December update

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus! … Happy Thanksgiving & Happy New Year!  … of course I am referring to the new Liturgical Year for the Church which begins this coming Sunday.  Attached below are some updates for the Charlotte Latin Mass Community for the month of December.

I will begin as I had in my last update on the topic of the new mural at St. Ann Catholic Church in Charlotte:

 

New Mural Saint Ann Charlotte

While last Sunday wasn’t the first Mass offered with the new mural, it was special in that it was the first public Latin Mass with the priest offering the Mass in the direction of the mural.  As the five panels all draw our focus to the center panel with Christ the Sacrificial Lamb, when the priest is offering Mass ad orientem (towards the east), the theological connections are magnified.  For instance, during the concentration, from our view we see the blood from the Lamb spilling right into the priests chalice.  Just prior to the Canon of the Mass the priest invites us to join him in converting (from the Latin conversio, meaning ‘to turn’) our hearts to Christ with the Orate Fratres (Pray Brethren) and the ‘Sursum Corda’ (Lift up your Hearts).  What a great aid it is for us to follow these calls when the priest and the congregation pray in a common direction, united together towards Christ the Sacrificial Lamb who has revealed himself to us.  What a great aid too for passing along the Catholic Faith to our children.

Now for the December updates:

1. Introduction to the Latin Mass:  In response to requests for more introductory information on the Latin Mass from the Lay perspective, I wanted to share a great video series by Father James Fryar, FSSP: http://www.sacfssp.com/series-on-the-holy-mass-by-fr-fryar/

This video series is broken into 13 talks that cover all aspects of a beginners’ introduction to the Latin Mass.  There is a lot of content here to view.  If you have questions, this is a great resource that is worthy of an investment of your time.   For instance, there is a talk specifically on How to Use the Missal and another one on Postures (when to sit, stand, & kneel).  Most importantly, if you are new, don’t be intimidated.  Don’t worry about getting everything just right … all that will come in time.  Just follow at your own pace and feel free to ask for help if you have any questions.  It isn’t your fault that this is new to you.

 

2. St. Ann Catholic Church: December Schedule: (Note that in my last email the Rorate Mass on Saturday Dec 19 was mistakenly listed as Saturday Dec 20th):

  — Tuesday Dec 1st:  Solemn High Requiem Mass for Gordon Reid (7:00pm)
— Tuesday Dec 8th: Immaculate Conception (7:00 pm)
— Saturday Dec 19th: Rorate Mass of our Lady in Advent (6:30 am … yes AM)
— Thursday Dec 24th: Vigil of the Nativity (6:30 pm; High Mass)
  — Friday Dec 25: Nativity of our Lord (11:00 am Low Mass) (NEW!!!)

 

3. CLMC Coffee Donuts for Gaudete Sunday:  On December 13th after the 12:30 Mass the CLMC will be hosting a Coffee & Donuts reception in the Church vestibule.  In the past year we have had a lot of new people join us for Mass.  If you are new, please join us and meet some new friends.

 

4. Liturgy and Lager (3rd Wednesdays):  All men of good cheer are welcome.  Starting next month on Wednesday December 16th and ongoing on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, we will be gathering together for a mens’ social hour.  We will be meeting up for a pint after the Wednesday night 6:00 pm Latin Mass at St. Ann.  There is a small pub about a half mile away called Sir Edmond Halley’s.  The pub also has a food menu for those who want to order food.  You don’t have to, but if you chose to join us for the whole evening, the schedule is as follows:

— 5:00 pm Holy Hour of Reparation at St. Ann
— 6:00 pm Latin Mass at St. Ann
— 7:00 pm Liturgy & Lager at Sir Edmond Halley’s
Sir Edmond Halley’s
4151 Park Road

Charlotte NC 28209

5. First Friday Devotion Survey:  Please take one minute and take this one question survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DDT3F9T

I pray each of you and each of your families have a blessed Thanksgiving.  If you are traveling, travel safe.

Mid November update Part II

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus! I pray you are all doing well. I have a few updates related to the Latin Mass in Charlotte. But first I wanted to boast for a moment about the new mural at St. Ann Catholic Church. My schedule only allowed me to stop by St. Ann for a few minutes tonight, but I was amazed at how well it turned out. It really has transformed the sanctuary.

The mural was based on the famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (y. 1432), better known as the Ghent Altarpiece from Ghent Cathedral in Belgium. I don’t have any any photos to share, and my poor words will not do it justice … so you will have to join us for the Latin Mass this Sunday at 12:30pm to see if for yourself. Of course you could go anytime to see it, but to see this scene of adoration with the priest offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass facing Christ the Lamb will be quite a sight to behold.

1. Latin Mass Class: We received a great deal of positive feedback from people wanting to learn more about the Latin Mass, both the theology and the practical aspects of the Mass from a lay perspective. We are looking at a few options to organize some face-to-face catechesis and/or book studies, but in the mean time, we will be sharing a few good online resources that might be a good starting point.

The first video we will share was done by the Catholic News Service and is a short 4 minute video of Father Joseph Kramer of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. Father Kramer gives a historical perspective of Church tradition and the development of the liturgy. I love Father Kramer … he is one of those people who could read out loud the phone book and I would find it interesting. The video link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLeomOG3bN8

2. There are a few upcoming Masses at St. Ann Catholic Church. Keep in mind that these dates and times can change, so check the bulletin as the dates get closer.
Tuesday Dec 1st: Requiem Mass for Gordon Reid (7:00pm)(location TBD)
Tuesday Dec 8th: Immaculate Conception (7:00 pm)
Saturday Dec 20th: Rorate Mass of our Lady in Advent (6:30 am … yes AM)
Thursday Dec 24th: Vigil of the Nativity (6:30 pm)

3. Liturgy and Lager (3rd Wednesdays): All men of good cheer are welcome. Starting next month on Wednesday December 18th and ongoing on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, we will be gathering together for a mens’ social hour. We will be meeting up for a pint after the Wednesday night 6:00 pm Latin Mass at St. Ann. There is a small pub about a half mile away called Sir Edmond Halley’s. The pub also has a food menu for those who want to order food. You don’t have to, but if you chose to join us for the whole evening, the schedule is as follows:
— 5:00 pm Holy Hour of Reparation at St. Ann
— 6:00 pm Latin Mass at St. Ann
— 7:00 pm Liturgy & Lager at Sir Edmond Halley’s
Sir Edmond Halley’s
4151 Park Road
Charlotte NC 28209

You don’t have to go to Mass in order to join us … but it will be good for you 🙂

Mid-November update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have several items to share with you including some schedule updates.
1. Pro-Life Rosary before Latin Mass each Sunday: You may already be aware, but St. Ann’s has a Pro-Life Rosary offered each Sunday at 12 noon in the chapel — before the Latin Mass. One of our members leads the rosary each week but unfortunately, due to our failing to promote it, the attendance is light.  In light of the increasing advancement of the culture of death in our world, the coming together for a public rosary is all the more important. To this end, we have a request: Would each family who regularly attends the 12:30pm Mass consider joining the rosary every two months, or even monthly?  Thanks for considering this spiritual request.
2. Coffee, donuts and fellowship: We see many new faces at the Latin Mass, and as such, the CLMC is considering host a coffee & donuts in the narthex or plaza after Mass so we can meet each other and have a little fellowship before heading home. Stay tuned for a date in the coming weeks. If you have any suggestions or would like to help, please let us know.
3. Latin Mass Class?: We’ve heard from many newcomers that they would like to have a deeper understanding of the Latin Mass and its customs and traditions. Would you be interested in attending a “Learn the Latin Mass” class for beginners? If yes please let me know (no plans or dates have been set).
4. Latin Mass Corner in the bulletin: Thanks one of our members, we now have a Latin Mass corner in the St. Ann’s bulletin. It lists the 1962 calendar for the next 8 days and what class feast it is. This is still a work in progress so we welcome any feedback or suggestions you may have.
5. Schedule updates: This Wednesday there will not be a Latin Mass. Instead there will be a special 7pm Novus Ordo Mass to commemorate the installation of the parish murals – Fr. Reid invites all to attend.  Separately, please mark your calendars for Tuesday December 1st at 7pm. Fr. Reid will offer a Requiem High Mass for his late father, Gordon Reid. All are invited to attend.