Late January update

Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have some updates as we proceed through the season of Septugesima (pre-lent).  This period which began last Sunday and runs through Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) is a time of preparation for Lent filled with a more somber tone. In fact you may have noticed Fr. Reid’s vestments were purple to denote the penitential time.   To learn more, please read Fisheaters’ summary on the Septugesima season.

As noted, here are the 5 main updates we wanted to share with you:

  1. Candle Blessing this Sunday AND Tuesday: In the ancient calendar, this Tuesday February 2nd is the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Mother or commonly known as Candlemas (Mass by candle light) and on this feast there is an ancient custom to have candles blessed. While St. Ann will not be offering Candlemas this year Father Reid has generously agreed to bless candles on two days: After Sunday’s 12:30 Latin Massand after Tuesday’s 7:00am English Mass (the actual feast day). Please bring your candles to either Mass and Father will bless them immediately after Mass. On Sunday, we will set up a table where you can place them prior to Mass (Please place them on table before Sunday Mass).
  1. First Friday Latin Mass on February 5th!!!: Thanks to Fr. Reid’s generosity and care for our souls, he will begin offering a First Friday Latin Mass on Friday February 5th at 7:00am (Low Mass). As you know First Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart are important to many who attend the Extraordinary Form (including making the 9 First Friday devotions). That is why we’re so excited Father Reid is offering this monthly Mass in the Extraordinary Form starting next Friday. We encourage all to make the extra sacrifice to attend this first devotional Mass.
  1. Ash Wednesday: There is a Latin Mass scheduled for the morning of Ash Wednesday February 10th at 7 AM (note morning, not evening). .
  1. Next fellowship coffee February 14th: Come and meet your fellow parishioners and enjoy some coffee and snacks for the Feast of St. Valentine on Sunday February 14th (which is technically subjugated to the First Sunday of Lent).  We plan to have the coffee set up on the narthex after 12:30pm Latin Mass.
  1. Parish mission February 14-17th, 7pm: Speaking of February 14th, this day also begins the Lenten parish mission at St. Ann’s, and Fr. Wolfgang Seitze of Opus Sanctorum Angelorum will be the providing the mission, on the topics of the Angels, Our Lady, and the Cross. Fr. Seitze offers both forms of the Mass, and he will offer a Latin Mass on Sunday and Wednesday during the Mission. Please make plans to attend.

Epiphanytide update (Jan 19)

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christi!  Below are a few updates that are pertinent to coming days:

  1. Liturgy & Lager Men’s Group:  Please join us tomorrow (Jan 20th)  after the 6pm Latin Mass at St. Ann Catholic Church.  A group of men from the parish are going out for a pint at Sir Edmond Halleys Pub [http://www.siredspub.com/].  No formal agenda … just a pint with fellow Catholic men.  We should start arriving at the pub around 7:00 PM … all priests and seminarians drink for free!!!
  1. Epiphany Water Reminder:  Reminder that there is still a bunch of Epiphany Water remaining in the narthex at St. Ann.  Now that everyone has had ample chance to get a fair share, please feel free to come in with larger containers and finish it off … as supplies last.
  1. First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Reminder that starting on Friday February 5th, St. Ann will be starting a First Friday Mass at 7:00am (I think).  Please keep an eye on the bulletin for confirmation on that time.
  1. Article: Why Families Need the Traditional Parish:  Please forgive the self-promoting act of sharing an article that I wrote.  This was published this morning on the Liturgy Guy website that is run by our very own Brian Williams.  I wanted to share the content as it is relevant to any Latin Mass community:  The article is attached here: http://liturgyguy.com/2016/01/19/why-families-need-traditional-parishes/
  1. March for Life Severe Weather Alert: According to meteorologists, there is a big snow storm that is headed for Washington DCthis coming Friday that will land right on top of the March for Life.  Everyone who is not going to the March for Life this year in Washington DC … I implore you to fast in some extra way this Friday for the marchers who will be suffering extra for the unborn.

Thank you for your continued prayers for our priests and our Community.

Epiphany Blessing Kits

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  In the ancient Church calendar we have entered into the Octave of Epiphany which runs thru January 13th (Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord). The Christmas season then continues on a spiritual level until February 2nd, the Feast of the Purification/Candlemas. During this “Epiphanytide” it’s been customary for the faithful to have their homes blessed by a priest, and when a priest can’t be present (which is common), the father of the household can perform this blessing which we kindly attach.

Epiphany Blessing Kits

In the spirit of Epiphanytide, the Charlotte Latin Mass Community will distribute Epiphany Blessing Kits this Sunday after the 12:30pm Latin Mass. The kits includes Epiphany Holy Water, Blessed Chalk, Holy Salt.  The Epiphany Holy Water is actually located in the Holy Water Font in the narthex and you will need to bring your own container. The chalk and Holy Salt will come in a bag with some information.  As noted above, the Blessing prayers are attached as a PDF file.

A few questions (and some poorly worded answers)

1. What is Epiphany Holy Water? In short, it’s very powerful Holy Water and its blessing contains an exorcism prayer along with the Litany of the Saints. The entire blessing usually done on January 5th and takes 40 minutes. It can be used in the home blessing, your home’s holy water font, and used to ward off evil spirits or demons.

  1. What is Blessed Chalk? This sacramental is used during the Epiphany Home blessing and you are to write the year and the initials of the 3 Magi over the door of your home to show Christ reigns in that home, and to keep away evil spirits.
  2. What is Blessed Salt? – Although not tied directly to the Epiphany Blessing custom, it’s a powerful sacramental which can ward off demons and evil spirits. You can sprinkle it around your house during the blessing, take it with you when you travel (hotels), or even place in your food (at any time). Fisheaters has more information about it.
  3. Why all the attention around Epiphany? It’s a big deal! 🙂 Epiphany is an important feast in the Church, and she provides her faithful with many graces during this Christmas season, including many sacramentals that help us on our journey to salvation. Many of the customs of Epiphany were forgotten and but now we are rediscovering them. The Roman Ritual book of 1962 (i.e. the Extraordinary Form rite) contain many of these traditional blessings throughout the year. In these troubled times, let us all make full use of the graces and gifts Holy Mother Church provides us.

There is a lot more to say about these 3 blessed Sacramentals, but the linked resources will be a good place to start. We hope to see you Sunday.