Christ the King recap & All Souls Prayers this Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a few updates to share about this coming weekend, but first wanted to thank everyone for attending Sunday’s Feast of Christ the King festivities – especially the Eucharistic Procession and our Blessed Karl talk last week.

Christ the King Recap

As Deacon Tonon noted, the route was a last second decision, brought about by Divine Providence, as the rain ended just as Father Reid was processing the Blessed Sacrament out the main doors. This was no doubt, a historic event, with Christ the King, in all His glory being processed through the neighborhoods of Charlotte and across Park Road to Holy Trinity Middle School (and back). The look upon the curious neighborhood residents as the King of Kings processed by, was something for the ages.  Please consider offering some prayers this week for Fr. Reid in gratitude for leading this procession, for Deacon Tonon for his excellent sermon on the Kingship of Christ, and for the conversion of those residents along the procession route.

Blessed Karl talk by Fr. Matlak

Thanks are also in order for those who assisted with the Blessed Karl Mass and talk last Wednesday.  The CLMC is pleased to resume these talks after a long hiatus. We especially thank Fr. Matlak for making time at the last minute to offer Mass and the inspiring reflection. Please offer some prayers for Father as well this week.  If you missed the talk, we are pleased to provide an online talk which, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium, can be viewed here:

Blessed Karl Pilgrimage: As a reminder, Fr. Matlak is offering to lead a pilgrimage in Summer 2022 to beautiful Madeira Island (Blessed Karl’s tomb) and also Germany to attend the annual Passion Play. If interested, please reply to this e-mail.

Book on Blessed Karl: For a good book on Blessed Karl, please see this book, Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy, by local publisher TAN Books: https://www.tanbooks.com/blessed-charles-of-austria-a-holy-emperor-and-his-legacy.html

All Souls Indulgences extended thru November 30

Not to confuse things, but due to COVID, the Vatican has extended the plenary indulgence for the poor souls in purgatory through November 30. Please consider taking advantage of this wonderful corporal work of mercy: https://www.ncregister.com/news/vatican-extends-plenary-indulgence-for-the-dead-throughout-november

All Souls Day Masses – Monday November 2nd

  • St. Ann: 6pm (High or Solemn High Requiem Mass)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 7pm (High or Solemn High Requiem)
  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, 7:30pm (High Requiem)

If you are new to Latin Mass, the Requiem Mass is one of the most beautiful and somber of Masses – especially the Dies Irae sequence, perhaps one of the most hauntingly beautiful chants in the Church: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2009/11/dies-irae-sequence.html

Lastly, yesterday, Wednesday was the feast of Ss. Simon and Jude. We provide a reflection on some of the traditions (some not certain) associated with these apostles:

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/the-legends-of-saints-simon-and-jude.html

Feast of Christ the King

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed feast of St. Raphael the Archangel! Tomorrow Sunday October 25th is the feast of Christ the King, an important feast day that celebrates not only Christ’s Kingship in heaven, but also His reign over all the nations on earth today. As custom, Dr. Mike Foley provides commentary on the prayers for tomorrow’s Mass:
http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/the-orations-of-feast-of-christ-king.html

History of the Feast of Christ the King

The feast was established by Pope Pius XI in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas, which was written to address the growing revolutions against the Church – particularly in Mexico and is the celebration of an important Catholic doctrine which emphasizes Christ’s kingship over each nation, and how each nation (and city) must explicitly acknowledge Christ’s kingship and his teachings.

This feast day is especially important in a year where the state of North Carolina has not only ignored Christ’s Kingship (by allowing abortion, same sex unions, contraception, and usury etc.), but actively attacked it through its unauthorized church closures during COVID (which sadly the dioceses and bishops complicity followed).  Bishop Athanasius Schneider visited us 2 years ago and gave a talk on this doctrine. You can listen to it here: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/latin-mass-classes/bishopschneider /  Below are some additional links of the feast day:

Christ the King & Elections: We should also note the feast’s importance as we come up to a pivotal election – which seems to receive undue attention only because the Catholic Church and her moral teachings have largely been absent in American society.  This occurs because the Church has sadly refused to advocate the Social Kingship of Christ, and to convert this country to the one true faith (instead the Church’s dioceses focus on leftist politics while accepting government funding) and therefore forces Catholics and other men of goodwill to rely excessively on political leaders and elections to promote Christ’s doctrine. In 1895, Pope Leo XIII wrote to U.S. Bishops and observes this strange arrangement of the Church in America:

(I)t would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced. – Pope Leo XIII, Longinqua (Catholicism in the United States), 1895

Plenary Indulgence for Christ the King: There is a plenary indulgence attached for the Feast of Christ the King to whom recites the Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus publically in a Church. Please see this article from 2012 to learn more:
https://fssp.com/act-of-consecration-of-the-human-race-to-the-sacred-heart-of-jesus/

Masses & Processions 

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Latin Mass at 11:30am: As mentioned, St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer an orchestral Latin Mass for the feast day featuring the chanting of the Schola Aquinatis (parish schola) which will be signing the Missa Brevis in D Major of Mozart along with his Ave Verum Corpus. Afterwards weather permitting, there will be a Eucharistic Procession.
  • St. Ann Latin Mass at 12:30pm: As custom, St. Ann & the CLMC will host a special neighborhood Eucharistic Procession after the 12:30pm Latin Mass on Sunday. Please bring any images, statues, flags, of royal saints who through their virtue and office honored Christ the King and bring them along for the procession. See list of royal saints (attached) or at this link for more information: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2019/10/10/feast-of-christ-the-king-october-27-2019/
  • Expanded Procession with police escort: As noted, weather permitting, St. Ann will offer a special Eucharistic Procession that will go thru the entire neighborhood along Willow Oak Road, with Benediction at Holy Trinity Middle School. The procession will probably take 40-45 minutes before concluding back at St. Ann.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday October 31, 9am (St. Ann) – Public Outdoor Rosary in Latin: Next Saturday, St. Ann will offer a public Rosary in Latin at 9am on Saturday October 31 on the front lawn of the parish to conclude the month of Our Lady and the Rosary.  Please join (translation pamphlets will be provided).
  • Sunday November 1 – Prayers for Poor Souls at Belmont Abbey Cemetery: All Saints Day Sunday November 1 begins the 8-day novena for the poor souls in purgatory and after the 12:30pm Sunday Mass, Fr. Reid has graciously agreed to the annual prayers at the Belmont Abbey Cemetery. The novena consists of visiting a cemetery each day, praying for the dead. A plenary indulgence is offered each day under the usual conditions.
  • Monday November 2nd All Souls Day: Thomas Aquinas will be offering a Requiem Mass (Latin) at 7:00pm.
  • 1st Saturday November 7 – Next Juventutem Event: Juventutem, the young adults group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be hosting a special Mass & event beginning with 10:30am Low Mass on Saturday November 7 (1st Saturday) at St. Mark parish. Afterwards, Fr. John Putnam, pastor of St. Mark will offer a talk on Canon Law and Marriage Validity. For more information please contact visit: facebook.com/JuventutemCLT
  • Early Vote: Just a reminder to early vote until October 31 to help support Pro-Life candidates! Please visit vote-catholic.com to download a Pro-Life voter guide. St. Thomas Aquinas will be offering Eucharistic Adoration from 1pm – 7pm on Election Day November 3rd.

Lastly, we wanted to share an article by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who calls on Pope Francis to convert, and retract his tragic statement endorsing civil unions for sodomites:
https://edwardpentin.co.uk/bishop-schneider-to-pope-francis-for-sake-of-your-soul-retract-approval-of-same-sex-civil-unions/

We should close this e-mail with on a note of hope, the above story broke on Wednesday October 21, the universal feast of Blessed Emperor Karl, which was not the date of death, but Blessed Karl’s wedding day to Servant of God Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma. God willing, they will both be canonized one day, and provide the Church with a role model for a saintly marriages.

Blessed Karl of Austria, pray for us!

¡Vivo Cristo Rey!

Feast of St. Raphael update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! First we thank everyone, including Fr. Matlak, for attending our Blessed Karl of Austria event on Wednesday. We hope to provide a recap in the coming days. This evening, we have a few quick announcements for tomorrow and Sunday:

Tomorrow Saturday October 24 – Feast of St. Raphael the Archangel

Respect Life Mass at St. Ann – 8am: St. Ann will offer its monthly Respect Life Latin Mass at 8am tomorrow. Fr. Reid is unable to go to Planned Parenthood, though we hear the Catholic teen pro-life group may attend Mass and go out to Planned Parenthood to pray after Mass. A Deacon will lead a Holy Hour of Reparation after Mass in the Church.

Sunday October 25 – Feast of Christ the King

We hope to have more to share information tomorrow, but we have some exciting updates on Sunday’s Feast of Christ the King (which occurs on the last Sunday in October in the traditional calendar):

  • 11:30am High Mass, St. Thomas Aquinas: The parish will offer an orchestral High Mass (with the Carolina Catholic Chorale) featuring Missa Brevis in D Major of Mozart along with his Ave Verum Corpus. Afterwards Father will led the parish in a Eucharistic Procession
  • 12:30pm High Mass, St. Ann (Expanded Procession!): The parish will offer a High Mass followed by a special and expanded Eucharistic Procession. God willing, Father will process the Blessed Sacrament all the way up to Holy Trinity Middle School and back to St. Ann. The path will go up Willow Oak Road, left onto to Princeton Road, and cross over Park Road to Holy Trinity Middle School (where there will be possibly Benediction) afterwards the procession will return to St. Ann via the same route. Please pray for fair weather.

The procession will conclude inside St. Ann parish. This expansion may make the procession long about 40-45 minutes total (20 minutes one way) and makes a glorious way to fulfill Pope Pius XI’s vision to bring Christ back into the public square and into the streets, as called for in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas. As custom, we will have flags, banners, etc. of our favorite royal saints and blessed (kings, queens, dukes, etc. who all honored Christ the King during their reign). Please bring your own images, statues, flags, of the royal saints (St. Louis, St. Stephen of Hungary, St. Isabel of Portugal, Blessed Karl, etc.). We attach an extensive list of royal saints.

As custom, St. Ann will offer the indulgence prayers at some point during the festivities.

Tomorrow 6pm (Wednesday): Blessed Karl Mass & talk by Father Matlak

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow Wednesday 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 Latin Mass faithful.  You may recall we invited Bishop Athanasius Schneider to provide a talk on this soon to be saint back in 2017.

Tomorrow evening Wednesday 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 6pm Low Mass at St. Ann in commemoration of Blessed Karl, and at 7pm provide a brief talk on him in the St. Ann Center. Please join us. Here are the details:

Wednesday October 21 – Blessed Karl of Austria

  • 6:00 PM – Low Mass* by Fr. Matlak at St. Ann Catholic Church
  • 7:00 PM – Talk by Fr. Matlak in Cafeteria followed by Q&A
  • Individualized snacks and refreshments served (prepackaged)
  • There will be plenty of space/room in the cafeteria

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 tireless 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 (whose 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, his body was discovered to be incorrupt.

In a time when we are needing holy and pious leaders in government and in marriage, the Church gives us Blessed Karl, and hopefully soon his wife, Zita.

*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 with his commemoration. Please join us.

Lastly, we have some updates to share for Sunday’s Christ the King Procession – we hope to share them Thursday or Friday.

20th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday October 18th is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, and as custom we include a reflection of the Sunday propers by Dr. Mike Foley: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/a-worthy-location-postcommunion-prayer.html

Sunday Latin Masses in Charlotte

  • St. Thomas Aquinas parish: 11:30am (High Mass)
  • St. Ann parish: 12:30pm (High Mass) – 250 person seating capacity which means (for now) most people will be able to find seating. There will be outside seating.

SAVE THE DATE: Feast of Christ the King – Sunday October 25, 12:30pm (St. Ann parish)

Next Sunday October 25th is the Feast of Christ the King and once again St. Ann will be offering a Eucharistic Procession after the 12:30pm Mass outside the parish. This is a major feast day for the CLMC as promotes the Social Kingship of Christ, His Church, and His rights in society and government.  We will share more details this coming week but there are plans to make this year an even greater procession than in years past (Pray for fair weather!). St. Thomas Aquinas will also offer a Eucharistic Procession after their 11:30am Sunday Mass.

Next Respect Life Latin Mass Saturday October 24

St. Ann will offer its 4th Saturday Respect Life Latin Mass at 8am on October 24 (Feast of St. Raphael the Archangel). Details are still being worked out as to whether there will be a vigil at Planned Parenthood or Holy Hour. Stay tuned.

Public Outdoor Rosary in Latin – Saturday October 31, 9am (St. Ann)

St. Ann will offer a public Rosary in Latin at 9am on Saturday October 31 on the front lawn of the parish to conclude the month of Our Lady and the Rosary.  Please join (translation pamphlets will be provided).

Next Juventutem event – Saturday November 7

Juventutem, the young adults group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be hosting a special Mass & event beginning with 10:30am Low Mass on Saturday November 7 (1st Saturday) at St. Mark parish. Afterwards, Fr. John Putnam, pastor of St. Mark will offer a talk on Canon Law and Marriage Validity. For more information please contact Angela Kessler at juventutemclt(at)gmail.com or visit: www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • LIVING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: Go Trump or Go Lockdown: Michael Matt, editor of the Catholic newspaper The Remnant, has put out an excellent video on the stakes of this election – especially for the Church. As we noted in our Early Voting e-mail on Thursday, the revolutionaries in public office have already taken a swipe at the Church, and by extension the Traditional Latin Mass (while allowing abortion facilities to operate freely). Having seen how effeminate and naturalistic the Church acted during COVID, these authorities may likely do so again unless they are stopped at the polls – including in North Carolina.
  • Early Vote: Just a reminder to early vote to help support Pro-Life candidates! Please visit vote-catholic.com to download a Pro-Life voter guide.
  • St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Consecration of France to the Sacred Heart: Yesterday, Saturday October 17 was the feast day of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque – the mystic saint who received private revelations from Our Blessed Lord about the importance of the devotion to His Sacred Heart and His request that the King of France consecrate his country to the Sacred Heart. Sadly, King Louis XIV ignored that request, as did his successors, and 100 years later, the French monarchy ended in a bloody revolution which has inspired countless other revolutions since that time – including one attempting to unfold in our country today. Our Lady of Fatima also lamented King Louis XIV refusal when in 1931 she appeared to Sr. Lucia and again asked for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart (which has still not been done according to Our Lady’s Request). This article has a brief summary and ties it into our age with the message of Fatima: http://www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/2014/06/28/most-sacred-heart-of-jesus-pierced-broken-for-love-of-man/

Early Voting begins today – Pro-Life message

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Blessed feast of St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite mystic. At the bottom of this e-mail, please find additional information on this important Carmelite saint.

Fr. Reid’s Pro-Life message as Early Voting Begins Today (October 15)

With Fr. Jones preaching at last Sunday’s Latin Mass, we missed an equally important homily Father Reid gave at the other St. Ann Masses on Sunday. As you will see it contains an important Pro-Life message for us Catholic voters.  Please read Father’s homily in its entirety (link to PDF below) but we also wanted to highlight a few excerpts from Father’s homily:

  • There is no greater evil in our society today than the willful killing of the unborn, who are the most innocent and vulnerable members of our society.
  • But as this is also an election year, we must vote for Pro-Life candidates.
  • There are Catholics who think there are other issues just as important as abortion when it comes to voting, yet it’s hard to think of abortion as just one issue among many when considering its consequences. What other issue results in the death of well over 800,000 innocent American children each year? Not immigration, not health care, not the death penalty.
  • I bring this up not to tell you who to vote for, but because it’s my sacred duty to help you form your conscience. So you must understand that voting for a pro-abortion candidate, when there is a pro-life candidate on the same ballot, makes you an accomplice in the moral evil of abortion.
  • Lastly, and most importantly, to battle the evil of abortion we must pray. I especially encourage you to pray the Rosary to end abortion. There is nothing more effective than prayer, and more than ever we need to pray for life, for our country, and for an end to all the evils we’ve embraced as a nation.

The fully homily is attached as a PDF, or at this link: https://www.stanncharlotte.org/october-11th-2020/

NC Pro-Life Voter Guides for Catholics 

With early voting starting, lay Catholics & North Carolina Right to Life have published non-partisan candidate comparison guides which focus on the abortion stances of the candidates. There are localized guides for various areas in Charlotte (and a few outside). There are guides for various neighborhoods and regions in our area at this website: http://vote-catholic.com/ 

CLMC Reminder: During COVID, North Carolina said abortion facilities were essential, but Catholic Churches and Latin Masses “non-essential”

As we head to the polls, let us inform our consciences that during COVID, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the party he leads, declared that abortion facilities were an essential service while “religious gatherings” – including the Traditional Latin Mass – were not. While we Catholics were forced to stay home, be deprived of the Traditional Mass and see God denied the glory He is due, the abortion facilities in our state were busy committing unspeakable horrors on the unborn and mothers – thanks to wisdom of our “public servants”.

We’ve covered the Church’s liberty many times in prior weeks, but it’s also time act on these traditional Church teachings – including the Social Kingship of Christ – at the voting booth as well. Let us restore the rights of Our Savior Jesus Christ to the public square and to our state government. Blessed Karl of Austria, pray for us!

Carmelite Feast Day: Today is also the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, which is one of the statues in St. Ann parish. Incidentally, there is a 7pm Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas tonight for her feast day. As custom, we include Dom Prosper Gueranger’s meditation on this great saint here: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/october/october-15-st-teresa-of-avila-virgin/

Support the Carmelite Hermits in Pennsylvania:

Lastly, since today is a Carmelite feast day, we wanted to share an opportunity to support our friends, the Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, a traditional Carmelite community.  Some of you may recall meeting the Hermits when they visited in 2017.  They are a group of traditional Carmelite hermits based in Fairfield, PA who offer the Traditional Carmelite (Latin) Mass exclusively.  Please offer a prayer for the Hermits on their feast day. Additionally, they subsist solely on donations and are always grateful for any financial support: https://www.eremitaednmc.org/

St. Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

For Columbus is ours – October 12, 1492

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Happy Columbus Day! Today, Monday October 12 is the 528th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.

Over 125 years 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, 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

http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_16071892_quarto-abeunte-saeculo.html

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, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, choose the name Columbus for his new fraternal order, the Knights of Columbus.

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

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

As some in the Church today struggle with how to minister to indigenous peoples 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/)

19th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 19th Sunday after Pentecost and also the ancient feast of the Maternity of Mary, Mother of God (Mater Dei). As custom, here is Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary on Sunday Collect prayer: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/the-liberating-collect-for-nineteenth.html 

Sunday Latin Masses in Charlotte

  • St. Thomas Aquinas parish: 11:30am (High Mass) no major restrictions or signups
  • St. Ann parish: 12:30pm (High Mass) – 250 person seating capacity which means (for now) most people will be able to find seating. There will be outside seating available.

Next Respect Life Latin Mass Saturday October 24

St. Ann will offer its 4th Saturday Respect Life Latin Mass at 8am on October 24 (Feast of St. Raphael the Archangel). Details are still being worked out as to whether there will be a vigil at Planned Parenthood or Holy Hour. Stay tuned.

SAVE THE DATE – Feast of Christ the King – Sunday October 25

The feast of Christ the King is an important feast day especially how it relates to Christ, His Church, and His rights in society and government. It’s traditionally custom to have a Eucharistic Procession after Mass. Here are the two Masses scheduled in Charlotte:

  • St. Thomas Aquinas parish: 11:30am High Mass, with Eucharistic Procession
  • St. Ann parish: 12:30pm High Mass, with Eucharistic Procession

We’ll update you on any additional Masses and commemorations we hear about.

Next Juventutem event – Saturday November 7

Juventutem, the young adults group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be hosting a special Mass & event beginning with 10:30am Low Mass on Saturday November 7 (1st Saturday) at St. Mark parish. Afterwards, Fr. John Putnam, pastor of St. Mark will offer a talk on Canon Law and Marriage Validity. For more information please contact Angela Kessler at juventutemclt@gmail.com or visit: www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

NC Pro-Life Voter Guides

With early voting starting, lay Catholics & North Carolina Right to Life have published non-partisan candidate comparison guides which focus on the abortion stances of the candidates. There are localized guides for various areas in Charlotte (and a few outside). To download the guides visit: http://vote-catholic.com/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Catholics Voting for Barabbas: An excellent election-season sermon by a Traditional Latin Mass priest in another diocese:
  • The French Revolution & The American Catholic Today: Fr. David Nix, a traditional priest/hermit in the Denver Archdiocese compares the beginnings of the bloody, anti-Catholic French Revolution with the current unrest we are seeing in our country today: https://padreperegrino.org/2020/09/revo1/
  • Digital Holy Communion: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP examines the history behind today’s Holy Communion on the fingers (as opposed to Communion on the palm in the ancient Church) which is widespread in the Church today, and concludes it has no historic basis. Taking Holy Communion by fingers was invented by the heretic, John Calvin:
    https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/09/digital-communion-modern-invention.html
  • Sacred Music article: The Catholic News Herald had an interesting write up by a music professor from Western Carolina University which touches upon the importance of Baroque music and its important connection to the Catholic faith and the Rosary: https://catholicnewsherald.com/95-news/entertainment/6308-meditating-on-the-rosary-through-music

    The article generally raises a broader topic for Catholics – the importance of music that is well ordered for the soul. Sadly today we are saturated with “beat music” otherwise known as pop music – even in parishes! –  which is inherently disordered and awakens the passions or emotions. Authentically virtuous music (inside Mass or out in the world) achieves the opposite, and calms the passions to allow the soul to better contemplate God. Fr. Basil Nortz, ORC has an excellent CD on the topic: http://store-opusangelorum-org.3dcartstores.com/Music-and-Morality_p_59.html
  • Brooklyn Bishop sues New York Governor: In response to the new COVID restrictions in New York, the Bishop of Brooklyn has decided to assert the traditional teaching of the Church’s superiority over the state, and sue the Governor. Not surprisingly a New York court rejected the suit 2 days later and the Bishop is looking at other options. Despite the setback, this is a positive beginning step towards asserting the Social Kingship of Christ: https://thetablet.org/after-judge_ruling-bishop_says-diocese-looking-options/

    We still lament, that many dioceses – including Charlotte – missed an opportunity to assert the Social Kingship of Christ even with just a lawsuit. In fact we North Carolinian Catholics enjoy the Mass today thanks to 200 heretical pastors (i.e. Protestants) who had courage and fortitude to sue the Governor and win. May God reward their actions with the graces to convert to the true Church of Christ: https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/federal-judge-allows-nc-churches-to-meet-inside/19101332/

Mass schedule this week

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We have a few updates this week as the Mass schedule is changed due to the annual priests retreat:

Mass schedule this week

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: No Thursday 7pm Latin Mass this week
  • St. Ann: Normal schedule this week – Low Mass 6pm Wednesday, and 7am Friday
  • St. Mark: No Friday 12:30pm Latin Mass this week

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary – October 7, 1571

Tomorrow, Wednesday October 7 is one of the most important Marian Feast Days in history (next to Annunciation, Assumption, etc.) – Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. St. Ann will offer a 6pm Low Mass.

This day commemorates when Our Lady on October 7, 1571, intervened in the historic naval battle near Lepanto, Italy when millions across Europe were praying the Rosary together, for a Catholic victory over the Ottoman Turks (i.e. Mohammedans) who were poised to conquer Europe. When all seemed dark, when all seemed lost, the laity, with the laity praying the Rosary, Our Lady intervened at a decisive moment, giving Catholics, led by Don Juan of Austria, victory over the great foe of Christendom – marking a turning point in history of Islam’s long decline. There are many great essays or articles on this battle, but we close with a brief reflection from Pope Benedict XV, a little over a century ago, and a longer encyclical by Pope Leo XIII

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

18th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost – although some parishes will mark the External Solemnity of the Holy Rosary (which is Wednesday October 7).  Dr. Mike Foley has a commentary on this weekend’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/eighteenth-sunday-after-pentecost.html

Sunday Latin Masses in Charlotte

Since the local Church has opted to follow the state (a departure from sacred tradition), and the state has moved into “Phase 3 re-opening”, the parishes are finally opening up their seating capacity.  Holy Water is also returning. See details below:

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – This will be the last weekend for signup Masses at St. Thomas Aquinas. For today, there are still seats available and there are also slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – St. Ann has expanded to 250 people inside the Church. There will still be some outside seating at St. Ann if necessary. Also immediately after today’s Latin Mass from 2-3pm will be the annual Life Chain to end abortion in front of the parish along Park Road. Please join if possible.

Mass changes this week

This week is usually the annual priests retreat for our diocese. If there are any Mass changes or cancellations, we will share an update.  

All Saints/Souls Novena at Sunday November 1 – Belmont Abbey Cemetery

All Saints day November 1 begins the 8-day novena for the poor souls in purgatory and Fr. Reid has graciously agreed to the annual prayers at the Belmont Abbey Cemetery after Sunday 12:30pm Mass on Sunday November 1. The novena consists of visiting a cemetery each day, praying for the dead. A plenary indulgence is offered each day under the usual conditions. More details to follow.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Crisis Magazine – Was Vatican II a Mistake? Crisis, a conservative Catholic periodical has an interesting podcast on the debate on whether Vatican II is a mistake. It’s quite interesting that Crisis (not a traditional magazine) is now having these discussions and admitting Reform of the Reform has pretty much failed and the Latin Mass may be the path forward:
    https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/was-vatican-ii-a-mistake-2
  • Cardinal analyzes why Netherlands lost Catholic faith in few short decades: Cardinal Eijk of The Netherlands has some interesting comments about how the faith collapsed in his country. One of which is that Catholicism basically became a check-box, cultural type Catholicism (a phenomenon which sadly still exists in many conservative parts of the U.S. Church today):
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/great-apostasy-cardinal-analyzes-why-netherlands-lost-catholic-faith-in-few-short-decades

    Even more interestingly is His Eminence’s optimistic comments that there will someday be a rapprochement with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).  As you know we promote a novena each spring that includes a resolution of the SSPX status. The Cardinal’s comments is welcome news – especially since the SSPX operates a seminary in an adjacent diocese. Perhaps we can hope for the day when this diocese is flooded with traditional priests (religious and diocesan) and many Latin Mass-only parishes/chapels open up (1 per city would be a good start!).
  • Bell-Curve Catholicism: A few weeks ago we touched upon the differences between traditional vs. conservative (or naturalistic) formation and teaching. This week we share an insightful article by Fr. David Nix, a traditional priest in the Archdiocese of Denver, on the differences between traditional and conservative Catholics. While conservative Catholics share some common ground with us traditionalists, there is also a world of difference and Fr. Nix helps provide more clarity into the matter: https://padreperegrino.org/2020/10/curve/
  • Traditional parish life with the Institute of Christ the King: When we discuss traditional parish life, this video is a great snapshot into the life of a Latin Mass only parish, which is centered completely and wholly around the Traditional Latin Mass, and its traditions and customs. The Institute is another religious order of priests that offer the Latin Mass exclusively and has a parish in Milwaukee:
    https://www.institute-christ-king.org/milwaukee-home