Schedule for the Feast of the Assumption (Aug. 14-15)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This Wednesday is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother and we have a few Mass times to note. Both St. Ann parish in Charlotte and St. John the Baptist in Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte) will be offering Latin Masses on both the Vigil of the Assumption (Tuesday August 14) and the Feast of the Assumption (Wednesday August 15). As a reminder, Wednesday August 15 is a holy day of obligation.


Importance of Vigil Masses on August 14

A note of clarification, while the Tuesday evening Masses can fulfil the obligation to attend Mass for Wednesday (the Assumption), the actual Vigil Mass in the Extraordinary Form is its own distinct Mass for that day. In earlier times, the day prior to major feast days were called vigils which retained its own separate prayers and readings for the Mass.  A recent example from last week is the Vigil of St. Lawrence Thursday August 9, which was followed by the Feast of St. Lawrence the next day (August 10). It’s sort of two parts of one whole.  Although only Wednesday is a holy day of obligation, you are invited to attend Mass both Tuesday and Wednesday if possible.


Fasting on major vigils

Also in Sunday’s bulletin, Fr. Reid encourages all to fast tomorrow, Tuesday August 14*: I also encourage you to fast from something on August 14th. It’s an old and venerable Catholic practice to fast before great feast days, which is how the seasons of Advent and Lent were started. Skipping a meal or giving up something you desire (like your morning cup of coffee or your evening glass of wine) is a good sacrifice to offer to our Lord that will make you all the more hungry for the graces our Lord desires to give you through this consecration. Fasting before a great feast is not a quid pro quo that we engage in with God in the hopes of getting something from Him. Rather, it is a sign of our desire to be united with our Lord in His suffering and death so that we might be united with Him in His resurrection.

*Though fasting on vigils is now optional, it’s encouraged.


St. Ann

Tuesday August 14 – Vigil of the Assumption: Solemn High Latin Mass, 5:30 PM

Wednesday August 15 – Feast of the Assumption: High/Sung Mass, 6:00pm (preceded by Holy Hour at 5pm)


St. Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday August 15 – Feast of the Assumption: High Mass, 7:00pm


St. John the Baptist, Tryon

Tuesday August 14 – Vigil of the Assumption: High/sung Mass, 6:30 PM

Wednesday August 15 – Feast of the Assumption: High/sung Mass, Mass, 6:30pm

180 Laurel Ave, Tryon, NC 28782 –

Low Mass this Sunday 1pm in Columbia, SC

For those looking for a summer road trip, we have a special Latin Mass to announce this Sunday August 12 in Columbia, South Carolina (90 miles south of Charlotte).

Fr. James Buckley, FSSP will be offering a Low Mass at 1pm at the St. Thomas More Chapel on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. As noted earlier this week Fr. James Buckley is a priest with the Fraternity of St. Peter (a Latin Mass order of priests) and has visited with our community a few times.

Sunday August 12, 1pm

Low Mass – Fr. James Buckley

St. Thomas More Chapel – USC

1610 Greene St. Columbia, SC 29201

This event is also historic as this might be the 1st public Sunday Latin Mass in the Columbia/Midlands area since the FSSP had to stop serving the region 7-10 years ago (low turnout).

The event is being organized by the Columbia Traditional Latin Mass Community.

Latin Mass near Waxhaw, NC tomorrow August 7 at 9am

We have a last minute Traditional Latin Mass occurring tomorrow Tuesday August 7, at 9am in Lancaster, South Carolina:

For those living in the far south part of Charlotte, Fr. James Buckley, FSSP (former spiritual director of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE) will be offering a special Traditional Latin Mass tomorrow, Tuesday 9am at Our Lady of Grace parish in Lancaster, SC (just south of the NC border).

Low Mass offered by Fr. James Buckley, FSSP

Tuesday August 7, 9am

Our Lady of Grace Parish

7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, SC 29720

Fr. Buckley occasionally passes thru the area during his summer vacation.  A reader alerted us to the Mass via this posting in the parish’s bulletin yesterday:

Salisbury 4pm Latin Mass this Sunday August 5

Please see the update from the Salisbury Latin Mass Community. The Mass is 1st Sundays at 4pm at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury, NC:

Just a reminder of the 4:00 p.m. Traditional Latin Mass this coming Sunday, August 5th, at Sacred Heart, Salisbury.  Father Robert Ferguson, F.S.S.P. will be the celebrant.

Reception After Mass
Soon, Fr. Ferguson’s commitments with the F.S.S.P. will affect his availability to say Mass at Sacred Heart.  Please join us in a reception after Mass as we express our gratitude for Fr. Ferguson’s generosity of having been celebrant of our TLM at Sacred Heart over the past many months.  Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Future First Sunday TLM Masses
Our schedule of First Sunday TLM Masses will continue with our diocesan priests graciously providing their time to visit our parish to say Mass.

The average number of lay faithful attached to the extraordinary form in attendance at the TLM at our parish has been averaging 40 to 50.  Please continue to pray for our priests and those considering the priesthood as their vocation.

Traditional Confirmations this Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have 2 upcoming events to share with you this week:

  1. St. Ann Respect Life Latin Mass – Saturday July 28, 9am (Low): This Saturday July 28, St. Ann’s monthly 4th Saturday Respect Life Mass will be a Low Mass at 9am. Afterwards parishioners will visit the nearby abortion facility for prayers.
  2. Traditional Confirmations with Bishop Jugis – this Sunday July 29: Before the 12:30pm High Mass, St. Ann has the privilege of hosting the traditional conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The Confirmation Rite will begin at 12:30pm and Mass will begin immediately afterwards. You can arrive at normal time on Sunday and Mass will end just a little later than usual.  Mass this Sunday July 29. This will be a day of extra graces.  At last check, Bishop Jugis is scheduled to administer the Confirmation, with a Solemn High Mass to follow (offered by Father Reid).  We’ll keep you posted.

Latin Mass updates for mid July

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a few updates to share with you about some Latin Mass cancellations coming up:

St. Ann: The 7am Latin Mass on Friday July 20 is canceled.

St. Michael in Gastonia: All Latin Masses at St. Michael are temporarily suspended until further notice but don’t lose hope. The new pastor, Fr. Lucas Rossi is generously learning the Latin Mass to continue offering it. Once he’s ready to schedule new Latin Masses, we’ll let you know.  (N.B. The prior priests Fr. Buettner and Christian who offered the Latin Masses were recently assigned to other locations in the diocese). Please keep Fr. Rossi in your prayers.

Low Mass this Sunday July 15 4pm at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury

Laudetur Iesus Christus! The Salisbury Latin Mass Community passed along this news of an extra Latin Mass this Sunday July 15th, 4pm at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury.


Salvete in Christo!

Please be aware that Father Ferguson has graciously offered to say a Low Mass at Sacred Heart, Salisbury, on Sunday, 15th at 4 p.m.

Mark Hartley


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