

At the Fishermen's & Seamen's Memorial Chapel
Pier 45-B, Next to the Bell-tower
One Block Northeast of Jefferson & Taylor
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

  1. Campanile and Carillon
  2. Directions to the Oratory
  3. History of the Oratory
  4. Introduction to the Traditional Latin Mass
  5. Rubrics for the Traditional Latin Mass
  6. St. John Schola for Gregorian Chant
  7. Services at the Oratory
  8. Society of St. John the Apostle
  9. Society's Art Postcards
  10. Sodality of Mary Immaculate


Chapel & Campanile Chapel Interior Chapel Altar San Francisco Best Award

St. John's Oratory
At the Historic
Fishermen's & Seamen's Memorial Chapel
And Its Campanile (Bell-tower)
The Bells Are Rung Traditionally
For the Angelus of the Blessed Virgin Mary
And for the Consecration
At the FullyTraditional Latin Mass (1950)


"Some Things in Life Should Never Change"
"An Oasis of Spiritual Sanity"

ST. JOHN'S ORATORY IS THE ONLY LOCATION IN THE BAY AREA THAT HAS PRESERVED THE REAL, VALID, FULLY TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC LATIN MASS (1950) AND RITES BEFORE THEY WERE CHANGED INTO A HALF NEW ORDER "NEW LATIN" (AKA "EXTRAORDINARY") SERVICE IN 1962 AND BEFORE, INTO AN INVALID NEW ORDER SERVICE IN 1969. Even the 1962 "New Latin" service is NOT the TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC Latin Mass, even though it may be falsely advertised as such to trick the ignorant into its Protestantized service by throwing in some Latin. We here at St. John's Oratory since 1992 have never deviated from the true and valid Traditional Latin Mass, True Sacraments, and True Faith of 2,000 years.

St. John's Oratory did not come only recently to this Apostolate, but has offered, with experience, knowledge, and commitment, the perpetual, immemorial Traditional Latin Mass and Divine Office every Sunday and Holyday since 1992. St. John's Oratory is also known as a center for promoting the traditional Latin Gregorian chant of the traditional Roman rite. Gregorian chant is sung every Sunday and Holyday by the St. John Gregorian Schola of San Francisco.

The Fishermen's & Seamen's Memorial Chapel is a San Francisco historical landmark blessed May 21, 1981, by His Eminence Salvatore Cardinal Pappalardo, Archbishop of Palermo, and dedicated to the memory of those who have lost their lives at sea. We pray at every Mass for the fishermen and seamen of this port.

The chapel is located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, northeast of Jefferson & Taylor, down the Pier 45 access road, next to the bell-tower. There is free parking adjacent to the chapel and wheelchair access. The Society of St. John the Apostle (founded in 1992) operates independently of any diocese or other religious society as an Oratory, not a parish.

For general information about the times and nature of the Society's services, click on SERVICES AT THE ORATORY. All services are offered only on site. This is not a wedding chapel. We do not conduct weddings or funerals except for regular members of the congregation.

For the Society's current schedule of fully Traditional Latin Masses and other traditional services, click on CURRENT MASS SCHEDULE BULLETIN.

For general information about traditional Roman Catholicism, click TRADITIONAL ROMAN CATHOLICISM.

If you wish to receive our weekly E-mail bulletin containing information on Oratory schedules and activities, please send your name, mailing address, and E-mail address to the SOCIETY. If you have any questions, you may E-mail them to the SOCIETY as well.


The Oratory's Annual Advent/Christmas Donation Request

Relying upon your continuing generosity, we do not send out numerous fund-raising communications throughout the year, but only one at Advent/Christmas and one at Holy Week/Easter. We ask you, therefore, before secular Christmas preparations intrude upon your spiritual Advent preparation, to consider sending a tax-deductible donation to support the Oratory's work as the only site in the San Francisco Bay Area making available the fully-traditional (1950) Roman-rite Latin Mass, Sacraments, and Sacred Chant. See the "Donations to the Society" section below. Contributors become Benefactors of the Oratory and share in the fruits of all the Divine Offices and Holy Masses that we offer here.


KEEP THE CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS; KEEP THE MASS IN CHRISTMAS

The Oratory's Christmas Schedule

In the darkness preceding the dawn of Christmas Day, at 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve, December 24, the traditional Matins of the Divine Office for the Nativity of Our Lord, consisting of ancient antiphons, hymns, psalms, and the commentary of Pope St. Gregory the Great on the census proclamation of the Roman emperor that brought the Holy Family to Bethlehem, the commentary of St. Ambrose on the significance of the shepherds, and the commentary of St. Augustine on the Incarnation of the Word will be chanted by our St. John Schola.

The Matins will be followed by the procession to the creche and the High Mass of Christmas at Midnight, which will be chanted by our St. John Schola. The fully traditional Latin Matins and Midnight High Mass are available only at this location in the Bay Area. There will be no other Mass at the Oratory on Christmas day. For further information, click on Current Mass Schedule Bulletin.


Altar Server Needed for Traditional Latin Mass

Altar Server

An additional altar server is needed to serve the Traditional Catholic Latin Mass. No experience or knowledge of Latin is necessary. We will teach you what you need to know. If you would like to serve at the altar or have any questions, you may address the Society.


Amateurs Wanted to Sing Gregorian Chant

Gregorian Schola

Additional men are invited to add their voices to the St. John Schola Cantorum (small choir) to sing Gregorian plainchant in an authentic setting. No previous knowledge of the chant or musical notation is required; most of our participants have had little or no music background. We can teach you all that you need to know by ear if you have just a basic ability to sing. No auditions. You do not have to be Catholic. We are a small, friendly group, no pressure, just enjoyment, but we are led by a highly-experienced praecentor (leader).

Since 1995 our group has been chanting in the intimate setting of St. John's Oratory at the historic Fishermen's & Seamen's Memorial Chapel at Fishermen's Wharf in San Francisco. We practice 9:00-9:30 a.m. Sundays and then chant Terce of the traditional Catholic Divine Office 9:30-10:00 a.m and chant monthly for the only fully traditional Missae Cantatae (Sung Masses) in the Bay Area.

We are currently producing live recordings of our chant for the ChantCD label. You will receive a free copy for family and friends of any CD in which you participate. We make no pretense to being anything but amateurs (lovers of the chant) and to demonstrating merely what is achievable over time by an amateur small chant choir.

For further information about the St. John Schola for Gregorian Chant, click on St. John Schola for Gregorian Chant. If you have any questions, you may address them to the Society.


Support Our St. John Schola's Gregorian Chant Recordings

By Making Each Volume of This Unique Traditional Set Part of Your Personal Library

Volume I: Christmas Matins of the Divine Office-An Abridgement (December 2006)
Volume II: First Mass of Christmas (December 2006)
Volume III: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (January 2007)
Volume IV: Pentecost (May 2007)
Volumes I-IV: Box Collection (May 2007)
Volume V: 14th Sunday after Pentecost (September 2007)
Volume VI: 4th Sunday after Easter (February 2008)
Volume VII: Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul (January 2009)
Volume VIII: Cantus Populares-Popular Chants (December 2009)
Volumes V-VIII: Box Collection (December 2009)
Volume IX: Holy Week and Easter (February 2011)
Volume X: Feast of the Precious Blood (January 2013)


St. John Schola Volume I St. John Schola Volume II St. John Schola Volume III St. John Schola Volume IV St. John Schola Box Set 1-4 St. John Schola Volume V
St. John Schola Volume VI St. John Schola Volume VII St. John Schola Volume VIII St. John Schola Box Set 5-8 St. John Schola Volume IX St. John Schola Volume X

Our traditional Catholic schola answers the peal of the call to prayer from the bell-tower to chant Terce of the traditional Catholic Divine Office, the Hour appointed to be chanted before Holy Mass. Terce is followed by the chanting of the Angelus to the traditional eighteen strikes of the bells. Then follows the Asperges, or lustral sprinkling of the congregation with Holy Water, after which Holy Mass begins, which is a chanted High Mass about once a month.

Our St. John Schola is recording this CD and MP3 series entitled A Traditional Chapel Sings Gregorian Chant. For descriptive and ordering information on our CD and MP3 series and to hear excerpts of our Gregorian chant, click on St. John Schola for Gregorian Chant.


Donations to the Society

If you wish to support the work of the Society, click on the box above to make a donation easily, securely, and confidentially by bank account or credit card through PayPal (note in the PayPal message field: "Donation to SSJA"). By doing so, you will be part of the habitual intentions of Benefactors specially commemorated at Traditional Latin Masses. Using PayPal reduces our administrative burden considerably, but if you need to use a paper check, E-mail the Society for a mailing address.


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