Christmas Schedule

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus! As we eagerly anticipate the Nativity of Our Lord, please view the Latin Mass schedule for Christmas week and beyond.

Many Latin Masses this week: We are especially blessed to have 3 consecutive days of Latin Masses here in the Charlotte area, beginning with the normal Wednesday evening Masses at St. Ann and St. Thomas; followed by the Vigil of the Nativity on December 24th, and capping it off with Christmas Day Masses on December 25th. The only High Mass for Christmas will be on December 24th at St. Ann’s and as custom will feature the beautiful music from our St. Ann’s schola. We hope you can attend this beautiful Vigil Mass. Schedule is listed below.

Fasting on Christmas Eve: For those following the traditional practice of fasting & abstinence on Christmas Eve (in effect prior to 1965), you may be unaware that in 1959, Pope John XXIII granted an indult to all faithful the option to move their fast to December 23rd instead. We should note, that this practice of fasting on Dec. 23 or 24th is no longer binding and is just voluntary today as a pius practice (i.e. you’re not required to fast on either day under current rules). To learn more about the indult, please view this article.

Blessing of Wine on Sunday December 27th: Lastly we draw your attention to this Sunday’s 12:30pm Mass (St. Ann’s), which is both the 3rd Day in the Octave of Christmas and the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. St. John is the patron saint of wine (who knew?!) and there is a custom on this day to have your wine blessed. All are invited to bring your wine and carefully leave them on or near the blessing table in the narthex before Mass. Immediately after Mass, Father will bless them. The blessed wine of course is drinkable and is a sacramental too. Here is a short custom about it from Fisheaters.com:

Though he (St. John) wasn’t martyred, it wasn’t for his enemies’ lack of trying. According to legend, he was served poisoned wine, but survived because he blessed the wine before he put it to his lips; the poison rose from the chalice in the shape of a serpent. In his happy memory, Catholics bring wine to church, which the priest blesses, turning it into a sacramental called the “Love of St. John.” Catholics use this sacramental wine for special occasions throughout the year and to give to the sick.

On that happy note, we present to you the Christmastide schedule:

  1. . Wednesday, December 23rd:   Regular Wednesday Latin Mass
    1. Ann: 6:00pm
    2. Thomas Aquinas: 7:00pm
  2. . Thursday, December 24th: (Ancient Feast of Ss. Adam and Eve)
    1. Vigil of the Nativity 6:30pm Latin Mass (Father Reid)
  3. . Friday, December 25th: Christmas day
    1. Sacred Heart (Salisbury): 8:30 am Low Mass (Father Ferguson, FSSP)
    2. Ann: 11:00 am Low Mass (Father Barone)
  4. . Sunday, December 27th:3rd day in the Octave of the Christmas (Feast of St. John)
  5. . Friday, January 1st: Octave Day of the Nativity 12:00 noon (First Friday & Feast of the Circumcision)
    1. Holy Day of Obligation
    2. Confessions prior to Mass (We believe confession will be offered from 10:15 – 11:45 – check bulletin this weekend)
  6. . Wednesday, January 6th: Epiphany
    1. Sacred Heart (Salisbury): 12:00 noon (Father Ferguson, FSSP)
    2. Thomas Aquinas: 7:00pm (A special Solemn High Masswith music provided the Carolina Catholic Chorale, orchestra and soloists directed by Thomas F. Savoy, director. Music: Spatzen-Messe (K.220) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.)
    3. Ann: 6:00pm

On behalf of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community, we want to extend our wishes for a joyous Christmastide to all our Latin Mass Community families, and express our gratitude to all our priests, seminarians, altar servers and music directors who helped give glory to God by offering, serving, chanting and promoting this beautiful and ancient liturgy. Let us also not forget to pray for our fellow Catholics in the Middle East and other areas who are suffering for their faith for yet another Christmas. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Ember Week update (3rd week of Advent)

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  As we enter into the 3rd week of Advent, it’s also Ember Week, where 3 days (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) are set aside for prayer and fasting in the 1962 calendar (now optional under the current Canon Law Code). As Fisheaters.com states:

Four times a year, the Church sets aside three days to focus on God through His marvelous creation. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons 1 that “like some virgins dancing in a circle, succeed one another with the happiest harmony,” as St. John Chrysostom wrote (see Readings below).

These four times are each kept on a successive Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and are known as “Ember Days,” or Quatuor Tempora, in Latin. The first of these four times comes in Winter, after the the Feast of St. Lucy; the second comes in Spring, the week after Ash Wednesday; the third comes in Summer, after Pentecost Sunday; and the last comes in Autumn, after Holy Cross Day.

These times are spent fasting and partially abstaining (voluntary since the new Code of Canon Law) in penance and with the intentions of thanking God for the gifts He gives us in nature and beseeching Him for the discipline to use them in moderation.

Ember Days are days favored for priestly ordinations, prayer for priests, first Communions, almsgiving and other penitential and charitable acts, and prayer for the souls in Purgatory.

Note that medieval lore says that during Embertides, the souls in Purgatory are allowed to appear visibly to those on earth who pray for them.

Because of the days’ focus on nature, they are also traditional times for women to pray for children and safe deliveries.

The Masses during the Ember Days also have special readings and prayers. If you have a 1962 daily missal, you may wish to take a closer look at the readings this week for these days.  As we hear much about “climate change” in the news, its important to actually learn how the Church traditionally gave thanks to God for creation- something missing in today’s discussion.  You can learn more by visiting Fisheaters.com or review this wonderful Ember Day document published by Prince of Peace Parish in Taylors, SC. And of course Wednesday’s 6pm Mass at St. Ann will be Ember Wednesday Mass.

Other events this week:

1) Liturgy and Lager after Mass this Wednesday: For the gents – our first Liturgy and Lager is after Wednesday’s 6pm Mass. We’ll go out to nearby Sir Edmond Halley’s after Mass and grab a drink or meal and have fellowship (beer is OK during Ember Days – see note at bottom of e-mail). All guys are welcome. Contact Chris if you have questions.

2) Rorate Mass 6:30am Saturday at St. Ann: One of the parish’s beautiful traditions. Never been to a Rorate Mass? See John Cosmos’ beautiful photos of St. Thomas’ Rorate Mass last Saturday.

3) Blessing Table after Mass this Sunday: A blessing table will be set up in the narthex so you can have religious items/gifts blessed by Fr. Reid after 12:30 Mass. Please place them on the table either prior to Mass (assume risks) or immediately after Mass so Father is not waiting. Items can be rosaries, medals, scapulars, statues, sacred art, candles, Holy water, Salt, oil, etc. (this is not exhaustive)

4) Coffee & donuts this past Sunday: Thanks to all who joined us Sunday. Judging by the crowd it was a great success! – no doubt thanks to St. Lucy’s intercession. If you have any feedback on the coffee and how to make it better let us know. Stay tuned for our January coffee.

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Drinking during Ember Day fast:

“Strictly speaking, whatever may be classified under the head of liquids may be taken as drink or medicine at any time of the day or night on fasting days. Hence, water, lemonade, soda, water,ginger ale, wine, beer and similar drinks may be taken on fasting days outside meal time even though such beverages may, to some extent, prove nutritious.”
[Taken  from New Advent article on Fasting:  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05789c.htm%5D

2nd week of Advent update

12-10-15 UPDATE:

St. Thomas Aquinas is also offering its own Rorate Mass, a beautiful candlelit Latin Mass at dawn this Saturday at 6AM. It’s a beautiful Mass and worth the early trip Saturday morning. Please try to attend if you can. – 6am This Saturday December 12th at St. Thomas Aquinas parish.  

Lastly, for those traveling north this weekend, Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro will also be offering its own Rorate Mass at 6am this Saturday morning Dec. 12th.

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Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

We have a busy few weeks ahead. Here is the latest news and events:

1) Mass schedule for this week: Just a reminder St. Ann will have a 7pm Missa Cantata tomorrow (Dec 8) for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. After Mass the parish is hosting its annual night for life from 8pm – midnight to pray for the unborn. From 11pm-midnight there will be a special Holy Hour of Reparation for the sins of abortion, contraception, euthanasia and same sex unions. Please try to make it at some point tomorrow evening.  Separately, on Wednesday, there will still be the regular 6pm Latin Mass this week.

2) St. Lucy’s coffee & donuts after Mass this Sunday: Please join us after Mass this Sunday December 13th, the Feast of St. Lucy (and Gaudete Sunday) as we host our first donuts & coffee in the narthex after the 12:30pm Mass. Please drop by for a few minutes and meet your fellow parishioners. To commemorate St. Lucy, we will also serve some cinnamon rolls which resemble a pastry called St. Lucy’s Cats (Lussekatter), a Swedish custom that honors this saint. You can learn more about St. Lucy customs and traditions at Fisheaters.com.

Looking ahead we have some important items of interest:

3) Liturgy & Lager December 16th: Our first Liturgy and Lager event for the gents. After Wednesday 6pm Latin Mass, we will gather at Sir Edmond Halley’s pub just down the street on Park Road for a drink or dinner. All men are welcome to join.

4) Rorate Mass: Saturday December 19th at 6:30am (yes AM) at St. Ann’s. A beautiful candlelit Latin Mass at dawn. If you never have been this annual tradition, it’s highly worth it. (St. Thomas Aquinas parish offers its Rorate Mass this Saturday at 6am).

5) Blessings table (tentative): On Sunday December 20th, we hope to have a blessings table in the narthex where you can have your religious gifts, items and sacramentals blessed by Father immediately after Mass. These items can include rosaries, sacred art, bibles, medals and other sacramentals. This is tentative so we’ll send confirmation next week and some more details.

May you have a Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec 12) – ora pro nobis!