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Fr. Z’s Blog – November 1, 2019

“Coming up in November, His Excellency Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, will celebrate a Pontifical Mass at the Throne at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.Those interested can learn more about the Mass of the Americas at the National Shrine, and the conference to take place afterwards, at www.MassOfTheAmericas.org. I wrote with questions to His Excellency concerning some elements of celebration of the Holy Mass with the traditional form.”

Community in Mission – October 29, 2019

“I am pleased to announce that a Solemn Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be offered by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Further details appear at the bottom of the post, but first allow me to provide some background.”

Register Radio – October 25, 2019

“With Washington in political chaos and the Vatican on the heels of the synod of bishops discussing evangelization in the Amazon region, there couldn’t be a more fitting time for Mass of the Americas to be celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception November 16th.This week on Register Radio we find out what is so special about this mass at this moment when we speak with Archbishop Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.”

Corpus Christi Watershed – October 24, 2019

“Solemn Pontifical High Masses are not common events, but one will be celebrated next month at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The Mass will be offered by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10 AM (EST).”

The Missive – October 21, 2019

“On Saturday, November 16th, at 10 a.m., His Excellency the Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The event is hosted by the Benedict XVI Institute as part of a tour introducing the Mass of the Americas, a newly-composed Mass setting in the sacred music tradition of the Church. A free conference comprised of workshops and discussions with the composer and other Catholic artists will follow the Mass.”

Washington Examiner – October 24, 2019

“In his archdiocese, Cordileone commissioned what became known as the Mass of the Americas, which brings together sounds from popular spiritual songs among Mexican Catholics with more traditional sacred music. He believes this mass helps to break down barriers between Americans and Mexicans.”

Aleteia – October 24, 2019

“On Saturday, November 16, Massgoers in Washington, D.C., will hear a new setting that may have some of the characteristics of the classical Masses of the past few centuries but also is meant to carry the spiritual aspirations of people praying the liturgy. The composer is Frank La Rocca, and his work is titled “The Mass of the Americas.” Its first performance will take place in the context of a Solemn High Pontifical Mass honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary under her titles of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (the Patroness of Mexico and all of the Americas, and the Patroness of the United States). Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco will serve as the principal celebrant.”

Catholic Herald – October 22, 2019

Dappled Things: A Journal of Ideas, Art & Faith – September 2019

“In our era, new musical Mass settings are rarely commissioned. So, it’s notable that a new musical Mass was commissioned and premiered at a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in San Francisco last December. For this article, I interviewed by email the respected Bay Area traditional sacred music composer, Frank La Rocca, who composed the Mass. We discussed when it is legitimate to call a musical composition a “Mass” and how he was able to incorporate multiple languages and non-traditional musical instruments and elevate them into a composition suitable for the sacred liturgy of the Catholic Church.’”

National Catholic Register – August 3, 2019

“The archbishop noted that Frank La Rocca, the Benedict XVI Institute’s composer-in-residence, ‘created a superb new Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception called The Mass of the Americas.’ Its premiere was broadcast on EWTN and was so well received that, after being performed at San Francisco’s Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, La Rocca’s composition went to Tijuana and will be heading in the future to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., the Houston Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and then on to Mexico City, Rome and beyond, ‘because it is both beautiful and original, and yet clearly part of the great sacred music tradition of the Church.’”

Mosaic TV – April 7, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 5:30 am KPIX television Channel 5, CBS Bay Area
The Benedict XVI Institute seeks to “open the door of beauty” as a path to God. On this episode of Mosaic, director Maggie Gallagher discusses the many activities of the Institute and its already numerous contributions and achievements in liturgy, sacred music, and the arts. Past episodes of Mosaic are archived and viewable at sfarch.org/mosaic-tv.

Catholic Arts and Artists, Mosaic TV – February 2019

 

Musings of a Pertinacious Paptist – September 4, 2018

Latin Masses Debut at San Quentin Prison

Catholic Community Radio – September 4, 2018

SF Chronicle – September 3, 2018

Round-up of news – Leah Garchik

New Liturgical Movement – August 28, 2018

Latin Mass to be Sung in San Quentin by Gregory Di Pippo

The Coming Home Network International – August 24, 2018

The CHNetwork Weekly Roundup #119

Sonrise Morning Show – August 23, 2018

Catholic News Agency/EWTN News: August 15, 2018

Benedict XVI Institute At San Quentin By Mary Rezac

The Latin Mass Society in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough – August 14, 2018

Latin Mass for Prisoners

Mid-City Christian Ministry Network – August 1, 2018

Chant Camps Popping Up In San Francisco

California Catholic Daily: July 31, 2018

Chant Camps Popping Up in San Francisco Archdiocese

The Crux Now: July 28, 2018 (Pick up from CNA article)

Bay area project expands Gregorian chant instruction to children, teens

California Catholic Daily, December 20, 2017

Palo Alto’s secret gift to the Church – Roseanne Sullivan