22nd Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost and the commemoration of the feast of St. Raphael the Archangel. For this week we include Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary on Sunday’s Collect, which continues the theme of preparing for the second judgement, as the Church traditionally focuses toward the end of the liturgical year: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/10/thinking-out-loud-collect-of-twenty.html#.YXTNb98pCHs

Feast of Christ the King and Eucharistic Procession – Next Sunday October 31

Next Sunday October 31, the last Sunday of October, is the feast of Christ the King in the traditional calendar. St. Ann and St. Thomas will both be offering Eucharistic processions after their respective Latin Masses to process the King of Kings through the streets of Charlotte.  For the St. Ann procession, as in prior years, we invite the faithful to bring and process with any images, statues, flags, standards, of saintly or blessed Catholic monarchs or rulers (St. Louis IX, St. Ferdinand, St. Isabel of Portugal, Blessed Karl, etc.). The procession is scheduled to march up to Holy Trinity High School and back.

List of Catholic saintly or blessed royals: https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/list-of-royal-saints.pdf

This feast was established by Pius XI in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas, to remind the world that Christ Himself has rights and His teachings and Church need to recognized by all societies and governments – including Charlotte (which sadly ignored it again when it passed a resolution this summer affirming special rights for sexual orientation and “gender identity”). These processions are in a small way offering reparation to Our Lord for such acts that offend Him. To help prepare for this most solemn feast, Sensus Fidelium is running about 50 Christ the King sermons/talks by traditional priests over the years that you can listen to: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnftOVqh-jlavu1oQmdYcqbfqVPUO6jC8 (the Christ the King sermons start around #100 – be sure to scroll down)

TWO WEEKS AWAY: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski Coming to Charlotte – Saturday November 6

The CLMC and St. Thomas Aquinas parish will be hosting Dr. Peter Kwasniewski for a special lecture on Saturday evening November 6 at 7pm in Aquinas Hall (1400 Suther Road, Charlotte).  Dr. Kwasniewski is noted author, lecturer, and composer, who will be speaking on the topic, “Given a Choice, Why Should I Consistently Attend the Traditional Latin Mass?” A meet & greet/book signing will take place from 6-7pm (there will be no dinner). An RSVP is appreciated for headcount purposes. To RSVP you can reply to this e-mail or e-mail us at: info(at)charlottelatinmass.org A flyer is attached.

Saturday November 6 – St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

  • 6-7pm: Meet & greet/book signing
  • 7pm: Lecture

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • The Sacraments and Emergency Services: Dr. Joseph Shaw, of the Latin Mass Society of the UK, is speaking out against a growing problem in our post-Catholic world, namely, the denying of priests the right to give last Rites – particularly in the case of crime scene. This stems from the tragic death of a pro-life and Catholic MP in England last week, David Amess, who was stabbed by a man of “Somali heritage”. Sadly, local police denied a priest entry to give last rites, saying it was a crime scene, something that was not the case just a generation or two ago: https://voiceofthefamily.com/the-sacraments-and-the-emergency-services/
  • Home Altars Update: More on the New Liturgical Movement’s series on home altars we’ve been sharing over the past few weeks. As uncertainty grows about the future public availability of the Traditional Latin Mass (judging by the state of affairs of the world and Church), more people are building home altars for the Latin Mass. Here is an article featuring elegant woodcarving altars for the private home chapel: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/10/home-altars-etc-by-mam-woodworking.html#.YXTLjd8pCHs 

Traditional Catholicism vs. Modernism: Religious Liberty and the False Right to Propagate Error

As we approach the feast of Christ the King, which was established as a call to governments to respect the rights of Christ, and His Teaching, and His Church in society, it seems timely to share another piece of Dom Pietro Leone who examines some problematic statements contained in the Vatican II document Dignitatis Humanae.  The document contains certain statements about “religious liberty” which differs from the long standing and traditional teaching of the Church. The issue is over which religions has rights to worship in the public sphere: the Catholic Church alone, or all religions (Protestantism, Islam, etc.).  Traditionally, the Church has reserved those public rights of worship to Herself alone because to allow false religions the same public rights is essentially tolerating error and heresy which can lead to the loss of souls.  Specifically, according to Dom Leone:

“Religious liberty, the belief that the State must accord equal freedom to truth and error, has been condemned frequently and forcefully by the Popes [2], for the Church teaches that the State should indeed repress falsehood and evil: In the words of Pope Leo XIII: ‘Men have a right freely and prudently to propagate throughout the State what things soever are true and honorable… but lying opinions, than which no mental plague is greater, and vices which corrupt the heart and moral life, should be diligently repressed by public authority, lest they insidiously work the ruin of the State’ [3]. It is true that the State may tolerate falsehood and evil for motives of the common good, but only to the minimal degree necessary: ‘To judge aright’, declares the Pope in the same encyclical, ‘we must acknowledge that the more a State is driven to tolerate evil, the further it is from perfection; and that the tolerance of evil which is dictated by political prudence should be strictly confined to the limits which its justifying cause, the public welfare, demands.’”

The essay goes on to identity how Dignitatis Humanae attempts to reconcile itself with not always with the traditional teachings of the Church, but with two secular documents, the U.S. Constitution, and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, the latter was approved by the anti-Catholic and Masonic French Revolutionary assembly:

“Father Denis Fahey points out that the Constituent Assembly of the French Revolution responsible for the Declaration, of which more than 300 members were Masons, and given ‘the naturalism of Freemasonry, the Declaration… is simply a formal renunciation of allegiance to Christ the King, of supernatural life, and membership of His Mystical Body’ [10]”

It further traces the Masonic and secularist/naturalistic principles found in the French Revolution to philosopher Jean-Jacques Rosseau, who according to both Fr. Fahey and Leone, believed power rests in the people who use it to determine their own ends. Yet this breaks with Catholic teaching which:

“According to the Catholic vision of government, by contrast, power comes from above, which the government uses to further the objective common good of the people.”

The article concludes by showing how this traditional teaching was abandoned by the Church during and after the Council, through actions of Pope Paul VI.

While much of the debate over Vatican II stems over the liturgy and the changes made afterwards, the problematic statements contained in Dignitatis Humanae is an equally important issue as it relates to how a society is to be evangelized (or not) by the Church and state. Much of the lack of progress in the Catholic evangelization of the United States is a result of the effects of such problematic beliefs such as the modern understanding of religious liberty.  Archbishop Vigano and Bishop Schneider have both noted problems with this document as well:

What Mass are you attending on Sunday?

Blessed Karl of Austria – Latin Mass 7pm Tonight

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Thursday October 21 is the feast of Blessed Karl of Austria, the last Holy Roman emperor of Austria-Hungry who died less than 100 years ago, and has a large following among the Latin Mass faithful.  You may recall we invited Bishop Athanasius Schneider to provide a talk on this soon to be saint back in 2017.

TONIGHT 7pm Thursday October 21, we are pleased to announce that Fr. Joseph Matlak (whose mother hails from the island of Madeira where Bl. Karl is buried) will offer the 7pm High Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas in commemoration of Blessed Karl.

Who is Blessed Karl of Austria?

Blessed Karl von Habsburg was the last Holy Roman Emperor who reigned just 2 short years from 1916 – 1918. He inherited World War I from his predecessor, tried tirelessly to end the war through an authentic peace, and was a devout ruler who had a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He was married to Servant of God Princess Zita of the House of Bourbon (who died in 1989) and was the father of 8 children. After being deposed from power by the globalist revolutionaries (who hated all things Catholic), he died in exile on the Portuguese island of Madeira in 1922. He was beatified by St. John Paul II in 2004 (who was named Karol in honor of Bl. Karl) and his feast day is October 21 – the date of his wedding to Zita. It is likely that when Servant of God Zita is beatified (and hopefully canonized) they will be honored with a husband-wife feast day.  When Blessed Karl’s tomb was opened in 1971, his body was discovered to be incorrupt.

In a time when self-proclaimed “Catholics” who support abortion are in the highest levels of government, we are needing holy and pious Catholic leaders in government who promote the Social Kingship of Christ and who are faithful to marriage and the Church gives us Blessed Karl, and hopefully soon his wife, Zita.  Blessed Karl has a growing popularity among Latin Mass attendees for his fidelity, promotion of the Social Kingship of Christ, and the Catholic monarchy. Here are some resources about Blessed Karl:  

*Although not technically on the EF calendar yet, since it’s a feria day (non-feast day), a Mass of the Confessor can be offered for his commemoration.

Blessed Karl’s Local Connection to Charlotte and the Latin Mass

CLMC readers may be surprised to learn that Blessed Karl of Austria’s family actually has ties to Charlotte. His granddaughter, Archduchess Maria Beatrix and her husband, Count Riprand of Arco-Zinneberg lived in Charlotte during the 1980s and began developing several of the shopping centers in Charlotte, Huntersville, and Raleigh that we may frequent today.

Additionally, the couple visited Charlotte in 2018 and in a joyful surprise to us, attended the 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann where the royal couple were equally surprised in seeing the CLMC’s Blessed Karl portrait on the Latin Mass welcome table as they entered the narthex. The Count and Countess graciously stopped to chat with us after Mass.

Sadly though, we have learned that Count Arco (+) passed away in August after a recent battle with cancer. Please consider offering your Mass intentions for the repose of his soul.

Count Arco has died. The prominent NC developer was a descendant of European royalty


Lastly, if you missed our e-mail earlier this week about the petition to Bishops Jugis about the vaccine mandates, you can read/sign it here:


Blessed Karl of Austria, pray for us!

Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost and as Dr. Mike Foley explains in this new commentary on the Collect, the Church begins to focus more on the end times and last judgement as we approach the end of the liturgical year: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/10/the-final-conflict-and-orations-of.html

Feast of Blessed Karl Commemoration – Thursday October 21, 7pm (High Mass)

This Thursday October 21, 7pm at St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Fr. Matlak will offer a High Mass and sermon for the feast of Blessed Karl of Austria, a pious emperor whom many in the CLMC have a devotion towards. We invite the entire CLMC family to join us.

Although not on the traditional calendar yet, Blessed Karl von Habsburg has grown in popularity with many Latin Mass attendees as he was the last Catholic monarch to reign in Europe, and the last of the Holy Roman Emperors, which defended the Church since the time of Charlemagne.  Blessed Karl was born in 1887 and after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 (which began World War I), became next in line for the throne after his great uncle passed away in 1916.  In late 1916, he was crowned King of Austria and of Hungary, practiced Catholic virtue on the battle field and in his governance, and tried to end World War I peacefully. 

Sadly the allied powers, led by Woodrow Wilson, were determined to break up Austria-Hungary (and all things Catholic) and Blessed Karl was exiled to the Portuguese Island of Madeira where he died in exile on April 1, 1922. In 1971, his body was exhumed and found to be incorrupt and he was beatified by Pope John Paul II (who was named Karol, after Blessed Karl) on October 3, 2004.  On October 21, 1911 he married Zita of Bourbon, and they had eight children over their 11 year marriage.  His wife Zita, who lived until 1989 (and even lived in New York for several years) also has a beatification process underway. His feast day is October 21, the date of his marriage to Servant of God, Zita of Bourbon.

Feast of Christ the King – Sunday October 31

Sunday October 31, the last Sunday of October, is the feast of Christ the King in the traditional calendar. St. Ann and St. Thomas will both be offering Eucharistic processions after their respective Latin Masses to process the King of Kings through the streets of Charlotte.  The feast was established by Pius XI in 1925 to remind the world that Christ Himself has rights and His teachings and Church need to recognized by all societies and governments – including Charlotte (which sadly ignored it again when it passed a resolution this summer affirming special rights for sexual orientation and “gender identify”). These processions is in a small way offering reparation to Our Lord for such acts that offend Him.  For the St. Ann procession, as in prior years, we invite the faithful to bring and process with any images, statues, flags, standards, of saintly or blessed Catholic monarchs or rulers (St. Louis IX, St. Ferdinand, St. Isabel of Portugal, Blessed Karl, etc.).

List of Catholic saintly or blessed royals: https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/list-of-royal-saints.pdf

SPECIAL EVENT: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski Coming to Charlotte – Saturday November 6

The CLMC and St. Thomas Aquinas parish will be hosting Dr. Peter Kwasniewski for a special lecture on Saturday evening November 6 at 7pm in Aquinas Hall (1400 Suther Road, Charlotte).  Dr. Kwasniewski is noted author, lecturer, and composer, who will be speaking on the topic, “Given a Choice, Why Should I Consistently Attend the Traditional Latin Mass?” A meet & greet/book signing will take place from 6-7pm (there will be no dinner). An RSVP is appreciated for headcount purposes. To RSVP you can reply to this e-mail or e-mail us at: info@charlottelatinmass.org A flyer is attached.

Saturday November 6 – St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

  • 6-7pm: Meet & greet/book signing
  • 7pm: Lecture
  • 8pm: Q&A

Mass Intention for Pope Francis, Friday October 22: The 7am Latin Mass at St. Ann parish will be offered for Pope Francis who needs a tremendous amount of prayers. The CLMC has requested this Mass to pray for his sanctification, and that he will heed Our Lady of Fatima’s message and consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart and bring peace to the world.  Please consider keeping him especially in your prayers on Friday.

Supporting Traditional Carmelites: On Friday was the feast of the great Carmelite reformer, St. Theresa of Avila. Lately, one of her daughter houses, that in Fairfield, PA, has been carrying a difficult cross these days after being pressured to modify their traditional charism (see article below). One great way to support these pious nuns (who worship under the traditional rite exclusively) is to consider financially contributing to their new convent they are building: https://www.fairfieldcarmelites.org/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Fraternity of St. Peter’s Missionary Work in Peru: The FSSP, a society of priests that offer the Latin Mass exclusively and operates Latin Mass parishes across North America and Europe also has a mission program in South America. To learn more visit: https://fssp.com/st-francis-xavier-missions-in-peru/
  • The Vatican’s War Against Tradition: Church Militant reports on the continuing attack by modernists in Rome on the traditional Carmelite sisters in Fairfield, PA. https://youtu.be/vOb_xZDMqwo

    CLMC note: Will these “visitations” come to Charlotte someday? Let us be sober and watch (1 Peter 5:8).
  • Clandestine Ordinations Against Church Law: Lessons from Cardinal Wojtyla and Cardinal Slipyj: Dr. Kwasniewski pens an critical article which demonstrates how Cardinals Karol Wojtyla (later John Paul II) and Josyf Slipyj (a Ukrainian Catholic bishop) secretly ordained bishops without Vatican approval during the Cold War. They did so when Pope Paul VI explicitly forbade ordinations in certain countries and yet neither Cardinal suffered any penalties for violating church law. Dr. Kwasniewski then compares it to the reaction after the Society of Pius X founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre ordained bishops in the Traditional Rite (e.g. Latin Mass) in 1988 without Vatican approval and was excommunicated, ironically by Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II). Here are some excerpts:

“No one has ever questioned that rules concerning episcopal consecrations are the pope’s right to establish, and that Wojtyla and Slipyj unquestionably and knowingly violated ecclesiastical law, which should have merited them a place of opprobrium alongside Archbishop Lefebvre. Instead, we celebrate them as heroes of the resistance against Communism.

The reason we do so is that we recognize a more fundamental law than that of canonical dictates: salus animarum suprema lex, the salvation of souls is the supreme law. It is for the salvation of souls that the entire structure of ecclesiastical law exists; it has no other purpose than ultimately to protect and advance the sharing of the life of Christ with mankind. In normal circumstances, ecclesiastical laws create a structure within which the Church’s mission may unfold in an orderly and peaceful way. But there can be situations of anarchy or breakdown, corruption or apostasy, where the ordinary structures become impediments to, not facilitators of, the Church’s mission. In these cases, the voice of conscience dictates that one do what needs to be done, in prudence and charity, for the achievement of the sovereign law.

As the years pass and I watch the Catholic Church descend ever further into doctrinal, moral, and liturgical chaos, I can no longer accept the opinion that Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was guilty of “wrongful disobedience.” He was caught in a terrible situation, with a hostile Vatican that seemed to care nothing for tradition (and my, how 2021 has brought us right back to that place), and a worldwide diaspora of traditional Catholics looking to him for a semi-stable solution.

If the Vatican, following on the heels of Traditionis Custodes, should dare to prohibit traditional priestly ordinations, it would be entirely justifiable for a bishop who understands what is at stake to continue to ordain priests traditionally but clandestinely, without any permission requested or obtained.

If a priest in good conscience chooses not to comply with unjust mandates or requirements emanating from ecclesiastical authority, he should not necessarily announce to the world that he will not be complying, but should simply not comply and carry on his pastoral and priestly work. If and when he is penalized, he should not make a big fuss about it, but ignore it and continue on.”


  • The Question of Continuity of the 1962 Missal and the 1970 Missal – The Sunday Gospels: We share another scholarly analysis on how different the Novus Ordo and Traditional Latin Mass lectionary (readings) are nearly entirely different. As the author notes, 60% of the Sunday readings of the Latin Mass of 1962 are not contained in the new Sunday lectionary – raising questions again of how the Novus Ordo missal is connected to the Sacred Tradition: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/10/the-question-of-continuity-of-1962.html
  • Ethnic Diversity and the Latin Mass: Dr. Joseph Shaw, head of the Latin Mass Society of the UK, responds to a modernist theologian who complains that the Latin Mass is “white” and “European” and the Novus Ordo is diverse and “inculturated” with different ethnicities. Shaw in his great prose, notes the opposite is in fact true. The ancient Roman Mass has been and remains ethnically diverse, originating in the Mediterranean area, developed further in Rome and was welcomed and offered by and in all cultures across the continents (before and after Vatican II). However, it is the Mass of Vatican II, which was manufactured by a committee out of touch European and North American academic clerics – only a few among them were even pastors with experience in ministering to the laity and their diverse needs. https://onepeterfive.com/ethnic-diversity-and-the-latin-mass/
  • Abp. Viganò: the ‘pandemic Sanhedrin’ is spinning a ‘labyrinth’ of COVID lies: This week’s message from Abp. Viganò comes from his address to Italian freedom supporters against the draconian COVID protocols and immoral vaccine mandates. The Archbishop exhorts the Romans to return to the Catholic faith:

“Let’s break the logical short circuit of those who demand our consent even when they lie shamelessly. And to get out of the labyrinth, dear friends, it is necessary to look at things with a look that is not limited to single facts, but sees them all in a broader framework, in which the pandemic is a social engineering tool artfully provoked with the aim to take us to the green pass, to total control, to the limitation of natural and constitutional freedoms in the name of a Great Reset that none of us want, that no one has ever asked us to vote, which concentrates power and wealth in the hands of an elite — that of the “philanthrocapitalists” like Gates and Soros — and who consider the rest of humanity as a reservoir of slaves and customers, to whom to give that minimum of money — created out of nothing and which weighs on them as a debt — that it serves to allow them to buy the goods that this elite produces; goods produced with cheap labor, of course, forced to do everything to survive…

Jesus Christ is King and Lord of History, in His hands are the fates and destinies of each of us, of the States and of the Holy Church. He will not allow us to succumb to the onslaught of the enemy of mankind. Return, let us all return to him, with the trust of the prodigal son who humbly asks his father to forgive him and to welcome him back into his home. Let us go back to being Christians, proud of our Faith and of the civilization that Religion has built up in the course of two thousand years of history. Let’s go back to defending in civil and political commitment those non-negotiable values that today we see denied and trampled on. But above all — I beg you, I implore you — let us go back to living in the Grace of God, to frequent the Sacraments, to practice the virtues, to be Christians consistent with the promises of Baptism, authentic witnesses of Christ.”


Bishop Schneider’s Fall 2021 Tour and New Book

It was just four years ago this week that Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop in Kazakhstan and faithful defender of tradition and orthodoxy, graced us in Charlotte with his presence during his fall trip to the U.S. (see video here or article here). This fall he is visiting other cities in the U.S. and has also conducted several important interviews ahead of his forthcoming book by Sophia Press entitled The Catholic Mass – Steps to Restore the Centrality of God in the Liturgy: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/the-catholic-mass

Below are a few links to interviews and some important takeaway points he made:

The Remnant: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/5636-global-darkness-michael-matt-interviews-bishop-schneider

  • COVID vaccine is part of a new materialistic, healthcare dictatorship, a new-communism, as people are losing rights over their own body
  • The new Motu Propio may mean Latin Masses may soon be offered clandestinely but it will prepare for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, with a more humble, smaller yet purified Church (without the bureaucracy)
  • Call upon the Holy Angels to free the Church today from its persecutors, like it did when St. Peter was in prison (Acts 12:7)

EWTN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6YRAO1R014

  • Novus Ordo and the Traditional Latin Mass are not two forms of the same rite that should coexist – they are quite different.
  • Noted Pope Francis even spoke of a “kind of bi-ritualism” – e.g. the Latin Mass operates like the Eastern Churches with their own rites

Steve Bannon’s War Room: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bishop-schneider-the-traditional-mass-is-stronger-than-pope-francis-it-will-win/

  • Post-Vatican II liturgy “revolution” committee wanted to use Protestant influences that stressed the Mass was a “banquet” or “meal” – not the Sacrifice on the Cross.
  • New Mass has so many moments of informality
  • The Traditional Latin Mass is stronger than Pope Francis. It will win.

Full interview begins at 1 hour, 35 minute mark: https://rumble.com/vnh5er–watch-live-patriot-news-outlet-steve-bannons-war-room-pandemic-10am-et-108.html

As Bishop Schneider notes, the Latin Mass stronger and will win in this conflict. Will you be part of the winning “team”? What Mass are you attending on Sunday?

For Columbus is ours – October 12, 1492

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Happy Columbus Day! Today, Tuesday October 12 is the 529th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World. 

Over 125years ago, Pope Leo XIII decreed that a votive Mass of the Holy Trinity 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 [dark sea], 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 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 (now Blessed), Fr. Michael J. McGivney, chose 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 presumably with 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

As some in the Church today struggle with how to minister to the pagan cultures of today, let the story of Columbus, the Franciscans who followed him, and the North American Jesuit martyrs serve as an example to us all on how 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 entirely.

(FYI – this is adaptation of a post written a few years ago: https://liturgyguy.com/2018/10/12/the-missionary-zeal-of-christopher-columbus/)

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, and as custom we provide a reflection on today’s collect by Dr. Mike Foley: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/a-worthy-location-postcommunion-prayer.html#.YWJckxwpCHs

We thank everyone who attended the Solemn High Mass on Thursday – it was a beautiful gift to be present at this Mass of Our Lady.  In thanksgiving, please offer a decade of your Rosary, for the priests, especially Frs. Kauth and Buettner.  Speaking of Our Lady, tomorrow Monday October 11 is the traditional feast of the maternity of Mary, Mother of God (Mater Dei). We share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry for this feast day: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/october/october-11-the-motherhood-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/

SPECIAL EVENT: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski Coming to Charlotte – Saturday November 6

As noted last week, we are pleased to announce that the CLMC and St. Thomas Aquinas parish will be hosting Dr. Peter Kwasniewski for a special dinner lecture on Saturday evening November 6 at 7pm in Aquinas Hall (1400 Suther Road, Charlotte).  Dr. Kwasniewski is noted author, lecturer, and composer, who will be speaking on the topic, “Given a Choice, Why Should I Consistently Attend the Traditional Latin Mass?” A pizza dinner and refreshments will be offered. There is no cost but a free will offering will be taken. An RSVP is appreciated for headcount purposes. To RSVP please e-mail us at: info(at)charlottelatinmass.org A flyer is linked.

TAN Books Begins New Online Journal: TAN Direction

Last week we mentioned local Catholic publisher TAN Books, has just announced a new online journal that will help the faithful grow in holiness according the traditions of the Church. Contributors will not only include TAN staff (several attend St. Ann and the TLM) but also traditionalists including Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, and Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP (the latter visited us at St. Ann in August 2017). We are pleased to share Fr. Ackers first post:


Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Creation and the Weekly Liturgy: Fr. William Rock, FSSP provides a helpful piece on why the preface of the Holy Trinity is used for most of the Sundays after Pentecost and its connection to the 6 day creation in Genesis: https://fssp.com/creation-and-the-weekly-liturgy/
  • St Pius V and the Mass: Voice of the Family also published Dr. Joseph Shaw’s (head of the UK’s Latin Mass Society), article on clearing up some of the myths some modernists use to claim the Novus Ordo Mass was simply the same as what Pope St. Pius V did when he codified the Traditional Latin Mass at Trent. As you can suspect, this was not the same situation and the introduction of the Novus Ordo was an entirely new missal, unheard of in Church history: https://voiceofthefamily.com/st-pius-v-and-the-mass/
  • The Rosary Sounds the Trumpet of the New Israel:  As we gear up for Dr. Kwasniewski’s visit next month, he writes an excellent piece tying the Rosary to the fulfillment of the trumpets the Israelites used for various special occasions including to prepare for the coming of the Lord and for battle: https://onepeterfive.com/the-rosary-sounds-the-trumpet-of-the-new-israel/

Traditionalism vs. Modernism: Sounding the Trumpets of Tradition

As one of the prior articles above notes, the Israelites used trumpets to announce events such as the new moon, the day of atonement, or to prepare for battle and sieges (like Jericho).  That symbolism is helpful as there were three important articles that came out last week which may be calling us traditionalists to begin to sounding the spiritual trumpets – the Rosary – to prepare for a more fervent defense of tradition, and the liturgy which embodies it: The Traditional Latin Mass.  We share these three articles along with some excerpts:

Article 1: Traditionis Custodes: Separating Fact from Fiction: Rome Journalist, Diane Montagna has released a bombshell report which indicated that the bishops’ survey used to influence the motu proprio (Traditionis Custodes) was actually sidelined, and possibly replaced with a second manipulated survey with an outcome that was predetermined long before survey was even mailed to bishops.  The first survey results (main report) contained most of the bishops replies (which were mostly favorable to the Latin Mass).  However, some in the Vatican drafted a second “parallel” report which was crafted with a desired outcome (e.g. Latin Mass is harmful to the Church).  It was this second report, which did not fully reflect the bishops opinions, that was used to justify the restrictions on the Latin Mass set forth in the new motu proprio:

“Reliable sources have confirmed that while the main report was being prepared, CDF superiors commissioned a second report in order to be sure that the main report reflected the feedback of the bishops. The Congregation allegedly had to be sure that the main report didn’t just come to the usual conclusions, e.g. that the traditional Mass is a positive element in the life of the Church, etc., etc., etc. The second report was therefore billed as a sort of second opinion, a check on the main report.

What would a reasonable person have taken away from the main report? That a reasonable majority of bishops, using different words and in different ways, basically were sending the message: ‘Summorum Pontificum is fine. Don’t touch it.’”

We include a few of the survey results from a few U.S. bishops provided by Montagna:

“I would see it as a benefit to the whole Church if the Holy See continued to support faithful Catholics who are attached to the EF of the Roman Rite. Even in general terms, fostering genuine differences in thought and expression is a benefit to the universal Church. Having a section devoted to it in the CDF is helpful, when liturgical developments or clarifications are needed. In keeping with universal norms, our Archdiocese has also undertaken to establish a dialogue with local and national leaders of the FSSPX. I believe this positive step was facilitated by the existence of Summorum Pontificum and the communities it fostered (A Bishop of the United States, response to question 9).

We have observed that these families attend many of the diocesan youth and vocational events in a far greater proportion than any other group (A Bishop of the United States, response to question 9).

It would not be difficult to say that if they were polled, nearly 100% of those who attend EF believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, while drastically lower numbers have been shown for Catholics who go predominantly to OF (A Bishop of the United States, response to question 3).”

I fear that without the EF, many souls would leave the Church (A Bishop of the United States, response to question 3).

Montagna concludes by asking clergy and laity to NOT correspond with the Vatican on Traditionis Custodes – as Fr. Chad Ripperger noted recently (see last week’s CLMC e-mail), this is a bad idea involving people with a hatred of the Latin Mass. She also invites laity to pray for the clergy and to pray the Rosary.  CLMC note: Let us also consider praying for the priests, bishops, and especially the Holy Father – including having Masses offered for them.

You can read her full report here: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/5633-traditionis-custodes-separating-fact-from-fiction/

Article 2: Pope Francis’ plans will ‘destroy’ contemplative life: Franciscan friar: This is a sobering and concerning interview by a traditional Carmelite chaplain, Fr. Maximilian Mary in Pennsylvania who was serving as chaplain to the traditional Carmelite sisters there. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, the sisters, who follow the Latin Mass exclusively, received an apostolic visitation from Rome.  Since that time, Fr. Maximilian has gone public with the dangers these apostolic visitations pose to traditional communities – including to his own life. As he notes from his own experience:

“Father Maximilian makes it clear that any announcement of an Apostolic Visitation in our days means that the Vatican desires to take over and reform a monastery or order. He speaks here based on his own earlier experience, since he is a former member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI), whose original charism was destroyed under the pontificate of Pope Francis, also with the help of an assigned Apostolic Commissioner. 

Father Maximilian now recounts these stories for us so that we may be alerted and warned, able to understand what some Carmelite nuns may decide to do in the very near future. But he also does so in order to warn other orders and religious communities about the looming dangers.”

Full article here: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-has-agenda-to-overhaul-cloistered-womens-communities-franciscan-friar/

CLMC note: From the interview, Fr. Maximilian notes other nuns may take the unprecedented step and opt to refuse an apostolic visitation in order to save their charism. Based on these turbulent times, one can only wonder if learning from the example of Holy Lot could be the unusual but prudent course of action when malefactors knock on the cloister, monastery or seminary door: Keep the door shut (and call for help) – Genesis 19:6-10. St. Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, pray for us!

Article 3: ‘Legitimate illegality’: Famed Catholic author on how to defend tradition: Noted traditional author Martin Mosebach comments on the need to refuse apostolic visitations, and to be prepared to lose buildings and incur penalties if necessary to defend the Traditional Latin Mass. 

“According to my conviction, these nuns have the full moral right to show the visitators the door and to return to sender, unopened, the Roman correspondences that are expected to be sent subsequently. They should only take care of one thing: to keep their property safe so that it cannot be confiscated in case of a possible Roman dissolution of the Order, suspension of the Mother Superior, etc. Then they must hold out for a few years in a legitimate illegality, but certainly not as long as the SSPX has held out.

Canon law does not know positivism in essential questions — no “Hoc volo, sic iubeo!” Only whoever resists [Traditionis Custodes] must expect that the church building will be taken away from the parish and that the priests will be suspended…Whoever wants to resist must be prepared to pay a price for it. In my estimation, the price will not be too high — the left wing of the Church has long since stopped following instructions from Rome without having to fear even the slightest sanction. This does not apply to Tradition, however, but the weapons have become blunt — who takes the Church’s penal code seriously anymore?”

Mosebach’s interview: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/legitimate-illegality-catholic-author-martin-mosebach-on-how-to-defend-tradition/

Last week was the 450th anniversary of the battle of Lepanto, where Catholics, led by Pope Pius V and Don Juan of Austria, completely outnumbered and out gunned, sought recourse in Our Lady and the Rosary, who delivered a historic victory that saved Christendom and protected Catholicism (and its Traditional Latin Mass) from being suppressed by invading Islamists. Is today not a similar time to seek recourse in the Rosary?

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

Pope St. Pius V and Our Lady Queen of the Rosary, pray for us!

LEPANTO: The Highest Moment That the Centuries Ever Witnessed (Mass at 7pm Tonight)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! It is with triumphant joy that we wish our readers a blessed feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary!  While many Masses were canceled this week, we in Charlotte have a special High Mass tonight at 7pm at St. Thomas Aquinas parish on one of the most important Marian feast days.

October 7, 2021: 450th Anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto

It was on this day, four hundred and fifty years ago, October 7, 1571, that the Catholic armada, organized thanks to the tireless efforts of Pope Saint Pius V, and under the leadership of the great Don Juan of Austria met the menacing fleet of the Mohammedans who were poised for a massive invasion of Europe. The two fleets met in the Gulf of Lepanto with the Catholic flotilla, vastly outnumbered by their Turkish adversary. However, at that same time, when all seemed dark, when all seemed lost, with the Dominican Pope and laity across Europe praying the Rosary, Our Lady intervened at a decisive moment, giving Catholics, led by Don Juan, a glorious victory over the great foe of Christendom – marking a turning point in the history of Islam’s long decline. 

One of the wounded survivors of the fighting, was Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes of Don Quixote, who reportedly described the battle as:

The highest moment that the centuries ever witnessed”.

The victory demonstrates the power of praying the Rosary, and the importance of Our Lady’s intercession especially in dark times. There are many great essays and articles on this important turning point in history and but we include just a few, starting with Rorate Caeli’s post of Pope Benedict XV’s reflection on Lepanto:

Now the Rosary honors all this series of mysteries; today’s Feast is a glance back upon the Cycle as it draws to its close. From these mysteries, from this view of them, we must draw the conclusion formulated by our Lady herself in this passage from Proverbs, which the Church applies to her: “Now therefore, my children, consider my ways; imitate me, that you may find happiness.” Blessed is he that watcheth at her gate! Let us pray to her, rosary in hand, considering her at the same time, meditating on her life and her greatness, and watching, were it but for a quarter of an hour, at the entrance of the palace of this incomparable Queen. The more faithful we are, the more assured will be our salvation and our progress in true life.” – Dom Prosper Gueranger, The Liturgical Year

Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Victory pray for us!

Dr. Kwasniewski Coming to Charlotte

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We are happy to announce that the Charlotte Latin Mass Community is sponsoring the world-renowned Dr. Peter Kwasniewski to come to Charlotte re-launch our lecture series.  He will be giving a talk on Saturday, November 6th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church titled, “Given a Choice, Why Should I Consistently Attend the Traditional Latin Mass?”.

The talk will be held at 7:00pm in the Aquinas Hall.  There will be a pizza dinner with refreshments.  There is no cost to attend, however, a freewill offering will be taken.

Please refer to the attached flyer for more details, and please RSVP for the talk at info(at)charlottelatinmass.org

19th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed feast of the Little Flower, St. Therese! Sunday is also the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, and as custom, we include commentary on this Sunday’s Collect by Dr. Mike Foley: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/the-liberating-collect-for-nineteenth.html

This weekend also marked two important feasts, for which we provide commentary by Dom Prosper Gueranger:

1st Sunday Latin Mass in Salisbury at 3pm Today

Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury will offer its first Sunday Latin Mass (Low) today at 3pm. Afterwards a social will occur in Brincefield Hall (please bring a snack or desert to share). For more information please contact the Salisbury Latin Mass Community: www.salisburylmc.org

Life Chain Sunday October 3rd, 2-3pm

Sunday after St. Ann 12:30pm Latin Mass, there will be the annual Life Chain along Park Road from 2-3pm.

**Feast of the Most Holy Rosary – Thursday October 7, 7pm**

We are pleased to share that St. Thomas Aquinas will offer a  High Mass for the feast of the Most Holy Rosary, Thursday October 7 at 7pm. This Mass is unique in that it will be one of the few Masses offered in our diocese this week, as all the priests will be on retreat (please pray for them and our Bishop). Furthermore, it marks the 450th anniversary of the victorious battle of Lepanto, when, in 1571, Pope St. Pius V, asked all the Church to pray the Rosary for a military victory over the Turks (e.g. Muslims) whose fleet was attempting an invasion of Europe.  The Mass intentions will be in reparation for the sins of the world & conversion of the world (to Catholicism).

TAN Books Begins New Online Journal: TAN Direction

Local Catholic publisher of many fine traditional books, TAN Books, has just announced a new online journal that will help the faithful grow in holiness according the traditions of the Church. Contributors will not only include TAN staff (several attend St. Ann and the TLM) but also traditionalists including Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, and Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP.

Here are some recent posts:

To learn more visit: http://tandirection.tanbooks.com/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • How to Vaccinate Oneself Against Fear: An excellent and instructive sermon by a traditional priest on how to overcome fear, especially in light of the vaccine mandates and other threats in life: https://youtu.be/m1XpOlIJGXU
  • What is Christendom? – Charles Coulombe: On the last Sunday of October, we will celebrate the feast of Christ the King, which was established to remind the Church and the world, that Christ has rights and His teachings and His Church need to be acknowledged by all governments. This feast is essentially a spiritual and temporal effort for the restoration of Christendom, where the Kingship of Christ permeates society and facilitates more souls to be saved. Charles Coulombe pens a great article explaining what exactly is Christendom, and its history: https://onepeterfive.com/what-is-christendom/
  • The Council and the Eclipse of God – Part XV by Don Pietro Leone: This excellent installment on the theological problems of Vatican II and covers one of the most important breaks with tradition that the Council had proposed: Religious liberty/freedom.  This article provides helpful understanding to understand the difference in theology between the traditional faith (and the Latin Mass), and Vatican II and its Novus Ordo Mass.  As we approach the coming feast of Christ the King on October 31, it’s important to understand how this departure has tragically affected the rights of Christ and His Church in the public square. Here is the key difference:

    The Church has always taught that Religious Liberty is the liberty of a Catholic to profess the one true religion; whereas the Council teaches that it is the liberty of anyone to profess and practice the religion he chooses.

  • “All the Elements of the Roman Rite”? Mythbusting, Part II: Back in July, the NLM published a great article examining how different the Novus Ordo missal is compared to the Traditional Latin Mass missal of 1962. The results were stark – the Novus Ordo only contained 17 percent of the prayers found in the Traditional Latin Mass missal (1962). Think about that. Is the Novus Ordo not an entirely new missal? Well Part II of this article was just published with even more research finding that the number is even lower, at 13 percent., with 52% of the 1962 prayers omitted from the new missal: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/10/all-elements-of-roman-rite-mythbusting.html

Lastly, on a separate topic and as a follow up to last week, with several families building home altars, the NLM has posted a follow up on its photo posts of home chapels: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/09/photopost-house-chapels-oratories-and.html

Father Ripperger: Keep Calm and Keep Attending the Traditional Latin Mass

A few weeks ago, traditional theologian and exorcist, Fr. Chad Ripperger, who offers the Latin Mass exclusively, offered some thoughts about Traditionis Custodes, the new Motu Proprio which places limits on the Traditional Latin Mass. He offers a sobering look at the modernist forces at play who are fixed in attacking the Traditional Latin Mass.  They want to banish the Latin Mass because they hate it especially because their modernist project is falling apart. Please watch the sermon in its entirety which begins at 17:32.  Here is an excerpt:

“Their project is failing. They’ve spent 40 years (or 50 years) on a project that has been an unmitigated disaster…There’s been a consistent decline for 40 or 50 years. The only thing that is growing is the Traditional movement and they know it. Which is a sign to them that their project didn’t work. So what do they have to do? They lost the argument intellectually…Over the last 20 years there has been sufficient theological work done, to show point in fact, that the Old Mass is better than the New… In the end, they don’t have an intellectual argument and the only thing left is force. [Describing modernists:] You have to force your position. You have to use power to maintain it. Because that’s how you keep people in check when you don’t have an intellectual argument and you can’t persuade them.

We have to be spiritually prepared for even more serious draconian documents. They not going to let this go until they are in the grave.

We have to hope that no one seeks clarifications from the Vatican on the document…You never ask Rome a question for which you don’t already know the answer. Because if you don’t know the answer already, you don’t know what you are going to get back, and that will provide an opportunity to clamp down even more on us. To restrict us.”.

Father concludes by offering some hope and practical spiritual advice (paraphrased):

  • The TLM will never cease to exist until Christ returns…It’s never going away.
  • We have to merit the return to tradition. Become holy, become worthy of it.
  • God is the one who can determine how long this problem can be in the Church
  • Pray for Pope and Bishops
  • Only prayers will win the conversion.
  • When demons are attacking you, that’s a good sign. It means you are doing something they don’t like.
  • Satan and his minions hate the Traditional Latin Mass

Fr. Ripperger sermon: https://youtu.be/dxEUxri3jxg?t=1052 (begins at 17:32)

As Fr. Ripperger notes, the Traditional Latin Mass will never cease until Christ returns. What Mass are you going to on Sunday?

1st Sunday Latin Mass in Salisbury

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

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This Sunday October 3 is first Sunday and Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury will offer its first Sunday Latin Mass at 3pm. The Mass (Low) will be offered by Fr. Carter and afterwards a social will occur in Brincefield Hall (please bring a snack or desert to share). For more information please contact the Salisbury Latin Mass Community at: www.salisburylmc.org

First Saturday Masses (feast of the Guardian Angels)

  • St. Thomas Aquinas 10am (High) and a blessing of religious objects after Mass. Please place items on table in the narthex prior to Mass.  Also note: Confessions will not be heard next week at St. Thomas due to the priests retreat.
  • St. Margaret Mary in Swannanoa, 9am (Low): Fr. Becker will offer a 9am Low Mass to kick off the diocese’s Respect Life conference

Life Chain Sunday October 3rd, 2-3pm

This Sunday after St. Ann 12:30pm Latin Mass, there will be the annual Life Chain along Park Road from 2-3pm.

Traditions of St. Michael the Archangel

Lastly, this past Wednesday was Michaelmas, the feast of the dedication of the basilica of St. Michael the Archangel outside Rome. In the Traditional Rite, the Masses honoring the archangels are spread out on separate days, St. Gabriel (March 24, the eve of the Annunciation), St. Michael on September 29, and St. Raphael on October 24. Dr. Mike Foley has more background and customs on this week’s important feast day: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/09/michaelmas-day-and-its-customs.html 

In another NLM post, you can also see the other church, a shrine, dedicated to St. Michael where he appeared in a cave during the 5th century: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/05/the-shrine-of-st-michael-archangel-on.html

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, which according to the Baronius daily missal, alludes to the priestly ordinations that would usually occur on Ember Saturday. Also, as Dr. Mike Foley notes, the Mass propers also begins to hint at the approaching end of the liturgical year, which symbolizes the end times: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/eighteenth-sunday-after-pentecost.html

Additionally, we thank everyone who attended the Respect Life Latin Mass or some of the other Ember week Masses, and offered reparation for the recent pro-abortion activity.

Upcoming Masses

  • Wednesday September 29 – Michaelmas, feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel: St. Ann, 6pm Low Mass
  • Thursday September 30 – feast of St. Jerome: St. Thomas Aquinas, 7pm High Mass
  • Friday October 1 – first Friday/St. Remigius: St. Ann, 7am Low; St. Mark,  12:30pm Low
  • Saturday October 2 – first Saturday/feast of the Guardian Angels: St. Thomas 10am, High (blessing of religious objects after Mass); St. Margaret Mary, Swannanoa*, 9am Low (See Respect Life conference below)

Special October Latin Masses

  • Thursday October 7 – feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary: We are pleased to share that St. Thomas Aquinas will offer a 7pm High Mass for the feast of the Holy Rosary. This Mass is unique in that it will be one of the few Masses offered in our diocese this week, as all the priests will be on retreat. Furthermore, it marks the 450th anniversary of the victorious battle of Lepanto, when, in 1571, Pope St. Pius V, asked all the Church to pray the Rosary for a military victory over the Turks (e.g. Muslims) whose fleet was attempting an invasion of Europe.
  • Thursday October 21 – commemoration of Blessed Karl of Austria: St. Thomas will offer a 7pm High Mass on October 21 as it is the feast day of Blessed Karl of Austria, the last Catholic monarch in Europe, who reigned over the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1916 – 1918. Although not on the TLM calendar yet, many Latin Mass attendees have a devotion to him, and the CLMC have organized events honoring Bl. Karl in 2016, 2017, and 2020.
  • Sunday October 31 – feast of Christ the King: St. Ann and the CLMC will host the annual feast of Christ the King and Eucharistic procession after the 12:30pm Mass. St. Thomas Aquinas will also offer a procession after the 11:30am.

Blessing of Religious Objects – First Saturday October 2

St. Thomas Aquinas parish offers a blessing of religious objects in the traditional Latin form after the 10am 1st Saturday High Mass. Items should be placed in the narthex prior to Mass.

Latin Mass at Respect Life Conference – Saturday October 2 at 9am, Swannanoa

A special Traditional Latin Mass is being offered, for the first time, as part of the diocese’s annual Respect Life conference on Saturday October 2 at St. Margaret Mary parish in Swannanoa (near Asheville). The conference begins with a 9am Low Mass offered by Fr. Brian Becker. The Mass is open to everyone and there is no cost to attend the conference, but registration is required for the conference (lunch provided). To learn more, see list of talks, and register please visit: https://ccdoc.org/en/respectlife

Life Chain next Sunday October 3rd, 2-3pm

Next Sunday after St. Ann 12:30pm Latin Mass, there will be the annual Life Chain along Park Road from 2-3pm.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • A New Recording from the FSSP’s European Seminary: The Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a society of priests who offer the Latin Mass exclusively and operate two seminaries (Germany and the US), has, through its seminary in Germany, produced a beautiful Christmas album of Gregorian Chants from Matins (sung before Midnight Mass). They have produced a trailer which you can view:  https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/09/a-new-recording-from-fssps-european.html
  • Dante and the Vatican: A few weeks ago marked the 700th anniversary of the passing of Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest poets in all of Christendom (or the world), who wrote the famous Divine Comedy.  Dr. Joseph Shaw, president of the Latin Mass Society of the UK, offers a reflection on Dante, his criticism of the Popes of his time, the recognition of the limits of papal power, and the importance praying for Popes and other clergy: https://voiceofthefamily.com/dante-and-the-vatican/
  • Can Catholics Have Doubts About Vatican II?: Rorate publishes a helpful and probing piece on how the Vatican II generation of priests, bishops and Pope are struggling to realize that what they have promoted has not born fruit, while what they have rejected (Tradition and the Latin Mass) seems to have turned out fruitful – especially for the young. This may explain the bitterness we see among the Vatican II generation in the hierarchy: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/09/can-catholic-have-doubts-about-vatican.html#more
  • The Viganò tapes Questions 8, 9 and 10: If one hasn’t followed Bob Moynihan’s interview “bites” with Archbishop Carlo Viganò, CLMC highly encourage it. These are quick 2-3 minute videos with nuggets of catechesis and pastoral commentary on the culture war we live in – of which the Latin Mass part of this battle. This week we recommend Parts, 8, 9 and 10:  

    Question 8 – Protect the Children
    : In the civil sphere, there is a need to reject any cooperation with the current pandemic narrative and with the climate emergency that may soon replace it. Disregarding regulations that are illegitimate or that expose citizens to concrete risks to their health is morally lawful and in certain circumstances is even a duty. In no way can one jeopardize one’s life and health and that of one’s children, not even in the face of the threat of retaliation; for in that case our participation would make us guilty before God and deserving of His punishments: https://insidethevatican.com/vigano-tapes/the-vigano-tapes-8/

    Question 9 – In no way can we accept: https://insidethevatican.com/vigano-tapes/the-vigano-tapes-9/

    Question 10 – Decades of Systematic Cancellation: How Catholics are able to undergo the vaccine as a sort of satanic baptism without any scruple of conscience remains a question to which an answer must be given. Certainly, decades of systematic cancellation of Faith and Morals in the faithful, in the name of a dialogue with the world and with modernity, have allowed souls to lose all supernatural reference, allowing themselves to be dulled by a formless sentimentality that has nothing Catholic about it. The castration of souls took place at the moment in which the Christian certamen [combat] against the world, the flesh and the devil was perverted into an indecorous retreat, indeed into a cowardly desertion. Once soldiers of Christ, many now found themselves to be effeminate courtiers of the adversary. https://insidethevatican.com/vigano-tapes/the-vigano-tapes-10/

In Uncertain Times, House Chapels Proliferate

This weekend, we learn the traditional Carmelite nuns of Pennsylvania have received an apostolic visitation from Rome, and the CLMC asks readers to consider offering their Sunday Mass intentions, or Rosary, for the sisters’ strength and support, and a fruitful outcome.

While we hope the visitation for these sisters is, God willing, a routine and eventless visit (we pray), nevertheless, we traditionalists cannot be unaware of the signs of the times in our own communities – even in a Latin Mass “friendly’ diocese such as Charlotte.  A suppression of the Latin Mass doesn’t have to come from Rome or a diocese. Last year, it came from the civil authorities under a pretext of a false pandemic. Additionally, should the civil authorities try to suppress the Church again, it is unlikely a diocese would have an emergency contingency plan to keep the Masses going underground – that’s where the laity comes in.

Last week, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski penned an excellent article in which he discusses the importance of building home chapels. For the “elder” Latin Mass attendees, this may be nothing new, as many Latin Masses occurred in private homes across this country during the 1970s – 1990s, but for many newcomers to the Latin Mass, home chapels may be a new and prudential idea to begin praying about.  The below article provides some interesting background and photos:

Others, keenly aware of the grave and deteriorating situation in which the Church finds itself in the West, have decided to “plan ahead” by making a suitable space for eventual underground or “canceled” priests. One diocese has already outlawed private traditional Masses altogether, and there may be more that follow suit. Priests in such dioceses will benefit from having places of refuge where they can bypass the unjust restrictions and offer Mass to God, in the presence of grateful laity.

There are also some helpful related articles:

CLMC comment: While we hope this situation will not play out here in western Carolina, it’s never a bad thing to be prepared. Moreover, house chapels may also offer a silver lining in the long run. The modernist paradigm of building a new parish usually consists of raising tens of millions of dollars to buy a large plot of land on the edge of town, clearcutting it for parking lot, hall and church, and allowing its parishioners to drive to it (if they can drive or afford a car). Yet these new parishes are often isolated or disconnected from the nearby neighborhoods they are oblige to evangelize, resulting in few numbers of converts each year (the crisis of faith and liturgy also being a contributor). 

Prior to World War II however, the traditional approach had parishes built into neighborhoods or hamlets, front door facing the sidewalk and street, allowing people to walk to Mass, make quick visits to the Blessed Sacrament, and evangelize the neighborhood through Sunday Masses, street processions, festivals, funerals, and weddings.

In more Catholic areas like Europe, Latin America, or even in Spanish-American cities like Santa Fe or San Augustine, FL, the parish was even specifically designed to be the center of town, according to the Law of the Indies, which was promulgated by the kings of 16th century Spain to help develop the New World. Unfortunately, today’s suburban code generally prohibits new parishes from being built in the “old way” but house chapels, though not ideal, may offer a temporary way to bring the traditional faith and Mass to residential neighborhoods starving for the Catholic faith.

Only the Traditional Latin Mass and its traditions, customs, and culture that accompanies it, can help restore civilization. To paraphrase Dr. John Senior, we can’t restore the culture, until we restore the liturgy (e.g. the Latin Mass).

What Mass are you attending Sunday?