The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Novus Ordo)
The Catholic Church, in keeping with her Savior’s commission to “go out to all the world”, recognizes the need to embrace and transform modern culture to Christ. In responding to this call, the Second Vatican Council reiterated its age-old teaching of the universal call to holiness and sought to reopen the treasures of the Divine Liturgy to the faithful. The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite Mass is one of myriad ways in which the Council Fathers sought to lavish the treasures of Christ’s Church on her people. Pope Benedict XVI has urged that the teachings of Vatican II be considered in light of a “hermeneutic of continuity”, by which we are to understand the new as building upon the foundation of the old and not a demolition of two millennia of Tradition.
In keeping with the Holy Father’s desire, St. Birgitta’s Catholic Church seeks to celebrate her Savior’s death and triumphant resurrection with due reverence in keeping with the teachings and authority of the Magisterium.
The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite)
The Traditional Mass has been an integral part of the parish of St. Birgitta for many years. We welcome anyone who wishes to experience the Liturgy in the Latin usus antiquior of the Roman Rite, in accordance with the Missal of Blessed John XXIII published in 1962, as expressed in the Motu Proprio: Summorum Pontificum of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
The Parish has the permission of the archbishop for the use of St. Birgitta Catholic Church as the location within his Diocese to provide the Mass and all Sacraments according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite to any who so desire them.
Meet the Pastor
Rev. Joshua Clifton
was just recently assigned to St. Birgitta by Archbishop Alexander Sample of the Archdiocese of Portland, OR.
Parish assignments with the Diocese of Monterey, Ca. Father Clifton was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, Ca. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and from Mount Angel Seminary. He was ordained in 2012.
Father Clifton’s ministry has been at St. Theodore Parish in Gonzales, Madonna del Sasso Parish in Salinas, Holy Trinity Parish in Greenfield, St. Patrick Parish in Watsonville, and Our Lady of Refuge Parish in Castroville, all in California. He has taught at Catholic schools on both coasts.
Vespers and Compline
Every Sunday at 6pm in the rectory chapel
Information coming soon
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