4th Sunday After Easter

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday is the 4th Sunday after Easter, and as custom we share a reflection on Sunday’s Collect by Dr. Mike Foley: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-school-of-love-in-collect-for.html

Sacred Heart Latin Mass resumes today at 3pm

After a 14th month hiatus, the 1st Sunday Traditional Latin Mass returns to Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury (45 minutes north of Charlotte) and at a new time of 3pm. Fr. Robert Ferguson, FSSP will be visiting and offering the Mass.

St. Peter of Verona Palms at St. Ann today (12:30pm Mass)

Thursday was the feast of St. Peter of Verona, and as many readers know, there is an ancient custom in the traditional rite to bless palms on his feast day. Tradition holds when the palms are buried around the 4 corners of one’s property, they protect against natural disasters. Father Jones has kindly blessed the palms and we will be handing out these our Latin Mass welcome table after Mass while quantities last. Please note: If you already received one in prior years, you do not need a new one year (unless you moved). We also thank Fr. Jones for taking the time to bless the palms. To learn more about St. Peter of Verona visit: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2021/04/29/feasts-of-ss-peter-of-verona-and-joseph-the-workman/
(also see our note about Blessed Carino, St. Peter’s assassin below)

Farewell to the Hren Family

A few weeks ago we said farewell to one of the Latin Mass families, the Carters as they moved out west. Now, we are sad to announce that the Hren family (Joshua, Brittany and children) will be moving back home to the Midwest soon.  Needless to say, the Hrens have shared with us that it is not easy to leave St. Ann’s Latin Mass community, which as they kindly note is filled with not a few holy souls–people whose lives exude charity and total commitedness to Christ. The Hrens say: Thank you all, from our hearts, for striving after holiness and truth.

St. Leo the Great Parish Latin Mass Survey

As mentioned last week, parishioners of St. Leo the Great parish in Winston-Salem are conducting a Latin Mass interest survey to see if there is interest in a Latin Mass at that parish.  They are collecting information to establish the level of interest.  If you are interested, please fill out this survey: https://forms.gle/d1YociePCZvF6YUS7

Fr. Barone’s Latin Institute Update and Request for Help

As you may have read the other week, Fr. Barone’s new Latin Institute, Veterum Sapientia Institute is up and running and he wanted to share an update and ask for help. To learn more visit: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2021/04/14/latin-institute-update/ 

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Conversion of St. Peter of Verona’s Assassin: As noted earlier, Thursday April 29 was the feast of St. Peter of Verona, a 13 century Dominican who was martyred for defending the faith against heresy in Italy. However, there is actually more to the story. Like many saints, St. Peter’s martyrdom resulted in the conversion of his assassin, who is now beatified. To learn more about this story visit: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/blessed-carino-assassin-of-st-peter.html
  • The Legend of St. Philip the Apostle: Interesting piece on the history of St. Philip in the liturgy and the legend of him banishing a dragon: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/05/the-legend-of-st-philip-apostle.html

    Side note on dragons: Dragons appear periodically in Sacred Scripture – Daniel 14:22; Job 40:10 – yet what are they? One possibility is that they were actually dinosaurs. From a traditional Catholic perspective, this should not be surprising, as all animals were created on the 6th day of creation – hours before Adam was formed, and later were likely placed on Noe’s ark and survived the flood (though now extinct). St. George is frequently depicted as slaying a dragon in the 4th century AD. What was the dragon he slayed? For more on this topic visit:
    https://www.kolbecenter.org/historical-evidence-for-dinosaur-and-human-co-existence/)
  • How Liturgical “Forms” Concretely Define Religious Belief — or Undermine It: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski writes a helpful piece in understanding the differences in theology between the Traditional Latin Mass and Novus Ordo. He also noted something that we had noted few weeks ago regarding COVID and the two “forms” of the Roman Rite:

    The pandemic has only accelerated the already glaring differences between the traditional practice of Catholicism and its modern substitute. The loss of faith evidenced statistically is understandable, even predictable, given that the main catechism for most Catholics is the Mass. A concerted return to the traditional liturgy is not simply beneficial but necessary for the continued life of our churches. Bishops who do not grasp this in time will preside over the white-chasubled funerals of their cremated dioceses [emphasis added].

    http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/how-liturgical-forms-concretely-define.html

Pro-Life Update

  • Federal Government caught purchasing aborted fetal remains: As noted above, the differences between traditional Catholicism and modernist/Novus Ordo Catholicism have become apparent during COVID but also over the debate over abortion linked “vaccines”, more properly called COVID-19 experimental injections. The modernists claim that abortion linked vaccines are “morally permissible” because the connection between the recipient and the original abortion are distant. We’ve covered in prior posts how, according to traditional teaching of the Church, this is simply insufficient and at variance with the Church’s perennial teachings. However, evidence is now growing that the link between abortion fetal tissue and medical research is much closer than previously claimed. These disturbing articles should be a tragic reminder that Church leaders should take a closer look at the evidence and science, and trust in the traditional teachings of the Church:  
  1. Federal Government Caught Buying ‘Fresh’ Flesh Of Aborted Babies Who Could Have Survived As Preemies: https://thefederalist.com/2021/04/15/federal-government-caught-buying-fresh-flesh-of-aborted-babies-who-could-have-survived-as-preemies/
  2. Top 10 Sickening Details About How Federal Employees Trafficked Baby Body Parts: https://thefederalist.com/2021/04/26/top-10-sickening-details-about-how-federal-employees-trafficked-baby-body-parts/
  • Support NC House Bill 588: Opposing Vaccine “Passports (Contact your Rep): While some Catholics have offered confusing statements over abortion linked vaccines, the Church has been clear over the years, that vaccines or similar treatments must never be mandatory. Regrettably the health dictatorship in DC and in North Carolina are exploring ways to allow the private sector to mandate the COVID-19 injections in order to participate in society (schools, shopping, etc.) 

    Thankfully though, NC Representative Keith Kidwell has introduced legislation to ban such draconian measures. To learn how to take action on House Bill 588, please the Carolina Pro-Life Action Network’s webpage: https://www.prolifecharlotte.org/oppose-vaccine-passports/

    *C-PLAN’s page also includes Church statements on mandatory vaccines

The Ottaviani Intervention: What is it?

For some deeper weekend reading on the crisis in the Church, we wanted to recommend The Ottaviani Intervention. One may ask – what is it exactly? It’s named after Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, a senior Vatican prelate, who served as the Prefect of the Holy Office from 1959 – 1968, now known as the Congregation of Doctrine and Faith – the Holy See’s main “agency” with overseeing and safeguarding the deposit of faith. After his retirement, as the Novus Ordo Mass was being finalized, and he and another Cardinal, formed a theological review of the Novus Ordo Missal and examined whether it maintained continuity with the Mass of Pius V, otherwise known as the Tridentine Mass or the Traditional Latin Mass. His review, sent to Pope Paul VI in 1969 said:

  • [T]he Novus Ordo represents, both as a whole and in its details, a striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Mass as it was formulated in Session XXII of the Council of Trent.
  • Recent reforms have amply demonstrated that fresh changes in the liturgy could lead to nothing but complete bewilderment on the part of the faithful who are already showing signs of restiveness and of an indubitable lessening of faith.
  • Therefore we most earnestly beseech Your Holiness […] not to deprive us of the possibility of continuing to have recourse to the fruitful integrity of that Missale Romanum of St. Pius V, so highly praised by Your Holiness and so deeply loved and venerated by the whole Catholic world.

Ottaviani Intervention: https://lms.org.uk/ottaviani-intervention

Are we not seeing, with the modernist theological statements of today, the “complete bewilderment on the part of the faithful” today? Lex orandi, lex credendi: What we pray (e.g. the Mass), is what we believe. What Mass are you attending on Sundays?

Feasts of Ss. Peter of Verona and Joseph the Workman

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Blessed feast of St. Peter of Verona, a 13th century Dominican Friar and martyr whose the Church commemorates today.  A disciple of St. Dominic, Pope Gregory IX appointed St. Peter as a general inquisitor to combat the Manichean heresy, and St. Peter defended the faith across Italy through his preaching. He was martyred in 1252.  

7pm High Mass tonight – St. Thomas Aquinas parish: St. Thomas Aquinas will offer the normal 7pm High Mass on Thursday April 29 for this great saint’s feast day.

Blessing of St. Peter of Verona Palms

In the Traditional Rite, there is an ancient custom to honor St. Peter by having palm leaves blessed in his honor.  Tradition holds that when these blessed palm leaves are made into crosses and buried in the four corners of one’s property, they are to guard against natural disasters. To learn more about the patron saint of inquisitors, visit: http://reginamag.com/saint-peter-of-verona-martyr/  

Blessed Palm Kits Available: As custom each April 29, the CLMC has arranged to have palms blessed (by Fr. Jones this year) to be distributed to the faithful so the palms can be buried in one’s property. We will have those kits available this Sunday May 2nd at our Latin Mass info table before or after the 12:30pm St. Ann Latin Mass. Feel free to pick them up while quantities last. Note: If you already have the St. Peter palms from prior years, you do not need new ones.

Saturday May 1 – Feast of St. Joseph the Workman

This Saturday is not only first Saturday, but also the feast of St. Joseph the Workman, a more recent feast, instituted by Pope Pius XII to counter the communist May Day “celebrations”. Since our country (and our Church?) is now facing a socialist/Marxist takeover from a health dictatorship, is there not a better time to Ite Ad Joseph (Go to Joseph), the patron saint against communism and socialism, and ask for his intercession?

–         10am High Mass on Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas: As custom, St. Thomas Aquinas will offer its regular 10am High Mass for this glorious feast day.

–         History of St. Joseph the Workman: We share an article by Dr. Mike Foley on this important feast day:
http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-feast-of-saint-joseph-worker.html

–         Divini Redemptoris (On Atheistic Communism): In 1937, Pope Pius XI issued an encyclical proclaiming St. Joseph the patron against Communism. Learn more here:

o   To hasten the advent of that “peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ”[48] so ardently desired by all, We place the vast campaign of the Church against world Communism under the standard of St. Joseph, her mighty Protector.

o   http://www.vatican.va/content/pius-xi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_19370319_divini-redemptoris.html

Plenary Indulgence for May 1 – Year of St. Joseph:

With 2021 being the year of St. Joseph, the Church offers a plenary on certain days of the year – including the feast of St. Jospeh the Workman on May 1st. To learn more visit the diocese’s Year of St. Joseph website to learn the conditions: https://yearofstjoseph.org/indulgences/

Blessing of Religious Objects – after 10am First Saturday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas

Each 1st Saturday, after the 10am Latin Mass, priests at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Charlotte will be available to bless any religious objects – including objects that may require a unique blessing, such with as holy salt. 

SAVE THE DATE: Friday June 11, 7pm – Traditional Latin Mass at the Cathedral

We shared this reminder during Lent, but as custom, the Cathedral will again be offering its annual Traditional Latin Mass for the feast of the Sacred Heart. The Cathedral will offer a High (possibly Solemn High) at 7pm that evening.

Rogation Mass Recap: Lastly, we wanted to express our thanks to St. Thomas Aquinas pastor, Fr. Matthew Codd for offering a Rogation Mass and Procession at the last minute. The liturgy and procession were beautiful as you can imagine. As we mentioned last weekend, the Rogation Mass was instituted by Pope St. Gregory the Great for deliverance from a plague.  Please consider offering a decade of your Rosary for Fr. Codd.  The pictures were also picked up by the New Liturgical Movement blog, which we share with you here:

–         Tradition is for the Young – Rogation Photopost 2021: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/tradition-is-for-young-rogation.html

Is this Rogation Mass not the most “morally acceptable” approach – petitioning God – to be saved from any illness outbreak, instead of placing hope in a morally compromised man-made abortion-linked injection?

Rogation Day (3rd Sunday After Easter)

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday April 25 is the 3rd Sunday after Easter, and as custom we provide Dr. Mike Foley’s reflection on the orations for the Mass: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-joyful-orations-of-third-sunday.html

Major Rogation Day – Sunday April 25 (Tomorrow at St. Thomas Aquinas parish 11:30am)

April 25 is also Major Rogation Day, which, unique to the traditional calendar, is a day instituted of petitions and formerly penances to God to protect against natural disasters and plagues. It comes from the Latin word “rogare” which is to ask or petition. Sometimes it is accompanied by a procession and the chanting of the litany of the saints. There are two types of Rogation days – major and minor. The major day is April 25, Roman in origin, and was established by Pope St. Gregory the Great in 590 A.D. for deliverance from plagues as Fisheaters.com notes

“Rogation” comes from the Latin “rogare,” which means “to ask,” and Rogation Days are days during which we seek to ask God’s mercy, appease His anger, avert the chastisements He makes manifest through natural disasters, and ask for His blessings, particularly with regard to farming, gardening, and other agricultural pursuits. They are set aside to remind us how radically dependent we are on God through His creation, and how prayer can help protect us from nature’s often cruel ways.  Hence, its mood is somber and beseeching; its liturgical color is purple.

https://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide3.html

Minor Rogation Days: The minor Rogation days come during three days of Ascension week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), and is more ancient than the major Rogation day, and comes from France in the late 5th century as New Liturgical Movement explains: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2015/05/the-institution-of-rogation-days.html

Rogation Day Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas – Sunday April 25: While some parishes will be offering the Latin Mass for the 3rd Sunday After Easter, St. Thomas Aquinas will be offering their regular 11:30am Latin Mass this Sunday for the Major Rogation day. If you attend, please consider uniting your Mass intentions with the Rogation petitions.

N.B. Fr. Christopher Smith, who offers the Traditional Latin Mass at Prince of Peace parish in Taylors, SC (Two hours southwest of Charlotte) has compiled an extensive but wonderful explanation of the Rogation and Ember Days in the Traditional Rite. You can download it here: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2019/04/rogation-and-ember-days-illustrated.html

St. Peter of Verona & Blessing Palms – Thursday April 29

We are pleased to share that this Thursday April 29 is the feast of St. Peter Martyr or St. Peter of Verona, a 13th century Dominican Friar.  A disciple of St. Dominic, Pope Gregory IX appointed St. Peter as a general inquisitor to combat the Manichean heresy, and St. Peter defended the faith across Italy through his preaching. He was martyred in 1252.   In the Traditional Rite, there is an ancient custom to honor St. Peter by having palm leaves blessed in his honor.  Tradition holds that when these blessed palm leaves are made into crosses and buried in the four corners of one’s property, they are to guard against natural disasters. To learn more about the patron saint of inquisitors, visit: http://reginamag.com/saint-peter-of-verona-martyr/  

  • Blessed Palm Kits Available: As custom each April 29, the CLMC has arranged to have palms blessed (by Fr. Jones this year) to be distributed to the faithful so the palms can be buried in one’s property. We will have those kits available next Sunday May 2nd at our Latin Mass info table before or after the 12:30pm Latin Mass. Feel free to pick them up while quantities last. Note: If you already have them from prior years, you do not need new ones.
  • 7pm Latin Mass for St. Peter Verona: St. Thomas Aquinas will offer the normal 7pm High Mass on Thursday April 29 for this great saint’s feast day.

Latin Mass Interest Survey at St. Leo the Great in Winston-Salem

We are pleased to share that a Latin Mass interest survey is now circulating at the beautiful St. Leo’s parish in Winston-Salem. Specifically, there is a group at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Winston-Salem who are exploring the possibility of petitioning for a Traditional Latin Mass at their church. They are collecting information to establish the level of interest.  If you are interested, please fill out this survey: https://forms.gle/d1YociePCZvF6YUS7

Latin Mass history: We also note that in February 1985, St. Leo the Great hosted the 1st diocesan supported Latin Mass (since 1970) after Pope St. John Paul II’s 1984 indult granted worldwide access for Traditional Latin Masses  – albeit with a bishop’s permission.  The CLMC’s predecessor, the Society of Traditional Roman Catholics explains in their newsletter which you can view here: https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/strc-feb-1985-newsletter.pdf

Fr. Barone’s Latin Institute Update and Request for Help

As you may have read the other week, Fr. Barone’s new Latin Institute is up and running and he wanted to share an update and ask for help:

The Veterum Sapientia Institute, founded in Charlotte this past November, is up and running, serving the Church in the promotion of her sacred languages of Latin and Greek. Since November, VSI successfully concluded its first quarter of online classes.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that several traditional communities are utilizing our classes. The spring quarter will begin this week. Registration is still open, including a Latin class for beginners who seek to use learn Latin as language (listening comprehension and speaking). Word about VSI is getting out, too. The Sensus Fidelium podcast interviewed me in January. Articles have also appeared about VSI in Inside the Vatican and the Traditionalist magazines. Lastly, VSI is nearing an agreement with the Pontifical Institute for Higher Latin in Rome to be able to grant diplomas.

As VSI continues to expand, we seek your assistance. In particular, we’re seeking help from those who have experience in fundraising, even if it is merely offering advice. If you have professional experience in other areas that you think would be of help, please let me know. You’re also welcome to “stimulate” the economy via VSI merchandise or donations (a yellow donation button can be found at the bottom of our website). God reward you!

www.veterumsapientia.org

Latin Mass and Traditional News

  • 1st Sunday Latin Mass Resumes at Sacred Heart Parish in Salisbury (new time of 3pm): After an 13 month hiatus, beginning Sunday May 2nd at 3pm, the 1st Sunday monthly Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish resumes; however it will be at a new permanent time slot of 3pm (instead of 4:30pm). This change will allow visiting priests to return to their home parish for any liturgies (e.g. Vespers or Mass). For more information contact Mark Hartley with the Salisbury Latin Mass Community: info@salisburylmc.org
  • Fr. Ripperger Interview With Taylor Marshall – Is the Traditional Latin Mass is Superior to the Novus Ordo?: For those of us who attend the TLM regularly, we’ve known that the Mass of Ages is better than the Novus Ordo for many reasons. Noted exorcist and theologian, Fr. Chad Ripperger (who offers the TLM exclusively) actually goes into how it’s spiritually superior to the Novus Ordo. In short, you get what you pray for:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=QUpsrW90uGQ

As we’ve noted last week, and other times in the past, the Traditional Latin Mass contains a theological outlook or perspective of 2,000 years that is vastly different from the new modern theology that accompanies the Novus Ordo Mass and contemporary Catholic “thinking”. These differences are clearly unveiling themselves for all to see during the COVID situation.

What to do? Attend the Traditional Latin Mass, pray the Rosary and learn the Catholic faith as it was taught for nearly 2,000 years. A good start may be reading a traditional book on the faith, like the catechism book that Fr. Ripperger endorses: https://mediatrixpress.com/product/the-catechism-explained-by-fr-spirago/

As Bishop Schneider exhorted us on his 2017 visit: Be Catholic!

Respect Life Mass this Saturday & the Doctrine of Creation

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Today is the feasts of Ss. Soter and Caius, two Pope-martyrs who lived (and died) during Diocletian’s persecution of the Church. To learn more about these great saints visit Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/april/april-22-saints-soter-caius-popes-martyrs/

Respect Life Latin Mass – Saturday April 24, 8:00AM:

Just a reminder that St. Ann will offer its 4th Saturday Respect Life Latin Mass this Saturday at 8am. Mass is typically followed by prayers at the abortion facility (700 S. Torrence Street) or people can pray a Holy Hour of Reparation in the Church (led by a deacon).

Traditional Catholicism vs. Modernism: Earth Day vs. The Doctrine of Creation

Today April 22, the secular world celebrates “Earth Day”, a day which descends into nature worship, under the pretext of “protecting the environment”. This event is typically devoid of God, and the teachings of His Holy Church.  Sadly, some in the Catholic Church are trying to baptize this pagan day and reconcile it with the Catholic faith – yet their efforts are in vain.

There is only one institution that has a full understanding of God’s creation, and how to safeguard it and that is the Catholic Church through her traditional teachings on creation, particularly found in the Book of Genesis. Through a proper understanding of the literal interpretation of Genesis (as taught by the Church fathers, saints, and Popes), Catholics recognize that the Earth and the universe was created in perfect harmony in 6 natural days by God, roughly less than 10,000 years ago (God rested on the 7th day). Adam was created from the slime of the earth, and Eve from his rib; but after Adam and Eve sinned, death and deformity entered into the universe.  However, the key to understanding the scientific processes of today (including climate)  actually lie in the past – specifically with Noe’s flood.

Noe’s Flood: The true occurrence of “climate change”

Roughly 1,650 years after Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden (~2350 BC or 4,500 years ago), the people of the world grew so wicked that God allowed a global flood, a violent cataclysm, to occur to punish and make atonement the sins of men (Genesis 6). Noe’s flood wasn’t a local flood or a hurricane, but a world-wide calamity, wiping out the entire earth’s population, save for 8 people and those creatures kept on the ark; killing much animal and plant life – including most of the dinosaurs), and leaving in its wake, a different reshaped earth that we see today.

The continents shifted, mountain ranges formed, weather conditions changed due to fluctuating ocean temperatures due to oceanic volcanic activity , and an ice age fomed due to the likely volcanic activity and excessive water vapor left in its wake. The entire pre-flood world of Adam was practically erased. This catastrophy was the true occurrence of “climate change” and it was caused not by pollution, carbon dioxide or “conservative voters”, but by sins of man.  Sadly, we live in a time when people deny Noah’s flood as St. Peter prophesized in 2 Peter 3-6:

Knowing this first, that in the last days there shall come scoffers with deceit, walking according to their own lusts, Saying: Where is his promise or his coming? For, since the fathers slept, all things continue so from the beginning of the creation.  For this they are wilfully ignorant of, that the heavens were before, and the earth, out of water and through water, consisting by the word of God: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.

This is important to know, as Our Lady of Akita warned in 1973 (approved apparition in Japan), that the sins of today will bring an even worse chastisement than Noe’s flood:

If man does not repent, the Heavenly Father will inflict a punishment worse than the Deluge, such as one will never have seen before.  Fire will fall from the sky, wiping out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priest nor faithful (Mother of God to Sister Agnes Sasagawa, October 13, 1973).

If Catholics want avert this we can do no better than learn the Church’s doctrine of creation, which offers a beautiful Catholic alternative to the atheist evolutionary agenda promoted by today’s pagans and tragically deceived Catholics – which continues to feed the culture of death. Toward this end, the CLMC was proud to co-host the Kolbe Center for Creation in 2019 to present this doctrine. We invite our readers to watch the conference:

Additionally, these articles provide some excellent background and science that confirms Noe’s flood and the biblical accounts in Genesis:

The Latin Mass & Creation

Lastly, we should also note, that the Church, through the Traditional Latin Mass, and the customs, culture and Sacred Tradition that accompany it, promote the traditional doctrine of creation, and God’s providence over it in various ways. Whether from the Ember Days each season where we thank God for the blessings of creation, to the Rogation Days (coming this Sunday April 25) which used to have the blessing of fields accompany it; to the blessing of St. Peter of Verona Palms (April 29) to protect against natural disasters, the blessing of herbs on the feast of the Assumption, to the giving thanks for the harvest on Martinmas Day (November 11), are among many customs and traditions. The Traditional Latin Mass has creation, agriculture and farming incorporated into its liturgy, and liturgical calendar.  Space does not permit us to begin to touch upon the impact cloistered traditional monastic communities have in promoting agriculture and the land. However we do include the March 2021 letter from Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma which gives a brief description. (click here: clear-creek-abbey-march-2021-letter)

If you have friends who are environmentalists, gardeners, farmers, or homesteaders, you may consider inviting them to the Traditional Latin Mass, which has done well to safeguard creation from its worst enemy – the sins of men.  A full return to the Traditional Latin Mass in every parish, for every Mass may be the best thing to “save” the environment – and more importantly – to save souls. Have we asked our pastors for this yet?

Good Shepherd Sunday

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday is the 2nd Sunday after Easter, otherwise known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The name is derived from Sunday’s gospel reading (John 10:11). Dr. Mike Foley has a reflection for the Collect prayer from this Sunday’s Mass:  http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-freefall-collect-of-good-shepherd.html

Respect Life Latin Mass – Saturday April 24, 8:00AM:

St. Ann will offer its 4th Saturday Respect Life Latin Mass  next Saturday at 8am. Mass is typically followed by prayers at the abortion facility (700 S. Torrence Street) or people can pray a Holy Hour of Reparation in the Church (led by a deacon).

Latin Mass and Traditional News

Traditional Nuns open new Convent in Ardee, County Louth, Ireland: Despite the state of the world today, there is still hope and good news in the Church. In fact while the Irish government publically suppresses the Catholic faith under the guise of a health dictatorship, a new traditional convent is set to open in County Louth, where Sister Adorers, the traditional nuns affiliated with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, will be taking ownership of a 170 year old convent. The Institute is a religious order of priests which offer the Latin Mass exclusively and operate parishes throughout the world. The nearest apostolates to Charlotte is in Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh, PA.

Traditional Sermon – An excellent sermon by a Latin Mass priest on having hope in the joy of the resurrection rather than fear of a virus:
http://reginaprophetarum.org/audio/20210411-The-Resurrection-Cause-of-Joy-or-Cause-of-Fear.mp3

Bishop Athanasius Schneider offers Latin Mass in home Cathedral: His Excellency, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop in Kazakhstan (whom many will fondly remember his 2017 to our community), offered his home cathedral’s first Latin Mass during its regularly l schedule in the presence of his Archbishop: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/easter-mass-with-bishop-schneider-in.html

The Chains of Evil – Traditional Perspective on Abortion-linked Vaccines: In one of the best summaries to date of the traditional Catholic teaching on the immorality of abortion-linked vaccines, we are pleased to share this essay written by a traditional priest, who analyzes the issue and demonstrates in a clear way that abortion-linked vaccines are immoral because abortion and its connections remain present in COVID-19 vaccines, and the scientific basis for the Vatican’s theological opinions do not and have not existed.  Regrettably, many faithful priests and bishops misunderstand or are misinformed on such a critical issue and we need to pray for them to embrace the traditional theological and philosophical approach the Church held for 2,000 years.

We reply that the co-operation is not remote and passive, but proximate and active, for the evil in question in fact consists not in one single past event, but in the proximate and active participation in a process which extends from the original abortion to the very act of injection itself. This process is not simply a concatenation of discrete and isolated events, but a continuous, unbroken chain extending from the extraction of the child from the mother’s womb and culminating in the vaccination, as the last link of the chain. We call this chain a ‘chain of evil’ corresponding to the ‘cell-line’, in virtue of the moral value that supervenes upon the physical continuum.

https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/04/don-pietro-leone-chains-of-evil.html#more

(For more articles see last week’s CLMC post: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2021/04/11/low-sunday-update-2/)

Traditional Latin Mass vs. Modernism: Can the Two Forms Coexist Peacefully?

In his Easter Sunday bulletin, Fr. Reid, perhaps by providence, noted that the needs of the Novus Ordo and Latin Mass parishioners are often in conflict with each other, and that there is a liturgical divide in the parish. As we noted a few weeks ago, we completely agree and observed that both Masses have different theological perspectives which create different spiritual needs. The Latin Mass also contains its own liturgical calendar, language, rituals, traditions, customs and culture. Yet Father’s comments couldn’t have come at a more critical time as the debate over the Novus Ordo vs. Latin Mass has heated up in the past week.

Last week, Fr. Thomas Reese SJ, the former head of the Jesuit’s America Magazine, dissenter, and certainly no fan of the Traditional Latin Mass, penned an article in which he called for the banishment of the Latin Mass, and specifically to ban the youth from attending it. While this appears to be designed to grab headlines and perhaps disturb our interior peace (only if we permit it), our focus will simply acknowledge the simple reality that after 50 years the Latin Mass and Novus Ordo are radically different Masses and essentially different “rites” that cannot be reconciled.

As Dr. Peter Kwasniewski wrote in his recent book Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright:

“The reality, I’m afraid is this: The Novus Ordo and the Traditional Latin Mass cannot ultimately sit peacefully next to each other because their principles are incompatible.  The most serious defenders of the Novus Ordo…are quite clear that the new rites embody and advance a new theological vision born of Vatican II, one that “revises” or “completes” (but, in effect, repudiates) the Tridentine Legacy [emphasis added].

There can be an uneasy truce, but the things in themselves tend in opposite directions, as we would expect, since they have contrary origins. The usus antiquior (e.g. Latin Mass – CLMC) comes to us by tradition…The Novus Ordo is the creation ex nihilo of papal power, in 1969.”

As one of our late CLMC members once noted, the differences between the Traditional Latin Mass and Novus Ordo spirituality are similar to the differences between contemplative and active religious orders. While no analogy is perfect, once can appreciate how contemplative nuns would not fit well being assigned into an active teaching order/convent (or vice versa).  Ultimately, at some point, a nun’s call to a contemplative life would come in conflict with a teaching order’s mission (or vice versa).  A similar application could be argued for having a one form of the Mass (Latin) permanently in a parish of another form (i.g. Novus Ordo). With two different theological outlooks and spiritual needs, it can become difficult to manage in the long run, in some places.

At some point, Dr. Kwasniewski argues, this uneasy truce will no longer be workable. While we are not arguing for an cessation of all Latin Masses in Novus Ordo parishes, as the Fr. Reese article signals, this “uneasy” truce may be coming to an end quicker than one may have hoped and a long term plan is needed. Ultimately, as the CLMC prays for each March, full sacramental and parochial life in Extraordinary Form will be needed to meet the spiritual needs of the Latin Mass faithful. There are many ways a diocese and bishop can facilitate this. Have we reached that point in Charlotte? Perhaps that can be left for a future e-mail update.

To wrap up, we share two articles which address Fr. Reese’s desperate comments in various ways:

In the interim, let us remain hopeful, joyful, and remember Christ still reigns and he loves the Latin Mass so much that He permitted it to nourish his Church for 1,600 years and counting.

Latin Institute Update

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

Last November you may recall that Fr. Barone and Dr. Nancy Llewellyn held a kick-off event after Latin Mass for their new Latin language institute, Veterum Sapientia Institute. 

After its first quarter of classes, Fr. Barone wanted to share an update with some exciting news about the institute. Additionally, they are in need of assistance, particularly with fundraising, and other areas. If you feel called to support the institute, they are also in need of donations for this worthy cause. And of course, praying for that this institute will bear fruit. Below is a message and request from Fr. Barone.

Latin Institute Update and Request for Help

The Veterum Sapientia Institute, founded in Charlotte this past November, is up and running, serving the Church in the promotion of her sacred languages of Latin and Greek. Since November, VSI successfully concluded its first quarter of online classes.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that several traditional communities are utilizing our classes. The spring quarter will begin this week. Registration is still open, including a Latin class for beginners who seek to use learn Latin as language (listening comprehension and speaking). Word about VSI is getting out, too. The Sensus Fidelium podcast interviewed me in January. Articles have also appeared about VSI in Inside the Vatican and the Traditionalist magazines. Lastly, VSI is nearing an agreement with the Pontifical Institute for Higher Latin in Rome to be able to grant diplomas.

As VSI continues to expand, we seek your assistance. In particular, we’re seeking help from those who have experience in fundraising, even if it is merely offering advice. If you have professional experience in other areas that you think would be of help, please let me know. You’re also welcome to “stimulate” the economy via VSI merchandise or donations (a yellow donation button can be found at the bottom of our website). God reward you!

~Fr. Barone

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Low Sunday Update

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday is Low Sunday, otherwise known as Quasimodo Sunday, taken from the first words of the Introit.  To learn more about the history and customs of this Sunday please visit:

Also in Sunday’s Mass, as it has been for the past 8 days, is chanting of the beautiful Victimae Paschali Laudes Easter sequence,which Dr. Mike Foley describes in his weekly commentary:
http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-easter-sequence-victimae-paschali_01217123189.html

IMPORTANT: LATIN MASS RETURNS TO SACRED HEART MAY 2nd (NEW TIME OF 3PM): In this joyous season of Easter, we are delighted to share the good news of the long-awaited return of the Latin Mass to Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury, after an 13 month hiatus. Beginning Sunday May 2nd at 3pm, the 1st Sunday monthly Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish resumes; however it will be at a new permanent time slot of 3pm (instead of 4:30pm). This change will allow visiting priests to return to their home parish for any liturgies (e.g. Vespers or Mass)

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • New Traditional Latin Mass parish opens in Northwest Arkansas: Each March when we organize a novena to our patron St. Gregory the Great, we pray for full sacramental and parochial life in the Extraordinary Form. Yet what does that mean exactly? It means the Latin Mass faithful would have all their spiritual and community needs met in the Extraordinary Form (all sacraments), in one parish that exclusively offers the Latin Mass. There are different ways a diocese can go about achieving this, but one of the common ways is for a bishop to erect a personal parish that exclusively offers the Latin Mass. This past week, the bishop of Little Rock, Arkansas, erected a 2nd personal or Latin Mass parish in his diocese – this time in the beautiful northwest corner of Arkansas and the Ozarks. To learn more about how this Latin Mass community became a parish please see this article: https://fssp.com/new-fssp-parish-our-lady-of-sorrows-springdale-ar/

Traditional Catholicism vs. Modernism: The Vaccine Part IV

In the past week, the ongoing debate over the “supposed” morality of the abortion-linked COVID-19 vaccines that continues to “plague” the Church has now spilled over into the traditional world.  Noted traditional Italian historian, Roberto de Mattei, published a piece in 1Peter5 blog, promoting the Church’s modernist stance on COVID-19 vaccines. After receiving significant criticism for the post, Fr. Richard Cippolla, former pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, who has long offered the Traditional Latin Mass (and translated de Mattei’s piece into English), came to his de Mattei’s defense and issued an emotional-based critique of those who disagree with the modernist position on abortion-linked vaccines held by de Mattei.

This may seem confusing why two notable traditionalists who love the Latin Mass are embracing the abortion-linked vaccines (and the shaky “theology” behind it), but as we have discussed many times before (here, here, here, and here), the true fault line over the COVID-19 vaccine issue (and others) is rooted in whether one accepts the modernist naturalistic principles of atheistic evolution, theistic evolution, the Big Bang Theory and/or Darwinism or accepts the Church’s traditional doctrine of creation. The challenge here is many faithful Catholics are simply unfamiliar with the doctrine of creation, and fail to see how evolution and its related “theories” has permeated into all aspects of our life and thought – including science, medicine, liturgy, and theology. And believing in naturalistic thought gives Catholics a false view that “science” is the salvation to our problems (instead of God).

This is not the first time that debate has been seen in the traditional movement over science and theology. In fact, the traditional Society of St. Pius X (SSPX, whom we recommend prayers each Divine Mercy Sunday for full resolution of their canonical status) also issued a similar statement apparently embracing the moral permissiveness of abortion-linked vaccines, which was later criticized by a columnist in The Remnant. Also one SSPX priest has also been a vocal supporter of the problematic Big Bang Theory and a loose interpretation of Genesis – writing about it in the Rorate Caeli traditional blog (refuted here).  We hope these are merely isolated personal opinions.

Thankfully there is a way out. First, is to continue to pray for the bishops, priests, and fellow laity that they will see the moral dangers of abortion-linked vaccine and especially evolution. Second, learn the traditional doctrine of creation. The Charlotte Latin Mass Community was proud to co-sponsor the conference Evolution and the Culture of Death, which details the dangers of evolution, but also presents the beautiful doctrine of creation: https://sensusfidelium.us/evolution-the-culture-of-death-unmasking-the-roots-of-todays-abortion-movement/

Recent Catholic Statements on the Moral Dangers of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Additionally, we are also grateful that faithful Catholics, clergy and laity alike, are banding together to defend the Church’s traditional teachings in light of the COVID-19 vaccine. Often times, it’s simply just taking a deeper look at the science and applying the Church’s rich 2,000 years of theological, moral, and philosophical framework and principles to it, thus allowing one to see with better clarity the moral problems associated with abortion-linked vaccines. 

One may ask however, what do vaccine debates have to do with the Traditional Latin Mass? The Mass contains a theological outlook or perspective of 2,000 years that is vastly different from the modern theology that accompanies the Novus Ordo Mass, and as such, attacks on traditional theology (which today is coming from the embrace of abortion-linked vaccines) is also a veiled attack on the Latin Mass itself.

  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider – Resisting Abortion-tainted Vaccines and the Culture of Death (April 1, 2021): His Excellency (whom the CLMC hosted at St. Ann back in 2017), has penned an instructive piece on why the Holy See’s pronouncements on abortion-linked vaccines are fallible, too abstract, and stuck in a legalistic framework. He continues to argue remote cooperation to abortion is not applicable to vaccines, and represents a “spiritual blindness” to the Church’s long held opposition to abortion. He soberly notes that God may punish man if he uses cell lines from aborted babies: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2021/resisting-abortion-tainted-vaccines-and-the-culture-of-death
  • Catholic Philosopher: Why I Signed “To Awaken Conscience” – Dr. Michael Pakaluk, a professor of ethics at Catholic University of America wrote a helpful piece parsing the “remote cooperation” theory used to justify the abortion-linked vaccines. Most refreshing is his reliance on the doctor of moral theology, St. Alphonsus Liguori, and noted that “remote cooperation”, according to St. Alphonsus, would not apply to the abortion linked vaccines:  https://www.crisismagazine.com/2021/why-i-signed-to-awaken-conscience
  • A Priests Moral Analysis of Vaccines: Even more helpful is the following essay penned by a traditional priest who wishes to remain anonymous. Whereby he examines the moral dangers of the COVID-19 vaccines: https://sensusfidelium.us/a-priests-moral-analysis-of-the-covid-vaccines/  Specifically the dangers are:
    • Human Guinea Pigs: Per Catechism of the Catholic Church 2295 (modern version), it’s immoral for people or doctors to use the human subjects as “lab rats” without sufficient cause: COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and without sufficient animal trials. Additionally, there is concern about population control connection to vaccines.
    • Mutilation: The Church teaches its immoral to mutilate the body unless it’s to save the rest of the body. Tampering with the human genome (as mRNA vaccines could do) on healthy people would appear to violate this teaching.
    • Abortion: Hundreds of babies were murdered (born alive and then dissected alive) to make the cell line used to make or test vaccines.
    • Spiritual dangers: Abortion-linked vaccines are essentially just a modern version of diabolical potions or malefices used by pagans against early Church Christians. Since abortion is often a satanic sacrifice, partaking in abortion-linked vaccines may be communing with abortion, the diabolical and its evil spiritual effects. Those who willingly hope to benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine may be opening themselves up spiritual portals.
  • Request Masses of Reparation for Priests and Bishops: A traditional priest is asking priests to offer Masses of reparation twice monthly for the sins of bad priests and bishops. The laity are encouraged to request this and to attend Mass twice monthly for this intention: https://sensusfidelium.us/reparation-for-priests-and-bishops/

Eastertide Update (No 7pm Mass Thursday)

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Blessed Pascaltide greetings as we enter into the joyous octave of Easter.  The great Benedictine liturgist, Dom Prosper Gueranger OSB, aptly sums up the joy of Easter Sunday by retelling each of the apperances Christ made on that first Easter, concluding with his 5th apparition on the road to Emmaus that evening:

At length, Jesus makes himself known to our two incredulous disciples. They have placed him at the head of the table; it is for him to break the bread. He takes it into his divine hands, as he did at the Last Supper; and no sooner has he divided the bread and given them their portion, than their eyes are opened, and they recognize their guest as Jesus, the risen Jesus. They would throw themselves at his feet—but he has disappeared, leaving them mute with surprise, and yet transported with exceeding joy. It is the fifth apparition. It is described by St Luke, and forms the Gospel of tomorrow’s Mass (Easter Monday).

The two disciples cannot wait; though so late in the evening, they must hurry back to Jerusalem, and tell the Apostles that their Master is living, that they have seen him, and talked with him. They therefore leave Emmaus, where they thought to pass the night, and are soon back in the city from which they had tremblingly fled. They are soon with the Apostles; but they find them already aware of the glad tidings, and fervent in their faith of the Resurrection. Before they have time to open their lips, the Apostles exclaim: ‘The Lord hath truly risen, and hath appeared unto Simon!’[41] The two disciples then relate what has just happened to themselves.

https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/easter/easter-sunday/

As custom, we also share Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary for Easter Sunday’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-collect-for-easter-sunday.html

SCHEDULING NOTE: There will not be a 7pm Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish Easter Thursday April 8.

A note of thanks: We wanted to thank everyone who took the time to attend one or all of the Triduum liturgies, and to those helped support our annual Easter Vigil potluck.  We also wanted to thank Therese Rowe, St. Ann music director for leading the music and chant for the Triduum. It’s no easy work.

With gratitude to our priests: And of course, we also want to thank all the priests who assisted in bringing this liturgical week to fruition (Frs. Reid, Kauth, and Jones), the deacons, and seminarians especially Jose Torres. Especially to Fr. Reid and St. Ann parish for providing spiritual care for the Latin Mass faithful by offering the Pre-1955 Liturgy as the sole parish Triduum. This was certainly a beautiful gift by Fr. Reid and the parish.  

The challenges of two Masses in one parish: We also want to draw your attention to Fr. Reid’s message in this past Sunday’s bulletin – if you haven’t read it, we encourage you to do so. Fr. Reid notes it’s often difficult to meet the needs of two liturgical communities under one parish. Indeed it is true, and that the spiritual needs of the Latin Mass faithful are certainly distinct and unique as our spiritual lives flow forth from the Mass of Ages, which has it own rituals, calendar, theology customs, etc.

It gives us continued admiration for Fr. Reid who has tried to meet the needs of both communities in one parish, even as the CLMC continues to pray and advocate for more (and full) sacramental and parochial life in the Traditional Rite. Since 2013, Fr. Reid has sacrificed to ensure a Sunday Latin Mass each Sunday. There’s more that could be said on this topic, but please consider offering a decade of your Rosary for Father Reid and Father Jones especially this week.  

IMPORTANT: LATIN MASS RETURNS TO SACRED HEART SUNDAY MAY 2 (NEW TIME): In this joyous season of Easter, we are delighted to share the good news of the long-awaited return of the Latin Mass to Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury, after an 13 month hiatus. Beginning Sunday May 2nd, the 1st Sunday monthly Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish resumes; however it will be at a new permanent time slot of 3pm (instead of 4:30pm). This change will allow visiting priests to return to their home parish for any liturgies (e.g. Vespers or Mass)

Monks of Norcia Easter Newsletter: Some of you may have heard of the Monks of Norcia (Italy), a traditional Benedictine abbey, which offers the Traditional Mass exclusively (and produces some highly praised beer). They have posted their Easter newsletter which you can download at this website:

Easter Triduum Schedule

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Blessed Spy Wednesday – the day Our Lord was tragically betrayed by Judas Iscariot. For more on the customs of Holy Wednesday visit:

Holy Week Schedule:

The below Holy Week schedule is for St. Ann parish unless otherwise noted.     

  • Spy Wednesday March 31: 6pm (Low Mass at St. Ann); 7pm (Low Mass at Holy Cross in Kernersville)
  • Holy Thursday April 1:  7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Pre-55); followed by prayers at the Altar of Repose until Midnight
  • Good Friday April 2: 12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross; 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Confessions; 3:00 PM – Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Pre-55) and Veneration of the Cross
  • Holy Saturday April 3 (1st Saturday): 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil (Pre-55). Reception to follow Mass.
  • Easter Sunday April 4:
    • 11:30am High Mass – St. Thomas Aquinas parish: Mass will be accompanied by a string ensemble. The Ordinary of the Mass will be Mass in F by Albrechtsberger (Missa Visitationis Beatae Mariae Virginis). No signups required for this Mass.
    • 12:30pm High Mass St. Ann parish
    • All other normal Sunday Latin Masses around the diocese will be offered at its normal Sunday time. 

Triduum update: St. Ann parish will not require signups for the Triduum but will have signups for Easter Sunday Latin Mass (please check parish website). Additional seating should be outside in the plaza. All those desiring to receive Holy Communion will be able to receive. As a reminder there is no Holy Communion offered on Good Friday – the Veneration of the Cross is the “People’s Communion”.

What is the Pre-1955 Easter Latin Triduum?: As noted previously, the Latin Triduum offered by St. Ann will again use the liturgy in use prior to 1955, which has some beautiful and rich symbolism and traditions. You can learn more about these visit our Pre-55 webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/pre-1955-holy-week/

St. John the Baptist in Tryon Latin Easter Triduum Schedule (Pre-1955)

  • Holy Thursday April 1: 6:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (followed by Prayers at the Altar of Repose until midnight)
  • Good Friday April 2: 10am – 2pm (Confessions); 12 noon Stations of the Cross: 3pm Good Friday Liturgy (Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
  • Holy Saturday April 3: Easter Vigil, 8pm
  • Easter Sunday April 4: 8:30am High Mass (normal schedule)
  • Address: 180 Laurel Avenue, Tryon, NC; Parish website: http://www.stjohntryon.com/

Easter Vigil Potluck Reception: The CLMC will be organizing our annual Easter Potluck Reception after the Easter Vigil Liturgy (around midnight) in the St. Ann plaza. Please join us to welcome the new converts into the Church and to rejoice in the Resurrection of Our Lord. More details forthcoming. If you can bring something, please reply to this e-mail or contact us at info@charlottelatinmass.org.  

Traditional Requiem Mass for Officer Eric Talley: As some of you may have been following the tragic death of Boulder, Colorado police officer, Eric Talley, a Catholic father of 7, who attended the Traditional Latin Mass near Denver. His funeral was yesterday and he received a Traditional Latin Requiem Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado: https://youtu.be/mzG7etJtlOI (Mass begins around 40 minute mark). Mass was offered by priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), from Officer Talley’s parish and the video includes commentary by another FSSP priest. Please consider praying for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family.

Palm Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the second Sunday of Passiontide, Palm Sunday. Dr. Mike Foley offers a helpful reflection on today’s Collect, which marks the beginning of the holiest week of the liturgical year: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/03/the-collect-of-palm-sunday.html We also share some commentary on the day:

Holy Week Update

St. Ann will host the 2021 Traditional Easter Triduum (Pre-1955*). The Mass times are for St. Ann unless otherwise noted.     

  • Palm Sunday – March 28: 12:30pm Mass (*NOTE: The Palm Sunday Mass will be the 1962 Mass, not Pre-55); St. Thomas also has Palm Sunday Latin Mass at 11:30am
  • Spy Wednesday March 31: 6pm (Low Mass)
  • Holy Thursday April 1:  7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Pre-55); followed by prayers at the Altar of Repose until Midnight
  • Good Friday April 2: 12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross; 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Confessions; 3:00 PM – Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Pre-55)
  • Holy Saturday April 3: 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil (Pre-55)
  • Easter Sunday April 4:
    • 11:30am High Mass – St. Thomas Aquinas parish: Mass will be accompanied by a string ensemble. The Ordinary of the Mass will be Mass in F by Albrechtsberger (Missa Visitationis Beatae Mariae Virginis). No signups required for Mass.
    • 12:30pm High Mass St. Ann parish
    • All other normal Sunday Latin Masses around the diocese will be offered at its normal Sunday time. 

Triduum update: According to St. Ann parish there will not be signups required for the Triduum; however they will have signups for Easter Sunday. Please check St. Ann parish website. Additional seating should be outside in the plaza. All those desiring to receive Holy Communion will be able to receive on Holy Thursday or Easter Vigil, and presumably Easter Sunday (regardless of signups). As a reminder there is no Holy Communion offered on Good Friday – the Veneration of the Cross is the “People’s Communion” (see our Pre-55 page below)

Holy Cross parish to offer Latin Mass on Spy Wednesday (March 31): For our readers near the Triad, Holy Cross parish in Kernersville will offer a 7pm Traditional Latin Mass for SpyWednesday (616 South Cherry Street, Kernersville, NC; https://www.holycrossnc.com/)

St. John the Baptist in Tryon Pre-1955 Easter Triduum Schedule

  • Holy Thursday April 1: 6:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (followed by Prayers at the Altar of Repose until midnight)
  • Good Friday April 2: 10am – 2pm (Confessions); 12 noon Stations of the Cross: 3pm Good Friday Liturgy (Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
  • Holy Saturday April 3: Easter Vigil, 8pm
  • Easter Sunday April 4: 8:30am High Mass (normal schedule)
  • Address: 180 Laurel Avenue, Tryon, NC; Parish website: http://www.stjohntryon.com/

What is the Pre-1955 Easter Latin Triduum?: As noted previously, the Latin Triduum offered by St. Ann will again use the liturgy in use prior to 1955, which has some beautiful and rich symbolism and traditions. You can learn more about these visit our Pre-55 webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/pre-1955-holy-week/

Divine Mercy Novena begins Good Friday – Easter Saturday (April 2 – 10): Good Friday begins the Divine Mercy novena which concludes on Divine Mercy Sunday April 11. St. Ann’s features a statue of the Divine Mercy of Our Lord in front of the parish, honoring the late seminarian & parishioner Michael Kitson who passed away on Divine Mercy Sunday a few years ago.  As we have asked in prior years, for those who observe this devotion please consider praying for these intentions as part of your novena: For the suffering Christians in the Middle East; an end of abortion in our country; the reestablishment of the weekly Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury; and for the regularization (resolution of the status) of the Society of St. Pius X.

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