2nd week of Lent

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have entered into the 2nd full week of Lent and we have a few events to share.

1) Important Action Item: As noted at today’s Mass, tomorrow, Monday, there is a rally to protest the Charlotte City Council’s attempt to pass legislation that would permit men to use women’s restrooms.  As Fr. Barone noted in his outstanding sermon today (sorry if you missed it!), we Catholics must stand up in the public sphere to defend faith, otherwise they will force the churches (like St. Ann’s) to comply. Thus if you live in Charlotte, please consider signing the petition and showing up at the rally.

All faithful are encouraged to attend the rally at Char-Meck Government Center from 5-6pm tomorrow (Feb 22) to oppose this legislation. The address is: 600 E 4th St Charlotte, NC 28202. Free parking available**  To learn more and to sign the petition please visit this website. It is organized by the NC Values Coalition and the Susan B. Anthony List.

http://dontdoitcharlotte.com/

 

2) Latin Mass tomorrow at St. Michael’s: After the rally, you still may have time to attend a special High Mass (Latin) at 7pm for the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at St. Michael’s in Gastonia. Mass will be offered by Fr. Buettner.

 

3)Latin Lenten Devotion: Our friends at the Carolina Catholic Chorale will sing the beautiful Lenten devotional Adoramus te, Christe Friday, February 26th at 7:30pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 375 Lumen Christi Lane, Salisbury, NC.  The text of Adoramus te, Christe is taken from an antiphon from Good Friday: Adoramus te, Christe,  et benedicimus tibi: quia per sanctam crucem  tuam redemisti mundum

We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee: because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world. For more info please visit the Chorale’s website listed above.

 

4) Young Adult Latin Mass lunch next Sunday: On February 28th, after 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann’s some of the young adults (20s & 30s) who attend the Latin Mass will go out to eat for fellowship. Meet in narthex around 2pm.

Feb 7th weekly update

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

Laudetur Iesus Christus! As we head into Lent, here are some updates:

1. THANK YOU to everybody who attended the First Friday Latin Mass last week. It was heartening to see so many faithful attending the first Mass, at such an early time. As Father Reid noted in his sermon (to paraphrase from memory), we will not regret making this sacrifice to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

2. Ash Wednesday (Feb 10): Latin Mass will be in the morning at 7am. The evening Mass will be Novus Ordo at 7pm.

3. Coffee Fellowship on Sunday February 14th after 12:30pm Mass. We may need some help organizing it this week – I may send a follow up e-mail this week if we do.

  1. Latin Masses at Mission: The St. Ann Lenten mission is February 14-17 at 7pm each night with Confessions afterwards Sunday-Tuesday night. The mission priest, Fr. Wolfgang Seitze will offer the Sunday 12:30pm Latin Mass and the Wednesday evening 6pm Latin Mass (talk begins at 7). Please consider plans to attend.
  2. Liturgy & Lager: Due to the parish mission we won’t have Liturgy and Lager in February. Most likely we will hold off until after Easter.
  3. February 22nd – Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Please mark your calendars: Monday February 22nd 7pm, Fr. Matthew Buettner, pastor of St. Michael’s in Gastonia will offer a High Mass for the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. The Mass will take place at St. Michael’s.

Latin Mass Anniversary this week

Lastly, you may not recall but St. Ann’s marks a special anniversary this week — the establishment of the Sunday Latin Mass in 2013. What many newcomers may not know is the story of how it happened…

In short, before 2013, there was no Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann’s and the CLMC, with Fr. Reid’s and Bishop Jugis’ encouragement, petitioned the Vatican to request the Charlotte faithful be provided with a regular Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann’s.  By God’s grace, the Holy See responded and asked Bishop Jugis to provide this request.  Fr. Reid followed Rome’s lead and made the announcement on Sunday February 10, 2013, the day before Pope Benedict’s resignation announcement. Attached are the Vatican acknowledgement letter in 2012 and Fr. Reid’s bulletin announcement.

Fr. Reid began offering the first Sunday Latin Mass beginning in March 2013 and he has taken great effort to ensure the faithful always have a Sunday Latin Mass – even when he is traveling.  It’s easy to take our regular Sunday Latin Mass for granted today, but it wasn’t always around prior to 3 years ago. As we head into Lent, please take time to offer some prayers and sacrifices for Fr. Reid who takes tremendous effort to care for our souls.

St. Gregory the Great, ora pro nobis!

First Friday Reminder

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

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Happy Feast of the Purification of Mary! We have a few reminders we wanted to mention, and also share with you an update about the CLMC.

  1. First Friday Latin Mass 7am this Friday. 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). This is the only First Friday Mass offered in the Extraordinary Form around the metro area (as far as we know). We encourage you to consider making an extra sacrifice to attend this first devotional Mass if you can.
  1. Ash Wednesday (Feb 10): Latin Mass will be in the morning at 7am. The evening Mass will be Novus Ordo.
  1. Latin Masses at Mission: The St. Ann Lenten mission is coming up on February 14-17 at 7pm each night with Confessions afterwards Sunday-Tuesday night. The mission priest, Fr. Wolfgang Seitze will offer the Sunday 12:30pm Latin Mass and the Wednesday evening 6pm Latin Mass (talk begins at 7). Please consider plans to attend.
  1. Coffee Fellowship on Sunday February 14th after 12:30pm Mass.

Lastly, an update about the CLMC.

Over the past several months you may have noticed an uptick in the spiritual activities surrounding the Latin Mass at St. Ann’s. Some of these were Fr. Reid’s initiative to help care for the souls of all his parishioners while others the CLMC desired and expressed to Father (who kindly obliged!).  It is the latter (CLMC requests) we wish to draw your attention to, not to bring spotlight to the CLMC per se, but to show the potential of spiritual growth and fellowship that can occur when the we faithful work with our pastor to develop ways to grow in holiness. Some of these CLMC requests included Christmas Day Mass, First Friday Mass (see #1 above), and various sacramental blessings you’ve witnessed after Mass recently.

To facilitate these requests, last year the CLMC formed a Latin Mass Steering Committee comprised of several families & individuals who meet monthly to plan and organize spiritual/fellowship opportunities for the Latin Mass faithful. Linked you will find CLMC’s 2015 Latin Mass Report that shares a vision of what spiritual life can develop when working with our pastor.

Over the course of 2016, the CLMC, working under Fr. Reid’s guidance hope to offer more spiritual and fellowship opportunities for the Latin Mass faithful.  As we move forward in 2016, we ask for both your prayers and your help in giving back to our wonderful parish (stay tuned). With more hands to help, the Latin Mass at St. Ann can grow more. We hope you enjoy the read.

St. Gregory the Great, ora pro nobis!