High Mass Monday October 15 – St. Michael parish

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a last minute announcement for tomorrow, Monday October 15:

There will be a 6pm High Mass at St. Michael the Archangel parish in Gastonia tomorrow October 15, offered by Fr. Matthew Bean, parochial vicar at St. Thomas Aquinas parish. The Mass is being offered for the feast of St. Theresa of Avila.

High Mass – 6pm

St. Michael the Archangel Parish

708 St. Michael’s Lane, Gastonia, NC


Also we understand the new pastor of St. Michael parish announced that beginning in November there will be a Latin Mass offered Thursdays at 7am (not Tuesdays). Once the start date is announced it will be posted.


For Columbus is Ours (October 12)

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Happy Columbus Day! Today, October 12 is the 526th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.

And for those early birds today who attended the 7am Latin Mass at St. Ann, Fr. Reid offered a votive Mass of the Holy Trinity (Low), which Pope Leo XIII decreed be offered today in thanksgiving for Columbus’ discovery and bringing the Catholic faith to this hemisphere.  Commending Columbus, Pope Leo XIII wrote in his 1892 encyclical:

For Columbus is ours; since if a little consideration be given to the particular reason of his design in exploring the mare tenebrosum, and also the manner in which he endeavoured to execute the design, it is indubitable that the Catholic faith was the strongest motive for the inception and prosecution of the design; so that for this reason also the whole human race owes not a little to the Church.  – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892

We decree, therefore, that on October 12, or on the following Sunday, if the Ordinary should prefer it, in all the Cathedral churches and convent chapels throughout Spain, Italy, and the two Americas, after the office of the day there shall be celebrated a Solemn Mass of the Most Holy Trinity…  – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892


In recent times, Christopher Columbus and his legacy has been unnecessarily criticized through lies and falsehoods.  But as Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon, SJ observed in his book “Christopher Columbus: The Catholic Discovery of America”, Columbus had a deep faith for Christ and expressed it in many of his writings. Fr. Hardon provides several examples from Columbus’ log:

As is our custom, Vespers were said in the late afternoon, and a special thanksgiving was offered to God for giving us renewed hope through the many signs of land He has provided.  I now believe that the light I saw earlier was a sign from God and that it was truly the first positive indication of land.”  – October 11, 1492.

I want the natives to develop a friendly attitude towards us because I know they are a people who can be made free and converted to our Holy Catholic Faith, more by love than by force.” – October 12, 1492.

For Fr. Hardon, it was clear that the zealous missionary faith of both Columbus (a Third Order Franciscan) and Servant of God Queen Isabella the Catholic (declared in 1974), led them to pursue this mission.

This hunger for souls for Christ may have also been one of the reasons, another Servant of God, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, choose the name Columbus for his new fraternal order, the Knights of Columbus.

For us in Charlotte, we should be thankful for Columbus because less than 50 years after his discovery, a subsequent Spanish expedition led by Hernando De Soto introduced the Catholic faith to the Carolinas in 1540 as he passed near Charlotte with his priests.

As such, we close with Pope Leo XIII:

“And, above all, it is fitting that we should confess and celebrate in an especial manner the will and designs of the Eternal Wisdom, under whose guidance the discoverer of the New World placed himself with a devotion so touching.” – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo

It is a reminder for us to reclaim the Holy Faith that was introduced to these lands five centuries ago and with zeal share it with those who are separated from it or who lack it.

Mass cancellations this week

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Just a reminder that the annual Diocesan priests retreat is occurring this week as such there are some Mass cancellations. Here is what is published:


Wednesday October 10 (today)

St. Ann 7am Latin Mass by Seminary priests – Still scheduled

St. Ann 6pm Latin Mass – Canceled

St. Thomas Aquinas 7pm Latin Mass – Still scheduled per parish website (offered by Fr. Kauth for healing of Fr. Winslow  – please keep him in your prayers)


Friday October 12

St. Ann 7am Latin Mass – Still scheduled

St. Mark 12:30pm Latin Mass – Canceled

Our Lady of the Rosary – Sunday October 7

Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community

This Sunday October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The Cantata Domino Latin Girls Choir will be singing at the 12:30 Latin Mass at St. Ann.  Prepackaged rose-themed treats will be available after Mass.  Perfect to take with you on the way to the annual Life Chain which begins at 2 p.m  – perfect to enjoy after the prayers are completed. (n.b. the Life Chain will in front of the Church, along Park Road).

Also , the Salisbury Latin Mass Community has announced the next 1st Sunday Latin Mass will be this Sunday October 7 at 4pm at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. It will be a High Mass.

Solemn High Mass for Feast of St. Michael – Saturday Sept 29

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Tomorrow, Saturday September 29, is an important feast day in the traditional Roman Rite calendar – the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel (more below), otherwise known as Michaelmas.

To commemorate the feast, tomorrow, Saturday September 29, the priests at the St. Joseph College Seminary will offer a Solemn High Latin Mass for the Feast of St. Michael (Michaelmas), at 8am at St. Ann parish.

Saturday September 29 – Michaelmas

8am Solemn High Latin Mass (Missa Solemnis) – offered by the priests of St. Joseph Seminary

St. Ann Catholic Church

3635 Park Road, Charlotte


History of the Feast of St. Michael

This feast day, a 1st class feast, was established in the 5th century after St. Michael appeared at a cave near Gargano (Apulia), Italy (Monte Sant’ Angelo). Later after another apparition, a Church was built in the cave and dedicated to St. Michael, hence the formal name of the feast day. One of the neat things about this apparition is that St. Michael sanctified the cave to God, and the actual rock of the cave became a “relic” of St. Michael which fragments are made available to the faithful for veneration.

To learn more visit:

Customs and Traditions for Michaelmas – https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost10.html

History of the Apparitions at Gargano – http://www.santuariosanmichele.it/the-apparitions/?lang=en

More history on St. Michael the Archangel – http://www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/2015/09/28/dedication-of-st-michael-archangel-september-29th/


St. Michael and the Latin Mass

Lastly, we should not forget that invoking St. Michael’s intercession is part of the custom of the Traditional Latin Mass.  After each Low Mass, we conclude the Leonine prayers with the St. Michael prayer, which Pope Leo XIII composed in 1884 after his terrible vision of Satan attacking the Church and requested it be prayed after each Low Mass.  Pius XII later asked these prayers be prayed for the conversion of Russia, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima.

Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.


Mid September update

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We have a few updates coming up over the next week:

Homecoming celebration – Sunday September 16, 12:30pm

Weather permitting*, this Sunday September 16 following the 12:30 PM Latin Mass at St. Ann parish we’ll have our annual Latin Mass homecoming celebration.  This will be to welcome “home” to the Latin Mass some of the new attendees who signed up at our Eucharistic Congress.  Please join us after Mass for a lively reception and as we always try to do, please be sure to welcome any new attendees you may encounter and help answer any questions they may have about the Latin Mass. *Should the hurricane appear prohibit a celebration, we’ll send out an e-mail notification.

Feast of the Holy Cross – Friday September 14

A few days before our homecoming celebration is the Feast of the Holy Cross, Friday September 14, when we celebrate St. Helena’s discover of the relic of the true cross in Jerusalem.

  • St. Ann will have as normal, it’s 7am Friday Low Latin Mass. Around 9am, Father will display a relic of the true Cross for veneration until 5pm. At 5pm there will be a Holy Hour of Reparation (FYI – a Novus Ordo Mass follows the Holy Hour).
  • St. John the Baptist in Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte) will be offering a High Latin Mass at 6:30 PM on September 14th (offered by Fr. Jason Christian)

Special Latin Mass at St. Michael parish in Gastonia – Friday September 21

Although the Latin Mass is on hiatus at St. Michael while the new pastor learns the Latin Mass, there will be a special High Mass offered by Fr. Matthew Bean on Friday September 21st at 6:00 PM (Feast of St. Matthew/Ember Friday).  We encourage all Latin Mass attendees in the Gastonia area to attend and express their appreciation for this special offering of the Latin Mass.

Special Prayer to Avert storms

This week one of our priests made an excellent point in a sermon, pointing out that we mustn’t forget that we can pray that God averts this storm as He has power over all creation (paraphrase). To that end, the CLMC wishes to direct all faithful and priests to the special prayers that the 1962 Latin Mass Missal has to avert storms. It’s listed in the back of the Missal under Special Commemorations and has a special Collect, Secret and Post Communion prayers to avert storms. Perhaps our priests can include these (if permitted) in their Masses this week. We post below for everyone’s benefit:

To Avert Storms


We beseech Thee, O Lord, that all spiritual wickedness may be driven away from Thy house, and that the fury of the storms may pass away.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ…


O Lord, we offer up to Thee praises and gifts, giving thanks for blessings bestowed and ever with humility praying that more may be granted. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

Post Communion

Almighty, everlasting God, who by chastising healest and by forgiving dost preserve, grant that we who humbly pray to Thee, may rejoice in the peace and consolation which we desire and ever enjoy the gift of Thy mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

A great way to make sacrifices for the Church

Laudetur Iesus Christus! In these dim times for the Church, we have some joyful news to share with you.

We would like to re-introduce you to the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a traditional Catholic religious men’s community according to the ancient Carmelite charism in its original eremitical form.  These hermits (6 and growing) are establishing a foundation in Fairfield, Pennsylvania under the Bishop of Harrisburg, Ronald Gainer.

The mission of the Hermits is to provide the Traditional Mass and priestly services for the traditional Discalced Carmelite Nuns in the Carmel of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, which was also just established in Fairfield.  In fact, both the Hermits and the Nuns have ties to our community.

The challenge for the Hermits though is they were just established earlier this year and subsist entirely on alms and the charity of the faithful. This is where you can help.

Currently, the Hermits need $27,000 immediately to pay for their in-house seminary studies this year in order to complete their priestly formation. To assist them, we ask you: Would you consider making a personal donation and encourage others to do likewise?  

As the Church crisis deepens and the need to make sacrifices increase, can there be a more efficacious sacrifice than supporting Carmelite Hermits whose charism is to pray and sacrifice for the purification and sanctification of the Church?  Your contributions will not only benefit the Hermits, but the cloistered nuns they serve as well as the entire Church. It’s really an exponential opportunity for making sacrifices to help the Church.

To learn more about their needs please view the attachments here and here.

To make a tax deductible donation to the Hermits please visit their donation page:  https://www.eremitaednmc.org/donate/

(Donations go directly to the Hermits)