To celebrate our Blessed Mother, the Saint Brendan Catholic Community will sponsor a live concert in the church at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th. “We’re calling it Mother’s Day for Mary,” said Father Pete, “because through the power of gospel and popular music we will honor Mary as our Mother, who accompanies us through the joys, sorrows, and glories of life.”
Earlier that day, Archbishop Cordileone will consecrate the archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. “The image of Mary with her heart aflame with love, but pierced by a sword of sorrow, is one of the most popular representations of her Immaculate Heart,” remarked Father Charles Puthota, the Archdiocesan Director of Pastoral Ministry. “There is an alliance between devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which overflows with love for all humanity, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which burns with love for her Son and for all of us. Mary’s role in our lives is this: through her tender love, to help us be and do what Jesus wants us to be and to do.”
The day will begin with a Rosary Rally at 9 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Cathedral (1111 Gough Street in San Francisco), followed by Mass with Archbishop Cordileone at 10 a.m., and a procession through the city streets with the Blessed Sacrament and Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Once the procession has returned to the Cathedral at 11:30 a.m., the Archbishop will consecrate the Archdiocese to Mary.
“The people of Saint Brendan will then continue the celebration into the evening with Mass, a light dinner, and a beautiful concert,” said Mario Balestrieri, Director of Music Ministry. Narada Michael Walden, whom Billboard Magazine recently ranked as one of the top ten music producers of all time, will lead the show. “I met Narada when I baptized his oldest daughter,” said Father Roger. “Since then, he has become a good friend. He has a deep love for Mary, and I am pleased to introduce him to the Saint Brendan community.”
Mr. Walden will be joined by an all-star lineup of musicians that includes Caroline Sky from The Voice, anchorman Dan Ashley from ABC7, two-time Grammy Award winner Jeanie Tracy, Joli Valenti singing “Get Together” written by his father, Dino Valenti of the Quicksilver Messenger Service, and many more talented artists. The Saint Brendan Children’s Choir also will make its debut for the year by appearing with Ms. Tracy to sing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” and presenting the Saint Brendan theme song for the Year of Prayer, “We Gather in His Presence,” written by Mr. Balestrieri.
Mass will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a simple dinner at 6 p.m. The curtain will be raised at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for both the dinner and concert, $10 for the concert only. Parishioners and guests can sign up by visiting the website at www.stbrendanparish.org, or by calling the rectory office at (415) 681-4225. “This is for people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Father Roger, “so that we can get together to honor our Mother who leads us always to her Son, Jesus.”