Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, and we share a commentary on the Collect for Sunday’s Mass: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/the-overstepping-collect-of-sixteenth.html

Latin Masses This Week

  • Monday September 26  – Feast of the North American Martyrs (Ss. Isaac Jogues & Companions) (sadly no Latin Masses scheduled in Charlotte this day)
  • Wednesday September 28 , 6pm, St. Ann – St. Wenceslaus, Martyr
  • Thursday September 29, 7pm, St. Thomas Aquinas – Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel
  • Friday September 30, 7am (St. Ann) and 12:30pm (St. Mark) – St. Jerome, Doctor

First Friday Announcement

Regretfully due to the priests retreat, there will not be a First Friday Latin Mass at either St. Ann or St. Mark on Friday October 7. The nearest diocesan Latin Mass may be Prince of Peace in Taylors, SC at 12 noon.

First Sunday Announcement

There will be a first Sunday Latin Mass offered by Fr. Joseph Wasswa at 4pm Sunday October 2nd at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. Prior to Mass will be Confessions. After Mass Father will perform a special traditional betrothal ceremony in the for a newly engaged couple at the St. Joseph’s altar.  If you have not seen this, it is a beautiful ceremony. Lastly, as custom, there will be a potluck social in Brincefield Hall afterwards – please bring a dish or dessert to share. To learn more or receive the Salisbury Latin Mass Community’s e-mail updates please visit: www.salisburylmc.org

Community News

Holy Face Devotions

  • St. Mark – Mondays 2-2:45pm
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet/chaplet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?

Special Dr. Kwasniewski Book Sale at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

Due to the high interest in Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s work, St. Thomas Aquinas retained some of his books from his talk earlier this month and is holding a sale on two of his books.

If you are interested, please see the books on the Latin Mass table in the narthex in the days ahead

Important Pro-Life Seminar at St. Elizabeth in Boone, Friday October 28 & Saturday October 29

St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country in Boone will be hosting the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation for a special pro-life seminar entitled, The Traditional Doctrine of Creation: The Only Firm Foundation for Building a Culture of Life. The event will answer some important questions: What is the traditional Catholic doctrine of Creation? How should Catholics evaluate the molecules-to-man evolutionary hypothesis? How do the answers to these questions relate to the anti-culture of death and the current crisis of faith and morals?

Hugh Owen and biologist Pamela Acker from the Kolbe Center will be leading the seminar. It begins 7pm Friday October 28 and continues 9am – 4pm Saturday October 29, and includes lunch. There is no cost but an RSVP is requested. RSVP by calling Kathy at St. Elizabeth’s at 828-264-8338. Please see attached flyer for more details. St. Elizabeth is located at 259 Pilgrims Way, Boone, NC.  For those in the area, this will be an excellent event and the CLMC co-sponsored the Kolbe Center’s 2019 conference at St. Mark parish in 2019.

Catholic Homesteading Conference – November 4-5

Lastly, as we shared on Monday, there is a Catholic homesteading conference in early November near Tryon, and will feature a Latin Mass Friday afternoon. The event is being hosted by a few people including Jason Craig, one of the Latin Mass leaders in Tryon and includes training on various homesteading trades and topics. To learn more visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homestead-weekend-workshop-tickets-398890441047

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Did Bishop Burbidge Violate Canon 932 in Order to Punish His Flock?: An excellent article published by Corpus Christi Watershed examining the Latin Mass cancellations issued by Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge and whether it violated Canon Law 932 §1 which essentially requires Mass to be offered in a sacred space. Moreover it raises a significant question of why is it permissible to advertise “Bingo Nights” in the parish bulletin, but not the Mass of Ages, not the Mass offered at the Vatican II Council (and for over 1,600 years)? https://www.ccwatershed.org/2022/09/16/bishop-michael-francis-burbidge-arlington/

CLMC comment: It is important to continue to praying for the bishops. We can only imagine the immense sorrow bishops will have when they realize they mistakenly (or under coercion) canceled or curtailed the Latin Mass for no legitimate reason other than to punish the faithful. Please consider praying for the bishops that they will restore the Latin Mass before the hour grows late.

  • A More Realistic Appraisal of the Liturgical Movement and Its Destructive Descent: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski (whom we hosted earlier this month) has a great article on the history of the liturgical movement, which was founded by the great 19th century Benedictine Liturgist, Dom Prosper Gueranger, to help Catholics understand the Mass better.  However, while Gueranger remained faithful to traditional liturgy, after his death the movement began slowly drift away from tradition, to the point that by the 1960s, the liturgical movement was calling for the vernacular liturgies, lay participation, and many of the problematic things we see today across the Church. Dr. Kwasniewski looks at where things went wrong. https://onepeterfive.com/liturgical-movement-destructive-descent
  • Homily on the death of Queen Elizabeth II: We are pleased to share an excellent homily by a traditional priest in England, Fr. Armand de Malleray, FSSP, who gives a well balanced homily on Queen Elizabeth II’s passing and reign. He notes that although she was Christian, she also did sign into law through royal assent, many immoral laws related to abortion, euthanasia, and same sex unions. He concludes by reminding the faithful to pray for the repose of her soul, asking God and Our Lady to have mercy on her. https://voiceofthefamily.com/homily-on-the-death-of-queen-elizabeth-ii/
  • Kazakhstan Bishop Cautions About Interreligious Meeting the Pope Attended: Bishop Athanasius Schneider (who the CLMC hosted at St. Ann in 2017), reminded the faithful that the Catholic Church is the one true religion to which there are no others. This came as an ecumenical papal conference in Bishop Schneider’s home country gave the impression that the Church believes all religions are equal. As Bishop Schneider stated:
  • The auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, who took part in the Pope’s Sept. 13-15 visit to the Central Asian country, said the meeting’s aim, to promote harmony and peace, was “good,” but added “there is also a danger that we the Catholic Church should not appear simply as one of the many religions.”…“We’re not one of the many religions, we’re the only one true religion which God commanded to all people to believe,” Bishop Schneider told EWTN’s Alexey Gotovskiy in Nur-Sultan, the nation’s capital. “There is no other way to salvation.”

The bishop also had a helpful reminder for all bishops:

  • We are not employees of the Pope, the bishops. We are brothers,” he said, according to Reuters. “When in good conscience I feel that something is not correct or ambiguous I have to say it to him, with respect, fraternally.” Bishops who disagree with the Pope have to be forthright, he continued, and should not be caught in “adulations and incense” or “behave like an employee to a boss,” Reuters reported.

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/kazakhstan-bishop-cautions-about-interreligious-meeting

CLMC Comment: We wholeheartedly agree and hope all bishops will too.

Late September Feasts

Feast of the North American Martyrs – September 26

In the traditional calendar, Monday the Church in the U.S. & Canada honors the 6 Jesuits who gave their lives for the holy faith in the 1640s. Most notable of them is St. Isaac Jogues who had some of the flesh chewed off his fingers by some of his captors yet still persisted onward to convert souls (and presumably offer Mass).  This saint also escaped from one of the tribes and ended up traveling south to the Dutch colonial city of New Amsterdam, later sold to the British who renamed it New York (after the Duke of York, the future King James II who became last Catholic monarch of England, 1685-1688).  New York City was thus blessed to have its first connection to a saint in the 1640s – many years before its first diocese was set up. Today, north of New York City, a shrine to these great saints was built in the 1930s in Auriesville, New York called the Shrine of the North American Martyrs: https://www.ourladyofmartyrsshrine.org/

There may also be a local connection to our diocese with the North American Jesuits and martyrs. One of the companions of the martyrs, Fr. Gabriel Druilettes, though not a martyr himself, was also known as the apostle of Maine, and ended up traveling to Augusta, Maine, where he befriended a customs house chief named John Winslow. Mr. Winslow was English (and protestant), but was very friendly to Fr. Druilettes and his convert companions. It’s likely that Mr. Winslow was an ancestor of our current Chancellor and Vicar General, Fr. Patrick Winslow, who describes his family heritage in this article: http://catholicnewsherald.com/189-news/faith/faith-nov/588-thanksgiving-a-family-affair-st-thomas-aquinas-pastor-descends-from-pilgrim-fathers

A great book on the Catholic history of the U.S. that told this story is Our Land and Our Lady, published in 1943 by Daniel Sargent. This book is rare, but if you find a copy, it’s very inspiring and gives us a glimpse of what a truly Catholic America could have looked like (and still should): https://www.amazon.com/Our-land-Lady-Daniel-Sargent/dp/B00087JM4U

Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel – September 29

This Thursday September 29, St. Thomas Aquinas will offer a 7pm Latin Mass for the dedication of St. Michael the Archangel. In the Traditional Rite, each archangel (and the Holy Guardian Angels) receives his own feast day. St. Michael’s feast day is this Thursday September 29, the Guardian Angel’s feast day is October 2, St. Raphael is October 24, and St. Gabriel is March 24 (vigil of the Annunciation). The St. Andrew Missal notes that the feast of St. Michael, also known as Michaelmas, was established in 530 AD to dedicate a church in the Roman circus to St. Michael’s honor.

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

Ember Week Update

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed feast of St. Matthew! Today in the traditional calendar begins the autumn Embertide, the 3-day penitential period during the change of seasons where the faithful offer thanks to God for his creation and gifts, and to pray for sanctification in the upcoming season.

Traditionally, the Ember Days, which fall on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the feast of the Holy Cross, are days of fasting and partial abstinence (meat at only one meal, except Friday which is full abstinence) – though the fasting is now voluntary. Please consider offering your Ember day penances for the restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass, and especially for full sacramental and parochial life in the Traditional Rite here in Charlotte. The autumn Ember Days fall on today Wednesday September 21, Friday September 23, and Saturday September 24.

  • Wednesday September 21: St. Ann, 6pm – Ember Wednesday and feast of St. Matthew
  • Thursday September 22: St. Thomas Aquinas, 7pm – St. Thomas of Villanova
  • Friday September 23: St. Ann (7am) and St. Mark (12:30pm) – Ember Friday (and commemoration of St. Linus)
  • Saturday September 24: St. Ann 8am – Ember Saturday/Our Lady of Ransom & Respect Life Latin Mass (followed by prayers at Planned Parenthood and/or a Holy Hour in the Church); St. Margaret Mary Parish, Swannanoa, 10am High Mass (located 20 minutes east of Asheville – 102 Andrews Place, Swannanoa, NC)

Symbolism and Meaning of Ember Days

As noted in our weekend update, we include some helpful articles to learn more about this important period in the liturgical calendar. We especially recommend the superb article by Fr. William Rock FSSP, as he draws the connection between honoring the temporal seasons, the Old Testament Jewish feast days, and the autumn Ember Days which alludes to Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) in the Ember week readings.

Feast of Pope St. Linus – Friday September 23: This Friday is not just Ember Friday, but it is also the commemoration of Pope St. Linus, the second pontiff. He is also one of two other Popes (besides St. Peter) mentioned in sacred scripture, specifically he was mentioned by St. Paul in 2 Timothy 4:21 (before he assumed his office). Pope St. Clement is the other Pope mentioned in Philippians 4:3. The Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) has an excellent article on the upcoming feasts of a few of the early Pope-martyrs: https://fssp.com/near-the-apostles-the-feasts-of-the-first-popes/  

Catholic Homesteading Conference – November 4-5: Lastly, as we shared on Monday, there is a Catholic homesteading conference in early November near Tryon, and will feature a Latin Mass that afternoon. The event is being supported by a couple of the Latin Mass families in Tryon and includes training various homesteading topics. To learn more visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homestead-weekend-workshop-tickets-398890441047

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 15th Sunday after Pentecost and as custom we provide commentary on the prayers for Sunday’s Mass: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/the-sensational-postcommunion-prayer-of.html#.X11RudR7nwc

Ember Week Latin Masses

This week in the traditional calendar is the autumn Embertide, the 3-day penitential period during the change of seasons where the faithful offer thanks to God for his creation and gifts, and to pray for sanctification in the upcoming season. Traditionally, the Ember Days, which fall on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the feast of the Holy Cross, are days of fasting and partial abstinence (meat at only one meal, except Friday which is full abstinence) – though the fasting is now voluntary. The autumn Ember Days fall on Wednesday September 21, Friday September 23, and Saturday September 24.

  • Wednesday September 21: St. Ann, 6pm – Ember Wednesday and feast of St. Matthew
  • Thursday September 22: St. Thomas Aquinas, 7pm – St. Thomas of Villanova
  • Friday September 23: St. Ann (7am) and St. Mark (12:30pm) – Ember Friday
  • Saturday September 24: St. Ann 8am – Ember Saturday/Our Lady of Ransom & Respect Life Latin Mass (followed by prayers at Planned Parenthood and/or a Holy Hour in the Church)

Symbolism and Meaning of Ember Days

We include some helpful articles to learn more about this important period. We especially recommend the superb article by Fr. William Rock FSSP, as he draws the connection between honoring the temporal seasons, the Old Testament Jewish feast days, and the Ember Days which alludes to Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yon Kippur (Day of Atonement) in the Ember week readings.

Community News

Holy Face Devotions

  • St. Mark – Mondays 2-2:45pm
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet/chaplet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one? (e-mail us at info@charlottelatinmass.org)

Special Dr. Kwasniewski Book Sale at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

Due to the high interest in Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s work, St. Thomas Aquinas retained some of his books from his talk earlier this month and is holding a sale on two of his books.

If you are interested, please see the books on the Latin Mass table in the narthex.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • The Stigmata of St. Francis: September 17 was also the commemoration of the stigmata of St. Francis, which celebrates the miraculous markings of the crucifixion that St. Francis bore on his body. As Greg DiPippo notes in this article, September 17 does not commemorate the saint (his feast day October 4), but the miracle, which St. Francis is said to have received around the feast of the Holy Cross (September 14): https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/09/the-stigmata-of-st-francis.html#.YyacvLTMKHs
  • Why British and Commonwealth Catholics Venerate their Protestant Monarch: In the days following Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, Dr. Joseph Shaw, President of the Latin Mass Society of the UK, has written an article explaining why Catholics defend the institution of the monarchy. We should also note that at the end of the 1962 (or pre-55) daily missal, prayers for the Queen (or King) of one’s country are included. Dr. Shaw explains why: https://onepeterfive.com/british-commonwealth-catholics-protestant-monarch/
  • How to Save the Latin Mass Domestic Church: What are families to do if they find themselves in a situation where the Latin Mass is canceled or its too far to travel to one under the new restrictions? A helpful article from OnePeterFive offers ways families can preserve tradition in the absence of a Latin Mass: https://onepeterfive.com/save-latin-mass-domestic-church
  • Virginia Parishioners Convert Gym into Latin Mass Chapel: Wise as serpents and simple as doves (Matthew 10:16), the parishioners of Holy Trinity parish in Gainesville, Virginia did not let their bishop’s restrictions on the Latin Mass affect their worship in a sacred space. When forced to have their Latin Mass offered in the parish gym (instead of the main church), they quickly converted the gym into a simple but reverent chapel. See pictures here: https://twitter.com/father_rmv/status/1570563079838244864 (it’s a Twitter link but should be publicly accessible)

Inculturation: A Wrong Turn

Recently, a parish in the diocese of Charlotte hosted an Igbo language Mass for Nigerians, which according to the Catholic News Herald, “enables Igbo-speaking Catholics to hear Mass in their native language and honor their cultural identity.” It is this latter phrase, cultural identity, which provides a good segue into the topic of inculturation, which according to Vatican II (Sacrosanctum Concilium) allows the Mass to be adapted to different cultures or regions to achieve full and active participation of the local laity (e.g. incorporate parts of local secular customs and culture into the Mass so the local people can better spiritually participate).

However, is inculturation based on tradition, or even local customs or culture? Moreover has it helped save souls? Those are the questions which are answered in an excellent five-part series of articles posted on New Liturgical Movement written by a Nigerian Catholic, who understands both tradition, and the local culture in Nigeria. We share the links below. Additionally, due to its length, we provide a few excerpts to summarize the series, which helps clear up the myths that the Vatican II version of inculturation is somehow helpful to saving souls, when in fact, it may be causing the loss of faith in Africa.

  • Although today Catholicism continues to grow in sub-Saharan African countries like Nigeria, the increase is due largely to population growth, but accompanied by substantial attrition in favour of the Pentecostal branch of Protestantism. In contrast, in the years prior to inculturation when the liturgy was almost entirely in Latin, Catholics in Nigeria were witnessing a phenomenal increase “in the region of 10 per cent per year”! [37] The picture that emerges from reviewing the available data is that in every part of the Catholic World, inculturation has been associated with abysmal decline in Catholic vigur.
  • The English language may indeed threaten the identity of the Igbo people, but post-Christian Western values, torn as it were from God and from the natural law, pose a more mortal and infernal danger. A largely sentimental revitalization of traditional Igbo customs and its incorporation into the liturgy stand little chance in stemming the surging and sophisticated onslaught of the decadent West. Western culture became dysfunctional and corrosive by rejecting the traditional Catholicism that nurtured it; it can be tamed and harnessed for the well-being of any society only if it is reconnected to holy Mother Church, its wellspring.
  • The Psalmist invites all nations to clap their hands and “shout unto God with the voice of joy;” [70] elsewhere, “let them praise his name in choir [dance].” [71] Practising what he preached, King David famously danced ahead of the procession of the Ark of the Covenant. His actions were emulated down the ages by Ethiopian priests and European nuns. However, such excited displays are out of place in the Jewish temple worship at Jerusalem, in the Jewish synagogue worship across the world (from which much of Christian Liturgy developed [72]), or during traditional Eucharistic worship in Ethiopia, Europe, and the rest of the Christian world. Just as Elijah recognized the Lord not in the commotions of a strong wind, earthquake, or fire, but in the “whistling of a gentle air” and then covered his face in reverence [73]; so Christ often went away from the crowd to a quiet place, alone or with his disciples, to pray.
  • It should be noted that the popularization introduced into the Mass under the guise of inculturation is often behind the latest trends in Pentecostalism, whose raison d’être is religious secularization or rapprochement with the zeitgeist. One result of this state of things is that Catholics unsatisfied with half-measure popularization in their parishes stream into one of the up-to-date Protestant congregation. Hence, inculturation is arguably the main reason why Catholics in Nigeria defect to Pentecostal or Evangelical groups.
  • If inculturation or liturgical adaptation seeks to help the local population pray in a way which, while being natural to them, has been purified and elevated by the light of the Gospel and the Christian civilization, then inculturation, as has been practiced in Africa with the Zaire Usage its apex, has been an unqualified failure. This same conclusion applies to inculturation implemented in other parts of the Catholic world. The relevant data cited earlier showed that no modern effort at liturgical inculturation has invigorated the local Catholic population or accelerated the conversion of non-Catholics. On the contrary, in every part of the world, various sects and false religions are snatching souls at alarming rates from the fold of Christ.

Inculturation: A Wrong Turn – Part 1: Introduction and Background: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/08/inculturation-wrong-turn-part-1.html#.YwBc6xzMKHs

Inculturation: A Wrong Turn – Part 2: Common Claims of the Proponents of Inculturation: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/08/inculturation-wrong-turn-part-2-common.html#.YwCKzRzMKHs

Inculturation: A Wrong Turn – Part 3: Common Assumptions about Inculturation: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/08/inculturation-wrong-turn-part-3-common.html#.YwmSzbTMKHs

Inculturation: A Wrong Turn – Part 4: The Zaire Usage and False Africanism in the Liturgy: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/08/inculturation-wrong-turn-part-4-zaire.html#.YxAtjrTMKHs

Inculturation: A Wrong Turn – Part 5: More on the Africanism of the Zaire Usage, and the Failure of Inculturation: https://www.newliturgicalmovementorg/2022/09/inculturation-wrong-turn-part-5-more-on.html#.YxFUvLTMKHs

Lastly, as a beautiful response to the topic of inculturation, we share Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s 2020 article on how it is the Traditional Latin Mass that can best bring different races and ethnicities into full participation in the Church: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/06/how-traditional-liturgy-contributes-to.html#.Yyai2LTMKHu

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

Relic of the True Cross tomorrow September 14, 8am – 6pm (St. Ann parish)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow Wednesday September 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, commemorating the dedication of the basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in 335 AD, as well as triumph of the Cross against its persecutors and idolatry earlier in 311 AD when Constantine saw the Cross in the sky and conquered the opposing army, thus paving the way for the liberation of Christianity from its three centuries of persecution.

Relic of the True Cross & Latin Mass at St. Ann Parish Tomorrow

  • From 8am – 6pm, St. Ann parish will venerate a relic of the True Cross (in lieu of Eucharistic Adoration). The relic will be exposed and one should venerate the relic the same as the Blessed Sacrament exposed.
  • At 6pm, St. Ann will offer a High Mass for the feast day.

September 14, 2022: 15th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum’s Implementation

Wednesday is the 15th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI’s document granting more liberty to the Traditional Latin Mass – a document which eventually enabled the CLMC to petition Rome for the Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann (and paved the way for more Sunday Latin Masses elsewhere in the diocese). Please consider attending Mass in thanksgiving for the Latin Mass’s return (protection and full restoration), while offering prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict, and as well as Pope Francis who’s curia has restricted the Latin Mass, at least among diocesan priests.

Dom Prosper Gueranger’s Entry for September 14

For this feast day, we also share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s reflection for this feast day in his book, The Liturgical Year, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium:

Now was the time for Christ to take the offensive, and for his Cross to prevail. Towards the close of the year 311, a Roman army lay at the foot of the Alps, preparing to pass from Gaul into Italy. Constantine, its commander, thought only of revenging himself for an injury received from Maxentius, his political rival; but his soldiers, as unsuspecting as their chief, already belonged henceforward to the Lord of hosts. The Son of the Most High, having become, as Son of Mary, king of this world, was about to reveal himself to his first lieutenant, and at the time to discover to his first army the standard that was to go before it. Above the legions, in a cloudless sky, the Cross, proscribed for three long centuries, suddenly shone forth; all eyes beheld it, making the Western sun, as it were, its footstool, and surrounded with these words in characters of fire: In hoc vince: by this be thou conqueror! A few months later, the 27th of October 312, all the idols of Rome stood aghast to behold, approaching along the Flaminian Way, beyond the Bridge Milvius, the Labarum with its sacred monogram, now become the standard of the imperial armies. On the morrow was fought the decisive battle, which opened the gates of the Eternal City to Christ, the only God, the everlasting King…

..But another celebration, the memory of which is fixed by the Menology on the 13th of September, was added in the year 335 to the happy recollections of this day; namely, the dedication of the basilicas raised by Constantine on Mount Calvary and over the holy Sepulcher, after the precious discoveries made by his mother St. Helena. In the very same century that witnessed all these events, a pious pilgrim, thought to be St. Silvia, sister of Rufinus the minister of Theodosius and Arcadius, attested that the anniversary of this dedication was celebrated with the same solemnity as Easter and the Epiphany. There was an immense concourse of Bishops, clerics, monks, and seculars of both sexes, from every province; and the reason, she says, is that the Cross was found on this day; which motive had led to the choice of the same day for the primitive consecration, so that the two joys might be united in one.

Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Thursday September 15

Our Lady is never far from the Cross, and as such, the Church commemorates her seven sorrows on Thursday and St. Thomas will offer a 7pm Latin Mass. Those sorrows are:

1, The prophecy of Simeon

2. The Flight into Egypt

3. The Loss of Jesus for Three Days in the Temple

4. Meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary

5. Jesus’ Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

6. Jesus Taken Down from the Cross

7. Jesus Laid in the Tomb

Mary must shine forth more than ever in mercy, in might, and in grace, in these latter times: in mercy, to bring back and lovingly receive the poor strayed sinners who shall be converted and shall return to the Catholic Church; in might, against the enemies of God, idolaters, schismatics, Mahometans, Jews, and souls hardened in impiety, who shall rise in terrible revolt against God to seduce all those who shall be contrary to them, and make them fall by promises and threats; and finally, she must shine forth in grace, in order to animate and sustain the valiant soldiers and faithful servants of Jesus Christ, who shall do battle for his interests. Mary must be terrible as an army ranged in battle, principally in these latter times. It is principally of these last and cruel persecutions of the devil, which shall go on increasing daily till the reign of Antichrist, that we ought to understand that first and celebrated prediction and curse of God, pronounced in the terrestrial Paradise against the serpent: I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed.

Feast of the Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary: https://staging2.sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/september/september-15-feast-of-the-seven-dolours-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost and as custom, we provide a reflection on Sunday’s Collect: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/perpetual-propitiation-in-fourteenth.html#.X1RMktR7nwc

Latin Masses This Week

  • Monday September 12  – Feast of the Holy Name of Mary (sadly no Latin Masses scheduled in Charlotte this day)
  • Wednesday September 14 , 6pm (Special High Mass, St. Ann – Feast of the Holy Cross (the 15th anniversary of the implementation of Pope Benedict’s directive, Summorum Pontificum, which allowed greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass)
  • Thursday September 15, 7pm, St. Thomas Aquinas – The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Friday September 16, 7am (St. Ann) and 12:30pm (St. Mark) – Ss. Cornelius and Cyprian

Dr. Kwasniewski Presentation Video Now Available

As noted earlier this week, we are pleased to share the video of Dr. Kwasniewski’s talk to the CLMC the week prior. The video, including both his presentation and the panel discussion can be viewed here: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/latin-mass-classes/dr-peter-kwasniewski-presentation-september-2022/

Holy Face Devotions

  • St. Mark – Mondays 2-2:45pm
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet/chaplet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?

National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage – September 17, Washington DC: To support the Latin Mass faithful in Arlington and Washington DC dioceses, a pilgrimage is being organized around the 15th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict’s directive allowing greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass. The pilgrimage will start at the Cathedral in Arlington and conclude at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington. All are welcome to participate: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/08/national-summorum-pontificum-pilgrimage.html

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Abel’s Holy Sacrifice or Cain’s Meal Offering?: The CLMC’s own Chris Lauer has written a helpful piece in understanding the attacks on the Latin Mass by looking at the account of Cain and Abel’s own sacrifices and applying them the Novus Ordo and Latin Masses today. We share an excerpt:

In Genesis, Chapter 4 we learn about Cain and Abel, the two sons of Adam and Eve.  Abel (“Abel the Just” as he is referred to in the Roman Canon) was a shepherd and his brother Cain, a farmer.  When the time came for them to offer thanks to God, the brothers built two altars onto which they each placed their offerings.  Abel offered a sacrifice of flesh, the first of his flock.  Cain, however, offered a meal. (Sound familiar)?

God accepted Abel’s offering, sending down a pillar of fire consuming his sacrifice of flesh.  The next line in scripture is, “But to Cain and his offerings, God had no respect.”  Rather than humbly admitting his error, Cain instead blamed his brother for God’s decision.  Later when they were together in the field, Cain rose up and murdered Abel.  As punishment for this violence, God cursed Cain such that for the remainder of his days his fields would yield no harvest.

https://liturgyguy.com/2022/09/05/abels-holy-sacrifice-or-cains-meal-offering/

  • Final parish TLM in DC: St. Anthony Padua parish in Washington DC will be holding its last Latin Mass on September 20, thanks to the restrictions implemented by the Archdiocese of Washington. It will offer a votive Mass of Thanksgiving to give thanks to God for being able to offer the Traditional Latin Mass for the past several years (including an Easter Triduum last spring if memory serves): https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/09/final-parish-tlm-in-dc.html#more

CLMC comment: Is it too early to detect a pattern that religious orders and congregations may be exempt from Traditiones Custodes, and only diocesan priests are restricted (at least for the moment)? If this yes proves true over time (a big “if”), would it not make sense to invite religious orders and congregations to dioceses to help protect the Latin Mass and allow it to be offered freely?

Feasts this Week

This week will feature several important feast days in the liturgical calendar worth noting.

  • Monday September 12 – 339th anniversary of the Battle of Vienna & Feast of the Holy Name of Mary: The Church remembers the magnificent victory of Polish King John Sobieski against the Muslim Turks during the siege of Vienna. In thanksgiving, the Pope extended the local feast of the Holy Name of Mary to the entire Church. To learn more about the battle, we share this excellent sermon courtesy of Sensus Fidelium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bckaO-4Y_QE

Additionally, Dr. Mike Foley has a write-up about the battle and the feast day’s origins: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/09/the-feast-of-holy-name-of-mary.html#.Yx2BQrTMKHs

  • Wednesday September 14 – feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: As mentioned above, Wednesday is the 15th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI’s document granting more liberty to the Traditional Latin Mass – a document which eventually enabled the CLMC to petition Rome for the Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann. Also, according to the St. Andrew Missal, it is the 1,687th anniversary of the dedication of Constantine’s Church of the Holy Sepluchre in Jerusalem, which was also the date when the actual Cross was discovered in the same location. We share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry for this feast day: https://staging2.sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/september/september-14-the-exaltation-of-the-holy-cross/

CLMC comment: Being the day Summorum Pontificum was implemented, September 14 is a significant feast day for the Traditional Latin Mass and Latin Mass faithful, and with the Latin Mass under attach, we encourage all to attend the 6pm High Mass offered at St. Ann on Wednesday.

  • Thursday September 15 – feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary: To conclude the ancient octave of the Nativity, the Church celebrates the feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother, which is symbolically placed next to the feast of the Holy Cross to help draw a connection between Our Lady’s sorrows and the Cross of Christ. Those sorrows are:

1, The prophecy of Simeon

2. The Flight into Egypt

3. The Loss of Jesus for Three Days in the Temple

4. Meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary

5. Jesus’ Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

6. Jesus Taken Down from the Cross

7. Jesus Laid in the Tomb

We conclude with an excerpt from Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry for September 15 about the Blessed Mother:

Mary must shine forth more than ever in mercy, in might, and in grace, in these latter times: in mercy, to bring back and lovingly receive the poor strayed sinners who shall be converted and shall return to the Catholic Church; in might, against the enemies of God, idolaters, schismatics, Mahometans, Jews, and souls hardened in impiety, who shall rise in terrible revolt against God to seduce all those who shall be contrary to them, and make them fall by promises and threats; and finally, she must shine forth in grace, in order to animate and sustain the valiant soldiers and faithful servants of Jesus Christ, who shall do battle for his interests. Mary must be terrible as an army ranged in battle, principally in these latter times. It is principally of these last and cruel persecutions of the devil, which shall go on increasing daily till the reign of Antichrist, that we ought to understand that first and celebrated prediction and curse of God, pronounced in the terrestrial Paradise against the serpent: I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed.

Feast of the Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary: https://staging2.sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/september/september-15-feast-of-the-seven-dolours-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

Recap and Video of Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s Presentation

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We thank everyone who attended our event last Friday with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski. The surprisingly large turnout on a Friday evening of Labor Day weekend may in fact demonstrates the concern and interest the faithful in Charlotte have about the Latin Mass restrictions, particularly in our own diocese but also elsewhere, and the desire to do something to support the Latin Mass.

Therefore we are pleased to share Dr. Kwasniewski’s talk, The Primacy of Tradition and Obedience to the Truth and the panel discussion which followed.

The CLMC has also posted the talk on a permanent place under our Latin Mass classes page: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/latin-mass-classes/dr-peter-kwasniewski-presentation-september-2022/

Referenced Books by Dr. Kwasniewski (from Friday’s presentation)

Special Dr. Kwasniewski Book Sale at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

Due to the high interest in Dr. Kwasniewski’s work, St. Thomas Aquinas retained some of his books from last Friday and is holding a sale for two of his books.

If you are interested, please see the books on the Latin Mass table in the narthex in the days ahead or contact Tim Flynn at St. Thomas Aquinas: tflynn(at)stacharlotte.com

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 13th Sunday after Pentecost and as custom we provide a reflection on Sunday’s Collect, which focuses on the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/08/the-theological-virtues-and-thirteenth.html#.X0sPw9R7nwc

Dr. Kwasniewski recap: We everyone who attended Dr. Kwasniewski’s compelling presentation on Friday evening. We are grateful for having the opportunity to host Dr. Kwasniewski, the panelists, and thank St. Thomas Aquinas parish and Fr. Codd for their hospitality. We hope to share a copy of the recording when it becomes available.

Community News

Latin Mass in Salisbury this Sunday: Today Sunday September 4, there will be a 4pm Latin Mass at Sacred Heart Parish in Salisbury (45 minutes north of Charlotte), offered by Fr. Carter (Confessions at 3:30pm). A pot luck social will follow Mass in Brincefield Hall. Bring a favorite dish, hors d’oeuvres or dessert to share. For questions contact the Salisbury Latin Mass Community at: www.salisburylmc.org

Latin Masses This Week

  • Wednesday September 7, 6pm St. Ann: Feria day (no commemoration)
  • Thursday September 8, 7pm, St. Thomas Aquinas: Nativity of the Blessed Mother (see below)
  • Friday September 9, 7am (St. Ann) and 12:30pm (St. Mark): Feria or St. Peter Claver

Norcia Monks Visit to St. Ann – September 10-11

Fr. Benedict Nivakoff, the prior of the traditional Benedictine Norica Monastery in Italy, will be at St. Ann parish Saturday September 10 for a fundraising event to help rebuild their monastery damaged in the 2016 earthquake. The Norcia Monks offer the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively as well as pray the traditional Benedictine breviary. They of course are also known for their famous monastic beer, Birra Nursia (Norcia Beer), which attendees could taste that evening. On Sunday September 11, Fr. Benedict will offer the 12:30pm Latin Mass. According to St. Ann parish, the event schedule will be:

  • Saturday September 10, 6pm Solemn Vespers in the Church (unclear if it is Novus Ordo or Traditional Vespers)
  • After Vespers: Beer tasting fundraiser (to attend fundraiser please contact Sr. Mary Lucia at 704-523-4641, ext. 221
  • Sunday September 11, 12:30pm – Fr. Benedict will offer the Latin Mass at St. Ann
  • To learn more visit about the monks visit: https://en.nursia.org/  To order their beer (if you can’t wait until September 10), visit: https://birranursia.com/

Holy Face Devotions & New Book

  • St. Mark – Mondays 2-2:45pm
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet/chaplet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?

Learn more about the Holy Face devotion: TAN Books has just announced a new book on the Holy Face devotion by Fr. Lawrence Carney, a Latin Mass priest in Missouri who is chaplain to the Benedictines of Mary. The book is entitled The Secret of the Holy Face: The Devotion Destined to Save Society. If you want to learn more about this powerful devotion, please visit: https://tanbooks.com/products/books/tan-books/pre-order/the-secret-of-the-holy-face/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage – September 17, Washington DC: To support the Latin Mass faithful in Arlington and Washington DC dioceses, a pilgrimage is being organized around the 15th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict’s directive allowing greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass. The pilgrimage will start at the Cathedral in Arlington and conclude at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington. All are welcome to participate: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/08/national-summorum-pontificum-pilgrimage.html
  • How to Save Your Community If the TLM Is Taken Away: As more dioceses – hopefully not Charlotte – consider more Latin Mass cancellations. The obvious question is – what will TLM communities do in such circumstances? As the CLMC families learned during the diocese of Charlotte’s cancellation of the Latin Triduum, there is no easy answer, as such a decision tragically (and unnecessarily so) scattered the flock in different locations. OnePeterFive examines this question and possible means to bring a community, splintered by cancellations, back together: https://onepeterfive.com/save-community-tlm/
  • California Bishop Threatens to Excommunicate Latin Mass Attendees: According to one bishop in California, attending the Traditional Latin Mass is gravely illicit, a mortal sin, and may warrant excommunication.  This is no doubt shocking and outrageous, but thankfully this bishop’s statement was from 1976, not 2022! This letter below (see link) is instructive as it demonstrates how much hostility and unfortunately, ignorance, some bishops had back then (let us pray for their souls) about liturgy and Sacred Tradition. As we know from the benefit of time however, this bishop was clearly misinformed and blindly believed whatever notices came from Rome (we hope he clarified the matter in the future). It’s a good reminder that many of the harmful or ignorant decisions done by today’s bishops will be rejected in the next generation of bishops, and looked upon as a sad and bizarre footnote in the march towards the full restoration of the traditional Roman Rite. https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/08/michael-davies-in-1976-my-lord-this-is.html  

    CLMC comment: It should be noted that while as Bishop of Charlotte in the mid-1980s, His Excellency John Donoghue and his Chancery were, according to this 1986 article, hesitant about the Latin Mass in Charlotte. However, upon becoming Archbishop of Atlanta in 1994, he established a full Latin Mass chapel and invited in an outside religious order to meet their needs. In short, aided by grace, bishops can come around and realize the importance of the Latin Mass and needing the needs of the faithful. Let us continue to pray for all bishops – including ours – for a deeper appreciation for the Traditional Latin Mass.
  • Catholics have been betrayed by the Vatican’s allegiance to secular COVID authorities: A long time ago, before Traditiones Custodes, there was another time when Latin Masses were publicly canceled and the laity were denied access to the traditional sacraments, notably the Holy Eucharistic – all due to media-driven fear in of a respiratory virus the spring of 2020. While few clergy and bishops – or even Rome – have offered a public apology for abandoning the laity in that moment of crisis, Dr. Alan Moy of the John Paul II Institute for Medical Research (who was the keynote speaker for the Diocese’s of Charlotte’s 2021 Respect Life conference), provides helpful analysis of where the Church went wrong with COVID and how to make things right: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/why-the-catholic-church-must-free-herself-from-secular-authorities-on-public-health-issues
  • New Coke, Amtrak, and the New Mass: A wonderful sermon by a priest in good standing with his bishop, comparing the Novus Ordo Mass to Coca-Cola’s “New Coke” formula from 1985, which was the biggest marketing blunder of the 20th century. New Coke was pushed upon the people and yet they resisted and the company had to restore the original formula.  In like manner, the Church decided upon a “New Mass” to replace the “classical Mass” but the laity and some clergy persisted with the “classical Mass”. Will the Church follow Coca-Cola’s lead and revoke the “New Mass” and restore the classical Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass? https://sensusfidelium.tv/watch/new-coke-amtrak-and-the-new-mass_T9Jpn7idzIDtk4q.html

If you like this sermon, please consider supporting the work of Sensus Fidelium, run by a local parishioner, Steve Cunningham, with a contribution: https://sensusfidelium.com/

  • The Effects of Limiting the Traditional Latin Mass: An excellent video from ETWN demonstrating the harmful effects of the Latin Mass restrictions in the Archdiocese of Washington: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFs-BGxeVXE

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – September 8

This coming Thursday is the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, occurring 9 months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception. We close this e-mail with some excerpts of a reflection by the Benedictine liturgist, Dom Prosper Gueranger, in The Liturgical Year:

Let us, then, understand the Church when, even on this day, she proclaims thy divine maternity, and unites in her chants of praise the birth of Emmanuel and thine own. He who, being Son of God by essence, willed to be also Son of man, had, before all other designs, decreed that he would have a Mother. Such, consequently, was the primordial, absolute character of that title of mother, that in the eternal decree, it was one with the very being of the chosen creature, the motive and cause of her existence, as well as the source of all her perfections natural and supernatural. We too, then, must recognize thee as Mother, even from thy very cradle, and must celebrate thy birthday by adoring thy Son our Lord.

Inasmuch as it embraces all the brethren of the Man-God, thy blessed maternity sheds its rays upon all time, both before and after this happy day. God is our king before ages: he hath wrought salvation in the midst of the earth. “The midst of the earth,” says the Abbot of Clairvaux, “admirably represents Mary. Mary is the center of the universe, the ark of God, the cause of creation, the business of ages. Towards her turn the inhabitants of heaven and the dwellers in the place of expiation, the men that have gone before us, and we that are now living, those who are to follow us, our children’s children and their descendants. Those in heaven look to her to have their ranks filled up; those in purgatory look for their deliverance; the men of the first ages, that they may be found faithful prophets; those that come after, that they may obtain eternal happiness. Mother of God, Queen of heaven, Sovereign of the world, all generations shall call thee blessed, for thou hast brought forth life and glory for all. In thee the Angels ever find their joy, the just find grace, sinners pardon; in thee, and by thee, and from thee, the merciful hand of the Almighty has reformed the first creation.”

…Together with the Church, let us ask, as the fruit of this sweet feast, for that peace which seems to flee ever farther and farther from our unhappy times. Our Lady was born during the second of the three periods of universal peace wherewith the reign of Augustus was blessed, the last of which ushered in the Prince of peace himself.

This Friday: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski event – Friday September 2nd

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This Sunday September 4 is first Sunday and there will be a 4pm Latin Mass at Sacred Heart Parish in Salisbury (45 minutes north of Charlotte), offered by Fr. Carter (Confessions at 3:30pm). A pot luck social will follow Mass in Brincefield Hall. Bring a favorite dish, hors d’oeuvres or dessert to share. For more information please see the Salisbury Latin Mass Community at: www.salisburylmc.org

And of course, we are just two days away from our talk with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski entitled:

The Primacy of Tradition and Obedience to the Truth.

Friday September 2, Aquinas Hall (St. Thomas Aquinas Parish), 1400 Suther Road, Charlotte.

5:30pm Cocktails/Meet & Greet

7pm Lecture

7:45pm Panel Discussion & Q&A

9pm Book Signing

(there is no need to RSVP)

This free lecture will be a sequel to his talk to us last November, and build upon his new book, True Obedience in the Church.

The event includes a panel discussion with:


The panel will answer your questions about the future of the Latin Mass. It will be moderated by the CLMC’s own Brian Williams.  Please invite your friends and spread the word.

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 12th Sunday after Pentecost (and also the feast of St. Augustine) and as custom we share the commentary on the propers for Sunday’s Mass: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/08/heavenly-liturgy-and-earthly-compassion.html#.X0Hi1357nwc

Votive Mass update: We thank those who attended the votive Masses for the Defense of the Church on Friday. In case one hadn’t read the propers, they are particularly powerful in their request: http://www.saintrosequincy.org/propers/votive-mass-defense.pdf

Latin Masses This Week

Schedule Changes

THIS FRIDAY: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski Returns to Charlotte – September 2nd, 7pm

The CLMC is hosting Dr. Peter Kwasniewski to offer a special lecture for the CLMC, entitled: The Primacy of Tradition and Obedience to the Truth. Friday September 2, Aquinas Hall (St. Thomas Aquinas Parish), 1400 Suther Road, Charlotte.

5:30pm Cocktails/Meet & Greet

7pm Lecture

7:45pm Panel Discussion & Q&A

9pm Book Signing

This free lecture will be a sequel to his talk to us last November, and build upon his new book, True Obedience in the Church. Moreover, the event will also feature a special panel discussion which includes Dr. Kwasniewski and two other noted liturgical writers, Greg DiPippo from the New Liturgical Movement, and Christopher Owens of the Veterum Sapientia Institute (The Latin Institute co-founded by Fr. Barone). The panel will answer your questions about the future of the Latin Mass. It will be moderated by the CLMC’s own Brian Williams.  Please invite your friends and spread the word.

Reminder: Dr. Kwasniewski also has several other talks scheduled during his NC visit: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/08/dr-kwasniewkis-four-lectures-in-north.html

Norcia Monks Visit to St. Ann – September 10-11: Fr. Benedict Nivakoff, the prior of the traditional Benedictine Monastery in Norcia, Italy, will be at St. Ann parish Saturday September 10 for a fundraising event to help rebuild their monastery damaged in the 2016 earthquake. The Norcia Monks offer the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively as well as pray the traditional Benedictine breviary. They of course are also known for their famous monastic beer, Birra Nursia (Norcia Beer), which attendees can taste that evening. On Sunday September 11, Fr. Benedict will offer the 12:30pm Latin Mass. According to St. Ann parish, the event schedule will be:

  • Saturday September 10, 6pm Solemn Vespers in the Church (unclear if it is Novus Ordo or Traditional Vespers)
  • After Vespers: Beer tasting fundraiser (to attend fundraiser please contact Sr. Mary Lucia at 704-523-4641, ext. 221
  • Sunday September 11, 12:30pm – Fr. Benedict will offer the Latin Mass at St. Ann
  • To learn more visit about the monks visit: https://en.nursia.org/  To order their beer (if you can’t wait until September 10), visit: https://birranursia.com/

Holy Face Devotions & New Book

The Holy Face devotion is to make reparation for the sins committed against the first three Commandments of the Lord: The denial of God by atheism (communism), blasphemy, and the profanation of Sundays and Holy Days. Devotion to the Holy Face has been referred to as the devotion for Jesus Crucified.  To help counter communists and opponents of the Latin Mass, the CLMC faithful are invited to participate to help combat communism and the enemies of the Latin Mass. The schedule is as follows:

  • St. Mark – Mondays 2-2:45pm
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?

New Book on the Holy Face Devotion: TAN Books has just announced a new book on the Holy Face devotion by Fr. Lawrence Carney, a Latin Mass priest in Missouri who is chaplain to the Benedictines of Mary. The book is entitled The Secret of the Holy Face: The Devotion Destined to Save Society. If you want to learn more about this powerful devotion, please visit: https://tanbooks.com/products/books/tan-books/pre-order/the-secret-of-the-holy-face/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • An Opponent of Vatican II Passes Away: Please pray for the repose of the soul of retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland, who was one of the most strident modernists of the post-conciliar Church and was ultimately disgraced by some other activities of his life (which is why he needs extra prayers). However, as Greg DiPippo with the New Liturgical Movement notes, Abp. Weakland was also one of the leading dissenters from Vatican II itself. As DiPippo notes below, it is those modernists who accuse traditionalists of being “against Vatican II”, who themselves are actually the ones who have opposed the Council:

“Remember this when you are falsely accused of “going against Vatican II” because you love the traditional Roman Rite, and the fullness of our Catholic liturgical patrimony. It is not we who love these things who are opposed to Vatican II. Those who opposed Vatican II then were the creators and implementers of the reform; those who oppose it now are the defenders of their legacy.”

https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/08/an-opponent-of-vatican-ii-passes-away.html

  • Announcing a New Edition of Dom Gaspar Lefebvre’s “Catholic Liturgy: If you happen to have the St. Andrew Missal of 1945, you are reading the work of Dom Gaspar Lefebvre, one of the great Benedictine liturgists of the early to mid 20th century. To honor him and his work, Romanitas Press is republishing his magnificent book Catholic Liturgy: It’s Fundamental Principles. For those that want to take a deeper dive into the Traditional Latin Mass, and liturgical history and background, this book might be worth a look: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/08/announcing-new-edition-of-dom-gaspar.html#.YwmSUrTMKHs
  • “Unity Über Alles”: Bishop Burbidge in His Own Words: As primer to this coming Friday’s talk by Dr. Kwasniewski, OnePeterFive publishes an excellent article on the problematic theological reasoning for the cancellation/consolidation of the Latin Masses in dioceses such as Arlington (and others) [emphasis ours]:

“[Bishop Burbidge] forgot to mention that his policy forbids the celebration of the Latin Mass during Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum or even the publication of the times when the usus antiquior is offered. How is this “spiritual nourishment?” What is the message, Excellency? Are you saying that the Tridentine Mass is not liturgically fit for the holiest season of the year? Are you saying that the need for unity in the use of liturgical rites outweighs any spiritual benefit the faithful might receive from attending the Mass of the Ages on Easter Sunday?”

  • CLMC comment: Between the lines, the above quote and question raises an interesting and important question. If a bishop restricts the Latin Mass, or refuses to allow it offered daily (relegating it to a novelty Mass once or twice a week), is he not partially denying the validity of the Traditional Latin Mass? If the Traditional Latin Mass is a valid Mass, would not restricting it to a few days a week, or even prohibiting the Latin Triduum, be admitting that the Latin Mass is not as fully valid or equal as the Novus Ordo?
  • The “Latin Novus Ordo” Is Not the Solution: Some folks who are worrisome about the Latin Mass’ future may become desperate and think “Well, if the Traditional Latin Mass is canceled, maybe our priests can just offer a Latin Novus Ordo Mass”. Or worse, some have the stranger long-term idea that in the future the “best aspects” of the Novus Ordo Mass and Traditional Latin Mass will be blended together to create a new unified “Super Mass” and all will be happy. Thankfully this insightful article by Dr. Kwasniewski will quickly pour cold water on such bizarre and perhaps divisive ideas: https://onepeterfive.com/latin-novus-ordo-not-solution/

Latin Mass & Hollywood – Shia LaBoeuf’s Conversion

If one needed evidence that the Traditional Latin Mass continues to thrive during these restrictive times, one need to look no further than the surprising, profound, and significant, conversion of Hollywood actor Shia LaBoeuf, who appeared on Bishop Robert Barron’s network this week (of all places). Mr. LaBoeuf shared his conversion story, and how it was the Traditional Latin Mass (and Padre Pio) which aided in his conversion. Moreover during the 80 minute interview (which is well worth watching), Mr. LaBoeuf kept returning to the topic of tradition and the Traditional Latin Mass. He also shared that he attended the Institute of Christ the King’s parish in Oakland, California (a Latin Mass only parish).

During the interview (which you can watch on the link below), he made the most insightful point about the presentation of the Novus Ordo Mass vs. the Traditional Latin Mass – all in conversation with Bishop Baron. We share Greg DiPippo’s transcript and commentary:

Shia: “Latin mass affects me deeply. Deeply.”

Bishop Barron: “How come?”

Shia: “Because it feels like they’re not selling me a car. … When somebody’s selling me on something, it kills my aptitude for it, and my suspension of disbelief, and my yearnings to root for it. There’s an immediate rebellion in me.

As Mr. DiPippo closes the article, he encourages prayers for Shia LaBoeuf’s continued growth in the faith (and we would add to pray that Bishop Baron that he will be moved to discover the Latin Mass):

https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/08/joy-and-hope-mourning-and-anguish.html#.YwmsOLTMKHs

Celebrities and the Latin Mass

Surprising as Mr. LaBoeuf announcement was, he was not the only Hollywood celebrity to recognize the importance of the Latin Mass. In recent years there have been a few others in the celebrity industry who have either discovered the Latin Mass or, despite their secular liberal beliefs, express lament over the loss of the Traditional Latin Mass:

Bill Murray

“‘I tend to disagree with what they call the new mass. I think we lost something by losing the Latin. Now if you go to a Catholic mass even just in Harlem it can be in Spanish, it can be in Ethiopian, it can be in any number of languages. The shape of it, the pictures, are the same but the words aren’t the same.’

Isn’t it good for people to understand it? ‘I guess,’ he says, shaking his head. ‘But there’s a vibration to those words. If you’ve been in the business long enough you know what they mean anyway. And I really miss the music – the power of it, y’know? Yikes! Sacred music has an affect on your brain.’ Instead, he says, we get “folk songs … top 40 stuff … oh, brother…’”

Bruce Springsteen

Michael Matt at The Remnant comments on Bruce Springsteen who, in various public appearances, has referenced the impact the Latin Mass and Catholic schooling (pre-conciliar) had on him (see video below):

Please understand, this is not an homage to ‘The Boss’, one of the music industry’s premier champions of liberal causes. This is about the impact of the Revolution of Vatican II, not just on Springsteen but on his entire generation, who watched as the Church in her human element auto-destructed before their eyes… 

…He remembers the nuns, the Latin Mass, the old days and the old ways and, according to him, it was beautiful to grow up in My (Catholic) Hometown.

As the Catholic towns of Springsteen’s childhood fade into the noxious mists of a ruthless secularism, let’s pray for the lost sheep who grew up in the shadow of the steeples. We’ll never know how it might’ve been different for them had the Mass stayed the same, priests not run off by tens of thousands to get married, and the nuns not taken off their habits and walked away from their little charges.

Think of the horrific impact that must have had on children of that generation whose Catholic world blew up and who were left to face the demons of the Sexual Revolution more or less on their own!

Well played, Vatican II.  May God have mercy on all the lost sheep, us included.”

CLMC comment: One can only wonder how many lost sheep (or future Catholics) would return to the fold in Hollywood and elsewhere – including in Charlotte – if the Latin Mass is restored to the Church, and offered daily in its own dedicated chapels. This is why the Latin Mass faithful will continue pray, advocate, and work for the Latin Mass to be restored to its glory.

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

One Week Away: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski event – Friday September 2nd

Laudetur Iesus Christus! First, just a reminder that tomorrow Saturday August 27 at 8am is the monthly St. Ann Respect Life Latin Mass. After Mass will be prayers at the abortion facility (700 S. Torrence, Charlotte) or a Holy Hour of Reparation in the Church.

Looking ahead, we just wanted to share that we are just 1 week away from our talk with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski entitled:

The Primacy of Tradition and Obedience to the Truth.

Friday September 2, Aquinas Hall (St. Thomas Aquinas Parish), 1400 Suther Road, Charlotte.

5:30pm Cocktails/Meet & Greet

7pm Lecture

7:45pm Panel Discussion & Q&A

9pm Book Signing

(there is no need to RSVP)

This free lecture will be a sequel to his talk to us last November, and build upon his new book, True Obedience in the Church.

The event includes a panel discussion with:

The panel will answer your questions about the future of the Latin Mass. It will be moderated by the CLMC’s own Brian Williams.  Please invite your friends and spread the word.