Happy 99th Birthday: Mrs. Joan Pearsall

Photo of Joan Pearsall courtesy of JoesPeople.com

August 8, 2021 Mrs. Joan Pearsall will celebrate her 99th birthday.

She is dear to many at Saint Mary Cathedral. Our Latin Mass Community has her to thank for writing a letter to the bishop requesting the Traditional Latin Mass, back in the late 1980’s.

Here is the link to the original response letter Joan received in 1988 from Bishop John McCarthy, authorizing the celebration of the TLM in the Diocese of Austin, Texas.

In 2017 we asked Joan to write the history of How the Latin Mass started in the Austin Diocese. Here is the result, which includes her conversion story: Joan Pearsall’s History of SJLMS.

Joan was interviewed several years ago for a Catholic podcast. Here is a link to the podcast: “1940s WWII British Girl –– The Blitz on London, Swing Dancing and the New World”.

In 2018, generous donors from the St. Joseph Latin Mass Society honored Joan Pearsall by commissioning a new set of green vestments for the priests of Saint Mary Cathedral. Vestments arrived a year later, 2019. 




Fr. Daniel Liu, Rector, Saint Mary Cathedral • July 2019

October 7: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Today’s Collect for the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary:

O God, whose only-begotten Son, by his life, death and resurrection, hath purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech thee, that meditating upon these mysteries in the most holy Rosary of the blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Lord.

Propers for the Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

The Battle of Lepanto by Paolo Veronese

Solemn Mass Sunday November 17th

A Solemn Mass will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 17th, at Saint Mary Cathedral. Visiting with us on Sunday is Dom Alcuin Reid, OSB. He is the founding Prior of the Monastère Saint-Benoît in the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France, and a liturgical scholar of international renown. Dom Alcuin will be the guest homilist and will visit with the Latin Mass Community after… Read more →