Traditional Easter Triduum in Charlotte

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We are nearly halfway through Lent, and it serves as a good reminder to promote our first diocesan Traditional Latin Easter Triduum (Holy Week), hosted by St. Ann’s at Charlotte Catholic High School. These liturgies are being generously offered by St. Ann’s for the Latin Mass faithful – please try to attend some or all of them (we’d like this to be annual!).

  • Holy Thursday April 13, Mass (High) 7pm
  • Good Friday April 14, Mass of the Presanctified, 3pm
  • Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil (High), 8pm (Light reception to follow)

All liturgies will offered by Father Barone at Charlotte Catholic High School Chapel, 7702 Pinesville-Matthews Road, Charlotte NC.

Lastly, in preparation for the Triduum, we share with you a picture of the “tradification” of the Charlotte Catholic High School chapel – altar rails were just installed last week. The free-standing altar will be relocated for the Triduum and a temporary traditional altar will be established — a modest “brick-by-brick approach” toward restoring tradition in this corner of the world.

St. Gregory Feast this Sunday & Easter Triduum times

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We thank everyone who attended Fr. Joseph’s mission this week and found his talks spiritually efficacious. If you missed any of his talks, they should be posted on St. Ann’s website soon – we’ll let you know when that occurs.

St. Gregory the Great’s Feast Celebration – this Sunday 12:30pm. St. Ann’s and the CLMC will celebrate our patronal feast day with a musical themed celebration. During Mass, the Cantate Domino Latin Choir will offer beautiful Gregorian chants to honor St. Gregory and the music he codified.  After High Mass we will venerate his relics and have a modest celebration with musical themed treats.  Please invite a friend – it will be a beautiful celebration. Also – thank you for everyone who continues to pray our novena to St. Gregory!

Daylight Savings Time reminder – this Sunday: Don’t forget this Sunday is daylight savings time and to spring forward your clocks.

Easter Triduum times: We are pleased to announce the times of the diocese’s first ever Traditional Easter Triduum, sponsored by St. Ann’s.  The times will be:

  • Holy Thursday, April 13, 7pm
  • Good Friday, April 14, 3pm
  • Easter Vigil, April 15, 8pm

 All liturgies will be held at the Charlotte Catholic High School chapel (7702 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC). Music/chant will be provided by St. Ann’s. The Easter Vigil will be followed by a light reception and celebration (weather permitting) organized by the CLMC.

(N.B. – there will be the regular Easter Sunday 12:30pm High Mass back at St. Ann’s)

Shrovetide Update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Happy Shrovetide, or Fat Tuesday, the day traditionally where Catholics would use up their fatty foods (meats, eggs, butter) in preparation for the Lenten fasts and as this article notes, pancakes were an easy way to do it.

Being Fat Tuesday, we provide a “fattened” update with much to announce – so please read carefully:

Ash Wednesday March 1: 7am  Low Mass, St. Ann’s  (this is the only diocesan Ash Wednesday Latin Mass we’re aware of in Charlotte metro).

Friday March 3 Mass & Anniversary:  7am Low Mass, St. Ann’s – March 3rd marks the 4th anniversary of the Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann’s.  Please consider attending as an act of thanksgiving or offer some prayers as Fr. Reid has always provided us faithful with a Latin Mass each Sunday (even when away).

Friday Latin Masses at St. Mark parish:  Each Friday during Lent, St. Mark parish in Huntersville will offer 12:30pm Low Masses. The first Mass begins this Friday March 3rd. Stations of the Cross are at 12:10pm (note: the Stations might run a few minutes before or later than 12:30pm – please plan accordingly). St. Mark is the newest addition to our Latin Mass parish community—if only for Lent.

Novena to St. Gregory begins this Friday: Friday March 3rd also begins our 9 Day Rosary Novena to our patron, St. Gregory the Great. Would you join us in praying for the growth of Latin Mass, and for Our Lord to send more Latin Mass priests to our diocese? Novena attached or you can read more here:

St. Ann Parish Mission begins this Sunday: “Why be Catholic? – The Wounds of Christ”, Sunday March 5  – Wednesday March 8; 7pm talk each night followed by confession. As Fr. Barone noted Sunday, our mission priest, Fr. Joseph Tuscan is a traditional Franciscan priest who offers the Latin Mass. Also there will be Latin Mass Wednesday night, and a reception after the talk.

1st Sunday Latin Masses at Sacred Heart in Salisbury: Deo Gratias! We are pleased to share that beginning this Sunday March 5, Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury will now offer a monthly 1st Sunday Latin Mass at 4pm. This is a significant achievement in helping to maintain the Latin Mass at that parish (and providing us a back-up Sunday afternoon Latin Mass). Thank you to all the faithful who joined in praying the novenas to help keep the Latin Mass being offered up there and please continue to do so as much work remains.

St. Thomas Aquinas Feast Day Latin Mass: 7pm, Tuesday March 7th, St. Thomas Aquinas parish will celebrate its patronal feast day with a Solemn High Mass and veneration of his relic.

St. Gregory the Great Feast Day celebration: 12:30pm High Mass Sunday March 12th, at St. Ann’s. Gregorian chant music provided by the Cantate Domino Latin Choir and veneration of St. Gregory’s relic after Mass along with a musical themed social afterwards.

Traditional Easter Triduum offered by St. Ann’s: Stay tuned as the details are being worked out and we’ll update once we have concrete times and plans. The location will be at Charlotte Catholic High School chapel.

Correction from last week:  Last week we passed along a note from St. Ann’s Music Director about the chant settings for Lent and need to correct it. For Sundays during Lent, the Chant settings will be Mass XVII (Advent & Lent), with Credo IV. The Easter Vigil and Paschaltide settings will be Mass I (Lux et origo). To learn the differences, you can actually listen to these settings at Corpus Christi Watershed Publishing House’s Kyriale resource website:

Novena to St. Gregory the Great

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  In preparation for our celebration of our patronal feast on Sunday March 12, you are invited to join us in a special Rosary novena to St. Gregory the Great.  He is a wonderful patron to our apostolate as he was a 6th century Benedictine abbot who is most noted for his reform of the Roman Liturgy (i.e. the Latin Mass and the chant, which bears his name).

Providentially, the novena begins on Friday March 3rd (the 4th anniversary of the institution of the St. Ann’s Sunday Latin Mass) and concludes Saturday March 11 – the Vigil of St. Gregory. This Sunday we’ll be passing out St. Gregory holy cards with the novena on the back.

The novena consists of praying 1 Rosary daily for 9 days (March 3 – March 11), and at the end of each daily Rosary, offering this attached prayer to St. Gregory.   As we prayed last year, we again ask you to also consider including the following intentions:

  • Full sacramental/parish life in the Extraordinary Form for Charlotte (includes daily Masses & confessions, Confirmation, Triduum, Divine office, traditional catechesis, devotions, etc.)
  • Our Latin Mass Priests and Bishop Jugis.
  • That Our Lord may send more Latin Mass priests and traditional vocations to Charlotte.

Might you consider joining us to pray for our spiritual needs? Children are especially encouraged to join as the prayers of children are most efficacious to God (Matthew 18:3-4).

St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!


Rosary Novena Prayer to St. Gregory the Great

  1. Pray a Rosary each day beginning March 3 and ending
    March 11 (Feast is March 12).
  2. At the end of each Rosary, add this prayer:

St. Gregory, you are known for your zeal for the Catholic
faith, love of liturgy, and compassion and mercy toward
those in need. Please help and guide us so that we may share
in these virtues and thereby bring Jesus into the hearts of
our families and all we encounter. We especially ask for
blessings on our parish family, our priests and our deacons.

I also ask that you graciously intercede for me before God so
that I might be granted the special assistance and graces that
I seek (full sacramental and parochial life in the
Extraordinary Form for the Charlotte faithful and that Our
Lord will send more Latin Mass priests to our diocese).

Help me to live as a faithful child of God and to attain the
eternal happiness of heaven.

St. Gregory the Great pray for us. Amen

Mid February update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We just wanted to send out updates on two exciting events for Lent.  Please mark your calendars:

St. Ann Lenten Parish Mission: March 5-7, 7pm talk, Confession afterwards (except Wednesday). Flyer attached – please join us!

  • Topic: “Why be Catholic – 5 Wounds of Christ”,
  • Presented by Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM.
  • Father offers the Mass both rites
  • Wednesday Mass at 6pm (Presumably Latin)

Feast of St. Gregory the Great: Sunday March 12 after 12:30pm Mass at St. Ann’s. This is the patronal feast day for the Charlotte Latin Mass Community, and for the schola/Cantate Domino Latin Choir. Please join us for a modest musical themed celebration:

  • Veneration of the Relics of St. Gregory the Great after Mass
  • Musical themed treats including 65 musical cookies featuring Gregorian chant designs
  • Cantate Domino Latin Choir will sing beautiful chants in honor of St. Gregory

We will also begin a novena to St. Gregory next week. Details to follow.

“Why Latin?” class video now available

Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC),

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We are now pleased to provide video and audio versions of the “Why Latin?” talk from Fr. Jason Barone.

Please note: The video of the talk is provided in its entirety; however due to technical error the video feed was lost for part of the talk. During this time audio and images were inserted to fill the gap. No content was lost, but the sound quality may be different during this time.

Lastly, we also provide the book resources mentioned in the talk.  We especially recommend Fr. Knox’s book “the Mass in Slow Motion”