Rorate Caeli

You Report: Not Your Typical Hollywood Premier!

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This is a picture from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at 6610 W. Sunset Blvd., in the heart of Hollywood, where last night I attended a memorial Requiem Mass for the soul of Mr. Guy Coulombe, father of writer Charles Coulombe. It was the first traditional Mass held in this church since the Council, a fact which was commented upon by the celebrant, Fr. Robert Bishop, who has provided the traditional Mass for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on a peripatetic basis for more than twenty years. The Deacon was from among the Norbertines of St. Michael's Abbey, and the sub-deacon was Fr. Andrew Bartus of the Ordinariate church of Bl. John Henry Newman in Orange County.

The congregation numbered in excess of one hundred persons. Blessed Sacrament Church was the actor's church in Hollywood. Originally formed in 1904, the present church was built in 1953, and is a combination of Spanish baroque with "other-modern." Afterward, Charles Coulomb addressed the fathers, parish administrator, and congregants with words of enthusiasm and gratitude. It was a memorable Hollywood "premier," the significance of which is far greater than mere shadows on celluloid.

Rorate note: Don't forget to enroll the Souls of your family and friends in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society, where 33 holy priests say regular TLMs for the enrolled Souls.

How to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well. And please follow this formatting strictly. 

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  1. I will certainly keep Guy Coulombe in my prayers. Charles is one of my favorite authors, and his radio programs are always interesting.

  2. I had the great good fortune of having a few drinks with Mr. Coulombe; a brilliant man of letters. He said the world was not the same without his father, whose death he lamented. Both men obviously share[d] their love of the TLM. Please read any of Charles' books; his prose is bar none!

  3. Great post! Good to see a sign of hope!

  4. Anonymous5:17 AM

    The ever-intrepid Fr. Bishop. God bless him and all he's done for the sake of souls and Tradition!!


  5. Bet that Mass rattled quite a few demons.

  6. Cried like a baby from the "Dies Irae" on..........

    Father Bishop, the Norbertines, and the Coulombe family........

    God bless you all, and thank you!

  7. i've been there once and its a beautiful church. Shocking considering that church is run by jesuits.

  8. Happily, Fr. Bishop is blessed with a beautiful singing voice. My appreciation for this was renewed recently at a High Mass back east where the priest wasn't so blessed.

  9. Father Bishop kept the Latin Mass going in LA under the past bad administrations

  10. You can see the rest of the photoes here at


  11. Here is the complete list of the clerical participants:

    Fr. Robert Bishop, CMF, celebrant;

    Deacon David Gonzalez, O. Praem., deacon;

    Fr. Andrew Bartus of the Anglican Ordinariate, sub-deacon.

    The mass was celebrated in memory of Mr. Guy J. C. Coulombe, who passed away on 1 July, 1996.

    After the mass Mr. Coulombe was very particular to express the gratitude of all concerned to Mrs. Yolanda Brown, Parish Administrator of Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, without who's invaulable assistance the mass really could not have been accomplished.

    Deo Gratias!

  12. The MC on the left of the photo, with white gloves, is also named Charles Coulombe. He is the nephew of the author, and has worked tirelessly to keep the Traditional Mass in Los Angeles. He is an officer of Una Voce Los Angeles.

    Father Bishop has been the one priest that kept the Latin Mass alive though the Mahony years. May God bless you Father Bishop. Same wishes for the Norbertines of Orange County.


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