Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 26: Mass of St. Stephen Protomartyr

Martyrdom of St. Stephen,1560, Giorgio Vasari 

Wednesday, December 26, 12 (noon)


for the Feast of St. Stephen Protomartyr

Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Federico Masutti, F.S.S.P.

Please come and join us on St. Stephen's Day (December 26) at noon at St. John of the Cross in Lemon Grove. Fr. Masutti will celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass and the brothers will serve at the altar and sing Gregorian chants for the ordinary and propers. A very Happy Christmas to all our friends and benefactors!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Brothers and Mystic Monk (Coffee!!)

Being ourselves a non-profit organization, the Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego are now affiliated vendors of Mystic Monk Coffee, the coffee produced by the traditionalist Wyoming Carmelites who have created a business with which to fund their proposed monastic buildings, a wholly noble and worthy cause, and one which the Brothers are happy to support.

Buying the Mystic Monks' very reasonably priced, some organic and fair-trade, but all expertly roasted coffees (at the monastery itself!) also serves to help fund the Brothers' liturgical apostolate right here in San Diego, as we benefit generously by earning a significant refund on each order processed through our link. You, your friends, or your organization will not pay anything extra for us to receive our refund, and will doubtless enjoy this excellent coffee all the more, for having contributed to the maintenance of both the Wyoming Carmelites AND the Brothers in San Diego!

"So, what," you ask, "will my caffeinated patronage avail me, or the Brothers, or for that matter, my city at large?" Well, would you like to hear more expertly sung polyphonic music at traditional masses? Buy Mystic Monk Coffee through the Brothers' link, and you can help us make that happen!

Want to see five identical copes in one place for Solemn Vespers? Buy Mystic Monk Coffee through the Brothers link and you can help us make that happen (here)!

Want to see the full establishment of a Congregation of the Oratory in San Diego? Buy a WHOLE LOTTA COFFEE through the Brothers' link...drink it...then buy some more! Repeat purchasing process ad infinitum. Your purchase, and your prayers, will help make that happen (right here!)!

We would remind you that the Brothers don't have a payroll, all of the money we raise goes back into funding music and divine worship in the ethos an spirit of the Oratory and St. Philip Neri, and to satisfying the necessary requirements of both. Our own worship and the logistical effort that goes into it is purely voluntary, always has been, and always will be. So we see this as a win-win situation for everyone concerned, and hope that you will help to spread our net so that many coffee-beans, and orders for them, will fall into it.

The Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego are very proud and excited to be affiliated non-profit vendors of Mystic Monk Coffee. Click our link ABOVE AND ON THE RIGHT to order now!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

December 8: Mass of the Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception, 1627 Guido Reni  (Italian, Bolognese, 1575–1642) Oil on canvas

Saturday, December 8, 12:00 (noon)

Sung Latin Mass

in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Harry Neely, O.S.A. 

It was fitting that the Word of God should become flesh in the womb of  the most perfect woman: the Blessed Virgin Mary; who, at the very moment of her conception by her parents, was also  sanctified  by the Holy Spirit. On December 8, come to St. John of the Cross in Lemon Grove and hear the ancient prophecies about Mary sung in the timeless tones of Gregorian chant. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012


SUNDAY AFTERNOON, 4 November, 15:30 (3:30pm)

.4 miles to
Downtown San Diego 

Followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament 
in St. Joseph’s Cathedral
 given by Fr. Joseph Tabigue, C.R.S.P.

as witness to our Faith in 
Our Lord Jesus Christ’s Real Eucharistic Presence, 
and to manifest the Catholic Cultural presence 
in American society.

Please be inside the church by 3:15pm 
on Sunday, 4 November 2012. 
The procession will depart at 3:30pm 
and proceed south on State St.,
then north on W. Beech, and into 
St. Joseph’s Cathedral at Third Avenue. 

There is no charge for this event. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Saturday, November 3: Mass for Our Lady

File:Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - The Virgin Appearing to St Philip Neri - WGA22285.jpg
The Virgin Appearing to St. Philip Neri (1740)
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)

Saturday, November 3, 8:30

Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form
for  Our Lady on Saturday

Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Harry Neely, O.S.A.

Come this Saturday morning to  St. Augustine Monastery chapel to experience the ancient praises in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sung in Gregorian chant, in the context of the Traditional Latin Mass. You will find the peaceful atmosphere of the chapel to be particularly conducive to meditation.  

Friday November 2: Mass for All Souls' Day

 Sung Requiem Mass
for the Commemoration of All Souls
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Burt J. Boudoin

Come to St. Charles Parish in Imperial Beach where Fr. Burt Boudoin will offer the Traditional Requiem Mass for  All Souls' Day.  The Brothers of the Little Oratory and Chorus Breviarii will sing the ordinary and propers in Gregorian chant and serve at the altar.   All are welcome!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wednesday, October 31: Vespers of All Saints

File:Paradise from De Civitate Dei by French School.jpg
Paradise, French School, 15th Century

Wednesday, October  31, 19:00 (7 PM)
 First Vespers of All Saints
with Benediction
Hebdomadary: Rev. Fr. Joseph M. Tabigue, C.R.S.P.

We invite you to attend the solemn celebration of All Hallows' Eve at  Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, the jewel of Little Italy. The office of First Vespers of All Saints according to the ancient Roman Rite will be sung liturgically in Latin, using Gregorian chant. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Monday, October 29: Requiem for Joyce

Mrs. Joyce Anne Gorman (1935 - 2012)

Monday, October 29, 19:00 (7 P.M.)

Sung Requiem Mass

in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Burt J. Boudoin

Please come and join us for a sung traditional Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Joyce Gorman. Mrs. Gorman, who was a good friend of the Brothers and used to join us in singing from the choir loft, died suddenly on August 11. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed by the mercy of God rest in peace. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Go forward in procession..."

This picture is worth a thousand words, but three only, will suffice: "Soli Deo gloria," to God alone be the glory. This was the scene following the service of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Joseph Cathedral, at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Pilgrimage in support of the United State's Conference of Catholic Bishops' call for the Fortnight of Freedom. "Go forward in procession with branches, even to the altar." So enjoins Psalm 117, and so we did, through the streets of downtown San Diego. This was perhaps the greatest external achievement of the Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego, to date. We were able to mobilize about three hundred persons representing some eight to ten different diocesan bodies, creating a completely new manifestation of Catholic presence in the secular community. A truly joyous achievement. And yet, of course, the Almighty performs a far greater miracle through his priests in every mass. We merely exposed, for the world to see, His miraculous Eucharistic presence. We were merely agents, giving back to God the glory that is His due. And hopefully there will be more to follow. St. Theresa of Avila wrote, "...yours are the hands and feet with which He is to go about doing good..." Pilgrims, stay tuned for further developments!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Chronicle of the Seven Churches Tour

From our own correspondent:

"The Bishops asked us to show our presence in society, so here we are and we're taking it to the streets!" This was the determined attitude that brought nearly three hundred Catholics to Our Lady of the Rosary in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood, on the afternoon of 1 July 2012, the Feast of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. They were there to manifest support for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' call for the "Fortnight for Freedom," a time for Catholics to demonstrate their presence in society through religious actions of various kinds, in this case, the most public demonstration of all: a Eucharistic procession including Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Following solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament inside Our Lady of the Rosary by Fr. Joseph Tabigue CRSP, the congregation of over two-hundred left the church singing the Italian hymn "Lodate Maria." The procession followed a route from Our Lady of the Rosary, down State St. to Beech, where it turned left and proceeded to St. Joseph's Cathedral, a distance of almost half a mile. Arriving at St. Joseph's, the procession entered to the swelling sounds of the Cathedral's Austin pipe-organ, preceded by the Knights of Columbus color-guard bearing the flags of the United States, the Vatican, and the State of California. Following them were banners from the Marian societies of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Brothers of the Little Oratory of St. Philip Neri in San Diego, the Society of Our Lady from St. John of the Cross, and from St. Didacus parish. Then came the faithful, by the hundred. After them were the acolytes carrying processional torches, the two thurifers, and the canopy covering the monstrance. Carrying the canopy were the Brothers of the Little Oratory of St. Philip Neri, dressed in the robes of the Arch-confraternity of the Precious Blood. Fr. Tabigue, in cope and stole, carried the monstrance enclosing the Blessed Sacrament, assisted by Fr. Louis Solcia CRSP, and Deacon Stephen Riordan. After the litany and prayers of adoration, Fr. Tabigue performed Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Marian antiphon was sung at the Lady altar. The organ proclaimed not the conclusion of the event, but the re-entry into the world outside of hundreds of newly strengthened members of Christ's Mystical Body. 

Afterwards the mood outside the church was jubilant, as shown by the group photographs, which demonstrate both the smiles of the participants, and their diversity in age and background. This was truly a diocesan event, brought together quickly out of necessity, but carried off efficiently and to maximum effect. Under the present circumstances, maintaining Catholic presence in the public arena is a priority of maximal importance, and another procession from Our Lady of the Rosary to St. Joseph's is in preparation. "The idea of proclaiming your Catholic identity in such a public and unexpected way is a little intimidating at first, but very freeing" said participant Peg Demetris from St. John of the Cross parish in Lemon Grove, "It makes you stronger as a Catholic, and as a citizen." Thanks and prayers of thanks are due to Bp. Robert Brom, to Fr. Joseph Tabigue CSRP, to Fr. Peter Escalante, Rector of St. Joseph's Cathedral, and to all the clergy and staff who assisted them in enabling this event to occur with such notable success. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Monday, July 9: Votive Mass of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest

Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest
(image from an altar missal)

Monday, July 9, 18:30 (6:30 PM)
 Votive Mass of Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest
for 30th Anniversary of Ordination
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Burt J. Boudoin

On Monday, July 9, at 18:30, come to St. Charles Parish in Imperial Beach for the 30th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood of our good friend Fr. Burt Boudoin. He will offer the Traditional Latin Mass, while the Brothers will sing the propers in Gregorian chant and serve at the altar. A guest choir will provide the ordinary in Renaissance polyphony.  All are welcome!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Brother's online folder to 2012 Tour of the Seven Churches files.

Saturday, June 30 - Sunday, July 1: Seven Churches Tour


Antonio Lafreri (1512-1577) 

Pilgrims visiting the Seven Churches of Rome during the Holy Year of 1575

Saturday, June 30, 19:00 (7 P.M.)

Opening Mass
Sung  Mass for the Feast
of Most Precious Blood
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Harry Neely, O.S.A. 

Sunday, July 1, 7:30 (7:30 A.M.)

Commencement of the
Seven Churches Tour
Sunday, July 1,  15:30 (3:30 PM)

Conclusion of the 
Seven Churches Tour
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Joseph Tabigue

1535 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

A tour on foot of seven churches in one day, encompassing about 11 miles, over five to six hours, with prayers, spiritual conferences, and singing. This practice is a tradition of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, started by the saint in the 1550's, and continued to this day. Get your walking shoes on, and join us for any or all of the walk. On the vigil of the pilgrimage, Fr. Harry Neely O.S.A. will sing the opening Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for those participating in the 2012 Tour to the Seven Churches. The public are welcome to attend.

[UPDATE: notice that the tour will start on Sunday from St. Patrick's]

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tour to the Seven Churches 2012 - "Fortnight for Freedom" Event

This year the Brothers of the Little Oratory will be holding the "Tour to the Seven Churches," timed to coincide with the USCCB's (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) "Fortnight for Freedom," a period dedicated to manifestations of Catholic presence in the public square. The Pilgrimage will open with Holy Mass on Saturday, 30 June at 7:00pm in St. Augustine's Monastery Chapel, South Park. Fr. Harry Neely, O.S.A. will sing the mass. Confessions will be heard, the Pilgrimage songs will be sung, and a spiritual conference will be offered. Meeting once again on Sunday morning, we will depart St. Augustine's Monastery at 7:30am on foot, visiting St. Patrick's, St. John the Evangelist, St. Vincent de Paul, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of the Rosary, and finishing at St. Joseph's Cathedral. This year, the "Tour" has been granted a Solemn Entrance to St. Joseph's Cathedral, and the opportunity to conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This year's event is replete with significance, spiritual and secular, and we hope you can join us for the "Tour to the Seven Churches."

Sunday, May 27, 2012

More Images From St-Philiptide Weekend

Gold Vestments for the Solemn occassion.

Vestments for St-Philip Neri's mass at St. Augustine Chapel.

Fr. Neely prepares the missal for the mass.

Doning the amice.

Thurifer stoking the thurible charcoals.

The Brethren spiritually prepare for the sacrifice of the mass.

Post-mass in St. Augustine High Prep School Quad.

The Brethren warm-up before singing for a First Holy Communion Mass at St. Mark's Church, San Marcos, CA.

Whitsunday Mass for Veterans at Cal*Vet's Home, Chula Vista, CA.

California Veteran's Home (Chula Vista, CA).
God bless and keep them all!